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I am a technologist and love gadgets that add value by simplifying my life or by increasing my productivity. On this blog, I share how I use technology to improve my life and keep my personal information and most valuable data protected.

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Review: HomeKit enabled smoke alarm from First Alert

First Alert recently released Onelink; an Apple HomeKit enabled smoke alarm. I took that as an opportunity to get my feet wet with HomeKit and to start equipping our house with home automation gadgets. I reached out to First Alert, and they were so kind to send me a review unit of their HomeKit enabled…(Read More)

Review: Unique iPhone 7 leather case by Twelve South

If you are in the market for a unique iPhone 7 leather case that fits your iPhone like a second skin, the RelaxedLeather case by Twelve South might be for you. Why I am not a fan of cases I am usually an opponent of iPhone cases and screen protectors for the following reasons: I…(Read More)

How to: iPhone 7 soft reset with two buttons

Apple has changed how the two-button soft reset works on the iPhone 7. In this article, I will explain how the iPhone 7 soft reset works using the Lock and Volume down buttons. What is a soft reset A soft reset forcefully power-cycles the iPhone and clears all memory. By doing so, you…(Read More)

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…(Read More)

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…(Read More)

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…(Read More)

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…(Read More)

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…(Read More)

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…(Read More)

Top 6 Tips to improve WordPress load time and speed

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 share my top 6 tips to improve WordPress load time and speed based on the experience I have made with my blog. I…(Read More)

iCloud Photo Library: Do not delete photos from an iPhone to free up space

Be careful when deleting photos or videos on your iPhone, iPad or Mac if you use iCloud Photo Library. Doing so may permanently remove the deleted photos from all devices. Plus, it is not even necessary in most cases as iOS manages storage space allocated to photos by itself. Continue reading to learn how that…(Read More)

Fantastical shared calendar notifications explained

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 the app are shared calendar notifications in the application as well as in Notification Center. Fortunately, there is a workaround…(Read More)

iOS 11 wish list - Features I hope Apple will add to the next iOS version

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…(Read More)

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…(Read More)