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Episode 52, Quick ‘hidden’ tips to enhance productivity in iOS 13; AirPods Pro ‘hands-on ‘ review; & Veterans Day Fitness Challenge



In this episode, we will discuss some easy tips I’ve learned about iOS13 in the past weeks.  Some of these shortcuts are really productive and you will find them convenient. I will also provide a hands-on review of the AirPods Pro after my coverage in the previous podcast. Additionally, we will cover Apple’s next Fitness Challenge for the Apple Watch set for this Veterans Day, November 11.

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Episode 51, Apple launches new AirPods Pro with Active Noise Cancelling; iOS 13.2 released



In this episode, we will discuss Apple launching Monday, Oct 28, the new AirPods Pro which features Active Noise Cancellation and immersive sound in an all-new lightweight, in-ear design.  We will describe the features, price and and how you can get a set. Additionally, iOS 13.2 was simultaneously released.  We will tell you what the update includes.(Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

A quick tap on the volume slider in Control Center makes it easy to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes
Connecting to your device is easy with the H1 chip. I found this feature to be a valuable feature vs. repetitively setting up Bluetooth.

 

 

 

AirPods Pro are packed with audio innovation to deliver superior sound and an immersive noise-canceling experience.

Episode 37, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro updated; MacBook ends; and Refurbished Device options



In this episode, we are going to talk about Apple’s recent update to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro along with back-to-school purchase incentives, and as an alternative to new, purchasing a device from the Apple Refurbished Store.

Updated 13-inch MacBook Pro now features the latest processors for twice the performance, Touch Bar and Touch ID, and a True Tone Retina display
RefurbMe.Com is a place where interested buyers can seek refurbished devices.

Episode 31, Apple introduces first 8-core MacBook Pro; third-party retailers discount previous models



In this episode, I’ll be discussing Apple’s introduction of the first 8-core MacBook Pro, what many were expecting to be announced at the World Wide Developers Conference, or WWDC, coming June 3. Also, the price reductions on older models have begun and will be continuing as the new MacBook Pro launch continues.  I’ll tell you how to stay abreast of these deals from third-party retailers using the MacHash News application.

Now with an 8-core processor, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is the fastest Mac notebook ever (Photo courtesy of Apple Inc.)
MacHash News Application features stories about Apple products and associated technology

Episode 30, Ultimate Weather Applications for the iPhone and AppleWatch



In the episode, I will talk about a few of my personal best apps from the numerous weather apps in the App Store.  It’s now summer and we just had our first storm of the season bringing hail, thunder and lightning. Severe storms are not only common in Alaska but around the world.   You just need to watch the evening news to see examples where people have been caught ill prepared.  I’ll talk about using your iPhone and AppleWatch to help make your weather forecasting more accurate and your outdoor activities safer.

Wunderground Application icon

Radar Scope Application icon

Dark Sky Application icon 

Episode 24, 2019 iPad Air and iPad Mini ‘hands-on’ review; Beats announces new Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones



In Episode 24, we are going to discuss the 2019 iPad Air and iPad Mini announced in March and have now arrived. I’ll tell you about my first impressions and offer some advice on the products.  Also, we will take a look at the Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones announced this week by Beats.

2019 iPad Air with keyboard and pencil
2019 iPad Mini with Apple Pencil capability
Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

Episode 23, Getting the most benefit from Apple News+, an immersive magazine and news reading experience; AirPower Charging Mat cancelled



Episode 23, Getting the most benefit from Apple News+, an immersive magazine and news reading experience; AirPower Charging Mat cancelled: In this episode we are going to discuss Apple’s launch of Apple News+, an immersive magazine and news reading experience, and making the most of your subscription.  We all spend time waiting in line throughout the day—it’s a fact of modern life.  Apple News + is a tool to use that time, be it just a few minutes a day, or an hour and turn it into something meaningful.  Learn more about making the app a productive part of your day and some of the features.  We will finish the episode with the recent update from Apple cancelling the AirPower Charging Mat device.

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