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WWDC Wishlist Part Three- Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has quickly become one of the big stars in Apple’s hardware lineup. In three years, it has basically taken over the wearables market and become the world’s de facto smartwatch. A big reason for this is Apple’s investment in the platform and consistent innovation. They have already released one major re-write of watchOS (watchOS 3), have delivered four total updates to watchOS in three years, and have released one major hardware upgrade. That’s a lot of change in a short amount of time, especially for Apple.

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Deals: goTenna Mesh Secure Portable Networks

While we depend on cellular networks for so much of what we do today, there are times when they aren’t available. There may even be times when security is more important than Internet connectivity. If you still need to be able to communicate or use mapping with GPS in these situations, goTenna has just the solution for you.

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WWDC Wishlist Part Two- iPad Pro

The WWDC Keynote is only two weeks away, so we should start hearing bits and pieces about what will be covered at the event. However, if last year is a guide, we should also expect some surprises. While there were rumors of a new 10.5″ iPad Pro leading up to WWDC 2017, no one knew about the new iPad-specific features that were coming to iOS 11.

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New Report of a Cheaper Beats Branded HomePod Seems a Little Off

There have been several reports that a less expensive HomePod is coming on the heels of the original’s release earlier this year. While Apple offering a product that costs less than the current HomePod’s $349 seems like a no-brainer at some point, I have already stated my personal opinion that it is too early for Apple to make this move. If Apple doesn’t push Siri and its capabilities to power an intelligent speaker forward first, they risk a more affordable HomePod falling flat. That could really stunt the future potential of their efforts in a category that is still in its infancy.

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Deals: iKlips Dual-Interface Drive

Do you ever find yourself shuffling things around or having to delete items to free up space on your iPhone? We’ve all had to at some point or another, especially if we have an iPhone with 16 GB or less storage space. Then there are those times when you need to move a file from your device to a Windows computer. You can fuss with a Lightning Cable and iTunes, or trying to email it as an attachment, but how about something easier and faster.

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Deals: ZinCable Ultra-Strong MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

Ever had a Lightning Cable fall apart on you? You aren’t alone. While Apple’s can last a while if you are careful with them, they aren’t made to take abuse. Don’t even get me started on cheap third-party cables. My kids might as well eat them the way they go through them.

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PSA: Don’t Fall in Love With Your Favorite Tech Company, Because They Won’t Return the Favor

I make no bones about the fact that I’m an Apple fan, and have been for years. I don’t claim to be objective when talking about them, or about tech in general. However, I know enough to take a step back from time to time. There is a difference between being a fan of a company and their products, and being a shill.

Sure, I can stray too far over that line at times, as many tech bloggers do. It is easy to be a fanboy, at times. However, I understand one very important fact that keeps pulling me back where I need to be: There is nothing to be gained from blind love and devotion to Apple, because they don’t love me back.

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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.

The Triton 3-in-1 Cable is a great solution for anyone who wants to cut down on the number of cables they are carrying. This MictoUSB cable comes in 1 Meter and 2 Meter variants and includes connected tips that convert the end to either USB-C or Lightning. The cable is also braided for both added durability and elimination of tangles. This cable can do it all at a very reasonable price.

Our Deals site is offering the 1 Meter Triton 3-in-1 Cable for $9.99 and the 2 Meter version for $12.99.

This 3-in-1 charging cable is manufactured with high strength braiding, and is the ultimate cable solution for all of your devices. With USB to Lightning, USB Type-C, and microUSB connections built in, you’ll be able to cut back on the cord clutter for good.

• High speed charging powers devices at up to 50% faster

• Braided jacket ensures the cable won’t tear

• Durable, tangle free construction eliminates typical cable annoyances

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The Apple Watch Has Become Quite the Lifesaver

When you refer to a product as a lifesaver, it’s usually an exaggeration referring to something makes makes simple tasks a little easier. However, that isn’t the case anymore when it comes to the Apple Watch. We are now seeing multiples stories per month talking about how an Apple Watch notified its wearer of a dangerously elevated heart rate, leading to a diagnosis of a critical condition or illness. In fact, there was a new report of just such an event from Hong Kong just a couple of days ago.

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WWDC 2018 Wishlist Part One- Siri

The 2018 WWDC Keynote is just a little over three weeks away. Apple routinely gives us about two hours worth of new software, hardware, and services. With the past as a guide, we can expect to see all of the latest on macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. We will also see any updates that are coming to Apple’s services, such as iCloud, Maps, News, and Music. Hardware announcements and previews come and go, but I would expect to see the new iPad Pro at the very least.

As we move closer to the Keynote, I’ll be making predictions/wishlists on several of the things that I think we will or won’t hear about on Monday, June 4th. I am going to start the ball rolling with one of Apple’s biggest weaknesses at the moment- Siri. There is absolutely no doubt that we will hear a lot about what Apple is up to to improve the service. The question is, how will it go? Does Apple have anything real and tangible to show us?Will it be more window dressing like the last few years, or will we see something more this time.

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Deals: Powerup Wireless Charging 10,000mAh Battery

Apple took their time bringing us this feature, but wireless charging is here to stay, and many owners of iPhone 8s and Xs are taking full advantage. While there is no shortage of wireless charging pads and pucks for home and office use, wireless charging battery packs aren’t as common. However, it is hard to beat the freedom of being able to use a battery pack while out and about without having to keep a Lightning Cable attached.

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