Apple’s Noise App Works

By Jason Harris

When Apple’s Noise app first became available, I made some room on my dock to place it. I didn’t know when I would use it. I was thinking I would have to remember to try it at the next concert I would go to.

Once I placed it in my dock, I didn’t know if I would have to open it to test the sound in a location. Or if I should place it as a complication to see if it would do something on its.

Well, I found out today that I don’t need to do anything to get a warning from the watch. I was mowing the lawn when I got the notification on my watch about the noise level.

I am very happy that the Apple Watch gives a notification without me having to do anything.

Using Different Apps for My Trip to Macstock 2019

By Jason Harris

This year was my second year attending Macstock, which is in it’s fifth year.

Macstock is a conference for Apple enthusiasts. This year’s theme was create. It was a very inspiring conference. It’s a very fun, inexpensive conference that takes place in McHenry, Illinois.

I used a number of apps in the preplanning and during my travels to get there.

The first app I started using before my trip was Apple Notes. I created two notes for my trip. One note that contained the conference’s information was repurposed from last year’s Macstock note. I just added the pertinent information for this year. I called these notes “Trip to Macstock” and “Macstock Trip Information” and were started at the beginning of the year.

From Connecticut to Illinois, it’s a 16 hour trip. I left on the Saturday before Macstock. I made a number of stops on the way.

In my Trip to Macstock note, I had all types of information contained within.

I placed the information from the places I wanted to or potentially could visit if time permitted. The websites and admission prices of these places were included. If you want to see pictures of my trip, check out my Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/dudley228/

I also used a number of apps on a daily basis while I was there.

While in Chicago, I started using Apple Maps again. I had been using Google Maps until I missed a turn. I will admit I may have missed the turn because I read the map wrong, but I do know I never got a notification to turn either. Well, after that incident and I think there was one other one, I decided to go back to Apple Maps. It did quite well for me while I was there. I have stayed with the app once I was back in Connecticut. It has been over two months since I went back to Apple Maps and in that time I have had two wrong misdirects with it. That’s not a bad average when I use this app every single day.

AroundMe is another app I used while on my trip. This app allows you to search within your location. I used it mostly to find gas stations and restaurants. I have always enjoyed using this app instead of a map app because I feel it’s more exact over Google and Apple Maps.

The other two apps I used are the native camera app and the Camera+ 2 app. I love the presets on Camera+ 2 app. I used the macro, RAW, and Action presets. One of the pictures I took with the Action preset is right below this sentence.

I took over 1,000 pictures on my trip. More than 200 of those pictures were taken at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

The iPhone 10s Max Battery Case

I received my iPhone 10s Max Battery Case last Friday. I’m enjoying it a lot.

If you have used other battery cases like me, you will have to get use to not having to turn the case on. It stays charging your phone until the case is completely drained. One way that helped me with this is thinking that with other cases, you don’t know if they are completely charged or even will work when you turn them on. This is one issue you won’t have to worry about with Apple’s new battery case.

The same widget that shows your iPhone battery’s percentage will also show the battery case’s percentage.

On Saturday, I drained the entire battery case within six to seven hours. As a merchandiser, I use my phone for GPS, inventory counts, taking pictures, and streaming podcasts with Overcast. My phone lasted until Sunday morning. It was at 20 percent when I started charging it.

I am in my car a lot so I could keep it plugged in at those times to keep everything charged.

The iPhone and battery case will both charge on my Qi charger, but the case can’t charge by itself on the charger. If you want to charge it by itself, you will have to plug a lightning cable into it.

I have a Qi charger phone holder in my car that this battery case doesn’t work with while the phone is in it.

There isn’t a bulge on this battery case like on the one for the iPhone 7 (which can also be used with the iPhone 8). The battery is tapered down the back of the case like other battery cases.

IPhone 7 Battery Case.
IPhone 7 Battery Case.

IPhone 10s Max Battery Case.

IPhone 10s Max Battery Case.

I do find it hard to pull back the top of the case to get the phone out of it.

Experience with a Couple of Battery Cases

I always feel like I need more battery with my cellphones. I have an iPhone 10 Max and in my job as a merchandiser I need a battery that last. I’m always looking for a better battery case. I have recently been using two battery cases.

I ended up with two battery cases after the one I preordered from Luxmobile.us didn’t arrive within three weeks like Luxmobile promised. I ended up getting the case six weeks after ordering it.

Once I got my Luxmobile case, it was very nice looking and it allowed my iPhone slipped into the case without an issue. It was my first battery case with the design of the top of the case flipping down to get the phone in and out of it. It was a 4,000 mAH case. I didn’t put the phone through it’s paces since by the time I received it I had ordered a different branded case through Amazon and received it within two days. Once I had the new battery case, the Luxmobile case became my nighttime case. Now, I really like the idea of having a day and night battery case.

The case I ordered from Amazon was the USAMS 4000mAh Slim Rechargeable Charger Case. It started out working just fine, but within three weeks it started acting up. I would press the button to turn on the case. It would start charging. After awhile though, the charging would turn on and off after the case was turned on. It was like a light switch being turned on and off. The only reason it was noticed because my phone would vibrate when the case started charging again. I returned the battery case to Amazon and got a replacement. Well, the second case started acting up the same way so this time it was returned and I got my money back.

I would recommend the Lux battery case. if you do order one, hopefully the delivery issues have been fixed so you get it on time. Stay away from the USAMS one though, this case isn’t worth your time.

Did You Know This About the Apple Watch?

Last month, I went to Macstock in Crystal Lake, IL. It was my first time at this conference, which is in its fourth year. This year’s topic was productivity. It was very informative.

One of the things I learned was in Dave Ginsburg’s “Creating a Productive Workflow with iOS” talk. I never knew you could change the dock on your Apple Watch from “Recents” to “Favorites.” This function is more useful to me. You can find this setting under “Dock” in the Apple Watch app. Since I may not be the only one who didn’t know about this I thought I would share the knowledge here.

Pictures for the Facebook Challenge

Back in November, there was a 7-day challenge on Facebook, “Seven days. Seven black-and-white photos of my life. No explanations,” where people had to share black and white photos of your life. The only rules were that the pictures couldn’t have people in it and you couldn’t explain the pictures.

There is an author, Stacey Longo, who participated in the challenge then wrote a blog post about the pictures she posted. You can find her blog entry here.

I decided to post all the pictures I used in the challenge in this blog post. I will also post ones that never got used. When I decided to do the challenge, I started thinking about what types of pictures I could take.

I took all the photos on my iPhone 8 Plus and changed the color on them through the native photo app on the phone. I did use the Metapho app to strip the meta data off the photos.

The seventh day I posted two pictures. The pictures were of the same object, but I liked both of them. For me, it’s tough to decide what ones to use.

There is one picture I had taken for the challenge that was never used because the turtle pictures took its place. The below picture was taken in Hamden, Connecticut during my travels as a merchandiser and was never processed for the challenge.

I love taking pictures with my phone. Sometimes, I wish there were more reasons to do just that. I love it when these types of events come up.

Battery Cases

I’m always looking for more battery power for my iPhone. It’s not like I need it though since as a merchandiser I’m in my car a lot and can charge my phone in it. This has’t stopped me from buying battery cases though.

The last one I bought was the Nohon 7500mAH iPhone 7 Plus battery case. I had it for a month when it started acting up. It stopped charging my phone and the case itself wasn’t charging either. It’s too bad it started acting up because I was going almost two days without having to charge my phone and the battery case.

The design of the Nohon case isn’t the greatest. The placement of the button to turn the case on is on the back of it. This isn’t the worse placement since other battery cases have buttons there as well. The problem is that it only takes one press to turn on the case. This can cause the case to be turned on accidentally when it isn’t needed.

I have gone back to the Mophie Juice Pack Air. It has never given me any issues. With Its design, it can’t be accidentally turned on either. Wireless charging works with it as well.

Beware of Information within the Flixster app (updated 12/4/17)

The other day I was using the Flixster app to see if Justice League was playing at some local theaters.

I noticed two things with the app. The first thing was that my theater settings had been changed to only show “ticketing theaters.” This probably came about with the recent update to the app.

The second thing I noticed is the worse offender. Somehow certain movies are not showing up in the app. Two theaters I was checking in the app were not listing Justice League as one of the theater’s options. You would think that maybe the theater hadn’t updated the listings. This wasn’t the case. Coco which came out this week was listed at those theaters. I had to go to the theater’s websites to find out if the Justice League was playing there. It looks like Flixster can’t be trusted with its information. I will have to find another app to get my movie information from.

Editor’s note:

I noticed this weekend that my local theater’s listings had Justice League in them. Maybe the issue or problem has been fixed.

An App for Movie Watchers

By Jason Harris

Reelgood launched its app yesterday. Reelgood is a service that aggregates content from over 250 streaming services. The Reelgood website came out of beta in July, according to a TechCrunch article.

Once I heard about this app, I downloaded it. I know it will come in handy. I’ve been wishing for an app like this. I’m always looking to see where movies are being shown. Just this week, I was looking to see if Congo was available through a streaming service. A podcast, How Did This Get Made?, watched and discussed this movie , which made me want to see it again. I searched for Congo in the app and found out it’s available on Showtime.

To use the Reelgood service, you can use your Facebook credentials or sign-up using your email. You can sign-up through the app, which you can check out here.

Sinvitron® Bluetooth Audio Receiver Revisited

I first talked about the Sinvitron® Bluetooth Audio Receiver at the end of January. In the last few weeks, I have felt like revisiting it since there have been a few issues I felt like bringing to your attention.

There are battery issues. After less than six months of use, the battery doesn’t charge to 100 percent. It stops charging at 90 percent. The battery also doesn’t discharge to zero. It shuts off when it’s only at 30 percent.

The other issue I don’t like is that I have to physically connect the Bluetooth every time I get in the car. I wish it would automatically connect like my Soundbot SB517 Extreme Bluetooth Waterproof Wireless Speaker. When I turn the Soundbot on my iPhone connects to it within 15 to 30 seconds.