November 14, 2020

Why I can’t recommend buying the 12-inch Drume Hand.

This article is a cautionary tale of the buying experience that soured me on purchasing this steel tongue drum from DrumeMusic.com. If you read my reviews regularly you know I seldom write a bad review. (I’d rather steer you to something good and generally just don’t publish reviews of the lousy stuff.) This one is a little different: It’s a negative review of the buying experience and a positive review of the drum itself.

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September 5, 2020

Shortcuts by keypress on iPad Pro.

As Shortcuts grow in power, they also increase in ways you can trigger them. A very cool trigger (but with some fine print) is via keypress. You just type a few chosen keys together and the Shortcut pops up with. Hit the Run button and you’re off.

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September 5, 2020

Mastering iOS: Pasting plain text.

Pasting text between fields in iOS apps can be a pain, since rich-text formatting is often copied along with it. Try pasting a text from Notes app into an email. The font becomes is massive and it’s just not possible to fix. This makes pasting into any other rich-text field a nightmare in reformatting in any app. But there’s a simple way to change rich text to plain text when copying so that it follows the rich-text format of the document you’re pasting into and looks normal:

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September 3, 2020

Mastering iOS: Changing iMessage default replies.

My only reason for getting an Apple Watch was to make driving safer: If an iMessage came through while I was a driving, I didn’t want to have to pull my phone out of my pocket and try to read it, just to see if it was important or not. After pulling over a few times in rush hour to see if an incoming text was important and just finding spam, I got the Watch. It allows me to turn my wrist up, see the message quickly and tap a boilerplate reply if needed.

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September 2, 2020

Mastering iOS: How to take a screenshot on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

You’ve probably seen it too: someone taking a photo of their iPad screen with their iPhone. There’s a much easier way, since a screenshot only requires two button or key presses. The screenshot will now appear in your photos app on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

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