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Apple’s Iconic iPod Hits the End of the Road, But Its ‘Spirit Lives On’

The Apple iPod – first introduced in October 2001 – is the forefather of the Apple iPhone and a device that changed the Cupertino, California company’s trajectory from computer manufacturer to more personal devices and an entry into the music industry, where it revolutionized the sale of music.
Compared to the then-prevalent ways of listening to music, which included far more cumbersome MP3 players, not to mention CDs and CD players, …

Apple AirTag Batteries Start to Fail, Without Alerting Users

For Apple users who are used to an audible notification, such as a chime, when their MacBook Pro battery is dangerously low or a stern message to that effect on an iPhone, it may come as a surprise that there is no active alert when an AirTag – which may be stored away in an automobile or bag or on a dog’s collar – no longer works.
As we noted in …

How to Write Clear, Concise, and Effective E-Mails that Will Be Read and Answered

Despite the fact that e-mail is celebrating its 40th anniversary last year (it was invented by Ray Tomlinson, a pioneering American software developer, in 1971), people continue to struggle with using it.
Many users wrestle with the basics, such as how to write an effective subject line.   The subject line, of course, may very well determine if the e-mail gets opened and read and it’s important to keep it short, concise, and …

Apple iOS 14.5 is Here and Unlocks Your Phone While Wearing a Face Mask

It was just two years ago when many Apple users were cursing the Cupertino company for the use of the Face ID facial recognition system to unlock their iPhones, a feature that would simply not work when the user donned a face mask.
Indeed, the start of the pandemic coincided with the point at which most Apple iPhones in the wild utilized Face ID for security versus Touch ID, an electronic …

Theater Review: ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ at Carnegie Hall, Presented by MasterVoices

If you aren’t familiar with the musical “Anyone Can Whistle,” you might be forgiven for not knowing about a show that closed after just 12 previews and nine performances at the Majestic Theatre in New York City in 1964 with multiple poor notices.
It isn’t even that it’s been revived regularly, unlike other Stephen Sondheim musicals (Sondheim wrote the lyrics and music, Arthur Laurents wrote the book).  Since its closing, it’s …

As Pandemic Continues, The World’s Most Powerful Passports for 2022 Are…

Although they likely sit in a drawer, unused at the current time, passports are a key to unlocking the mysteries of the world, and not all passports are created equal.
The travel restrictions imposed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 continue to remain in place as the world enters the third year where Covid is seemingly omnipresent and stubbornly refusing to go away.
Still, if you happen to …

Happy Birthday! Apple iPhone Turns 15

Fifteen years ago today, January 9, Steve Jobs stood on a stage at MacWorld 2007 and changed how people think about their phones.
At the launch event, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told the audience: “Today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products… the first one is a wide-screen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone.  And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.
“These are not three separate devices,” …