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Hammo TV: Affordable wireless headphones for TV

If you are in the market for affordable wireless headphones for TV, check out Noontec’s Hammo TV. The headphone maker is known for well-designed, yet affordable headphones and the Hammo TV personal wireless audio system for TV is no different.

Noontec reached out to me and asked if I wanted to give their recently released Hammo TV a try. I agreed, even though I knew my TV watching patterns be in the way of an in-depth review.

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  • Noontec Hammo TV Wireless Headphones for TV with Docking Station (Amazon)

Headphones for TV from a personal experience

When I was a kid, we had over-the-ear headphones for watching TV.…

How to take a screenshot on macOS and create a Dropbox link

Both OS X and macOS offer built-in commands allowing you to take screenshots of the active window, the full screen and more. In this article, we will go one step further and see how to take a screenshot on macOS and automatically create a Dropbox link from it that you can share with anybody. Additionally, we will compare this technique with Annotate, an excellent third-party tool that I have used for many years. So let’s find out how to take a screenshot on macOS!

Basic: How to take a screenshot using keyboard shortcuts

Taking a screenshot on macOS (or OS X) is incredibly simple, and you don’t even need any third-party software for it.…

Is AmpliFi mesh networking technology better than your Wi-Fi router?

With Apple having reportedly discontinued work on its AirPort base stations, it was time to look for alternatives to the aging wireless infrastructure in my house. I wanted to find out, if new Wi-Fi Mesh networking technologies, such as the one AmpliFi provides, could replace the three Apple AirPort Extreme (AE) base stations that I had strategically positioned in our home. AmpliFi was so kind to send me a test kit, and I put it through the paces.

Essential requirements

Almost every room in my house has a gigabit ethernet (CAT 5e/6) outlet, but my Comcast Internet connection is limited to 120/20 Mbit (downstream/upstream).…

Apple AirPods vs Bose vs Plantronics

In this AirPods review, my goal was to find out if they could replace the Bose QuietComfort 35 I use for traveling or the Plantronics Savi 745 I use in the office. After a few weeks of waiting, I finally received them in the mail and started testing them. Before I get into the comparison, I wanted to share my general thoughts on the AirPods.

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Apple AirPods

The new AirPods are a fascinating piece of technology, and unlike anything else, you have seen before.…

apple mail sanebox clutter

In this article, I’ll present you my favorite email productivity apps: SaneBox, Mail Act-On, and MailButler are powerful email tools that can help boost your email productivity by spending less time processing emails. SaneBox is a service and works with any mail client, account or operating system. Mail Act-On and MailButler are plugins for Apple Mail but support any account type, including Google, Exchange, Hotmail, etc.

Continue reading, and learn how you can combine SaneBox (trial), MailButler (download), and Mail Act-On (download) and achieve your ultimate productivity goals.

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Email productivity apps: SaneBox

If you receive as many emails as I do and if you feel you have lost control over your inbox, I have good news for you!…

Google AdSense vs. Amazon Associates

I introduced ads over a year ago, with the goal to monetize my blog. It’s time to analyze what works and what doesn’t. In this article, I’ll compare Google AdSense vs. Amazon Associates and tell you which ad category has worked better for me.

If well placed and curated, ads are a useful tool, but more often than not, they are just a necessary evil. I don’t blog for a living and don’t rely on income from my blogging activity to feed my family. I enjoy blogging and love to write about issues and solutions that also affect or may help others.…

WordPress performance

How to improve the performance of your WordPress blog is an often asked and discussed question. Depending on your exact circumstances, there are hundreds of right answers. In this post, I’ll describe what I have done to improve the performance of my blog and point out areas that still need improvement. I’ll start with the basic but then drill down into specific plugins and settings I use for michaelkummer.com.

Hosting

As I have written in a previous article, one of the most important factors on performance is your hosting provider. If your host your blog on a server that shares its memory and CPU cycles with 10,000 others websites, don’t expect great results.…

Be careful when deleting photos or videos on your iPhone, iPad or Mac if you have iCloud Photo Library enabled. Plus, it is not even necessary in most cases. Continue reading to find out why!

Until recently, the base models of Apple’s iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) only had 16GB of memory. At the same time, the iPhone became our go-to camera for taking photos and recording videos. As a result, many users ran out of available storage space and thus had to regularly delete or transfer photos and videos. Then Apple introduced iCloud Photo Library, which keeps all of your photographic memories in sync across all your devices.…

Fantastical 2

Flexibit’s Fantastical is my favorite calendar application on both macOS and iOS. The app makes it incredibly easy to enter new events or reminders using natural language. The only issues I have had with Fantastical are related to shared calendar notifications in the application as well as in Notification Center. Fortunately, there is a workaround for the former and a setting to suppress the latter.

Fantastical: The calendar app you won’t be able to live without.

I share several calendars with family members but usually hide them in Fantastical, so they don’t clutter my weekly view. Unfortunately, even hidden calendars trigger notifications in Fantastical as well as in Notification Center.…

If Apple follows its annual release schedule for its mobile operating system, iOS, we can expect the first beta version of iOS 11 sometime this summer and a final release in fall. And while every new iOS release has brought us a wealth of new and useful features, there is plenty of room for improvement, in my opinion. Below is my wish list for iOS 11 and I’m hoping that some of the features mentioned will materialize.

Manage keywords in Photos

After taking a photo on my iPhone, I usually edit it right away. That includes deleting the bad shots, applying color corrections or a filter and marking favorites.…

I finally decided to buy an iPad Pro and see if it can replace my 12″ MacBook for meetings outside of the office and for traveling. Last week, I had to go to Europe for work and decided that it would be the perfect opportunity for a showdown of iPad Pro vs. MacBook.

I bought the 12″ MacBook when it was first released, with the purpose of complementing the 5k iMac I have in my office. At the time, the iPad wasn’t a reasonable laptop replacement due to lack of screen size, app support, and multitasking. When Apple released the iPad Pro about a year ago, I was intrigued by it, but it didn’t convince me enough to replace my 12″ MacBook.…

Smile Software’s PDFpen for Mac is a powerful application for editing PDF files. It allows you to sign and fill forms, correct typos, apply Optical Character Recognition (OCR), redact sensitive information or convert PDF into Word documents.

How I use PDFpen

I stumbled across PDFpen when I was working on an Automator script to redact my Social Security Number (SSN) and other sensitive information from PDF files I have stored in Dropbox or iCloud Drive. I also use PDFpen to apply encryption to those files.

Additionally, I use PDFpen daily as part of my digital data workflow. If you have read my Automating file management and archival with Hazel article, you know that I scan each and every receipt, invoice and statement I receive and file it automatically using Hazel.…

How to extend the storage of your iPhone

Until recently, the base models of both the iPhone and iPad had only 16GB of storage. In this article, I’ll show you how to easily extend the storage of your iPhone or iPad using what’s called mobile memory.

Apple’s storage strategy

When Apple released the iPhone 7, they finally bumped up the storage of the base model to 32GB. Shipping a device with merely 16GB of memory was getting a bit ridiculous, yet many users got stuck with such a limited storage option. Needless to say, if you wanted to take full advantage of Apple’s eco-system, 16GB was nowhere near enough memory for photos, music, videos and emails.…

iPhone Activation Lock

Yesterday, while restoring an old iPhone 6s Plus, I realized that it was locked to someone else’s Apple ID via the iPhone Activation Lock.

iPhone Activation Lock

The iPhone Activation Lock is a feature that’s designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch if it’s ever lost or stolen. If you are not familiar with Find my iPhone and its Activation Lock feature, check out this knowledge base article on apple.com.

When I upgraded to the iPhone 7 Plus, I completely erased my old iPhone 6S Plus I had until then via Settings –> General –> Reset –> Erase All Content and Settings.…

Jetpack's Photon bad for SEO

Is Jetpack’s Photon bad for SEO

Last updated on Nov 27, 2016

In this article, I’ll answer the question if Photon, the free image content delivery network (CDN) of the popular WordPress plugin Jetpack is bad for SEO.

If you are reading this article, the chances are that you already know what Jetpack and Photon are. If so, you can skip the next two sections.

What is Jetpack?

Jetpack is a straightforward and robust plugin that enables all of the power and flexibility you need from your WordPress. You can learn more about Jetpack here.

What is Photon?

Photon is an image acceleration and editing service for sites hosted on WordPress.com or Jetpack-connected WordPress sites.…