Kirk McElhearnSenior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He also runs Kirk's iTunes Forum, where users can discuss iTunes, iOS devices, music, and more. Kirk is the author of Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ.


What does Apple have in store for Windows users?

Apple's Sept. 9 event promises to be a big one. Will there be something for Windows users, too?



Three alternatives to Beats Solo2 headphones

Beats headphones are popular, but if you're concerned about their sound quality, consider an alternative.


Spire review: Every breath you take, Spire will be watching you

This breathing monitor can help you recognize and better manage your stress level.


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Wi-Fi scales compared: Fitbit Aria and Withings Smart Body Analyzer

These scales can track your weight, body fat percentage, and more, and you can access the data on the Web or through an iOS app.

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BBC documentary highlights conditions at a Chinese iPhone factory, but is it all Apple's fault?

There's clearly a problem, but no one company deserves all the blame.

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Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor review: HealthKit compatibility doesn't add much

If you're willing to pay a premium for convenience, this monitor works with at least three apps, although the Health app's interface didn't wow us.


7 dictionary and reference apps that are not just for students

These wiki-tools, thesauruses, and word games make awesome tools for use inside and out of the classroom.



Five timers just for meditation

Use these apps to track your time while meditating -- without any overwhelming distractions.


Six grocery shopping apps to replace your paper list

Put all your grocery lists on your smartphone and make your shopping a lot easier.

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Can an iPhone user learn to love Android?

Kirk McElhearn found that, unless you're deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem, Android is a perfectly viable (and in some respects preferable) alternative to iOS.

Travel tips: what you can't leave behind

Planning on traveling during the holidays? Then you'll need to decide which of your tech gadgets you need to bring along. Here's how to figure that out.


Watch and rip Blu-ray movies on your Mac

If you like the quality and features of Blu-ray, and want to be able to watch discs on your Mac or convert them to other formats for viewing on other computers, all you need is a bit of hardware and software to make it all possible.

New Year's resolution: Vanquish technology vices

Kick bad technology habits in the new year with these tips from Kirk McElhearn.

Review: iTunes 11 adds cool features, but can be jarring to longtime users

iTunes 11 brings cool new features such as Up Next, a refreshed interface, and an improved MiniPlayer. But longtime users may find the changes (and some omissions) a bit disconcerting.


Posts for iPad

If you need to write and post to a blog when you're out and about, Posts is a well-designed app that's of particular value for managing blogs.