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  • How to Protect Your MacBook From Scratches

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    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, sometimes chaos runs amok and scratches are often a part of the game. MacBook scratch prevention can be a breeze with a few simple tips and tricks. Continue reading

  • Meet The Timberline Wood Case for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

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    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

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Pad & Quill : A Personal Note from Our Family to Yours

     

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    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.

    So bundle up your iPhone and pack your backpack, we wish you safe travels and good conversations. We can’t wait to keep innovating for you for years to come.

    A happy Thanksgiving from us here at Pad and Quill! May your day be filled with good food, family, friends, and joy.

    Sincerely,

    The entire Pad & Quill family

  • Tips & Tricks To Be a Pro With The New MacBook Pro

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    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

  • MacBook Pro Touch Bar Tips & Tricks

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    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.

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  • macOS Sierra Siri Tips: The How, What and Why of the Friendly Bot

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    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.

    MacOS Siri

    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

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    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?

  • Slim Leather MacBook Bags to Carry Your Macbook Pro In Style

     

    leather MacBook Pro bagLaptops have been through quite a journey. With the introduction of new 2016 MacBook Pro from Apple, we've doubled down on our leather MacBook bags. When a device is as integral as this to your daily life, travel-ready laptop bags are a must. Sadly, carrying your MacBook can become a cumbersome task, especially with all the dongles... Here at Pad & Quill, we've crafted a line of luxury leather laptop bags, folders, and carryalls to help you travel with your laptop easily. Continue reading

  • Keep Your iPhone Spooky and Safe This Halloween

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    Halloween is here. It’s the best time of the year for free candy, scary movies and spooky costumes. But what’s one thing scarier than Freddy, Jason or Michael combined? Losing or breaking your iPhone. It’s happened to the best of us. You’re out walking about, going from house to house with your kids or at the company costume party. You reach for some Vampire blood-orange punch and your phone slips out of your reach. Continue reading

  • MacBook Pro Roundup: All You Need to Know About Apple's Newest Tech

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    It’s been close to two years since the last MacBook Pro came out. Or any MacBook beyond that. Two years ago we were still ok with Frozen. We lived blissfully in the comfort of headphone jacks and had just been graced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. How the times have changed.

    It’s been awhile since we had any new computers and Apple was due. They delivered not one but three. They've killed off the MacBook Air in favor of the Pro line. Why? The MacBook Pro line is thinner and smaller than the Airs... so yay?  We’ve rounded up all the facts you need to know, here. But first, a brief narration by the always wonderful, Jony Ive.

    MacBook Pros and Airs

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    The new Macbook Pro line is available for pre-order now and begins shipping in 2-4 weeks. The retail value will be between $1499-$2399. Both  are looking to be far sharper and improved versions of their older models and will run the newest MacOS Sierra.

    What We Know About the New MacBook Pro Line

    With many comparisons to the Retina display released last year, the MacBook Pro 13 and 15 feature new hardware and programming to set it apart from its successors. Beyond running faster and being thinner, there's plenty of new updates to get excited about. This includes everything from an interactive Touch Bar to 10 hours of battery life.

    OLED Bar A.K.A. The Magic Keyboard

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    Far and above the rest, the OLED bar for the Macbook Pro is it's shining new feature. Named the ‘Touch Bar’ by Apple, it creates an interactive, easy-to-use function line at the top of the keyboard. The Touch Bar will change depending on which application you are using, and is easily adaptable. This is especially important for anyone who works in video/photo editing. You can also send emojis so it's a win-win situation all around.

    Plus if you really hate the Touch Bar, you can purchase the 13" MacBook Pro with regular function keys for $1499.

    Touch ID

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    This opened up the door for Touch ID as well. Paying for items online via Apple Pay and signing into your accounts has never been more secure and easy. If you haven't set up Apple Pay yet, now is the time to do it. With extra security measures, it's one of the safest ways to buy online.

    USB-C Ports and the MacBook Pro

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    It happened with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and now it's happening to the MacBooks. The new laptop is saying goodbye to many of its integral ports. The USB-C ports have survived on, but you will need to purchase an adapter for anything behind that. While the loss of ports may cause a few difficulties, the faster processing capabilities will be worth it. This also means charging will be easier with access to four different ports to charge from.

    The Holly Jolly Timing of the new MacBook Pro Line

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    Still stuck on what to get your loved ones for the holidays. Apple has just a few answers for you. While everyone expected new iPhones and Apple Watches in September, the release of the new MacBooks is perfect timing for holiday gift givers all over. With new processing capabilities, updated software and sleeker appearances, they’ll make any Grinch smile.

    All the MacBook Pros are available to order today.  While you wait to purchase your new laptop, you can pick out a bag, case or sleeve from Pad & Quill to keep it safe and sound once it arrives. Plus, we’ve heard it can make a great incognito wrapping paper for even the most inquisitive of eyes.

  • Jet Black iPhone 7: How To Clean and Protect From Scratches

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    Jony Ive’s smooth narration introduced Apple users to the glossiest iPhone on the market. Apple merged science and art with the innovative design of the Jet Black color option for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Yet, with it, came the news that the jet black edition attracted scratches far quicker than the other options. With that in mind, we've curated products, tips, and tricks to protect the glossy shine of your jet black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and keep it clean.

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