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.

My new favorite podcast

My favorite podcast is Lance Armstrong’s The Forward. I listened to my first episode in July of 2016. At the time, I wasn’t all that impressed and didn’t listen to any more episodes.

When this year’s Tour de France was approaching I was looking for a way to follow the race. I’m a cord cutter so TV was out. I could follow VeloNews on Twitter but that wasn’t the kind of coverage I was looking for. Then I learned Lance Armstrong had a podcast called Stages.

Lance Armstrong shares his incisive perspective on the 2017 TDF with a new daily podcast, Stages. Co-hosted by longtime Austin radio personality JB Hager, Stages airs about an hour after each stage finish, from July 1-23.

The podcast features special guest appearances, insightful course previews and race analysis from Armstrong’s distinct point of view, which takes listeners deep inside the world’s most iconic cycling race. In addition to a daily recap of all the action, Armstrong, who also hosts The Forward podcast, shares anecdotes from his years racing Le Tour.

Followers can watch this year’s race unfold through the lens of someone who knows the suffering and splendor like no one else.

Stages was what I was looking for. Lance and his co-host JB Hager gave excellent coverage of each stage of the TDF. In fact, it was so good I thought I would check out The Forward podcast again.

I don’t recall which episode of The Forward I listened to first but I came away thinking Lance had become a great interviewer and was interviewing some really interesting people. I’ve since gone back and listened to almost every episode.

The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong gives the audience a rare and revealing listen into Armstrong’s conversations with some of the most interesting people he’s met through the years. Guests of the weekly podcast include an eclectic range of personalities—some well-known, others simply with intriguing stories to tell—from the world of politics, entertainment, art, business, sport and more. The podcast, which often touches on current events, is also a community forum where the audience is encouraged to send questions, comments and any feedback directly to Armstrong. Above all, The Forward Podcast is a personal, honest, engaging and always entertaining dialogue that leaves the listener with new insights and information every week.

I know folks have strong opinions about Lance. Love him or hate him The Forward podcast has some amazing interviews with some great life lessons.

If you like podcasts you should definitely check The Forward out. Here are some of my favorite episodes: Michael Morton, Becky Hammon, Rahm Emanuel, Shep Gordon, John Paul DeJoria, Jimmie Johnson, Troy Aikman, and Roy Spence.

Listen on iTunes here: iTunes
Listen on Soundcloud here: Soundcloud
Listen on Google Play here: Google Play

Thinking about the apps and web services I’ll be using in 2018

I’ll be writing my article about the apps and web services I’ll be using in 2018 soon. Between now and then I’ll be choosing those apps and web services.

I have some prerequisites for next year:

  1. The apps I’ll be using must be cross-platform. That means there must be a Mac, iPhone and iPad app.
  2. I don’t want to manage files anymore. I want to use apps that have an app-based organization.
  3. And lastly, I want to keep subscription-based apps and services to a minimum.

That means there will be some departures from what I’ve done in the past. I’m excited about sharing my must-have apps and web services for 2018 with you.

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.

PSA: Granting iPhone camera permissions allows apps to secretly take pictures and videos without you knowing

There’s been some buzz this week about a potential privacy issue with apps that you’ve granted access to your iPhone’s camera. They can take pictures and videos without you knowing. This is a privacy loophole discovered by security researcher Felix Krause.

You can read Krause’s technical paper here. Motherboard broke the story which you can read here.

Whenever you give iPhone apps permission to access your camera, the app can surreptitiously take pictures and videos of you as long as the app is in the foreground, a security researcher warned on Wednesday.

​What this means is that even if you don’t see the camera “open” in the form of an on-screen viewfinder, an app can still take photos and videos. It is unknown how many apps currently do this, but Krause created a test app as a proof-of-concept.

Again, this is not a bug or something you should be too worried about. But it’s good to be aware of how much power you’re giving apps when you grant them access to your iPhone’s cameras.

After reading this, I went into my iPhone’s Privacy settings to see what apps I’d granted access to my camera. It turns out I’ve only granted access to 3 which are apps I trust. With this information in mind, you may want to do the same. You’ll want to remove access to apps that don’t need access to your camera or that you don’t trust.

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.

Tip – Ulysses Smart Paste

Okay, I know I’m using Ulysses again after I said I was moving on to other options. I’m still not happy about the subscription model but that said I’ve been gradually gravitating back to Ulysses. It just fits my writing workflow better than the other options. Smart Paste is one of the features in Ulysses for Mac that’s missing in the other options.

Smart paste lets me paste text into a sheet the way I want. It detects all the appropriate ways for pasting and lets me choose the option that fits my purpose. The hotkey to trigger for Smart Paste is ⇧-⌘-V.

All Smart Paste options are also available in the Menu under Edit › Paste as and Edit › Paste from.