All posts by jhrogersii

Remembering Steve Jobs Seven Years Later

Sometimes events just stick with you. Often it’s because of how earth-shattering  or momentous they are. Most of you likely remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on 9/11/2001. I certainly do. However, sometimes we remember the details of events for other reasons. A combination of significance and timing can stick with you years later. Because of the latter, I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that Steve Jobs had passed away on October 5, 2011.

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Open Season on Apple: Bloomberg and Others Take Aim

Any time there is an Apple hardware release, the vultures hover above, waiting for the tiniest sliver of fresh meat. As such, a new “gate” is lurking around every corner. It doesn’t matter how big the sample size of users is or what percentage of devices are affected, you can bet Gordon Kelly and Ewan Spence will be giving you daily updates with headlines containing phrases like “nasty surprise,” and “serious problem.”

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Deals: COWIN 6110 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The COWIN 6110 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is designed for on-the-go listening, but don’t let its compact size fool you. With powerful 45mm drivers and 16 watts of enhanced bass, this ultra-portable speaker packs a punch. You can take your favorite playlists to go with up to 10 hours of crisp Bluetooth 4.1 audio, and thanks to the COWIN’s ultra-durable aluminum alloy shell, you can trust that it will keep up even when the going gets rough.

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Chirp is the Perfect App for the Apple Watch Series 4 Screen

With the new Series 4, Apple finally has its act together when it comes to the Watch running apps. The Series 3 brought the speed up to par, and the latest evolution brings even more in that department and pairs it with a dynamite screen. Unfortunately, the situation for developers was so poor in the Watch’s infancy that many of them bailed before things got interesting.

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A New iPhone, a New Controversy. Is it Legitimate This Time?

I did my typical news sweep this morning and was greeted with something incredibly familiar. There is a new iPhone “gate,” this time related to charging. Evidently, there are some users who are having problems charging their devices if they plug the lightning cable while they are in standby with the screen off.

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Review: UAG Monarch Series Case for iPhone XS and XS Max

I have been a big fan of Urban Armor Gear, or UAG for short, for a few years now. I owned a Pathfinder case for a previous iPhone, and I reviewed the Plasma case for the iPhone 7 Plus last year, and was very impressed with the construction and overall value of both products. I am also currently testing a UAG case for the Surface Go for a future review that has been a pleasure to use, so far.

UAG currently offers six different case models for the iPhone XS and XS Max that provide different levels of protection, all of which look good and are reasonably priced in my opinion.

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Deals: Layze 2-in-1 Podium Stand Car Mount

Have you ever had one of those cheap windshield phone mounts that falls apart? I certainly have. In fact, I’ve had MANY over the years. It’s just hard to find one that has any real quality or durability.

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Sideways- Apple Omitted Landscape Home Screen Support from the XS Max

This one got by me for a few days, but I could swear that the iPhone’s Home Screen would rotate to landscape orientation in the past. You know, you get used to features, and after a while, they kind of blend into the background. Then one day you look again and notice they aren’t there anymore.

Since I knew I wasn’t completely crazy, I did a little research on Google and was reminded of the timeline of how this feature came and went.

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The iPhone XS Max as an Object

Like many other iPhone owners, I keep mine in a case pretty much all of the time. My now shipped off iPhone X and my new XS Max are no exceptions. While the look, basic shape and screen are still there in front of you every day, when you don’t handle the phone alone very often, it is easy to forget just how attractive it is and how good it feels as an object.

I was reminded of this today as I packed my iPhone X up to send back to Apple to fulfill my iPhone Upgrade Program. I took it out of the case and slid it around and flipped it over in my hand a bit before I disabled Find My iPhone and reset it. It really is the most gorgeous and beautifully designed gadget I’ve ever owned. Hands down. As good as the iPhone 4 and 4S were, nothing else is even close.

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Deals: NOVA True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

As good as Apple’s AirPods are, they aren’t the perfect earbuds for everyone. They don’t fit everyone’s ears. While convenient, they don’t have the best sound quality. The battery life is good for their size, but it is still a bit limited.  While the AirPods my be my favorite earbuds, it’s good to have choices that excel in different areas.

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The Apple Watch Series 4 Watchfaces: Calling All Complications

One of the standout features of the new Apple Watch Series 4 is its gorgeous screen. I have owned the Series 0, Series 1, and Series 3 Watches, and I would call their screens adequate, with each a little better than its predecessor. This isn’t an insult, as an adequate screen on a smartwatch that got a full day or better battery life was nothing to sneeze at a couple of years ago when this category was in its infancy.

However, the Series 4 is a completely different story. There is really no comparison between it and what came before. If you look at it next to any previous version, the difference is immediately noticeable. The Series 4 screen isn’t only larger, but it is also brighter and has a much higher resolution.  Text, colors, and images just pop in a way that they couldn’t on previous Watch hardware. As much as the coming EKG capability grabbed the headlines after Apple’s release event, the screen is the real star of this show in my book.

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