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Review: Seidio’s OBEX Waterproof iPhone case

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I’ve has a standalone waterproof Canon camera for years, and while it has certainly allowed me to get shots with the kids out in the ocean that I would be too scared to attempt with my SLR or my iPhone, I never loved that camera. The display was hard to see, especially with sunglasses, the pictures were OK, but not great, and the camera stunk as an all-purpose camera – it really could only shoot in sunlight. Plus, as I have come to rely more and more on my iPhone for my daily snapshot needs, I have grown accustomed... 

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Apple’s Spring Ahead event: The Good, the Bad, and the Meh

Monday, March 9, 2015

Well, it’s been an exciting couple of weeks leading up to Apple’s Spring Ahead Event! Haha, just kidding. I honestly could not be less interested in the Apple watch or this event in general, so let’s see if Apple was able to change my mind. Here’s my take on what was the Good, the Bad, and the Meh of the Apple Watch special event! The Good Research Kit Apple’s new open source (that’s a big deal) Health Research programing tool is a potentially awesome way to gather data from medical research... 

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What level of support should a successful game developer be expected to offer?

Monday, February 23, 2015

I’ll admit upfront that I am writing this article out of personal frustration towards BackFlip studios, formerly one of my favorite iOS game developers, but my long-standing support issues with them raise a question that ALL successful developers should be asking themselves – namely, “How much support am I morally, ethically, and perhaps even LEGALLY supposed to offer for my game?” I’ll go into my personal struggle below, as briefly as I can, and perhaps it will only make sense to those familiar... 

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Review: Audioengine’s B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I’m about to try to make a case for why you should want the $189 Audioengine’s B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver . It won’t be easy, as for that price you could get TWO Airport expresses that could also wirelessly stream music, or for $10 more you could have an Airport Extreme, which boasts a bunch of useful features in addition to streaming music. So why would you want to pay for a one-trick pony that promises only the simplest way to get the best sounding streamed audio to your speaker system? Well, there’s... 

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Review: Divoom Airbeat-10 Wireless Bluetooth Water Resistant Speaker

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Not sure what a “saction cup” is but it might explain why it does not hold like a suction cup would I’ve reviewed so many compact bluetooth speakers over the years that I feel I have written “Sounds great for it’s size” over a hundred times. And it’s true. Even $30 speakers sound pretty damn good these days, and if you take into account that they are the size of a deck of playing cards AND have a 6 hour rechargeable battery life, it’s hard to complain about the sound quality.... 

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Review: Seidio’s OBEX Waterproof iPhone case

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I’ve has a standalone waterproof Canon camera for years, and while it has certainly allowed me to get shots with the kids out in the ocean that I would be too scared to attempt with my SLR or my iPhone, I never loved that camera. The display was hard to see, especially with sunglasses, the pictures were OK, but not great, and the camera stunk as an all-purpose camera – it really could only shoot in sunlight. Plus, as I have come to rely more and more on my iPhone for... Read More

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Apple’s Spring Ahead event: The Good, the Bad, and the Meh

TIMgoodbadmeh

Well, it’s been an exciting couple of weeks leading up to Apple’s Spring Ahead Event! Haha, just kidding. I honestly could not be less interested in the Apple watch or this event in general, so let’s see if Apple was able to change my mind. Here’s my take on what was the Good, the Bad, and the Meh of the Apple Watch special event! The Good Research Kit Apple’s new open source (that’s a big deal) Health Research programing tool is a potentially awesome... Read More

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What level of support should a successful game developer be expected to offer?

This message pops up about 20 seconds into gameplay each time I load the game

I’ll admit upfront that I am writing this article out of personal frustration towards BackFlip studios, formerly one of my favorite iOS game developers, but my long-standing support issues with them raise a question that ALL successful developers should be asking themselves – namely, “How much support am I morally, ethically, and perhaps even LEGALLY supposed to offer for my game?” I’ll go into my personal struggle below, as briefly as I can, and perhaps... Read More

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Review: Audioengine’s B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

B1_lifestyle

I’m about to try to make a case for why you should want the $189 Audioengine’s B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver . It won’t be easy, as for that price you could get TWO Airport expresses that could also wirelessly stream music, or for $10 more you could have an Airport Extreme, which boasts a bunch of useful features in addition to streaming music. So why would you want to pay for a one-trick pony that promises only the simplest way to get the best sounding streamed... Read More

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Review: Divoom Airbeat-10 Wireless Bluetooth Water Resistant Speaker

Divoom Airbeat 10

Not sure what a “saction cup” is but it might explain why it does not hold like a suction cup would I’ve reviewed so many compact bluetooth speakers over the years that I feel I have written “Sounds great for it’s size” over a hundred times. And it’s true. Even $30 speakers sound pretty damn good these days, and if you take into account that they are the size of a deck of playing cards AND have a 6 hour rechargeable battery life, it’s... Read More

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Review: Kenu Airframe Plus

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I drive a Camry. I’m not proud of it. I’m not embarrassed. It’s fine. That’s what owning a Camry is. However, there IS one thing that Camry owners have had to deal with, and that is horrible AC power outlet placement and no large suction-cup-able flat surfaces for mounting our iDevices. All solutions that I HAVE found have suction cups just a little too large, and the seal always fails. Cupholder solutions are equally bad, and too low. Well, I am hear... Read More

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Review: Seidio iPhone cases are pretty sweet, but pricey

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Given how many iPhone case manufacturers there are out there, I guess it’s not too surprising that I hadn’t heard of Seidio until a few of their iPhone 6 and 6 plus cases showed up here at the lab for review, but I must say I am impressed, particularly with their Surface cases. But let’s take them one at a time… SURFACE Available in 2 models (and for both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus), the Surface ($34.95) and Surface Combo ($49.95) are not cheap, but they... Read More

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This Week in Apple: Christian Bale, Gay Stuff, and Streaming in the sky!

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iPhone Statue on Russian university campus honoring Steve Jobs taken down after Tim Cook announces he’s Gay Just one day after Apple CEO Tim Cook’s “coming out” essay was published in Bloomberg Businessweek, a statue honoring the late Steve Jobs, which stood in the courtyard of a St. Petersburg campus since January of 2013, has been dismantled. The statue, in the shape of a 6 foot tall iPhone, was originally commissioned by a group of Russian companies known as West... Read More

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Product Reviews

Review: Seidio’s OBEX Waterproof iPhone case

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I’ve has a standalone waterproof Canon camera for years, and while it has certainly allowed me to get shots with the kids out in the ocean that I would be too scared to attempt with my SLR or my iPhone, I never loved that camera. The display was hard to see, especially with sunglasses, the […]

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Happy Birthday to us! Macenstein turns 8 and we’re giving YOU presents!

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My goodness, where does the time go!? It seems like only yesterday we decided to stop wasting our time reading Mac sites and instead waste our time running one, and now here we are, celebrating our eight year anniversary. And like most 8-year olds we are not nearly as cute as we used to be […]

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Games

Wanna hang out with me? Sure you do! So JOIN CLAN MACENSTEIN!!

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I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how many of you have contacted me asking if we could hang out, be BFFs, have me officiate your wedding, etc. Well, I am far too anti-social for any of THAT to happen, but I DO enjoy sitting alone in the dark for hours on end playing Clash […]

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Tips/How To

How To: turn off predictive text in iOS 8

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I’m usually pretty good about giving Apple’s “new way” of doing things a chance. Whether it was the dual scroll arrow on the bottom of Finder windows, or the inverse scrolling on the MacBook’s touchpad, my motto has always been, “Well, Apple must have researched this, so let’s see if this is as good, better, […]

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