New MacBook Pros + US Senate Passes Bill to cut down on robocalling

Apple Refreshes MacBook Pros

If you were waiting to purchase a MacBook Pro until after the WWDC announcement June 3rd, you may not want to.  Apple seems to be doing more “silent launches” for hardware while spending more time speaking about software at their presentation events.  Still it came as a surprise that refreshed MacBook Pros were launched last week. The refresh includes faster Intel processors with up to eight cores for the first time, as well as "new materials" added to the keyboard to hopefully reduce issues such as sticky and repeating keys.  I’d say it’s a great time to buy. Check them out here!

Google updates Maps, Search and Assistant so you can Order Food without App

Do you ever search Google for restaurants near you and then open up a separate app to order?  Now you can order food for delivery or pickup across Search, Maps, and the Google Assistant apps in thousands of cities across the U.S.. Your search results can also show you restaurants that are available from multiple delivery services.  Just say “Hey Google, order food from (insert restaurant name)”. As the assistant gets to know your favorite meal you order, you will be able to order again by saying, “Reorder food from (insert restaurant name)”.

Running Out of Space on Your Mac?

Are you finding that you are running out of storage space? I use a tool called CleanMyMac X to free up space on my computer when I’m running low. It finds all kinds of junk that builds up in the operating system and keeps me running fast without running a bunch of different utilities to clean things up. It will properly uninstall apps for you too if you haven’t cleaned those up in a while.

US Senate Passes Bill to cut down on robocalling

Check this out. 30% of calls in the US in 2018 were robocalls. In 2019 it’s estimated 44% will be robocalls. The United States Senate voted almost unanimously last week to approve an anti-robocalling bill that would cut down on the number of illegal robocalls that people receive. Apparently our lawmakers are just as sick of those spam calls as we are :)

New 4K 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display

Apple this week began stocking a new 4K 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display, which replaces the original 21.5-inch 4K LG UltraFine Display that was pulled from retail stores and the online Apple Store earlier this year. I love the resolution in the previous monitors so I’m sure this one is going to be incredible. It has built in speakers but no webcam. That’s fine because the ones built in previously were not great either. You can still find other monitors for cheaper, but this one will likely look WAY better given their history.

Gemini Photos App

Feeling overwhelmed with your photos on your iPhone?  The Gemini Photos App may be for you. It is a tool that helps you tackle the mess in your iPhone photo libraries.  It was featured as Apple’s App of the day recently. Some of the features include, checking for similar photos or duplicates, an option to remove blurry photos, and pick out clutter shots like screenshots you may have saved accidentally.