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Your daily bite of Apple. 300–500 words. Listen or read.
91: Seeing double with regular expressions
Jun 24 • 4 min
Followup to Ed’s appearance on MPU #380: How to rearrange and duplicate text found with a regular expression.
90: Envisioning a Mac Pro-bo
Jun 13 • 4 min
What would a compact Mac Pro focused on expandable storage look like?
89: Does Apple need a branded design language?
Jun 7 • 3 min
Apple’s new look for iOS 11 doesn’t have a name, like Google’s Material Design or Microsoft’s Fluent Design System. Should it?
88: Genesis of the Touch Bar
Nov 11, 2016 • 4 min
How the Touch Bar turns a weakness into a strength.
87: Apple’s emoji – one font fits all
Nov 6, 2016 • 5 min
Apple doesn’t have to limit the uses of its emoji.
86: Picomac, season 2
Oct 31, 2016 • 2 min
Picomac is back from hiatus.
85: Adjusting photo timestamps with Exiftool
Aug 10, 2016 • 2 min
What to do when cameras get out of sync.
84: How not to use in-flight Wi-Fi
Aug 8, 2016 • 3 min
A lesson in 1Password syncing.
83: A drought in the App Store
Jul 28, 2016 • 3 min
Why aren’t there any great new iOS weather apps?
82: Trapped Flickr geotag data
Jul 27, 2016 • 2 min
All of Ed’s photo geotags are trapped inside Flickr.
81: Hot and cold on HomeKit
Jul 26, 2016 • 2 min
Controlling color temperature with HomeKit is still a challenge.
80: Accessible by design
Jul 25, 2016 • 3 min
Growing text sizes in iOS 10 improves accessibility, usually.
79: Keyboard clicks
Jul 21, 2016 • 2 min
An early warning system for your iOS device’s mute switch.
78: Improved data detectors
Jul 20, 2016 • 2 min
iOS 10 is now much smarter about helping you make dinner plans.
77: iOS 10 – What’s new, anyway?
Jul 18, 2016 • 2 min
That feeling when you’ve just done a major iOS update.
76: Indexicals are hard
Jul 14, 2016 • 3 min
Siri should do better at understanding, rather than just listening.
75: Big, buggy apps
Jul 13, 2016 • 3 min
Pokémon Go 1.0 probably shouldn’t have passed app review.
74: Entering beta
Jul 12, 2016 • 2 min
Weighing the decision of putting a beta OS on a primary device.
73: Mind the gap – 2 months with the Veil XT
Jul 11, 2016 • 3 min
Ed’s iPhone case is quickly deteriorating.
72: Apple TV audio to the Echo
Jun 30, 2016 • 2 min
The Apple TV can pair to Bluetooth devices and gain functionality in the process.
71: Pasting with TextExpander
Jun 29, 2016 • 3 min
The simple utility of TextExpander’s %clipboard tag.
70: Flow in Airmail 3
Jun 28, 2016 • 3 min
Disruptions and improvements to Ed’s email habits in Airmail 3.
69: 1Blocker for Mac
Jun 27, 2016 • 3 min
1Blocker for Mac finally delivers on the promise of desktop content blockers.
68: Where to tune in
Jun 23, 2016 • 3 min
The primary limitation of Live Tune-in is what you know.
67: The scale of a Siri audio API
Jun 22, 2016 • 3 min
A Siri audio intent is likely missing due to technology, not spite.
66: Icons on the modern Mac
Jun 21, 2016 • 3 min
The state of interface customization, on the Iconfactory’s 20th birthday.
65: Twiddling
Jun 20, 2016 • 3 min
Working with (and around) system-wide text manipulation shortcuts.
64: WWDC 2016 – The TV
Jun 17, 2016 • 3 min
Touting minor updates to tvOS proves it’s Apple’s fourth platform.
63: WWDC 2016 – The iPhone
Jun 16, 2016 • 3 min
iOS 10 is a big release for the iPhone 6s — but what about other hardware?
62: WWDC 2016 – The Mac
Jun 15, 2016 • 3 min
The newly restyled macOS gains Siri and leads Apple’s unified platforms.
61: WWDC 2016 – The Watch
Jun 14, 2016 • 3 min
Ed’s first impressions of the watchOS 3 announcement and the future of the Apple Watch platform.
60: Fixing Finder
Jun 9, 2016 • 2 min
Hoping for steady improvements to the Finder and all of Apple’s products at WWDC 2016.
59: A more comfortable Apple TV
Jun 8, 2016 • 2 min
How True Tone and other ambient sensors could improve Apple TV viewing.
58: Opening files with Hazel
Jun 7, 2016 • 3 min
Using a less common ability of Hazel to auto-open files exactly when you need them.
57: My first Spotify bill
Jun 6, 2016 • 3 min
How Spotify kept my business after their free trial — something Apple Music couldn’t do.
56: Increasing connections for Bittorrent
Jun 3, 2016 • 3 min
When Bittorrent clobbered my entire network, some Unix system tweaks got it back up and running.
55: Getting back to a Mac
Jun 2, 2016 • 2 min
What can go wrong (and right) with accessing a remote Mac.
54: A Genius idea for Siri
Jun 1, 2016 • 3 min
A potential solution for building distributed user profiles to make Siri smarter.
53: Open app indicators
May 31, 2016 • 3 min
The trouble with trying to figure out what apps are running on Macs and iOS devices.
52: The need for smarter reminders
May 26, 2016 • 3 min
Reminders haven’t gotten smarter since iOS 5. Here are some possible improvements.
51: .mov to .gif – a lesson
May 25, 2016 • 2 min
Ed learns a lesson in the best way to do some basic file conversion.
50: Resizing windows with modifier keys
May 24, 2016 • 2 min
Option- and shift-dragging isn’t just for graphics apps anymore.
49: A better app switcher
May 23, 2016 • 3 min
Building a better iOS app switcher for everyone: power users, ordinary users, and compulsive quitters.
48: Leaving Fantastical for Mac
May 20, 2016 • 3 min
Making the move back to Calendar.app after Fantastical’s trial period.
47: Custom LaunchBar search templates
May 18, 2016 • 2 min
How to set up custom search templates in LaunchBar, inspired by Stephen Hackett’s Alfred workflow for Giphy.
46: Hazel 4 first thoughts
May 17, 2016 • 3 min
First thoughts on new rule preview and sync features in Hazel version 4.
45: iOS spring cleaning
May 16, 2016 • 3 min
What did and didn’t make the cut as Ed purged his phone of old, unwanted apps.
44: Project automation with Airmail, Workflow, and OmniFocus
May 5, 2016 • 3 min
Three recently updated iOS apps helped Ed speed up how he tracks common projects.
43: Waiting for a better iPad Pro OS
May 4, 2016 • 2 min
Ed’s next iPad purchase will depend on iOS 10.
42: Spotify Connect on iOS and Echo
May 3, 2016 • 2 min
Ed discovers the power and pitfalls of Spotify Connect.
41: Back to the robotic core
May 2, 2016 • 3 min
Ed switches to an ultrathin iPhone case, the Caudabē Veil XT.
40: Visualizing millions of iPhones
Apr 28, 2016 • 3 min
How much space do 50 million iPhones take up, anyway?
39: Welcome home, Amazon products
Apr 27, 2016 • 2 min
The joyful simplicity of setting up new Amazon devices, and what Apple could learn from it.
38: It’s not you, it’s email.
Apr 26, 2016 • 3 min
How Airmail casts light on the broader problems with email.
37: Airmail for iOS – first thoughts
Apr 25, 2016 • 3 min
Airmail pushes email on iOS one step further along.
36: Springboard imitations
Apr 21, 2016 • 3 min
Android phone makers keep copying Springboard, even as it nears its expiration date.
35: An invisible Mission Control feature
Apr 20, 2016 • 2 min
Ed’s serendipitous discovery of a built-in OS X shortcut.
34: Siri’s cuteness problem
Apr 19, 2016 • 3 min
The trouble with Apple’s cutesy WWDC announcement.
33: Live updates to tvOS
Apr 17, 2016 • 3 min
An off-off-cycle tvOS feature could foreshadow big things.
32: Checking in on Foursquare
Apr 14, 2016 • 3 min
The state of Foursquare, Swarm, and their erstwhile holiday.
31: TextExpander backtracks
Apr 13, 2016 • 2 min
TextExpander is back in a surprisingly competitive market.
30: The Internet of Twitter Logins
Apr 12, 2016 • 2 min
How to get me to not sign up for your service.
29: Mystery meat MENU
Apr 10, 2016 • 3 min
The ambiguity of navigating tvOS apps, and how it could be resolved.
28: Apple TV’s killer app
Apr 7, 2016 • 3 min
Why tvOS needs a killer app, soon.
27: Turn that Smile upside down
Apr 6, 2016 • 2 min
Why is TextExpander a service now? Why?
26: Just the good apps
Apr 5, 2016 • 2 min
How Siri search could improve the iOS App Store experience.
25: Health in the App Store
Apr 4, 2016 • 3 min
Some top iOS Apps are in direct conflict with Apple’s commitment to public health.
24: Tallying up the App Stores
Mar 24, 2016 • 3 min
Apple has every reason not to mention the size of the App Stores.
23: iOS at night
Mar 23, 2016 • 2 min
Night Shift and True Tone Display are great news for iOS users’ eyes.
22: Drawing lines
Mar 22, 2016 • 2 min
The iPhone SE and 9.7” iPad Air are bringing up standards in Apple’s iOS product lines.
21: Not today’s new iPad
Mar 21, 2016 • 3 min
Why won’t we see a 16:9 iPad today, or perhaps anytime soon?
20: March Madness on tvOS
Mar 17, 2016 • 2 min
Ed watches some basketball on tvOS and it’s OK, but nothing more.
19: Overcast 2.5 first impressions
Mar 16, 2016 • 2 min
Ed’s first thoughts on some major updates to Overcast.
18: Waiting for the future of TV
Mar 15, 2016 • 2 min
If the future of TV is apps, where are they now?
17: Plastic for all
Mar 14, 2016 • 2 min
The materials metaphor for the App Store economy.
16: Picomac review – 3 months with Sense
Mar 10, 2016 • 3 min
Ed reviews the Sense sleep tracking hardware and app.
15: Please don’t enter the iCloud password
Mar 9, 2016 • 2 min
What to think when iCloud password prompts strike.
14: Scraping the web with PDFpen
Mar 8, 2016 • 2 min
How Ed generated an ugly but effective tourism guide.
13: iOS app obesity
Mar 7, 2016 • 3 min
How tvOS should provide a cue for maximum app sizes on iOS.
12: My save dialog workflow
Mar 3, 2016 • 2 min
Ed explains how he connects LaunchBar to the open/save dialog.
11: App switching with Keyboard Maestro
Mar 2, 2016 • 2 min
Ed explains his system of global app-switching hotkeys.
10: QuickType’s quirky collocates
Mar 1, 2016 • 2 min
How QuickType makes useful — or just plain odd — typing suggestions.
9: Which Siri are you?
Feb 29, 2016 • 2 min
What Siri can and can’t do across multiple platforms.
8: Blue Apron’s shared experience
Feb 25, 2016 • 2 min
How Blue Apron has created more culture than Beats 1.
7: El Capitan’s Finder sidebar
Feb 24, 2016 • 2 min
Subtle changes to the Finder toolbar in 10.11 are a big improvement.
6: The Siri button – you’re pushing it wrong
Feb 23, 2016 • 2 min
A story about how dictation on tvOS seemed obvious.
5: Unreasonable
Feb 22, 2016 • 2 min
Why Apple won’t and shouldn’t agree to the FBI’s unreasonable demands.
4: To move or to split?
Feb 18, 2016 • 2 min
The shortcomings of split view in OS X.
3: Wearing out an Apple leather case
Feb 17, 2016 • 2 min
An Apple leather case nears the end of its life.
2: A dilapidated storefront
Feb 16, 2016 • 2 min
Apple shouldn’t let its users’ software spontaneously break.
1: I’m a Magic Keyboard convert
Feb 15, 2016 • 3 min
Why the Magic Keyboard is Apple’s best keyboard in years.
0: What is Picomac?
Feb 15, 2016 • 2 min
What this project is all about, and what to expect.