Kenu AirFrame

Review: Kenu Airframe Plus

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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 to tell all my fellow Camry owners that... 

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Dilex Surface

Review: Seidio iPhone cases are pretty sweet, but pricey

Sunday, November 30, 2014

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 have thus far proven to be quite durable,... 

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TWinA001

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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 European Financial Union, which is somehow... 

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Review: Protect your BIG Investment with these 5 Griffin iPhone 6 Plus cases

Friday, October 24, 2014

My transition from an iPhone 5S to an iPhone 6 Plus has gone relatively smoothly – I would say it took about 5 days to become so accustomed to its larger size that my old 5S now seems toylike in my hand. However, while I may be used to its size, that doesn’t mean it’s dainty, and the thought of placing it inside a giant hunk of rubber to protect its giant screen from breaking wasn’t really something I was looking forward to. Luckily our good friends at Griffin sent us a care package with their first... 

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goodbadmehTim

Apple’s iPad/iMac event – The Good, The Bad, and the Meh

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hmmm. Apple’s iPhone 6/Apple Watch event was pretty amazing, so today’s iPad/iMac event has some pretty big shoes to fill in terms of surprises and perceived “WOW!” factor. Did it deliver? Well, let’s find out by examining what I found Good, Bad, and Meh about the iPad/iMac event. The Good The new iMac: It has a REALLLLLY sweet 5K Retina display. Other than that, not all that much new here. But it might be enough, given that the iMac is not a power-user’s computer. The release... 

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Juno Power Kaebo Lightning Cable

Review: JunoPower’s Kaebo Lightning Cable

Thursday, September 25, 2014

OK, get ready for some real excitement because I’m about to review… A LIGHTNING CABLE! That’s right, one of those $3 things Apple charges $19 for, Amazon charges $11 for, eBay charges $9 for, and which you have to replace every 3 months or so. So what makes this cable so special? Well, in theory, you don’t have to replace it. Or at least that’s the claim of JunoPower, makers of the Kaebo Lightning Sync and Charge Cable ($19.99 on Amazon). Yes, the cable is as pricey as Apple’s,... 

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Review: Kenu Airframe Plus

Kenu AirFrame

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

Dilex Surface

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!

TWinA001

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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Review: Protect your BIG Investment with these 5 Griffin iPhone 6 Plus cases

5griffin cases

My transition from an iPhone 5S to an iPhone 6 Plus has gone relatively smoothly – I would say it took about 5 days to become so accustomed to its larger size that my old 5S now seems toylike in my hand. However, while I may be used to its size, that doesn’t mean it’s dainty, and the thought of placing it inside a giant hunk of rubber to protect its giant screen from breaking wasn’t really something I was looking forward to. Luckily our good friends at Griffin... Read More

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Apple’s iPad/iMac event – The Good, The Bad, and the Meh

goodbadmehTim

Hmmm. Apple’s iPhone 6/Apple Watch event was pretty amazing, so today’s iPad/iMac event has some pretty big shoes to fill in terms of surprises and perceived “WOW!” factor. Did it deliver? Well, let’s find out by examining what I found Good, Bad, and Meh about the iPad/iMac event. The Good The new iMac: It has a REALLLLLY sweet 5K Retina display. Other than that, not all that much new here. But it might be enough, given that the iMac is not a power-user’s... Read More

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Release Siri’s Wild Side with Mouthy

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Apple’s Siri has some cute little Easter Eggs built in to her programming that let you ask her all sorts of inappropriate questions and get back some mildly amusing, PG-13 answers. But what if you want to see what Siri would sound like all grown up? And drunk? Well, now you can, with Mouthy (free in App store), that app from developer Alaric Cole (maker of the sweet little Fitly app) that provides a quick way to get Siri to say pretty much anything. “I thought of... Read More

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Review: JunoPower’s Kaebo Lightning Cable

Juno Power Kaebo Lightning Cable

OK, get ready for some real excitement because I’m about to review… A LIGHTNING CABLE! That’s right, one of those $3 things Apple charges $19 for, Amazon charges $11 for, eBay charges $9 for, and which you have to replace every 3 months or so. So what makes this cable so special? Well, in theory, you don’t have to replace it. Or at least that’s the claim of JunoPower, makers of the Kaebo Lightning Sync and Charge Cable ($19.99 on Amazon). Yes, the... Read More

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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, or at least not worse than the old way of doing things.” More often than not I got used to the new way, and had to admit Apple... Read More

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Review: Kenu Airframe Plus

Kenu AirFrame

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 […]

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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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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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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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