Stories by Lex Friedman

  • yARN: Why Apple changed my mind about smartwatches

    By Lex Friedman | 16 September, 2014 23:07

    I own two smartwatches. I wear zero smartwatches. I can't wait to buy the Apple Watch.

  • iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or neither: Which new iPhone should you buy?

    By Lex Friedman | 12 September, 2013 13:15

    Okay, let's all breathe: We're going to get through this together. Apple unveiled not one, but two brand-spanking new iPhones on Tuesday. You're now faced with the question that could lead to sleepless nights, recriminating self-doubt, and worse.

  • iPads, iTunes, and more: What Apple will and won't unveil at its 9/10 event

    By Lex Friedman | 05 September, 2013 13:11

    The rumours were true: Apple really is hosting another of its flagship events on September 10, and all signs point to its using the occasion to unveil at least one new model of iPhone.

  • Tools we use: The best Mac apps for working remotely

    By Lex Friedman | 27 June, 2013 14:28

    The Yahoos of the world may be eliminating telecommuting, but the fact is, working from home is easier than ever. I work from home myself, so I'm clearly biased, but many companies find that home-based workers are more productive than their office-based brethren. Here are the Mac apps and Web-based tools I use to make working from home work.

  • iOS 7, Mavericks, and more: Developers react to WWDC announcements

    By Lex Friedman | 11 June, 2013 22:27

    Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote was packed with announcements of serious import to developers in Apple's ecosystem--chief among them, the debuts of the wholly-redesigned iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks.

  • Apple's Cook: iOS 7 is the 'biggest change to iOS' since iPhone's arrival

    By Lex Friedman | 11 June, 2013 08:17

    Apple has taken the wraps off iOS 7, revealing a dramatic new design that sheds six-year-old interface elements, and replaces them with a cleaner, more modern aesthetic. From top to bottom, the OS that powers the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch has been renovated for both looks and usability.

  • How Google's I/O moves measure up to what Apple offers

    By Lex Friedman | 17 May, 2013 18:04

    Google had a lot to say during Wednesday's Google I/O keynote--so would you, if you had three-and-a-half hours to fill. And while new features in voice-powered search functionality, Google Maps, and other pronouncements from the search giant were certainly eye-catching, just how much of what was said at this week's developer conference should make iOS device owners sit up and take notice?

  • Kindle for iOS remains a compelling iBooks alternative

    By Lex Friedman | 08 May, 2013 20:07

    Despite competition from no lesser a giant than Apple, Amazon's Kindle for iOS app is still the best e-reading option in the App Store.

  • Numbers game: Why analyst says iPhone market share will exceed Android

    By Lex Friedman | 27 April, 2013 17:13

    A report recently published by Yankee Group concludes that, because iPhone customers are considerably more loyal than Android device buyers, Apple will beat its largest competitor in market share by 2015--and that the advantage will benefit the iPad as well.

  • Hands on with the new Yahoo app for iPhone

    By Lex Friedman | 22 April, 2013 23:37

    Yahoo has released a new version of its Yahoo app for iPhone. I'm not sure what I expected from an app called Yahoo, but I will admit that the fact that it's a news app left me feeling surprised.

  • Hands on with Facebook Graph Search: Interesting, but disappointing

    By Lex Friedman | 23 January, 2013 18:31

    When I first heard about Facebook Graph Search, I expressed some doubts about how useful the feature would be for churning out practical results. Now that I have access to the feature, those doubts about whether most Facebook users will get much use out of it have only intensified.

  • 2012 in review: The year in iOS

    By Lex Friedman | 27 December, 2012 16:14

    Every year since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 has been a big year for iOS, and 2012 is certainly no exception. Let's take a stroll down memory lane, recalling the year that was for the iPhone, the iPad, and the operating system that powers them both.

  • Ten apps for your new iPad

    By Lex Friedman | 26 December, 2012 11:35

    If you were lucky enough to receive a new iPad for the holidays this year, we hope you have fun exploring what the tablet has to offer. By now you've probably acquainted yourself with the built-in apps on your iPad, so you may want to reach outside the sandbox for more interesting fare. The App Store, which you can access on your iPad or via iTunes on your computer, features more than 750,000 downloadable apps. If there's something you want to do on your iPad, chances are good you can find a tool for it in the App Store. But separating the truly great apps from the weird and wacky ones can be tough. Here are a few of our favorite apps to get you started.

  • Opinion: Why Google Maps for iPhone is good for Apple

    By Lex Friedman | 13 December, 2012 20:06

    Despite its aesthetic achievements, Apple's Maps app in iOS 6 left a lot of users unhappy. Turns out that the years Google spent building out its mapping data were hugely important; Apple's data - which powered its new Maps app - didn't have the real world, real user testing that Google Maps benefited from.

  • AC/DC finally rocks the iTunes Store

    By Lex Friedman | 19 November, 2012 20:22

    Apple and Columbia Records have announced that AC/DC's complete catalog is available digitally for the first time - exclusively at the iTunes Store. The rock band had long been missing in action from online music stores, but now the entirety of the band's discography is available for digital purchase. All the music has been mastered for iTunes as well.


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