Author Archives: Jack Hickman

About Jack Hickman

My name's Jack and I live in Sidney, Ohio, with my beautiful wife Rhonda. Our house is slowly emptying out, with my daughter going off to the University of Toledo and my youngest being a busy senior in High School, but we have Rhonda's two sons there to keep us on our toes. I work at Honda of America in Anna, Ohio, the largest automobile engine manufacturing plant in the USA! My passion is tech in all forms with a focus on anything Apple. Admittedly, I'm an Apple fanboy and possess an abundance of their products.

Tip: Add Text To iTunes As A Spoken Track

Posted on 12 Nov 2011 by Jack Hickman

This is something that’s been around since Snow Leopard, but I just discovered it yesterday (I’m slow): Highlight a block of text in Mac OSX Snow Leopard/Lion, and easily have it sent to iTunes as a spoken track. To use this feature, first enable it in System Preferences » Keyboard …

Quick Look: Griffin Beacon Remote

Posted on 28 Oct 2011 by Jack Hickman

(photo via Gizmodo) OK, toss out all your remote controllers, Griffin has you covered. This little box, called the Beacon, connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone, iPad or iPod, and combined with the Dijit Universal Remote Control App, lets you control your TV, DVD player, Home Theater, etc. I’ve played …

Quick Look: BookBook Case For iPhone 4/4S

Posted on 26 Oct 2011 by Jack Hickman

I’ve had a boatload of cases for my iPhone 4, as well as for all my other iPhones in the past, but the BookBook Case from TwelveSouth is the classiest of the bunch. The case, as you can see, resembles an old, worn book. Its hand-sewn leather exterior seems sturdy, …

How To Track Your iPhone 4S Using Your Phone Number

Posted on 12 Oct 2011 by Jack Hickman

Haven’t gotten a tracking number yet so you can see if your new toy is en route? Maybe you just want more methods to track your order. Here’s how you can do it with just your phone number: First, go to Next, click the ‘Track by Reference’ link to …

An Actual Demo of Siri—Amazing!

Posted on 11 Oct 2011 by Jack Hickman

Here’s a real demo of Siri in action. Note that it seems to be taking place in a pub or other public place, with plenty of background noise, and that there appears to be a choice for the types of voices you can use. So, what do you think of …

Text-to-Speech Customization in OSX Lion

Posted on 16 Sep 2011 by Jack Hickman

  Recently, I was going through the Speech settings on my iMac because I wanted to try out some different voices for text-to-speech (my kids get a kick out of it) when I discovered the magical word ‘Customize’. My curiosity led me to an area in the System Voice settings …