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First Impressions of Apple’s AirPods


I was finally able to get my hands on a pair of Apple’s latest hard to find hit. If you are still looking for a set of AirPods without the three to four week wait, keep an eye on AT&T, website. When they get them in stock, they process the orders quickly and have free shipping in the US. I got mine two business days after ordering, so I was happy with the experience, and was glad to not have to pay a premium or wait a month to get them.

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Tips and Tricks: Backing Up Your iOS Device

Backing up is something that you don’t think about until it’s ALL you can think about. You don’t really need it until the day comes when a device fails, and then you REALLY need it. As the old adage says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In that spirit, let’s take a look at what you can do to be sure you are prepared when the day comes that you need that backup right away.

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Love Notes to Newton- An Interview with Filmmaker Noah Leon

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing the filmmaker behind a crowdfunded documentary project covering the history of and enduring community still dedicated to the Apple Newton platform. Noah Leon’s project is called Love Notes to Newton, and it is currently being funded through a campaign on Indiegogo, which you can find here.

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Deals: Powerbulb Charging Lightbulb

Do you live in an older home? Do you have living areas where your main furniture is away from the walls? Do you hate unsightly cables and cords draped across the floor? If you can answer yes to any of the above, then you’ve probably found yourself short of power with nowhere to plug in a Lightning or other charge cable. If so, Mega Tiny has a very creative solution that may be just what you’ve been looking for.

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Apple Slices- Last Week’s Trickle is Now a Flood of Apple News


Well that escalated quickly. A month ago, we were in the desert of nothing but iPhone 8 rumors, and now we have more Apple stories covering everything from WWDC, to the new campus, to new iPad Pro rumors, to Apple acquisitions (the real kind), and of course, even more iPhone 8 rumors. Let’s get right to some of the best of the last week.

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Deals: Disconnect- Lifetime Premium Subscription


Every day it seems there are new stories telling us what a dangerous place the Internet is. Our personal data is quite literally for sale, and our every move across the Interwebs is tracked in some way, shape or form. Some companies use this data to custom tailor ads to our preferences, or learn how to make their products better, which doesn’t seem so bad. However, there are plenty of other people and organizations tracking us with much more nefarious intentions. While anti-virus and anti-malware software helps to some degree, and all of the major Internet browsers have some built-in protections, neither covers all of the bases, all of the time.

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Is Apple Preparing to Move On from the iPad Mini?

Jonathan Geller at BGR posted this morning that Apple will soon be phasing out the iPad Mini form factor. This comes as a little bit of a surprise to me since the Mini 4 just got a memory bump when the new iPad was released. This effectively brought the price of the device down, at least in terms of value. We have also had on again and off again rumors of a Mini Pro with a Smart Connector and Apple Pencil support over the past three months.

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The Rundown for the Week of May 14

The Rundown is our recurring Facebook Live video segment that covers the site’s posts from the previous week, some Apple News, and some things that are coming soon on the site.

In this week’s Rundown, we look back at last week on the site:

  • Apple Slices (WWDC Date, Apple buys Beddit, Apple on top of Wearables, and Apple breaks their own valuation record)
  • UAG Plasma Case Review
  • Tips and Tricks- Using Split-View in Safari on the iPad.
  • New iPad Pro Rumors

Take a Look at Some Apple News from this Week:

  • Apple invested $200 million in Corning and their Gorilla Glass.
  • Apple acquired “dark data” analysis company Lattice for $200 million.
  • The iPhone 8 is rumored to start at $999.
  • The A11 processor for the next iPhones are rumored to have gone into production.
  • Apple released a set of 16 photo guides to help you with your iPhoneography.
  • Apple has recieved patents regarding using iMessage to correspond with Siri.

And look forward to what’s ahead the rest of this week and later:

  • My interview with Noah Leon, who is working on a documentary film on the Apple Newton.
  • More iPad and WWDC Rumors.
  • Tips- Making sure you are backed up.
  • AirPods Review.
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iPad Rumors Return- Announcement of a New iPad Pro at WWDC Looking Likely


FINALLY!! There is actually some iPad news worth posting about. After only getting one new iPad in the early Spring after rumors of as many as five new devices in the pipeline, it looks like the release of at least one new iPad Pro is imminent. The new iPad Pro 10.5″ model, which was rumored to have gone into production a few weeks ago, now seems to be slated for announcement in three weeks at WWDC.

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Deals: 12,000mAh LED Power Bank and 2 Big Giveaways


We are quickly approaching Summer, which is a time when many of us are on the go more than ever. If you are anything like me, when you are doing all of this running around, there are multiple devices on the go along with you. I have a family of five, so there are always several phones, tablets, and/or portable gaming devices with us wherever we are headed. There are always going to be those times when you need to charge one of these devices, but don’t have an outlet or available car adapter. It’s always good to have a backup battery around for such occasions.

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Tips and Tricks: Using Split-View in Safari on the iPad


After the introduction of true iPad multi-tasking in iOS 9, one of the biggest missing features was the ability to use this split view in Safari. Other browsers and apps rushed in to fill the void, but they often had their limitations. Thankfully, Apple remedied this omission in iOS 10, adding native split-view capability to Safari. However, while it is a powerful feature, it is far from intuitive. It’s one of those that, if you didn’t know it was there, you very well might never notice it. Let’s take a look at all of the ways you can trigger and use Safari Split-View. Continue reading

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