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iOSDocked - EP119 - A Lot of Leaking - iLike Blinkist

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was Blinkist

Blinkist for me is great because there are many books I want to read but just don't have the time. Blinkist has a team of professionals who read the book, outline the key takeaways and provide their readers with an extremely condensed version while maintaining the integrity and intension of the message.  

Through a modest subscription fee, users have access to a tremendous amount of these condensed books. Building your Blinkist read list is easy as suggestions are a front and center feature of the service. Let Blinkist know what your interests are and Blinkist provides you with new reading material on a daily basis. 

One of my favorite features of Blinkist is that anything I highlight in the books I'm reading is instantly synced in a Blinkist notebook in Evernote. I use the highlight feature a lot! 

Finally worth noting is that if you like the Blinkist read, a link is provided to the full book for you for easy purchase and download.

Create your Blinkist account today for just $5 a month and learn something new. 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP042 - Overly Critical - Sweet TEK Pick - Over

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

I have been using Over for very specific needs as it relates to creating podcast and blog piece artwork. But that's not all. Over makes it very easy to add beautiful and captivating fonts and graphics to existing images in your personal photo library.

Here is just one example of how I used Over in one of my own photos: 

Over is an easy to use, yet powerful creative tool that allows you to create works of art. The tools available within the app make every iPhone user look like a professional. For more on Over, check out the video below. Over can be downloaded for free with subscription services available for an even better experience. 

iOSDocked - EP118 - iPad Jeers & Beta Tears - iLike Incase Snap Jacket for the 13.3” MacBook Pro

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was the Incase Snap Jacket for the 13.3" MacBook Pro. 

Scratches. They are the worst. Am I right? Especially when you get one on that pretty Apple logo in the middle of your MacBook. Well I'm not looking at that scratch anymore. I normally place my MacBook Pro inside my laptop bag right alongside my trusty (cased) iPad. How my MacBook got scratched? Well that's a mystery. But since I know now that no place is safe, I have decided to add a little cosmetic protection to my MacBook. Luckily for me, Incase has just the case for the job. Not only does it offer the minimal protection I was after, but it does so with the style. Take a gander at the gallery above for a closer look. If you are still one of those crazy kids that uses a laptop running macOS to get work done, and you would like to protect the beauty of your investment, check this case out. It will cost you a good $70 but I think you will be presently surprised, just as I was. 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP041 - Showing Our Age - Sweet TEK Pick - Mophies Wireless Charging Accessories

With a new iPhone announcement certainly on the horizon, one may ask. "Why in the World would you invest this much in accessories just months away from a new iPhone?" That's a valid question. And not one that I have a very logical answer for. But if you are reading this post because you are curious about what Mophie is doing with their accessory lineup? Read on. 

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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.