Archive for May 10, 2019

UAG Announces The Scout Series iPad Pro Case

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 10, 2019 by itnerd

Urban Armor Gear has announced the launch of their newest iPad Pro case, the Scout Series.

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Providing customers with an exceptional on-the-go experience, UAG has released the first rugged MIL-SPEC case to offer uncompromised Apple Smart Keyboard Folio compatibility. The Scout series case secures both the device and accessory without interfering with the folio’s multiple viewing/typing positions to seamlessly move with the device. When not in use, the case securely holds the folio closed to maintain 360-degree protection, so you’re prepared for any adventure.

Designed for dependability, Scout’s rugged clip provides added security to hold the Apple Pencil in place when charging/pairing with the device. In addition, UAG’s Scout series features feather-light construction, impact resistant core and easy access to all buttons and ports providing a smooth experience for all users.

Scout Series – iPad Pro 11” and 12.9

Available in Black

Price: $49.95 – $59.95

Features:

  • Feather-light construction

●     Easy access to touchscreen and ports

●     Smart Keyboard Folio compatible

●     Secure Apple Pencil storage with charging/pairing compatibility

●     Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G-516.6)

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QuickBooks Offers Up New Research & Tips for Mother Entrepreneurs

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 10, 2019 by itnerd

Our family networks can play such a vital role in helping drive our success. With Mother’s Day around the corner, wanted to reach out with a story opp focused on the role mothers play in driving forward the Canadian economy.

This year and just in time for Mother’s Day, QuickBooks commissioned a study that unpacks just how instrumental a role mothers are playing within the small business ecosystem – both as advisors and as owners.

Whether it be sacrificing family time, or postponing celebrations, key findings showed:

  • Moms are missing out. 32 per cent are missing or neglecting family time due to work commitments.
  • Held back from scaling up. 29 per cent say that family commitments have led to missing or neglecting business opportunities
  • Putting family on hold. 1/4 women say that work commitments have delayed their starting a family.
  • No time for oneself. 36 per cent of women list not being able to take enough time for themselves between balancing business and family commitments.

Interestingly, the study also found that Mother’s Day isn’t always the celebration it was set out to be, with 20 per cent of survey respondents feel more stressed on Mother’s Day than a usual Sunday, and 18 per cent postponing celebrations to focus on work.

QuickBooks has a very good blog post that you can read on this topic: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/ca/resources/uncategorized/how-to-prevent-burnout-new-research-and-tips-for-mother-entrepreneurs/ 

Google Pixel 3a/3a XL Arrive At TELUS

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 10, 2019 by itnerd

TELUS has announced that the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL models are now available at TELUS in-store and online at telus.com/pixel3a, starting at $0 for both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL 64 GB models when customers select a two-year Premium+ rate plan.

Users can enjoy the Google Pixel’s amazing technology and core features, including:

  • Extraordinary Camera –  Capture stunning photos with features like Night Sight, Portrait Mode and HDR+.
  • Adaptive Battery – Charges fast and lasts all day. Get more done with an Adaptive Battery that delivers seven hours of use on just a 15-minute charge.
  • Google Assistant – Do more with the Google Assistant like send texts, get directions, and even get help screening calls.

Visit a TELUS store or telus.com/pixel3a for more details.

BMW ConnectedDrive Outage Leaves BMW Owners Frustrated….. And BMW Isn’t Saying Anything About The Outage

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 10, 2019 by itnerd

German carmaker BMW has had an outage with their ConnectedDrive service for definitely the last few days. But there is evidence that it might have been offline for longer than that according to some tweets that I have seen and this Reddit thread that I have been following. And the reason why this is an issue is that ConnectedDrive is a subscription based service that among other things, gives you access to Apple CarPlay if you’ve forked over the cash. No ConnectedDrive, no CarPlay. So by having this outage, BMW is angering the exact user group that you do not want to ever get angry as hell have no fury like an Apple user who has been scorned.

This outage also highlights the fact that BMW’s plan to move to a subscription model was an ill advised idea. Though not for the reasons that I wrote about at the time that they announced it. And what doesn’t help is the fact that BMW is virtually silent on the issue. They haven’t said what’s going on, or what they are doing to resolve it. That’s poor customer communication on the part of BMW and I have to admit that it does little to make me buy or lease one of their vehicles given how they have responded to this outage.