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Apple Pay Is Coming to Target!

I love Apple Pay. It’s hands down my preferred way of paying for things. Yes, it’s secure and all, but really, I just like not having to whip out my wallet. Since <checking my budget> approximately 80% of my spending is at Target or Wegman’s, my wallet can now go on vacation since Target now accepts Apple Pay!


The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for iMac Gives Your Mac a Lift

At home, I use a MacBook Pro connected to two large monitors. At work, I have a 27” iMac. It is a fantastic computer, but I don’t like that the ports and connections are at the back. That makes it difficult to quickly connect and disconnect peripherals. That’s where the $89.99 Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub comes in.


Nomad’s New Natural Leather Accessories for Your Apple Devices Are Gorgeous

Nomad makes excellent wares for Apple Products like Horween leather Apple Watch bands, cases, and their wireless chargers that are compatible with any Qi-Wireless charging devices. However, there were two specific things the brand was missing: A natural leather Apple Watch band for smaller wrists and a matching case to hold Airpods. Effective today, both are available for purchase.


Apple Music Coming to Amazon Echo Devices on December 17th!

In our house, more music is played through our Amazon Echo devices than anywhere else. We use Amazon Music, but also Pandora, Slacker and Spotify … and pretty soon Apple Music! Today Amazon announced on its blog that starting December 17th you will be able to add a new skill to Alexa: the ability to play songs and playlists from…




OtterBox Traction Case for the iPhone XS Max Review

The big iPhone XS Max release day has come and gone. From the looks of my local stores, both Apple and cell carrier, the majority of people either waited or bought their phones online.  Online orders placed today for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have even become available for in-store pickup.


IPhone XS and XS Max Available for In-Store Pickup

Did you hold off on pre-ordering a new iPhone XS or XS Max? Change your mind and want to buy one but afraid that the wait will be too long? Well, hustle online because Apple has opened orders for in-store pickup.


Smartphones at Laptop Prices: Apple’s 2018 Keynote

Before we get into Apple’s Keynote announcement where they didn’t announce new Airpods or the elusive AirPower (because it’s indeed in the “air” at this point), let me just say that I plan on getting the iPhone Xs Max, the 512GB version, in Gold. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… here we go.



Gear Diary Visits PocketNow’s PNWeekly Podcast

Judie and I first met while we were guests on a podcast. I loved chatting with her and am grateful that I was able to begin writing for Gear Diary. Last week I was a guest on Pocketnow’s podcast PNWeekly. A longtime Pocketnow reader, I was excited. The conversation was lively and covered a lot of ground. Check it out.



Siri Is Out to Get Me, and I Have Proof!

I’ve made a terrible mistake. See, I complain A LOT about Siri, because, well, she’s not the brightest AI assistant around. But she apparently has been listening in, and she’s been trying very hard to make my life miserable lately. Here are a few examples:


HomePod Is Doomed Because Siri Is Dumb

Apple’s absence from the smart speaker market is being corrected in early February with the release of the HomePod, but it won’t improve their fortunes in that market. It isn’t because HomePod is too expensive, or too late to the market, it’s because HomePod is handicapped by Siri. Sweet, but painfully useless Siri.


Naztech Frees Up iOS Memory with Xtra Drive mini

With the size of videos and photos nowadays, we may all have a time where the provided memory just is not enough. Naztech is addressing this issue with the Xtra Drive mini ($59.99). The device allows you to instantly save and transfer files using your iOS device’s Lightning Connector and up to 256GB Micro USB card. 


Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds: The Airpod Killers

Bose is a brand that’s name is recognizable almost anywhere you go. Mostly they are known for their over-ear headphones like the QuietComfort 35’s that we reviewed earlier this year, but one thing that was long desired from many fans of the company was a pair of Truly wireless in-Ear headphones.



RavPower Wireless Charging Base Is the Perfect Companion for Your iPhone X

One of the best features (other than Animoji) for the iPhone X, hands down, has to be the Wireless charging. Now sure, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus both have this compatibility as well, but no matter the device, you should take advantage of the functionality. And what better company to do it with besides RAVPower?


YEVO 1 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones Review: Are They Worth the Buy?

There are plenty of “Truly Wireless” earbuds on the market that you could chose from, many with half-baked features like fitness tracking and glowing lights, but what if you just want a great sounding pair of wireless earbuds? If this is the case, you need to purchase the YEVO 1 truly wireless earbuds, and here’s why.


The iPhone X Is The Most Breakable (and Expensive to Repair) Smartphone Ever

If you were one of the lucky few to receive your iPhone X last week (or are waiting for it to arrive in the coming weeks), one thing that you might be inquiring about is if you should purchase AppleCare+, or a more affordable alternative. If this is the case, you should truly check out SquareTrade. SquareTrade is one of…