More often than not cleaning your MacBook feels like a chore. But if you've spilled a cup of coffee over the keyboard or had some grimy fingers on the screen, keeping your MacBook clean is a must. While cleaning your MacBook is critical, having a case to protect it is even more important. That's why we love our line of MacBook cases designed to keep your computer clean for years to come.
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So you splurged on that brand new MacBook Pro. The Touch Bar called and you answered. Plus you heard that the battery life was improving and you’d be able to trek just about anywhere without your charger, including the hipster coffee shops with no outlets. But you started to notice something. At first, you attributed it to just high usage... but no, your MacBook was indeed dying faster than it takes your latte to cool.
Don’t give up hope and throw your MacBook back into the black lagoon. We’ve searched far and wide to find you the best tips to keep your MacBook Pro battery running long enough to actually get to finish the latest episode of Westworld and live tweet your way along to boot.
Everyone wants to give the perfect gift. Something that will make someone’s face light up and fill them with enough warm fuzzy feelings to ward off any and all cold winter winds. But suddenly it's December 20th and you still haven't found 'The One' (and no curious family members not that One). Often during the rush and bustle of the holidays, finding a gift that isn't just junk to add to the pile, feels like an especially large burden. But as long as you stay away from deranged Easter bunny costumes and follow these tips, you'll be ready for some very merry holiday fun. Continue reading
The holidays are upon us. From the turkey filled tryptophan haze of Thanksgiving to the sugar-fueled month long experience that is Christmas, it’s a time for reunions, food and memories made. Having the best entertainment for any big holiday party or dinner is essential to being a perfect host. From music to applications to make your holidays a little saner, we’ve rounded up our favorite tech products for a tech-friendly holiday season. Continue reading
So you just brought a home a brand new MacBook Pro. You splurged on the Touch Bar and are falling in love with every inch. You set it down on your table, throw it in your backpack or simply stick in on a pedestal. But then one day, tragedy! A scratch! While MacBooks are considered incredibly reliable and scratchproof, nothing replaces a good case for your Macbook to protect it when chaos runs amok. Check out our line of Macbook Cases for every occasion and need to keep your new laptop safe and sound. Continue reading
We started with wallet cases for iPhones, but often heard from consumers that they wanted something thinner. The Timberline Case for iPhone is our favorite take on the wood iPhone case, with a reinforced twist. Like our woodline cases, it offers a slim and easy fit for everyday travels near and far. The Timberline stands apart, however, by offering added protection through its polycarbonate reinforcement. It's a wood iPhone case sure to please and protect daily. Continue reading
We at Pad & Quill and the Bindery Blog want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving this year. 2016 has been quite a year for us, growing and adapting to new iPhones and MacBooks and trying to understand the Air Pods. It’s been a crazy year but we wouldn’t be where we are today without you!
We’ve grown from a little company in Mr. and Mrs. PQ’s basement to a full-fledged small business that works hard to make crafted art. When we started those many years ago, we were just a little company with big dreams. With plenty of hard work and wonderful customers, we've been overjoyed with getting to continue to grow our brand. We are thankful for magazines like the New York Times and Wired for reviewing and featuring us, helping us grow each and every day.
Sure, Apple gave us courage this year. But we’ve also learned the importance of adapting our products for everyone in our ever growing family. We've been pushed to be more creative and intuitive with each new release from Apple. From pencils to missing headphone jacks, we've been excited to design new products for each new step in innovation.
It’s our busiest time at Pad & Quill but we are already planning out 2017 and we are so excited that you’ve joined us on this journey. We’re thankful for you and we can’t wait to make even more memories in the years to come. While our holidays are plenty busy, we haven't forgotten our loyal customers, who have sometimes felt more like family over the years. We're constantly thankful for your many jokes, ideas and praise.
A happy Thanksgiving from us here at Pad and Quill! May your day be filled with good food, family, friends, and joy.
The entire Pad & Quill family
So you’ve brought home a brand new MacBook Pro. Now, what? While Apple’s laptops are known for being user-friendly, there’s a whole host of MacBook Pro tips and tricks waiting to be discovered. We’ve gathered together some of our favorite tips and tricks so you’ll be almost as competent as your favorite TV hacker. No cool music or crime labs required. Continue reading
The magic toolbar. That weird touchy thingy. Revolutionary tech. All words used to describe the Touch Bar for MacBook Pro released by Apple in October. While gorgeous in design many were left wondering what functionality it would serve. The MacBook Touch Bar offers great opportunities for anyone working in the creative field. It also, offers plenty of great features for the casual user. We’ve scoured our favorite sources and found some of the best insider knowledge to help you in getting the most out of Apple’s latest tech.
With the release of macOS Siri via the Sierra update, users noticed the ability to enable the helpful little voice on their MacBooks. While Siri for the iPhone is useful, it’s full of problems from misunderstanding questions to shorting out, it has its benefits.
How To Install and Use Siri for MacOS
Before you read the rest of this article, it’s best to make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of MacOS, Sierra. It will take around 45 minutes to download so whether you're stuck in an airport or binging Netflix, give yourself some time to be laptop free. You can get the link to download here.
After you have set up MacOS Sierra, simply enable Siri when prompted and you’ll be on your way. Your shortcut key will be automatically set to ‘command-space’ but you can easily edit this to whatever you’d like via Preferences.
Siri for MacOS does not yet support voice activation like the iPhone. However, MacWorld has a handy guide here to help you set up the ‘Hey Siri’ method via the Accessibility section.
How to use MacOS Siri
But after all this work, what really is the point of having Siri on your MacBook. Siri makes sense for your iPhone when hands-free activity is needed. Holding kids, driving, or mittens make Siri a handy tool for any iPhone user. But if you are using a MacBook, chances are you are not outside or driving (hopefully) and your child wrangling is hopefully a little bit easier with a light as air MacBook (link in new MacBook here)
Apple has pulled through with an app development that does, in fact, have used if you are a heavy user of your Mac. Something as simple as asking a question can be easily done via Siri and it will quickly be able to pull up any Google searches you were looking for.
Want to find that one image from the Cubs winning the World Series? Just ask Siri and you’ll be covered. You can also easily check the weather, stock values and any notifications you may have pending. One of the biggest highlights was how Siri can easily find files in your Dropbox, Cloud or general folders. Don’t want to dig through 8 layers of folders to find that one picture or essay? Simply ask Siri to find it and you’ll be set.
Once you have set up the verbal command portion on Siri you can easily send iMessages, set reminders and knock off items on your to-do list. Hopefully, Apple will have Siri’s programming up to code soon and you won’t have to jump hoops for voice activation to open Siri, but once you have it started it’s as easy as saying ‘Hey Siri’. Or ‘Waaaaz up’ if that’s more your style.
MacOS Siri : Useful When It Works
Voice activation is a great addition to any smart device, and if you use it it’s something worth using. If the extra step doesn’t come second nature to you, even after some time, it’s not a necessary feature to have. Siri isn’t perfect. When it glitches, it does so spectacularly. But when it’s up to form, it can be a great tool to use during your busy day. As a writer, I recommend giving it a little time and a little practice. When it works, it’s a great tool that creates some of the best productivity around. Plus with so many great voices to choose from, what’s not to love?