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My WWDC 2018 Wish List

The Sultan of Software.  The Titan of Tech.  The Colossus of Cloud (Computing?).  The King of Keynotes.  The Great Cupertinooooooo.  Sandlot references aside, I'm talking about one thing and one thing only: WWDC 2018.  For the uninitiated, WWDC is Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference where they typically unveil upcoming software and (on occasion) announce new hardware for their flagship products.  Half the fun is speculating what Apple might be cooking up behind closed doors, so here's my wish list for this year's conference.  

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Apple HomePod Review: Superior Sound, But Siri Still Needs Work

Announced at their Worldwide Developers Conference back in June of 2017, Apple finally threw back the curtain on their long awaited Siri-based smart speaker, HomePod.  Described as a superior sounding smart speaker and musicologist, HomePod promises to revolutionize the home music experience, but is the sound really as good as it's advertised?  Can I use other music streaming services such as Spotify or Pandora on the HomePod?  How "smart" is Siri on the HomePod?  After spending nearly 2 weeks with the device, here's my detailed breakdown.   

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Google Wifi Review: Fast, Functional, and Futuristic

On the market for a little over a year now, Google Wifi promises all the benefits (and more) of a modern day wireless router, without the usual hassles and headaches.  If your wifi seems to be plagued with consistently slow speeds, has been causing you more pain and tech support calls than you care to admit, or walking from one room to the next causes you to immediately drop signal, it might be time to switch out your router for a new one.  Enter Google's home network solution: Google Wifi.  Does a mesh router system really work? What does it do different than a regular router?  Is the cost worth the features you get?  I'll answer all your questions and more, in my review below.       

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5 Key Takeaways from St. Louis Digital Symposium 2017

The St. Louis Digital Symposium seeks to inform, inspire, and engage digital creatives and agencies about key topics and issues related to the advertising industry.  Industry experts and panelists discussed topics ranging from artificial intelligence to brand building at this year's conference, and in case you missed it, here are 5 key takeaways.  

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Polaroid Originals: OneStep 2 Instant Camera Review

If the last couple years have been any indicator, instant film cameras have been making quite a comeback.  With popular (and relatively cheap) offerings from camera makers like Fujifilm and Polaroid, there's never been a better time to see what the nostalgic hubbub is all about.  At $99, Polaroid's revamped OneStep 2 brings some compelling features, but is it worth your while?  After spending a week with the little camera, here are a some of my thoughts and initial impressions.

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