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Setapp Review – Rent Access to the Best Mac Applications Monthly [Updated w/ Video]

In Apple, Application, General, Review, Software, Technology by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

I have to admit it. I have an addiction. Actually, multiple addictions. To tech, to gadgets, to software. If it’s new and bright and shiny, I kind of want it. Unfortunately, addictions can be expensive. When it comes to software, there are plenty of options available to quell my “need.” There is freeware – some of it is really great (but some not). There is shareware – there might be a price tag associated with some good software. There is trialware – which is really like “here, this drug is free the first time”. There is regular software – you pay for it and you get it. And now there is Setapp.

Setapp approaches software a bit differently. You pay a monthly fee and with that, you get unlimited access to the latest versions of a variety of premium applications. These are the same applications you would buy in a standalone version. They are not filled with ads, nor do they have premium features crippled. Nor are they a previous version. Setapp essentially is renting you access to a bunch of hand-selected (by them), premium applications.

A quick note: the links in this article are Affiliate links (as per my disclosure at the end of the article). You are welcome to visit the site directly to sign up but I’d love for you to use my links to help support my content. 

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OneDrive Sync Issues? How To Reset OneDrive for Mac the EASY Way!

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, Microsoft, Software, Technology by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

For the past couple of weeks, I have been battling some issues on my Mac. Long story short, I had to reset my Keychain and that seems to have caused some unintentional issues for various things including OneDrive. (Side note: I had to reset my Keychain because of Office365 and enterprise single-sign-on issues – I believe this may be related to my OneDrive issues as well but that is unconfirmed). Anyway…during these few weeks, I had issues not only syncing my corporate and personal OneDrive accounts – yes, you can have two running at once – but sometimes OneDrive would just hang with an error message or two that I couldn’t seem to get rid up. But I found, after lots of trial and error on my end, a way that I believe is the easiest to reset OneDrive back to default so that you can get up and running again.

For those of you who are reading this saying, what is OneDrive? Well, it’s a file hosting service that allows you to synchronize files across devices. The most popular competitors are Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. But this article is not about which one to use. It’s about how to reset OneDrive to a clean state so that you can re-syncronize it again.

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UPDATED Review of Leaf Phone Case w/ Battery – Potential Safety Concern

In Apple, Case, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Interview, iPhone, Opinion, Review, Technology by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Review Update 5/1/17: It’s been about 3 months or so since I started using the Leaf Phone Case with Battery as my primary case. I have been charging it every night and then using the built-in battery to top off my iPhone throughout the day. While the promised features are nice, I recently encountered an issue that is important to report on and consequently force me to change my review. And this is potentially a Consumer Safety Issue, so I can no longer provide the high recommendation I previously gave.

Recently, I noticed that my iPhone was no longer sitting as snuggly as before so I removed my iPhone from the case and noticed what appears to be a bulge from where the battery is stored. Faulty or defective batteries is nothing to ignore, especially given recent news on exploding smartphones and batteries. While I’m not saying that this product has this issue, my research has found that when a rechargeable battery begins to bulge, it is becoming unstable, has gasses being built up, or has other issues. So I immediately stopped using the Leaf case and stopped charging it.I have sent several communications to the company but have not heard an official response back one way or another. Therefore, I am updating the ratings at the bottom of this review. Also, I cannot recommend this product anymore.

I took some photos to try to illustrate the bulging. It’s tricky to do in a photo, so I poured some table salt on the inside of the case where the bulge is and just knocked it a bit to illustrate where the valleys and bulges are. Those photos are immediately below.

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How To Replace the Side Mirror of a Hyundai Elantra

In Auto, Fix It, General, How To, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

On HighTechDad.com, I usually write about technology and how it works (or doesn’t) within the family environment. Or sometimes I provide How To and Fix It articles, again, usually about technology. And occasionally, I write some car reviews. But this time, I’m going to meld some things together here. I’m combining a Fix It and How To article with automotive. Specifically, how to replace the side mirror on a Hyundai Elantra (specifically, the 2013 model year).

So, a few months ago, I stupidly backed out of a tight garage without really checking the clearance of my side view mirrors on my Hyundai Elantra. As I heard the “crunch,” I realized I had really messed up. One of my mirror casings got cracked. It looked pretty lame. Then a few months later, we managed to completely break the mountings of the mirror on the passenger side of the Elantra. Not good. We couldn’t use the passenger side mirror for anything really after that.

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Kanex GoPower Watch Battery Charger Lets You Leave the Cable at Home

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

While the Apple Watch design allowed us to not have to physically connect the charger to the Watch itself via wireless charging, you still have to carry a specialized Apple Watch charging cable with you if you plan on traveling with your Watch. Of course, many of us are used to carrying a bunch of cables – we are far from having pure wireless charging for everything – being able to eliminate specialize cables from the mix and just carry a couple is much better that having a bag full of digital spaghetti. AND, when you are on the go, sometimes plugs are not readily available so having a portable battery charger for your smart devices is pretty much essential. The Kanex GoPower Watch lets you leave one of those custom cables at home and bring portable charging power with you!

HighTechDad - Kanex GoPower Watch - in box

Many of the available Apple Watch charging solutions, portable or fixed, require you to “provide your own charging cable.” So essentially, they are just holders for your Watch AND the cable (the one your Watch came with). In my mind, this sort of defeats the purpose of having a secondary charging solution for your Watch. And, there are very few “certified” manufacturers of Apple Watch charging cable. These cables, Apple’s or via a 3rd party, are still not exactly cheap, starting at $25 and going up. To manufacture a solution, you need to have an inductive charging “puck” (the circular, magnetic portion that connects to your Watch to charge it). There aren’t that many really unique and good Apple Watch charging solutions out there…until Kanex developed their GoPower Watch.Read More


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HighTechDad’s 2016 Tech & Gadget Holiday Gift Guide

In Apple, Case, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Technology by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

I’m a procrastinator. I’m still doing my holiday shopping with just days left until Christmas. I avoided Black Friday & Cyber Monday as much as I could. And guess what, my 2016 Tech & Gadget Holiday Gift Guide is…well…right at the very end. But if you act quickly, you might still make those shipping deadlines. Or just print out a picture of the gadget and wrap that up. Or even better, give the gift of kindness! Regardless, if you are scratching your head about what to give that loved one, particularly when it comes to gadgets, here are a few things you may want to look at!

For this 2016 Tech & Gadget Holiday Gift Guide, I’m listing out consumer electronics that I have either tested, am in the process of testing, or know enough about it to mention. I have linked all reviews (note: some of these may be sponsored articles but for the most part, I have tested the items I have written about). I encourage you to read the full review. Or, if you need quick recommendations or have questions, just ask me on Twitter (@HighTechDad) or message me on Facebook and I will try my best to get back to you quickly!

HighTechDad 's 2016 Tech & Gadget Holiday Gift Guide

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True Wire-Cutting: Qi Enables Cordless Charging Solutions

In Android, Apple, Case, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Sponsored, Technology by Michael Sheehan

One of the biggest arguments I have with my kids is not about going to bed, or cleaning their rooms, or doing their homework. It’s actually about finding who had stolen my iPhone charger cords. I have this tangled mess of cords next to my bed to charge my iPhone and iPad. My wife hates the tangled mess as well. But it is my kids who really irk me. As I also have some portable batteries charging nearby, they have decided that it’s totally fine that they take my cables and plug in their phones to a portable battery. The problem is, at the end of the day, the cords are still missing and I have to yell at them to bring them back. I have even resorted to labeling my cables “Daddy’s cable – Do Not Take!” but that doesn’t really work either. But there actually is a solution to my cord madness. There is a wireless charging standard called Qi (pronounced “CHEE) that enables you to go cord-free when it comes to charging your devices.

Qi is the solution to many smartphone owners’ madness. Losing a charging cable means having a smartphone that is dead and of no use to you. And charging cables, whether they be Apple’s Lightning cable or the Micro-USB cables that Android phones rely on, are not built to last. I can’t tell you how many times I have simply had to throw out a cable because it simply stopped working. And if you drive, that means you have to bring a cable with you or have one always connected in the car. And keeping track of working cables is a nightmare. Cables seem to disappear much the same way socks lose their pairs in the laundry. UGH!

HighTechDad Qi Wireless Charging - Aircharge case

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