RoHS Smart Watch, Gold Edition: Move over Apple Watch


Just splashed out on a 42mm Gold Edition Apple Watch at a cool £8,000? Happy? Well, you could have had an even bigger golden beast, a monstrous 55mm of it, for a mere twenty quid. In fact, you could have 400 of them.  Enter the RoHS Gold Edition direct from China. A friend in Greece ordered this at a cost of €29 plus €3 shipping. What a bargain.

iPhone Charging: Prevent data theft when using unknown power sources


A public charging point can be a lifesaver. But did you know that you run the risk of having all your data compromised while the phone is on charge?

Apple Watch 5: Resistance is futile

After a lifetime of Swiss watch fandom, I've defected to the smartwatch. Goodbye, good and faitthful mechanical servant, hello tomorrow — with a dollop of beneficial health monitoring thrown in.

Where does the camera industry go from here?

Narain Jashanmal takes a look at the current state of the photographic industry and wonders just where we go from here...

There’s life in them there vintage MacBook Pros

Six years is several human lifetimes in computing terms. The lithesome MacBook Pro of 2009 is not going to speed into...

Killing Aperture means Apple will rule the cloud

Both Apple and Adobe offer cloud sync among all devices, with Adobe Lightroom offering currently the most flexible system for photography enthusiasts. Lightroom offers...

Macintosh Portable: Jean-Louis Gassée builds new lightweight wonder


Hindsight, as we all know, is a wondrous thing. Looking at this introduction of the Macintosh Portable in 1989 makes it very clear that we are living in a different century.

Apple’s Notes do grind exceeding slow


Back in December I announced that I had followed the advice of many tech writers and transferred all my Evernote items into the much-improved and relatively simple Apple Notes. Evernote does much more than I really need in a notes application and I felt I was paying an annual premium unnecessarily. So I bid goodbye to Evernote and migrated all the notes to Apple Notes. This was premature and rather hasty.

Running on Air: Big on performance, light on the back

For the past two or three months I’ve been chatting with fellow writers Austin White ( and Pietro Montalcino ( about our experiences with...

Night of the leather-stitched knives at Apple

Skeuomorphism, as isms go, hasn't been much in focus until yesterday. It's a big crime against good taste, though. Scott Forstall, Apple’s Senior Vice-President...

iTunes Damp Squib: Apple cries wolf once too often


Good old Aesop had it right. Cry wolf too often and no one takes any notice when the real McCoy appears. So all the Beatles works are now available on iTunes. Yawn and yawn again! Is anyone in the world remotely interested? Apple said today would be a day we'd never forget. Maybe, but for all the wrong reasons. It's the day Apple's PR experts cried wolf and got us all excited over a bunch of nothing. I should have known 7 am was too early for Steve to rise and put on his black polo neck. The Beatles announcement is of such stunning mediocrity that it comes best before the cornflakes while we're all half asleep. Unfortunately, on this side of the Atlantic we were only too wide eyed and bushy tailed and the disappointment was immediate. Apple, your PR department should be ashamed of itself. 

Apple Notes: Time to say goodbye to Evernote


For over five years I have been paying for Evernote premium access and have tried to love Evernote for what it is--a full-featured note and storage application that does almost everything well. At the same time, though, I have dabbled with the old Apple Notes, Simplenote, nvALT and several other plain-text note applications. Synchronisation between iPad, iPhone and Mac has always been top of my features list.

Apple: Another two weeks of feverish anticipation


Tomorrow's launch of the iPad in world-wide markets will bring yet another frenzy of media attention, capping a remarkable five months of almost constant announcements and revelations. In ten days' time we expect the launch of the new generation iPhone - the much-leaked model - and the introduction of the iPhone fourth-generation operating system. Crucially, this new OS will be available to the millions of existing iPhone users (although not all features will work on the original phone), thus increasing the feel-good factor and serving as an encouragement to upgrade a two- or three-year-old phone.

All this comes against a backdrop of booming iPhone and iPad sales, increasing Mac sales and news that Apple Inc has eclipsed Microsoft as the world's biggest technology company. This sort of success feeds on itself. Tens of millions who would never have considered an Apple product have been drawn into Cupertino's net by the iPod but, more significantly by the iPhone. They have had their first taste of the Apple way of doing things and, clearly, they like what they get. Satisfied iPhone users, as I know from personal experience with friends and colleagues, are now considering a Mac computer because they feel comfortable with the company and its products. 

Aperture, the flawed genius. And why Lightroom won battle and war


Just what happened to Aperture and why did it die a sudden death. Stephen Hackett traces the history of Apple’s much-loved post processor over at Macstories….

iPhone: Why I’m not buying an S this time round


I sat on the sidelines when the original iPhone was introduced by Steve Jobs in June 2007. At that time I had been a Mac user for just two years and, already, I was thoroughly fed up with the flaky synchronisation between Palm or Windows mobiles and the Mac. But the original iPhone wasn't ready for prime time.