Clean your computer like Apple
How to make your devices look like new
I got a new MacBook Pro earlier this year, and within a few weeks, it had smudges and fingerprints all over it. That brand new glow was quickly gone.
A few days later I stopped into my nearby Apple Store and noticed that all the machines sparkled, despite customers putting their dirty fingers all over them, all day long.
So I asked what to do: how could I make my Mac look as great as the ones in the Apple Store?
Sanitech, the rep told me. It’s a product made by Whoosh, sells for around $20 and according to the company, gets rid of “dust, dirt, oil, gunk and fingermarks” in 30 seconds or so. (Note: Apple hasn’t officially, as a company, endorsed Sanitech, but a TikTokker did recently do a video that shows Whoosh on the Genius Bar.)
I ordered the product, (which isn’t sold at the Apple Store, BTW) and I’m happy to report, it works as advertised. You turn the computer power off, spray the liquid onto the supplied microfiber cloth, wipe it over your machine with the wet side, and dry it with the other side.
And fingerprints are now gone. Looks like a great, new computer again.
It works with all devices, according to the company—smartphones, tablets and TVs. Did a nice job with my iPhone too.
So add a little Whoosh to my list of daily activities.
If I was still at USA TODAY, I no doubt would have been writing about Elon Musk all week, and I’m not wistful about it. Relieved is more like it.
The idea of a sole paper billionaire owning a major communication company to mirror into his image is as distasteful as the man who owns Fox News—or Facebook. I hope it never happens. And I’m happy to have the freedom to say so!
Lastly, is making rocket ships so easy that you can dally your time tweeting all day and planning hostile takeovers instead of your day job? Especially when the job is split with making electric cars?
Go back to work Elon!
Most people I know hate video editing and will do anything to skip out on the chore. So how about letting Apple create a “Magic Movie” from your clips on your iPhone or iPad? Apple just updated the mobile version of the iMovie app with this feature, which should be familiar to anyone who’s seen the “For You” auto movies generated from your camera roll.
In this case, you click the Magic Movie button in the app, then select clips. Apple then arranges them, puts in transitions and adds canned, sappy music.
It’s a nice free feature, but nothing beats putting in the time. I wouldn’t want to show the Magic Movie to anyone.
We’re going to Venice Beach on Sunday 4/24
Our next live Photowalk event will be in the Los Angeles area on Sunday 4/24 at 10 a.m., as we explore the amazing street art of the funky coastal community. (Check out the video above for examples.)
The event is sponsored by our friends at Flipboard, the social magazine, and as always, the event is free, so please join us! I’ll have my bag of smartphone tricks to show you how to get pro-level results with your smartphone. Sign up here:
Highway 1 Road Trip continues: Cayucos
Speaking of PhotowalksTV, this week’s Season IV installment continues our Highway 1 road trip to the small, western styled coastal town of Cayucos.
I’m joined by my friend Charlotte “Ginger” DiNunzio, the Los Oso based photographer who often brings clients to Cayucos for family shoots. She shows us around, from her SandprintsPhotos.com Prius. Thank you SmugMug for sponsoring Season IV!
Cayucos is right up the road north from Morro Bay, and leads us to next week’s stop in Cambria. So stay tuned!
Have you seen my Highway 1 blooper reel? Funny stuff!
Macro photography on the iPhone
Apple just handed out awards to photographers in its Macro contest, and my pal Lance Ulanoff caught up with some of them. He’s got great photo examples in his piece, so check it out.
More on Gilbert Gottfried
I heard from a bunch of you re my post on the late comedian Gilbert Gottfried the other day. Some loved him, others though he was too abrasive and foul-mouthed.
But I think everyone will agree with me that his funeral was done just right.
Watch a memorial the way it should be (outside of New Orleans.) With love and lots of belly-laughs. A great send off for the comedian, which was more of a roast than anything else. What a shame he didn’t get to see it! Watch here:
This weeks podcast:
Scott Bourne and I discuss the new camera features we hope Apple announces in June at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference.
Happy Passover and Easter to all of you. Thanks as always for watching, reading and listening. If you enjoyed today’s edition, please let me know with a heart tab or better yet, a reply!