I am not a gamer at all, at least not since my dad’s airline buddy smuggled a pre-release, Japanese version of Super Mario 3 to Canada from Tokyo in late 1989. But I do regularly read tech news, so it was impossible to miss the recent announcement of a new handheld gaming device: the Playdate.

The announcement was particularly noteworthy in technology circles because the device is made by Panic, a boutique Mac software house behind popular productivity apps like Coda and Transmit. The company has dabbled in games a bit recently, but otherwise there was no indication that the…


I was up in Beijing last weekend and came across these machines when I asked for WiFi access at Beijing Capital Airport’s Terminal 3:

The new ATM-like WiFi machine.

I had never seen these before, and I travel to Beijing quite frequently. In fact, I didn’t pay much attention to them at all until an airline staff member told me to use the machine to get a username and password for Wifi access.

To be clear, I saw these machines in the Air China First Class Lounge and Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge, though there were signs in the main passenger areas of the airport…


One of my all-time favourite macOS applications is DEVONthink — a comprehensive, AI-powered database that can save and organize nearly anything. I use it as my primary digital “filing cabinet” because in addition to saving and organizing documents, it also displays files and permits annotation on a huge variety of file types (PDFs, Pages, Word, PowerPoint, Keynote, Excel, Numbers, Markdown, Websites, JPG, and PNG, just to name a few). Users also have the option of importing files into DEVONthink to manage, or leaving them where they are and having DEVONthink index them in place. …


Boeing is in full-on crisis mode following the deadly crashes of two 737 Max 8 aircraft just a few months apart, prompting concern among airline employees and anxiety in passengers concerned about their safety. A (damaging) phrase is already circulating on social media: “If it’s Boeing, I’m not going!”

There’s so much in Boeing’s public response that deserves to be put under a microscope, but it’s approaching 1am in Hong Kong and I need to be up early tomorrow. …


As a teenager, I always dreamed of working as a journalist. I loved radio, I loved storytelling, and I loved the idea of being on the front lines to witness and share important moments. I spent years chasing stories and interviewing newsmakers as a radio reporter in my 20s before moving into the realm of corporate communications. I still follow the business closely, because it’s still where my heart remains. Good journalism (and good journalists, of which there are too few) matter to the health of democracies and have great power to do good in the world. …


I read a lot of tech blogs and websites, and listen to far too many podcasts, about apps and systems that supposedly enhance our productivity. I worry anything I could write here has already been done before — probably by many. But there’s one handy little app I discovered and use daily that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere yet: Typeeto.

Typeeto is a discreet Mac menu bar app by Eltima Software that allows you to toggle between your Mac and iOS devices for keyboard input — and it works like a charm. Below is my setup at home, with my…


When we ran The Nanfang from 2010–2016, we paid very close attention to the experimentation with online news business models. The frequent closures of newspapers, consolidation of advertising revenue at Google and Facebook, and proliferation of new digital publications while legacy ones struggled were consequences of a huge transition in the industry driven by the internet, smartphones, tablets and social media. Buzzfeed, Vice, Business Insider and other digital publications began attracting huge audiences and serious investment, becoming the darlings of internet media. Facebook, and to a lesser degree Twitter, were referring millions of people to news sites while staff raced…

Cam MacMurchy

Senior Director of Communications in Hong Kong, former journalist, curator of Digital Bits PR & Communications newsletter, contributor @ 9to5Mac.com.

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