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I Finally Got An Apple Watch, And I Love It (With One Caveat)

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Scroll through any tech news and rumors site these days, and you will be inundated with Apple coverage. Everyone wants to talk about the new AirPods and Apple News+ and the Apple Card and everything else the behemoth tech company announced at their Apple Special Event last week. But if you read one of those articles, you will have read them all – a lot of speculation, a lot of talking points and, especially in the case of Apple News+, a lot of derogatory information. (Apple News+ represents a direct threat to tech reporters’ employers and ultimately their livelihoods).

That coverage is all well and good if you are an Apple fanboy – someone who HAS to know about the latest and greatest Steve Jobs’ old brainchild has to offer. But what if you are a regular old consumer? What if you are someone who still rocks the iPhone 6 and has yet to make the jump to a smartwatch. This article is for those people. Because I am one of those people.

In the past two months, I made two separate (but related) Apple purchases. First, I got an Apple Watch Series 4. I did not want an Apple Watch, mind you. I liked my classic Bulova. I’ve sneered at digital watches since I was a child. And what is an Apple Watch but a digital watch made cool? But I got a deal, and with my Bulova needing a new battery, I decided I would at least try it out.

If my immediate experience with the Apple Watch wasn’t disappointing, it was only because of how low my expectations really were. The thing just flat out did not work. I followed all of the instructions, downloaded the app on my phone, turned it on and off about half a dozen times. Nothing. Ok, sure, it told time. And I suppose it looked cool. But it could not make or receive calls. It sometimes could send text messages but usually couldn’t. It began to seem like a giant waste of money.

Indefatigable as I am, I was determined not to give up. I scoured the internet for reasons that my Apple Watch might not work as expected. The only thing I could reasonably come up with was that my phone was too old.

Apple’s website claims that the Apple Watch Series 4 will work with iPhones 6 or later. I had an iPhone 6S, so my watch should have been compatible. Could it be that Apple was not entirely truthful? Maybe they wanted schmucks like me to think they could get away with spending $400 for a new watch without simultaneously shelling out $700 for a new phone.

Turns out, that is exactly what happened. While Apple may not have been completely mendacious when claiming the Series 4 “works” with the iPhone 6, the assertion is clearly misleading. If you want your Apple Watch to perform the primary function of an Apple Watch – namely, sit on your wrist and show other people that you own an Apple Watch – then an iPhone 6 is perfectly suitable. If you want it to perform all of the advertised secondary functions, then you need a newer model.

So, I did it. In what turned out to be more of a necessity than I had ever imagined, I bought an iPhone XR, hopeful that the upgrade would solve my Apple Watch problems. And you know what? It did. Since getting the iPhone XR, I have no complaints about any piece of Apple tech I own. The watch excels at making and especially taking calls. (I had never answered a phone call from the golf course before). Another feature I like is that I can control the music on my phone when it is plugged in to an audio jack on the other side of the room. (The downside here being that I needed to buy a special Apple-sanctioned adapter in order to be able to even play such music anymore).

Long story short: I do recommend the Apple Watch Series 4 for any traditional watch wearers considering making the leap. But caveat emptor, depending on what is in your pocket, it may end up costing you hundreds more than expected.  

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Ravpower Filehub: Unboxing And Review

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On our last trip to China, We Know Products was able to try out the RAVPower FileHub. A wireless router and power bank, this little device comes in handy especially during travel (such as when you find yourself in a Shenzhen hotel room with so-so Internet).

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As you can see in the video, the RAVPower FileHub works pretty well. You plug it into the ethernet port, and then you can get better WiFi on all your devices. We got 15 mbps upload and download — super impressive.

Don’t sleep on the document storage feature. With an SD card (or a microSD card with an adapter), we were able to transfer files easily from a computer.

Our one knock on the RAVPower FileHub is its UI, which is, to say the least, not that great. But in terms of function, it is more than capable. This solves a fundamental problem of travel, dealing with the vagaries of foreign WiFi connections. Now, we have a WiFi router with the same username and password, wherever we go. Definitely worth the $55.

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Live Your Best Wireless Life

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We’ve been using various keyboards and computer mice for years — pretty much our entire lives in fact. I do not know about you, but I am fed up of wires. It’s time to go wireless. Wireless technology provides people more freedom to move freely and utilize space in the best possible way. Without wires, we can organize everything at our home or office better. Working in an environment without any stress can increase our overall productivity. If we sit in front of the computer, we may suffer from headaches and pain in our necks, backs, shoulders and arms. However, if we go wireless, we can sit anywhere we like — even our sofa! — and get work down. It’s tie to make the switch. Turns out, wireless accessories are not even all that expensive.

Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse

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As you may have noticed, the wireless mouse is becoming more and more popular in recent years. It offers more convenience and flexibility over wired ones. Compared to the corded mouse, we can use the wireless mouse at a larger range and never need to worry about the cords getting tangled up. A wireless mouse offers greater portability, which means we can pack it along with our laptop without the hassle of wires. Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse can be used on any surface, even glass, without a mouse pad. The mouse pad has become a thing of the past with the development of infrared technology.

My favorite feature of this Logitech mouse is its ability to control up to three computers with just one flow-enabled mouse. Research indicates that adding a second monitor improves productivity greatly because dual-screen display allow us to switch between applications faster, segment our tasks and view documents side-by-side. With Logitech Easy-Switch technology, the mouse can pair with up to three devices and switch between them with the touch of a button. We can transfer text, images, and files between our computers effortlessly. Unlike other wireless mice, the rechargeable Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse does not rely on battery power. In fact, it can be used for an entire day after just 3 minutes of charging. A full charge can last over 70 days.

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

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A cordless keyboard is an excellent add-on to our computer setup because we can place it in anywhere we want in the room or office. A wireless keyboard operates much the same as its wired counterpart, except it is operated by infrared radiations and signals. The wireless keyboard is free to move a greater distance and has a faster response time. Wireless keyboards are designed to keep our space uncluttered. Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard is a portable and useful accessory for people such as programmers who use computers for long periods of time.

Some wireless keyboards are not universal, which means they only work with certain models. Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard is compatible with nearly all models and devices such as Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Android, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. As long as the devices are Bluetooth-enabled and support external keyboards with HID profile. Similar to the Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse, this keyboard can also connect up to three devices simultaneously and switch between them easily. All you need to do in order to type and switch between 3 devices is to click on any of the three yellow buttons on the upper-left corner of the keyboard. The combination of Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse and Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard creates a central workstation for multiple computers. We can type, navigate, copy and paste between computers in one fluid workflow. Even though this is a battery-operated device, the battery life is two years. For all intents and purposes, it might as well be powered by magic.

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Which Laptop Protectors Are The Best?

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For reasons I have yet to figure out, laptops are incredibly expensive. The newest MacBook Pros cost from $1300 to $2800. That is a serious investment. Because of that, you want to keep your thousand-dollar machine protected from drops, scuffs, spills and the like. The least you can do is purchase a laptop sleeve or a laptop case that gives your computer an extra layer of protection. I have tested dozens of laptop sleeves and cases over the years, and I decided to share the best ones with you.

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Among all the laptop sleeves I’ve tested over the years, the worst of the lot all have one thing in common: they feature an invisible magnet closure. These laptop sleeves claim to allow easy access to your laptop with safe magnets that won’t damage the device. In fact, they don’t secure your laptop at all! One time, my laptop got soaked in my bag when I forgot to tighten the cap on my water bottle. In addition, the invisible magnet closure has the potential to cause all sorts of issues for electronic devices. If you are looking for something simple that actually provides protection for scratches and bumps, MOSISO Laptop Sleeve is the perfect fit. It features a neoprene foam padding layer and fluffy fleece fabric lining. It is slim enough, and it can be slide into your bags easily. It does not add any additional weight to your backpack. The top-loading zipper glides smoothly and secures your laptop so that it never falls out. MOSISO also provides an additional small pouch bag for you to store your mouse, earphone and other accessories. More than 10 colors and styles are available. The MOSISO Laptop Sleeve is compatible with lots of models, including MacBook Pro, Dell XPS, Lenovo Yoga, and more. You can check out all other models on the website. Make sure you choose the correct size before you make the purchase.

Laptop Case For Macbook Pro

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The significance of a laptop case should not be underestimated. Laptop cases do not only help protect your laptop but can also make for a stylish look. They protect your laptop from dirt–important, since keeping your laptop clean is crucial for smooth functioning. They can also increase your laptop’s lifespan. Especially if you travel a lot, it is advisable to buy a laptop case in case your computers gets bumped or knocked around in transit. KECC Laptop Case is a definite must-have if you use your laptop a lot. This hardshell cover contains a layer of rubber oil paint for a smooth rubberized exterior texture and protects your laptop from fingerprints, slipping, scratches, drops, dirt, smudges and other damage. When shopping for a laptop case, you have to pay attention to the bottom of the case and make sure it is vented for maximum heat dissipation and disbursement. KECC Laptop Case meets all of your requirements and is available in various sizes and styles. KECC Laptop Case is here to protect your Macbook Pro and make it look fashionable. Apple has invented different variants of MacBook notebook over the years. In order to receive the correct case, you have to select the right size by checking the model number.

Webcam Cover

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Did you know hackers, product manufacturers and even the government can watch you via your webcam? A lot of PC webcams display a small light when in use. Hackers can disable the light and spy on you. Then you don’t even notice that the webcam is active. It is essential to cover your webcam when you’re not using it so that hackers or malware are not be able to access your devices or personal data. Allinko Webcam Cover is designed to fit perfectly around the built-in webcam on your devices. You can open or close the webcam cover with one simple finger movement. The extra strong adhesive makes the webcam cover stay on through wear and tear. However, it doesn’t mean the webcam cover will leave a trace when it is removed from your devices. Allinko Webcam Cover is not just for laptops. The risk hacking of your cameras on other devices, like your smartphone and iPad, can be very high as well as more and more apps are developed and downloaded. Allinko Webcam Cover can be used on most of your devices to better protect your privacy.

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