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Introducing my iPhone X – Apple won

Where do I start.  I tried an iPhone X to make sure that that I was thinking was true.  It wasn’t.

The iPhone X is the perfect phone! For me after all.

After learning more about the Android-based Samsung Galaxy Note8. I learned that: A) the note taking was very good, but not all that much better than the iPhone with a good stylus. B) Android OS really sucks. I could just use it like an iPhone but the micromanagement of battery life was horrible. C) The Samsung apps are a close clone of the iOS apps from Apple.  Still not better, almost as good as.

In the end, I am glad to be putting  the Samsung Galaxy Note8 as a secondary device.  BUT there is ONE thing that worked. The on the fly translation works great. You hover the text and it translate a sentence at a time (or word). This is something Apple needs to copy from Samsung.  The rest of the whole 2.5 month experience was not good.

In Short: Android is NOT as good as Apple iOS. Samsung is NOT as good as Apple. My Samsung TV still has those 5 vertical lines mocking me every time I watch TV.

Here is my 2 original Apple iPhones (one running iOS 3.x – right;  iOS 1.1.2 – middle) and my iPhone X.   Once you experience the iPhone X nothing else is as good.

My iPhoneX 2017 and iPhone 2007

My iPhoneX 2017 and iPhone 2007

 

 

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South Park Phone Destroyer review – ALL BAD with CHEATERS RUNNING RAMPANT

I have been playing South Park Phone Destroyer and here is my screen shot of being destroyed by another player who throws in 8 guys and a few lighting bolts in within the first 17 seconds. The other player is using some hacks and cheats to so this.  With only 10 energy points to start with and it slowly fills more as you play – He had played 32 points of energy within the first 17 seconds! Where I played only 9 points and only got back 3 energy points more.
I researched this and found that this has been going on since the game’s release weeks ago really means I am gave this game 1 star. Obviously the game developer does not want this as they say “report him” with no in app way to report another player (that I have found). This report button should be on the PVP screen and if done right after a match, the game developer’s servers would know who that person was to prevent report grieving.
This game will get NO money for their DLC from me. At first I thought this was just a Pay to Win game with all of the stuff they push you to buy with real game money. Now it is a scamming game with cheaters running rampant!
South Park Phone destroyer scam

South Park Phone destroyer scam

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iTunes gift cards for Black Friday goodness

Yesterday, I took advantage of a sale that netted me 30% off any two iTunes gift cards. All of my music is in iTunes either by ripping my physical CD’s or buying digital content.

Wait?  Didn’t you buy a Galaxy Note8?  Yes, I did and all of my iTunes content works with little fuss. I also bought an iPhone X which is now my daily driver. The Note 8 is really just a foreign language translator with the Spen and the translate Air command the Note 8 is really just a weak iPhone clone that did not do it right.

A long time ago Apple made iTunes Plus and iTunes Match which made all of my music DRM-free and 256 kbps.  Plus I have had Macs since 1984 and iPads since 2010. I have been living the iPad Life baby!

Anything that still has DRM (movies, music videos, etc) I convert so I can use them on other devices.

So even though I have added a Note8, it is still part of my larger Apple iTunes eco-system. Even though the Note 8 has massive letterboxing while watching video and playing mobile games.

iTunes

 

 

 

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Happy 10th Anniversary iPhone

Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the iPhone. The day Apple and Steve Jobs changed the world again.

Original iPhone

Original iPhone

Again you say? There were many other products that Apple released:
– 1984 Macintosh
– 2001 iPod

Not only did these products change myself, they changed the computing industry, and the world.

Macintosh introduced the GUI to the masses that was affordable at $2,499. Xerox created the GUI and did not really see a commercial product. Steve Jobs give Xerox the ability to buy Apple IPO stock in 1980 to use the GUI. That stock has not only split but increased in value many times over.

iPod made 1,000 songs to be available in your pocket. The real revolution this caused was an easy way to get music onto a portable digital player.

Without these pushes we would still have Microosft DOS command line and clunky MP3 players that cannot play any song.

iPhone 7

iPhone 7

Today we have plenty of wonderful capabilities including the original ability of phone calls, the full Internet in Safari, and a widescreen iPod. These three abilities was the main revolutionary abilities of the original iPhone. Back then these were not available in the existing “smart phones”. Those “smart phones” gave you limited mobile internet as it could not handle all of it. Limited version of email (from a few providers). iPhone handled all of that and gave you more.

Thank you Apple and everyone under Steve Jobs for all of your awesome work in getting this product out the enrich our lives.

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Essential iPad Pro accessory – Sandisk iXpand 128GB

Sandisk iXpand 128GB

The Sandisk iXpand flash drive is an amazing flash drive. It features a USB 3.0 port and a Lightining port. Connecting this to any Mac or PC to copy music/Video/pictures or documents is fast and as easy as copying files to any other drive.

You will run no your iOS device the Sandisk iXpand specific app. What is nice is when you first plug int he iXpand it will ask to bring you to the App Store and download the right app!

The best part is the Lightining port that connects to your iPad Pro (or any other iPhone and iPad). It can play 1080P video with ease to the device (4k video recording from an iPhone 6s could not be played back).

Sandisk iXpand 128GB on iPad Pro

Encryption is an option to make it an encrypted drive.

The 128GB option is the only one I feel is worthly of owning as you cannot have too much space on a flash drive. As of this posting it is $119 US for 128GB.

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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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