Workflow - Things Attachments Using Bear

I’ve made no secret that I have been crying out for the ability to add attachment to Things 3. I love the app but this is the only thing that is keeping me using Todoist for work related reminders. I have tried loads of different options and work arounds, been helped out along the way, but could never find something good enough. This isn’t perfect but the best way is...
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Workflow - Idea To Drafts And Things

After giving it some time I am very happy with doing all my blog writing in Drafts 5. Unfortunately due to Workflow’s slowing updates, actions take ages to update and I have been stuck on a way to update my old Bear for ideas Workflow. Luckily using Drafts actions and the robust URL scheme I’ve been able to get this going again.
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Workflow - Shopping List In Things

As I slowly split my life into different sections, and live a life with different apps for home and work - Things 3 has become vitally important. It takes a more relaxed approach than Todoist and allows me to remember things to do but not feel stressed about them.
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Icro For Micro.blog

I have been trying to escape social media for a long time now. I love being social and sharing things, but I don’t want all the abuse and other issues that go with it. I went backwards and forwards with micro.blog a little while ago. Decided to try and build my own, but I’ve really settled into using the platform since adopting Drafts. The original app for iOS is a...
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Missing The Accessibility Angle

Believe it or not it was Google I/O keynote yesterday! I completely missed this until the event was on, not sure if it is publicised less or I take less of an interest now. Even so Google put all of their eggs in the AI basket and also demonstrated loads of updates to Android. Throw in a few self driving cars for good measure, but most controversially Google Assistant voice...
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Listening to Podcasts without Voice Boost →

For that matter, why don’t they “shorten silences” on their end, too? That way, everyone could benefit from better audio quality and a shorter runtime.

I agree that voice boost is handy but I am not onboard with cutting all silences. Pauses are an essential part of speaking and should be respected.

If you’re just falling over your own speech by all means cut, but respect the silences.

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Privacy Policy updates are trendy | One-Tech Mind →

There’s a silver lining in the aftermath of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica fiasco: everyone and their mother are updating privacy policies right now. Go ahead, check your inbox; I bet you have quite a few. Maybe it’s a bit marketing fluff, but the optimist in me hopes there is good intention.

You’ve got new GDPR regulation in the EU to thank for his. Rather than creating multiple terms of service most services are rolling out the regulation to all users. So you all benefit from better privacy policies thank to the EU.

The down side of this is some services are pulling out of European countries instead. Which seems to be causing a stir, but if the business isn’t viable you can’t really blame them.

However I would cast an eye over these companies more than others just to check it’s not just about costs.

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Scuttlebutt Regarding Apple’s Cross-Platform UI Project | Daring Fireball →

doubt that 2018 was on the table in December. It’s a 2019 thing, for MacOS 10.15 and iOS 13.1 I would set your expectations accordingly for this year’s WWDC.

A significant developer focused change will launch with 13.1? What a strange move launching with with what is typically an update a month or so after the iPhone hits stores.

So in theory 13.1 would launch October / November 2019. That seems a long way off and at the wrong time entirely.

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The case for Apple’s iMessage on Android | Macworld →

While Android users might appreciate having access to iMessage, the bigger benefit would be for iPhone users, who’d never again have to suffer SMS’s limitations.

I’m not sure if people realise what a big pull iMessage is. Users that would never consider switching may not realise that iMessage is one of the big players in making people stay on iOS.

Those that are exposed to iMessage for even a small amount of time know what a pain it is to have to go back to regular SMS. Google can try and fix it all it likes but regular SMS is horrible.

This is without considering the fact that I don’t think Apple could convince carriers to get on board. If they tried to do something to iMessage now I think the carriers would resist it.

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Finding A Use For Drafts App

It has been a while since I have been genuinely excited to dive into a new app. After my initial trepidation, and following the massive buzz around the 5th instalment of Drafts app, I decided to give it a chance and I am so glad I did.
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