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iOSDocked - EP126 - Who Wants Cookies? - iLike Lookmark

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was Lookmark for Safari & iOS. 

 

Lookmark is a nifty little bookmarking tool for keeping track of everything media related that you are interested in. All products contained in any of the iTunes media libraries whether it be apps, music, tv shows, movies or even podcasts can all be saved directly from the product link from wherever you come across the product URL.

Other benefits include being able to bookmark an item from your Mac directly from a Safari webpage. The next time you are on your iPhone, open the Lookmark app, and you will notice that all your items are seamlessly synced across.

How about an item you are interested in that maybe doesn't fall in line with your budget? No problem! Have Lookmark monitor price changes for you. 


The app is streamlined. All products are organized by category which makes it easy to find what you have saved.  

I just find this app to be handy. Thanks to the helpful little share extension and smart notifications, the app is there when I need it and out of the way when I don't. 

The app is free, but to take advantage of all the features which includes the price monitoring, a modest subscription service is required. Be sure to check out Lookmark. It's a great took and a convenient way to save all the best new apps and other media content that you don't want to forget.

TEKTOK Podcast - EP049 - Carrier Bad, Product Meh, Apps Good - Sweet TEK Pick - HomePod

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was the newly released HomePod by Apple.

I am not a stranger to smart speakers, and I wouldn’t go as far as saying Apple’s HomePod is one. What I would say is that the HomePod is perfect for those Apple customers already heavily invested in their ecosystem of products and pay for a subscription to Apple Music. There are tons of reviews out there already, and I’m not about to write 10,000 words about this product. What I will say is I’m listening to a lot more of my music since my purchase of the HomePod than ever before. It’s been a while since I have been able to listen to my favorite tracks at the high measure of quality that this device provides. Add to the fact, that essential Siri integration is built in, and I am just pleased. I don’t think it’s overpriced. It’s a premium product for those that value Apple quality and love their music and aren’t overly annoyed by Siri’s limitations. Get the HomePod here. It retails for $349. 

iOSDocked - EP125 - Back From a Holiday Hiatus - iLike Ruky 6000mah Extended Battery Case for iPhone X

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was the Ruky 6000mah Extended Battery Case for the iPhone X. 

What if your iPhone could last up to 2 full days without a charge? What if you had the freedom to go about your day oblivious to the status of your battery? What if you didn’t need to spend any more money on additional power cables for your home, your office or your vehicle? It almost sounds futuristic, doesn’t it? Well that’s because the future has arrived. Now you can find the epitome of all iPhone accessories. An accessory that offers you both protection and power at a cost half the price of name brand extended battery case makers. For $39.99, the Ruky has completely changed how I think about battery cases. It has a minimal footprint event though it lends an additional 6000mah of power to your iPhone when it needs it. 

Here is a positive and a negative outside of the battery conversation. The positive is that this case works with magnetic mounts. The negative? You will have to learn to live without wireless charging. But hey! You will only need to charge once every day or two anyway ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. 

If your are starving for freedom and your iPhone is hungry for power, this case is for you. Pick it up here at Amazon for just $39.99!

TEKTOK Podcast - EP048 - Charging Up a Hot Cup of Coffee - Sweet TEK Pick - Ember Coffee Mug

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was the Ember coffee mug.

I love coffee. It starts every day off right. I get up in the morning. I brew a pot, and I get to work. I often sit at my desk for 3-4 hours every morning as a start to my day. I grab a cup of coffee, and I sip it….. and sip it…… and sip it……and then, suddenly I realize that my coffee has gone cold. So I dump it out and fill the cup once more. 

The Ember makes that first cup of coffee extra special. It retains the optimum temperature that is perfect for me. At maximum temp, the coffee mug maintains a toasty 145°.  Now my coffee is perfect to the last drop. 

The Ember coffee mug comes equipped with a charger/coaster. Leave the mug here when not in use so the mug can be fully charged for your next cup. Now I do wish the charge held longer than what it does. I typically drink coffee over the course of a couple of hours. The Ember coffee mug seems to hold a charge for about 1 hour, and then it tends to lose its effectiveness. This device also comes equipped with an iOS app featuring temp controls and options for notifications, so you know exactly when your coffee is the perfect temperature. You can find the Ember coffee mug on their website or at your local Starbucks. The Ember coffee mug retails for $79.95. 

Now how about that cup of Joe?

iOSDocked - EP124 - The “X" - iLike The JUUK Vitero (Fire) Apple Watch Band

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was the Juuk Vitero (Fire) Apple Watch Band.

This was my first Apple Watch band purchase that wasn’t part of Apple’s branded collection. I was drawn by the combination of colors and materials coupled with the macho design. Typically, I’m not the kind of guy to band swap but this one priced at $149 pushed me over the edge. Looking for a new band? Check out Juuk’s selection of high quality Apple Watch bands here. I’m sure you can find something you like. 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP047 - Sharing Feelings - Sweet TEK Pick - Clarity - Wallpaper Editor

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

Clarity is a really straightforward and clever utility that aims to make your favorite wallpapers even better. It offers 3 different very distinct features

  • Mask - darken areas of the wallpaper where you want critical information such as the system clock to pop against a darker background
  • Blur - adds blur effects of varying degrees to your wallpaper. I use this feature all the time to contrast the original wallpaper for the lock screen with a blurred for the home screen. The color range remains the same so they simply complement one another while letting the apps be the focal point of the home screen
  • Gradient - simply cycles through different colored gradients. When you find one you like? Save it. 

This cool little tool gets used by me all the time. Clarity is free in the App Store on your iPhone. It comes highly recommended. 

TEKTOK Podcast - EP046 - Up Next - Sweet TEK Pick - Twitterrific on macOS

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This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was Twitterrific for macOS. I am a loyal and highly satisfied user of Twitterrific on iOS. It handles multiple accounts for me with ease. Twitterrific is feature rich and beautiful to look at. When they announced plans for a Mac app, I will admit. I got excited. There is consistency in Twitterrfic on both platforms. New users of the Mac app will have no trouble adjusting to the desktop layout and UI. And as a bonus, if you buy Twitterrific for macOS, you will get access to some custom icons on the iOS version. (see image below)

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Twitterrific comes at a cost that could be considered high for some at $19.99. But if you love Twitterrific and are a Mac user, I recommend taking the plunge. The development team is highly active and always improving the product. Pick it up today in the Mac App Store. If you like it, maybe you can tweet the team at @iconfactory and let them know why in 280 characters or less. 

iOSDocked - EP122 - Sergio Valente - iLike Bobby

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This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was Bobby, a subscription service tracker for iOS. 

I use several services paid for via subscription model. Bobby makes it really easy to keep track of what services I use, how much I am paying and when they renew. While it's true you could use the iTunes Store app, emailed receipts or even the Reminders app to collect all this information, having a dedicated product to do all this for you just streamlines the process. 

The app is also very well designed. You can use the available templates or create your own you may need for less popular services that may not turn up in a search. There is a light and dark theme available or let time of day decide that for you. You can also choose between 4 different app icons. 

Are you subscribing to multiple services? Is this something that would be of benefit to you? Let us know your thoughts. And check the latest episode of the iOSDocked contest for more information on how you can win a new case for your iPhone 7/7 Plus/8/8 Plus or new iPhone X!

TEKTOK Podcast - EP045 - Sour Apple - Sweet TEK Pick - Irvue

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

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Irvue is a nifty utility that makes changing the wallpaper on your Mac an automated task. With a few tweaks in the settings options, you can set your wallpaper to change every day, every hour or every week. You can tailor the wallpaper selections by selecting Unsplash channels based off artists or keywords. This app has been a delight. It takes zero effort and is visually stunning. Download it. Check out some sample images below. 

TEKSide Team Homescreen Gallery

The TEKSide Team team shares their home screen. Check out the gallery below!