1. What Will Apple be up to the Rest of 2014?

    What Will Apple be up to the Rest of 2014?
    Spring is officially here, which means that a quarter of the year is already up. We’ve already seen a few of the things that Apple has done, but what are they planning on for the other nine months of this year?

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  2. iPhone, Mrs PQ and Heart Attacks

    iPhone, Mrs PQ and Heart Attacks

    When you put the word “naked” and “Mrs PQ” in a post you generally get my attention. This occurred last week when I read Kari’s latest post.  Now of course, I thought this was going to be a bit more salacious and less about throwing Mr PQ under the bus. While I can handle these jabs by my lovely wife, I could not let this post go without some type of reasonable response.


    Let’s start with her bedroom differentiation. Not what your thinking. Yes, it is true I do like to listen to an App with white noise as I fall asleep. I find it soothing. She stated that she would prefer to open the window a crack and listen and/or feel the outdoors, free of technology. Yeah…she likes to feel the outdoors alright. Did she mention she cracks the window when it’s 20 BELOW ZERO?  I swear I’ve woken up with a layer of hardened frost on my blanket. She’s apparently trying to bring the “outdoors” into the “indoors”…in the middle of winter. I’ll take my App over these living conditions any day.


    Regarding my “over” enjoyment of my Pebble watch, I do find my Pebble quite handy and it has some awesome watch faces. What Mrs PQ is failing to mention is her forgetful, no, inability, no just out-and-out refusal to answer her iPhone. Our entire staff and our 4 young quills all know the only way to get ahold of her is by text, as she will rarely answer a call.  It’s even gotten to the point where our own children can mimic (in perfect intonation and cadence) her voice mail message. There is one sneaky way to get ahold of her by iPhone though…you time your call when she is driving in the car as she has no clue how to shut off her bluetooth handsfree setup.


    I believe this post almost serves as an intervention to Kari, from the kids, husband, and employee’s.  We would love if she occasionally answered

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  3. iWatch, Mrs PQ and running naked

    iWatch, Mrs PQ and running naked

    In my quest to run a marathon in every state, and dare I dream, one on each continent, I am training for the Fargo Marathon in May.   While Fargo is not exactly an exotic locale, it is a flat course, and as marathons go, it’s an easier run.  As technology goes, it’s perfect timing for the advent of the iWatch, or so states Mr. PQ.


    At this point I offer a study in contrast.  When I turn in at night, I open the bedroom window, allowing a fresh breeze and the sounds of nature to permeate the room; perfect sleeping conditions.  Just as I’m drifting into a tranquil dream state, Mr. PQ will enter the bedroom, shut the window, turn on a fan and open an iPhone App that simulates nature sounds.  Apparently, he needs quiet and white noise to cover the pervasive harmony of our extra-urban neighborhood.  Now I grant, the occasional crack of a gunshot around 2 am can be a bit off putting, but how can you prefer a recording of corrugated tin being rattled to the sounds of an actual rainstorm?  Or prefer the recycled smell of our son’s sneakers (which always seem to find themselves on the floor by my side of the bed) to the hopeful aroma of a melting winter?


    Runners love their watches.  Garmin, Polar, Nike and other heart rate monitoring, pace detecting devices have been available for years.  Watches are as ubiquitous to runners as are sneakers and flashy nylon shorts.  But they are also relatively non invasive.   iMore.com and Macrumors.com offer some interesting speculation as to what the iWatch might be capable of doing in conjunction with iPhone 6.  Detecting heart attacks, monitoring glucose, chastising me when I don’t run up a hill fast enough.   “Drink more, run faster, your glucose is plummeting, slow down…

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