New Microsoft Devices Unveiled for 2019 & 2020

Image of a Surface Pen. Text reads, The New Surface lineup.

Last week, Microsoft held a Surface event that took the wraps off a whole slew of new and innovative devices that the company is hoping will capture the imagination of its customers. Some of these devices were iterative versions of what is already available from Microsoft, but others were completely new product categories.

I’ve really come to admire Microsoft’s innovation. They are not afraid to push the boat out and try new things. These products don’t always pan out the way they hope, (see Surface RT), but a willingness to innovate and expand the boundaries of what is already out there, is something you have to at least respect, even if you are not a Windows user. Here’s what’s new.

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How to Use the New Twitter Lists on iPhone & iPad

Notebooks and a pen on a table. Text reads, twitter lists, what’s new?

I used to use Twitter lists a lot. They were a great way of filtering out tweets and getting exactly the kind of information from the people you wanted to hear from. You can make lists of people with similar expertise, whether you follow them or not, and see all those tweets in a special timeline of their own. I had a list for the people on my team, a list for iPad Educators, a list for my favorite EdTech tweeters, a list for news sources I like, and more. Then I started using TweetDeck.

TweetDeck had columns for that kind of thing. I could add my existing Twitter lists to a column, I could also add hashtags, keep track of Twitter chats in real time, add temporary columns for conferences, and quickly switch between them, or see multiple strands at once. This meant lists became less useful to me, but that may be about to change.

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EP15: New iPhones

Did you buy a new iPhone this week? I’m still using my iPhone 8 Plus and although the new iPhone 11 is tempting, I know I don’t need one. So, in this week’s podcast episode I make a case for why the best iPhone is actually last year’s iPhone, or maybe even the one before that…



Unpacking iOS

Welcome to Episode 15 of Unpacking iOS. In this episode I talk about upgrading your iPhone, but maybe not in the way that you might think … so, let’s start unpacking!

This week, new iOS
devices are shipping to people all over the world. That’s because every
September, almost like clockwork, Apple announces the latest iterations of it’s
flagship device – the iPhone. It’s one of the best selling smartphones ever,
and it changed a lot about how we use our phones. The new iPhone 11 models
feature the fastest processors, the best cameras, and the most battery life of
any iPhone.

However, as interested as I am to hear all about new iPhones, I’ve never bought one. You see, I’ve owned lots of different iPhones, but none of them have been the latest model in the lineup. I have always opted to buy an older iPhone because, for me…

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The 2019 iPad: What’s New for Schools & Everyone Else?

At their annual September event, Apple announced a new seventh-generation iPad that replaces the sixth-generation iPad that was released in March 2018. New iPad models usually bring new features, but this one is mostly an exception to the rule. Although it does have some new additions, it’s certainly a more modest update than you may have expected. So, without further delay, here’s what’s new with the 2019 iPad.

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Why I Stopped Wearing An Apple Watch

After over two years of daily use, I recently decided to stop wearing my Apple Watch. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but so far, I have very few regrets. There is so much to like about the Apple Watch, and for a while it was easy to overlook its shortcomings. However, when I reached the reckoning, my mind was already made up. It was time for a change. Here’s why.

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The New YouTube for Kids Online Website

Picture of an iPhone. Text reads, The YouTube for Kids Website by Jonathan Wylie

For a while now, YouTube has had mobile apps for Android and iOS that customize the YouTube experience so that it is more suitable for younger kids. It filters out as much of the more objectionable content as it can, in order to provide a safer viewing experience that is coupled with some parental controls. In the past, the apps have not been without their problems, but the website offers new hope for a safer YouTube experience for kids.

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Unpacking iOS – EP14: Mail Tips

Here is the latest episode from my podcast, Unpacking iOS! It has a variety of tips on how to get more use out of the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad.



Unpacking iOS

Welcome to Unpacking iOS. My name is Jonathan Wylie, and in this week’s episode I have ten top tips for those of you who want to get more out of the Apple Mail app … so, let’s start unpacking.

Nobody really likes email, at least I don’t think they do, but it seems destined to be one of those things that is going to be with us for many years to come. It’s free, easy to use, and can be a relatively efficient medium for communication. There are dozens of email apps in the App Store to help you master your email, and each one has a variety of unique features, but the Apple Mail app that comes on your iPhone or iPad is no slouch. It has some tricks up its sleeves that you may not be aware of, and that is what I am talking about today. Ten…

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