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  • 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)✚
  • More Time Is Better Than More Money

    10 April 2014, 11:56 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Kevin Kelly: Here is what I learned from 40 years of traveling: [...] it is far better to have more time than money. ✚✚
  • Andrew Kim Reviews the Braun SK55

    8 April 2014, 8:41 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Andrew Kim wrote an excellent review of Braun’s beautiful, 51-year-old “Phonosuper”: This is it, the SK55 is my all time favorite product and there’s nothing in the world more important for me to share on this website than this. The … (More)✚
  • The New Twitter Profile Page Design

    8 April 2014, 12:03 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Now, take my comparison here with a grain of salt because I’m not actually on Facebook, but the new Twitter profile page design sure looks a bit Facebook-y to me. But who says that’s a bad thing? For example, the … (More)✚
  • Meandering Toward Nowhere Special

    8 April 2014, 10:38 am by: Shawn Blanc

    See also: “Most People” ✚✚
  • An iOS Developer Walks Into a Microsoft Conference

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

    Justin Williams, a skilled and long-time iOS developer, and now the man behind Glassboard, went to Build last week: Build allowed me three days to immerse myself in technologies that I know almost nothing about. I came away impressed with … (More)✚
  • Search vs. discovery

    7 April 2014, 3:54 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Seth Godin: Search is what we call the action of knowing what you want and questing until you ultimately find it. [...] Discovery, on the other hand, is what happens when the universe (or an organization, or a friend) helps … (More)✚
  • Sponsor: Scanbot for iPhone and Android – PDF Scanner

    7 April 2014, 12:35 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Scanbot is your premium mobile scanner app for creating high quality PDF or JPG scans of documents (incl. multi-page), receipts, business cards, meeting minutes, whiteboard notes, etc. Scans can be emailed, printed, or automatically uploaded to your favorite…
  • The Guilt of the Video-Game Millionaires

    7 April 2014, 12:27 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Simon Parkin, writing for The New Yorker, about : One night in March, 2013, Rami Ismail and his business partner Jan Willem released a game for mobile phones called Ridiculous Fishing. Ismail, who was twenty-four at the time and who … (More)✚
  • Alternate Ending for ‘Gravity’

    7 April 2014, 12:15 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    So great. ✚✚
  • The Origin of the Hamburger Icon

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

    Tuns out, the “Air Vent” icon was designed by Norm Cox over 30 years ago during his days at Xerox PARC: I designed that symbol many years ago as a “container” for contextual menu choices. It would be somewhat equivalent … (More)✚
  • Sponsorship Availability at The Sweet Setup

    7 April 2014, 11:18 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Speaking of The Sweet Setup, we’ve got some near-term sponsorship openings that I’d love to see filled, including this week’s spot. The way sponsorships work on TSS is as a whole package bundle that includes a sponsored blog post with … (More)✚
  • Katie Floyd’s Sweet iPhone Setup

    7 April 2014, 11:06 am by: Shawn Blanc

    This week’s interview on The Sweet Setup is with the one and only, Katie Floyd, co-host of the Mac Power Users podcast (among other awesomeness): I’m Katie Floyd. I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 when my dad brought home … (More)✚
  • Platform Juxtaposition

    4 April 2014, 3:14 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly I discuss building a platform and an audience to share the things we have to say but how those platforms can turn on us and stifle our creativity and inspiration. Or: How … (More)✚

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