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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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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Looking Forward to the Supercycle

iPhone Supercycle 2018

The new iPhone multi-year supercycle is coming and iPhone upgrades will be fueled by the new iPhone X form factor, only in three new iPhones. My iPhone 6s works great… But I’m interested in a new phone. I’ve been holding off on buying a 7, 8 or X until now. New iPhone Launch Date: The new iPhone 9 is expected to launch on September 12th and be available for purchase/order on September 14th, 2018. Each of the new iPhones are expected to have FaceID. The largest of the new iPhones is…

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How to Turn Off Greyed Out Apple Watch Passcode

how to turn off greyed out Apple Watch Passcode

One day my Apple Watch passcode suddenly started showing up and locking on me when I was not wearing it… Passcode lock came on even while it was charging over night… Then, even after I was wearing it I continued seeing a blue padlock at the top… When I tried to access my apps by pushing the digital crown it still asked me for a passcode. It was annoying to say the least. First world problems, I know… But it had never done this before. So I was curious as to…

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What is a Good P/E Ratio for a Stock?

The price to earnings ratio, or P/E ratio, is a common valuation method for determining whether a stock is overvalued or undervalued. Price to earnings ratio indicates the amount of money per share an investor is willing to pay today for a dollar of future earnings. For instance, if Amazon was selling for $18.00 per share today and the company had $1.00 of earnings per share over the prior year, it would be trading at a P/E of 18. This means an investor would be willing to pay 18 x…

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Apple Pay Surpasses PayPal and Square

Apple Pay Surpasses PayPal and Square

Apple’s earnings announcement today noted that Apple Pay now is completing more transactions transactions on mobile than both Square and PayPal… This is huge news for Apple… Apple Pay is part of the company’s services business which did almost $10 billion in revenue last quarter. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple Pay transactions tripled from a year earlier to over 1 billion transactions. The company announced that both 7-Eleven and longtime Apple Pay holdout CVS would be adding the digital payment service at checkout. Apple Pay is also launching…

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