A Quick Tips & Cool Stuff Found Bonanza! — Mac Geek Gab 893

You folks filled the mailbag this week with some of the best Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found your two favorite geeks have seen in a while. Listen as John and Dave share your tips (and theirs) about iOS 15 Focus, Safari 15 Tab Groups, Refunds on AppleCare+, Follow-up Siri Commands, document scanning, iPhone cases, portable speakers, and running your own DVR the easy way. And they even have some time left to answer your questions, too! You’ll have no trouble learning five new things this week. Press play and enjoy.

Pump Up Your Pool Party with This Wireless and Waterproof Speaker: $29.99

We have a deal on the Aquathump Waterproof Speaker, a Bluetooth speaker designed for wet environments. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating and can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes. It also has four hours of playback time in its rechargeable battery. This device is $29.99 through our deal. I’m linking to the black unit in the link below, but there are also deals for a blue model, purple model (shown), and a model called Palms.

This Bluetooth-Enabled Speaker Features 3D Sound Tech and Passive Bass Radiators: $67.99

We have a deal on the Owlee Scroll Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. This portable speaker comes with a leather “scroll” wrap cover, supports Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC sound, has a built-in microphone for audio calls, and 9 hours of battery life. It’s $79.99 through our deal, but coupon code SAVE15SOUND takes another 15% off for a checkout price of $67.99. There are also separate deals for the company’s Aviary speaker and Artus headphones, and the coupon code works on those, too.

iHome Flask Shaped Bluetooth Speaker: $24.99

We have a deal on the iHome iBT32, a Bluetooth-enabled wireless stereo system with built-in speakerphone capability. Oh yeah, and it’s shaped like a flask. Kooky, right? But it also has a built-in mic and digital voice echo cancellation so you can use it as a speakerphone. It’s $24.99 through our deal.

The Mystery of the Beats AirPlay 2 Speaker

Zac Hall reminds us that right before Apple announced the HomePod, Craig Federighi showed a slide of speakers that would support AirPlay 2. But where is the Beats AirPlay 2 speaker? It’s been two years and we haven’t seen it.

A Beats AirPlay 2 speaker would still need Wi-Fi though. Wi-Fi would be new to the current Beats lineup, but it wouldn’t be the first Bluetooth + Wi-Fi combo AirPlay 2 speaker. Libratone’s versatile Zipp speaker retroactively added AirPlay 2 support to its existing portable Wi-Fi + Bluetooth speakers last year.

Boxing Day with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 689

Recurring Keychain authorization requests bugging you? iMessages out of order? Want to know what to do with your dead drives? This is just where your two favorite geeks start this week’s episode. Then it’s on to a headphone and earphone discussion, including some talk about letting ambient sound in, and letting someone else listen in on your bluetooth connection! Cool Stuff Found rounds out the show. Press play, listen, and learn! Oh, and enjoy, too.

Migrating Mail, Managing your Monitor, and More! – Mac Geek Gab 665

Lots of summer-related Cool Stuff Found here, including stuff for hearing your music while you’re out enjoying the outdoors. Don’t worry, southern-hemisphere friends, we’ve got plenty of stuff for you, too, including a new mesh wireless system to discuss. The Q&A portion of the show covers migrating mail, operating with the monitor off (desirably and not-so-much). All this and more. Press play and enjoy!

California Roll Bluetooth Speaker - Solar Powered, Water Proof

LAS VEGAS – I don’t often talk about Bluetooth speakers, but Lemon Tech caught my eye with its California Roll during Tuesday night’s CES Unveiled. That’s because it’s solar powered. It has a 5,000mAh battery in it and 32 solar cells on the back. 7 hours of sunlight will get about 20 hours of playback time. That’s handy, but it also has a USB port on it so you can use that battery to charge your mobile devices. And while you’re charging your mobile devices, it will be recharging the battery if it’s getting light. Right? So, rock on. Plus, it’s water and dust proof, making it suitable for the beach and other messy environments. It’s $249, and it ships in March. There’s a coupon code for 20% off (“5W20”), making it just under $200. It’s available in many different colors.

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