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Apple Slices: New Devices Coming into Clearer Focus

As all Apple fans know by now, someone at Apple dropped the ball. An early firmware for the HomePod leaked after being uploaded to an Apple software server, and it has shed light on all kinds of things. Beyond some details on its namesake, we now have what looks to be confirmation of the shape and basic design of the iPhone 8, news LTE on an upcoming Apple Watch, and even details about an upgrade to the Apple TV. And this is only a small part of the news for the last week or so, so let’s dive right in.

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

In the last installment, I talked about Apple’s missed opportunities and overall apathy when it comes to gaming. In this final chapter, it’s time to talk about what Nintendo has done right since the failure of the Wii U. There are also some interesting comparisons to be made between Apple’s ambivalent attitude toward gaming, and areas where they have been more aggressive, and ultimately more successful.

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Apple Watch Series 3 Coming Before the End of the Year?

This week brought us a couple of reports that a new Watch will be coming sooner than many tech experts thought. The Series 1 and 2 Apple Watches were released in September of 2016, and as with the 1st Gen, or Series 0 Watch as some call it, there was reason to think Apple would give them more than a just a one year product cycle. However, according to both Mark Gurman and others at Bloomberg and John Gruber of Daring Fireball, a new Apple Watch will be here before the end of the year.

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Deals: STACK 6-Port Modular Surge Protector + USB Charging Module

Do you ever find yourself hunting for available outlets for charging, or sitting to far away to reach one that is free? It is an increasingly common problem in our digital world. The Stack 6-Port Modular Surge Protector from OneAdaptr offers an elegant to solution to those who need a better to plug their electronics in more easily.

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

In Part One, I covered from 2006, when Nintendo became the kings of console gaming and were still flexing their muscles and substantial lead in mobile gaming, up until 2013 when Apple had turned the tables in mobile and Nintendo’s revenue and stock price were in free fall. Now it’s time to take a look at how and where Apple dropped the ball in gaming, the App Store in general, and especially on the big screen, and the ramifications.

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Deals: WALTR 2

Have you ever found yourself with a need to load some music or files on your iPhone the old fashioned way, and then remembered that you have to go back to iTines to do it? I have. You have to check and see if you even have it anymore, and then you often still have to download an update before you use it. It's just an experience that hasn't aged well, at all.

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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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