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  • The Sweet Setup’s GTD Apps Review

    Tue 2:03pm 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)

    Mon 4:49pm 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

    Mon 3:23pm 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

    Mon 3:13pm 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

    Fri 3:42pm 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

    Thu 10:32pm 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

    Thu 9:58pm 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

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

    Thu 9:01pm 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)

    Thu 8:56pm 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

    Thu 8:51pm 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)

    Thu 8:42pm 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

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

    Thu 12:04pm 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

    Thu 11:05am 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. ✚✚
  • ✚ Some Awesome Print Magazines

    Oct 14, 2014, 12:38 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Over the weekend I made some time to catch up on some reading I’ve been looking forward to. I’m a few issues behind in my Offscreen magazine subscription, and I just recently received the first issue of Lagom magazine. These … (More)
  • Snowboarding Was Originally Called Snurfing

    Oct 14, 2014, 11:13 am By Shawn Blanc
    In today’s installment of “the more you know”, Sarah Laskow writes for Slate about the history of snowboarding and how it got its name. Sherman Poppen — the man who invented the first type of snowboard — called it the … (More)✚
  • TextExpander Touch 3, Now With Custom Keyboard (Sponsor)

    Oct 13, 2014, 2:51 pm By Shawn Blanc
    TextExpander touch from Smile saves you time and effort by expanding short abbreviations into frequently-used text. Whether it’s a simple email signature or several paragraphs of a standard response, you’ll love how easy it is to use TextExpander to avoid…
  • Setting yourself up to do quality work

    Oct 10, 2014, 3:15 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly, I share about how and why to prioritize quality above all else in the work we do. Sometimes you need a medium that is super simple and hyper focused, and sometimes you … (More)✚
  • These 8 Tricks to Selecting a Design Partner Will Amaze You

    Oct 10, 2014, 11:16 am By Shawn Blanc
    But no, seriously. This is solid advice from Mike Monteiro. (Via Zeldman.) ✚✚
  • Our Favorite Document Scanning App for iOS Is Scanbot

    Oct 10, 2014, 10:32 am By Shawn Blanc
    We just published our most-recent app review over on the Sweet Setup and it’s for document scanning apps on the iPhone: It’s the 21st century, and yet there’s still so much paper flooding into our lives: receipts, office forms, bills, … (More)✚
  • A Little More Playful

    Oct 8, 2014, 9:35 pm By Shawn Blanc
    If one podcast wasn’t enough, good news. I was a guest today on Myke Hurley’s world-famous interview podcast, Inquisitive. Among other things, we talked about the whole history of Tools & Toys, including the how and the why behind yesterday’s ……
  • Balance and Success with Shawn Blanc

    Oct 8, 2014, 11:19 am By Shawn Blanc
    I had the privilege of being a guest on Cesar Contreras’ interview podcast, Pencil vs Pixel. Cesar interviewed me about the story of my own journey as an independent online creator. And, as the title suggests, we talked about defining … (More)✚
  • Need (Sponsor)

    Oct 7, 2014, 3:39 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Need is a refined retailer and lifestyle publication for the modern gentleman. Each month, Need sources and curates a limited selection of items — clothing, literature, furniture, and otherwise — for men. These products are coupled with beautiful…
  • My Official Review of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Camera

    Oct 7, 2014, 12:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    As you may or may not know, about 8 months ago I upgraded my trusty Olympus E-PL5 and got the new E-M10. I wanted to spend a good amount of time with the new camera before writing about it to … (More)✚
  • Welcome to the new Tools & Toys

    Oct 7, 2014, 11:56 am By Shawn Blanc
    At long last, the new Tools & Toys is live: As fun as it is to geek out over the latest and greatest stuff, at the end of the day, there is much, much more to life. Our self-worth is … (More)✚
  • Kevin Kelly: XOXO Festival

    Oct 6, 2014, 2:37 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Kevin Kelly is such a papa to the creative community and he has much wisdom and insight. His talk was the first of the XOXO festival and it was by far and away the one that left me with the … (More)✚
  • Product Launches are Hard

    Oct 3, 2014, 3:19 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly I talk about making and shipping stuff. There are four dynamics to a product launch: (1) the original product idea and vision; (2) all the work that goes in to making it; … (More)✚
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