Around the Web for 7 Feb 2016
Talking to My Watch. Gabe at MacDrifter posted interesting thoughts on a $10 app (actually $14.99 in Australian dollars) – Drafts being his use case for an Apple Watch.
The Drafts Apple Watch app is a wonderfully futuristic way to write. Within two taps, I’m dictating real text that’s not a total mess.
I don’t just use it to dictate small bits of text. I can actually dictate long passages while looking like an idiot. But, the real trick is to dictate a bunch of small messages and then combine them in the Drafts app for export as one long document.
Meanwhile, The Incompetent Writer talks about a couple of ways of doing quick link posts from an iPad to a WordPress blog, also using Drafts.
But, of course, not all blogging is like that. Sometimes we are responding to another person’s post, or want to connect a few different arguments; sometimes we just want to fire off a quick piece that’s nothing more than a link, a quotation, and a comment.
Why should a short post take you a long time to write, when it doesn’t have to?
Here are two options for writing quicker “link” posts.
I’ve been enjoying working and playing on the iPad Pro. It feels like the start of something new…
Checking in with the iPad Pro — MacSparky
I’m going to keep writing about this jumbo iPad as I use and wrap my head around it more. If you want something portable, this is definitely not the device for you. However for getting work done on an iOS device, the iPad Pro is pretty special.
Review: The iPad Pro is a line in the sand — 512 Pixels
The iPad isn’t going away, and if the iPad Pro has anything to say about it, all of us — even people who prefer the Mac — are going to be using tablets for work more and more.
And OS9.2 brings the power of 1Password to many more apps…
AgileBits Blog | iOS 9.2 adds 1Password to many new apps
Finally I returned home and was able to verify the amazing news: the 1Password App Extension API will simply appear in all Safari View Controllers in any app!
Around the Web for 09 December 2015
Apple Introduces iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case – MacStories. seems like a strange design for Apple
Apple today introduced the new iPhone Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. Available in White or Charcoal Gray, the Smart Battery Case includes a built-in battery which will boost your iPhone’s battery life for talk time up to 25 hours and internet use up to 18 hours on LTE.
Hands on with the tvOS 9.1 update – Six Colors. Glad to see iOS remote app support
Apple rolled out a bunch of software updates today, including tvOS 9.1, which adds a few key features to the product that were missing at launch: the ability to use an iPhone as a remote, and extended Siri support.
Around the Web for 08 December 2015
An Illustrator’s Review of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil
But to my mind, the iPad Pro deserves the Professional label – this is a serious piece of hardware for illustrators, and it’s been a long time coming. And if you buy it, buy the Pencil. Without it you’re not doing the iPad Pro justice.
Apple Maps, once a laughing stock, now dominates iPhones
Apple fixed errors as users submitted them. It quietly bought several mapping companies, mostly for their engineers and other talent. Recently, it added transit directions for several major cities, narrowing a major gap with Google. Apple Maps is now used more widely than Google Maps on iPhones.
And MacSparky weighs in…
iPhone Maps — MacSparky
The news about Apple Maps being used three times more than its “leading competitor” is being touted as a victory from Apple. I see it differently. In my mind, the built in maps app should be used ten times as much as anything else.
My favourite task management app keeps innovating…
OmniFocus for Mac v2.4 ready for a Push – The Omni Group
Today we’ve released updates for both Mac and iOS that bring Push-Triggered Sync to every copy of OmniFocus.
I applaud DropBox for vein willing to try, and being willing to take a different tack
Saying goodbye to Carousel and Mailbox | | Dropbox Blog
Building new products is about learning as much as it’s about making. It’s also about tough choices. Over the past few months, we’ve increased our team’s focus on collaboration and simplifying the way people work together. In light of that, we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down Carousel and Mailbox.
A Lesser Photographer – All You Need Is 1
You don’t need a certain number of followers, a “passive income,” a “monetization strategy” or “1000 true fans” to justify sharing your work.
All you need is 1.
Around the Web for 05 December 2015
Thumbs Up for Duet Display — MacSparky
There is a wonderful little application called Duet, made by some former Apple engineers, that lets you connect your iPad to your Mac and turn the iPad into a second screen.
An iPad Pro wish list | Macworld
Checking in With Apple Watch — MacSparky. Totally agree with MacSparky’s thoughts here.
having used one now since the Apple Watch was first released, I can’t imagine not having it. If something happened to my Apple watch, I would go buy another one
Around the Web for 03 December 2015
6 Easily Overlooked Features in Photos for OS X | | Peachpit
Apple’s Photos for OS X application is sparse and straight to the point, presenting your photos on a simple white background, but it’s actually more capable than it appears.
Our 51 most commonly misused words and phrases
A linguist from Harvard University is here to help – he has created a list of the words we misuse the most.
Public Beta: December 3, 2015
Let’s Encrypt will enter Public Beta on December 3, 2015.
Hot rumor! Nikon bought Samsung NX mirrorless tech! – mirrorlessrumors
Samsung sources clearly told us it was Nikon priority to create a serious competition to Sony.
Around the Web for 02 December 2015
Adobe is telling people to stop using Flash | The Verge
In an announcement last night, Adobe said that it will now “encourage content creators to build with new web standards,” such as HTML5, rather than Flash.
A modern day ‘howcatchem’ — Medium. Interesting back story of a forensic identity audit of a online persona
Our 51 most commonly misused words and phrases
In his latest book, The Sense of Style, Harvard cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker explores the most common words and phrases that people stumble over.
Links of Interest for 30 November 2015
Over the past few months I have started drafting a number of posts that I have yet to complete.
I setup the Around the Web link blog on Pinboard as a place to track links of interest, with the idea being that I could have short comments. These, in theory, get rolled up into regular Around the Web posts. For several reasons – some technical, some personal – this process has been a little broken.
The idea was that these would fill a gap between Twitter posts and longer form posts, which would become the focus of writing here. I think this gap is too great.
Apparently I am not the only one, with people like Andy Baio, Gina Trapani and Jason Snell deciding that their blogs will be for anything longer than a tweet, even if it is only a paragraph or two. Of course people like John Gruber have taken that approach all along.
So, this blog will probably have more regular, short form comment. Some posts might be quick thoughts while others might be expanded links. Of course, the occasional long form post and semi-regular Photos of the Week will continue.
Themes will continue to focus on workflows in productivity, photo and presentations, and the technology that empowers them. But I will continue to post other things that interest me.
I hope this will become a better middle ground of posting for me.
These are my Around the Web links for August 28th through September 7th: