It was a feature that was well-received by developers when announced during the virtual WWDC live stream but hasn’t garnered as much excitement from the non-developer community. The feature I’m writing about is called App Clips, and for the first time, it gives us a view of what the post-iPhone future will look like for the world.

Tucked at the bottom of Apple’s own iOS 14 Preview website, App Clips are a new addition coming to iOS 14 that allows a person to use a micro-feature of a mobile app without that app installed on your phone. John Gruber gave…


I have been a Gmail user since 2004. Back when the service was only accessible via a coveted invite, I plunked $20 down on eBay and got myself a golden ticket into what was supposed to be the future of email. At first, it was glorious — the power of Google search inside my email, all that “AJAX/Web 2.0 goodness,” and labels replacing folders, truly felt like email was getting the 2.0 makeover it needed.

Fast forward to 2020, and very little has changed with Gmail. Aside from some interface redesigns and pedestrian mobile apps, the core of what Gmail…


Gifts you can buy online to make Father’s Day memorable

Father’s Day will look a lot different this year, with social distancing limiting large family gatherings and sports still missing from everyday life. Stress and mental health are at an all-time high for many Americans, and with each day feeling like the one before, finding ways to celebrate Dad can seem challenging this year. Listed below are some fantastic gift ideas for any budget to make Father’s Day 2020 memorable for the important men in your life.

Nomad Mobile Accessories ($25+)

Nomad makes some of the most beautiful and innovative mobile accessories on the market. Some of their products are so innovative they seem…


If you’ve ever used an Apple TV, you know that there’s currently no better streaming box on the market. It’s extremely fast, can multitask between different media apps, has a gorgeous UI, and can even support 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos. With all the good that comes with Apple TV, there’s one glaring problem—the awful remote.

Ever since Apple switched over to the touch-sensitive Siri remote, the experience has been a frustrating mess. I’m not going to dive into all the reasons the remote sucks—there’s a great article that does just that. …


2019’s Must-Have Gadgets for Students of All Ages

Back to school season is upon us and whether your child is going to middle school, high school or college, there are some great must-have gadgets to get them through the school year. Here are some of the best for 2019.

Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant ($79.99)

Smart speakers are everywhere these days, including almost every college dormroom. The Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant includes all the useful features of the Google Home Mini, but with a small embedded screen that serves as an alarm clock and information display for data like the weather and upcoming calendar events. It’s small footprint is perfect for dorm…


We see phones get thinner and faster every year, however battery technology is fairly stagnant in innovation. While there is hope for new, vastly improved battery technology in the (near) future, we’re still stuck with Lithium Ion batteries that rely on more efficient phone processors and increased battery size to keep up or offer incremental improvements in battery life between charges.

There is a booming market for portable battery chargers of all shapes, sizes, and quality. …


While I’m a huge fan of Apple’s AirPods, they’re not the best for noisy environments such as the NYC Subway; you’re also not supposed to workout while wearing them as there is no waterproofing or sweat protection. This is where the BeatsX so nicely fit into my daily routine. A little over a month ago while commuting home from work, the right channel on my BeatsX stopped working. Seeing as how they were out of warranty, a replacement from Apple was out of the question. …


Twitter has a huge problem with bots. Just look at half the responses to Donald Trump tweets and you’ll see the tell-tale signs of broken English, and usernames with strings of random numbers.

Fixing Twitter’s bot problem is simple, however I fear they will not follow my method because it will shine a light on the dirty secret that we all know anyway: the user base isn’t made up of as many real people as investors would like.

Regardless, one of Twitter’s biggest headaches of late could actually be their saving grace — the verification process. Twitter should open up…


This is the first Apple WWDC Keynote in as long as I can remember where I haven’t been blown away by any of the announcements. That’s not to say I’m not happy with what’s coming and feel that Apple is on the right track, I just think we’ve reached a point where these products have matured so much that it’s more refinements than huge leaps forward.

Here’s a list of the things Apple announced I’m most excited about in the order they were announced.

WatchOS 4

  • Siri Watch Face — this could be really helpful or something I’ll use once and never…


I was fortunate enough to order a pair of Apple AirPods the moment they went on sale. Given the overwhelmingly positive reviews from early testers and the huge buzz surrounding them from the Apple community, I have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on a pair; yesterday that happened. Here are my impressions after less than 24 hours with them.

Pros

  • Pairing is unbelievably simple. It will make you hate pairing anything in the future that’s not this dead simple. Just open them up next to your phone and boom — you’re connected.
  • They will not fall out of your…

Tim Baker

Digital & Social Media Marketing Guy. Early Adopter. Music Lover. Apple Fanboy. Gadget Geek. Vodka Sauce Aficionado. Get In Touch: TimBakerBlogs@gmail.com

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