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TEKTOK Podcast - EP040 - Streaming in the Present, While Dreaming of the Future - Sweet TEK Pick - Daily Budget

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was Daily Budget for iOS. 

This app has been tremendously useful in helping my significant other track expenses day to day. But that's not where the app truly shines. Daily Budget is designed to assist you in helping you maintain a budget by breaking your budget app into manageable amounts per day. Watch in real time as purchases affect your budget in the days ahead and how your savings will be assessed to your allowances in the forthcoming days as well. It's really intuitive. There are some in-app purchase add-ons that will allow the app to become even more functional. My favorite of these paid features being Dropbox Sync turning this app into not just a budgeting app for an individual but for the whole family. Is this app for you? Check it out. It's getting stellar reviews and I'm pretty sure you will review it the same. Check the gallery below for some in app screenshots. 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP039 - Don’t Tempt Me Bro! - Sweet TEK Pick - Newton

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was Newton

Is it possible to love managing email? I'm not so sure about that. But Newton does make the email experience less painful and stressful for sure. It's fast! It's clean! It's powerful! And yes, it's a bit pricey for an email client. But you will definitely get what you pay for. Available on all major platforms and devices, there is no reason you should not take full advantage of what the full trial has to offer before making the annual commitment. For a closer look at Newton, check out the video below. 

iOSDocked - EP115 - Apple Whores - iLike My New Series 2 Apple Watch Sport

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was my new Series 2 Apple Watch Sport. 

I was on the fence for quite a while in upgrading my Series 0. The microphone gave out on my Apple Watch and I decided to look into an upgrade. Though I was not convinced I would notice enough difference in either battery nor performance to warrant the cost. Boy! Was I wrong! The difference is night and day. I find myself using my Apple Watch way more than ever before and for everything I initially intended to use it for. If you were one of the early adopters like myself and are hesitant to upgrade, I would consider taking the plunge. It may just change your opinion on wearable technology all together. 

 

 

 

 

 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP038 - Smartphones or Spouses - Sweet TEK Pick - DirecTV Now

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was DirecTV Now from AT&T.

I was skeptical at first but soon learned that the bargain price I acquired this service for was nothing short of amazing. A few months ago, the DirecTV Now Go Big Plan as offered to early adopters for $35 a month and as a bonus for signing up, a free 4th generation Apple TV would be thrown in to sweeten the deal. Little did I know, the combination of these two items would allow me to "cut the cord" in my home. No longer would I need to pay for the overpriced, outdated and underwhelming package bundled with my internet service. Now I take my TV service with me everywhere and I saved $100 by eliminating the cable TV/DVR service that I found myself already using less and less prior to the switch. We said goodbye to the living room DVR and replaced it with the free Apple TV I received. AT&T also did me another solid, as a "Thank You" for my early adoption, they also bundled in a year of HBO for free. Game of Thrones baby!! Although the deal I acquired expired some time ago, there is still some real value in the service. You should really check out their web page for more information and see if it's something that would work for you. 

This is the future of TV. I can see that clearly now. All you channel surfers will be pleased to know that swiping through channels is just as easy as hitting the channel change button on your favorite remote. The home screen presents you with a list of the most popular shows currently airing. There is a list of movies available on demand. Some of the channels even offer on demand play of recently aired episodes. I'm digging it. Local channels are missing but that's a small price to pay for me as I honestly didn't watch them anyway. Your thoughts on that lacking feature may be a deal-breaker but I'm surviving without them. I'm happy with the service, the offerings and most importantly the price. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some TV to watch. 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP037 - Boycotts & Home Screen Spots - Sweet TEK Pick - Workflow Tutorials via Canvas

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was the Workflow Tutorial series from the Canvas podcast on Relay FM

The iPad Pro is a great tool when needing to use two apps simulataneously . 

The iPad Pro is a great tool when needing to use two apps simulataneously . 

I have always been very interested in Workflow, but lacked the time and attention to really learn how to utilize this amazing tool. Thankfully, the Canvas podcast has come to my rescue and I my Workflow collection is growing quickly. If you really want to get the most out of your iOS device, you should really consider getting to know Workflow better. 

My Workflows

iOSDocked - EP113 - One Happy iPad Pro Using Family - iLike The OA on Netflix

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was The OA on Netflix.
 

This is one hell of a ride packed into an intense 8 episode event making it the perfect weekend binge. It's been a while since being engrossed in a TV show to this level. The cast is superb, the story leaves the viewer coming to their own conclusions and possibly more questions than answers but maybe that's what Season 2 is for :)

TEKTOK Podcast - EP036 - Somewhat Political - Sweet TEK Pick - Today (Habit Tracker)

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This week my “Sweet TEK” (pick of the week) was Today - Habit Tracker.

2017 is upon us. Like I do every year, I made list of areas that could use improvement in my life in regard to work, home, intellect, spirituality, physical and mental wellness. I wanted something more than a calendar and a checkmark to track my progress. Enter Today, the ultimate tool for handling all your tracking, logging and journaling needs in the quest for a better you. The strengths of the app lie in it's customizations. See the screenshot gallery for details. This app is now a mainstay on my home screen as I use it multiple times a day. It's rewarding, fun to use, well designed and easy to use and get started. Check it out. There is a better you out there. Go build it. 

iOSDocked - EP112 - The AirPodCast - iLike the Logitech CREATE iPad Pro Keyboard Case

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This week my “iLike" (pick of the week) was The Logitech CREATE iPad Pro Keyboard Case) for iOS.

Apple's take on this wasn't bad, but it wasn't complete. Enter Logitech, no stranger to the accessory market by any means. They have been perfecting their craft for some time. This product is the most complete representation of that. The casing is minimal while offering a full and functional backlit keyboard that is easy to use. There is an Apple Pencil holder. Bust most importantly, it offers a solid connection that requires no charge thanks to the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro. The connection is way more reliable than what the Smart Keyboard provided. I am also fond of it's minimal style. The textured surface seems like a good choice for protecting the exterior of the iPad. Final take? If you have made the commitment to purchasing an iPad Pro, I would consider this accessory to accompany it, The price is right at $129 considering it's offerings and I firmly believe it will make your iPad Pro experience an even better experience than it already is. 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP035 - Christmas Toys, Automated Robotics & Other Private Matters - Sweet TEK Pick - Super Mario Run

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This week my “Sweet TEK” (pick of the week) was Super Mario Run on the App Store .

I have been having a blast with this one. I’m not a gamer but I love the addictive in and out casual style game play this one offers.  If you haven’t downloaded yet, (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t downloaded this one?), you should. The more you play, the more fun you are likely to have. Super Mario is back!!