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  • Don’t Give Up on the iPad

    24 April 2014, 4:37 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Ben Thompson: The future of the iPad is not to be a better Mac. That may happen by accident, just as the Mac eventually superseded the Apple II, but to pursue that explicitly would be to sacrifice what the iPad … (More)✚
  • iOS 8 Wishes

    24 April 2014, 4:14 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Federico Viticci: With iOS 7, Apple profoundly altered the foundations of their mobile operating system’s design and functionality, and I want to believe that iOS 8, likely due later this year, will allow them to keep building towards new heights ……
  • Tim Cook Transcript and Highlights From Yesterday’s Earnings Call

    24 April 2014, 12:56 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    My favorite bit: The key thing that…for us, is to stay focused on things that we can do best and that we can perform at a really high level of quality that our customers have come to expect. And so … (More)✚
  • ✚ Screentime Art

    23 April 2014, 6:04 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    With the recent post and podcast talking about kids and screentime and just the prevalence of touch screens in our day to day lives and relationships, here are two incredible illustrations on the topic that speak volumes. First is this … (More)
  • Sloppy Swiping

    23 April 2014, 10:07 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Josh Ginter: Surprising to me is the fact that some apps have far superior swiping experiences. Some apps require a swipe from off-screen to go back a menu while others allow for swipes to begin in the middle of the … (More)✚
  • Towards a Better App Store

    22 April 2014, 1:11 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Underscore David Smith proposes 14 steps to a better App store: The App Store has (in part) driven the wild success of the iPhone. Having a great user App Store experience helps everyone. It helps Apple sell more iPhones. It … (More)✚
  • The Best Password Manager (And Why You Need One)

    22 April 2014, 10:34 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Our latest app review on The Sweet Setup is for the best password manager (and why you need one in the first place). Robert McGinley Myers, Stephen Hackett, and myself looked at 5 of the most popular Mac / iOS … (More)✚
  • Home Screen: Robert McGinley Myers

    22 April 2014, 8:42 am by: Shawn Blanc

    I really enjoyed reading Robert’s home screen interview on David Sparks’ site. Robert shares excellent thoughts and concepts related answering a deeper philosophical “why” regarding some of the apps he uses. ✚✚
  • Jared Sinclair Reviews Glassboard

    21 April 2014, 10:33 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    This is a fantastic review on so many levels. For one, Jared hits the nail on the head when discussing one of Glassboard’s unique features: that messages can have comments. The hierarchy design has also confused me, but, as Jared … (More)✚
  • Dr. Drang’s Sweet Mac Setup

    21 April 2014, 10:40 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Dr. Drang, consulting engineer by day, scripter/blogger by night, and benevolent snowman on Twitter, shares a bit about his Mac setup: The computer screen shown in the photo is fake. It didn’t turn out well in the photo, so I … (More)✚
  • Sponsor: Unread, an RSS Reader – New Version Available Now

    21 April 2014, 9:07 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Rediscover your favorite independent writers with Unread for iPhone. Unread’s relaxing, distraction-free design is unlike any RSS app you’ve used before. It now supports five popular RSS services: NewsBlur, Fever, Feedly, Feedbin, and FeedWrangler. With…
  • Kids and Touchscreens

    18 April 2014, 3:53 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    On today’s episode of The Weekly Briefly, I was joined by my internet pal, Stephen Hackett, to discuss a topic that is near and dear to any parent out there: kids, touchscreen devices, and screen time. In short, how do … (More)✚
  • The Sweet Setup’s Complete Guide to Backups

    17 April 2014, 4:22 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Earlier this morning we published a whole new section to The Sweet Setup that is everything related to backing up your Mac. It’s a 5-part series of articles that cover what a backup system should look like (i.e. local and … (More)✚
  • Touchscreens and Kids

    16 April 2014, 11:45 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Mat Honan: But the ever-present touchscreens make me incredibly uneasy—probably because they make parenting so easy. There is always one at hand to make restaurants and long drives and air travel much more pleasant. The tablet is the new pacifier. ……
  • What Fruit Is Left Hanging for iOS in Education?

    16 April 2014, 11:14 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Bradley Chambers on ways iOS software and hardware could be improved for its use in education. ✚✚
  • The Menu Bar: Delight Is In The Spreadsheet

    15 April 2014, 9:21 am by: Shawn Blanc

    This week I was honored to be a guest on The Menu Bar podcast. Andrew, Zac, and I talked about the recent Dropbox news and just how central Dropbox is to our multi-device lives. Then we talked a bit about … (More)✚
  • Sponsor: Screens – Control Your Computer From Anywhere

    14 April 2014, 6:40 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Screens 3 for Mac is a beautiful, yet powerful Screen Sharing and VNC client that lets you connect back to your Mac, Windows or Linux PC from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in … (More)✚
  • Interface Design in Sketch Compared to Photoshop

    14 April 2014, 2:03 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Meng To’s review of Sketch: Photoshop has a big legacy and I can sense the unwillingness to make a switch and say goodbye to years of building libraries. But if you can overcome that, not only will you improve your … (More)✚
  • The Sweet Setup of Chris Humphries

    14 April 2014, 10:16 am by: Shawn Blanc

    This week’s setup interview is a fun one. Interviewees usually focus on only one device — iPhone, iPad, or Mac — but this week Chris shared a bit about all three. ✚✚
  • I write for SkyMall

    14 April 2014, 10:15 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Parody or not, it’s hilarious: In the back-pocket of every airplane seat, sandwiched in between a sickbag and air safety instructions, is one of the most influential in-flight publications of the 21st century. This catalogue is SkyMall. And I write ……
  • Urgent vs Essential

    11 April 2014, 9:13 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly: choosing to focus our time, energy, and attention on creating something worthwhile instead of constantly checking our inboxes and trying to keep up with the “new” and “cool” and “urgent”. Because so…
  • Reeder 2 for Mac Public Beta

    11 April 2014, 9:08 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Elegant. Fast. Pretty much all around fantastic. And it’s still just a beta. ✚✚
  • 1Password Is on Sale

    11 April 2014, 10:42 am by: Shawn Blanc

    In light of the Heartbleed vulnerability, AgileBits is selling 1Password for half-off. The Mac version, normally $50 is just $25; and the universal iOS version, normally $18 is just $9. I cannot recommend this app enough. It’s at the top … (More)✚
  • Chris Bowler’s Membership Drive

    11 April 2014, 10:31 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Speaking of Chris Bowler, he’s in the middle of a membership drive on his site. I’ve been friends with Chris for so many years, and reading his site(s) for even longer. He’s an excellent and thoughtful writer. Membership to his … (More)✚
  • The Right Mix

    11 April 2014, 10:26 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Chris Bowler has written an excellent overview of some of the more popular task-management apps, such as Things, OmniFocus, Asana, and TeuxDeux. He wraps it up with why he’s back to using OmniFocus after leaving a while ago to try … (More)✚
  • ✚ A note about and the Heartbleed Bug

    10 April 2014, 9:30 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Here on, I use SSL encryption on a few pages related to the membership sign-up and checkout process. Unfortunately, the OpenSSL libraries in use by this site were affected by the Heartbleed bug. If anyone targeted my server to … (More)
  • Apple Not Affected by Heartbleed

    10 April 2014, 6:06 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Mike Isaac at Recode: Apple said Thursday that its mobile, desktop and Web services weren’t affected by a major flaw in a widely used set of Web security software that could have affected hundreds of thousands of websites. Good news. … (More)✚
  • The Heartbleed Hit List

    10 April 2014, 5:37 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Mashable has put together a list of several of the more popular sites that were affected by the Heartbleed bug, and highlighting which ones have been updated and thus you ought to change your password to. If you’ve got accounts … (More)✚
  • Crafting the Carousel Story

    10 April 2014, 3:25 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Alice Lee shares a behind-the-scenes look at the wonderful branding and hand-drawn artwork of Dropbox’s new Carousel app. And speaking of, Carousel’s in-app onboarding experience is one of the best I’ve ever seen. ✚✚
  • Letterpress and Design With Oddly Correct Coffee Roasters

    10 April 2014, 12:02 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Charlie Burt has a great interview with Gregory Kolsto, the owner of Oddly Correct, one of KC’s best local roasters and fussy coffee shops: My mission in life, I think, is to make people feel something. I’m more interested in … (More)✚

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