iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR + Sonos Move

iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR

If you watched Apple’s recent keynote, then you may be wondering what the main differences are between the iPhone 11 and the previous iPhone XR.

Apple says the iPhone 11 will have up to one more hour of battery life.  The main differences though are the cameras. The rear camera now has two lenses, adding an ultra-wide-angle lens that will capture four times more scene.  It also comes with a new sensor that has a Night Mode that improves low-light photos significantly. The front-facing camera will now do slo-mo video as well. If you are not looking for an improved camera or slo-mo selfie videos then the iPhone XR may still be the phone for you, especially at its reduced price of $599.

Check out this article that MacRumors published if you would like a more in-depth comparison. They give a very detailed side-by-side comparison of both phones.

More 3% cash-back locations for Apple Card

Last week Walgreens announced that customers will receive 3% Daily Cash when they use the Apple Card with Apple Pay for all eligible purchases at Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacy locations, including medicines and prescriptions. This is in addition to Uber and Uber Eats also extending 3% Daily Cash when using the Apple Card with Apple Pay recently. I wonder which merchant will be next in on this growing list.

What’s in Your Box?

The new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models will come with an 18W USB-C Fast Charger and USB-C Cable. Using this charger will charge the iPhone 11 Pro to 50% in only 30 minutes. Sadly, the iPhone 11 has the capability to charge using this new charger but it will still come with the 5-watt adapter and USB to lightning cable in its box.

Sonos Move

Sonos just released its first portable Bluetooth speaker. According to MacRumors, “The battery-powered Sonos Move features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for listening at home or on the go, AirPlay 2 support, built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and up to ten hours of continuous music playback per charge. The speaker features an oval-shaped design with IP56-rated water and dust resistance.” You can pre-order now and it will be available starting September 24 for $399.

Hue Filament Smart Bulbs

Do you love your Home Kit light bulbs but don’t like the way they look in clear glass? Hue just released their Filament Smart Bulbs. Now you can create warm ambiance in a room without using a light switch. You can check out the three new options available here. You can also check out their short videos that showcase some different ways you can decorate with them.

Cases for the new iPhones

AppleInsider published this article showing off some of the new Apple Branded cases we can expect to see for the new iPhones. Of course there will be many third-party cases that should be available as well, but Apple is getting much better at their selection of cases at launch time. I like the clear option if you want to show off your new iPhone color but still want some added protection.

Artifact Uprising

Do you ever wonder why you are holding on to so many photos? Do you want an easy way to cherish those photos in a beautiful presentation? Looking for a great way to make custom cards or calendars? Artifact Uprising allows you to make custom photo books and more with your pictures. Check out their website here. The ideas are endless. They also have an iOS App that allows you to upload photos right from your phone or Instagram.

Highlights of the New Apple Announcements + Apple Music Web Beta

Apple Special Event

Today was Apple’s long-awaited announcements for this year.  From launch dates for their Arcade and TV+ services to new iPhones, iPads, and Watches.  They even have upcoming watch studios coming to retail stores where you will be able to try on any watch combination that you would like.  Keep reading for more details on these upcoming services and products!

Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade is launching September 19 at a monthly subscription rate of $4.99 per month for an entire family (6 users total). Apple is giving a free 1 month trial for anyone who signs up. The subscription gives you unlimited game play and access to over 100 new games coming out this fall. There will be no ads and no additional purchases within games. You can download your games for offline play for travel and can jump from iPhone to iPad, Mac, and Apple TV all in the same game. Check out more here if you are interested and you can click the ‘Notify me’ button in the top right if you would like to be the first to know when Apple Arcade is available. This could be a great opportunity to cut the kids off from in-app purchases in games!


AppleTV+ has a launch date of November 1 and Apple said they will be releasing new content each month going forward.  At a low $4.99 per month for a family subscription (6 users total) after a free 7-day trial, this is definitely going to rival other streaming services.  They even announced that when you purchase a new iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or AppleTV2 you will get a 1-year subscription to AppleTV+ for free. That’s saving almost $60!

7th Generation iPad

The 7th Generation iPad has a 10.2” Retina Display, A10 Fusion Chip, pencil capability, as well as a Smart Connector so you will be able to attach a Smart Keyboard. Starting at $329 these are scheduled to launch September 30. You can pre-order here now and if you want to compare the different iPad models then check them out here.

Apple Watch Series 5

The ‘Always On, low temp Retina Display’, 18 hour battery life, built in compass, and international emergency calling (cellular models only) are the biggest new features of the Apple Watch Series 5. They also announced a new Apple Research App that will be available later this year if you are interested in helping with future medical research. On top of the standard aluminum and stainless steel models, the Apple Watch Series 5 will come in new Polished Titanium and Brushed Space Black Titanium finishes. There is also a new Space Black Hermes model. You can pre-order starting now and they will be available in store September 20. Starting at $399 and they dropped the Apple Watch Series 3 price starting at $199.

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 comes in six new colors.  It has a 6.1” liquid retina display and dual cameras including a 12mp wide camera and 12mp ultra wide camera.  Adding features like night mode, quick take, and slow-mo now for the front facing camera, this phone is definitely tailored to the cameras.  Night mode is the thing that stood out most to me. The iPhone 11 has 1 more hour of battery life than the iPhone XR with the fastest CPU and GPU in a smartphone to date.  The iPhone 11 starts at $699. Pre-order this Friday starting at 5:00AM and available in stores September 20.

iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

The iPhone 11 Pro 5.8”  and 11 Pro Max 6.5” come with everything the iPhone 11 comes with and more.  Adding a third camera, a 12mp Telephoto lens, four to five more hours of battery life than the iPhone XS, and a Super Retina XDR display.  These will come in Space Gray, Silver, New Gold, and a cool new Midnight Green. They gave a sneak peak of a new feature coming with a software update called Deep Fusion which takes 9 photos in one shutter click.  It will analyze the photo and pull out the best parts of all of them and turn it into the best photo. They also showed a demo of Filmic Pro, an app launching later this year that looks super cool for video. It will allow you to view and edit video as you go from all of your 4 camera angles right from your phone and much much more.  Video nerds, prepare yourselves. The iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1099. Pre-order this Friday starting at 5:00AM and available in stores September 20.

With these new phones they have lowered the price of the iPhone 8 and iPhone XR that will stay in their iPhone lineup.  The iPhone 8 will now start at $449 and the iPhone XR starts at $599.

Apple Music Web Beta

Last week, Apple launched a new Apple Music web experience, currently available to all users in beta form. Apple is trying to make Apple Music as widely available as possible so this web service will allow Apple Music to be accessible on any device that has a web browser. If you want to give the new Apple Music web experience a try can visit here.

Apple Special Event + Hands on Guide for Apple Card

Apple Special Event

Tuesday, September 10 at 12:00PM CST

Get ready for the most anticipated Apple Event this year!  With rumored iPhones, Watches, 16” Macbook Pros and more. I’m pretty sure it will be jam-packed with products and services to get ready for this coming holiday season.

Google Calendar scam

According to Wired, there is a new scam that targets Google Calendar.  In the scam, an event will pop up in a user's Google Calendar; the description will invite them to take a survey or claim a cash reward. That includes a link, prompting users to enter personal and financial information. 

We saw this in action last week. Google ended up pulling the events off the calendar, but it freaked some people out for sure. Know that this doesn’t mean your computer or account is hacked, it’s just someone figured out how to get something on Google calendar without your permission.

Here’s how to stop it. Open Google Calendar in your web browser and click the Settings icon (it looks like a gear). Go to Event Settings > Uncheck Automatically Add Invitations, and then select the option "No, only show invitations to which I've responded." Also, under View Options, make sure that "Show declined events" is unchecked.

Spam Mail from Survey Companies

Recently there has also been a spike in spam emails going out from survey companies and even Mailchimp and constant contact.  These will disguise themselves as something that you may be familiar with but never signed up for. You want to make sure you do not click the links or give these companies personal information or access to your devices. Always look to see what the email address is and don’t rely on the name. Just because the name says John Doe, if it’s suspicious the email address is likely someoneelse@anotherwebsiteyouhaven’theardof.com.

Gmail Extension for Easy Access to Folders (labels)

I just came across this cool extension for Gmail. It can make a tab at the top for quick access to labels, or searches like emails that have attachments. If you’re a hardcore gmail.com user, you should check it out here!

Use AirPods to Improve Your Hearing

Another way to use your AirPods is to use them to enhance the sounds around you. iOS’s Live Listen feature uses your iPhone’s mic to pick up sounds and then sends that audio directly to your AirPods, helping you focus on what you want to hear. Check out this article from JimmyMac for more in-depth steps on how to set this up.

Apple Offering Tools for iPhone Repair to Small Shops

We’ve all been there. You drop your phone and it breaks. Now what? You have to pay a stupid amount of money and pay even more in the hassle to get Apple to repair it or send it in to your cell carrier. Soon though, the game is going to change. There’s been a movement for a while now for tech companies like Apple and Microsoft to allow consumers the right to repair their own devices. Apple has decided to start sending small repair shops the tools and guides they use to repair phones in the Apple Stores. More details will come soon, but it’s nice to know that it should get a lot easier to get quality repairs done on our devices. Want the full story? Click here to see more from Wired.

Hands on Guide for Apple Card

Apple Card is here!  MacRumors has this great guide on everything from applying, setting up, how to use, etc.  You can even test what your name will look like on the card.  I just got my physical card on Friday and it’s pretty slick! It reminds me of the American Express black card, but stripped down and super simple. I’m pretty impressed with Apple Card so far. 

I’m not one for credit cards, but I like the benefits. This card gives me money back every day on the purchases which add up pretty quickly. Who doesn’t love pocket money :) The other benefit I’ve found is the MasterCard Identity Protection. I haven’t completed everything it offers, but it will monitor your credit, the dark web and all kinds of stuff for free as an Apple Card member. So far, so good!

Not Receiving Voicemail? + UV Cellphone Sanitizing Charger

Back To School

If you missed the promotions during tax-free weekend, you haven’t missed out completely. Apple still has their Free Studio Beats promotion with the purchase of a Mac for college students. That is on top of the education pricing you get on the Mac as well as the 20% off AppleCare+. Take a look at this year’s Back to School Program here and see if you or your student(s) qualify!

Not Receiving Voicemail?

Are you suspicious about not receiving voicemails on your mobile phone?  You may need to complete these troubleshooting steps to get it back. First, hold down the number 1 on your dial-pad.  That will call your voicemail box. If you don’t remember your voicemail password then hang up and dial 611 to reset your password first.  Once you have a password, hang up, turn the phone off and then turn the phone back on again. If you tap the voicemail button and it is still not working at this point then you need to hold down the number 1 again and put in the new voicemail password you just created.  Then tap the voicemail button and everything should come back up and start to populate with old voicemails. If you have a voicemail box that is showing as empty but says it is full when people call, then you will need to call your carrier to have them reset your voicemail on their end.

How to Fix Apple's App Store Bug

If your Mac won't let you update one of Apple's apps until you click on 'Accept,' here's what to do when there is no such button according to appleinsider.

iOS Software Update Version 12.4

The iOS 12.4 and WatchOS 5.3 updates became available.  This update includes a security fix for the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch and re-enables Walkie-Talkie functionality.  It also introduces the ability to wirelessly transfer data and migrate directly from an old iPhone to a new iPhone during the setup process.  To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update. I always recommend completing a backup before running updates just in case an issue arises.

Phonesoap UV Cellphone Sanitizing Charger

I found this on uncrate.com. “Throughout the day, your smartphone is picking up bacteria. Enough bacteria to make it 18 times dirtier than a public toilet. So before you put your fingers on it and push it up against your face, let this sanitizing charger clean things up. PhoneSoap uses UV light to kill that nasty bacteria when you place your phone beneath the scientifically proven germicidal UVC light. It also doubles as a charger with two external charging ports on the back for your other devices. It's able to fit all phones, including the larger iPhone 8 Plus, and can sanitize anything that fits inside.” Buy yours on Amazon today!

LG UltraFine 5K Display

According to MacRumors, “Last week LG released a new version of its UltraFine 5K Display with USB-C connectivity, allowing it to be used with the 2018 iPad Pro for the first time. You can purchase it through Apple here. There are so many monitors on the market right now so although this one is beautiful, I’m not sure the almost $1300 price point is where it should be to compete. Here is a great monitor that I like to recommend as well for all-in-one workstations. This is another great option, a client of mine recently purchased this and I’m in love with it!

Tax-Free Holiday Weekend + Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

Apple Still Has Your Back

Apple pushed another silent security update to our Macs to address vulnerabilities similar to the Zoom app using your computer as a web server. The recent offenders are RingCentral and Zhumu. I love that Apple will just go and find the vulnerability and take it out before waiting for 3rd parties to fix it on their end!

Tax-Free Holiday Weekend

The 2019 tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 26 and ends Sunday, July 28 at 11:59 p.m. Take a look at this year’s Tennessee Tax-Free Holiday website to see what all will be eligible next weekend! This holiday weekend is bigger than Black Friday for some stores. So if you are not wanting to get stuck in traffic, you may want to steer clear of the malls.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Verge had a cool article about the new Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Of course, nothing’s perfect but they claim to have “The best voice calls you’ll experience on any headphones”. That’s pretty intriguing to me. I’ve had a couple sets of AirPods and love them, but the audio quality still isn’t where I want them to be. Recently Sony has jumped in the noise cancelling headphones game and briefly took over. They’ve created a strong fan base due to how they tune their headphone sound. Bose is obviously determined to win their top spot back in this category and the reviews say they’ve done it!

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition

This new wireless charging base for the iPhone and Apple Watch is gorgeous! Supporting simultaneous charging of up to three devices, it is compatible with all Apple Watch models and iPhone 8 and newer iPhones. It is currently on backorder but you can get on the waiting list for one in late August here.

Is Your HomePod Making A Clicking Sound? Here's How To Fix It

Appleinsider published this article on how to fix a clicking or popping sound you may hear coming from your HomePod. They say, “The good news is that you may be able to fix it yourself, but the bad news is that you may have to take it to Apple.” So check out the article for more info if this is happening to you.

Apple Card Is Almost Here

Apple Card is almost here and there is so much information already out on what you need to know before it launches. Claiming to be the most secure credit card ever, this will definitely be one to look into if you are in the market for a credit card. Take a look at what Appleinsider has to say here if you are interested in finding out more information.

New Hands-Free Law in Tennessee + New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Models

New Hands-Free Law in Tennessee

Starting July 1, a new law passed in Tennessee where you cannot be holding a device while driving.  According to the Tennessean, “A driver's first violation will result in a $50 fine. If the violation is the driver's third offense or it results in a wreck, the fine jumps to $100. If the violation occurs in a work zone when workers are present or in a school zone when warning flashers are on, the fine is $200.”  iPhone iOS has a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” option to help with distracting, or now tempting notifications. You can enable this in Settings, <Do Not Disturb>, and choose from three options for how and when to activate this feature. Drive safe out there!

Apple Temporarily Disables Walkie-Talkie App for Apple Watch

According to MacRumors and TechCrunch, Apple just announced that they were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function in order to fix the issue. They said, “We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent”. I’m not sure how popular this feature really was anyways but so glad that Apple is making sure they ensure that privacy is a top priority.

Apple Pushes Automatic Mac Software Update to Remove Vulnerable Zoom Web Server

Also on MacRumors, “Earlier this week, a serious vulnerability with the Zoom video conferencing app for macOS was disclosed, with attackers potentially able to hijack users' webcams.” Zoom did release a fixed app version last Tuesday. “Apple however took things one step further and pushed out a silent macOS update that removes the web server, reports TechCrunch. The update was deployed automatically, so users don't have to manually apply it in order for it to take effect. ‘Apple said its actions will protect users both past and present from the undocumented web server vulnerability without affecting or hindering the functionality of the Zoom app itself.’ The update will now prompt users if they want to open the app, whereas before it would open automatically.” I think it’s pretty cool that Apple deployed a fix before Zoom even got to an update!

New MacBook Air

Apple announced that they updated the MacBook Air with a True Tone Display and a lower starting price of $1099. According to MacRumors, the new base model still continues to get you a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and Intel UHD Graphics 617. You can also save $100 more dollars if you are a qualified student through Apple's education store.

12” Macbook Discontinued

The 12” MacBook has been discontinued.  With the recent update to the MacBook Air, and lower price, it just makes sense to get rid of this model in Apple’s lineup in my opinion.

New MacBook Pro

Apple has removed the old 13-inch MacBook Pro with Function Keys from its lineup and updated the base model to now include the Touch Bar, Touch ID, True Tone, and the Apple T2 chip. Starting at $1,199 you can check out the new models here.

The Necessary Foundation for Digital Minimalism + Several Shortcut Apps for your Mac

The Necessary Foundation for Digital Minimalism

When it comes to minimalism, having a core set of tools for the things you use most is absolutely critical. Knowing how to use them well is the other key component. Without this in place, when you scale up your projects and/or add people to your team, this becomes a massive problem. 

As a digital minimalist, G-Suite for Business is the core software platform I recommend for your business. With it, you get the best email on the market, contacts, calendars, docs, file storage for your entire company and much more. All of this using your own domain name so internally and customer facing is all branded with your names and logos. Just about every app and service out there works with Google so you’re compatible with virtually everything.

Since it touches just about every element of your organization, it’s best to intentionally design how you use it in a way that serves your needs now, but also allows you to scale effortlessly without having to restructure your accounts, calendars, and file organization later. This not only saves you time in your day to day work now, but will save you a bunch of money later on down the road by not having to redo everything. 

The intentional design and training on what’s possible with these tools are where digital minimalism comes in. You have almost everything you need with one set of tools. When you cut away all the extra junk, you can go deep in your understanding of these tools instead of having to learn a little bit about a whole bunch of things. If you’ve found yourself struggling with technology and things never seem to work for you, or it’s hard to remember how everything works, we should talk. I’d love to help simplify everything through an intentional conversation and some training on how to use your technology, not just G Suite.

If you are not using G Suite, let’s talk! It would be well worth your time to discuss an overall strategy for the most cohesive system possible that can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Avoid unnecessary subscriptions and the trap of shiny new apps that promise the world and don’t give you what you really need. Sign up for a session with me if you’re ready to take things to the next level. We’ll talk about how you’re using your technology now, where you want to go, and map out a plan of how to get there. Not really sure where you want to go? We can talk about that too. Sign up here!

FaceTime Attention Correction

When enabled, FaceTime Attention Correction adjusts the set of your eyes so that it looks like you're making eye contact with the person you're FaceTiming even when you're looking at the iPhone's screen rather than the camera itself. This will be available with the iOS 13 update this fall. To enable this feature, go to Settings > FaceTime, and turn on “FaceTime Attention Correction”.

Flotato - (Free)

Flotato is designed to create web apps from your favorite website, so you can get quick access to the web services that you use most often. Flotato web apps can be dragged right into the dock, so you can set up quick access for things like Google Docs, Facebook Messenger, Netflix on the web, favorite news sites, and more.

Pock - (Free)

Pock is a simple little Mac app that's designed to make your Touch Bar more useful by adding your dock to your Touch Bar so you can quickly access your apps and even files within folders. The Pock options are customizable, so you can choose what you need most, adding options like a now playing widget for controlling music, a status widget for getting info your WiFi connection or battery level, and more.

One Switch - ($4.99)

One Switch is a nifty Mac menu bar app that adds various switches to the Mac's menu bar. You can add toggles that will do things like hide desktop options, activate dark mode, keep the Mac awake, connect to headphones, toggle on Do Not Disturb, activate Night Shift, bring up the Screen Saver, and more. Options are customizable so you can make your One Switch menu do just want you need.

Moab Apple Watch Case + Band

Looking for an Apple Watch Case for your summer hikes? Here is a new one that I came across on Uncrate. It comes with a waterproof nylon band, is odor resistant, and even has reflective stitched details so it is easy to find in the dark. It is available for the Series 4 Apple Watch in both the 40mm and 44mm sizes. Check it out!

Apple Sign In + Catalina OS Beta

Apple Sign In

Have you noticed that sometimes websites will offer to let you sign into their site with Facebook or Google? It’s a pretty convenient option because you don’t have to create a new username and password just for their site. We all have too many logins to keep track of already so it makes sense to use. The downside is if you’re using those sign in options, you’re sharing all your Facebook information with that website. Same thing with Google. I wonder what that website is sharing back to Facebook and Google…

Here’s the interesting thing. Apple announced Apple Sign In during their most recent keynote presentation. Unlike Facebook and Google who are capitalizing on the convenience, Apple is taking the opposite approach. They will let you log in with your Apple ID, but their goal is to keep your info private and secure. If you want to find out more, here’s Apple’s official page geared towards developers. I don’t think they have fully rolled this out yet, but I wanted you to know to look for this and that it’s a safe option to use going forward. I do not recommend using your Google or Facebook login for other sites since their goal is to sell your information.

Yoshi Gas

You have probably heard about car washing services while you are parked at your office. Well Yoshi delivers gas, washes and oil changes directly to your car! You can fill up for a big discount when you use SHAWNLAC9A. Check out the App here.

Looking for the Fastest Network?

PCMag recently shared their annual carrier showdown and AT&T was named 2019’s fastest U.S. Mobile Network. Over the past decade this title has flipped between AT&T and Verizon but with AT&T improving their 4G network to make room for 5G they have won this round.

Ikea Homekit Smart Shades

According to Apple Insider, “One of the most hotly anticipated HomeKit products in recent memory, Ikea's Smart Shades, will finally launch in August after a months-long delay, the company says.” Very few HomeKit-compatible shades are on the market so it will be interesting to see how good these really are. Definitely a cool concept, especially if they offer black-out options.

Promotion for Amazon's Upcoming Prime Day

According to MacRumors, Amazon is planning on putting a promotion price on the Mophie Juice Pack Air Battery Cases for iPhone XS and XS Max for their upcoming Prime Day. You must be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of this promotion but the deals are usually pretty good. Wondering what else might be going on sale on Prime Day? Here’s a link to the things they’re currently promoting. Happy shopping!

Catalina OS Beta 

I know it is exciting to get the latest and greatest tech, and it’s even cooler when you can get it before it has officially launched.  I want to caution you on a couple things to be aware of before you download the most recent OS Beta released last week. If you decide to download a Beta software on any of your devices, iOS included, make sure it is not on your primary device.  Beta software is for testing purposes so usually full of bugs that can cause your apps or device to not fully function until the official release of software.

If you’re cool with the risk, make sure you backup first! For iPhones and iPads, plug your device to iTunes and archive the backup.  It is a potential recovery option if you need to go backwards in your software version. For your Mac, I’d recommend using Carbon Copy Cloner for a full backup or using Time Machine. Remember, iCloud does not back up your entire computer.

Podcasts with Mike Gonzalez + Recall on Select MacBook Pros

Podcasts with Mike Gonzalez

I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Mike Gonzalez from The Founders Craft to discuss Digital Minimalism where we talk about the process of choosing the right technology for your business. You can check out the episode on his YouTube Channel here.

Mike Gonzalez is the owner for PerfectHQ, a digital product design company. We have very similar ideals in how software should be designed, digital minimalism and a number of other things. His podcast has a ton of great stuff in there and if you need someone who’s incredible at intentional design of digital stuff, this is your guy! Check out PerfectHQ.com.

We also discussed how to simplify your Inbox.  If you’ve got a messy inbox, you need to check this one out!  We get into different tools like Sanebox, Unroll.me, Spark, G Suite etc.

Audio Versions are available on iTunes and Spotify viaPodcasts

Green Screen in iMovie for iOS

If you use iMovie for iOS to make quick edits of videos you create, this new feature may be for you.  They have added green screen which allows you to remove anything in the background that’s green or blue.  So you can play around with videos on top of each other. Check out and example and the full list of new features from The Verge here.

Your Typo May Be Costing You

Last year I wrote about an app called Grammarly.It checks your typing for mistakes and helps you correct them before you press send on that email or submit that important document. A follower of mine recently sent me this report based on that recommendation. It gives a numbers perspective on how spelling errors may be affecting your bottom line. I was shocked to see how a small typo in an ad can render it almost completely ineffective. Check it out!

Apple Announced a Recall on Select MacBook Pros

Last week Apple announced a voluntary recall and replacement program for select 15-inch MacBook Pro models. According to MacRumors, Apple says affected units in need of replacement can be identified by entering a Mac's serial number in the recall program page here. You can read the full article from MacRumors here but if you have one of these models make sure you get it checked out sooner than later!

Your Daily Drive Playlist from Spotify

If you are a Spotify user, check out this new playlist tailored for your long commute. With a blend of news podcasts and your favorite music mix, you are set up to not have news overload. It updates throughout the day so you won’t feel like you keep hitting the repeat button as well.

Lutron Aurora

If you use Philips Hue Bulbs, you may want to look into Aurora by Lutron.  We all get so excited to have our smart light bulbs that we can program to turn on and off, talk to in order to change the color, and even add accessories like motion detectors.  Apple Insider has recently put this article out about one of the major challenges that come along with this smart tech when it comes to light switches.  They are talking about the “less than ideal situation when someone uses the light switch on the wall, killing power to the bulbs and rendering your lights useless”.  They say that the Aurora fixes this issue allowing you to cover the switch on the wall with a smart dimmer that keeps Philips Hue smart bulbs in ‘ready mode’ and provides easy dimming without losing power or connection to your Hue Hub.

This launches July 15 but you can preorder them now.

Catalyst Waterproof iPad Case

If you are looking for a fully waterproof iPad case then check out this case by Catalyst. They are available for preorder now and shipping in July for the1st Generation (2018) 11” iPad Pro and the 3rd generation (2018) 12.9" iPad Pro.

Huge Sale on Apple Products + Best Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for iOS and Mac

Huge Sale on Apple Products

I have had several requests lately of where to find the best deals on Mac Computers.  https://appleinsider.com/deals is usually where I send people, but this week they dropped this article talking about a blowout sale that B&H is having.  Definitely check it out if you want upwards of $900 off the MacBook Pro!  There are also deals on iPads and Apple Watches if you are interested.

Dashboard is no more

Dashboard, a longtime Mac feature has been phasing out for the last few years, and has now been eliminated in macOS Catalina. The Dashboard option used to be a prominent Mac feature, giving us easy access to sticky notes, a weather interface, a clock, a calculator, and other customizable widgets. It was disabled by default starting in macOS 10.10 Yosemite, and in the current version of macOS, Mojave, it's still disabled unless you seek it out.  In Catalina, there is no more Dashboard app at all. It can't be enabled via Mission Control and there's no sign of it in the operating system, marking its official exit from macOS. Let’s be honest though, did you even use it?

Gmail Confidential Mode coming June 25

When Gmail messages are sent in confidential mode, it helps protect from unauthorized access, and recipients don’t have the option to forward, copy, print, or download their content or attachments. Senders can also set an expiration date for messages sent with confidential mode and revoke access to them at any time.  To do this, Open Gmail on your computer, On the left hand side click ‘Sent’, Open the confidential email, and click ‘Remove Access.

You can choose to enable or disable confidential mode but you must select the appropriate option in the Admin console for your organization before June 25, 2019. You can find this setting in the Admin console by navigating to Apps > G Suite > Settings for Gmail > User settings.  

If you do not take action before June 25, your domain will automatically have confidential mode turned on for your users, meaning that users will have the option to send emails with confidential mode.  You can check out Google’s support page for more information.


I recently switched over to using DialPad from GoogleVoice and so far I really like it.  I have less dropped calls and it is a lot easier to find contacts and send messages. It also has the ability to link up with other correspondence so I can find previous emails and notes from the contact in DialPad. Keep in mind this is a paid service vs Google Voice which is free for Gmail users and paid for G Suite. Google Voice was just recently added to G Suite and has some new features.

Portable Strength-Training Fitness Device

I just recently came across the Activ5.  It is a portable strength-training fitness device that gives you the ability to complete strength training on the go or in the comfort of your home or office.  The app has coaching on over 100 full-body, no impact and isometric workouts and even personalized calibrations for your strength levels. They even use games in the app to make your workouts fun and interactive.  You can check out some highlight videos here and if you would like to purchase one, check it out here for a great price.

Welcome - A Smart Travel Companion

Looking for an app that will help you plan your travel adventures this summer?  Welcome is an app that does just that! Welcome uses intelligence that automatically generates itineraries on the fly, giving you the ability to adjust as you spend more/less time in a place, and allowing you to easily skip stops that don’t interest you while helping you fill that time slot with something that might.  The suggestions come from your past interests, local experts, and reviews, and also adjust based on location, available transit, and the weather so no need to worry if you will get stuck outside in a rainstorm. You can download it from the App store here.

Best Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for iOS and Mac

For all of you who’ve thought about getting Photoshop, I wanted to share this article I found by AppleInsider. There are so many other apps available on your Mac and mobile device than Adobe Photoshop for editing your photos. AppleInsider has listed several alternatives or potential apps you could use in addition to Photoshop. I was actually just talking to a client about this the other day and recommended Pixelmator instead of Photoshop. It’s cheap and not subscription based.