All posts by jhrogersii

Living with the HomePod- Day One

I was a little late getting started with my HomePod yesterday. I was in Boston for meetings all week, and my plane didn’t get in until 8:15 last night. By the time my family picked me up and we got home and I unpacked, it was getting late and I was beat. I did set it up and listened to a little bit of music, but my wife had to work today and needed to turn in, so I turned it off after a few minutes and got some sleep myself.

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Deals: Takieso Walnut Qi Charger

Wireless chargers are all the rage now, especially since fashionably late Apple has finally joined the party. Qi chargers are everywhere, and I’ve featured several in our Deals segments, already. However, today’s offer is just a bit different.

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Are You Ready for Some New Apple Hardware?

Despite the fact that we just got brand new hardware from Apple just yesterday in the HomePod, let’s be honest. It isn’t for everyone. However, thanks to Apple’s wide ranging product lineup, there’s always something else coming just around the corner. In this case, it may be sooner than you think. According to a few different reports over the last week or so, we have a pretty good idea about as many as eight new Apple products that will be released over the course of this year.

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With the HomePod Arriving Tomorrow, Thoughts on its Future and Siri Abound

With the HomePod arriving tomorrow for those who preordered, there is even more talk about what the future holds for this new Apple hardware platform and also about what Siri can and can’t do on the device. The initial reviews have been almost uniformly glowing over the speaker’s sound quality, but not so over Siri’s very noticeable limitations. I won’t get my hands on mine until late tomorrow evening when I return home from Boston, but I am certainly looking forward to trying it out for myself.

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Would You Subscribe to Apple Hardware?

A few days ago, Christopher Mims of the Wall Street Journal wrote a very interesting article that poses an even more interesting question- Would you sign up for a yearly subscription for Apple hardware?

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Deals: TAMO Charge-N-Glow MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

Who knew charging can be fun? Well, with the Charge-N-Glow MFi-Certified Lightning Cable from TAMO, it can be. This MFi cable lights up anytime that it is plugged into a wall outlet, and the responsive LEDs blink faster when the cable is plugged into an iOS device.

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Apple Still Far Out in Front When it Comes to Tablets

According to the latest numbers from IDC, the iPad is maintaining the forward momentum that Apple kicked off with the release of the lower-cost iPad early last year. Apple is at the top of the tablet heap with around 26% market share worldwide.

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Apple Slices: Bite-sized Apple News of the Week

It’s been an up and down week for Apple

It’s been a week of highs and lows for Apple with some good news, some not so good, and other stories that seem to go either way depending on who’s doing the reporting. Let’s get into some of the highlights.

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My Pixelbook Experiment Was a Bit of a False Start

So I ended up returning the Pixelbook that I picked up to review and wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This was more of a false start than a failure, though. I hit day 14 (BestBuy’s last day to return) without being able to say if it was something I would be willing to part with $1000 for, or if I would even be able to take a small monetary hit to have it for a while and then sell it for less. The fact is, I just wasn’t able to spend as much time with the device as I had hoped, and couldn’t be sure about it. It’s better to safe than sorry in that case, but I can’t say that I won’t go back any try again later on.

Here are a few things that I did glean from my brief time with the device:

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Apple Needs to Make Siri Great at Something

With the HomePod showing up on my doorstep next Friday, I’ve been doing some thinking about Siri lately. Why is the overall impression of Apple’s digital assistant so negative? There are recent surveys and tests showing it as being competitive with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana in some areas. There is real evidence that many “normal” users aren’t as dissatisfied with it as we in the tech community and the “Apple bubble” are. So what is the problem? Where is the disconnect?

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Deals: Rearview Eye Level In-Car Smartphone Mount

If you use your phone for navigation while driving, or tend to take a lot of phone calls and messages (using Siri, of course), then you know that positioning your phone securely where you can see it clearly, but it also won’t get in the way, is essential. If you don’t do this, then any potential safety benefits of going handsfree in the car go out right the window.

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