Google Tasks Launched

Google have launched the latest in its suite of apps, the simply named Google tasks. This aims to make sure you get all of those tasks done you’ve been putting off (forgetting). It provides integration between Gmail and other Google services but unfortunately not much else.
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Rethinking Reminders – →

What I can envision for Reminders is a blending of the some commonly used features for these apps, and doing what they do best — create a version that, while not first, is nearly equal to alternatives and is natively a part of the OS Rethinking Reminders –

Many of the issues I have with the Reminders app are pretty easy solves. The UI is extremely dated and as such exaggerates the confused nature of the layout. The cards based UI appears to be where Apple are focusing so it wouldn’t take much work to make it look a whole lot better.

Looks aside the app provides many of the features that users will need. Reminders simply needs some TLC similar to the improvements Ape made to notes. My worry is that Apple have no intention of making any massive jumps forward with their stock apps and simply only worked on Notes because of the Apple Pencil.


Bring Your Own Device 49 →

Let's throw an AppStore on it with special guest Ben Basche

Ben Basche joins us with a eulogy for his lost iPad Pro, as we talk about leaks and Apple’s culture of secrecy through the lens of story-telling. We also dive into Apple’s latest struggles with software quality, the value of the company’s services and the power of ecosystems and how they evolve from the DNA of a company.


What's In My RSS Feed

I wrote a short link post about RSS experiencing a bit of a resurgence lately. So I thought I would randomly share the feeds I am subscribed to and hope to highlight them to others. In no particular order
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RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback - WIRED →

anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that’s been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It’s time to head back to RSS. RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback: Feedly, The Old Reader, Inoreader | WIRED

RSS is one of the back bones of the internet in my honest opinion. While there has never been a time without it, articles starting to bleed though into more mainstream avenues may persuade more people to stop getting news from Facebook.

Apple news deserves a special mention for surfacing lots of interesting posts. It also seems to get better over time. However when a company controls the service you have to worry at least a little.

RSS is the way to go and with some brilliant apps available there is no better time but now to dive in.


I Don’t Pay For Subscriptions

Every so often we have a paying for apps debate, sparked off by a popular app releasing an update or changing income model - and here we are again. Drafts 5 launches to quite a bit of fun fair from reviewers and also some backlash from users. Time and time again you hear “I won’t pay for app subscriptions”.
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Huawei Considered Phone Notches Years Ago But Feared Backlash | →

The technology giant initially mulled over the concept “three or four years ago,” according to the executive. Mr. Li praised Apple for its decision to pull the trigger on commercializing a mobile device with a screen cutout last fall, thus pioneering such a non-symmetrical mobile design. While Huawei could have done the same circa 2015, it was “too conservative and cautious,” a mistake that it’s adamant to not repeat going forward Huawei Considered Phone Notches Years Ago But Feared Backlash |

I just cant believe this claim at all. Not because Huawei ain’t capable of designing great hardware, but because of their insistence on copying Apple at every step.

Huawei and almost every Android OEM bar Samsung continue to criticise and then copy other companies designs, yet still strive to make themselves ‘different’.


A Supporting Character in Everyone Else’s Narrative – BirchTree →

You are not the center of the universe, you’re a supporting character in everyone else’s story. You can be the lone wolf hero in your own world, but that really just writes you out of everyone else’s narrative. A Supporting Character in Everyone Else’s Narrative – BirchTree

Straight after this posted I tweeted about how profound I found this quote from what is essentially a technology Blog. It has been rattling around in my head ever since and think it deserves more time than the 1minute read time the post takes.

Matt is not the first to say such a thing, but he posed the question as part of a larger debate around technology circles. We all feel like the world revolves around us, we all feel like the world owes us something, yet in reality we are all the same person. We all arrive with a blanck slate and it is only our life to this point that has changed us.

Other people are far more important than you are, as Matt says “Build those relationships.”


Todist + Trello = Trelloist

Despite much buzz around Things of late, I have found myself falling back into using Todoist more and more. Not because of the design, not because it doesn’t do things many other apps do - but because of the open nature of the platform and the powerful API ability. One of the very best I have found so far is Trelloist.
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Design Plagiarism And Denial

There appears to be some confusion around what copying is. Couple this with the argument breaking down into an inevitable Android vs iOS debate and Twitter has been exceptionally noisy today.
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