Apple’s iTunes Pass is Not (Yet?) a Mobile Payment System

3:49 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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Over the past week Apple has staged a worldwide rollout of their new iTunes Pass feature, first in Japan and now in the USA, Germany and elsewhere. As it stands today, iTunes Pass is simply a way to add money to your iTunes/App Store account at an Apple Store, nothing more. At least not yet.

Apple Doesn’t Need to Be First to Home Automation; It Needs to Be Best

12:45 PM, Jun. 9th, 2014 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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Last week at WWDC Apple quickly announced HomeKit, the company's home automation framework for developers. Many folks have been asking if Apple is too late with this; if the market is already saturated such that there's no room for Apple (or any other new "platform"). It's possible that Apple is late to the party, but I will offer this: Apple is rarely first at anything, but Apple is often the best.

Podcasting How-To Video: Creating a Noise Gate on Your Mac

8:38 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

One of the most annoying things for podcasters and their listeners is when one participant's background noise is noticeable even when that person isn't talking. A noise gate can easily solve this problem by only allowing sound through when the input volume reaches a certain level. Follow the simple steps in this video and the next time you're on an interview podcast (or recording one), you'll sound fantastic!

Podcasting How-To Video: Sending Multiple Audio Sources Over Skype

9:49 AM, May. 6th, 2014 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Sometimes when hosting a Skype call – especially for a podcast – you want the other parties on your call to hear not only your voice but perhaps some audio from you, too. Since Skype only allows one audio input at a time, things get a little tricky. Don't worry, it's not too bad, and this video shows you exactly what to do.

The Golden Age of Mac Upgrades is (Once Again) Upon Us

1:40 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Years ago we Mac users enjoyed the ability to spend a little bit of money to upgrade our admittedly-expensive computers. It may seem like those days are behind us, but the reality is that we're truly in the thick of a new golden age of upgrades.

iOS Developers: How To Preserve User Purchases When Releasing a New App

10:45 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

A common issue plaguing long-time iOS developers is the desire to merge the free and pro versions of an app, instead utilizing in-app purchases, while still preserving existing users' paid-for features. Apple doesn't make it obvious how to accomplish this, but our friends at DigiDNA have found a creative solution using free in-app purchases.

Dave Hamilton: The Mac Is The Reason I’m Here

10:01 AM, Jan. 24th, 2014 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Dave Hamilton, en route to Cupertino for the Mac 30th celebration, takes a mid-flight moment to reflect on all the Macs he's owned and just how much impact the Mac has had on his life.

3 Geeky Highlights from 2013, More On Deck for 2014

1:00 PM, Dec. 31st, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

In our final Mac Geek Gab podcast of 2013, John (F. Braun), Pilot Pete and I collected and shared our thoughts about our favorite moments from 2013 and also what we're looking forward to as 2014 comes into our respective time continuums. I thought today was as good a day as any to highlight those here, too.

An Apple Geek’s Week with Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX

1:45 PM, Dec. 24th, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Dave Hamilton's been a fan and user of Apple devices for as long as you can remember, but he's never been opposed to using something else, Apple has simply been his preference. Recently, though, Dave decided to challenge his preferences and spent an entire week testing Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX as his only tablet. You may (or may not) be surprised at his thoughts.

One Day with Retina iPad mini: The iPad I’ve Always Wanted

5:27 PM, Nov. 14th, 2013 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Dave Hamilton has known for a year now that he'd be getting the Retina iPad mini as soon as it came out. The iPad Air gave him some pause but, in the end, the new mini won out and he's here to share with us his initial thoughts after having the device for just under twenty-four hours.