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iPhone 7 Launch Day

Compared to past iPhone launches, this year’s iPhone 7 launch didn’t go well for many Apple fans, me included. In this post I’ll share my personal experience and strategies for next year’s launch. In the last couple of years, I always got my new iPhone on launch day. I don’t…(Read More)

Apple Watch Series 2

On September 7th, Apple announced the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods and updates to the iWork suite. In this post I’ll share my thoughts on the new Apple Watch Series 2. I have worn my Apple Watch since it was first released. It’s a good product that has certainly improved my…(Read More)

iPhone 7

On September 7th, Apple announced the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods and updates to the iWork suite. In this post I’ll share my thoughts on the new iPhone 7. The new iPhone 7 is a solid upgrade over the iPhone 6s. Unlike many earlier non-s upgrades, Apple hasn’t changed the…(Read More)

Olympics Rio 2016

I’m an athletics fan and wanted to watch the 100m/200m sprints in Rio. But we don’t have cable, so NBC’s live stream didn’t work for us. In this post I’ll show you an easy way to watch or live stream the Olympics in Rio without a cable provider. We…(Read More)

One of my longtime complaints with Apple has been the lack of feedback both developers, and especially public beta testers get on reported defects and feature requests. But every so often, Apple surprises me and responds to feedback I submitted. I file bug reports and enhancement requests through Apple’s Feedback Assistant for macOS and…(Read More)

As an Apple fan, the annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is probably one of the most exiting technology events of the year. This year was no different and I’m super excited about the next versions of iOS, watchOS and macOS. Below are my first impressions of the new releases. Despite my excitement, I…(Read More)

Since OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released to developers about a year ago, I have had intermittent problems when using my beloved Plantronics headset with FaceTime and other VoIP applications. In this post I’ll talk about a bug that makes FaceTime ignore a selected output device when using Wi-Fi calling. FaceTime…(Read More)

Washington D.C.

Our first family trip to the nation’s capital was in February of 2015, when the city was hit by a massive snow storm. The weather at the time made it difficult to fully enjoy what Washington D.C. had to offer, so we decided to come back this year in summer. Lucas wasn’t…(Read More)

From a consumer perspective, Apple News is a platform that hasn’t completely convinced me yet. I still open the WSJ app more often than I do the Apple News app. But as a publisher, I was intrigued and decided to get my feet wet with Apple’s publishing platform. To sign up as a…(Read More)

Spotlight

Spotlight is Apple’s answer to all your search needs in OS X. With the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has added additional capabilities to make Spotlight more powerful. In this post I’ll share some tricks that make Spotlight even better at finding exactly what you’re looking for. Spotlight…(Read More)

Intuit has been #1 on my personal list of companies with incredibly bad customer service. Now BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia (BCBSGA) has taken Intuit’s crown by topping the list. There are few companies that I dread calling because I already know it’s going to be a very painful experience. With Intuit, I have…(Read More)

BMW makes great cars but until recently they failed miserably in the technology and entertainment area. I had major issues getting my iPhone connected to my 2013 BMW X5 as I described in an earlier blog post. Due to those issues and the lack of support for Apple’s CarPlay, I was hesitant getting another…(Read More)

Apple Watch Complications

Under certain circumstances Exchange calendar events are not displayed on the Apple Watch complication as upcoming events. In this post I’ll explain the bug causing the issue and I’ll give you a workaround.   This past Sunday evening I noticed that a recurring Monday morning team call didn’t show on my Apple…(Read More)

Touch ID

With the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, Apple released a new version of its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Compared to the previous generation, the new sensor is incredibly fast. Pressing the Home button on a locked and sleeping iPhone 6S unlocks the phone so fast, you barely see the lock screen and your notifications. That…(Read More)

TextExpander

TextExpander is an incredibly useful productivity tool that I have used for years, thanks to a license provided by my employer. A few days ago, its maker Smile Software decided to go away from a perpetual license in favor of a subscription based license model with its new version TextExpander 6. TextExpander is your typing…(Read More)