Deals: Smartphone 2-in-1 Shower Case

While most smartphones manufactured over the last few years have some level of waterproofing or water resistance, the reality is that they still aren’t meant to be repeatedly submerged for long periods of time. And if you have an older smartphone, ANY contact with water comes with risk.

If you want to be able to safely use your smartphone in the bath or shower, or somewhere even more risky, like at the beach or on a boat, then we have just the thing.

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New Conflicting iPad Pro Rumors from DigiTimes

There have been a few different rumors regarding new iPad Pros coming in 2020 going back to last year. The most common is that Apple will refresh their lineup soon, possibly as early as next month. That timeline matches up with the typical 18 month life cycle for the Pros, so it seemed to make sense.

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Apple Pay is Moving On Up

According to a Bernstein analyst report cited by Quartz, Apple Pay already accounts for 5% of global credit card transactions, which is pretty solid when you consider that the service is only five years old. That easily outpaces other mobile provider networks, such as Samsung Pay and Google Pay, and is starting to encroach on territory that PayPal has owned for many years.

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The iPhone 9 is On the Way. Will Coronavirus Slow it Down?

There have been several reports that Apple is prepping the iPhone 9, their smaller, lower-cost follow up to the iPhone SE, for a March release. However, there just so happens to be a novel virus running rampant through China that is likely to gum up the works.

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Apple News+ Needs Some TLC

We’ve been here before. iCloud had its struggles all the way back to MobileMe before finally finding its footing recently. The Apple Maps app itself was fine from the beginning, but the stitched together maps and second-hand POIs were rough until Apple put in the work themselves. Apple Music’s content was good, but the interface was a flat-out mess when it was rolled out. Conversely, Apple News was just bad all the way through when it was released. Despite all the rough beginnings and growing pains, though, it’s good that Apple stuck with all of the above and made them all into strong services and apps in the long run.

I keep thinking Apple will learn from their previous false starts, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, as Apple News+ has taken the same path iCloud, Maps, Music and News before it. News+ has easily been the poorest received of all of Apple’s new paid service offerings and it culminated with the head of the service leaving the company this week.

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Deals: 15W Qi Wireless Charger

Do you want the convenience of wireless charging on the go? If so, this folding15 Watt Qi Charger may be exactly what you are looking for.

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Music Notation App StaffPad Brings Pro-Level Composition to iPadOS

In what sometimes seems like another life, I was a music student and then a professional musician (for a little while) and a teacher (for longer). I was a percussionist all through middle and high school and absolutely loved it. I won some awards over the years and made several honor bands, including All State my senior year. I got scholarship offers to several schools and ended up attending Louisiana State University for four years to study music. I got a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and then got my Masters’ Degree from Florida State after that.

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The Improvements to Apple Maps are a Big Step Forward

For all of Apple’s great products and software, no company can lead in all areas, all the time. However, Apple has proven that, when properly motivated, they can get things into gear and play a mean game of catch-up from behind. A notable recent example of this would be in smartphone photography.

While Apple was the one of the first companies to prioritize the smartphone camera hardware and software, they eventually lost that lead to more aggressive companies like Samsung, and later Google and Huawei, over the course of a few years. However, Apple showed a willingness to invest and apply their resources to get back into the smartphone camera game in 2019. The new three lens camera systems on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max and the improved camera app have made huge strides in computational photography, especially in low light.

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New Apple Hardware is Coming in March, Possibly Including New iPads

There have been rumors of a few different Apple devices coming in the first half of the year, many of which have come from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Now he’s back with another projection that we should be seeing new gear sooner rather than later.

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Deals: FenSens Smart License Plate Frame

If you have an older or base model vehicle, then a backup and parking assistance system may seem out of reach. However, there are options that are far less expensive than you might think.

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The iPad Inspires Some Divergent Opinions at Age 10

I wrote on the 10th anniversary of the iPad’s announcement a few days ago and I was far from the only one. Like mine, most of the articles that I read were largely positive and at least saw the potential for continued improvement, if not a bright future for Apple’s tablet platform.

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