Peter Cohen

App Store subscription fatigue: Avoiding being bled to death

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I saw a really interesting app for my Mac the other day that I'd love to use. It looks cool and does useful things. What stopped me in my tracks, however, is that the developer priced the app as an annual subscription. Subscriptions for apps that don't need subscriptions have become so common that at this point, I practically consider it a selling point when a dev charges a one-time fee for a perpetual license.

Why Apple’s position matters on strong iPhone encryption

Apple popped up in the news this week after both U.S. Attorney General William Barr and President Trump publicly called for the company to help unlock iPhones used by the Saudi Air Force cadet accused of perpetrating a terror attack on a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, FL in December. Apple's pushing back, and make no mistake: Your privacy is on the line here. iPhone encryption should matter to all of us.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro, four years later

How long do you expect to keep using your gear? Or are you shopping for a sweet deal on an older iPad? The 9.7-inch iPad Pro first appeared in March of 2016, which means it's nearing its fourth anniversary. Four years is pretty long for a mobile device - how does an iPad Pro that old hold up in 2020? That's the question iDB video editor Harris Craycraft recently sought to answer.

How to run Mojave and Catalina on the same Mac

You can run Mojave and Catalina on the same Mac in a dual boot setup and without reformatting or repartitioning your Mac's storage thanks to APFS, the file formatting system that Apple made ubiquitous with Mojave's release. Great if you need to use apps that won't run on Catalina, but still want to use what Catalina has to offer. Here's how.

Streaming music has changed how we listen to music

Some new statistics from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) got me thinking about how streaming has utterly transformed the music business, and my own personal relationship with music. 80% of recorded music industry revenue now comes from streaming services, compared with 7% a decade ago. Streaming has reshaped the music industry, and it's also reshaped our personal relationship with music.

The Mac in 2019: Mac Pro, magic keyboards, Catalina and more

I think 2019 will best be remembered as a transitionary year for the Mac. It won't be remembered as a revolutionary year, anyway. Apple refreshed the non-pro iMac and MacBook Pro in the first half of the year, improved the MacBook Air and made it more affordable, then later rolled out the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro. It also introduced macOS Catalina, which added some great features and functionality to the Mac while also creating some headaches for developers and users.