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REVIEW: Peralta Scarlett Sleeve for iPad Pro 9.7-inch

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, 05:45
Category: Accessory, Cases

Waterfield/Peralta Scarlett sleeve for iPad Pro 9.7-inch

The Scarlett Sleeve for the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro by Peralta is an essential accessory for traveling with an iPad. It’s a protective sleeve that comes in the perfect size to fit the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

Scarlett is a neoprene sleeve with a water-repellant nylon exterior and fleece liner to keep your iPad scratch-free. The velcro flap is gone, replaced with a slick, magnetic leather closure.

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Why I stopped wearing my Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 05:16
Category: Android, Android Wear, Apple Watch, iOS, Opinion

I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 and iOS user since 2007. In 2016 I’m switching from iPhone and Apple Watch to Android and Android Wear as an experiment. This blog post is one in a series from a lifelong Apple/iOS user  switching to Android.

The Huawei Watch is a sharp-looking timepiece.

Like many of you I ordered an Apple Watch at midnight on April 10, 2015 and received it on April 24, 2015. To say that anticipation was high might be the understatement of the year.

Before the arrival of the smart watch, I wore a Breitling watch daily (and a Tag Heuer before that). I don’t consider myself a horologist or even a watch snob, I just have thing for nice watches. A watch is one of the few accessories that men can wear and I have a fondness for fine Swiss movements.

I dutifully wore my Apple Watch from April 24 until December 25, 2015 when I received an Android Wear watch as a gift – more on that later. As a daily Apple Watch wearer for eight months, switching to Android was disruptive and sometimes unsettling but, pardon the pun, the time had come.

I’m quite happy with Android Wear in my first six weeks of wearing it full time. There are four killer features in Wear that trump watchOS…

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PowerPage’s Chris Barylick Starts Geeky T-Shirt Company

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 00:41
Category: Accessory

This surprised me.

In a good way.

Apparently, PowerPage Managing Editor Chris Barylick has been working on a side project and has launched a cool, geek-focused t-shirt company, called SnarkFish T-Shirts.

When he mentioned this a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Still, Chris showed me some of his launch designs, I ordered a few and they turned out to be AMAZING, well-made, smart, geeky, beautiful and good for both myself and some people on my Christmas list.

My personal favorite is The Manatee Awakens:

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Check out the SnarkFish T-Shirts web site and Facebook page when you get a chance and find a cool t-shirt for any geek on your holiday shopping list.

djay Pro for iPad revolutionizes mobile DJing (again)

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 07:19
Category: Gift Guide, iPad, iPad Pro, Review, Software

Algoriddim's djay Pro for iPad - Jason O'Grady

The art of DJing has advanced to the point where it’s now possible to do things on your Mac, iPad, iPhone (and yes, even your Apple Watch) that previously required thousands of dollars in turntables, mixers and speakers. After playing with djay Pro for iPad for a couple of days even my MacBook is starting to feel heavy.

Algoriddim’s djay pioneered (pun intended) the art of mixing and beat matching tracks on the Mac in 2006 and on iOS in 2010. djay is an amazing family of apps that allows you to spin music like a pro and has earned the title of world’s best selling DJ app with over 20 million downloads and an Apple Design Award to its credit.

djay dropped a major update to its disruptive iPad app today, loaded with pro-level audio and video features.

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A few of my favorite things: Waterfield and Peralta bags for the iPad Pro

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 00:12
Category: Accessory, Cases, Gift Guide, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Review

Waterfield's Field Muzetto bag

Having a good bag is almost as important as having good equipment in the first place. If you spent good money on an iPad or MacBook it makes no sense to have your sweet hardware bouncing around in a poorly-constructed vessel that costs less than your Uber fare. It’s also a shame to tuck your beautiful Apple hardware into an unsightly “computer bag” which is why I love Waterfield bags.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield’s stitched-in-San Francisco products since 1999. If you’ve recently acquired a new iPad Pro, or your old bag needs to be updated, Waterfield’s got two great new products that I can’t recommend highly enough: the Field Muzetto and the Peralta Scarlett iPad Pro Sleeve.

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Waterfield Dash: MacBook sleeve of the Gods

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 05:11
Category: Accessory, Cases, MacBook, Review

Waterfield Dash SleeveCase for MacBook by Jason O'Grady

As long as I’ve used MacBooks (and PowerBooks before them) I’ve kept them in a padded sleeve. Notebooks contain delicate electronics, they store our most import data, and they shouldn’t be bouncing around inside a bag, purse or suitcase without protection. Rather than trying to find a bag to fit my MacBook, I prefer to keep it in a quality sleeve and put that into any bag  I want.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield notebook sleeves since 1999 because of their high quality materials and stylish designs. Their new Dash MacBook Sleeve ($59) is built with a combination of ballistic nylon, impact-resistant compression foam, and a plush liner, and it fits Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook like a glove.

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iOS 9 privacy settings you should change immediately

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 10:52
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

iOS-9-manage-locationWhether you just purchased a new iPhone or you selected “set up as new phone” while restoring you’ve essentially got a clean or “new” iOS install, just as Apple intended.

In its default configuration iOS 9 will share your device’s location and other data when you might not want it to. Luckily it’s easy to turn off may settings that control the flow of your personal information on the Internet.

Here’s our list of the most important iOS 9 privacy settings that you should check right now, especially if you are using a new or restored device.

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Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2015, 05:59
Category: Hardware, Review

Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

There aren’t many products that I can unequivocally recommend, but the Mophie Juice Pack Air is one of them. It’s a battery case for the iPhone 6 that gives you a charge when you iPhone’s battery dies – which can be a real lifesaver.

If you’ve ever had an unexpected after work event, late evening activity, or woke up after forgetting to charge your iPhone overnight, an extra battery is practically essential. Even if you don’t regularly run out of battery in a normal day, a charged Mophie juice pack is a great thing to keep in your gear bag just in case, mine has saved my bacon or more than occasion.

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Here’s why random apps automatically install on your Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 05:18
Category: Apple Watch, Apps

Apple Watch iOS app: Tap Choose Later to sync only basic information like Mail, Contacts, and Messages.This has been driving me crazy.

Shortly after visiting the App Store on my iPhone I’d notice several new watch extensions installed on my Apple Watch. I know that I didn’t explicitly install MindNode, Drafts and FitStar on my Watch, and I specifically selected “Choose later” when setting up my Apple Watch.

What gives?

If this has been happening to you, there’s a simple reason. The answer comes via Andy Gipetti on Twitter: if you update an iOS app (on your iPhone, for instance) and it has a watch extension, the new watch extensions automatically gets installed on your watch.

This strange behavior occurs despite selecting “choose later” when you set up your Apple Watch. (If you selected “Install All” during setup, you’re probably used to having tons of watch extensions running.) Let’s hope that Apple fixes this wacky “install everything” behavior before too long (today at WWDC perhaps?) and my other current pet peeve: the massive, scrolling list of apps in the Apple Watch iOS app. Apple needs to split it up into watch extensions that are “installed” and “available.”

Easily upload all your photos to Google Photos (for free)

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 05:42
Category: Aperture, Google, iPhoto, photos

Google Photos now supports unlimited photo uploads for free!

Apple dropped the ball on photos. Big time.

For years, Apple products were my default photo locker, gallery, and sharing tool. Now I’ve switched to Google, but only because Apple forced my hand. My workflow was simple: shoot photos on my iPhone and dSLR, sync everything to Aperture and share from there.

Here’s a brief timeline on how Apple went off the rails with photos:

In summary, After leaving customers hanging without photo galleries, Apple dropped support for its professional photo app (Aperture), jacked up its cloud storage prices, then released an inferior Photos app that didn’t support Aperture projects (whoops!). My six year investment in organizing my photos in Aperture is basically gone and I’m now locked into using an End-Of-Life (EOL) software application if I want to see my projects.

No thank you.

At I/O 2015 Google announced that Google Photos now includes unlimited free photo storage (up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p for videos). The best part? You can easily auto-upload your entire photo library to Google Photos in the background. Here’s how: (more…)