This is the 27th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
When is the right time to upgrade your devices? Brian Lam, from The New York Times, gives specific advice for smartphones, tablets, and laptops. If you have been considering upgrading one of these devices, I would highly recommend that you take a few minutes and read this article.
I spend some time at the beginning of the Going Further With Your iPad and Going Further With Your Mac classes discussing iCloud. I spend time explaining what iCloud is because I share the same opinion as Ian Betteridge that iCloud is central to everything that Apple will be doing for years to come.
My wife Britta and I love how we are able to keep our calendars and contacts in sync between her MacBook, my MacBook Pro, my iPhone, her iPod Touch, and our iPad.
I appreciate being able to start a document on my MacBook Pro and finish it on my iPad without having to think about manually transferring it.
We have both been fortunate enough to now have any of our devices stolen, but I have had to use the Find My iPhone feature of iCloud to locate my iPhone when I leave it in the car or can't find it at home because it fell underneath the couch.
I didn't watch the debate the other evening because I was out teaching a community ed class. The following day I was scanning the headlines and I saw that one of the questions asked towards the end of the debate went something along the lines of, "Why aren't Apple products manufactured in the United States?"
Arik Hesseldahl makes the argument that both candidates did a poor job answering the question and he then shares what he think would have been a better response. If you are into politics, economics, and technology you might enjoy reading this article.
In 2011, 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones. Perhaps MN should consider joining the other 10 states that have outlawed handheld cell phone use in a moving vehicle by a driver.