All posts by jhrogersii

Apple’s Third Quarter Earnings: The iPad Strikes Back

Apple's earnings were supposed to be good this quarter, but they turned about to be even better than expected, and the good news stretched across most of their product lines and services. Even the iPad is looking good again! Let's take a look at the highlights.

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The Nintendo Switch: How Apple Had a Gaming Giant on the Mat and Let Them Get Back Up- Part One

I finally managed to track down a Nintendo Switch in stock right before Prime Day, which is NOT as easy as you might think. You can find bundled “deals” at ThinkGeek/GameStop and other retailers, but finding a stock Switch alone for the regular price of $299 takes either luck or signing up for in-stock notifications or trackers. This after close to five months on the market shows a level of interest that feels reminiscent of the first year of the Wii. I don’t think predicting sales of 100 million Switches is reasonable right now, but to dismiss this unique very and well-designed hybrid console is just as unwise.

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Deals: Travel USB Wall Charger with LED Nightlight

Who needs a charger if you can plug you cables directly in at your outlet? What’s even better is getting the ports without re-wiring any of your electrical outlets. This accessory from Neva Tech gives you two handy USB ports, adds an LED nightlight, and still leaves you one electrical plug from the outlet you plug it into.

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Pour One Out for the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

It’s been coming for the last ten years since the original iPhone hit the streets, but today was finally the day: the non-iOS iPod is no more. Apple has now completely cannibalized its original hit product. All that remains of the venerable old lineup is the iPod Touch, but for the first time since 2001, there is no longer a model available running the old Pixo OS.

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Review: Ztylus Switch 6 Camera Lens Case for iPhone 7 Plus

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Ztylus Revolver RV-3 Camera Lens Case for the iPhone 7 Plus. I have had that case since the Spring, but got my best look at it during a recent vacation in New Orleans with my wife. I also had the Ztylus Switch 6 with me on that same New Orleans trip and posted a collection of photos with it, along with the Revolver while I was there. I ran into a bit of trouble with my first set of lenses for the Switch 7, so I waited until I got my warranty replacement set to write this final review.

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Deals: Final Draft 10

Final Draft 10 is the gold standard when it comes to screenwriting and script software. It is used by 95% if all film and television producers, as well as the top studios, including Disney, Warner Brothers, NBCUniversal, MGM, Paramount, ABC, the BBC, and more. Final Draft 10 has also gained high praise in reviews from Macworld, PC Mag, 9to5 Mac, and CNET.
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iOS 11 Beta 4 for Developers Has Been Released

If you have been running the Developer Beta rather than the Public version, its that time again. We should be around half-way to the final release version of iOS 11, and it has come along way to this point. The stability has noticeably improved, more and more apps are working properly worth it now, and there are some solid features and improvements, as well.

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Apple Slices: Upgrades and Updates

The last week has brought us a critical iOS 10.3 update, and rumors of an upgrade to the iPhone SE. Of course, we also have the obligatory iPhone 8 rumors du jour, and more tidbits about Apple and Qualcomm’s legal wrangling. Let’s get right to the news.
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WordPress App Update for iOS Makes the iPad Pro an Even Better Tool for Bloggers

I’ve mentioned it before, but I do about 99% of my work on this site using my 12.9” iPad Pro, a Bluetooth keyboard, and the iOS WordPress app. I have been doing this since I resumed writing here back in February, and it’s been a really good experience so far. The WordPress app is a simple, WYSIWYG affair, but it had most of the major features of the web interface and got most of the job done before the most recent update that came out on Monday.

However, there were a few features lacking in previous versions of the app that kept me going back to the web interface to finish each article. The previous versions of WordPress did not have a “Read More” button or a selector to choose between font sizes. Every article here has a Read More break, with only the intro section of the text seen on the Home Page, and any article with section headings requires the font size selector. Now, these could both be added by switching over to “Code Mode” in the app, but I prefer to stick to the editor for everything that I can.

The web interface has always had these features, but it doesn’t work well at all as a writing tool for entire articles if you are using a Bluetooth keyboard. If you use the arrow keys to try and navigate within the text, the screen automatically scrolls down underneath the text editor box. That gets REALLY old when you are trying to write and need to move around the page, and its why I started using the app for all my text work. I have just been using the web interface to add the Read More break, font sizes if necessary, and embed videos when needed before posting.

However, after the most recent update that was released on Monday, the WordPress app for iOS now has all of the main features of the web interface, including the Read More and font size features that I’ve been waiting for.

I also found that the Quote function is now easier to use with the app, and Underline and Strikethrough are now included now, as well. Also, all of these features, which are technically still in Beta for now, are all available on the iPhone version of the app, as well. That makes getting ideas down and editing while on the go much easier.

I can remember a time several years ago when the iOS WordPress app was a buggy mess that was hardly worth the free download. Hats off to Automatic for taking the time to make this app what it can be. After this update, it finally feels like a complete tool for bloggers in combination with the iPad Pro and a keyboard. Now I can post entire articles with no need to work anywhere else but the app. It certainly makes foe a neater workflow.

Are there any other bloggers or writers out there who also use the WordPress app? If so, I would love to hear what you think about their iOS app. Let me know in the Comments, on Flipboard, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.

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Deals: Gravity X Car Mount

I am in the car a lot as part of my job, and have been for years. As a project manager for a contracting firm, I am also very reliant on my iPhone to keep in touch with customers, fellow employees, and sub-contractors who are working for me. Even when I am in the car, my phone is still my lifeline to keep my projects moving forward.

Because of this, I have tried MANY different kinds of smartphone car mounts, none of which I have found to be particularly foolproof or durable. I’ve used the dashboard suction cups mounts, vent mounts, cup holder mounts, and most recently, a rear view mirror mount. I’m usually lucky to get six months out of them, no matter how much I spend or how careful I am with them.

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iPhone 8 Rumors- Apple Involvement?


We are likely at least two months from the release of the iPhone 8, assuming that’s what Apple actually settles on calling it. However, this is the time when the rumors of a device usually start taking shape into something more substantial than just conjecture over fakes and prototypes. So we should start to see a clear picture of the coming iPhone emerging, right? This year, the normal rules may not apply.

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