The BirchTree Podcast

All the things I love but are not fit to print on BirchTree (not that that's a bad thing!).
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Nov 13, 2017

It's still terrible, even through the operating system itself has gotten better over the years. Here's the list I mention in the episode of apps I have not been able to replace yet.

  • Apple News

  • Files

  • Reddit

  • OmniFocus

  • HomeKit

  • Ulysses

  • Mic

  • Scanbot

  • Television Time

  • Tweetbot

  • Deliveries

  • Annotable

  • Workflow

  • Transmit

  • Feedbin Notifier

  • Ferrite

Nov 6, 2017

I don't have an iPhone X yet, but I've been talking to a lot of people who do and had to take today's episode to talk about Face ID, how our habits change, and what I expect we'll see in Face ID 2.0.

Oct 24, 2017

In an off-the-cuff episode, I talk about third party services and why iOS has a fundamental advantage over Android in this area.

Oct 23, 2017

Consider this: if you were hired by Apple or Google tomorrow as a social media specialist who's job it is to report only the good news about their company and only the bad news about their rival, would the things you share online change at all? Are you already doing their job for them?

Oct 16, 2017

The Nintendo Switch was released 7 months ago and for the first time in a while, I feel like the software library available on the console is worth of gushing over for a few minutes.

Oct 11, 2017

I ordered a Google Pixel 2 this weekend and will be using Android as my main phone for at least a month. We'll see if my results are better than they have been in the past.

Oct 2, 2017

I've been using the 3 major voice assistants constantly for the past year, and took today as a chance to reflect on what I like and don't like about each of these services.

Sep 27, 2017

My thoughts after a couple days with the iPhone 8 Plus.

Sep 18, 2017

Why watchOS reviews are fundamentally different from iOS reviews, and 3 of the features in watchOS 4 that I think you'll love.

Sep 12, 2017

My first impressions of the Apple iPhone event. We talk iPhones and Apple Watches and Apple TVs, weeeee!

Sep 5, 2017

My first app, Today's Forecast, on the App Store was released 7 days ago and I'm still catching up on sleep and emails as we roll into week two. There is lots to do when releasing an app, and I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about some of the surprises I've had so far.

Today's Forecast on the App Store

Aug 28, 2017

AccuWeather and Sarahah have both been hit with news stories in the past week about how they are sharing your personal data for shady purposes.Today I walk through why stories like this get under my skin and why all of us (including me) need to take a closer look at what data we are freely giving to the apps that we use on a daily basis.

Aug 21, 2017

I'm getting close to being done with my new weather app for iOS, and I took a few minutes this morning to reflect on the process of going from web to iOS development. It's messy, it's challenging, and I'd be ashamed to show a professional developer my code, but it works, and I'll only get better.

Aug 14, 2017

This week we're thinking about your personal advantages and how to leverage them. It's hard to always know what you're advantages are over everyone else in the room, so hopefully this episode will get you thinking about that a little more this week.

Aug 10, 2017

A quick bonus episode on a trapball of us fall into all day, every day. We all have pre-conceived notions for how the world works, and that carries over to tech.

This impromptu episode had no prep and was recorded and posted in 15 minutes!

Aug 7, 2017

I've owned a Nintendo Switch for about 3 months. Today we're taking a look at how my initial impressions have panned out over time.

My initial impressions of the Switch.

Aug 1, 2017

I take a quick look at Apple's Q3 2017 earnings. Growth! iPhones up! Macs flat! iPads up! But are they the right iPads? 

Jul 28, 2017

The podcast is getting back to its regular schedule soon!

See the video version of this episode here:

Jun 12, 2017

I wanted to take another look at WWDC now that I have played with some of the betas more and watched some of the developer sessions.

Jun 7, 2017

Recorded immediately after the WWDC 2017 keynote, special guess Matt Bonney and I discuss Apple's latest announcements.


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Apr 22, 2017

The Apple Watch is about to turn 2 year old, and I've been there since day one. I reflect on what the last 2 years have been like for me with the Watch.

This episode sounds a lot different from normal, and that's because instead of recording this in my home studio like normal, I recorded it straight into my iPhone using the Clips app for iOS. I hope you still like it!

See the video version of this here:

Apr 11, 2017

Sorry I've been away for so long! Quick thoughts on my first week with Clips for iOS.

Links Discussed

Mar 20, 2017

I got some new C by GE smart bulbs over the weekend and my first run with them is pretty shaky at best. We'll see how they grow on me, but my advice after one day is to stay away and spend a little more on Phillips Hue bulbs.

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