Ty's Aspect on Tech

Evaluating, Predicting and Enjoying the World of Technology



iTunes Continuity

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: In 2014, Apple released a new way to interact with all devices. It was hand-off and it helped with being able to start a document on one device and ending it on another. This has been applied to most services but one, the most important one of all.

iTunes Continuity 


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Once Features, Now Selective Services

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Every year there are always new things that get released along side a product that makes the product that much appealing, its the icing on the cake when it comes to Apple releases. Two years ago it was ApplePay, but time has not been the best friend to a service that is only selective to certain people.

Once Features, Now Selective Services

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iPad Becoming More Like Mac Everyday, it even has the name

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Apple this past week released the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, bring all the system features that the iPad Pro had been released in the fall event to a smaller, more desirable size. Now with everything that is going on in this new iPad line up, it has never been a better time to compare the iPad and Mac.

iPad Becoming More Like Mac Everyday, It even has the Name

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Focusing on Services, Not Hardware

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: In the last decade, features in technology have been greatly focused on features of the hardware itself. Any cell phone, laptop, tablet or any device come down to the specs of that device and how it compares to the overall market. That still stands true today, but the market is shifting into a ‘service over hardware’ way of marketing and there is going to be more focus into this way of business for device makers in the next while.

Focusing on Services, Not Hardware

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Siri for Mac, Updated iOS

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Siri has been on the market for about five years and there has been an increase of ability as well as performance over the years. It was also implemented on most flagship devices shipped from Apple. Which includes two new additions just last year inside the AppleWatch and the AppleTV fourth generation. Rumours are that the Mac will be getting it this year with the Mac OS update for 2016.

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Siri for Mac, Updated iOS

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Copied – Copy and Paste Everywhere App Review

Written by Tyler Hackbart

App Platform: MacOS X, iOS

Prologue: Have you ever worked on multiple computers, or used multiple devices where syncing data is not the easiest thing. You can resort to saving it to a note and then opening it on the notes app on device B, or you might email it to yourself from one computer so you can access it on the other, well there is an easier solution and it is called Copied

Copied – Copy and Paste Everywhere App Review

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Widely Adapted Technology Coming Soon (Part 1)

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Technology is always changing, and with change comes cool amazing things that once you use, you can’t see your life without them. This is the perspective that needs to be applied for a technology to really adapt. This is a part of a three part series where I breakdown multiple technology that is going to be widely used soon.

Widely Adapted Technology Coming Soon (Part 1)

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Garageband and Music Memos – App Review

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Device: iPad & iPhone

Prologue: Apple released a couple updates to their Apps from the iLife family group, and released a whole new application called Music Memo which is tailored for song writers or musicians a like. There is a couple cool updates to Garageband and hand in hand with this new app, it is a pretty exciting update.

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Three Months in with Apple TV

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Apple just released a new commercial for this device, covering a range of applications and reforced that apps are the future of AppleTV and Apple is right, applications are what is going to make this product great.

Three Months in with Apple TV


AppleTV 4th generation was released the last week of October and has had a great holiday season if the predicts of devices sold was correct. Apple released a new commercial to cover all the options of applications to use on the device. And the apps look familiar, and they are. Over 80% of the applications shown in this commercial were actually applications that were previously on other AppleTV’s or were at the very least present on the device since launch date.

In television, content is key, as applications hold the reason why Apple’s iPhone got so big run and continues to grow. But in television, games are not going to be what puts this device in its own category, it might one day but for right now, content is what it needs to be successful.

People want content specific, searchable content that is able to be found in one click, or something very simple… like search. Search and voice hand in hand will make this device go even farther, as we see with the adoption rate. Personally I like searching titles, but when I know what I want, I just ask and it displays and it ready to go in two clicks, one to active Siri and one to click on the title of the movie. And thats how simple it should be for everything I want to watch.

The way AppleTV will explode is in applications that allow for easy content grabbing, pulling it into one central place, or having it saved in a very convenient place. Having content right there in front of me, ready for me to see it. Interactions with tv’s can’t have too much menu searching, jumping or cycling, it should be short and sweet.

The next two year will really expand on the idea of content ready devices like this. That is a streaming device but also can support a lot of locations to pull from. The gain will be in displaying content in an easy way, and Apple is in the right direction with voice. It’s easy, simple and everyone can speak.

‘The Future of TV is Apps’

Apple Commercial — The Future of TV is Apps


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