All posts by jhrogersii

Apple’s HomePod Arrives on Feb 9, but it’s Still Not Quite Finished

Apple has finally lifted the veil on its newest hardware platform. The company announced today that the HomePod will arrive on February 9, with preorders starting on Friday! However, it’s not all good news, as a couple of features are still delayed until later this year.

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Deals: HomeSpot USB-C Hubs for MacBook Pro

If you own a new MacBook Pro and have no desire to live the dongle life, then HomeSpot has you covered. Their USB-C Hub converts two of the laptop’s four ports into Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, SD, MocroSD, and two USB 3 ports, with a second model that adds HDMI, as well.

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Tips and Tricks: Creating and Marking Up PDFs in iOS 11

As a contractor, I can tell you that PDF documents are the industry standard in my world. You don’t have to fuss with security settings or worry about them being altered the same way that you do with a Word doc, or other editable document style. If I am sending a customer a quote, it’s going to be saved as a PDF. If I’m sending a scan of a hard copy of something- PDF. When I get blueprints and specifications for a job to look at for bidding- PFD. If I am sending out a final copy of a project submittal or owner’s manual- PDF. These documents were all created using something else, such as Word, Excel, AutoCAD, etc, but they all end up as PFDs in the end. As the full file name suggests, PDF is all about portability.

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Apple Slices: Bite-sized Apple News of the Week

Time to start up Apple Slices, our series covering some of the wide variety of Apple news of the week, for 2018. We have more on the battery throttling story that just won’t go away, Apple making big commitments here in the US,  the coming HomePod, and more. Time to eat!

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Google’s Pixelbook is One FINE Piece of Hardware

I used a Chromebook several years ago and I actually really enjoyed the simplicity of it. It was a super fast, super easy barebones computing experience. Few bugs. No viruses to worry about. No fuss. It shared the same instant on capability of the iPad, but it was even more to the point without the all the apps. That can be both a positive and a negative, but you might surprised by how much you can do in a browser until you actually try it.

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A Deal and a Giveaway: Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds and Tribe of Mentors Giveaway

Apple fans know that the AirPods are the current standard when it comes to fully wireless earbuds. Sure, there are higher priced models from Bose that have better sound quality, but aren’t quite in the same class design-wise. However, not everyone wants to drop $150 on a set of earbuds. Also, the AirPods shape just doesn’t fit all users. My wife is a perfect example of this, as they won’t fit in here ears at all.

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Reports of the Coming HomePod Release Are Starting to Trickle In

Last week, there was a report from tech analysts GBH that the HomePod would be released in the next 4 to 6 weeks. While I saw this news as potentially encouraging, I don’t usually jump on board with rumors until more than one source reports the same or similar news. Today we have a little corroboration that lines up with this timeframe

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: Odds and Ends

We are halfway through the month of January, so the time for 2018 predictions and resolutions is at an end. This is a grab bag of items I’ve been thinking about that aren’t as critical as what I’ve already covered, but could still be in play over the course of the year.

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Let’s Play a Little Game Called, “Would You Buy?”

We know that Apple is continuously prototyping and testing all kinds of different products, both new and variations on existing ones. While we will never see the vast majority of these experiments, it is interesting to think about what could be. You can pretty much assume that anything we have thought about that is within Apple’s product umbrella has been at least drawn up, if not built to some level of completion. I’m going to occasionally be asking you about some likely experiments that Apple has dabbled with, and ask you the question- “Would you buy this?”

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: The Year of Siri

A couple of weeks ago, I predicted that 2018 will be the Year of Face ID for Apple. Based on the early device rumors of what is coming this year, that looks to be a pretty safe bet. I think it is just as much of a given that 2018 will also be the Year of Siri. It’s about time, as a focus on pushing Siri forward in terms of both features and user satisfaction is already long overdue.

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Deals: Ztylus Stabilizer Rig Kit for Smartphones

The smartphone has pretty much killed off the point and shoot camera at this point, and for many good reasons. They are always with us and always connected. They also have an infinitely better user interface than any camera, and they have far superior on-board editing option. However, there is one area where the old point and shoot still has an edge- ergonomics.

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