Maui, Hawaii in 4K [Drone]

The island of Maui is one of the most beautiful places on earth! After a recent visit there in September 2018 (along with my DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone), I came home with nearly 2 hours of gorgeous aerial footage of this remarkable island.

So what does one do with all that amazing footage? Share it with the world, of course! So, without further delay, I present to you… Maui, from 400 feet (give or take).

Posted on October 2, 2018 .

Apple Fall Product Launch Event - September 2018

Apple’s annual Fall product launch event was this morning and it was a big one! Tim Cook and company announced new Apple Watch and iPhone updates with some incredible new features.

Today’s media event was broadcast from the Steve Jobs theater at Apple’s new Apple Park location in Cupertino, California.

Below are notes from the event.

Posted on September 12, 2018 .

Apple Event - WWDC 2018 Keynote

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off this week in San Jose, Calif., with one of its trademark product keynotes, starting Monday, June 04 at 10:00a.

The company is expected to announce updates to its major software platforms, such as iOS and WatchOS, and reportedly new “Digital Health” tools to promote responsible gadget use.

Posted on June 4, 2018 .

Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of the year is my absolute! As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, my mind turns to the many things that I am thankful and grateful for. In an effort to share some of the things that I am grateful for, I thought I would put together a list. Who knows, maybe my list will help others to enhance their sense of gratitude for the everyday things around them.

There are so, so, so, so many things to be grateful for. Not just this time of the year, but every day of every year. I hope that we (myself included) don’t take these things for granted and cherish them every single day. Life is a gift.

Posted on November 23, 2017 and filed under Opinion.

Animoji Performs "Bohemian Rhapsody"

The new iPhone X packs a serious punch when it comes to technology!! And with all great technology comes fun, right? If you can't have fun with tech, then you're doing something wrong (is it ok if I coin that phrase?).

When Apple introduced Animoji (animated emoji) on Stage at WWDC earlier this year, I immediately knew that I had to use this technology to create a music video for Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". That song screams for Anomoji to perform in their place, right?

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you "Bohemian Rhapsody", performed by Animoji!

How did I make it? It required a little bit of creativity, Apple's new iPhone X and Final Cut Pro.

Posted on November 9, 2017 and filed under Design, How To, iPhone, Opinion.

Getting Creative with "Do Not Disturb While Driving"

When Apple came out with iOS 11, I was so excited for the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature. I was hoping this would help me never be distracted by my phone while on the road again! Unfortunately, I quickly realized that my phone acts as my GPS. I need my Maps App (whether you use Waze, Google Maps, or Apple Maps), to be active on my phone! And that does not happen when “Do Not Disturb While Driving” is enabled.

So, if you prefer not to use this feature while driving, what else can you use it for? We will discuss exactly that in this post.

Posted on October 6, 2017 and filed under How To, iOS, iPhone.

The Importance of Staying Current with Software

My father, a practicing pediatrician, constantly advises patients to eat healthier foods. In response, they complain of how expensive eating healthy is. My father always replies, “Think how expensive your doctor and hospital bills will be if you don’t take care of your body. Plus, you will feel a lot better!

In much the same way, staying current on our software ensures the best, fastest working systems possible. Effective technology allows businesses to increase profitability and everyday users to simplify their lives. As we keep our software up-to-date, we will need to consider (1) why software updates are vitally important, (2) how often we should update our devices, and (3) how to update our systems.

Posted on September 29, 2017 and filed under How To, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Opinion.

macOS High Sierra is NOW AVAILABLE!

Apple today announced macOS High Sierra, the latest release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free update.

With macOS High Sierra, Mac users gain powerful new core storage, video and graphics technologies. A new file system ensures more efficient and reliable storage, and support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) brings stunning 4K video at lower file sizes. Metal 2 powers virtual reality content creation, faster performance and more. The Core ML developer framework makes it easy to create apps with powerful machine learning that predict, learn and become more intelligent. macOS High Sierra also includes a number of refinements to the apps Mac users enjoy everyday, including Photos and Safari.

Posted on September 25, 2017 and filed under Mac.

My Top 5 Favorite Features of iOS 11

At precisely 10 AM in Cupertino, CA, iOS 11 became available for iPhone and iPad. As a wannabe-technical-nerd, I wanted to be one of the first to download it. By the time dinner came around, I installed the update, tested many features, and was ready to tell my wife about all the awesome updates. Here are 5 of my favorites.

Posted on September 22, 2017 and filed under How To, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Opinion.


Starting today, iPhone and iPad customers around the world will be able to update their devices to iOS 11, a major update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system and the biggest software release ever for iPad. iOS 11 brings augmented reality to hundreds of millions of iOS devices and new professional capabilities improve images in Photos and Camera. Siri is more natural and useful and a redesigned App Store makes it easier to discover apps and games.

Posted on September 19, 2017 and filed under Design, iOS, iPad, iPhone.

Apple's Fall 2017 Media Event

Apple will be holding their Fall 2017 media event today, September 12, 2017 and it's a big deal!! It's a big deal for two reasons... 1) they are rumored to announce their latest iPhone... and it's no ordinary iPhone release, this is their 10th anniversary iPhone! 2) they will be presenting live, for the very first time, from the Steve Jobs Theater at their new Apple Park campus. Either way, this is an announcement not to miss.

We will be updating this post live as the event is in progress, so keep your fingers on Command+R (refresh)!!

Posted on September 12, 2017 .

Protecting Your Online Privacy and Identity

Taking a systematic approach to online safety and protection is only half the battle! To be truly safe and protected online takes effort and discipline on our part. Fortunately, it requires very little time and virtually no effort at all. In most cases, it requires nothing more than a heightened sense of awareness and a few simple tweaks to your online routine. Here are a few suggestions that will go a long way to keeping you (and your data) safe online.

Posted on September 11, 2017 and filed under Opinion.

WWDC 2017 Keynote

Apple's World Wide Developer Conference is this week in San Jose, CA, and that means the WWDC Keynote address took place this morning! Tim Cook and many of his colleagues took the stage at 10:00a Pacific to kick off this year's developer conference.. Below is a list of Apple announcements and updates.

Posted on June 5, 2017 .

Help! Windows Server 2012 R2 is Stuck on "Updating Your System"

I know exactly what you're thinking... "Has Kevin gone mad? Why is he talking about Windows, and Windows Server at that?" Well, the truth is, I use and support Windows on a daily basis, even Windows Server. Today's post may not be for everyone, and that's completely ok. Truth be told, it's primarily for me. I love it when someone else gets something out of my posts, but in some cases, the only person that may get something out of a post is me. Documenting processes and resolutions is a key part of my business, and that can sometimes leak out to the public.

Today's post is in response to a problem I encountered last week. I had several Windows Server 2012 R2 servers to update. When I checked for updates, there were over 200 available updates, nearly all of which were "critical". They obviously needed to be applied, so I began the process. At 99% completion, I was told that one of the updates had failed (impossible to know which one), and all pending updates were going to be undone. After about an hour of "undoing changes", the servers restarted. That's when things went from bad to really bad. The following screen appeared, and stayed there, even after hours of waiting, with no progress being made:

Posted on April 10, 2017 and filed under How To.

Coverage: Apple Event - October 27, 2016

Apple held their October Special event today, October 27, 2016 at their Cupertino campus Town Hall. The event was widely rumored to unveil their latest line-up of MacBook Pro notebooks. Other announcements made today include an all-new app for Apple TV.

Introduction & Welcome

  • Tim Cook takes the stage
  • "Today, we are launching a new accessibility website"
  • A few updates
    • iPhone 7 launch and "people are loving it"
    • iOS 10 is out and "it's official... outstanding! 5/5". 60% of iPhone users are on iOS 10
    • iOS 10.1 is now available as a free update with portrait mode
    • ApplePay now available in Japan
    • Updated Apple Watch with watchOS 3 with positive reviews

Apple TV

  • "We want your Apple TV experience to be as great as it is with all your other Apple devices"
  • 8,000+ apps currently available for tvOS with more coming each day
  • Minecraft coming later this year to Apple TV
  • Ryan Troy (Twitter) takes the stage for a Twitter-on-Apple TV demo
  • Apple introduces new Unified TV Experience via a new app called "TV"
  • New TV app will completely change how we watch TV on our Apple TV and iOS devices
  • TV app syncs your watching across all tvOS and iOS devices
  • TV app will be available for free in December (starting in the US)

MacBook Pro

  • "The Mac is more than a product to us. It's a testament to everything that we do and are"
  • macOS Sierra brought to us iCloud Drive (with desktop and document syncing), universal clipboard, ApplePay via web browser, Siri and many more!
  • This week is the 25th anniversary of the first Apple notebook
  • "Today, we are redefining what a notebook could do"
  • Phil Schiller takes the stage
  • Available in a 13" and 15" size, in Silver and Space Gray colors
  • 13" is 14.9mm thin (17% thinner than previous generation 13" MacBook Pro)
  • 13" weighs 3 Lbs, .5 Lbs less than the previous generation
  • 15" is 15.5mm thin (15% thinner than previous generation 15" MacBook Pro)
  • 15" weighs 4 Lbs, .5 Lbs less than the previous generation
  • Both include a new ForceTouch trackpad which is 2x larger
  • New butterfly-switch keyboard
  • All-new multi-touch Retina display strip at top of keyboard called "Touch Bar"
  • Touch Bar adapts to the application that you currently have open
  • Touch Bar supports up to 10 simultaneous inputs
  • Touch ID sensor located to the right of Touch Bar, supported by a new T1 chip (secure enclave)
  • Craig Federighi takes the stage to demo new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • Customizing your Tuoch Bar is simple and intuitive
  • Touch ID makes Fast User Switching very quick and painless
  • New display: 67% brighter, 67% better contrast ratio... all while consuming less power
  • Every 15" MacBook Pro includes Intel Core i7 chip
  • Faster graphics with Radeon Pro with 4 GB VRAM (2.3x faster than previous generation)
  • Superfast SSD features 3.1 GB/s transfer speeds
  • All-new thermal architecture to support new hardware
  • New speakers are smaller, but feature louder volumes and twice the dynamic range
  • 13" MacBook Pro includes Intel Core i5 or i7 chip
  • Both models include 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports (4 0Gb/s bandwidth)
  • Because Thunderbolt 3 uses the USB-C interface, any port could be the charging port, display port, etc
  • Apple + LG announce new LG UltraFine 5K display using Thunderbolt 3
  • Susan Prescott takes the stage to demo Final Cut Pro on the new MacBook Pro
  • Bradee Evans takes the stake to demo PhotoShop on the new MacBook Pro
  • Karim Morsy takes the stage to demo Djay Pro on the new MacBook Pro
  • New MacBook Pro features a 10-hour battery
  • New MacBook Pro is 6.8 million times faster than the 25-year-old original PowerBook 170
  • Base 13" MacBook Pro withOUT Touch Bar starts at $1,499
  • Base 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $1,799
  • Base 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $2,399
  • New MacBook Pro is available TODAY for order, ships in November
  • MacBook Air line is officially dead
  • Tim Cook returns to the stage to conclude the special event
Posted on October 27, 2016 .