All posts by James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

Now It’s a Party: Apple’s Rumored March 25th Event to Include Video Service Unveiling

 

Yesterday, I posted about reports of an Apple event set for March 25th. It was already looking like a jam-packed show, with the iPad Mini, iPad, Air Power, the new AirPods and Apple’s new premium News service all supposedly on-tap. Today, Bloomberg shook things up, claiming that Apple’s new Video service will also be revealed on the 25th.

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Apple’s Coming Event Rumored to be March 25th

Yesterday, I posted on the latest iPad Mini rumors, saying that the more the reports pick up, the closer we are getting to an announcement event. Well today, BuzzFeed reported that Apple’s Spring Event will take place March 25th, which seems to line up with their dates for Spring events the last two years. This also syncs up with rumors that new hardware will be available on March 29th.

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More iPad Mini Rumors as a Likely Release Nears

When the rumors of a new iPad Mini started popping up at the end of last year, I said that if they were real, then they would continue and would start to include details and leaks about the hardware as we get closer to release. It certainly seems like the Mini rumors are true this time, as we have had a steadily increasing stream of reports. Today brings a new one from Japanese site Macotakara that may disappoint some, but will make perfect sense to others.

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Deals: Layze 2-in-1 Podium Stand Car Mount

Have you ever had one of those cheap windshield phone mounts that falls apart? I certainly have. In fact, I’ve had MANY over the years. It’s just hard to find one that has any real quality or durability.

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Apple is Extending its Chip Prowess to 5G Modems

In one of the least surprising stories of the year, Reuters has reported that Apple is now working on developing its own 5G modems. Considering Apple’s ongoing and increasingly ugly legal showdowns with Qualcomm and their dramatic rise as a force in the world of chip design and optimization, this is an obvious and expected move.

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Is Apple Working on a Gaming Subscription Service?

Apple is all about the services lately. Apple Music has been growing fast, but we already know that there’s a lot more on tap in the near future. Apple’s video streaming service is coming as soon as next month or so, and their new News service powered by the Texture acquisition should also be here by Summer. However, Apple may not be stopping there.

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Deals: Vault: The Digital Security Monthly Subscription Bundle

It’s a dangerous world out there, so it pays to take care of your computers and devices. Part of that is process is to take steps to keep your devices secure and free of malware and viruses. Another is to make sure that your accounts and Internet connection are both secure. If you need a little help in this area, then we have just the thing.

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Review: Sandmarc Telephoto Edition Lens

I reviewed Sandmarc’s Photography Edition last Fall, which includes their Wide Angle, Fisheye and Macro lenses, and came away very impressed with both the quality of the lens construction and the images produced. While this 3-lens collection set does a lot to expand the functionality of the iPhone’s camera, the one thing missing was zoom enhancement.

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Apple Put Its Money Where It’s Mouth Is and Put a Foot Down on Facebook and Google

I like the fact that Apple has taken a pro-privacy stance in recent years. Considering how the rest of the big tech giants treat users and their data, it is a positive to have some type of check against that power. However, I don’t have any illusions about what Apple is doing. It is very simple. They don’t need to monetize our data, while their primary competitors do, so their stance on privacy has nothing to do with any altruism on their part. It is a position of convenience. A bat they can swing at the high, hanging privacy fastball that companies like Facebook and Google hang right over the plate for them.

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Deals: SolarJuice 26,800mAh External Battery

ZeroLemon’s SolarJuice is the perfect mobile power source for anyone planning to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. Its 26,800 mAh battery can be recharged with a built-in solar panel if you don’t have an outlet handy. It has 3 output ports for charging, 1 QC3 USB-A compatible port, 1 standard USB-A and 1 USB-C. The battery can be recharged using a MicroUSB port or fast charged with the USB-C port.

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Some Good News from Apple’s First Quarter- iPad Shipments are Up!

With its changes to the lineup and to iOS over the last two years, Apple has been able to stop the bleeding and reverse the fast downward sales trend that the iPad had been stuck on previously. However, the end result has been stabilizing iPad sales rather than growing them in a significant way. The way Apple did this was by introducing a less expensive, but still capable, standard iPad and making the iPad Pros more compelling as high-end devices. While sales of the less-expensive iPad propped up unit sales numbers, they also caused the average sale price of the iPad category to fall.

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