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  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Fri 4:07pm By Shawn Blanc
    There are just four sponsorship slots left for the rest of this year. And, honestly, they are really prime times. This upcoming week, starting Monday, Nov 3, is still open. And it’s great timing because on Tuesday we’ll be publishing … (More)✚
  • Building and Changing Our Habits and Routines

    Fri 3:27pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly we continue on in the Power of a Focused Life series. Today’s topic: habits and routines. Specifically, how we identify the things that trigger our habit and routine actions, and how we … (More)✚
  • ✚ A Week With the Retina iMac

    Thu 5:30pm By Shawn Blanc
    My review of the new Retina iMac could be said as one word: sensational. I once read that a man buys something for two reasons: a good reason and the real reason. I bought a Retina iMac for a very … (More)
  • Video of the Apple Watch Home Screen on an iPhone

    Tue 12:15pm By Shawn Blanc
    A few weeks ago Michael Steeber wrote an article on 9to5Mac about bringing the Apple Watch’s Home screen interface over to the iPhone: Here we are in 2014, and the iOS home screen is essentially the same as it was … (More)✚
  • Droplr 4.2

    Tue 11:59am By Shawn Blanc
    A fantastic Yosemite update to Droplr for Mac. The utility app now has better screen recording sharing (you can save your screen recording as a GIF if you want). Speaking of GIFs, you can record a “reaction GIF” of yourself … (More)✚
  • Review: The Aether Cone for Rdio

    Tue 11:23am By Shawn Blanc
    Most items I write reviews of are items that I personally buy to use. But, every once in a while, a new gadget shows up that’s just so interesting and enticing that I buy it with the business card for … (More)✚
  • Lionheart (Sponsor)

    Mon 12:21pm By Shawn Blanc
    Lionheart Software is an independent software studio that designs and builds delightful products for startups and small teams. Our focus is building great products because we’re passionate about our work and our commitment to our customers. If it’s a…
  • Retina Day

    Oct 24, 2014, 4:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On today’s episode of The Weekly Briefly, I share my first Impressions of the new Retina iMac, as well as my first impressions of the new Kindle Voyage (and how it compares to the Kindle Paperwhite). Sponsored by: Backblaze: easy, … (More)✚
  • ✚ Last Year’s New Tech

    Oct 24, 2014, 1:08 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Let’s take stock for a moment of a few really awesome new gadgets that are currently on the market. Specifically the new iPhones, iPads, and Kindle. iPhones 6: For all intents and purposes, the newest iPhones are the best iPhones … (More)
  • My Review of the Felt Case Mini iPad Sleeve

    Oct 23, 2014, 4:09 pm By Shawn Blanc
    It took a good long time for me to find an iPad case/sleeve that I liked, and the Felt Case Mini is just that (though I suppose if it were made out of leather and printed $100 bills it’d be … (More)✚
  • Yosemite + iOS 8.1: What Photographers Need to Know

    Oct 22, 2014, 2:02 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Tons of great tips from Austin Mann: Apple’s sharing all kinds of software updates with us these days, and a few of them are especially exciting for power user iPhone photographers. Here are my thoughts on how the new features … (More)✚
  • iMac with Retina 5K display vs. the Original Apple Macintosh

    Oct 22, 2014, 2:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This is like the computer screen’s version of how in the old days our parents had to walk to school in the snow, uphill, both ways. ✚✚
  • John Gruber’s iPad Air 2

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:41 pm By Shawn Blanc
    John Gruber: Everything Apple is promoting about the Air 2 is true, both in terms of what you can objectively measure, and in terms of how it feels to use it. It’s thinner, lighter, faster, and has a better display … (More)✚
  • The Sweet Setup’s GTD Apps Review

    Oct 21, 2014, 2:03 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This review has been on our list since the beginning. But we knew major updates of Wunderlist, OmniFocus, and Things were all in the pipe. And, now that they’ve shipped, we’ve spent time with the apps and written up our … (More)✚
  • Backblaze (Sponsor)

    Oct 20, 2014, 4:49 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Backup is important! Half of all computer users lose data each year. Back up all your data with Backblaze online backup. It’s unlimited, unthrottled, uncomplicated, and at $5/month per computer, it’s a no-brainer. How does Backblaze work? It natively…
  • Mike Rohde’s Everyday Carry Gear

    Oct 20, 2014, 3:23 pm By Shawn Blanc
    And speaking of setup interviews, over on Tools & Toys we just posted a hyper-nerdy interview with Mike Rohde (of Sketchnote fame) regarding his everyday carry gear. ✚✚
  • Nate Boateng’s Sweet Setup

    Oct 20, 2014, 3:13 pm By Shawn Blanc
    I really enjoyed reading over this week’s sweet setup interview with Nate Boateng. Nate’s got some personality. And, you’ve gotta hand it to the dude, he’s still rocking Sparrow. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? ✚✚
  • A Nerdy Apple Episode

    Oct 17, 2014, 3:42 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of my podcast, The Weekly Briefly, I give a one-month report of life with iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, share my initial thoughts on yesterday’s Apple event, spill the beans about why I’m still not … (More)✚
  • Jason Snell’s Initial Thoughts on Apple’s iPad and Mac Special Event

    Oct 16, 2014, 10:32 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On the new iPads: I love my iPad mini with Retina Display, which has now apparently been retconned into the iPad mini 2. But what we saw Thursday was indisputable proof that the iPad mini is once again a second-class … (More)✚
  • OS X Yosemite: Tips, Tricks, and Details

    Oct 16, 2014, 9:58 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Another excellent overview, this one from Federico Viticci, outlining a lot of the new features of Yosemite. ✚✚
  • With OS X Yosemite, Aqua’s All Grown Up

    Oct 16, 2014, 9:53 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Stephen Hackett’s written a great review of the new visuals found in Yosemite. ✚✚
  • Muir

    Oct 16, 2014, 9:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    A handsome set of (Retina ready) OS X icons for Adobe Creative Suite with (hopefully) more apps in the pipe. Nice work by long-time icon king, Sebastiaan de With. ✚✚
  • Some More OS X Yosemite Apps (That Federico Viticci Has Been Trying)

    Oct 16, 2014, 8:56 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Getting an all new operating system with a ton of massive new features and an all-new visual design? $0. Having many of your favorite and most-used apps be simultaneously updated to match the new design and take advantage of the … (More)✚
  • Things 2.5

    Oct 16, 2014, 8:51 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Nice update to Things for the Mac, that sports a Yosemite-native design and takes advantage of the new Notification Center as well as Handoff and has an “Add to Things” extension. The folks at Cultured Code may have a reputation … (More)✚
  • Deliveries (Mac App Store Link)

    Oct 16, 2014, 8:42 pm By Shawn Blanc
    If you buy things online and have them sent to your house, you probably want Deliveries. I’ve been using it for years, and it’s a mighty fine iOS app with an OS X Dashboard Widget. That is, until now. The … (More)✚
  • The Sweet Setup’s Comprehensive Guide to Computer Backups

    Oct 16, 2014, 4:53 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Because Yosemite will be available today, so they say. ✚✚
  • Mini Documentary of Kai Brach and Offscreen Magazine

    Oct 16, 2014, 12:04 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of Offscreen, I just came across this 10-minute documentary that the folks at Envato did to share the story of how Kai got the magazine off the ground and what he’s learned over the few years of self-publishing a … (More)✚
  • Today’s Live Stream of Apple’s Special Event

    Oct 16, 2014, 11:05 am By Shawn Blanc
    Apple will be live streaming today’s event for the new iPads, Yosemite, and hopefully a little bit more. I’ll be watching (I hope) via the Apple TV Special Events channel, from the comfort of my couch, with a sandwich and … (More)✚
  • The Tools & Toys Review of The iPhone 6 Plus

    Oct 14, 2014, 10:46 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Josh Ginter wrote an absolutely fantastic review of the iPhone 6 Plus for Tools & Toys. As an aside, I could not be more happy with the new Tools & Toys. For one, the site’s design is just incredible. I … (More)✚
  • Avoiding Magical Thinking

    Oct 14, 2014, 3:15 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Seth Godin: [Y]ou’ll need to work hard to create something magical, and a big part of that hard work is relentlessly eliminating all magical thinking from your projections and your expectations of how the market will react. ✚✚
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