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All the things I love but are not fit to print on BirchTree (not that that's a bad thing!).
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Nov 6, 2018

Nothing gets people in the Apple community riled up quite like an iPad Pro review. I'm one of the biggest proponents of the iPad Pro as a work machine and I use mine that way literally every single day. I use it because it's the best platform for me and makes me the happiest when using my computer. That said, I try to keep an open mind about what is still missing from iOS and why it keeps some people away.

Oct 31, 2018

Apple unveiled their new iPad Pro lineup yesterday and I’m so freaking on board.

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Oct 29, 2018

Just a brief episode today on what the heck I've been doing tweeting and writing about the OnePlus 6 out of the blue.

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Oct 24, 2018

Apple announced an event on October 30 and the rumors are it's going to be all about some sweet, sweet new iPads. I'm really excited to see what's next for my favorite computer line, and have some crazy ideas for what they might be adding.

Oct 17, 2018

After taking 9 days off from the podcast, I'm back to talk about why the Pixel 3 is really more of a camera attached to a smartphone than any other phone on the market today.

Oct 10, 2018

Today I'm taking a look at all the non-Pixel 3 things shown off at yesterday's Google hardware event.

I did misspeak at one point in the episode. The Pixel Slate keyboard does indeed allow for a bunch of different angles. Oops.

Oh, and the AC kicked on for the last couple minutes of the episode, so if you hear a hum start near the end, that's just me unexpectedly getting a little bit of air. Sorry for the hum!

Oct 4, 2018

Microsoft had their hardware event for the fall and announced updates to their Surface Laptop, Studio, and Pro models, as well as a whole new product: Surface Headphones.

As someone who has recently dabbled in Surface stuff, I thought it might be worth talking about what they showed off and how it moves the needle for me in regards to Microsoft's hardware strategy.

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Oct 2, 2018

I've had the Apple Watch Series 4 for 11 days and this is my initial review. It's very good, but is it $130 better than the just-discounted Series 3 that it replaces?

You can read the full review on BirchTree.

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Oct 1, 2018

Shortcuts is a major step forward in automation for iOS. But there are still quite a few people who either don't "get" Shortcuts' appeal or still prefer their Mac for productivity. If Apple is serious about iOS replacing macOS for most people, and I think they are, then they need to keep chipping away at the things that make people pick the Mac today. The list is getting shorter, but they're clearly not there yet.

Sep 23, 2018

I upgraded my iPhone 8 Plus to an iPhone XS yesterday and my goodness, do I like this phone! Today’s impromptu episode hits on 5 things that have stood out to me so far.

Sep 18, 2018

It was over 3 months in the marking, so yeah, I’m taking an episode to walk through the tools and process I used to get it all done ;)

Sep 17, 2018

My complete review of watchOS 5. Check out the full written review here.

Sep 14, 2018

I recorded today's episode on about 4 hours of sleep, but I was indeed able to order myself a new iPhone and Apple Watch. If the fates are kind, they'll both be here in a week. Here's what I got and why I got it.

Sep 12, 2018

Apple had their big September event today where they announced a new Apple Watch and 3 new iPhones. These are my impressions literally seconds after the keynote ended.

Sep 10, 2018

An iPhone lives and dies on its quality, not its name.

Sep 7, 2018

The "post-PC era" sure is taking a long time to get here.

Sep 4, 2018

In a turn of events I'm rocking a completely different Surface computer since the last time we talked. I not have a Surface Pro which I'm hoping will be a better fit for me than the underpowered Surface Go.

Aug 22, 2018

The Windows-centric tech press is talking about the Surface Go's perfjoamcne in terms of "what more could you expect from a $400 tablet?" The answer is incredibly obvious, the $329 iPad, and I think makes the Go look worse than it would in a Windows-only vacuum.

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Aug 20, 2018
  • Amount of work for a blog post: minimal
  • Amount of work for a podcast: a bit, but not terrible
  • Amount of work for a video: for-freaking-ever

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Aug 16, 2018

The biggest question surrounding the Surface Go since its launch a few weeks ago is how well it performs. I didn't want to weigh in too early on this one, but I feel like I know what this device is and I need to talk about this.

Aug 14, 2018

The Surface Go is only making me appreciate my iPad more, but it's also making me feel a little less enthusiastic about the mobile Mac lineup. If the Mac is going to stick around for the long haul, I'd love to see Apple start to play around more with the form factors they offer, because this Surface is making me desperately want a Mac in this type of hardware.

Aug 11, 2018

The Microsoft Surface Go definitely still runs the same Windows we know and love(?).

Aug 7, 2018

I've spent a couple days with the Surface Go, my first Surface device, and I, of course, have a few thoughts.

Aug 2, 2018

Apple sent out an email last night that was crushing to a lot of people in the Apple community. They are ending their affiliate program for the App Store. This was a reliable, important revenue source for many creators out there, and this program's demise means that a lot of these people are going to have to reassess how they make a living.

Of course one should diversify their income as much as possible, but this is a big hit to people who do this as a passion, and it's even harder on those who put food on the table with this revenue.

The world will go on and people will figure out ways to make money, but this is a tough day.

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