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So the New MacBook Pro’s Keyboard HAS Been Redesigned

A couple of days ago, I posted about the release of the new MacBook Pro. The detail that has garnered the most coverage and interest is the keyboard, and whether Apple has chosen to try and solve the issues with dirt and grit causing key failures now, or in a future Pro update. At the time, I said that it looks like Apple either made changes and wouldn’t admit it because of the potential negative impact on pending lawsuits, or decided to wait until the next major re-design of the MacBook Pro.

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How iTunes Took Podcasting Mainstream 13 Years Ago

Bradley Chambers at 9to5Mac has a very interesting article today about podcasting that is well worth reading in full. While I have listened to a lot of tech and sports podcasts over the last 12 years, and still do today, I have to admit that I’ve never known much about the history of the medium. This article gives a great synopsis of the early days before I started paying attention to podcasts.

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Deals: Universal Waterproof Solar Charger

It’s mid-July, so Summer is in full swing throughout the US. That means lots of time spent at pools, beaches, out on lakes, or even sailing the ocean. No matter where we are, our devices usually follow. However, electrical outlets are pretty hard to come by in and around the water, making it awfully hard to re-charge a phone or tablet. Even if you bring a rechargeable battery along, how do you recharge it when it gets low?

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Apple MacBook Pro Updates Are Coming Now, with Other Macs and iPads Later

It’s been an unexpectedly busy couple of days in Apple news. First off, Apple released an updated version of the MacBook Pro yesterday. These new 2018 versions have new Intel processors, more RAM, better screens, and a “quieter” keyboard. Unfortunately, Apple has not mentioned any design changes to the keyboard based on the number of complaints of failures due to dirt and grit getting under the keys. While a specific mention of this could be problematic for Apple due to ongoing litigation over this issue, the feeling around the industry is that this version of the keyboard will not be a significant improvement.

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Deals: ATECH 18,000 mAh Power Bank with Smart Charge

Summer is the season of travel. If you are planning on taking a vacation, or even just a few days off for a staycation, a portable power bank is an almost essential item to keep your gadgets going.

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A Man in Kansas City Was Killed During a Meetup to Purchase a Used iPhone

There is a tragic story to report out of Kansas City, Kansas tonight. Oune Somsanith, a 45 year old husband and father of five from Lee’s Summit, MO was tragically shot and killed during a meeting to purchase an iPhone 7 off of Letgo. As a father myself, my heart hurts for this man’s family. It just seems impossible to explain such senseless violence.

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Microsoft’s Andromeda May Be Delayed or Killed Off Entirely, and That is Unfortunate

Foldable phones are the next big thing, according to many in the tech press. This is one of those product categories like AR Headsets- they are perpetually 6-12 months around the corner. If you ask Mike Elgan, Microsoft’s foldable Surface device, reportedly codenamed Andromeda, is poised to take over the world and make the iPad and other tablets irrelevant. Well, I don’t make a habit of listening a guy who still insists that Google Glass was a success, and that Apple got the smartwatch all wrong by not focusing on the enterprise market before targeting consumers for advice on where the mobile technology puck is headed next.

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The iPhone 8 is Still Selling Surprisingly Well

Remember when the iPhone 8 was released last year? The tech press was universally unimpressed, and most of them predicted mediocre to poor sales. To be honest, I didn’t find it particularly compelling, either. No one can deny that the 8 and 8 Plus’ almost four year old design is dated, at best. A glass back, new gold color, and wireless charging didn’t change that.

This perception was just exacerbated by the fact that the iPhone X is so much more visually appealing than the 8 and 8 Plus, with its glass curves and bezel-less design. How in the world would this older looking phone with a new price tag compete with the the X on one side, and the less expensive, but very similar looking iPhone 7 on the other? This doesn’t even factor in the constantly improving Android flagship phones from Samsung, LG, and Google, themselves. I can’t say I thought the iPhone 8 was destined for great sales numbers.

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Deals: ARMOR-X Magnetic Charging Cable

Have you ever tripped over a short mobile device charging cord, or had someone trip over yours? It’s easy to do when outlets aren’t in a convenient locations, especially in public places like airports or your local coffee shop. What Apple did for laptops with the MagSafe, ARMOR-X is doing for all of your mobile devices. This cable has a magnetic connection right at the charge connector that stays in place during normal use, but can break away quickly if stress is applied, protecting both the cable’s charge connector and more importantly, your device.

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The App Store is 10? Where Has the Time Gone?

Today is the tenth birthday of Apple’s App Store, which is hard to believe. It makes me feel my age just a bit as I type this. On the one hand, it’s hard to remember the world of mobile devices and smartphones before it, because it is so much a part of everyday life today. On the other hand, I also remember the Summer of 2008 like it was yesterday.

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Looks Like the New LCD iPhone May Come in More Colors After All

Photo Source: 9to5Mac

There are new, and this time much more credible, rumors that the new less expensive iPhone with an LCD screen will come in a variety of colors to set it apart from the rest of the lineup. However, while the first report showed an iPhone with awful looking variants of green and purple that came out of India, these new rumors come courtesy of our old friend Ming-Chi Kuo, and should much more realistic. Even in his new gig, he is evidently still paying attention to Apple. Old habits die hard, I guess.

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