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A Review of the Twelve South PlugBug Duo »

A Review of the Twelve South PlugBug Duo

The bane of every weekend trip is having to pack cords and chargers. If you have a MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch, charging all these devices requires up to four chargers and four different cords. My bag for our weekend trip this past weekend was nothing short of this catastrophe — two Apple Watch charging pucks for my watch and my wife’s watch, an iPad charger, an iPhone charger, a MacBook Pro charger, and a charger for my Fuji X-T2.

The Twelve South PlugBug Duo aims to solve this mess.

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We Updated Our Pick for the Best Recipe Manager for iOS »

We Updated Our Pick for the Best Recipe Manager for iOS)

Our review of the best recipe manager for iOS was getting a little dated, so we jumped back into the research to ensure our review is up to date. Here’s Chris Gonzales concluding on what we already knew:

The best recipe app for iOS, Paprika, is more than just a recipe manager. Paprika makes it easy to plan, save, shop for, cook, and organize all your favorite recipes. In addition to its universal iOS app, Paprika has a great Mac app that syncs with your mobile devices perfectly. Both apps are available on the App Store and, after a huge 3.0 update on both platforms nine months ago, Paprika kept its status as the king of the hill, a position it continues to enjoy to this day.

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Justin Kaplan’s Mac and iPhone setup »

Justin Kaplan’s Mac and iPhone setup)

Justin Kaplan is an energy consultant and entrepreneur in the health industry, based out of the Dallas, TX area.


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How to Use 1Password’s New Keyboard Fill Feature in iOS 12 »

iOS 12 has given the makers of password apps the ability to integrate with the operating system. If you’ve ever used the native password saving feature on iOS, you’ve probably seen the suggested username and password prompt show up above the keyboard. With the release of iOS 12 and the latest 1Password, you can have your passwords stored in your favorite password manager and the convenience all together!

Dense Discovery Newsletter »

Over the past few weeks, we’ve really been enjoying the Dense Discovery newsletter published by Kai Brach. Each edition is packed full of great links to gadgets, apps, tools, and other interesting and creative articles and ideas. If you’d like to get a feel for the newsletter before subscribing, you can read the latest online.

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(Six Colors) Brooklyn event impressions: The iPad Pro is a computer »

Earlier this week, Apple had some big news in the iPad and Mac product lines. The new Mac mini looks amazing with the new color and specs, and the MacBook Air refresh is interesting and exciting to see. To us, the most exciting part of the keynote this week was the new iPad Pros that were unveiled. As Jason Snell (Six Colors) explains in his article, the new Pros take all the improvements from the iPhone X and apply them to the iPad. We can’t wait to get our hands on one.

MacX MediaTrans Giveaway – the Easiest iTunes Alternative to Transfer Data (Sponsor) »

MacX MediaTrans

A proper data backup is a common necessity when you switch to new iPhone XS or upgrade to iOS 12. Instead of using iTunes, you can perform the data backup & transfer fast and easily with MacX MediaTrans. This iPhone manager offers a one-click solution to backup videos, photos, music, ringtones, iTunes purchases, books, etc. from an old iPhone to computer, and transfer backups from desktop to new iPhone XS.

It’s by far the fastest iPhone data transfer solution. Specifically, it requires only 30 seconds to sync 1000 photos effortlessly, 4–10x faster than other tools on the market. Plus, it has a set of advanced features built-in, e.g., HEIC to JPG converter, video format changer, DRM remover, ringtone maker, music library manager, iPhone encryption, etc.

Now MacX MediaTrans is offered for free in celebration of the arrival of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and iOS 12. Get a license code here.


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