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14 04, 2015

Apple Watch – My Initial Thoughts

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , |

Ignorant and financially irresponsible -- those are two labels recently given to me in the eciov newsroom. The reason: I’m getting an Apple Watch. The topic is more divisive among my circle of techie friends than I anticipated. I suppose we should expect that these days. Apple is popular enough now that it warrants the extra attention and scrutiny. Words can hurt, but I’ll press on and tell you about my first experience with the Apple Watch. Before talking about my Watch appointment, I’d like to [...]

11 04, 2015

Sony MDR-7506 iPhone Mod for Detachable Cables – Updated 2018

By |April 11th, 2015|Categories: Audio, Do it Yourself, Do it Yourself, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

**2018 Update - Since we produced this article in 2015, there have been many technology shifts. Including the removal of the headphones jack on many smartphones. To account for this, we've added a new headphones recommendation to the site. Check it out here.** After a lot of research, screw turning, and soldering, I'm excited to share the Sony MDR-7506 iPhone mod with you. Let's back up a little bit to explain why I made these headphones iPhone-compatible. To me, "Beats" is a bad word. Dr. Dre w [...]

30 03, 2015

The iPad Air 2 is Great, and the Apple Watch Stinks

By |March 30th, 2015|Categories: Opinion, Tech|Tags: , , , |

I recently (and unnecessarily) sold my original iPad Air to help fund the purchase of an Air 2. I had read scant information on whether or not this was a wise financial move, so I made an unwise one. However, I stand by my decision, and I’ll tell you why. Firstly, there is still a compelling iPad-sized hole in my daily life. I love my MacBook Pro for heavy content creation (writing, recording, photo and video editing), and I love my iPhone for everything an iPhone is great at doing (taking photo [...]

10 03, 2015

I Don’t Believe in the Magic of Apple, but Not for the Reason You Think

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is a difficult post to write. I’m not afraid of what people will think of me. I’m not worried that it goes against the last seven years of my life. Actually, it's difficult to write this because I believe people need to know the truth about Apple, and I have to figure out how to get them to listen. I don't think the Apple Watch is stupid, or that Apple is going downhill. I don't think they'll ever make a car, but they'll definitely improve our driving experience. I'm not writing this to hur [...]

26 02, 2015

Apple Sent Invites to March 9 Event, and I Wasn’t Invited

By |February 26th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This morning, Apple announced an upcoming event by way of sending invitations to the party, and yours truly is not on the guest list. I’m not at all bitter about missing the event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The affair will begin March 9 at noon here in the lovely state of Texas (10:00am Pacific, 1:00pm Eastern). I’ll probably be eating lunch or obsessively refreshing one of a hundred different liveblogs from the select few in attendance. Who knows? The invit [...]

13 02, 2015

Debunk – The Apple Van Will Never Happen

By |February 13th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Chalk this one up to the stupidity of "analysts." I hate this rumor, so I'm putting it to death with this post. There isn't now, nor will there ever be, an Apple van or any automobile -- electric or otherwise. Let's think about the source of this rumor. It's an email commenter, who supposedly works for Apple, tipping off one of the most worthless business websites online. Why are we listening? I'm being harsh... deliberately. Normally, I leave rumor debunking to Chris Rawson at TUAW, but we all [...]

7 10, 2013

Kindle Fire HDX, Surface 2, and iBeacons – Battery Life Episode 3

By |October 7th, 2013|Categories: Battery Life, Podcasts, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the third episode of Battery Life, our new technology podcast. In this episode Wyatt and Josh talk about Amazon's newest tablet: the Kindle Fire HDX. While they're only available for pre-order at the moment, Amazon has given us all of the information we need to know to make a buying decision. If it weren't for the rumored iPad update coming soon, we would've ordered one of the 7-inch tablets already. We're expecting this to sell like crazy, especially if Apple doesn't put a retina displa [...]

19 09, 2013

Steam Box: Valve to put steam behind consoles – Battery Life Episode 2

By |September 19th, 2013|Categories: Battery Life, Podcasts, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Artwork by DarrenGeers on Deviant Art. Thanks for checking out the second episode of Battery Life, our new technology podcast. In this episode Jason and Josh talk about Valve's rumored entry into the console gaming market: the Steam Box. While much of the information is just rumors, we will theoretically hear some more news about the Steam Box next week. That's why we decided to cover the device now so we could compare the current information with what actually shows up later. The Steam Box may [...]

4 01, 2012

The third Apple TV should remain a digital media receiver

By |January 4th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No matter how you look at it, the TV industry is a race to the bottom.  Every manufacturer tries to outdo the other by improving capabilities while lowering the price.  Just five years ago, I bought a 32-inch 720p LCD TV that I thought was generously priced at $1100.  Two years after that, I bought a 46-inch 1080p LCD TV for $50 less than the first.  Looking at the current market prices, I could buy a better quality 46-inch 1080p LED TV for $600.  That's a slap in the face. Honestly, I'm willing [...]

4 03, 2011

Joint Venture, OnForce, Lion Server and business on the Mac

By |March 4th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For the last couple of months, Apple has been trying to improve their relationships with business customers.  Many people think that they've been doing the exact opposite: they killed the Xserve, they stopped referring ACNs (more later) and started referring everyone who needed onsite support to a company called OnForce.  While that sounds like a big "we don't care about business," many new developments show us that Apple wants to improve.  Let's talk about the Xserve first. It was incredibly aw [...]

14 02, 2011

Apple is slowly alienating its friends

By |February 14th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We tried to come up with a movie reference that compares Apple to the popular kid who loses all of his friends due to poor choices but we failed to think of one.  Obviously, they have the hottest items on the market, just like the cool kid in high school... but they are making choices that will leave them without any friends.  Call it greed, call it obsession -- they could end up destroying some important relationships with their recent shenanigans. Sony has been trying to get out of the iTunes [...]

22 10, 2010

The HTML5 plot thickens… Apple bans Flash

By |October 22nd, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Apple has decided to stop shipping Flash pre-installed on their devices beginning with the newly released MacBook Air. No one was really sure what to expect when news broke that the MacBook Air didn’t come with Flash out of the box. There were a lot of cool things to ship along with the MacBook Air: the higher resolution displays, the USB restore drive, the solid state memory… but those pale in comparison to the potential political statement they’re making by removing Flash. [...]

20 10, 2010

Apple introduces FaceTime for Mac (beta)

By |October 20th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One more thing from this morning’s press event: Apple’s bringing FaceTime to the Mac. This comes as no surprise due to the heavy integration of iOS design concepts in Mac OS Mufasa (Lion). FaceTime is video calling app that Apple added to the iPhone 4 and the 4th Generation iPod touch. It was pretty limited considering the fact that there aren’t many 4th Generation iOS devices in the wild… my wife doesn’t even have (or want) one. It’s nice to see it make it [...]

19 10, 2010

Will Apple chomp Facebook?

By |October 19th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

During Monday’s conference call, Steve Jobs got on the line to talk about a lot of things… he bashed competitors and praised the Apple business model but the part we want to focus on is the money. When asked what Apple would do with the $51 billion they’re storing in the bank, Steve said this: “We firmly believe that one or more unique strategic opportunities will present itself to us, and we’ll be in a position to take advantage of it.” Peter Kafka was the [...]