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Deals: VPN Unlimited- Lifetime Subscription

Are you tired of not feeling secure while browsing the web, especially on any kind of public WiFi? You can switch over the cellular, but that just puts more of a burden on your mobile data plan. If you want to feel secure while logging on when you’re out and about, then you need a VPN.

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Noah Leon’s Love Notes to Newton is a Film all Apple Fans Should See

Last May, I had the pleasure of interviewing Noah Leon about a documentary project he was seeking crowdfunding for on Indiegogo. The film, set to be called Love Notes to Newton, would cover both the history of Apple’s ill-fated first mobile device, as well as the still-loyal community of fans who continue to love and use Newton and eMate.

While I own a MessagePad 130 and an eMate today (along with a few other “classic” mobile electronic devices), I missed out on the initial buzz over the Newton. I started using my first PDA, a term that John Scully coined at the launch of the original MessagePad, the year that the Newton was cancelled. As such, I was happy to help fund this project in hopes of learning more about this largely forgotten piece of Apple history and the people who keep its memory alive.

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Deals: All-Terrain Sound

Having just spent a couple of days at the beach, I got a refresher in just how adept sand is in finding its way into anything and everything. If you are going to be spending any time on the oceans, at the lake, or anywhere else in the great outdoors as we head down the stretch of this summer, you need to be sure that your electronics are up to the task.

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Pics from St Augustine- Heading Home

It’s time to hit the road home. In fact, I’m typing this up in the passenger seat of our rented minivan as we begin the 13 hour trek back to North Mississippi. It’s been a good trip and a fun vacation despite rain on and off throughout our stay. Oh, and the fact that the ocean decided to remove my prescription glasses on day three. Thankfully, the local LensCrafters was fast and got me a new pair made yesterday. I wasn’t alone either- there where four others who lost their glasses in the water at that location yesterday. That made me feel a little better.

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Pictures from St Augustine- Day Three

Into every life, a little rain must fall. This is especially true in Florida right now. Day two of our trip was full of rain in the afternoon. We had a nice time taking a trolley tour through the city and learning a lot about its buildings and history. However, while that was a great way to do something and still stay semi-dry, it didn’t make for great picture taking.

While we still had to dodge some raindrops today, we were able to get in a few hours at the beach in nice weather. We then went to a wildlife rescue where I thought I would take a ton of pictures. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow picture taking, but it was still a great tour that got us just a few feet away from some some Tigers, Lions, Wolves, and even one very large Liger.

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Deals: BentoStack

Summer is one of the biggest travel times of the year. I know this, as my family and I completed a 13 hour drive from our home to St Augustine, FL just a couple of days ago. If you are going to be hitting the road with your Apple devices soon, the BentoStack from Function 101 is a great way to organize and carry your accessories.

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Greetings and Photos From St Augustine, FL!

It’s vacation time again. My family and I are in St Augustine, FL to spend some time at the beach and see a few sights around America’s oldest city. As I did with the trip my wife and I took to New Orleans for our anniversary last year, I am going to take this opportunity to post some pictures from my iPhone X.

Last year I tested out a couple of camera lens kits from Ztylus for the iPhone 7 Plus I had at the time. This time, I am looking at three lenses from Sandmarc. Today’s pics from the boat tour and the beach feature their Wide Angle and Fisheye lenses for the X, along with a few pics from the X alone. I will be reviewing these lenses, along with Sandmarc’s Macro lens, after we return home next week.

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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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