Mike Carrall

Mike Carrall is a tech executive by day in Silicon Valley who writes under a pseudonym. Mike's passions include extreme sports, testing audio gear, trying (not so successfully) to restore a vintage 70's McIntosh receiver and spending time with his seven year-old daughter.
Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy brand customer satisfaction report

Trendspotting: Apple leads in customer satisfaction ratings, narrowly beating Samsung

But the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 remains the favorite smartphone in the U.S.
Apple AirPods Pro

Deal Spotting: Apple AirPods Pro now on sale, lowest price ever

The discount might not be huge, but then again you don't often see Apple products go on sale. If you act fast you can now get the well-reviewed AirPods Pro for the lowest price ever on Amazon. At $228 USD you can grab a pair of the true wireless earbuds...
New Apple iPad - Deal, discount, slickdeal, sale

Deal Spotting: Apple iPad 10.2-inch tablet on sale, now discounted

Your new best friend for shelter-in-place.
Plexamp streaming music app

Plex Launches Two New Apps: Plexamp for music streaming, Plex Dash for remote admin

Media streaming company Plex has announced two new apps. Plexamp is an app for streaming music from a Plex server. With remote services enabled you could access your personal music collection on your home server anywhere you travel. Plex says the app includes a "best-in-class audio engine" and gives user...
iPadOS 13.4 adds full mouse and trackpad support

iPadOS 13.4 with full mouse & trackpad support released

That iPad you have sitting in a forgotten drawer is about to become more useful. On March 24, 2020 Apple is set to release iPadOS 13.4. Among many new features and bug fixes is the main headline many have been waiting for: full mouse and trackpad support. And this time...
SXSW News

Despite coronavirus SXSW organizers say conference is still on (Update: South By Southwest festival cancelled)

UPDATE: South By Southwest has been cancelled -- not much of a surprise given the current status of the coronavirus. Even though coronavirus continues to be a concern domestically and across the world, SXSW organizers (Vox Media) say that one of this country's largest conferences and festivals will proceed. SXSW (South...
Pandora launches new standalone app for Apple Watch

Pandora app for Apple Watch now supports standalone music streaming

Looks like Spotify isn't the only game in town. At least when it comes to standalone streaming apps for the Apple Watch. Pandora has announced that its new Apple Watch app can now be used to listen to music and podcasts without an iPhone . That means you can go...