Picklegoose Bobbers

I had a dream last night that I was part of the team that built iOS 12. My team was exhausted and was meeting our supervisors in another building. I was waiting in a room that resembled a cross between an Apple store showroom and a set from the spaceship in the first Alien movie. On a table in front of me was a new Mac that I had also somehow been involved in building and I was proud if it. The Mac looked like a sewing machine with a…

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How to Create a Siri Shortcut for Driving to Work

Useful Siri Shortcuts

iOS 12 was released today and it turns out that I was wrong about it not being useful… Shortcuts is actually quite awesome after all… After I played around with the Shortcuts App, I added my first Siri Shortcut. A Siri Shortcut for driving to work. The result is a one click Shortcut on my iPhone that will do the following: Fire up Apple Maps with my work address pre-loaded Fire up Apple Music with a pre-loaded Apple Music Playlist The easiest way to create a Shortcut is to download…

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The Best Cryptocurrency App for iOS

There are a bunch of cryptocurrency apps to choose from. Most of them are not very good for someone who wants to do more than track a portfolio. However, one cryptocurrency app that I’ve tried is excellent… Crypto Pro. Crypto Pro is great if you’re interested in the following: Accurately tracking cryptocurrency price fluctuations Having a lot of control in monitoring your portfolio Observing the entire market at a glance Getting access to cryptocurrency news (without annoying ads) Having tons of UX control in “Settings” An overall great app user…

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Investing in Pirate Flags… Almost As Good As Apple Stock?

Investing in pirate flags almost as good as apple stock?

It turns out that investing in Pirate Flags might be almost as good an investment as shares of AAPL. Susan Kare, who worked with Steve Jobs as a founding member of the original Macintosh team at Apple, has sold hand painted “Pirate Flags” since 2014. The pirate flags are reproductions of the original “pirate flag” that flew over the Macintosh building (called “Bandley 3”) at the Apple Computer office in 1983. Susan is the actual designer and painter of the original pirate flag. Apple flew one in Cupertino in 2016…

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4 Alternatives When Amazon Used Books Are Overpriced

alternatives when amazon used books are overpriced

Amazon used to be a great place to buy used books for cheap. But now, it seems that Amazon used books are overpriced. I always use Amazon because it’s so convenient… But I’ve suspected for awhile that Amazon used books are overpriced… Until today I didn’t learn anything more about how overpriced on used books Amazon can be… For instance, I was looking around for a used copy of “Hillbilly Elegy” because I heard this book was great but haven’t read it yet. I went on Amazon.com and the least…

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How to Upgrade Apple Music to Family Sharing

How to Upgrade Apple Music to Family Sharing

If you’re confused about how to upgrade your Apple Music subscription from an “Individual” subscription to a “Family” subscription for family sharing, you’re not alone… It’s confusing. The exact process can vary depending on whether you already have an Apple Music account, and/or if you’ve set up a “Profile” in Apple Music. In my case, I had an Individual Apple Music account (with no “Profile” set up in Apple Music), and I just wanted to upgrade to a “Family” subscription to allow family sharing. The process is simple and easy,…

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When Did The Mac Butterfly Keyboard Come Out?

when did the mac butterfly keyboard come out

If you are in the market for a new laptop you may be considering buying a new Macbook or Macbook Pro. But in your research you may have come across one of the many articles describing the annoying reliability problems with the notorious “butterfly keyboard”. The butterfly type keyboard was introduced by Apple to replace the “scissor switch” type keyboard. It was done, in theory, to improve reliability. As such, you may be wondering when the butterfly keyboard came out, which Macbooks have a butterfly keyboard and, perhaps most importantly… can…

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Is It Too Late To Invest in Apple in 2018?

is it too late to invest in Apple in 2018

With Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) recently crushing the trillion dollar market cap milestone, some investors may be wondering if it is too late to invest in Apple in 2018… It’s a legitimate question. Since passing $1 trillion in market capitalization around 30 days ago, Apple stock has increased in value around 10% since the start of the beginning of August 2018 alone. So… Is It Too Late To Invest In Apple In 2018? Not by a longshot. Since I’m not a financial advisor, and don’t play one on the Internet, to…

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The “Enormously Underpriced” iPhone

IPHONE-XS

More paraenetic advice from Warren Buffett today… This time on when to buy stocks. Mr. Buffett turned 88 today and was interviewed by CNBC prior having lunch with a charity donor who paid $3,300,100 to have lunch with him at Smith & Wollensky in New York City. His quote about purchasing stocks, which some experts believe are overvalued, was interesting. He said: “I don’t know when to buy stocks, but I know whether to buy stocks…” He said he was actually buying stocks this morning, before lunch. He also said…

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Feels Like Nosebleed Territory… Be Prepared

The stock market is driven largely by emotion. By some stock market experts’ definitions, the market is experiencing the longest bull market in history. The bull run is newsworthy, so people talk about the stock market… The more they read, the more they have “FOMO”. And FOMO causes them to invest more… And it brings in people from the sidelines who haven’t invested much in the past. How Much of a Bull Market Is This? Starting in March 2009, this bull market has returned 324% over approximately 9.5 years. It’s…

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