Articles By Dan Frakes

The iPad’s charging problems explained

If you've recently taken possession of a shiny new iPad, you may have noticed an odd message when connecting the tablet to some computers or USB chargers: the words Not charging in the

Published on: March 23rd, 2012 Dan Frakes

Best iPad keyboards for folio, clamshell, and standalone models

For serious typing sessions-or if you just can't get the hang of the iPad's onscreen keyboard-an external keyboard offers the tactile advantages of real keys without sacrificing the iPad's portability and touchscreen features.

Published on: December 15th, 2011 Dan Frakes

iOS 5: Understanding iCloud and Wi-Fi sync features

Thanks to the combination of iTunes 10.5, iOS 5, and iCloud, you can sync data wirelessly with your iOS device. In fact, there are two ways to do so: iCloud syncing, which sends

Published on: November 8th, 2011 Dan Frakes

New Mac minis pack performance into tiny package

With the Mac mini (Mid 2010), released in June 2010, Apple gave its smallest Mac an aesthetic overhaul, replacing the chunky, aluminum-and-white-plastic 2009 model with a sleek, aluminum-unibody model that was easier to

Published on: August 4th, 2011 Dan Frakes

QuoteFix — a great way to rectify messaging flaws

When it comes to e-mail etiquette, I'm old-school. For example, I always use plain text instead of styled text or HTML when composing messages. But perhaps my most old-school habit is that I

Published on: October 12th, 2010 Dan Frakes

iPhone headsets offer good sound quality at a decent price

Upgrading your iPod's headphones is the easiest way to improve your on-the-go music listening. But when it comes to the iPhone, upgrading isn't as simple a task, because the iPhone's stock earbuds are

Published on: May 16th, 2008 Dan Frakes

A compact, cost-effective speaker system for iPhones and iPods

When we reviewed Logic 3's US$30 iStation Traveller, a tiny speaker system for iPods, we found it to be a fine value and surprisingly good-sounding for such a small and inexpensive product. The

Published on: April 2nd, 2008 Dan Frakes