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NC #652 Apple vs Google Photos, Share Existing Playlists in Apple Music, Wireless Charging for Mature iPhones, iPhone X

Bart’s Let’s Talk Apple show hits 50 episodes. In Dumb Question I’ll attempt answer whether someone should use Apple Photos or Google Photos (and I’m not as biased as you would expect). In a huge deviation from my published policy, I’ll give you a Tiny Tip about sharing existing playlists in iOS 11. Bezalel review of three products to bring wireless Qi charging to more “mature” iPhones. I’ll tell you the tale of adventure Steve, Pat Dengler and I went through to acquire the iPhone X, and I’ll give you some first impressions. Again, not as biased as you would expect (although I do use the word “magical” more than once.)

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Adventures Acquiring iPhone X and First Impressions

Hello on iPhone XLast week I told you about how Steve and I managed to bork the order of a second iPhone X and how I’d promised him he could have the one coming on day one, November 3rd. I also told you that Pat Dengler’s order got messed up too so we were going to brave the lines on the 3rd.

The planning and strategy we went through were about as elaborate as that in the movie Ocean’s Eleven. At least that’s what my friend Ron said when I told him what we were doing.

When the iPhone 4 came out, I stood in line at the store in Manhattan Beach. It was a disaster. I had a phone pre-ordered and only went there to pick it up. That line took 10.5 hours! The worst part of this was my friend Niraj texting me about how quick everything went out at the Cerritos store near his house. It was around 2 hours of line time even for people who didn’t preorder!

When Pat and I started planning, I suggested this magical store in Cerritos, based on Niraj’s story from so long ago. While the story was old, there was a bit of logic to choosing Cerritos. This store is quite large but is in a less affluent area than the other Apple Stores within a half hour of my house. I know, I’m spoiled to have so many choices! Continue reading “Adventures Acquiring iPhone X and First Impressions”

Wireless Charging for iPhone 6, 6s and 7 with Bezalel

Bezalel logoWireless charging has been around for a long time in the Android world, but it just came to iPhone with the newly-released glass-backed iPhone 8 and X. Perhaps you’re looking at your iPhone 6 or 6s or 7 and wishing you could have wireless charging too. A company called Bezalel from bezalel.co might have a solution for you. If you already have one of the 2017 iPhones, stay with me because there might be something for you here too.

Before we dig in, let’s walk through some terms. There are those who object to the term “wireless charging” because there are always wires involved but let’s not get hung up on that, Micah. When we say wireless, we just mean that the device being charged doesn’t have to be plugged in and unplugged all the time. The charger still has a wire.

There are competing standards for wireless charging, but the one that seems to be getting the most traction is called Qi charging. Qi is spelled q-i but is pronounced “chi”. It would have been so like Apple to come up with their own standard, but in a moment of rarity, they chose the Qi standard for charging. This is great news for us because it means that we can use chargers from third parties without them having to pay royalties to Apple or get certified by Apple because of some proprietary technology. Continue reading “Wireless Charging for iPhone 6, 6s and 7 with Bezalel”

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CCATP #508 – Allison Sheridan Tells Her Woman’s Story

I’ve been impressed by the women who have stepped forward and told their stories about what life is like for us. I don’t have any salacious tale to tell but rather a thousand paper cuts type of story. I thought about doing a monologue but I was terribly anxious about talking through this, so I reached out to Bart Busschots because I trusted him to help me.

I decided to push the audio out in both the NosillaCast and Chit Chat Across the Pond feeds, well, because I wanted you to hear it.

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