January 17, 2024

Review: Lux Orion

OrionOver the years, many people in tech circles have had a love/hate relationship with the iPad. While certainly a great device, there were often long stretches over the last decade where it almost could replace a Mac, then leaves users wanting more. With the advent of Apple Silicon Macs, it’s become clear that even Apple doesn’t think the iPad is going to replace the Mac. Where the iPad shines is in unique ways where the device disappears to perform a unique task. Lux Optics, makers of the well-regarded Halide camera app, has enabled iPad users to transform their devices with Orion, an app that turns your iPad into an HDMI monitor…

May 13, 2016

Review: Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SEWhen Apple released the iPhone SE a little over a month ago, I was immediately intrigued. Although I'm what one typically would consider an iOS "power user," I typically get at least two years out of each iPhone, skipping the "S" models. With the iPhone SE, I'd be replacing my iPhone 6 after about a year and a half, but what would I be gaining?

March 29, 2016

Review: Already-Reviewed iPhone SE Cases

Thinking about getting an iPhone SE? As it turns out, it is compatible with all iPhone 5/5S cases. Because it’s Recycling Week™ at SchwarzTech, why not look at some prior cases that were covered on the site? The best part is that some of these can be found heavily discounted online and at your favorite discount store. To the archives!

March 28, 2016

Review: MacID

MacIDAbout ten years ago, a number of PC laptops were starting to include fingerprint readers (the kind where you have to slide your finger across a small strip to read) to log into Windows and perform other tasks. Most of the time, these didn't work very well and I think I only saw a handful of people actually use them. I sort of dismissed fingerprint readers until Touch ID made an appearance with the iPhone 5S and it feels like a must-have capability. Curiously, Apple hasn't included this with any Macs. Originally marketed as a way to unlock a nearby Mac with an iPhone, MacID has grown to include some other capabilities. Is Kane Cheshire's app worth using or is it merely a gimmick?

March 9, 2016

Review: Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard

Microsoft Universal Mobile KeyboardEver since I got back into using an iPad as my primary personal computer (with a desktop Mac doing some heavy lifting), I started considering the best way to enter text. I’m quite good with the on-screen keyboard and prefer that option in most cases. Other times, an external keyboard improves efficiency and speed. While Apple offers an official option for the iPad Pro, other iPads must use external Bluetooth units. Because of this, I picked up a Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard to serve as a travel companion for my iPad Air 2…