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Enjoying The Holidays With The iPad Air 2

Emoji - Christmas Tree With Gift BoxFor technology and gadget lovers, there were two main Black Friday sales at Best Buy this season – a 50″ Panasonic LED TV for $199.00 (regularly $549.99) and an iPad Air 2 for $100 off. Since I wasn’t looking for a new TV, I started focusing on a new iPad. Originally, I wasn’t a fan of the iPad. I didn’t see the purpose of it. But after reviewing the specs of the iPad Air 2, and after seeing all the crazy holiday sales, I decided that I should get one.

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Where’s the Turkey / Thanksgiving Emoji?

Emoji - No Turkey?Emoji are to text messages as a turkey dinner is to Thanksgiving in the United States. A problem occurs when all four of these things are combined. How does one send a festive text message to someone celebrating Thanksgiving? It seems like such a trivial issue, but probably lots of people have been sifting through their iPhone’s special characters – looking for a good turkey icon. I was one of those people. I looked through the People, Nature, Objects, Places and Symbols categories. I started wondering, “Where’s the thanksgiving icon?”

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The Poor Man’s Retina (HiDPI) Mac

Mac OS X - System Preferences Icon Apple’s new iMac with Retina Display is pretty impressive. With 14,745,600 pixels, the image is quite sharp. Unfortunately, it also starts at $2,499. That’s well out of my budget for a new computer. I also looked at the new MacBook Pros with Retina Displays. Starting at $1,299, I still felt that was too expensive. The problem is that HiDPI screenshots are required for my next book project. Shouldn’t there be a more affordable way to take high-quality screenshots?

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iOS TestFlight Beta Testing Now Available

TestFlight IconIt’s been about three years since I launched a new iOS app on the iTunes App Store. It was typically a frustrating process with little reward. Perhaps I’m still feeling burned from the failure of BOT. It’s not enough to just try again. I have to figure out what went wrong and then improve. Today, Apple announced a way to fix one of the major problems with iOS app development – TESTING. With TestFlight, now I can easily invite up to 1000 testers to try a new game.

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iBooks Author – Try Again?

Ibook Author and iBooks iconsLately, Apple has been acting like an anorexic supermodel. It’s not enough for the new iPhone to be thin, it has to be super thin. It’s so thin that the camera sticks out like a bone against the skin. It’s the same trend with their Macs – thin, thin, thin. I began to have a technological-existential crisis. Are Apple products and services really right for me? Am I hindering my potential by staying within Apple’s ecosystem? I decided to approach this issue scientifically.

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