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  • The Ultimate 2018 Gift Guide from Pad & Quill

    Have a special someone in your life, but not sure what to get them? Our handcrafted leather goods are a great way to add a personal touch to special events and holidays. The finest leather goods are up for pre-order and order now! They'll head out as soon as the next business day. Plus, if you happen to pick one or two up for yourself, we won't tell. ;) Continue reading

  • MacBook Cleaning Tips: How To Clean Your MacBook

    how to clean your macbookMore 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 MacBook cleaning 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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  • How To Save Battery On Macbook Pro 2016

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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.

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  • 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

    MacBook Touch Bar

    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

  • 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

    Apple touch bar MacBook

    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.

  • Sexy should not be in your resume

    We are currently hiring to fill various positions in the Pad & Quill workshops.  After reviewing a few hundred e-applications I have the following advice to offer young applicants:

    Dear Job Applicants,

    Please refrain from sending me cover emails that begin with "yo, I'd like this job", or "Hey, call me about this position" etc. Please create an email for yourself that includes your first and last name and not your social media "handle" or email such as "mr.sexypants.mpls@seriously?.com" and please, for the love of god, consult with a resume writer so that you don't include lines such as, "I was a line cook and stuff like that" under employment history.

    Regards,

    Mrs. PQ

    If your professional correspondence contains the word “sexy” in any capacity, you are probably not a candidate to purchase our new Valet Luxury Sleeve for MacBook.

    If you believe Zumbaz and your favorite 80’s concert t-shirt is perfectly acceptable attire for “casual Friday”, there’s a chance you will not fully appreciate the supple, full grain leather of the Oxford Luxury Case for iPad Air.

    If you still own and readily admit that you possess a “snakeskin” jacket, the hand-hammered copper rivets on our new Attache leather bag might be lost on you.

    If Boonehill wine is still your go to on a date night, there’s a chance you won’t be impressed by our parachute grade thread that stitches our Valet Luxury Sleeve together.

    Having blown past your 25th high school reunion, you might be impressed that our Attache, Oxford, and Valet luxury leather, executive collection will be with you at your 50th reunion; we know we are  (long live the Oxford Comma).

    Mrs. PQ

    Kari

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