ShowStoppers & MacTech Team Up for DevFocus at WWDC

6:09 PM, May. 26th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

ShowStoppers has long put on some of our favorite events at tradeshows (and beyond). They assemble great product and app creators, put them in a room where all the booths are roughly the same size (and not over-adorned with lights and glitz) and only allow media as attendees for a 2-to-4 hour event. Good news: this year it's happening for the first time at WWDC.

Ruthless Gatekeeping is the Key to Apple Watch Bliss

11:48 AM, May. 13th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

The Apple Watch defaults to installing and activating every App and Glance available. This can be a problematic scenario because proper management of the Watch requires ruthless gatekeeping of both of these types of add-ons.

Apple Watch Battery Straps Likely Not to Work

8:46 AM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

After a few days with the Apple Watch one thing has become clear: many of the pre-announced accessories are going to be complete and utter failures. TL;DR: don't believe anyone that implies you'll be able to happily use your Apple Watch while it's separated from your wrist. Read on for more specifics.

Apple Watch Orders Charged Wednesday Still on Track for 4/24 Delivery

11:16 AM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

One of the Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray orders we placed here at TMO via Apple Pay didn't see a credit card charge until Wednesday (yesterday), and didn't get a shipment notification until Thursday (today), but is still on track for a Friday, 4/24 delivery. Good news is coming in for many folks who placed early pre-orders on Apple Watches, it seems.

Apple Stores Will Schedule Walk-In Appointments for Apple Watch

2:25 PM, Apr. 1st, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Apple Store staff are training to ensure customers have a full jewelry counter-style experience when trying and buying the Apple Watch. Contrary to recent reports, our sources tell us the appointment-only process will accommodate walk-ins using a system similar to one recently instituted at Genius Bars worldwide.

Mac Podcasters Quick Upgrade Guide for Audio Hijack 3

2:12 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Audio Hijack has been many Mac podcasters' go-to tool for recording their shows. Audio Hijack 3 makes some fundamental changes, most of which will likely be easily understood and quite welcomed by all manner of podcasters. Still, some of those changes may dramatically impact your workflow. We talk through a few of them to ensure you understand what to expect when testing out this new version.

Digital Music: Can You Hear Above 16-bit/44.1kHz?

4:27 PM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Dave Hamilton walks right into the line of fire today, detailing and explaining the differences between 16-bit and 24-bit audio bit depths, as well those between sample rates of 44.1kHz and 192kHz. Like The Beatles said about love, Dave says about 16-bits: it's all you need.