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June 21, 2016 • News

Apple eBook Antitrust Settlement Credits Begin to Appear

Did you get an email from Amazon telling you that you have credit from the Apple eBook Antitrust Settlement? I just got mine, and it was a doozy …

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June 14, 2016 • News

WWDC Outlines the Four Pillars of Apple’s Product Strategy

Apple held their Worldwide Developer Conference today. The public portion of the event was the keynote which clocked in at almost 2 hours and featured a top-down review of the highlights expect in what Apple identified as their four foundational  platforms – watchOS, tvOS, OS X (later rebranded as macOS) and iOS.

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April 29, 2016 • Reviews

Charge Your Apple Watch in Style with the HoverDock

Since the Apple Watch has been updated to include Nightstand Mode, there are many new options for charging the watch overnight. I recently was able to review the HoverDock by Just Mobile which retails for $34.95. Basically, it is a minimalist way to charge the Apple Watch while using it in Nightstand Mode. Let’s take …

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April 17, 2016 • Reviews

iPhone SE Review: A Pocket-Sized Phone with Good Specs

In a day where it seems that smartphones are only getting larger, the iPhone SE is a bit of fresh air. Sure it is nearly identical to the iPhone 5/5S – actually, externally it is identical – but it is a tried-and-true form factor that just works.

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April 15, 2016 • Reviews

The Olala Apple MFi Certified Power Bank is Convenient for On-The-Go Juice

The Olala S100-i is a mobile power bank with a built-in Apple MFi certified lighting cable. With 13,000 mAh battery capacity, it’s slightly larger than a wallet, so you can toss it in your travel bag and carry around enough juice to last the whole day. Read on for a coupon code to buy the …

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March 21, 2016 • News

Apple Announces the iPhone SE (Still Expensive) and iPad (Air 3) Pro, Because You’ll Buy It

We were all glued to the Apple event today; unfortunately, it wasn’t with the usual pulse-pounding excitement we’ve had in the past. Some of us walked away a little disappointed … here are our thoughts!

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February 18, 2016 • News

Smart Keyboard: Apple’s Most Awkward Product Ever

After using the Apple Smart Keyboard for months it has proven to be the most awkward Apple product I’ve ever used. That’s not normally a word associated with its products but it’s proven every single day I use it.

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January 10, 2016 • Reviews

Urban Armor Gear’s Composite Case for MacBook 12-inch

I recently had the opportunity to use and test a composite case for my 12-inch MacBook from Urban Armor Gear. This manufacturer’s sample states it is military grade and drop-tested. Although I’m not about to start drop-testing my MacBook, I have no reason to believe it’s not military grade. It feels very sturdy and well-built, …

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October 3, 2015 • Reviews

Always Have a Charging Cable Nearby with the Echo Connect Key!

We’ve all panicked while out and about, realizing that our phone battery is low, and either we scramble to the car to get the cable, or we turn off every setting possible in attempts to keep enough battery to make it home. The Echo Connect Key by the company named, you guessed it, Echo, is a …

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September 21, 2015 • News

Now You Can Walk Out of Your Local Sprint Store with an Apple Watch

Mobile service provider Sprint announced today that it will begin selling the Apple Watch in their stores starting this Friday, September 25.

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September 10, 2015 • News

iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface; Which Would You Buy?

Obviously we’ve all been discussing the iPad Pro announcement yesterday, and I posed the following question to the Gear Diary team: You have $1,000, and you must spend it on either an iPad Pro or a Microsoft Surface. Which do you choose, and why?

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September 2, 2015 • News

Will the Rumored Apple TV Be Too Pricey for the Set-Top Market?

We have and adore a Roku 3 hooked up to our TV. It has a slew of channels from Netflix to Amazon Prime to Disney Jr., plus some light games. A brand new Roku 3 with voice search clocks in at $99, and the compact streaming stick at $39.99. So is playing iTunes Videos worth …

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August 21, 2015 • News

Apple Launches iSight Camera Replacement Program for Your iPhone 6 Plus

If by chance you were in the small group of iPhone 6 Plus purchasers that have a faulty iSight rear camera, you’ll be happy to know that today Apple launched a program that might put a new iSight Camera in your hand, free of charge.

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August 12, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi iVisor for 2015 MacBook

The folks at Moshi recently provided Gear Diary their iVisor for MacBook, a clear (matte) anti-glare screen protector for the new 12” MacBook.   Moshi gives a 100% guarantee that the screen protector will install bubble free and I have to say that it installed flawlessly for me. Once it was on, I hardly noticed …

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August 11, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi Muse 12 for the 2015 MacBook

The folks at Moshi recently provided Gear Diary with a number of products for the new MacBook. Among them was a protective sleeve called the Moshi Muse 12.

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July 21, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi iGlaze for the 2015 MacBook Review

Recently, the folks at Moshi were kind enough to provide Gear Diary with a few of their products to evaluate for the new MacBook 12” (2015). I’m going to look at the first of these — the iGlaze for MacBook, a clear shell to protect the outside of your MacBook.

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July 9, 2015 • Gear Bits

iOS 9 Public Beta Available Now

Apple just released public betas of both  iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. There’s no requirement to be a developer or do anything except visit this link to sign up with your Apple ID. Before loading this (or any) beta software  be certain you have a complete backup of your data. This is the fourth beta release of …

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June 19, 2015 • Reviews

How I Ended up Buying the New MacBook 12-inch: A Personal Review

It’s common knowledge that Apple makes products that are extremely polarizing. The original iPhone, for example, was very polarizing. More recently, the original MacBook Air and Apple Watch became polarizing products. Add to that list the new 12-inch MacBook. I recently bought one to use as my primary personal computer. Why would I do that? …

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April 17, 2015 • Crowdfunding

Lunatik’s Epik is a Kit for Your Apple Watch That’s Stylish and Protective.

If you ever held an iPad Nano on your wrist hoping it could one day be a watch, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Lunatik. If you haven’t, it’s worth noting that the company raised over $900,000 to turn the nano into a makeshift watch five years ago in 2010. So it’s only telling that …

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April 11, 2015 • News

Apple Makes Their Mark on Their Acquisition; Beats & iPhones Now Coordinate

Since Apple snatched up Beats, many figured they would start working on a music streaming service, and it looks like they are on their way to that. Late on Friday, Apple released three new colors for their Beats Solo 2 Wireless headphones to match the three available colors of the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus: space …

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April 10, 2015 • Editorials

So What’s AppleCare+ for Apple Watch’s Target Audience? Idiots.

Let me preface this by saying this. I want the Apple Watch. It’s not a need, strictly a want. I love having something nobody else can have. So naturally last month, I wanted one. Bad. But then came the waiting process, and I had time to think, and now just like people who weren’t up …

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