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All the things I love but are not fit to print on BirchTree (not that that's a bad thing!).
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Feb 20, 2018

Does anyone know what they're doing with their desk? I feel like I'm always just winging it and have no grand plan to "optimize my work flow" or anything like that. Either there is something I'm missing, or we're all just guessing our way through.

Feb 12, 2018

HomePod is here and I've been using mine for a couple days now. It's a very good speaker with some challenges when it comes to other aspects. If you literally just want something that sounds good, then this likely will fit the bill for you. But if you want a little more, or something that just keeps up with the other wireless speakers on the market, this has a few challenges that it needs to overcome.

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Feb 5, 2018

Apple Music is on pace to overtake Spotify in the US in 2018. This got me thinking about whether Apple is too late to overtake the likes of Hulu and Netflix in the video arena. They have an uphill battle, but giving the success of Apple Music, I'm reassessing how likely their odds are here.

https://9to5mac.com/2018/02/04/apple-music-subscribers-spotify/

Jan 31, 2018

Apparently the Nintendo Switch has just about hit 15 million sales worldwide, months ahead of other big gam console launches like the Wii and PS4. Nintendo has a hit on their hands, and I'm just enjoying the ride.

https://nintendosoup.com/nintendo-sold-close-15-million-switch-consoles-2017/

Jan 26, 2018

We're t-minus 8 hours from HomePod pre-orders and I did an impromptu episode of the show to get some of my thoughts about how odd this release is for Apple. I still have so many questions about it that are not answered and I can't remember the last time I felt this in the dark about an Apple product at its release.

Jan 22, 2018

The iPad has helped me a ton with some minir RSI issues I’ve had recently. It may not be true for everyone, but for me it’s an absolute godsend.

Jan 16, 2018

I discuss the unique challenge of coming up with new features for a product that doesn’t really have anyone to steal ideas from. iOS can look to Android for things to improve, and macOS can look to Windows, but watchOS really has no peers at this point in time. Android Wear is on life support, and companies like Fitbit aren’t making comparable products.

 

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

Jan 8, 2018

We often forget that people make different choices on what computing platforms to use. This leads to heated, sometimes angry debates about why the other person is clearly making a bad decision and they should change. That is not a helpful way to talk about this stuff.

Dec 18, 2017

I have 100% more iPad in my life this week than last week so you know I have to talk about it! Today I’m just talking hardware, not software just yet.

Dec 11, 2017

It comes down to 3 main things for me:

  1. Third party software
  2. General look and feel
  3. Sync with my Mac
Dec 7, 2017

I put my SIM card back in the iPhone!

Nov 28, 2017

My updated thoughts on the Pixel 2 camera and why I am actually pulling out the Pixel before my iPhone when it's time to take a picture.

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

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