DODOcase Durable Portfolio

Review: DODOcase Durable Portfolio

DODOcase Durable Portfolio

High end laptop and iPad cases tend to be made from leather and other “luxury” materials and usually feature details and craftsmanship that you don’t find in less expensive accessories. However, they also don’t tend to be designed with durability and ruggedness in mind. However, there are exceptions to the norm and I’m always on the lookout for such things.

That’s why I was really interested to take a closer look at DODOcase’s Durable Portfolio after I saw it on their website. The company was kind enough to send me one to review and I’ve very glad that they did, because it’s definitely a unique and very rugged case for any 13″ laptop (and probably 14″), or any iPad model.

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DODOCase Magic Keyboard Case

Review: DODOcase Magic Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 12.9

DODOCase Magic Keyboard Case

Thanks to the popularity of Apple’s Magic Keyboard, a new type of case for the iPad Pro has emerged over the last year. There are plenty of bags and sleeves out there that will hold a Pro and MK together and I’ve reviewed a few of those in recent months. However, the more interesting cases I’m seeing now are those that not only hold an iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard, but also allow you to use them together without removing the from it.

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IPadOS Multitasking Shelf

Larger iPad Pros Are Not a Bad Idea and Also Make a Terrible Straw Man

IPadOS Multitasking Shelf

Anytime I see a tech journalist or blogger taking aim at the iPad for no good reason, I’m going to tee off on them. It’s already ridiculous enough when you have tech snobs looking down their noses at tablet users and their devices as some kind of lower life forms. Today, we have a writer from Tom’s Guide making what appears to be a reasonable request of Apple regarding their laptops. Unfortunately, he decided to set the iPad Pro and its users up as straw men for him to topple over (quite poorly) in his article.

Come on people. iPad users deserve better than this kind of pandering and nonsense.

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IPad Pro M-Series Processor

Qualcomm’s CEO Talks the Talk on Competing with Apple. Can They Walk the Walk?

IPad Pro M-Series Processor

So Qualcomm is finally getting serious about competing with Apple’s A and M Series chips. Apple has been beating the pants off of them when it comes to power and efficiency in mobile chip design for several years now and the gap has done nothing but widen recently.

Now Apple has taken that lead over to their Mac hardware and lapped Microsoft and Qualcomm, despite their two year head start down the same road. The company’s new CEO says he has a plan that many others have tried in similar circumstances with mixed results. Will it work for Qualcomm?

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Brydge 12.9 Max+

Review: Brydge 12.9 Max+ Wireless Keyboard with Trackpad

 

Brydge 12.9 Max+

When I saw the first ad for the new Brydge 12.9 Max+ Wireless Keyboard with Trackpad, I knew I had to try it. I’ve been a fan of Brydge’s keyboards for a few years now, but just from a photo, I could tell this one is different. Very, very different. From the new design to the massive trackpad, the Max+ is a whole new ballgame. Let’s get into the reasons why and all of the fine details.

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Logitech Combo Touch Case head on

So Apple HAS Thought About Making Even Larger iPad Pros

Logitech Combo Touch Case head on

You won’t find a more consistent and reliable source for Apple information than Mark Gurman at Bloomberg. He was one of the first in what is now a growing and heavily scrutinized group of bloggers and journalists who give us varying windows into Apple’s ongoing projects, supply chain, and hardware release schedule. He’s back today with an interesting tidbit about the iPad Pro that most power users should find particularly interesting.

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IPadOS 15

iPad Power Users and Developers Get a Small Win from Apple

IPadOS 15

There was some disappointment among power users when iPadOS 15 was announced because we didn’t get some of the features and apps that many of us were hoping for. I didn’t get the enhanced external display support that I was really hoping to get this year. Others were hoping for things like iPadOS versions of Apple’s pro apps, multi-user support, or even some elements of macOS being ported over. The point is that, while the new features we did get in iPadOS 15 look great, none of us got everything we wanted.

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IPadOS Multitasking App Switcher

Waiting for the Beta

IPadOS Multitasking App Switcher

I’m struggling with patience this year, or maybe lack thereof. Normally I’m right there with the early birds, jumping into the first beta on most of my devices on day one. That gives me no end of things to write and talk about as all of the new features are uncovered. But not this year.

I’ve waited a few days on the early reports on Beta 1 bugs a couple of times. I’ve even waited for Beta 2 to show up before making the jump before. This year is the first time since I started running betas around iOS 4 that I’ve had to wait beyond the release of Beta 2.

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Quick Note with App

Does it Really Matter if iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Are a Little Boring?

Quick Note with App

In case you missed it, there was an interesting story that surfaced yesterday covering the opinions of a group of Apple users on iOS and iPad OS. The polling, which covered 3,000 iPhone and iPad users, was conducted by electronics reselling site SellCell and had some interesting results. Primarily, it says that a fair percentage of people find iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to be less than exciting.

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UAG Shock Sleeve Lite With iPad Pro Black Midnight Camo

Review: UAG Shock Sleeve Lite for iPad Pro

UAG Shock Sleeve Lite With iPad Pro Black Midnight Camo

If you carry an iPad Pro around with you, a case that provides at least some basic protection is almost a requirement. Even if you prefer to use it au natural, you are risking your investment if you aren’t at least transporting it from place to place inside of something.

This is one reason why sleeve cases have always been popular with iPad users, back to the earliest days of the device. Even though I prefer to keep my iPad Pro in some kind of case, I still like to carry the pair in something that provides more drop protection when I’m out and about.

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Apple Logo

The US House is on a Big Tech Hunting Expedition

Apple Logo

I have no problem tooting my own horn here. I called it. The US House of Representatives tipped its hand this week and revealed that they have absolutely no interest in giving us, the users of products and services from the big tech companies, what we really need. That would be measured, steadily implemented regulatory changes to restrain legitimate abuse of power by those companies. Instead, the five bills that were revealed this week are exactly what I expected to see from contemporary American politicians- a fair amount of grandstanding and political theater.

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