Deals: Triton 3-in-1 Cable

Now that I have a Nintendo Switch and I’ve started using fast charging, I’ve had to add USB-C to my cable arsenal, which already included plenty of Lightning and Micro USB. This is the state of mobile electronics today, with multiple charging standards and three or four kinds of cables required just to charge your gear.

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Review: ElevationLab’s BatteryPro

A few weeks ago, I took a look at a couple of battery packs from Griffin and Belkin for the Apple Watch. My interest in Belkin’s Valet Charger and Griffin’s Travel Power Bank was related to the increased battery demands that LTE and Apple Music streaming can place on the Watch’s battery life. Using these new features extensively will require topping off the battery during the day at times, and what better way than with compatible portable battery pack. With watchOS 4.2 now released, everyone with an LTE-enabled Watch can use Apple Music streaming and it wouldn’t surprise me if these battery packs suddenly become a lot more popular because of it.

Another Watch-compatible battery pack caught my eye when I was researching for the original review, and I was fortunate that the manufacturer was kind enough to send me one to take a look at this week. This is the BatteryPro from ElevationLab, which is also has an MFi-certified magnetic Watch charging pad built-in. This manufacturer is well-known for their high quality accessories, most notably the DraftTable for the iPad Pro (which I will also be testing over the next week for a coming review). After spending a few days using the BatteryPro, I can assure you that it is no exception, but another high-quality and very useful accessory in the ElevationLab lineup.

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Apple is Reportedly Buying Music Recognition Service Shazam

A couple of days ago, I asked if Siri is finally starting to improve. I’ve seen some positive changes and evidently I’m not the only one. However, as was noted in the survey that was the main focus of my article, Siri isn’t where it needs to be when it comes to music. This has to be a major concern for Apple, especially considering that they recently delayed the release of a new hardware platform that will depend heavily on Siri’s skill as a “musicologist.”

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Want an iPhone X? Do We Have the Giveaways for You!

If you are still thinking about upgrading to an iPhone X, then our Deals site currently has two giveaways going that you will absolutely want to get in on. First off, there are 10 days left to sign up for their iPhone X Giveaway. Don’t delay, as you can get your choice of Black or Space Gray 64GB iPhone X if luck is on your side.

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Is Siri Finally Starting to Improve?

When you live with something for a while, it can be difficult to detect little changes that occur over time. The subtle differences and small tweaks can slip by without notice. I am definitely having this experience with Siri in my daily use over the last few months. I can’t tell you when both Siri and the on-board Voice Dictation started replacing and correcting words after the fact based on grammar rules, but I see that it’s happening on a regular basis now. One direct example I noticed recently would be Dictation replacing “there” with “their” based on the context of the sentence after I had dictated a few more words. I’ve seen the same with “your” and “you’re,” as well. This makes voice dictation far more flexible and usable, since I don’t have to go back and edit as often.

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Deals: Droplr Pro Lifetime Subscription

If you are looking to take your corporate collaboration to  the next level, then Droplr Pro is the answer. Sharing screenshots. Check. Making GIFs of screenshots. Check. How bout video of your screen? Absolutely. How about making a slideshow? You bet. Droplr Pro will handle just about anything you throw at it in terms of collaboration.

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Is a New Budget-Priced iPad on the Way?


According to a DigiTimes article on Friday, Apple is planning to release a new 9.7″ iPad that will cost even less than last year’s new 9.7″ model. The target price that they give is $259, which is a full $70 below the current iPad’s price. While it may seem natural to assume that this article is talking about a simple price reduction, DigiTimes hammers home the fact that this device is “new” and aimed at the value tablet market.

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Giveaway: PaperLike iPad Screen Cover 2-Pack

I’ve written about the PaperLike screen cover for the iPad on a few occasions now, from its beginnings as a success on Kickstarter, to its release, and then my use of it over the course of the last four months. Now it’s time to give you, our readers, a chance to get your hands on two of these high-quality textured screen covers for free. If you want to see mote details on the PaperLike, go check out Sapper Products’ Site here.

Just follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway contest. All you have to do is share our contest via Twitter and then Comment on this post, telling us what you think of the PaperLike, and about your favorite note taking app. Continue reading

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Deals: ZeroLemon 4000mAh MFi Battery Case for iPhone X

Battery cases are one of the most popular accessory categories for the iPhone, and have been for many years. It was only a matter of time before every manufacturer had one available for the brand new iPhone X.

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My iPad Pro Note Taking Setup Passed the Test With Flying Colors

Back in April, I came across a Kickstarter for a product from Jan Sapper called the PaperLike that was aiming to fill an unaddressed niche for the iPad Pro- the lack of a textured surface for writing and drawing on the iPad Pro’s screen. I ended up backing it, and when I received the product in July, I promptly installed it and wrote a brief review. Other than a little difficulty in putting it on (no more than any other flexible film screen protector), I came away happy with my brief experience to that point.

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Apple’s Hour of Code Events Show Their Interest in Taking Coding to the Masses

Recently, Apple announced that it would be hosting Hour of Code sessions from December 4-10 at their Apple Retail Stores. This is the fifth year that the company has held such events in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Each of the classes, which have various age and interest targets, focuses on the Swift programming language and uses the iPad and Swift Playgrounds as the tool. Attendees can bring their own iPad, or if they don’t have one, Apple will provide them one for use during class time.

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