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Computer Security: Webcam Protection & Antivirus

’Tis the season to click on links, and after a couple of clicks too far, my friend Michael’s Mac recently came to a standstill thanks to malware. Malware (ill-intentioned software like rootkits, ransomware, and trojans) can strike when you least expect it. Whether you’re shopping online or getting a holiday message… Read More

Holiday Shopping Smartphone Tips

Holiday shopping can be stressful. Remembering what you need to buy, where you saw the best price, and lots of other little considerations means a considerable mental burden on top of managing the mall crowds and traffic. Thankfully, you probably have a great little shopping helper right in your pocket. Read More

5 Ways to Use Google Home for the Holidays

With Google Home in my house, I feel like I have an extra set of hands to make my life easier. I have Google Home in my main floor living room and Google Home Mini upstairs outside our bedrooms. When people ask me about Google Assistant, the software that powers… Read More

Holiday How-To: Make Your Own Photo Tree

I have thousands of photos on my phone, so I was looking for a fun way to share some family favs. In partnership.with HP Canada, I created my very own photo tree. It took me a couple of hours to plan and print (using the $159.99 HP… Read More

Upgrading to iOS 11 for your iPhone & iPad

After a long summer of beta-testing, Apple has now released iOS 11 to the masses. Here are some things you’ll want to know about before you upgrade. Features As usual, the design has been updated, but the new iOS has a slew of other changes, too, including: new control center… Read More

iPhone X, Apple Watch 3, Apple TV 4K at Apple Event

Tim Cook and crew took to the new Steve Jobs Theater stage in their new Apple Park campus for the first time ever to announce not one, but two new (and substantially different from one-another) iPhones, a major upgrade for the Apple Watch, and even a 4K HDR Apple TV. Read More

Back-to-School Gadgets & Apps

As much as we might want summer to last forever, we’re only a couple of weeks from the start of a new school year. With that in mind, here are some great gadgets and apps to start your school year right. For Families: Cozi App (free) The Cozi App… Read More

Google Home: Product Deep Dive

When you start using voice assistant technology, it’s a liberating experience. In fact, according to a recent report called ‘Speak-Easy,’ nine out of 10 people said that “when voice technology works properly, it really simplifies my life.” While I’ve used voice commands on my phone, I’ve never had… Read More

Best Bets: Summer Travel Gadgets

In the coming months, thousands of families will hit the road for their summer adventures. Whether they’re travelling by plane, train, or automobile, my son Connor (age 8) and I have hand-picked these top tech products to make the trip easier – and a lot more fun. BB-8 Car Charger… Read More

TheOtherMac: Augmented reality, the iMac Pro, and more at Apple’s WWDC17

I recently wrote about Apple’s new “Siri speaker”, iPads, and iOS 11 announcements from their Worldwide Developers Conference, so I’ll cover off the rest of the keynote below. Again, the underlying thrust for a lot of things was about machine learning, especially how this relates to Siri’s abilities, and setting… Read More