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Review: flatOUT™ LED Lightning by Scosche (That’s right, I’m going to review a lightning cable.)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

If you’ve been a loyal Apple supporter/upgrader, odds are by now you have probably owned 4-5 Apple devices that utilize a Lightning cable to charge. And if you are a SMART Apple user, you have never ONCE paid the $19.00 (formerly $25) Apple charges for its cables, when dozens of 3rd party accessory makers sell theirs for about half that. As overpriced as Apple’s cables are, I’m about to go against every cheap bone in my body and recommend you consider dropping $19 on a lightning cable from Scosche. Their flatOUT™... 

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You’re buying an Apple Car, Swatch Steal’s Apple’s One More Thing, and Samsung tries to rip-off the iPad Pro before Apple even releases it

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Well, looks like you’re buying an Apple Car after all Assuming, that is, you’re one of those people who hates the “driving” part of driving your car. After months (or has it been years at this point?) of rumors swirling around the the possibility of Cupertino producing a self-driving electric car, Apple has reportedly hired former Tesla employee Jamie Carlson, a man whose speciality is “autonomous vehicle firmware”. That may not be enough evidence to get a guilty verdict in a court... 

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Apple’s 2015 WWDC: The Good, the Bad, and the Meh

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Well, we made it through another Apple Music event, or was it a Developer’s conference? I’m not sure, but the whole things seemed a bit confused and unorganized… Let’s take a quick look at was was Good, Bad, and Meh about Apple’s 2015 WWDC! The Good Apple Music (Maybe – We’ll have to wait and see) There was a lot of cheering by developers at Apple’s WWDC, so I’ll have to assume that Apple announced some wonderful things if you are a developer. However, if you’re a consumer,... 

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How NOT to clean your Apple gear

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. That is the lesson being learned by one cheating Japanese Apple fan after his (presumably EX) girlfriend sent him photos of all his Apple gear fully submerged in the bathtub, including his iMac. Now, of course this is tragic, and as much as I hate to see ANY Apple device submerged under water, I think we we really all should be focusing on is just how damn small that bathtub is! I can’t be positive which iMac model that is, but let’s be generous and... 

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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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Review: flatOUT™ LED Lightning by Scosche (That’s right, I’m going to review a lightning cable.)

Scosche flatOUT Lightning cable

If you’ve been a loyal Apple supporter/upgrader, odds are by now you have probably owned 4-5 Apple devices that utilize a Lightning cable to charge. And if you are a SMART Apple user, you have never ONCE paid the $19.00 (formerly $25) Apple charges for its cables, when dozens of 3rd party accessory makers sell theirs for about half that. As overpriced as Apple’s cables are, I’m about to go against every cheap bone in my body and recommend you consider dropping $19 on a... Read More

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You’re buying an Apple Car, Swatch Steal’s Apple’s One More Thing, and Samsung tries to rip-off the iPad Pro before Apple even releases it

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 10.18.43 PM

Well, looks like you’re buying an Apple Car after all Assuming, that is, you’re one of those people who hates the “driving” part of driving your car. After months (or has it been years at this point?) of rumors swirling around the the possibility of Cupertino producing a self-driving electric car, Apple has reportedly hired former Tesla employee Jamie Carlson, a man whose speciality is “autonomous vehicle firmware”. That may not be enough... Read More

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Apple’s 2015 WWDC: The Good, the Bad, and the Meh

goodbadmehWWDC14

Well, we made it through another Apple Music event, or was it a Developer’s conference? I’m not sure, but the whole things seemed a bit confused and unorganized… Let’s take a quick look at was was Good, Bad, and Meh about Apple’s 2015 WWDC! The Good Apple Music (Maybe – We’ll have to wait and see) There was a lot of cheering by developers at Apple’s WWDC, so I’ll have to assume that Apple announced some wonderful things if you are a... Read More

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How NOT to clean your Apple gear

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“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. That is the lesson being learned by one cheating Japanese Apple fan after his (presumably EX) girlfriend sent him photos of all his Apple gear fully submerged in the bathtub, including his iMac. Now, of course this is tragic, and as much as I hate to see ANY Apple device submerged under water, I think we we really all should be focusing on is just how damn small that bathtub is! I can’t be positive which iMac model... Read More

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Product Reviews

Review: flatOUT™ LED Lightning by Scosche (That’s right, I’m going to review a lightning cable.)

Scosche flatOUT Lightning cable

If you’ve been a loyal Apple supporter/upgrader, odds are by now you have probably owned 4-5 Apple devices that utilize a Lightning cable to charge. And if you are a SMART Apple user, you have never ONCE paid the $19.00 (formerly $25) Apple charges for its cables, when dozens of 3rd party accessory makers sell […]

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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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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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