This year has been a wild ride on many fronts from weather events and violence, to elections and the "too close to home" horrors of the Butte fire. I find myself reaching out to friends, family, and the many support resources we have in this community. I hope that you will do the same if you feel a need to. Even with the many hardships of 2018, I am grateful that my business is slowly growing and I am feeling beyond thankful to be surrounded by the many sites and sounds of a neighborhood and city that is rebirthing.
The winter solstice is on December 21 this year - a time for quiet and reflection before we re-emerge into the light. I am once again sharing this page of heartfelt readings if you are so inclined.
My wish for you this holiday season is all that is sweet and kind, loving and inspiring, joyful and heartwarming.
We are so grateful to you, our clients, for your continued referrals and support of our business,
Ronnie, Jillian, & John
iOS 12 and Mojave
Mac OS Mojave (10.14)
JUST SAY NO!!
iOS 12.1 for iPhone / iPads
A CAUTIOUS YES.
My recommendations and cautions from last month still stand - see here for the information.
This was a busy fall for Apple:
In September, Apple gave us new iPhones, a great new iWatch, and a new operating system for iOS devices (12) and Computers (Mojave 10.14.) Each of these releases can stand on its own as very nice! But here's a quick summary:
iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR
The all new iPhone XR combines some of the features of the more expensive iPhone XS/XS Max (most notably, face recognition and an improved camera) at a more affordable price point. Interestingly enough, the iPhone XR is physically larger than last year's 'affordable' iPhone - the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X/ XS. This website gives a great graphic of all the most recent iPhones - good info!!
Santa brought me an early gift of an iPhone XS to replace my aging iPhone 7 and I LOVE it - the camera is phenomenal. Facial recognition is much smoother than I would have thought although I'm still getting used to using 'swipe' for everything. Apple has also integrated the use of 1Password into iOS 12 and now it works pretty seamlessly within apps and with facial recognition.
The biggest improvement to date for Apple's signature wearable. The two most notable additions are the ability to function as a single lead ECG device (this feature will be activated late this year or early next year) and fall detection. Here is a brief summary of the biggest changes. IF you were thinking of getting an Apple watch, the iWatch 4 would be a great choice.
October brought a long awaited upgrade to the venerable MacBook Air line of laptops. The MacBook Air is Apple's lightest, slimmest computer and with this most recent update it is once again a competitor to the larger more expensive MacBook Pro computers. Santa brought John an early gift of a new MacBook Air and he loves it! You can read more about the new MacBook Air on Apple's website here.
Apple also tweaked the top of the line iPads to have facial recognition and new charging ports (sigh.....don't get me started on connection port changes). The new iPad Pro's use the same USB charging / connection ports as all their computers have now. To go with the new iPad Pros, the Apple Pencil got some serious updating with wireless charging and better stability for everyday use. You can read about both here.
And one more thing....
The Mac Mini returns. We thought Apple had abandoned the Mac Mini several years ago but this upgrade is a brand new computer in the same small form. Apple used to position the Mac Mini as the low cost choice for consumers who already had a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. With this upgrade / new Mac Mini there is still a sub $1000 entry version for consumers and a slightly more expensive version for more serious users and / or businesses wanting to create groups of computers that function as servers (sharing data with many users over a network). Read more about the all new Mac Mini here.
Gift a Stress Reduction Practice for Everyone! Even children!
The Daily Clean Your House Flow, an easy self-help acupressure flow that works for all ages.
Balancing your energy can make the difference when it comes to managing that "thing" called stress, letting go of overwhelm, having clarity and focus, increasing productivity and handling feelings. Sounds good for the holiday season right? Easy self-help acupressure can help you do all of that and more, no matter the time of the year.
You can see the first 90 seconds of the animated video of the Daily Clean Your House Flow. Go here to see why kids, parents and teachers are finding it so useful. And discover why so many people are using it during work and at home. The video and companion books make great holiday gifts!
Deborah Myers, acupressurist and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, is passionate about showing others how we can help our bodies be healthier and happier. You can also read about her work here.
Ronnie says: "I use this process faithfully every day!!! It really works."
Greening our Planet - Trees For a Change
Give a tree gift that will grow for years to come...
Help restore fire devastated forests and make a difference