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Ryan Faas

13 pieces of advice for Yosemite beta testers

For the first time since 2000, Apple is allowing pubic beta testers to try out a prerelease version of OS X. Ryan Faas tells testers what to do and what to avoid.

Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred

In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features.

Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT

One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.

What's in a name? Aussie 'HealthKit' firm unhappy with Apple

An Australian company has made a big deal this week of taking umbridge over Apple's use of the name HealthKit. That's because the company is named HealthKit.

At WWDC, continuity across devices is the theme

Apple's "Continuity" initiative is all about using the right device for the right task at the right moment and shifting between those devices seamlessly. Columnist Ryan Faas explains.

WWDC preview: For Apple, it's all about platforms now

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is the company's one big chance to talk up hardware, operating systems and services -- and explain where Apple is headed. Ryan Faas explains what to look for on Monday.

'Oleg Pliss' hack makes for a perfect teachable IT moment

Earlier this week, some iOS device owners woke up to discover that "Oleg Pliss" had hacked their iPhones and iPads and locked them up. The hack could have been worse, says Ryan Fass, which is why it's a good lesson in security that IT staffers should use.

So an iPhone user tries out Windows Phone 8.1...

Long-time Apple columnist Ryan Faas got his hands on a Lumia 520 running Windows 8.1 and liked what he found.

Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.

24 milestones in the Mac's 30-year history

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the now-iconic Apple Macintosh computer. Columnist Ryan Faas looks back over the past three decades at some of the highlights and lowlights of the Mac's -- and Apple's -- evolution.

Apple edges back toward the data center

Now that OS X Mavericks Server has some new enterprise-oriented features and the updated Mac Pro has finally arrived, it's time to ask whether Apple is edging back into the data center, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Roku beats Apple to the TV market

While Apple has called its Apple TV set-top box a "hobby," rival Roku has teamed up with two manufacturers to build its popular video streaming service directly into TVs. Columnist Ryan Faas weighs in on the consequences.

iOS 7 delivers some needed enterprise-friendly tweaks

Since it supports enterprise single sign-on, iOS 7 should be a more business-friendly operating system when it arrives Wednesday, says columnist Ryan Faas. He offers a look at what's new in iOS 7 and why IT pros should care.

The M7 motion coprocessor in the iPhone 5s is a big deal

Apple's new flagship phone, the iPhone 5s, boasts a slew of new hardware advances, not the least of which is the M7 motion coprocessor. Columnist Ryan Faas explains why the M7 is important.

Apple and the enterprise: A complicated relationship

Over the past 15 years, Apple has worked, and at times struggled, to figure out the best way to integrate its products into enterprise environments. Columnist Ryan Faas takes a look at that complex relationship.

Office Mobile for the iPhone enters an already-crowded field

Microsoft released its first iOS version of Office on Friday, but a wide range of alternative iOS apps and suites already exist. Ryan Faas details some of the competition.

IT will have a love-hate relationship with iOS 7, OS X Mavericks and iCloud

Consumers and business users alike will find things to love about OS X Mavericks and iOS 7, says columnist Ryan Faas. But for enterprise IT pros, this week's announcements are a mixed bag.

Forget the keynote. WWDC is still about the developers

As usual, the Apple rumor mill has been on overdrive as WWDC nears. But all the hype about anything CEO Tim Cook might reveal misses the point, says columnist Ryan Faas. WWDC is still about developers.

Is N.Y. wooing Apple for an upstate chip plant?

Apple may be eying a site in upstate New York for a manufacturing plant that would allow it to wean itself from relying on Samsung for the A-series chips that power Apple's iOS devices.

Apple aims to stay atop tablet mountain

Apple has already sold 100 million iPads and the rollout this week of the iPad Mini will only add fuel to that fire, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Author Bio

Ryan Faas Ryan Faas is a freelance technology journalist, network consultant and book author who has been writing about Apple products, business and enterprise IT topics, and the mobile industry for more than a decade.