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Yohann iPad Stand

Yohann – My Favorite iPad Stand Yet

Last updated on Mar 5, 2017

In this post I’ll review Yohann, an innovative and absolutely gorgeous-looking iPad stand that was originally funded on Kickstarter. It’s my favorite iPad stand yet!

Most iPad stands I tried in the past had one problem in common: They held the iPad in a fixed angle. Most stands are designed to present the iPad at an angle that works well when you sit on a desk, with the iPad in front of you. But what about when you want to watch Netflix in bed or when the iPad is on your kitchen counter while you’re standing in front of it?…

How to create a Dropbox link for any file in Finder using Automator

Creating a Dropbox link for files and folders already stored in Dropbox is easy. But in this article, I’ll show you how to create a Dropbox link for any file in Finder, regardless of where the file is stored using Automator and the Dropbox API.

Note: The technique I describe below does not rely on the deprecated Public folder that Dropbox disabled for accounts created on October 4th, 2012 or later. Instead, I use the Dropbox API to upload files and generate links.

Why create a Dropbox link for files outside of Dropbox?

I store most of my files in either Dropbox or iCloud Drive. …

One of my longtime complaints with Apple has been the lack of feedback both developers and especially participants of the public beta program get on reported defects and feature requests. But every so often, Apple surprises me and responds to feedback I submitted.

Public Beta Program - Apple responds to user feedback
macOS: Feedback Assistant

I file bug reports and enhancement requests through Apple’s Feedback Assistant for macOS and iOS every chance I get. This year, Apple responded to my feedback twice so far. Last night Apple emailed me to let me know that a bug in Apple Mail was fixed in the last Beta of macOS (16A286a). The bug led to Apple Mail reporting an incorrect item count for individual Smart Mailboxes.…

Travel Case for Apple Watch

Traveling with an Apple Watch means to carry yet another charger plus accessories. That makes the goal of traveling “light” even more difficult. Twelve South has recognized that problem and created an innovative travel case for the Apple Watch that also doubles as an elegant charger.

I used to carry all charging cables and plugs in Twelve South’s BookBook Travel Journal. But I got so used to charging my Apple Watch in Nightstand Mode, that I didn’t like the idea anymore of having it lie flat on my nightstand for overnight charging.

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TimePorter: Travel Case for Apple Watch

Time Porter for Apple Watch is Twelve South’s solution for frequent travelers and Apple Watch owners.…

Since I transitioned from Aperture to Apple’s new Photos app, I have dealt with one major issue, related to importing videos into my Photos library. I finally figured out a solution to this pesky problem and I’d like to share it with you!

Update: Since writing this article, I have found an even better way to solve this issue. See the end of this article for an alternative solution.

My Photo and Video Workflow

Both my wife and I take a lot of photos and videos with our iPhone. Every so often, we create photo books or albums of the best photos taken.…

Out of the box, you cannot easily track sleep with the Apple Watch. To enable sleep tracking, you need third-party apps or even another fitness band, such as the Jawbone UP. I have tested both Sleep++ and the Jawbone UP2 and would like to share my experience with you. Continue reading to find out if the Apple Watch can be turned into a decent sleep tracker.

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Sleep Tracking and Smart Alarms

During the week, I usually get up between 5 and 5:30 am. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I work out before going to the office.…

As an Apple fan, the annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is probably one of the most exiting technology events of the year. This year was no different and I’m super excited about the next versions of iOS, watchOS and macOS. Below are my first impressions of the new releases.

Despite my excitement, I swore not to jump on the beta bandwagon too soon and instead wait for the Public Beta versions, or even longer. But only a few days after Apple released the first beta version to developers, I couldn’t help but install it on my iPad Air 2.…

Productivity

I’m always working on improving my productivity, so I can get things done more quickly and efficiently. That pays off with frequently recurring tasks and technologies I use every day. In this post, I’ll share some newly acquired skills I learned from David Sparks (MacSparky), a business attorney and geek.

Productivity and Getting Things Done (GTD)

I’m a huge fan of the Getting Things Done method, which according to its inventor David Allen is “a total work-life management system that transforms overwhelm into an integrated system of stress-free productivity.” One of its fundamental principles is to get ideas, to-dos, and reminders out of your head, so you can instead use your brainpower for being creative. …

Since OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released to developers about a year ago, I have had intermittent problems when using my beloved Plantronics headset with FaceTime and other VoIP applications. In this post I’ll talk about a bug that makes FaceTime ignore a selected output device when using Wi-Fi calling.

FaceTime Calls

On newer releases of OS X, FaceTime supports a variety of call options, including:

  • FaceTime Video: This was the first mode FaceTime supported when it was released a couple of years ago.
  • FaceTime Audio: As the name suggests, a Voice over IP (VoIP) call without video.
Noontec ZORO II Wireless Headphones

In this post I’ll review a pair of ZORO II wireless fashion headphones that Noontec kindly provided to me.

I have to admit, that I wasn’t familiar with the Noontec brand until Mike from Noontec’s marketing department reached out to me on Facebook. Convinced that I’d like what they had to offer, they sent me a pair of their new ZORO II wireless headphones for me to test. One of the things I enjoy most with new gadgets is the unboxing. Noontec didn’t disappoint me as the ZORO II came nicely packaged and with all the accessories you would expect, including:

  • Storage pouch
  • Audio cable with a flat design and gold-plated contacts
  • USB charging cable

When I first opened the box I thought I was looking at Beats headphones, as both share a similar design language.…

Automator Encrypt PDF

In this post I’ll show you how to encrypt PDF files using Automator in OS X. More importantly, I’ll show you how to overwrite the original (unencrypted) PDF with the encrypted file. Before I get into the “how to”, I’ll explain why I started thinking about encrypting PDF files and what technique I used to identify PDFs that I consider worth encrypting.

I store most of my documents in Dropbox because it’s convenient, reliable and I have access to my files from all of my devices – no matter where I am. With that convenience comes a risk. What if someone hacks into my Dropbox account?…

Open or Save Dialog

Much of what I do on my Mac is working with files. That includes finding, opening, saving and organizing them. If you don’t have a good workflow you can easily waste time on each of those tasks, thus reducing your productivity. In this post I’ll show you how to save time by quickly changing the current directory in an Open or Save dialog via drag and drop.

The Issue with the Open and Save Dialog

Every application on a Mac has its own “working” directory that is displayed when you invoke the Save or Open dialog. That’s fine but it’s usually not the directory where you want to save a file to (or open it from).…

iOS Pinch Gesture

I like to think that I’m a proficient user of OS X and iOS. But not a month goes by where I don’t learn something new. Just recently, I discovered the hidden powers of the help menu in OS X after having read an article on Macworld. In this post I’ll show you gestures in iOS that you may not have known about.

Before we get into the details, I have to make an embarrassing admission. I didn’t learn about the gestures I’m about to tell you on a blog or by trial and error. I was watching my 2.5 year old daughter Isabella “playing” with my iPad.…

Day One Sync

Troubleshooting Day One Sync

Last updated on Mar 5, 2017

I recently ran into an issue with Day One Sync and it took me a while to resolve it. In this post I’ll show you what steps I took to troubleshoot and finally resolve the issue.

Day One is an incredibly well-built journaling app that both my wife and I have used for a couple of years. In the past, Day One supported synchronizing journals between multiple devices via Dropbox and later iCloud. When Day One 2.0 was released, syncing via Dropbox and iCloud was deprecated in favor of Day One’s own data synchronization engine called Day One Sync.

Day One Sync is a fast and reliable service for backing up and synchronizing your Day One journal between all of your devices.

Help Menu

The Hidden Power of the Mac Help Menu

Last updated on Mar 5, 2017

Have you ever used the Help menu in OS X? Until a few weeks ago, I did not, missing out on a powerful feature I didn’t even know existed.

Pretty much every application in OS X has its dedicated help menu. It’s usually the last menu in the menu bar, on the upper edge of your screen. With some exceptions, the items in the Help menu vary by application but most have a Search field. I have used Macs for about 8 years and until a few weeks ago, I never used the Search field or even thought about what it would do beyond searching for help topics.…