The TEKSide Team team shares their home screen. Check out the gallery below!
This week my "iLike" (pick of the week) was the new portrait lighting features that Apple showed off in it's hardware event earlier this month.
You have to admit. The iPhone is king when it comes to smartphone cameras. The 7 Plus introduced us to new features focused on depth of field. This has definitely been one of my favorite features to use when taking photos of my family. It truly makes the photos look stunning. I imagine the portrait features are going to result in some great shots as well.
Have you been happy with your smartphone camera? What do you think about the latest camera enhancement announcements? If you haven't watched the Apple event, it's a good watch.
This will be the first time I include three (yes, three!) songs from the same artist.
In 2015, my obsession with Wet (group) started. Their sound is very unique and to this day, they're my most played. Whilst listening to Wet, I launched the Spotify Radio for similar recommendations. -Creature of habit does not want to stray too far!
One of those songs included was from the band Exes. I clicked on their Spotify profile and spent the next week listening to their entire discography. These three, were the ones I replayed most and currently have in the background as I work on this entry. Bands with women as the main vocalist is my new type and I refuse to fight it.
I had a couple of covers I really really enjoyed. I'm trying to feature ones that provide a different sound from the original but still something one recognizes. The Japanese House covered Landslide with said requirements. You can nod and sing along but their own sound still carries the lyrics.
The other songs that make up this playlist are ones recommended to me via Spotify. It's been doing a great job this Summer. I probably just jinxed my Fall recommendations.
On iTunes, unbeknownst to me, I had albums that had not synced to my iPhone. I have 'sync all music' selected (hi 128GB!) which makes it a bit more difficult to see where the errors (if any) lie. One of these albums was Bionic by Christina Aguilera. It was released years ago but it's the last one of hers I truly enjoyed. One of my favorite songs from that album is You Lost Me. When she performs live, she tends to get carried away with riffs and runs but the embellishments in this particular song make it the most beautiful of arts.
I hope you all enjoy this month's mix.
What I find great about Sanebox is it's ability to make any email client you prefer to use as powerful as you need it to be. Sanebox works behind the scenes to make your email experience better.
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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!
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Another month, another playlist!
I was either out of the music loop or the month of July didn't really have any "great" releases. There was an email notification from Spotify about a new single by X Ambassadors and that was about it. Of course, I did include it in the playlist because my ears liked!
There are two songs that were found because they were just a PR job well done. Lana Del Rey and Selena Gomez were all over popular lists and I always take a quick listen to music that I don't typically lean towards because there's always hidden gems in plain sight! Selena Gomez's is just a single but very catchy, whilst Lana Del Rey (feat The Weeknd) is from her newest album, which is very poppy but, still, very Lana.
The cover for this month still gets me emotional within the first twenty seconds. It's 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' by Ariana Grande. She performed it as a closing tribute to the Manchester victims on her One Love Manchester benefit concert (in June). Of course, the context and even her own emotional response to it sets the tone but it just makes it that much more powerful. Truly wonderful.
For the first time, I relied on Spotify Radio. I typically avoid it because it's six songs on repeat. Or at least that's how it seems to me. I've been listening on my computer, going from a song I love and seeing what new songs I can obsess over, and there's a lot more variety and right on point, at least this month. It didn't matter what song or artist I started the radio from, it was great listening and very minimal skipping. I'm continuing this (instead of relying so much on the weekly discovery) setup and hopefully I have a couple of new discoveries to share with you guys next month.
New and experienced Todoist users alike may find use out of this video detailing how a makeshift weekly review can be created using custom filters.
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.
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.
One of the songs I included in my August (2016) playlist was 'In the Name of Love' by Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha. As I scrolled through new music on Spotify, I played the preview of a song with a similar name. It turned out to be a cover by a gospel singer! I looked through her page on Spotify and there's no way I'd ever give it a change if Spotify didn't bundle new releases they way it does; in one big category instead of categories within categories. Like I've mentioned before, there are things Spotify knocks it out of the park with.
So that's our cover for the month of June. I really like the softer approach to the chorus. No lyrics, just the tune you'd recognize and sing along with if you've ever listened more than once.
A couple of the other selections came together over the last couple of days. A lot of albums and singles were released the last week of June. Basically, my music listening was non-existent the first three weeks and the last four days was headphones in twenty three hours a day.
This is the perfect playlist to unwind with and I hope you all enjoy!
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.Read More
I was stuck in traffic as I gave a last run-through to May’s playlist. I quickly realized an (unplanned) theme was happening. All the selections are easy listening. Calming on a long drive, or busy afternoon. I think it had a lot to do with my driving than usual happening during May and I gravitated towards something I could roll down the windows with and relax (as best one can in traffic).
Most of these are artists are known to my iTunes library. I was browsing for new music and that ‘New From Your Artist’ tab was where all the magic was at. The one I didn’t really have an idea on was this month's cover. Once I realized I had a theme going on, I wanted to keep to it. ‘As Long As You Love Me’ by Sleeping at Last was the winner. It keeps with the mood and it takes us back to when boy bands ruled the music charts!
I hope you all take a listen, sit back and relax!
Nothing beats a good task management system. Enter Todoist. In this video, I demonstrate my custom setup. For those looking for some insight on how to become more productive and haven't found the right software or flow, you may find this video useful. Enjoy.
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.
April's playlist is the security blanket of playlists.
A lot of the artists I listen to (daily!) released new singles from upcoming albums. There's only two songs in the playlist that I discovered via Spotify, the rest are artists that have been featured in previous playlists.
One that I was really excited about is Oh Wonder (alt-pop duo), there's not a single song I don't love from their first album. As soon as I heard that I could pre-order their new one, I did! - I tend to do this because I listen to a lot of music, there's just too many release dates to remember. This way, iTunes delivers them to my mailbox and iTunes account automatically.
Imagine Dragons and Lany are two groups that I actually hated at the time I first heard of them. I blame radio stations for only playing 'Radioactive' (by Imagine Dragons) that one summer. I now listen to podcasts or audiobooks to completely avoid that. However, their song 'Demons' changed that. I listened to them live (in Spotify) and actually liked their songs so much more than the radio versions. Now Lany is something Discover Weekly kept pushing on me and I kept avoiding. A friend who's music tastes are similar to mine kept listening to them, I gave in and I ended up liking their sound.
This month's cover comes from an 'Acoustic Covers' album that was suggested to me in Spotify. I had listened to a couple of the songs before but it'd been years since I listened to 'I'm Like a Bird' by Nelly Furtado. This version is covered by John Adams. A,beautiful, acoustic version as the albums title states.
I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I.
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.
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.
I expected March's playlist to be a challenge because ninety-five percent of my music listening was divided between The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack and Ed Sheeran's latest. Of course, that would've been a bit boring (for you guys), I compromised and included two songs from Ed Sheeran's and moved on. Strength.
There's very few who haven't heard of Ed Sheeran. The guy makes you feel for relationships that you didn't even have. His latest (Divide) includes a song about his grandmother that can melt any icebox. It was added immediately to the playlist. It became one of my favorites.
The other songs were found by launching Spotify Radio from other playlists. A great way to find similar songs that you would've never come across otherwise. It's a feature I'm slowly getting in the habit of utilizing.
This month's cover is from a favorite a cappella group: Pentatonix. It's a cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine'. They have a distinct sound that makes it easy to recognize their songs but that's not a bad thing. They all bring different elements and create wonderful pieces whilst still keeping the original songs mood.
I hope you all enjoy.
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.
This week my "Sweet TEK" (pick of the week) was the Workflow Tutorial series from the Canvas podcast on Relay FM.
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.