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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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Deals: iRest Lap Stand

Have you ever gotten tired of holding your tablet while using it? Yeah, that’s going to be everyone who’s ever used one. Well, here’s a versatile stand for users who want the flexibility to hold their tablets on a table, or on their laps.

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Analysts Are All Over the Place Leading Up To Apple’s First Quarter Earnings Call

Between the glowing reports of recent massive successes and predictions of impending doom and gloom, it’s hard to get a feel for what is actually going on with Apple, and how their First Quarter Earnings will be perceived. One consensus seems to be that Apple’s past quarter will be the biggest in company thanks to strong iPhone X sales, as well as solid Mac, iPad, and Watch sales and Apple’s growing Services business and sales in China.

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Deals: Nut Find 3 Smart Tracker

One of the problems with mobile electronics is that they are, well, mobile. Anything that is mobile will inevitably be misplaced or lost. That is a painful thing to think about when you consider how expensive mobile electronics can be. Of course, gadgets aren’t the only small items that are easily lost or misplaced, and while your car keys may not cost as much as a phone, the inconvenience can be just as painful.

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Review: Ztylus Revolver M6 Series Lens Kit for iPhone X

I’m always intrigued when a company takes a successful existing design and sets it aside in favor of something that they believe is better, rather than continuing to iterate on what they already have. It is often a brave decision that leaves the safety net behind and shows a company’s conviction in their ideas and designs. A notable example of this from the tech world would be Apple and Steve Jobs’ decision to kill off the wildly successful iPod Mini in favor of the new iPod Nano in 2005.

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