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Now displaying: May, 2018
May 25, 2018

Castro 3 came out on Monday of this week and it's a very opinionated podcast player. Listen in to hear why I think this app works so well for me, even if it's not an app for everybody.

Get Castro 3 on the App Store.

May 24, 2018

Castro 3, Spark 2, OmniFocus 3, Apollo, and Pocket-Run Pool all came out for iOS since I switched to Android 16 days ago. In that same time there have been zero updates or new apps for Android that have me really exacted.

  • Castro 3: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/castro-podcasts/id1080840241?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l8rH
  • Spark 2: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/spark-by-readdle/id997102246?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l8rH
  • OmniFocus: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/omnifocus-2/id904071710?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l8rH
  • Apollo: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/apollo-immersive-illumination/id1373682251?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l8rH
  • Pocket-Run Pool: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-run-pool/id949982914?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l8rH
May 23, 2018

I have been wearing watches for my whole life. Long before the Apple Watch became my obsession, I lived for having the time on my wrist.

This episode takes you through my history of being a kid with a cheap Timex, to the wonder introduced by the Pebble, all the way to the wonderful Apple watch I'm wearing today.

May 21, 2018

I've been using Android P for 2 weeks and it might just be the least painful time with Android I've ever had. I'm not switching any time soon, but if I were an Android fan I think I'd be happy with this update.

Also, it was basically a monsoon outside this morning, so pardon the rain in the background.

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.

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