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May 18, 2018

The Google Pixel Buds got a few new gestures for controls this week and it got me thinking again about how these stack up to AirPods, their clear competitor.

May 16, 2018

Google News is now available for iOS and Android (if you know where to look) and I have been spending some serious time with the app. Here are my first impressions.

Android APK: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/google-news/google-news-5-0-0-release/google-news-5-0-0-android-apk-download/

iOS App Store: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-news/id459182288?mt=8&at=10l8rH

May 14, 2018

Google only showed off Wear OS at one developer session this year, which was realtively disappointing from a smart watch fan’s perspective. They didn’t show off anything that got me jealous of their wearable platform, and that was a huge disappointment for me.

Wear OS at I/O: https://birchtree.me/blog/wear-os-at-google-io/

My watchOS 5 proposal: https://birchtree.me/blog/watchos-5-a-relatively-modest-proposal/

May 10, 2018

How I produce my podcast, why I think the iPad is great for content creation, and why needing to use a headphone jack is actually kind of inconvenient these days.

Unco episode 14: https://www.unco.fm/unco/014

May 8, 2018

Google I/O's keynote ended literally 2 minutes before I hit record on this episode, so enjoy my completely off the cuff thoughts about the event. There's more to come from Google this week, so expect to hear more about I/O in the coming days.

May 8, 2018

My initial reactions to Microsoft's lengthy, and all business keynote presentation from Build 2018. As someone who focuses on consumer tech, there really wasn't a lot for me at this show, but Microsoft did have a few things of note to talk about.

May 4, 2018

There was some news about Pocket Casts yesterday, and people are a bit conflicted on what to think about it.

Also, my one dollar month of Spotify is almost up and I had to make a decision about if it would replace Apple Music for me. The answer was a resounding no.

May 3, 2018

On iteration and making time for those features that don't make money on their own, but make your experience better so that people stick around.

May 2, 2018

Apple seems to be pretty good at making a stupid amount of cash, huh?

See also my post from this morning with some fancy actions for you Drafts users out there.

https://birchtree.me/blog/draft-5-actions-the-birchtree-collection/

May 1, 2018

I just travelled to Austin, Texas for a long weekend and learned a little about myself when it comes to which mapping service I trust more to get me where I'm try to go.

Apr 26, 2018

There is a reason I keep going back to OmniFocus.

Apr 25, 2018

How am I annoyed by Windows on a daily basis? Let me count the ways ;)

Apr 23, 2018

It's always easier to look at an existing situation and suggest something that's better. This is in no small part because ideas (especially if they fit in a tweet) don't have to concern themselves with the trade offs that things do when they're actually implemented in the real world.

This week is a case study in how this impacts the Apple Pencil charging situation, which some have called bad design. I disagree, and I only do so after working out the implications of making other choices. There are complications with ever product decision, and the challenge is in picking the path that makes the best compromises.

https://birchtree.me/blog/apple-pencil-charging-is-good-design/

Apr 19, 2018

I'm experimenting with computer platforms, media, and content creation mediums, all in the interest of challenging my own assumptions about who I have decided I am. These are not life-changing differences, but they are small steps to challenge some decisions I made many years ago.

Apr 18, 2018

Drafts 5 will be releasing today and it's a great update! I am not going to post a full review of the app because I'm far too casual of a user to provide much insight into it, but I had to take a few minutes and talk about why I love it and how it fits into my very specific workflow. 

Drafts on the App Store: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/drafts-quick-capture/id905337691?mt=8&at=10l8rH

Tim Nahumck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nahumck

Apr 17, 2018

It's easy to tell the world what you think is important, or what you see and good and bad. It's much harder to step outside yourself and understand, or even argue for, the opinions and world views of others. But just because it's hard doesn't mean it's not important. Quite the opposite, actually.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/05/what-alexa-taught-my-father/556874/

Apr 16, 2018

So many people just seem to use Chrome these days, and odds are you are too. I'd seriously recommend trying something like Safari, Firefox, Vivaldi, or Opera.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/15/17239548/firefox-chrome-safari-competition

Apr 11, 2018

Quick episode today where I gush about the latest Zelda adventure.

Apr 10, 2018

I love the Magic Keyboard, and I actually really like the new MacBook keyboards too. These keyboards are not factually great, but they're great for me.

Apr 9, 2018

I spent less than a week back on Android full time and it was just more trouble than it was worth. I'm a little harsh on Android in the episode, so maybe skip today if you're a die-hard Android fan, but I had to be honest.

Apr 6, 2018

The AirPods and Pixel Buds have features I wish they'd steal from each other.

Apr 5, 2018

I've found myself very happy with and impressed with the Calendar app for iOS recently. There are few apps that I have made such a full 180 on and it's a good illustration on how software is deeply subjective and how a change in circumstance can totally change your opinion on things.

Apr 4, 2018

It's all about the camera, the feel, and the speed.

Apr 3, 2018

I'm a few days into Android again, and it really struck me already how little passion I feel for this platform. The types of experiences that make me really appreciate iOS and macOS just aren't here. There are some surface-level customizations that are nice, but the third party (and even first party Google) apps are just so lifeless.

Apr 2, 2018

I moved my SIM card back to the Pixel 2 yesterday and I'm going to try and do a full month on Android. There's not intention of writing anything specific about the differences between iOS and Android this time, so I am curious to see if using Android in a non-critical mindset changes how I feel about it. I don't think it will, but I feel like I need to give it a fair shake again.

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