My goal for the year is to read 27 books. As of the end of July, I am at 16. If I keep at my current pace, I will hit my goal.
Very few books jump out at me that I can absolutely say, “Go read”!
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan is one of them. The war, the love, the hope and the tragedy makes the 515 pages fly by. Go check it out.
“Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.
In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.”
It took me a little bit to wrap my mind around this one because I wasn’t satisfied with the news. Last week, Apple announced a new iPod touch. The iPod hasn’t been updated since 2015…and it shows.
The biggest updates are a new processor (the same A10 chip from the iPhone 7), new colors and updated storage options. Not very exciting.
I was so bullish on it at first because it is not for me.
But, this is the cheapest option to get someone into the Apple and iOS ecosystem. At $199, this allows kids, Android users, developers and those who are curious, join in the Apple fun. Also, as a designated music player, it isnt a bad idea to have something this small. With a 4-inch screen and super slim body, I can see the benefit of going out for a run with something like this.
Obviously previous generations of the iPod touch were selling enough for Apple to put out a new one. Just because I dont have a use for it, doesn’t mean that it is a lame product. So, there is a use for the new iPod touch.
Do you have any intentions on buying the new iPod touch? Let me know on twitter and Instagram!
It is unbelievable that this thing is 30 years old today.
I can’t remember at what age I got my Nintendo Game Boy but this was my introduction to the video game world.
Tetris, Mario, Ninja Turtles and Pokémon were just a couple of the games that I remember playing with my cousins. I remember my cousin bringing over the Game Boy camera and different friends sharing different accessories. It is amazing how far we have come.
This led me to the path of Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo Switch.
While I’m not a hardcore gamer, nor am I any good (ask my wife), I have always had video games in my life. So cheers Nintendo! And happy birthday Game Boy! Thanks for the memories.
“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement today.
In an unusual services-only event from Apple, the thing that interested me the most was the Apple Card.
Apple Card is Apple’s entry into the financial space with their very own credit card. Partnering with Goldman Sachs, Apple is making their credit card an easy way to understand how credit works.
Credit cards can be scary but not if you use them right. I mainly use a credit card for the bonuses that come along with it. My day-to-day credit card I use gives me points which is essentially cash-back. But how many points equals a dollar is super confusing. I just know, that after a while, I have a bunch of points to redeem for cash or gift cards. Just an extra bonus. Apple cuts out these points and gives you straight up cash back. For every purchase through Apple’s physical stores, online store or a digital purchase through Apple media, you get 3% back. For anything purchased using Apple Pay, you get 2% back. And when you get to a place that doesn’t accept Apple Pay, you can opt to use your physical card and get 1% back. The best part is is that you get it back daily, and that is why they call it Daily Cash. If you are already spending the money, you might as well get a little kick back from it.
Some credit cards charge an annual fee just to use them, which is bizarre to me. I’ve never had one like that. This isn’t a credit lesson but as long as you pay your monthly balance, you won’t pay interest on your credit card. Just an FYI. If you do carry a balance on the card, Apple is aiming to offer the lowest interest rates available depending on your credit status. Apple will not be charging any fees, whatsoever. Which is super cool.
By far, my favorite part about the Apple Card is the user interface. We all know how Apple makes things look great in iOS. Well this is no exception. The wallet apps breaks down your spending habits, like when and where you spend money. Gives you amazing looking info graphics explaining how much interest you’ll pay based on certain payments. And for all those forgetful folks (me included) you can have it set up to give you reminders when your payment is due.
This card may not change the industry but I can actually see it helping people understand credit a little better. Also, it adds a little “Apple” to your credit card. If you enjoy using Apple Pay, I don’t see any reason not to check this out this summer.
Are you planning on getting the Apple Card when it becomes available? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!