I’m obsessed with battery life, and I don’t think I’m alone. “ABC” or Always Be Charging” is a universal mantra.
On my iPhone 12 Pro, I’ve started switching to battery-saving mode well before noon. Not because I’m almost out of battery life, but I can’t stand to see the rapid slide of that black battery bar down past the halfway point if I don’t. A half-charged battery sends chills down my smartphone-loving spine. Never mind that it means I still have probably 4-to-6 hours (or more) of battery life. I go into a panic.
cw: discussed disordered eating, weight loss, and weight with numbers.
Let me start off with honest: I’ve struggled with disordered eating since I was about 13. I’ve monitored my caloric intake for so long that I can list the calorie count of nearly any food at a glance. I still get a weird sense of pride when I go to bed hungry.
As a result of my checkered history, I’m very susceptible to weight-loss ads. …
There was a time when betas were for developers and daredevil tech journalists. No one in their right mind would run unfinished software on their primary hardware (A.K.A. “production systems”), let alone the smartphones we use to manage our lives.
As of this moment, Apple’s public betas for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are now available for anyone who wants them. …
Change can be a disruptive force, especially in technology where new interfaces, features, and innovation can lead to chaos. However, sometimes change is about transmogrifying into something familiar or at least similar to what's around it. It’s like a chameleon’s skin taking on the characteristics of the branch it’s sitting on.
In the case of technology, change can be a move to the middle. Laptops and tablets all look quite similar, and, with each passing year, smartphones all look more and more like glossy glass and metal slabs. Software is not immune to this trend. …
When I got my first Android phone in 2008, I remember being stunned by the notification shade. It was a brilliant feature that seemed so obvious, yet most platforms still hadn’t adopted it: a single place to get every kind of notification you’d need. Get a new email? Notification. Text message? Notification. Someone on Twitter called you a moron? It’s right there in the notification shade!
Finally, there was a single funnel that everything important could be run through and either addressed or dismissed with ease. No more manually refreshing a dozen apps to find everything I needed to know…
As Microsoft plans to usher in the next major edition of Windows (ostensibly Windows 11), it’s also quietly preparing to show the door to its 6-year-old Windows 10 operating system.
That news, which Microsoft certainly didn’t make news (no press release that I could find), was discovered by Windows platform watchers like Paul Thurrott on a Windows Lifecycle page that now lists October 14, 2025, as the Windows 10 “Retirement Date.” That’s roughly 10 years since the launch of the Windows edition that revitalized the brand after the magnificent stumble of Windows 8.
Apple’s iOS 15 could be the iPhone operating system’s most subtle update in years. It’s also potentially the most impactful, making significant and much-needed changes to web browsing, mapping, notifications, and intelligence-aided search.
Here’s the stuff I’m jazzed about.
Consumers get excited about all of Apple’s big launch events, the ones where the Cupertino tech giant unveils a passel of new products intended to brighten their days, improve their lives, and help them get more done.
I like them, too but the real juice comes from Apple’s annual, information-packed Worldwide Developers Conferences (WWDC). This is where Apple charts the roadmap, not for just current and future products, but the software and code that underpins all of it.
Look at it this way:
Windows isn’t software. It’s an iconic entity that’s allergic to change. Think of it as a cherished work of art that needs regular upkeep: Everyone is happy with the brighter colors and fresh shine, but no one is pleased with the redrawn contours, painted over a blemish, or poorly recreated visage.
Windows 10 bears little resemblance to the Windows I first encountered in 1991, roughly around the time of Windows 3.1. In the 30 years since, I’ve seen and beta-tested countless iterations, each promising better functionality, performance, and utility. Later came assurances of better security. …
Next to my desk, I have my very first Amazon Echo. The almost foot-tall cylinder bears little resemblance to the current fourth-gen fabric-covered ball design. Even so, Amazon is conscripting my smart speaker, the latest models, and all Echoes in between into its long-gestating, neighbor-created, low-bandwidth mesh network: Sidewalk.
It’s been almost two years since Amazon announced the 900MHz network intended to bridge the gap between short-range Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and more powerful long-range connectivity options like LTE and 5G. Back then, I wasn’t entirely sure I understood Amazon’s plan. …
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