The Bindery Blog

  1. Apple News for March 2020: Great Expectations and Low Risk Releases

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    As spring fever starts to hit, everyone is getting excited to see what Apple plans to bring to the table. With the larger releases in the fall, Spring is a great time for Apple to release small updates and refresh lines. Plus it allows them to gear up for WWDC in June. We’ve compiled a list of the most up to date Apple news below.

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  2. Pack Your Tote Bag for Travel: Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Carry On

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    When it comes to travel, it’s essential to have the perfect carry on. With airlines getting tighter seating everyday and flight delays abundant, no one wants to be stuck in the airport or on a plane without the essentials. Packing your tote bag for travel can feel like an overwhelming task, deciding what gets to come onboard and what will get checked to hopefully be seen again on the other side, but we’ve compiled our list of the top items to bring with you.

    The Absolute Essentials to Carry On

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    It’s good to start with the big things, packing them in and making sure they’ll

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  3. PQ Opinions: The Smart Keyboard is Not An iPad Pro Case

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    Last year Apple released the 11 and 12.9 inch iPad Pro to plenty of welcoming hands. And like the iPad Pro models before it, it came with a lightweight Smart Keyboard. Mimicking a computer with the ability to attach a keyboard while still having the touchscreen and lightweight travel compatibility, it was device for all kinds of tech enthusiasts. It is meant to be an iPad Pro Case, but... it's lacking in the case side of things. Let's just say it's about as protective as a football helmet for a quarterback.

    It's shocking when looking on the market to see that Apple and case companies alike have yet to invent a protective and stylish case that pairs the iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard together. While there are plenty of great, high quality iPad Pro cases on the

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  4. PQ Style: History of the Button Up vs Button Down - What's the Difference?

    The button-down is one of the most valuable pieces a rugged gentleman can have in his wardrobe. However, you may have heard of a button-up too. Do you need both? Are they the same thing? It can be confusing! The terms "button-up" and "button-down" are used interchangeably all the time. But are they really different?

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  5. How to Find a Lost iPhone 11 (Or Any Device Running iOS 13)

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    It's no fun to misplace your phone, but Apple has provided a way to track it down and recover it. However, with iOS 13 (& macOS Catalina) their tracking system has gotten a rebrand. "Find my iPhone", "Find my Mac", "Find my iPad", and "Find My Friends" are all now the same app called "Find My". It can be scary to lose your device, so we'll to cut the chase. This is how to track down your lost iPhone using iOS 13 or macOS Catalina:

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  6. The Weekly Babble: Make Good Art

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    Join our founder Brian weekly, as he writes up his babbles, musings and thoughts from life as a father, entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. Read on to hear more from the life of the Pad & Quill team. 

    Hello Friends,

    One of the rules I preach to the team, is that we strive to make good art.

    The world is filled with beautiful things that are not that useful or useful things that truly lack style. A good example would be a handsome iPad case that falls apart in six months. That's bad art. For myself and the team, art in technology accessories should result in pieces that are uniquely beautiful yet useful and durable.

    This is a trial and effort commitment, I assure you. Some things we have worked on have truly stunk, others fantastically ugly. Then...sometimes we find something that is profoundly amazing. That's the best part of design!

    This quote from Neil Gaiman sums it up neatly:


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  7. Buying Guide: Screen Protectors and Wallet Cases for Your iPhone 11 Pro

    Last month Apple announced the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. And while there were plenty of great new features including the 3 cameras, longer battery life and a new display system, one of the most exciting features was that the glass casing was supposed to be tougher than ever… even to the point of scratch resistance. However, a few weeks into sales, and reports have been trickling in of the phone scratching easier than any of its counterparts. We’ve collected the best ways to protect your iPhone 11 with a screen protector and wallet case so you can go back to focusing on how exactly to best use three cameras again.

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  8. Interview with the Designer: The Gladstone Leather Duffel Bag

    Join us each month as we interview the designer behind some of our favorite Pad & Quill products. We'll talk design process, usability and more. Read on to hear about the Gladstone Leather Duffel bag.

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    This month Pad and Quill is giving plenty of love to the Gladstone Leather Duffle Bag. As both a functional duffle and leather laptop bag, it's the best of both worlds and can easily transfer from boardroom to business class with ease. We sat down with Brian, founder and designer of the bag, to learn about the inspiration behind the design.

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  9. The Weekly Babble: Chow Chow Times 2?

    Join our founder Brian weekly, as he writes up his babbles, musings and thoughts from life as a father, entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. Read on to hear more from the life of the Pad & Quill team. 

    Hello Friends,

    Another Chow Chow? Are you kidding Dad?

    That was the response of my youngest Quill (19 year old) when he found out that Dad was actually considering the adoption of a 2nd Chow Chow puppy.

    He really should not be that surprised. One aspect of my character is I don’t do boring. I like lots of variety in my life.  Therefore when you have a dog as cute as Philbert, it seems almost a moral imperative to give him a little sister.

    Right? I think I owe it to Philbert.

    Like the possible expanding variety of dogs coming to Mr PQ’s house. We are super stoked about our new

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  10. The Weekend Trip: How to Pack Your Duffel Bag Efficiently

    The Weekend Trip: How to Pack Your Duffel Bag Efficiently

    Short trips, from a quick business trip to seal in new investors or a weekend away camping, calls for packing the essentials. The duffel bag (often called "the weekender") is the perfect choice for fitting everything you need and can easily be paired with a suitcase or stand alone. Read on to see how to best pack your bag from a work weekend to weekend away.

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