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Stephen Hackett on Notes.app

October 19, 2015

Stephen Hackett have written two posts about the new Notes.app: Notes on Notes.app and Notes.app follow-up.

I think the new Notes.app is a giant step in the right direction, and Evernote need the competition to make sure that they make their app good again. But I’m sticking with my current nvALT setup for a while, at least until I see the thing Brett Terpstra is working on to replace it. This is why:

  • Dropbox sync is in my experience faster and more stable than iCloud; and I’m more confident in how to manage conflicts etc there.

  • I have other ways to deal with the extra stuff Notes.app brings to the table, like for example TaskPaper.

  • At least 90% of my notes are just a lot or a little text, nvALT and iOS text editors are way better at searching for and managing that than the notes app; and I love Markdown.

  • I don’t want something that is as important as my notes to be on a yearly update cycle.

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Apple launches stock grant program for all employees | iMore

October 16, 2015

Apple looks to be taking steps to ensure all of its employees can benefit from the company’s success. CEO Tim Cook announced a new stock ownership program that enables all of its employees to earn Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), even down to its retail staff.

Wow.

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Finer Things in Tech

October 16, 2015

Over the past decade of my career, I’ve used so many writing apps that you’d turn blue in the face if I listed them all. From MacJournal to Byword, 1Writer to Quip, they’re all really good for their intended uses. But for my general writing needs these days, I’ve settled on Ulysses for iPad and Mac from The Soulmen. It’s just damn good.

I agree, Ulysses is fantastic for everything longer than a few hundred words.

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Pixelenvy

October 15, 2015

Varying reports peg this as an abuse of VOIP backgrounding, audio backgrounding, or content-available push notifications --- or perhaps all three --- as a fallback when Background App Refresh is off.

The Facebook App both on iOS and Android have always been horrible, slow, use a lot of batter etc. This is one of the reasons I love the Messenger app, I can talk with people on Facebook without having to use the app. I just go to the website if I need to do something there. And I can notice the difference in batter drain if it is installed or not; usage is irrelevant.

Their schemes to do stuff in the background even if the user doesn’t allow it is crappy. And Apple should do something about it. This is bullshit.

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Apple Magic Keyboard Review – Six Colors

October 14, 2015

The major key differences are the left and right arrow keys, which are now full-sized---I used the empty space around the arrows to orient on the keyboard, so occasionally I find myself completely at sea when typing and my text editor will get xinikerejt xibdyaws. (I’m sure I’ll adjust.) The function keys, formerly half height, are now full height.

It looks interesting, and I think I’ll be buying both the new keyboard and the new trackpad, now that they finally have re-chargable batteries.

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Apple Magic Trackpad 2 review – Six Colors

October 14, 2015

I love the Magic Trackpad. And as of today, with the arrival of the Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Trackpad is bigger and better than ever.

It is a good refinement of the first good pointing device for a desktop, at least in my opinion. A trackpad, or a good one, and Apple is the only company that have made a good one, is very natural and intuitive, compared to all the others.

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Building Twenty — Overcast’s not-quite-predatory pricing

October 14, 2015

Overcast 2.0 is out and it’s completely free. No more paywall.

Great news, right? Everyone likes free stuff. And Overcast is a fantastic app.

But imagine you’ve been working on Castro 2 for the last year, betting the company on a big launch and a sustainable income. Imagine you’re a developer with an idea for a podcast app so revolutionary the app icon doesn’t even contain an allusion to a radio transmitter.

Fair point, but I think there is a time and place for the different business models out there. What I mean by that is that some models are better for an app early on than later. The fact that there is a fantastic app available for free does make it harder, but I do believe that the market for podcast app will remain big enough for at least two or three paid alternatives, including Overcast.

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Dot info

October 14, 2015

In the prior s-cycle, the iPhone 5s was introduced alongside the unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c. A move that — to many — felt unorthodox. As we know now, a 6c was not announced this year and even though it had been rumored, I’d wager that those were patterned guesses.

A fantastic post about the iPhone 5c

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Pragmatic app pricing – Marco.org

October 14, 2015

This time, I’m not too worried about Pocket Casts and Castro. Well, a little --- that instinct never fully leaves a person. But even after Pocket Casts ships their silence skipper and volume booster shortly on iOS and Castro 2 comes out with a far nicer UI than I could ever imagine, they have their users, I have mine, and we’ll all be fine. We have much bigger problems than each other.

Podcasts are hot right now. Big Money is coming.

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