MacBook Pro and LG UltraFine 4K Monitor: The Way It Was Meant to Be

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MacBook Pro and LG UltraFine 4K Monitor: The Way It Was Meant to Be

The box was huge. The monitor, not so much. But the impact it has had on me in this short time is profound. I am speaking, of course, about the LG UltraFine 4K monitor Apple announced alongside the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar...

 

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New Tech for the New Year

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New Tech for the New Year

It seems to be a universal truth among tech pundits that 2016 was a bad year. 2017 is now upon us. And it is time to turn the page. What tech do you anticipate purchasing this year? What old things do you need to replace? And what new things excite you?

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Apple AirPods and Bose QC 30: A tale of two earphones

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Apple AirPods and Bose QC 30: A tale of two earphones

I know that this may seem like a strange pairing at first. But these two premium products have at least one thing in common: I have wanted them both since the summer. They were both delayed. (I guess that’s two things.) And I now have both to review. But in this arena, only one will remain standing. Hint: this one’s not going to make it all 15 rounds...

 

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Going Pro: Should You? Or Shouldn’t You?

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Going Pro: Should You? Or Shouldn’t You?

The new MacBook Pro is a marvel of engineering. But there are a whole lot of engineering marvels that you don’t need in your life. The question for the day, is the MacBook Pro one of them?

 

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The State of the Mac Notebook

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The State of the Mac Notebook

It has been a long time since Apple has released a product as polarizing as the new MacBook Pros. It has also been a while since the traditional Apple customer base has been so angry with Apple because of product direction...

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13” MacBook Pro: A new kind of MacBook for a new kind of pro

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13” MacBook Pro: A new kind of MacBook for a new kind of pro

There is a lot of angst among Mac pundits these days. Last month it was because the MacBook Pro hadn’t been updated in quite a while. Today, it is because the MacBook Pro just got an update. Depending on what signals you are getting, the latter situation might actually be worse. 

The outcry is the same after the release as before: Apple has abandoned the pros. Have they? The answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no. Apple has certainly made a lot of changes to the product line. The breezy answer is that they have made a new kind of MacBook for a new kind of pro. Bear with me while I unpack what that means:

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Back to the Mac

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Back to the Mac

My wife is now the proud owner of my iPad Pro. And she couldn’t be happier. As of Saturday: two days after the MacBook announcement, I have officially gone back to the Mac. Here’s why:

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Mac Week

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Mac Week

Apple has announced another special event for October 27, 2016. That is 4 days from the time of this writing. According to the latest from Engadget, [Apple’s October 27th event is all about laptops]. That will not stop people from wildly speculating about a major refresh of the entire Mac lineup.

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The Google iPhone Pixel: A Rounding Error

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The Google iPhone Pixel: A Rounding Error

I have been looking forward to the Google phone announcement with anticipation from the moment I heard about it several weeks ago. I have no interest in switching to Android. But when the only platform competitor to Apple decides to go full Apple and compete on hardware, it is worth taking notice.

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Here's why I returned to the Logitech Create

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Here's why I returned to the Logitech Create

In the beginning, the only keyboard available for the iPad Pro was the Logitech Create. I wanted the Apple Smart Keyboard. But it wasn't available. So I bought the Create. Within two weeks of ownership, I returned it for a full refund. Now, I'm back on the Create. This is my story: 

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A New Beginning for the Apple Watch

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A New Beginning for the Apple Watch

It is not every day that Apple admits that they were wrong in a major way. Apple Watch 3.0 may end up being Apple’s biggest Mae culpa ever. Apple made some huge bets with the unveiling of the original Apple Watch. They bet heavily on features like...

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Apple Continues Its Commitment to Accessibility

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Apple Continues Its Commitment to Accessibility

Allow me a moment to lay bare my biases. I am a diehard, Apple fanboy. Sometimes, we have no idea why we have the allegiances we do. When I was a kid, I found myself in a line of some sort. Some people were handing out posters for reasons I can’t recall. 

Each kid received a poster of either Magic Johnson, or Larry Bird. I knew who Magic Johnson was, But I had never heard of Larry Bird. I got Larry. And from that moment to this day, I am a Larry Bird and Boston Celtics fan.

I have no idea why I have most of the preferences I do. But I know exactly why I am an Apple fanboy. Without recounting my entire computing history, I will just say that it is now, and always has been about accessibility.

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The Death of Heroes, and the Age of Unrelenting Cynicism

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The Death of Heroes, and the Age of Unrelenting Cynicism

Spoiler alert! Captain America is a bad guy. Worse, a supervillain. When I say *spoiler alert*, I don't mean that I am announcing a plot point about which you didn't already know. I am saying that something has been well and truly spoiled. Marvel has ruined an American icon with their latest move.... 

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Dishwasher Safe

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Dishwasher Safe

While this is not a review of the new nylon bands for the Apple Watch, it is a good time to let you know that the bands are very nice additions to a growing Apple Watch band collection. There are a number of colors. The aesthetic will not suit everyone. But once you see them in person, you are sure to find at least one that floats your boat. They feel great to the touch. You can hardly tell it is on your wrist. Anyone with allergies to the flouroelastimer bands now has a great option from Apple for the same price.   

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iPad Pro 9.7: When Less Is More

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iPad Pro 9.7: When Less Is More

Bigger is not always better. And one size really doesn't fit all. I believe Apple was tossing around all of these cliches when they came up with the iPad Pro 9.7. I don't believe it is a reaction to iPad Pro sales. Even remix products take time to develop and execute.

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My Time with the Surface Book at the Microsoft Store in New York

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My Time with the Surface Book at the Microsoft Store in New York

I spent most of a week in New York on a piece of business that didn't pan out. While there, I found the time to visit both the Apple Store and the Microsoft Store. It was a study in similarities and contrasts... 

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The US Government Vs. Personal Privacy, iPhone Edition

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The US Government Vs. Personal Privacy, iPhone Edition

The FBI wants Apple to unlock an iPhone 5C. Make no mistake about it: This is an inflection point in our society. Whether or not you care about the iPhone, politics, or legal issues, this effects you regardless of where you are in the world...

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Using Tech: Part One

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Using Tech: Part One

A lot has been made about the success, or lack thereof, of the latest crop of apple products. The metric many in the techospher seem to be using is how much you use the product. This seemed to make sense at first glance. But the longer I think about it, the less sense it makes. The time of usage myth is a little like the megahertz myth. More is not necessarily better. What does it actually mean to use tech these days. Let's take a closer look:

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With These Apps, "Pro" Is for Productive

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With These Apps, "Pro" Is for Productive

How are you liking your iPad Pro? Me too. But that doesn't mean that it couldn't be even better. In my earlier writings, I stated that there were some tasks I do for work that I can't do on the iPad Pro. That is only partly true. I can actually do everything for work on the iPad Pro, and do. 

But I have to use a couple of workarounds to make it happen. With these two powerful apps, you can raise the productivity of the iPad Pro to a whole, new level. Best yet, these apps are great even if you don't have an iPad Pro. If you use a Mac along with any other Mac or iOS device, these apps are likely for you:

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Final Thoughts on the iPad Pro: Something Like a Review

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Final Thoughts on the iPad Pro: Something Like a Review

I have been looking forward to this device for years. It has had a rough introduction to the world. But that is only true for early adopters like myself. By the time normal people start to discover and purchase the iPad Pro, these early jitters will all be sorted out.  

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