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Jeff Richardson
New Orleans
Interests: piano, technology, apple
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That's bizarre. My Apple Watch tracks activity whenever I wear it, no matter what time of day or night. -Jeff
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Glad to hear that you enjoy using CarPlay as much as I do. And I'm also glad to hear that your 2003 Accord is still plugging along at 220,000 miles -- impressive! -Jeff
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Yes, to download the maps. I don't think that Apple's Maps app has a way to download apps beforehand (on WiFi) so that you then don't have to use cell data to display the map. If Apple adds this feature, then maybe you could use maps in CarPlay without using your phone data. -Jeff
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Tom, I address much of this my my review of the AirPods: http://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2017/01/review-apple-airpods.html But in short, (1) The sound quality of the AirPods is essentially the same as the earpods that come built-in with an iPhone. Which means that the sound is very good, but you can get better quality with expensive headphones. Also, there is no noise cancellation, so if you are in a noisy environment you can hear the outside world. Except for when I am on planes, I consider this to be an advantage because I want to hear if someone is trying to talk to me while I am using AirPods. When it comes to quality-of-life, however, the AirPods are much better. There is no cord to get in your way. And you can easily wear just one of them if you are only listening to something in the background while still clearly listening to the outside world. (2) I have never run out of battery life with my AirPods. You can use a set for five hours before you run out of power, and I guess I have never gone more than five hours straight without stopping. When the AirPods run out of power, just slip them into the charging case, and only 15 minutes of charging gets you another three hours. So if you plan to use them all day long as you suggest, as long as you can take very short breaks of a few minutes to charge them, you can get another 20 hours of charge with the case, so in other words you can go 24 hours before running out of power in both the AirPods and the case. And of course, you can charge the case while the AirPods are in your ears, so if you have access to a Lightning cord during the day, you can essentially use AirPods constantly as long as you take a few minute of break time every few hours. Again, in real world use, I have simply never had an issue with battery life. The case works so well that you always want to put your AirPods in there when you are not using them, and as as result whenever I take my AirPods out of the case I virtually always have a 100% full charge. This experience is far, far better than prior wireless headphones that I have used. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2017 on In the news at iPhone J.D.
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The noise level sounds the same to me as the third generation Drobo. I haven't tried -- or heard -- the specific model that you have. -Jeff
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I also assume that it is just pass-through, but I don't have the equipment to test that. -Jeff
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President Trump himself called it a "Muslim ban" so I don't think it is really inaccurate to use his own terminology. Here is what the Ninth Circuit said in its ruling: "The States argue that the Executive Order violates the Establishment and Equal Protection Clauses because it was intended to disfavor Muslims. In support of this argument, the States have offered evidence of numerous statements by the President about his intent to implement a 'Muslim ban' as well as evidence they claim suggests that the Executive Order was intended to be that ban, including sections 5(b) and 5(e) of the Order. It is well established that evidence of purpose beyond the face of the challenged law may be considered in evaluating Establishment and Equal Protection Clause claims." Washington v. Trump, 17-35105, 2017 WL 526497, at *10 (9th Cir. Feb. 9, 2017) You are correct that I think that the ban was unfair, so I will admit to having a bias against it. But I don't see how you can say it is "broad, sloppy, non-lawyerly" to use that phrase considering that lawyers used that term in the Washington v. Trump briefing and the Ninth Circuit itself used the term in its decision. Of course, it was the technology angle that caught my attention when I wrote this post. Having that many people live stream an appellate hearing was amazing, and I think it is great that this technology gives so many folks the power to experience court hearings. Even if you and I disagree on the merits of the executive order, hopefully we can both agree that the live streaming was interesting from the standpoint of technology and open courts. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on In the news at iPhone J.D.
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I also replied to Thomas on Twitter, but in case others are reading this: no, I don't know of any app that can show you in a single screen all unread emails from all sub-folders. In the iOS Mail app, you can see all of the unread emails in the current folder (use the filter button at the bottom) or you can see all unread emails in all of your inboxes for all of your accounts (Tap the account button at the top right and then select "Unread" -- and if you don't see "Unread" as an option, then tap Edit at the top right to enable that folder. But I don't see a way to show every unread messages from every folder, including other folders or sub-folders other than Inbox that you may have on an Exchange server. If anyone reading this has used a third party mail app that supports this feature -- or if there is some trick to do this in the Mail app that I don't know about -- please reply! -Jeff
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I don't think so -- unless you manually mark all of the messages "Unread" after you finish reading them. I recommend that you and your wife get separate email accounts, but I'm sure that you have thought about that before. -Jeff
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I am not familiar with that one. -Jeff
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That one is on the list, but it is under "New Turkish Lira" because of the revaluation of the currency in 2005. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2017 on Currency conversion in Stocks App at iPhone J.D.
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Fixed. Thanks for catching that! -Jeff
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2017 on In the news at iPhone J.D.
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Yes. Once I did this fix, I could use the TV app on a plane with no Wi-Fi to watch a video that I downloaded to my device. -Jeff
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I know that all rechargeable batteries have a limit on how often they can be charged. I don't know the limit for this device. I just use it as an occasional travel charger and it works well for that purpose. If you did wear out the battery I suppose you could buy a new one and you would be able to use the same cable again. -Jeff
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Are you using the latest version of Word on your Mac? I use version 15.28, which is part of Office 2016 (available with an Office 365 subscription). It works for me. -Jeff
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I still like it. I traveled earlier this month and took this with me, and it worked fine. Every day I keep it with me in the messenger bag I take back and forth to work, and while I haven't had the need to use this device during the day — the new version of the Apple Watch is fantastic when it comes to battery life — if I ever do find myself in a situation in which I need to recharge, it is nice that I can just pull this out and give my watch some extra power. So I think it would be a good solution to keep in your purse during the day. It is very light. -Jeff
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I don't think so. You can undo if that helps. -Jeff
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This is not something that I have done before. I don't know if it is possible. I recommend that you reach out to the developer. -Jeff
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So far, I haven't really noticed it. I use the headphones that come with the iPhone, and I put the adapter on another pair of headphones that I sometimes use. I even bought an extra adapter for $9 to keep in my briefcase but so far haven't used it. Most of the time I use Bluetooth headphones, and I suspect I will use Bluetooth even more when the Apple AirPods come out. I thought this might be an issue, but so far it has been a complete non-issue for me. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2016 on Review: iPhone 7 at iPhone J.D.
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Thanks for telling me this. I wonder if it is better to have a hard drive backup in the form of a Time Machine backup or a SuperDuper! backup? I'm not sure. Something to look into. -Jeff
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You've been a Drobo user a lot longer than I have. I would have saved myself quite a bit in time, money and aggravation if I had started using the product back in 2009 like you. -Jeff
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You should get a non-active stylus -- one that doesn't have batteries. Any non-active stylus should work with the iPhone. I recommend that you consider this one, the Adonit Jot Pro: http://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2015/03/review-adonit-jot-pro.html -Jeff
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I think that you have to just work with one document at a time. -Jeff
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I'm not an active user of the app so I don't have any advice, but perhaps someone else will see your comment and have some ideas. Good luck! -Jeff
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