Greg Allen has posted a clever and versatile window manger workflow for Alfred, Layouts. While there are a lot of apps that acheive this, this is yet another example of how you can consolidate multiple apps with various Alfred Workflows.
Unfortunately unlike Pastebot, Paster for the iPhone requires that you return to the app in order for it to collect your clipboard contents. However, the benefit is that you can sync over WAN — which Pastebot could not.
The Adonit Jot Script Evernote edition stylus is a branded edition of the company's new Bluetooth 4.0 stylus. While all the other previous versions had the plastic disc (which you either loved or hated), the Jot Script is diskless and includes a 1.9mm tip that is one step closer to emulating a pen.
Like all Adonit styluses, this also works with apps that do not use the Jot Script SDK — which leads me to assume that the stylus generates a capacitive field (hence the AA battery) to produce the proper sized "touch" (which the plastic disc accomplished in the previous versions) in order for iOS to register its presence.
Gabe Weatherhead gives a detailed overview of the email provider, Fastmail. Having been a Gmail user since launch, the idea of switching over to a different provider made me a little nervous. After taking up Fastmail's free trial offer a while back, I've made my decision to migrate within the first hour.
While there are a boat load of options and extensions for Gmail, the ones that I really use/depend on are available in Fastmail by default. In Gabe's overview, you can see if the feature you use are available in Fastmail — in case you were interested in switching.
Paul Horowitz at OS X Daily goes through how to enable subtle fades for transitions in iOS 7 by enabling the "Reduced Motion" setting. The general consensus that I've seen around the web is that those who have enabled it enjoy the seemingly increased responsiveness and speed.
While I do enjoy the fading transitions more than the zooming transitions, I still enjoy the parallax effect on the wallpaper with "Reduced Motion" turned off.
Mark this under the news-to-me section, but by adding an exclamation point + a date to the subject line of an email being sent to your Evernote address, it will create a note with a reminder set for the specified date.
This is highly useful for me as I often receive marketing emails from prime steakhouses showing what deals are being offered. So often times I forward those emails to both OmniFocus and Evernote so that I can plan out a dinner date with the wife while having my reference material stored in Evernote. However, by adding the exclamation point + date to the subject line, I can get that reference material in Evernote to pop up in my Notification Center on the day of the dinner.
Sid O'Neill takes a look at the benefits of iCloud Keychain while remaining a devout 1Password user. I agree with this completely — with the sandboxed nature of iOS, accessing 3rd party app data (e.g. 1Password's login info) still provides a bit of friction despite their best efforts. Having iCloud Keychain built in reduces some of the friction and also promotes safe practices when it comes to login info.
While I would not recommend storing any login info that allows access to financial data in iCloud Keychain (unless you have an alphanumeric security code on your iOS device), storing my login info for Pinboard, Comixology, and other frequently visted sites that don't allow access to confidential information seems to ease things up a bit.
Philip Gruneich displays a Pythonista script that will comb through a TaskPaper document and pulling tasks that have a due date of today. The script will then encode the data into a Begin x-callback-url in order to dump the tasks into the app.
What's interesting is the philosophy behind this workflow — having TaskPaper document store tasks while having another app reference the document.
The power of plain text.
Sid O'Neill rants about the current state of email unsubscribing. Since recently becoming an email hipster1, I've been exposed to a lot of the marketing email that Gmail has shielded me from. For the first time in my life, I've been actively unsubscribing to these emails.
While there are shady practices in email unsubscribing, I was generally surprised at how simple it was to unsubscribe. I guess I was expecting it to be as difficult as canceling AOL back in the heydey of dialup internet. However, there are some sneaky companies that Sid points out who like to throw in a little bit of friction while unsubscribing.
My favorite is the 404 page.