Web Finds for December 11, 2017

Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique, informative, and some of the coolest websites and apps that you may have never known existed. Enjoy!

How to Use Do Not Disturb While Driving on iPhone
Do Not Disturb While Driving is an iPhone specific safety feature. When Do Not Disturb While Driving is activated on iPhone, no calls, messages, notifications, or alerts will come through to the iPhone. I have my iPhone set to automatically go to do not disturb as soon as my car starts moving.

How to Lock Your Mac Screen and Protect It from Prying Eyes
Whether you’re at home or at work, you might not want other people snooping on your Mac when you step away. Leaving your Mac unlocked and unattended allows others nearby to read your emails, text messages, browser history, and all your files. You don’t need to shut down your Mac, you don’t even need to log out. You can just lock it.

How to restore deleted files from iCloud Drive
I use Dropbox more often than iCloud Drive. One of Dropbox’s features is the ability to recover deleted files. I didn’t know I could also recover deleted files in iCloud Drive.

Phishers Are Upping Their Game. So Should You. — Krebs on Security
This is read is worth your time. Not long ago, phishing attacks were fairly easy for the average Internet user to spot: Full of grammatical and spelling errors, and linking to phony bank or email logins at unencrypted (http:// vs. https://) Web pages. Increasingly, however, phishers are upping their game, polishing their copy and hosting scam pages over https:// connections — complete with the green lock icon in the browser address bar to make the fake sites appear more legitimate.

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Hide Recent & Suggested Apps from iPad Dock in iOS 11

One of the things that I like about iOS 11 on my new iPad is the ability to add up to 13 apps to the dock. By default, the dock also has a Suggested and Recent apps section at the right end of the dock. This shows my 3 most recently used apps, not including apps that are already in the doc.

This is probably handy for most folks but I would rather not see the Suggested and Recent apps. After doing some poking around I found that this can be turned off in settings. Here’s how to turn it off. Go to Settings > General > Multitasking & Dock > Show Suggested and Recent Apps and toggle it off.

iPhone X notch remover

I haven’t purchased the iPhone 10. Yet? I have read and listened to a lot of reviews on it though. One of the most controversial things about it is the notch at the top of the screen. Some people hate it, others are okay with it and some tolerate it.

Here’s a way to get rid of it. In the App Store, today there’s a new app Notch Remover. Notch Remover lets you remove the notch from the status bar. It modifies your wallpaper to adjust for the notch. You can check out some of the amazing results in the screenshots on the App Store.

I’ve also heard that using the black wallpaper that’s part of iOS 11 does a pretty good job of disguising it.

Web Finds for November 5, 2017

Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique, informative, and some of the coolest websites and apps that you may have never known existed. Enjoy!

How to Hide Recent & Suggested Apps from iPad Dock in iOS 11
One of the various new features introduced to iPad with modern iOS is a revamped Dock, complete with a new Recent and Suggested Apps section that appears on the far right side of the iPad Dock, delineated by a faint separator line.

Cardhop
Cardhop for Mac is a new way to deal with contacts. The magical parsing engine is incredibly intuitive, letting you search, add, edit, and interact with your contacts using a simple sentence!

Path Finder 7
Path Finder is a Mac Finder replacement with power user file management features. Path Finder is designed to work with a variety of different workflows. Whether you’re a power user who accesses, manages, and manipulates a bunch of files a day, or just a casual user who loves being on top of everything.

Affirm: Easy monthly payments
With Affirm iOS app, you can split almost any online purchase into easy monthly payments. Unlike a credit card, there are no hidden fees and no surprises. Just enter a few pieces of information for a real-time decision, then choose the payment schedule that works for you!

Previous Web Finds are here.

iPad – Can it replace my Mac update

I switched to Apple products about 4 years ago. My first device was an iPhone 6 that replaced an LG Android phone. Shortly thereafter I replaced my ailing Windows PC with a late 2013 21” iMac. Next came my early 2015 13” Retina MacBook Pro. And I recently upgraded my iPhone to a 7 Plus. With this setup, I never felt the need for an iPad. In fact, I recently wrote an article Can iPad replace my laptop.

So here’s how I’ve ended up with an iPad. Several months ago a friend gave me a B&H gift card that I had actually forgotten about. After rummaging through some stuff the other day I ran across it and realized it was going to expire on October 30 which was only a few days away. Not knowing what to get I decided on an iPad. So I placed an order for a 2017 iPad 9.7” with Retina display and 128 GB storage.

I’ve been using it now for a few of days. The setup was pretty straightforward. I installed all the apps that I want on it and purchased a Speck Slim Balance Folio case for it.

Now how does this iPad fit in with my iPhone and Macs? My computing needs are pretty simple. I write, read, browse the web and manage my finances. Knowing what I do, I am sure I wouldn’t want to completely switch to an iPad. So far I like the reading and web browsing experience on the iPad is. It’s lightweight making it easier to handle than my MacBook and easier to read on than my iPhone.

Writing is not so great. My writing workflows include apps like Keyboard Maestro, Alfred, PopClip, and Marked 2 that improve my productivity. There are no apps like this for iPad. I have to jump through too many hoops to do the same things (if at all) I can do on my Mac.

Here’s the bottom line. I like having an iPad but I certainly don’t need one.

Hide the app icon row in the iOS 11 Messages app

I’m not into iMessage apps. So after updating my iPhone to iOS 11 and seeing a row of brightly colored app icons at the bottom of Messages ticked me off. Since I never use the iMessage apps they were distracting and a waste of screen space. How to get rid of it? It took me a few days but after doing some poking around I stumbled upon a way to get rid of the app icon row.

The method for hiding the icon row is not obvious and there’s no setting for it in the Messages app Settings. Hiding and showing the iMessage app row is in the Messages app itself. To show or hide the app icon row tap App Store icon next to the message entry field.

Things 3 – for personal task management

I’ve never found a task manager app that worked the way I wanted it to.

My frustration with Fantastical as is task manager is in order to have a task with a due date you have to have a reminder. A lot of times I don’t want or need reminders but I do sometimes want a due date. This led to constantly rescheduling reminders.

In Things, I can create a task with a due date and no reminder or with a reminder. I can also have tasks that I can through in Someday (kind of like a bucket list) or Anytime.

When I used Todoist it never felt right. It was too advanced for my simpler task management needs. I hated seeing unimportant tasks from the day before show up as overdue the next day and then have to reschedule them.

In Things, tasks placed in the Today simply move to the next day when unfinished.​

The Upcoming view lacks the level of detail of Todoist, but I never used those features anyway. All I need is to glance at what’s coming up in the next few days, and that’s what Things 3 provides. Tasks can be easily dragged from one day to another, and each day has its calendar items displayed here as well for a sense of how busy I’ll be.

Things 3 just feels like it’s made for the way I think about tasks.

Check it out. There are Mac and iOS versions of Things 3 and sync works across all your devices.

Web Finds for October 6, 2017

Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique, informative, and some of the coolest websites and apps that you may have never known existed. Enjoy!

60 Mac Tips, Volume 2 – David Sparks & Brett Terpstra
60 Mac Tips, Volume 2, is a collection of tricks and tips to make you more efficient on your Mac. With 60 screencasts and two hours of video, the book explains why each trick or tip is special and shows you how to set it up and use it on your Mac. Learn these tips and turn yourself into a Mac power user.

Among these 60 screencasts are tips on macOS, Siri for the Mac, using the keyboard, Spotlight, Automator, Safari, Mail, Apple Notes, Apple Photos, Terminal Tips, and third-party apps. After reading and watching these tips and tricks, you’ll be more efficient on your Mac than ever.

Whink
Whink for iOS is uniquely designed for the iPad and iPhone to provide the best note-taking experience at school, at home, and at work. And with iCloud, your notes are always up-to-date on all your devices. Supports Apple pencil.

BackupLoupe
BackupLoupe for Mac is an alternative GUI for Time Machine. At its core it provides a Finder-like interface where you get to select a snapshot and it will show you what has been backed up.

STRYD
Stryd is a power meter for runners. Using a tiny device clipped onto the shoe, Stryd measures data at lab-grade power when you run. Using power as a metric, Stryd understands how fast you can run (fitness), how long your can run (muscle endurance), and how well you run (form and efficiency). It then guides you through purposeful training, efficient running, and faster racing.

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