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iPad Pro IS awesome #ipad #ipadpto #apple #newton

The iPad Pro was unleashed to the world today. It is beautiful!

I picked mine up from Best Buy locally. No hassle with thier order online and pick it up the same day.   
The Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are very popular that they are back orders at least a month. Other retailers have to clue when they will get them. I will review when I get them. 

I ended up ordering from Apple the Smart front cover and back cover in graphite. That will be here this Friday. Only Apple has these in stock. 

Unknown to many I did buy a Surface Pro 3 in September – October 2015 and returned it. The stylus was not bad and it reminded me of the stylus of yesteryear. Nothing special but it got the job done. The Surface Pro 3 was a test to see how it worked. simply games killed it. Mobile games are good, but real PC games were slow and the unit wanted to die from heat and would throttle almost immediately. 

What good is a Tablet that runs a “real desktop OS” if you cannot play full blown PC games on it. Even the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book suffer from this with thier crappy Intel graphics/1gb mobile NVidia card. Garbage!

Mobile games have thier place and the iPad Pro makes them look awesome. The visuals and sound are amazing. 

The sound on the iPad Pro is amazing! I played a few music videos and they looked as good as they sounded. 

All of the iOS 9 enhancements work fast and great. Side by side apps, video in a window, etc. 

The speed of the iPad Pro is fast!  It feels faster that the iPad Air 2. 

The screen is gorgeous. Lots of pixels to make photos and movies stand out. 

I have the 53 pencil stylus and it works marvelous with the iPad Pro. The writing in OneNote is smooth and look sharp. 

With the enhancements with OneNote it is the next version of the Apple Newton. I have been looking for a replacement for my Newton Message Pad 2100. With the ink conversion to text later (win desktop version only), shape recognition (iOS), ink (iOS), and searching within ink are things I missed. I have lobbied Apple to add those to the original iPad but that went on deaf ears. 

Overall the iPad Pro should be on everyone’s list. It is that good!

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Click the first Apple Watch adapter arrived. #applewatch #apple #iwatch

I am impressed with SevenSixteen and their product. The Space Grey aluminum adapter  42mm matches very well. The stainless steel Space Grey link bracelet matches very well and fits perfectly.   

The quality is there. My adapters fit snug so I don’t have a fear of them disconnecting and there goes my Apple Watch. They just work. 

The stitched leather band is nice and of excellent quality. Overall well done!

Well done Click team!

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iPad Pro will be awesome #ipad #ipadpro #apple #newton

It is no secret that since the iPad Pro was announced a few weeks ago that interest is growing.

  
With the 12.9″ screen we will have the large tablet that we have been waiting for.  I love the size of the original iPad at 9.7″ and have been using it until I needed to upgrade to the iPad Mini with it’s 7.9″ display.  I miss the larger display.

Apple Pencil may be the stylus to end all styluses for the iPad. Unfortunately it works only with the iPad Pro. But a new iPad Air next year will definately support it and maybe even the iPad Mini.

I am conitnung my Apple Newton replacement and the iPad Pro may be it if it had software apps that can do the unique tasks the Apple Newton did.  We will see.

The search I started in April 2010 with the original iPad continues to make the iPad platform the Apple Newton replacement.

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The Bard’s Tale IV owners do the right thing. Kudos to inXile

Show is over folks. InXile Entertainment took matters in their own hands.

May the Bard’s Tale Kickstarter continue to be successful!

The moral of the story is respect. InXile has done that and more.

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Apple Watch – More battery tests 2 DAYS per charge #AWS #apple #applewatch #iwatch #battery

I decided to do two more sets of 2 days each of the Apple Watch battery tests.

This day set (of two days) was on the weekend so I did:

  • 30 minutes of Workout app
  • Looked at the time throughout the day
  • Took one phone call on the Watch
  • Check the Weather App
  • Looked at my Activity App to check out my progress
  • Looked at notifications from calendar, TapaTalk, etc. all day.

* Using Apple Watch 1.0.1

  • Get up and put my Watch on (take it off the charger) after I get dressed at 7 am (100% battery power left)
  • At 10:16 pm I put my Watch away as I won’t be needing it anymore by putting it into Power Reserve Mode (62% battery power left)
  • The next day reboot it at 8 am (60% battery power left)
  • At 10 pm put it on the aluminum charging stand (18%)

This day set (of two days) was over Memorial Day and Tuesday  so I did:

  • 75 minutes of Workout app
  • Looked at the time throughout the day
  • Took one phone call on the Watch
  • Check the Weather App
  • Looked at my Activity App to check out my progress
  • Looked at notifications from calendar, TapaTalk, etc. all day.
  • Converse through iMessage.

* Using Apple Watch 1.0.1

  • Get up and put my Watch on (take it off the charger) after I get dressed at 7:30 am (100% battery power left)
  • At 10:58 pm I put my Watch away as I won’t be needing it anymore by putting it into Power Reserve Mode (56% battery power left)
  • The next day reboot it at 7 am (54% battery power left)
  • At 10 pm put it on the aluminum charging stand (6%)

Consistently two days worth of battery since Apple Watch 1.0.1 Update. If my Apple Watch does not take my pulse every 10 seconds anymore, I am ok with that.  I only need those taken during workouts and periodically during the day.

 

 

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Apple Watch – A stand for a little money #apple #applewatch #iwatch

I went ahead and bought a stand for my Apple Watch. This is an emerging accessory area that many companies are PRICE GOUGING!Apple Watch Stand Spigen

I went with a no-name manufacturer called Spigen and bought this from Amazon for $19.95.

It is aluminum with a black plastic top part that you put the Apple Watch power connector in. Save yourself some money and get this one as it is available now.

Let’s compare the competition. Some are also aluminum, others are wood, and others are plastic:

Nomads version is $59.95

Griffins version is $29.99 ( this one is not too bad priced)

DoDoCases version is $99.95

Poetics is $19.95

The ones on Kick-starter that I have seen are also super expensive.

 

 

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Apple Watch Sport – Fifth day and long battery life tips #AWS #apple #applewatch #iwatch #battery

Battery life is an important thing, for me, in using my iPhone and my Apple Watch. I have been fortunate that with my decision of smartphones (all iPhones) and the non-need to be notified every second of my life has worked out that usually I don’t have to charge my iPhone more than once every 20 hours with normal use.

Normal use for me is: check email manually (I check it a few times a day); Tapatalk and Facebook (a few times a day); surfing web pages; updating my web site; and checking my fitness/health.

What is out of normal for me is: watching Videos (twice a week for an hour and a half each time); playing music; using directions with the Map app; using the Workout app (walking daily); and video game playing (RuneQuest for instance).

So through that I have been able to extend this to my Apple Watch. Right now I can get two days worth (12 hours a day) out of a single charge. How I accomplished this is to first tell all Apple Watch compatible apps: Not install by default, turn off “Mirror iPhone Alerts from” for the apps I don’t want to notify me on the Watch, and turn off apps I don’t need to appear in my Glances on the Watch.Apple Watch Power Reserve at 10% message Pretty simple but it works. Any day can be a combination of normal and out of normal.

A normal two day pattern for me is to (using Apple Watch 1.0)

  • Get up and put my Watch on (take it off the charger) after I get dressed at 7am (100% battery power left)
  • At 8pm I put my Watch away as I won’t be needing it anymore by putting it into Power Reserve Mode (56% battery power left)
  • At 7am the next day reboot it at 7am (54% battery power left)
  • At 8pm put it on the aluminum charging stand (The watch turned on the Power Reserve Mode automatically at less than 3% battery power left. I skipped the 10% BRM notification. I don’t know at what percent when it turned BRM on but it did.)

I tested this again another set of two days (using Apple Watch 1.0.1):

  • Get up and put my Watch on (take it off the charger) after I get dressed at 7am (100% battery power left)
  • At 10pm I put my Watch away as I won’t be needing it anymore by putting it into Power Reserve Mode (57% battery power left)
  • At 7am the next day reboot it at 7am (55% battery power left)
  • At 7:30pm put it on the aluminum charging stand (3%)

I am consistently getting two days worth.

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Apple Watch Sport – Fourth day #AWS #apple #applewatch #spg #starwood @spg @starwoodbuzz #iwatch

Travel, travel, travel. I love travelling. Discovering new places or just re-visiting old stomping grounds is something I really like to do with my spare time.

So on this adventure I was over in Seattle, WA and decided to stay at one of my favorite hotel brands, W Hotels. W is a trendy luxury hotel chain owned by Starwood. They have a redemption program that lets you earn points by staying at their hotels.iPhone SPG Keyless Directions

So if you have a SPG account you can pre-register for SPG Keyless on your iPhone. It will generate your keys for your stay and let you populate that reservation in your Passbook.

You will be notified when you arrive at the hotel that check in is available, you just follow instructions on the iPhone SPG app and suddenly you have a room number. Just venture up to your room and your Apple Watch will display a message telling you that you can “tap to unlock the door”. You can also do this with your iPhone too.

Apple Watch W Seattle

Just hold up your Apple Watch, iPhone, or “traditional plastic card” key to the door and before you know it – green lights blink on the door and it unlocks. ULTRA COOL!

Apple Watch SPG Keyless

If you every forget your room number you can also show that on your Apple Watch by going into the SPG Glance.

 

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/index.html

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Apple Watch Sport – Third day #AWS #apple #applewatch #iwatch #delta

My third day with the Apple Watch was a busy one. I was traveling so I will talk about my experience with the Delta app.


Normally, when I arrive in the airport I am already checked in through the iPhone’s Delta app. Today was no different. I proceeded to the TSA security and gave them my Passport and scanned my iPhone with my ticket information. TSA needed to verify my ticket information on my iPhone to make sure it matched my Passport. Then onward to the scanner. I put my iPhone and Apple Watch into my carry on bag and scanned it like normal.  No issues doing it this way. Plus it is harder to lift a bag than a watch.

 
What changed with my Apple Watch is no longer did I need to have my iPhone out while boarding the plane. I had my iPhone 6 Plus stored safely in my carry on bag. I just approached the scanner, brought the Watch and wrist up, swiped up to get to my notifications, tapped on the Delta notification, then swiped down to get to the QR code.

Turned my wrist down and scanned the QR Code and was on my way into the plane. This took maybe 2 seconds total.

 
The information on the Delta App boarding ticket is the same as the information on the iPhone Delta app.

 
All of the attendants “guarding” the scanner thought that was cool and quick. One even said they will have to get an Apple Watch to speed up their travels.

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Apple Watch Update 1.0.1 out now #AWS #apple #applewatch #iwatch

I have to interrupt my scheduled Apple Watch first looks by letting you all know update 1.0.1 is now available for your Apple Watch.

Besides Siri and performance improvements, Third Party App speed improvements!

I did not have any issue with waiting for my third party apps to load as I quickly relized (thanks to the Delta app last week in my trip to Alaska) that if I loaded the Delta App from the Apple Watch, it took a long time. If I had the Delta App on my iPhone 6 Plus open already, the wait time was drastically shorten to a few seconds.

Fitness app and other health improvements are included.  If you use your Apple Watch for a health band, you will need this update.

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