I started using Gboard a few weeks ago after hearing about this iOS keyboard on a podcast. I believe it was episode #131 of Connected.
I had heard about Gboard when it was first released back in February of 2016. I didn’t try it then. I didn’t care to. I looked down on it because of one of its features. The feature was glide typing. I thought this way of typing was useless. I was wrong. I absolutely love glide typing. It’s not perfect all the time, but overall it works for me.
Another thing that comes in handy with this keyboard is the ability to conduct searches. Someone mentions a song on Facebook and you can find the YouTube video of that song to share it on the person’s post.
The keyboard also has a dark theme. This is the one I use so I know what keyboard is installed in those incidences where I’m not using Gboard.
I love this keyboard. I would suggest everyone give Gboard a try. Here is a Cult of Mac article stating “10 things you should know about Google’s Gboard keyboard,” you
The keyboard was updated last month. You can read a Mac Stories article about it here.
I have been using the AXGIO Dash Bluetooth Headphones since Jan. 23. These are the first wireless headphones I have ever owned. I went with this pair because they were less than $40 at the time I bought them through Amazon.
The headphones come with three earbud tips (S/M/L). The ones that came on the earbuds were uncomfortable so I switched them. I tried both sets, but it turns out the small tips worked best with my ears. The headphones also come with a nice case to keep them in.
The headphones synced with the phone in less than a minute. It was very easy. A few times after turning on the earbuds, they say “connected” after connecting. This happens more when using both together.
The product description states the headphones get “8 hours of talk or music playing time (at 50% volume).” Using them together to play podcasts and music, I seem to get 5 hours, which is how I use them at the gym or while shoveling snow. Using them one at a time, I seemed to get 6 to 7 hours, which is how I mainly use them while working as a merchandiser.
You will have to charge them every day, especially if you are using both at the same time. This could be a negative, but not unusual—there are other things people charge every day, from phones to watches. What is one more device to add to the list? Charging these headphones took around 75 minutes.
It seems music quality is of a lesser quality than what comes through Apple’s earbuds. This doesn’t bother me.
Some negatives I have noticed with the AXGIO headphones is it seems while playing music the units have a hard time keeping both buds synced together at times. The music will go to each individual unit instead of staying synced. This will happen a few times before becoming synced again. This happens occasionally while listening to podcasts. The voice prompts for Apple Maps and Google Maps don’t work with them while listening to podcasts. Facebook video audio doesn’t come through the headphones.
Overall, I am happy with the AXGIO Dash Bluetooth Headphones, but when I need to upgrade I will go with something different.
Back at the end of December, I bought the Sinvitron® Bluetooth Audio Receiver V4.1 A2DP Portable Multipoint Wireless Connection Adapter with 3.5mm AUX Port. You can find the device here.
I wasn’t looking to go wireless, but when my 3.5 port on my car radio stopped working I had to look for a different way. Even after I bought the Bluetooth unit from Amazon, I didn’t think it would work in the port since the cord wasn’t working and even a pair of my earbuds didn’t work in the port. It did work though.
I have an iPhone 7 Plus so by using this Bluetooth receiver has helped me ditch the dongle I was using so I could play podcasts and charge my phone at the same time in the car.
Another good thing about the receiver is I’m getting more than five hours of use out of it before having to charge it. I have only charged it twice in the three weeks that I have owned it and it gets used every day.
There are only two negative things about the Sinvitron® Bluetooth Audio Receiver. The first is that I have to occasionally re-pair the Sinvitron® Bluetooth Audio Receiver with my phone to get it to work since it won’t connect otherwise. The other issue is when I start playing a podcast through the phone or through my earbuds and it keeps switching to the receiver.
Overall, I am satisfied with the Sinvitron® Bluetooth Audio Receiver.
I have gone back to Google Maps from Apple Maps. The reason for the switch is lately I have been having issues with Apple Maps. I had gone back to Apple Maps when I started using the iOS 10 Beta back in July. Lately when using the maps app, I would be following the directions when the voice dictation would start over again from the beginning of my trip. I would fix it by canceling the trip and just starting over again. It was annoying, but workable. It didn’t take long before it got worse. I switched back to Google Maps when this past Friday Apple Maps wouldn’t even give me directions to the place I needed to go to. I tried three times and gave up. I needed something that worked for my job so the switch happened.
There were a few reasons why I switched back to Apple Maps in July. One of the reasons was because of the upgrade and new look it got with iOS 10. Since I’ve been wearing glasses for over 30 years, I loved the bold, new look, which comes in handy for quick-glance information on the phone screen.
The biggest reason I switched back to Apple and it wasn’t something new with iOS 10. It’s the fact that when using Apple Maps while listening to podcasts it doesn’t talk over the podcast. I would never want to miss hearing any part of the podcasts I listen to.
When I started using Google Maps again I was happy to find out that it doesn’t give directions over podcasts any longer. I’m not sure when that changed, but it’s a welcome change. At the moment, I’m not sure if I will go back to Apple Maps if it gets fixed or even better. Time will tell. -Jason Harris
I have had my Apple Watch Series 2 since the end of September. I absolutely love it. I use it for everything I can and look forward to the day when it becomes even more accessible.
I have become obsessed with completing my rings every single day. I’m either walking or on the elliptical every day to complete my rings. There is an Airline trail here in Connecticut near where I live that I try to walk every day. There are days where I can’t walk because of lack of time or when it gets dark. These are the times I jump on the elliptical. There were a couple of times when I raked the yard for a few hours to complete or add to my rings. Since it has been cold lately and there has been threat of snow, I have been thinking about how I can continue to complete my rings. Yes, I can jump on the elliptical, but it’s not the same as walking. It gets boring at times.
This past Thursday it was cold and the wind chill was in the single digits and teens. I still walked the Airline Trail. I just dressed very differently. It will be different when there are several inches of snow on the ground. Until today, I never thought about how walking in the snow could effect my Move ring. Well, Rene Ritchie’s article on iMore changed that. Never thought about how my pace effects my Move ring. It’s a very informative article. I will definitely be choosing the “Other Workout” in the Workout app when I take my walks in the snow. I want to continue completing my rings and earning my achievements.
Having the watch definitely helps in cold weather since I can control my music and/or podcasts through the watch without having to get my phone out of my pocket. Dressed up as much as I was the other day, it would be very difficult to get my phone out of my pocket. I can’t recommend the Apple Watch enough.
If you use another wearable, please email me and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you. -Jason Harris
I found out yesterday that Tapbots, the team behind a number of great apps like Tweetbot, Calcbot, and Weightbot (I still use Weightbot even though it hasn’t been updated in a long time and isn’t even available in the App Store any longer) has released the beta for their Pastebot for Mac app. Pastebot is a clipboard app that “stores a history of all your copies.”
I’m hoping to see the Tapbots team produce a version of this app for iOS again. There was a Pastebot app for iOS back in 2010. You can read the MacWorld Pastebot for iOS review here. I used it on a daily basis. Once it became buggy, I had to delete it. I keep hoping for the apps return.
If you want to try out the Pastebot for Mac beta, click here. -Jason Harris
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