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  14. <description>A daily weblog written by Michael Rockwell which focuses on Apple products, mobile software, the internet, and other geek-related topics.</description>
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  21. <title><![CDATA[Support BirchTree  &#10141;]]></title>
  22. <link><![CDATA[https://birchtree.me/support/]]></link>
  23. <pubDate>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:23:00 +0000</pubDate>
  24. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
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  27. <category><![CDATA[Independent Publishers]]></category>
  28. <category><![CDATA[Matt Birchler]]></category>
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  33. <description><![CDATA[My good friend Matt Bircher, on his newly launched Support BirchTree page: If you are a regular around these parts, I’d like to say THANK YOU! You are the reason I write here, and I can’t thank you enough for taking some time out of your day to read the site. If you enjoy the [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/support-birchtree/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Support BirchTree'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  35. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>My good friend Matt Bircher, on his newly launched <em>Support BirchTree</em> page:</p>
  36. <blockquote>
  37. <p>If you are a regular around these parts, I’d like to say THANK YOU! You are the reason I write here, and I can’t thank you enough for taking some time out of your day to read the site. If you enjoy the site and want to support its continued development, please consider donating a few dollars […]</p>
  38. </blockquote>
  39. <p>I’ve known Matt for a couple of years and he’s always publishing some of the most interesting pieces in this Apple-centric slice of the internet. I wholeheartedly encourage you to throw a couple of bucks his way if you’ve ever enjoyed one of his articles and are interested in supporting independent web publishers.</p>
  40. <p>In addition to helping support his writing and <a href="http://birchtree.libsyn.com/">other</a> <a href="https://quickbinlookup.com/">various</a> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/todays-forecast/id1271219206?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">projects</a>, you’ll also receive a nifty BirchTree sticker as a thank you. He sent the first batch of stickers out last Thursday and I expect I’ll be receiving mine later today.</p>
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  45. <title><![CDATA[Podcasts Are Coming to Plex  &#10141;]]></title>
  46. <link><![CDATA[https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/podcasts-are-coming-to-plex-followed-by-web-series-and-other-digital-media/]]></link>
  47. <pubDate>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 02:11:00 +0000</pubDate>
  48. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  49. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  50. <category><![CDATA[Apple TV]]></category>
  51. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  52. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  53. <category><![CDATA[Overcast]]></category>
  54. <category><![CDATA[Plex]]></category>
  55. <category><![CDATA[Podcasts]]></category>
  56. <category><![CDATA[Sarah Perez]]></category>
  57. <category><![CDATA[TechCrunch]]></category>
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  60. <description><![CDATA[Overcast has been my podcast client of choice since it first launched over three-and-a-half years ago. But after I moved all of my media to Plex, I never looked back. It’s an incredibly robust piece of software that I’m currently using to record over-the-air television, back up my photos, and host my movie, TV show, [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/plex-podcasts/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Podcasts Are Coming to Plex'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  62. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/overcast/id888422857?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Overcast</a> has been my podcast client of choice since it first launched over three-and-a-half years ago. But after <a href="https://initialcharge.net/2016/11/plex-requiem/">I moved all of my media to Plex</a>, I never looked back. It’s an incredibly robust piece of software that I’m currently using to record over-the-air television, back up my photos, and host my movie, TV show, and music libraries.</p>
  63. <p>I’ll certainly have to wait and see how the feature is implemented, but I’m open to the idea of dropping Overcast and moving my podcast playback to Plex as well. Having <em>all</em> of my media in one place that’s accessible from <em>all</em> of my devices sounds like a dream. Overcast is great, but having access to my podcasts on my Apple TV might be too good to pass up.</p>
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  68. <title><![CDATA[Panic, Transmit, and Alternative Business Models  &#10141;]]></title>
  69. <link><![CDATA[https://www.macsparky.com/blog/2018/1/the-demise-of-transmit-and-the-future-of-pro-level-ios-apps]]></link>
  70. <comments>https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/transmit-david-sparks/#comments</comments>
  71. <pubDate>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 20:22:00 +0000</pubDate>
  72. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  73. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  74. <category><![CDATA[App Store]]></category>
  75. <category><![CDATA[David Sparks]]></category>
  76. <category><![CDATA[iOS]]></category>
  77. <category><![CDATA[Panic]]></category>
  78. <category><![CDATA[Transmit]]></category>
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  81. <description><![CDATA[David Sparks, on Panic discontinuing Transmit for iOS: I use Transmit both on my Mac and iOS devices. I don’t recall what I originally paid for Transmit, but I believe it was in the neighborhood of $50. Since then I’ve upgraded twice so let’s say I’ve now given Panic $100 for the privilege of having [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/transmit-david-sparks/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Panic, Transmit, and Alternative Business Models'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  83. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>David Sparks, on Panic discontinuing Transmit for iOS:</p>
  84. <blockquote>
  85. <p>I use Transmit both on my Mac and iOS devices. I don’t recall what I originally paid for Transmit, but I believe it was in the neighborhood of $50. Since then I’ve upgraded twice so let’s say I’ve now given Panic $100 for the privilege of having their app on my Mac.</p>
  86. <p>When I bought Transmit for my iOS devices, I paid $10. That is it. I’ve been using the app for years and all the money Panic ever got out of me was $10, less than I&#8217;m going to spend today on lunch.</p>
  87. </blockquote>
  88. <p>I’m not sure if Panic would have found success by transitioning to a subscription-based business model or if charging more for Transmit would have <em>actually</em> resulted in more revenue. But it’s clear to me that Panic needed a way to get more money from users that rely on and <em>loved</em> using the app. I guess I would have expected the team to, at least, try an alternative business model before putting Transmit on the shelf, but I guess they decided it was best to just cut their losses.</p>
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  95. <title><![CDATA[The Future of Transmit for iOS  &#10141;]]></title>
  96. <link><![CDATA[https://panic.com/blog/the-future-of-transmit-ios/]]></link>
  97. <pubDate>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 00:04:00 +0000</pubDate>
  98. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  99. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  100. <category><![CDATA[App Store]]></category>
  101. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  102. <category><![CDATA[Cabel Sasser]]></category>
  103. <category><![CDATA[iOS]]></category>
  104. <category><![CDATA[Panic]]></category>
  105. <category><![CDATA[Transmit]]></category>
  106.  
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  108. <description><![CDATA[Sad news from Cabel Sasser, writing on Panic&#8217;s weblog: Transmit iOS made about $35k in revenue in the last year, representing a minuscule fraction of our overall 2017 app revenue. That’s not enough to cover even a half-time developer working on the app. And the app needs full-time work — we’d love to be adding [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/transmit-ios-discontinued/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The Future of Transmit for iOS'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  110. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Sad news from Cabel Sasser, writing on Panic&#8217;s weblog:</p>
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  112. <p>Transmit iOS made about $35k in revenue in the last year, representing a minuscule fraction of our overall 2017 app revenue. That’s not enough to cover even a half-time developer working on the app. And the app needs full-time work — we’d love to be adding all of the new protocols we added in Transmit 5, as well as some dream features, but the low revenue would render that effort a guaranteed money-loser. Also, paid upgrades are still a matter of great debate and discomfort in the iOS universe, so the normally logical idea of a paid “Transmit 2 for iOS” would be unlikely to help. Finally, the new Files app in iOS 10 overlaps a lot of file-management functionality Transmit provides, and feels like a more natural place for that functionality. It all leads to one hecka murky situation. […]</p>
  113. <p>My optimistic take: we hope that as iOS matures, and more and more pro users begin to seriously consider the iPad as a legitimate part of their daily work routines, Transmit iOS can one day return and triumph like it does on the Mac.</p>
  114. </blockquote>
  115. <p>Transmit was one of the most important applications for me as I started using iOS as my primary platform. But that was in early 2015, before the Files app and the game-changing addition of drag and drop. In the days of iOS 8, if you wanted to work with files on an iPhone or iPad, Transmit was the best tool for the job.</p>
  116. <p>It’s unfortunate to see such a well-designed app leave the App Store, but I&#8217;m sure Panic&#8217;s making the right decision. If the app&#8217;s revenue isn’t enough to support development, its better to remove the app from sale and focus your energy on more lucrative endeavors.</p>
  117. <p>I&#8217;ll continue using Transmit for now, but I’m going to be conscious of what exactly I’m using the app for these days. Most of what I used Transmit for has been taken over by <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coda/id500906297?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Coda</a> and the Files app. Once I have a better idea of what I’m using Transmit for, I’ll be on the lookout for an app that will better serve my needs.</p>
  118. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/transmit-ios-discontinued/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'The Future of Transmit for iOS'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  122. <title><![CDATA[Listen to Podcasts on Apple Watch With MiniCast  &#10141;]]></title>
  123. <link><![CDATA[https://thesweetsetup.com/save-podcasts-overcast-minicast-apple-watch-playback/]]></link>
  124. <pubDate>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:33:00 +0000</pubDate>
  125. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  126. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  127. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  128. <category><![CDATA[Apple Watch]]></category>
  129. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  130. <category><![CDATA[Bradley Chambers]]></category>
  131. <category><![CDATA[Podcast]]></category>
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  134. <description><![CDATA[Bradley Chambers, with a great tip for playing podcasts on your Apple Watch: Another option is MiniCast. One awesome thing about Minicast is that you don’t have to maintain another subscription list. It works with apps like Overcast to be able to share certain podcast episodes straight to your watch for offline playback away from [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/minicast-apple-watch/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Listen to Podcasts on Apple Watch With MiniCast'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  136. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Bradley Chambers, with a great tip for playing podcasts on your Apple Watch:</p>
  137. <blockquote>
  138. <p>Another option is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/minicast/id1321902240?mt=8&amp;at=11l7ja&amp;ct=tss">MiniCast</a>. One awesome thing about Minicast is that you don’t have to maintain another subscription list. It works with apps like <a href="https://thesweetsetup.com/apps/our-favorite-podcast-client-for-ios/">Overcast</a> to be able to <em>share</em> certain podcast episodes straight to your watch for offline playback away from your iPhone.</p>
  139. </blockquote>
  140. <p>I don’t have much use for this during the winter months — it’s just too cold to be outside long enough for podcast listening. But I often go for walks when it’s warmer and pairing MiniCast with my AirPods will give me an opportunity to take a much-needed break from my phone.</p>
  141. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/minicast-apple-watch/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Listen to Podcasts on Apple Watch With MiniCast'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  145. <title><![CDATA[&#8216;My Last Mac&#8217;  &#10141;]]></title>
  146. <link><![CDATA[http://beckyhansmeyer.com/2017/12/14/my-last-mac/]]></link>
  147. <pubDate>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:41:00 +0000</pubDate>
  148. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  149. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  150. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  151. <category><![CDATA[Becky Hansmeyer]]></category>
  152. <category><![CDATA[iOS]]></category>
  153. <category><![CDATA[iPad]]></category>
  154. <category><![CDATA[Mac]]></category>
  155. <category><![CDATA[MacBook Pro]]></category>
  156.  
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  158. <description><![CDATA[Becky Hansmeyer: Here’s the thing, though. I replace my computer every five years. Five years is an incredibly long upgrade cycle in the world of technology. This post isn’t about the quality of the Mac declining, but rather the quality of iOS improving. I’m making a bet that by the time I’m ready to buy [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/last-mac-ios/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to '&#8216;My Last Mac&#8217;'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  159. ]]></description>
  160. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Becky Hansmeyer:</p>
  161. <blockquote>
  162. <p>Here’s the thing, though. I replace my computer every five years. Five years is an <em>incredibly</em> long upgrade cycle in the world of technology. This post isn’t about the quality of the Mac declining, but rather the quality of iOS improving. I’m making a bet that by the time I’m ready to buy a new computer, the iPad Pro is going to be able to do everything that I need it to do, including run Xcode. And if there’s a few little things that it still can’t do, I’m betting this 2016 MacBook Pro will still be chugging along in 2021.</p>
  163. </blockquote>
  164. <p>I bet she&#8217;s right. I think the majority of computer users could already get by just fine with <em>only</em> an iPad. And the rest of us geeks aren’t too far behind.</p>
  165. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/last-mac-ios/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to '&#8216;My Last Mac&#8217;'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  169. <title><![CDATA[iFixit Lowers iPhone Battery Replacement Kit Pricing to $29 or Less  &#10141;]]></title>
  170. <link><![CDATA[https://ifixit.org/blog/9491/apple-batterygate/]]></link>
  171. <pubDate>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:38:00 +0000</pubDate>
  172. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  173. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  174. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  175. <category><![CDATA[Battery]]></category>
  176. <category><![CDATA[iFixit]]></category>
  177. <category><![CDATA[iPhone]]></category>
  178. <category><![CDATA[Kyle Wens]]></category>
  179.  
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  181. <description><![CDATA[Kyle Wiens, writing on iFixit&#8217;s weblog: Effective immediately, we’re cutting the prices on all of our DIY battery install kits to $29 or less as well. The kits include all the tools you need to open up and swap your own battery. We also have options for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and 5c — [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/ifixit-iphone-battery-pricing/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'iFixit Lowers iPhone Battery Replacement Kit Pricing to $29 or Less'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  183. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Kyle Wiens, writing on iFixit&#8217;s weblog:</p>
  184. <blockquote>
  185. <p>Effective immediately, we’re cutting the prices on all of our <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Kits">DIY battery install kits</a> to $29 or less as well. The kits include all the tools you need to open up and swap your own battery. We also have <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Kits">options for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and 5c</a> — which are excluded from Apple’s new program.</p>
  186. </blockquote>
  187. <p>I might purchase one of these battery replacement kits for my wife&#8217;s iPhone SE. The device isn’t as snappy as it once was and I’m almost certain <a href="https://www.apple.com/iphone-battery-and-performance/">the battery is to blame</a>.</p>
  188. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/ifixit-iphone-battery-pricing/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'iFixit Lowers iPhone Battery Replacement Kit Pricing to $29 or Less'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  192. <title><![CDATA[Home Screens  &#10141;]]></title>
  193. <link><![CDATA[https://initialcharge.net/projects/home-screens/]]></link>
  194. <pubDate>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 14:56:00 +0000</pubDate>
  195. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  196. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  197. <category><![CDATA[Apple Watch]]></category>
  198. <category><![CDATA[Applications]]></category>
  199. <category><![CDATA[Home Screens]]></category>
  200. <category><![CDATA[iPad]]></category>
  201. <category><![CDATA[iPhone]]></category>
  202. <category><![CDATA[Setup]]></category>
  203.  
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  205. <description><![CDATA[I’ve been on the lookout for a good way to share my iOS home screens and Apple Watch faces. I tried using Homescreen.me for a while and it came close to satisfying my needs, but the service still doesn’t have support for sharing iPad home screens. Rather than continuing to wait for someone to build [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/home-screens-project/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Home Screens'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  206. ]]></description>
  207. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I’ve been on the lookout for a good way to share my iOS home screens and Apple Watch faces. I tried using <a href="http://homescreen.me/">Homescreen.me</a> for a while and it came <em>close</em> to satisfying my needs, but the service still doesn’t have support for sharing iPad home screens. Rather than continuing to wait for someone to build the service that I want, I’ve decided to publish my home screens and Watch faces here on Initial Charge.</p>
  208. <p>My plan is to update this page by adding screenshots from my devices on a regular basis — probably at the beginning of each month — eventually building a catalog of screenshots depicting all of the changes that have occurred from this point forward.</p>
  209. <p>And of course, I expect I’ll eventually use <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/workflow/id915249334?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Workflow</a> to simplify and streamline the process and possibly share those tools as well.</p>
  210. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/home-screens-project/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Home Screens'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  214. <title><![CDATA[Does Google Miss Google Reader?  &#10141;]]></title>
  215. <link><![CDATA[https://www.cjchilvers.com/blog/does-google-miss-google-reader]]></link>
  216. <pubDate>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:55:00 +0000</pubDate>
  217. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  218. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  219. <category><![CDATA[CJ Chilvers]]></category>
  220. <category><![CDATA[Google]]></category>
  221. <category><![CDATA[Google Reader]]></category>
  222. <category><![CDATA[Open Web]]></category>
  223.  
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  225. <description><![CDATA[CJ Chilvers: The biggest question I have right now is whether Google wishes it hadn’t killed Google Reader. When Google started their social network, they (like Twitter) had Facebook envy. Google Reader was shut down likely because Google wanted it’s own walled garden for advertisers, especially after ad blockers made their ad agency buyouts less [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/chilvers-google-reader/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Does Google Miss Google Reader?'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  227. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>CJ Chilvers:</p>
  228. <blockquote>
  229. <p>The biggest question I have right now is whether Google wishes it hadn’t killed Google Reader.</p>
  230. <p>When Google started their social network, they (like Twitter) had Facebook envy. Google Reader was shut down likely because Google wanted it’s own walled garden for advertisers, especially after ad blockers made their ad agency buyouts less effective for tracking. This crushed indie blogging and propped up big polarizing publishers and bots, leading to 2016’s messed up media landscape. It only surprised those who weren’t paying attention (so most of the public).</p>
  231. <p>After dealing with the political fallout from these changes, now Facebook’s strategy has <a href="https://twitter.com/broderick/status/942711023500451840">changed again</a> and the walls are closing in, crushing indies who grew up within the walls. Google built AMP as its latest attempt to wall us in, trying to <a href="https://www.recode.net/2017/12/11/16748026/google-facebook-publisher-traffic-2017-increase">embrace the web again</a> (a web that would’ve been much more vibrant had it not killed Google Reader).</p>
  232. </blockquote>
  233. <p>I can’t imagine what the web would be like if Google never killed Google Reader, but I bet the state of independent publishing would be a lot better than it is now.</p>
  234. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/chilvers-google-reader/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Does Google Miss Google Reader?'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  238. <title>My Favorite iOS Apps</title>
  239. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2018/01/ios-favorites/</link>
  240. <pubDate>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 18:36:00 +0000</pubDate>
  241. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  242. <category><![CDATA[Feature]]></category>
  243. <category><![CDATA[App Store]]></category>
  244. <category><![CDATA[Applications]]></category>
  245. <category><![CDATA[iOS]]></category>
  246. <category><![CDATA[iPad]]></category>
  247. <category><![CDATA[iPhone]]></category>
  248.  
  249. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17190</guid>
  250. <description><![CDATA[At the beginning of the year, many writers publish lists of their favorite things from the previous twelve months. These pieces are often difficult for me — I usually have a hard time determining my favorite of anything. Whether it be my favorite color, food, restaurant, or whatever, I have a hard time committing to [&#8230;]]]></description>
  251. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>At the beginning of the year, many writers publish lists of their favorite things from the previous twelve months. These pieces are often difficult for me — I usually have a hard time determining my favorite of <em>anything</em>. Whether it be my favorite color, food, restaurant, or whatever, I have a hard time committing to a definitive favorite.</p>
  252. <p>But I wanted to shine some light on applications that I’m really enjoying right now — an unordered list of some of my favorite apps on iOS. This is by no means a definitive list for me and I expect I’ll probably forget about some gem tucked away deep inside a folder, but these are the applications that I’ve found to be particularly delightful as of late.</p>
  253. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/bear-gifwrapped-coda.png" alt="Bear, GIFwrapped, and Coda"/></p>
  254. <ul>
  255. <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bear/id1016366447?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Bear</a>: I switched to Bear as my notes app of choice at some point during the past year and have really enjoyed my time with it. I’ve been a longtime fan of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simplenote/id289429962?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Simplenote</a>, but the app started to feel a little stale and there were a small number of bugs that just weren’t getting fixed. Bear’s clean design and robust features felt like the perfect replacement.</li>
  256. <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gifwrapped/id782319880?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">GIFwrapped</a>: I first heard of GIFwrapped when <a href="https://twitter.com/caseyliss">Casey Liss</a> made mention of it on an episode of <a href="http://atp.fm/">Accidental Tech Podcast</a>. The app allows you to curate a collection of your favorite GIFs and it’s a joy to use. You can search for new GIFs on the web from within the app, save them to your library, and share them to your favorite social network or messaging app. The application has built-in syncing with Dropbox, so you can easily access your collection from your Mac as well. The app even includes an iMessages extension to quickly share GIFs without having to leave the conversation.</li>
  257. <li><a href="https://www.apple.com/ios/home/">Home App</a>: I decided to jump head first into HomeKit devices this year. It started when I saw a good deal on an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U31IO3Q/?tag=initialcharge-20">iDevices Switch</a> that we ended up using to control the box fan in our bedroom. Since then I’ve purchased a second indoor iDevices Switch, an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019IJNKCS/?tag=initialcharge-20">outdoor switch</a> to control our Christmas lights, and an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W56TBLN/?tag=initialcharge-20">ecobee 3 lite</a>. The Home app makes it <em>so easy</em> to control devices, setup automation, and share access with a family member that I’m certain there will be a lot more HomeKit devices in my future.</li>
  258. <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ulysses/id1225571038?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Ulysses</a>: The decreased frequency with which I’ve been publishing over the past month isn’t an indication of this, but Ulysses is still one of my favorite apps to use, by far. The brilliant team that builds the app has made major refinements over the past year to how the app looks and feels to use. It’s truly one of the most delightful apps on iOS.</li>
  259. <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scorekeeper-xl/id463243024?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Scorekeeper XL</a>: The app is intended to be used as a way to keep score during board and card games, but I actually use it for an entirely different reason. I manage a freight team at my day job and use Scorekeeper XL to keep track of how much needs to get done in all of the departments I’m in charge of. It serves as a great dashboard to see where we need to focus our energy throughout the week and helps me ensure that we’re putting out as much as what’s coming in.</li>
  260. <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coda/id500906297?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Coda</a>: One of the most powerful apps on my iPad and iPhone. Coda is a full-featured text editor with syntax highlighting for CSS, HTML, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, and more. I used Coda to write the redesign of Initial Charge, which <a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/07/recharge/">launched over the summer</a>. And I’ve used it most recently to build and edit the Christmas list that I shared with friends and family over the holidays. Coda is thoughtfully designed and every bit as capable as many of the most popular text editors on the Mac.</li>
  261. </ul>
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  265. <title><![CDATA[Apple Is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for Its Smartwatch  &#10141;]]></title>
  266. <link><![CDATA[https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-21/apple-is-said-to-develop-ekg-heart-monitor-for-future-watch]]></link>
  267. <pubDate>Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:56:00 +0000</pubDate>
  268. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  269. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  270. <category><![CDATA[Alex Webb]]></category>
  271. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  272. <category><![CDATA[Apple Watch]]></category>
  273. <category><![CDATA[Bloomberg]]></category>
  274. <category><![CDATA[EKG]]></category>
  275. <category><![CDATA[Health]]></category>
  276. <category><![CDATA[Heart]]></category>
  277.  
  278. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17187</guid>
  279. <description><![CDATA[Alex Webb, reporting for Bloomberg: Apple Inc. is developing an advanced heart-monitoring feature for future versions of its smartwatch, part of a broader push by the company to turn what was once a luxury fashion accessory into a serious medical device, according to people familiar with the plan. A version being tested requires users to [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/ekg-apple-watch/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Apple Is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for Its Smartwatch'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  280. ]]></description>
  281. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Alex Webb, reporting for Bloomberg:</p>
  282. <blockquote>
  283. <p>Apple Inc. is developing an advanced heart-monitoring feature for future versions of its smartwatch, part of a broader push by the company to turn what was once a luxury fashion accessory into a serious medical device, according to people familiar with the plan.</p>
  284. <p>A version being tested requires users to squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand that’s not wearing the device, one of the people said. It then passes an imperceptible current across the person’s chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates.</p>
  285. </blockquote>
  286. <p>The Apple Watch is poised to make a much larger impact on society than any of us could have imagined. Based on the progress it’s made since the device was first launched in 2015, I can’t wait to see what the Watch is capable after another few years.</p>
  287. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/ekg-apple-watch/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Apple Is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for Its Smartwatch'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  290. <item>
  291. <title><![CDATA[My Next Mac  &#10141;]]></title>
  292. <link><![CDATA[http://www.macdrifter.com/2017/12/my-next-mac.html]]></link>
  293. <pubDate>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 19:55:00 +0000</pubDate>
  294. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  295. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  296. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  297. <category><![CDATA[Gave Weatherhead]]></category>
  298. <category><![CDATA[iMac]]></category>
  299. <category><![CDATA[MacBook Pro]]></category>
  300.  
  301. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17185</guid>
  302. <description><![CDATA[Gabe Weatherhead: My next Mac will probably be a 5K iMac even though what I really want is a better Macbook Pro. Unfortunately Apple is not making a good laptop right now. I don&#8217;t really care about the Touch Bar. I like TouchID but that&#8217;s not a good enough reason to risk the sub-standard build [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/weatherhead-5k-imac/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'My Next Mac'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  303. ]]></description>
  304. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Gabe Weatherhead:</p>
  305. <blockquote>
  306. <p>My next Mac will probably be a 5K iMac even though what I really want is a better Macbook Pro. Unfortunately Apple is not making a good laptop right now. I don&#8217;t really care about the Touch Bar. I like TouchID but that&#8217;s not a good enough reason to risk the sub-standard build quality of the Apple keyboards. It&#8217;s a real shame too, because I really love my current 2015 MacBook Pro. […]</p>
  307. <p>I&#8217;ll miss the portability of a MacBook Pro, but <a href="http://www.macdrifter.com/2017/11/the-mac-still-feels-like-home.html">my recent experiment</a> has taught me that I have other options for working on the road or on the couch. When I&#8217;m at my desk I want a capable and well made machine with a gorgeous display. The 5K iMac scratches that itch, but just barely.</p>
  308. </blockquote>
  309. <p>I expect my next Mac will be a 5K iMac as well. But unlike Gabe, I won’t be disappointed in its lack of portability, I’m more than happy using iOS for all of my mobile computing needs. A desktop machine is better suited for what I need a Mac for anyway — an always-on home server that can occasionally be used as a fall-back when a task arises that isn’t possible on iOS yet.</p>
  310. <p>What’s slightly irritating about this situation, though, is that the 5K iMac is the best option for me <em>only</em> because the Mac I <em>really</em> want doesn’t exist. The ideal Mac for me would be an updated Mac Mini or an inexpensive Mac Pro — a machine I can keep in my office closet with a ton of storage for my Plex library, but can be connected to an external display on my desk for the rare times when I need to use the machine directly.</p>
  311. <p>The reason I’d prefer a machine with an external monitor is because I’d like to shut off the display completely during the times when I’m not using it — there’s no need to illuminate the screen when I’m just accessing the the computer remotely from my iPad. The additional energy usage from the display occasionally waking is just wasteful. But if I want a modern machine for a reasonable price, it’s a compromise I’d have to make.</p>
  312. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/weatherhead-5k-imac/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'My Next Mac'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  315. <item>
  316. <title>Downloading Files With iCab Mobile</title>
  317. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/icab-download-workflow/</link>
  318. <pubDate>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:44:00 +0000</pubDate>
  319. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  320. <category><![CDATA[Feature]]></category>
  321. <category><![CDATA[iCab Mobile]]></category>
  322. <category><![CDATA[iOS]]></category>
  323. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  324. <category><![CDATA[Overcast]]></category>
  325. <category><![CDATA[Safari]]></category>
  326. <category><![CDATA[Workflow]]></category>
  327.  
  328. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17183</guid>
  329. <description><![CDATA[One aspect of the iOS-first lifestyle that has been a bit of an issue, for many users, is dealing with files. Apple has done a lot to try and fix that with the Files app in iOS 11, but it isn’t fool-proof. One common pain-point for me has been trying to download MP3 files that [&#8230;]]]></description>
  330. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>One aspect of the iOS-first lifestyle that has been a bit of an issue, for many users, is dealing with files. Apple has done a lot to try and fix that with the Files app in iOS 11, but it isn’t fool-proof. One common pain-point for me has been trying to download MP3 files that exist behind a paywall. Luckily, a few must-have iOS apps are available to smooth out the rough edges.</p>
  331. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/download-icab-workflow.png" alt="Download in iCab Workflow"/></p>
  332. <p>I subscribe to <a href="https://www.f4wonline.com/">Wrestling Observer</a> to gain access to their premium podcast content — because I’m a nerd who likes pro wrestling. I prefer to listen to these shows in <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/overcast/id888422857?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Overcast</a> so I can use the app’s Smart Speed feature and play it back at about 1.2x, but Overcast doesn’t have support for password protected RSS feeds. I’m holding out hope that this will be added in the future, but until then, I’ve been using <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icab-mobile-web-browser/id308111628?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">iCab Mobile</a> to download the audio files, which I can then upload to Overcast’s servers with my Premium subscription. And of course, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/workflow/id915249334?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Workflow</a> is there to facility the process.</p>
  333. <p>When a new episode of Wrestling Observer Radio appears in my RSS reader, I follow the link to the episode’s webpage. From there I long press on the download link, tap the “Share…” button, choose “Run Workflow”, and tap on <a href="https://workflow.is/workflows/a07eb2225cd44c2aa385a832f40dd8c6">Download In iCab</a>.</p>
  334. <p>The workflow takes the URL passed into it and makes use of <a href="http://www.icab.de/blog/2012/07/01/icab-mobile-6-0-supports-x-callback-url/">iCab’s x-callback-url support</a> to initiate a download of the linked file. In a few short seconds, the MP3 file is available for me to upload to Overcast’s servers for listening in the app — thankfully, iCab works well with the Files app as a document provider.</p>
  335. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/icab-overcast-workflow.jpeg" alt="Downloaded in iCab and Uploaded to Overcast in Sidefari"/></p>
  336. <p>This workflow is great on the iPhone, but it really shines on the iPad where I have <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sidefari-web-browsing-companion-for-safari/id1046968235?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Sidefari</a> setup in split view alongside iCab Mobile. iCab downloads the file while Sidefari is configured to automatically load the Overcast Uploads webpage. Once the download is completed, I can start uploading to Overcast immediately. And when I’m done, I can use the system back button in the upper left to get back into my RSS feeds.</p>
  337. <p>This workflow has been immensely useful for me over the past several months. The podcast I use it for is updated several times each week and I follow the steps outlined above for nearly every episode. It might not seem like all the tapping through various menus is worth the trouble, but I can assure you that the alternative methods for performing the same task are <em>much</em> more time consuming and frustrating to use.</p>
  338. <p>I originally built this workflow in order to download audio files from the web, but I’m sure there are all kinds of oddball tasks that it could be useful for. I’d love to see iCab introduce an action extension that initiates a download, but until that happens, this workflow is the next best thing. </p>
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  341. <item>
  342. <title><![CDATA[Amazon Prime Video Arrives on Apple TV  &#10141;]]></title>
  343. <link><![CDATA[https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/12/amazon-prime-video-arrives-on-apple-tv-in-over-100-countries/]]></link>
  344. <pubDate>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:15:00 +0000</pubDate>
  345. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  346. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  347. <category><![CDATA[Amazon]]></category>
  348. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  349. <category><![CDATA[Apple TV]]></category>
  350. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  351. <category><![CDATA[tvOS]]></category>
  352.  
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  354. <description><![CDATA[I’ve had Amazon Prime for a few years, but have avoided watching anything on Prime Video. I know AirPlay is a thing, but if a video service isn’t available natively on my platform of choice — I watch everything on Apple TV — then I’m just not going to bother with it. But now that [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/prime-tvos/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Amazon Prime Video Arrives on Apple TV'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  355. ]]></description>
  356. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I’ve had Amazon Prime for a few years, but have avoided watching anything on Prime Video. I know AirPlay is a thing, but if a video service isn’t available natively on my platform of choice — I watch <em>everything</em> on Apple TV — then I’m just not going to bother with it. But now that Prime Video is <em>finally</em> available on Apple TV and I can actually start to care about the service.</p>
  357. <p>I’ve spent most of the day watching <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4158110/">Mr. Robot</a> on the service. This is a show that I’ve had my eye on since it debuted in 2015, but haven’t had an opportunity to watch because it wasn’t available on any of the services I used. I’m only a few episodes in, but I&#8217;m really enjoying it so far.</p>
  358. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/prime-tvos/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Amazon Prime Video Arrives on Apple TV'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  361. <item>
  362. <title><![CDATA[Fixing the MacBook Pro  &#10141;]]></title>
  363. <link><![CDATA[https://marco.org/2017/11/24/fixing-the-macbook-pro]]></link>
  364. <pubDate>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:55:00 +0000</pubDate>
  365. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  366. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  367. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  368. <category><![CDATA[Butterfly Switches]]></category>
  369. <category><![CDATA[Keyboard]]></category>
  370. <category><![CDATA[MacBook Pro]]></category>
  371. <category><![CDATA[Magic Keyboard]]></category>
  372. <category><![CDATA[Marco Arment]]></category>
  373. <category><![CDATA[Scissor Switches]]></category>
  374.  
  375. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17175</guid>
  376. <description><![CDATA[Marco Arment, encouraging Apple to bring scissor keyswitches to the MacBook Pro keyboard: The Magic Keyboard’s scissor switches feel similar, but with a bit more travel, and all of the reliability and resilience of previous keyboard generations. They’re a much better, more reliable, and more repairable balance of thinness and typing feel likely to appeal [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/marco-fixing-macbook-pro/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Fixing the MacBook Pro'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  377. ]]></description>
  378. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Marco Arment, encouraging Apple to bring scissor keyswitches to the MacBook Pro keyboard:</p>
  379. <blockquote>
  380. <p>The <a href="https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MLA22LL/A/magic-keyboard-us-english">Magic Keyboard’s</a> scissor switches feel similar, but with a bit more travel, and all of the reliability and resilience of previous keyboard generations. They’re a much better, more reliable, and more repairable balance of thinness and typing feel likely to appeal to far more people — even those who like the butterfly keyboards.</p>
  381. <p>The Magic Keyboard only needs one change to be perfect for the MacBook Pro: returning to the “inverted-T” arrow-key arrangement by making the left- and right-arrow keys half-height again. This arrangement is much more natural and less error-prone because we can align our fingers by feeling the “T” shape, a crucial affordance for such frequently used keys that are so far from the home row.</p>
  382. </blockquote>
  383. <p>I’ve been a huge fan of the Magic Keyboard since I picked one up earlier this year in my quest for <a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/03/transitioning-to-lightning/">Lightning everything</a>. It feels great to type on, offers just the right amount of key travel, and produces a satisfying clicking sound when typing. This is the keyboard that <em>should</em> be in Apple’s laptops. And I’ll echo Marco’s caveat, the arrow keys should return to the “inverted-T” configuration. I love the Magic Keyboard, but I often feel lost when I’m trying to find a specific arrow key.</p>
  384. <p>I agree with just about everything in Marco’s piece, but if Apple only listens to one of his suggestions, the <em>keyboard</em> is the most important. If I was in the market for a new Mac laptop, I could deal with the Touch Bar, I would probably enjoy the USB-C ports, and the charger is perfectly acceptable. The keyboard, though, would likely be a deal breaker for me.</p>
  385. <p>I’m one of the few that has completely rebuilt my computing workflow on iOS, though. I have a Mac Mini in our office closet that functions as our home server and a MacBook Air that gets dusted off every month or two for some oddball tasks, but the <em>vast</em> majority of my computing takes place on iOS. However, not everyone has that luxury. The tasks <em>I</em> need to perform are just fine on iOS, but some things just aren’t possible on an iPhone or iPad yet — software development being one of the big ones.</p>
  386. <p>If I absolutely needed to use a Mac to get my work done, I’d probably end up buying an iMac and sacrificing portability in favor of a keyboard I’ll <em>actually</em> enjoy using. Apple has historically had the best laptop keyboards on the market and that should still be the case.</p>
  387. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/marco-fixing-macbook-pro/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Fixing the MacBook Pro'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  391. <title><![CDATA[“Counting the Days Until I Can Go Back to Normal”  &#10141;]]></title>
  392. <link><![CDATA[https://birchtree.me/blog/the-android-love-curve/]]></link>
  393. <pubDate>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:22:00 +0000</pubDate>
  394. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  395. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  396. <category><![CDATA[Android]]></category>
  397. <category><![CDATA[Google]]></category>
  398. <category><![CDATA[iPhone]]></category>
  399. <category><![CDATA[Matt Birchler]]></category>
  400. <category><![CDATA[Pixel 2]]></category>
  401.  
  402. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17172</guid>
  403. <description><![CDATA[Matt Birchler, on exiting the honeymoon phase with his Google Pixel 2: Then I get settled in and start to notice the little things that annoy me about Android. Maybe it’s an iOS feature I miss more than I realized I would. Maybe it’s a feature Android has that I thought would be more elegantly [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/pixel-2-honeymoon-phase/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to '“Counting the Days Until I Can Go Back to Normal”'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  404. ]]></description>
  405. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Matt Birchler, on exiting the honeymoon phase with his Google Pixel 2:</p>
  406. <blockquote>
  407. <p>Then I get settled in and start to notice the little things that annoy me about Android. Maybe it’s an iOS feature I miss more than I realized I would. Maybe it’s a feature Android has that I thought would be more elegantly implemented than it has. Maybe it’s a few apps with stability issues. All of these things happen to me over time and they start to wear me down. I start having to reboot the phone more. I have to clear caches for apps that are misbehaving. I have to go to shady-ass websites to download APKs from god knows where to make a feature work how it’s supposed to work. I have to do all these things regularly and it takes its toll. I fall more and more out of love with Android.</p>
  408. <p>I’m a few weeks away from concluding my Android experiment for the year, and I feel like a student before winter break, counting the days until I can go back to normal.</p>
  409. </blockquote>
  410. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/pixel-2-honeymoon-phase/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to '“Counting the Days Until I Can Go Back to Normal”'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  414. <title><![CDATA[Forecast, a Podcast MP3 Chapter Encoder  &#10141;]]></title>
  415. <link><![CDATA[https://overcast.fm/forecast]]></link>
  416. <pubDate>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:37:00 +0000</pubDate>
  417. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  418. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  419. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  420. <category><![CDATA[Forecast]]></category>
  421. <category><![CDATA[Marco Arment]]></category>
  422. <category><![CDATA[Media]]></category>
  423. <category><![CDATA[Overcast]]></category>
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  427. <description><![CDATA[A slick looking MP3 encoding app from Marco Arment. The app makes it easy for podcast producers to insert chapter markers into their episodes and includes a few other neat features — autofill, silence warnings, and the ability to quickly copy duration and file size. If you create a podcast, you should probably look into [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/12/overcast-forecast/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Forecast, a Podcast MP3 Chapter Encoder'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  428. ]]></description>
  429. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A slick looking MP3 encoding app from Marco Arment. The app makes it easy for podcast producers to insert chapter markers into their episodes and includes a few other neat features — autofill, silence warnings, and the ability to quickly copy duration and file size. If you create a podcast, you should probably look into adding this tool to your workflow. Especially if you don’t already include chapter markers in your episodes — they make for a <em>much</em> more enjoyable listening experience.</p>
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  434. <title><![CDATA[iPhone SE 2 Rumored to Launch in First Half of 2018  &#10141;]]></title>
  435. <link><![CDATA[https://www.macrumors.com/2017/11/22/iphone-se-2-release-date-first-half-2018/]]></link>
  436. <pubDate>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:04:00 +0000</pubDate>
  437. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  438. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  439. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  440. <category><![CDATA[Economic Daily News]]></category>
  441. <category><![CDATA[Focus Taiwan]]></category>
  442. <category><![CDATA[iPhone]]></category>
  443. <category><![CDATA[iPhone SE 2]]></category>
  444. <category><![CDATA[Joe Rossignol]]></category>
  445. <category><![CDATA[MacRumors]]></category>
  446.  
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  448. <description><![CDATA[Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors: Apple will release a second-generation iPhone SE in the first half of 2018, according to China&#8217;s Economic Daily News. The report claims the tentatively named iPhone SE 2 will be assembled exclusively by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India, where some assembly of the current iPhone SE [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/11/iphone-se-2-rumor/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'iPhone SE 2 Rumored to Launch in First Half of 2018'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  449. ]]></description>
  450. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:</p>
  451. <blockquote>
  452. <p>Apple will release a second-generation iPhone SE in the first half of 2018, according to China&#8217;s <a href="https://translate.google.ca/translate?sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Fcens.com%2Fcens%2Fhtml%2Fen%2Fnews%2Fnews_inner_50883.html&amp;edit-text=&amp;act=url"><em>Economic Daily News</em></a>.</p>
  453. <p>The report claims the tentatively named iPhone SE 2 will be assembled exclusively by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India, where some assembly of the current iPhone SE occurs.</p>
  454. <p>The rumored release date window lines up with an <a href="https://www.macrumors.com/2017/08/04/updated-iphone-se-early-2018/">earlier report from <em>Focus Taiwan</em></a> claiming a new iPhone SE will ship in the first quarter of 2018, which encompasses January through March of next year.</p>
  455. </blockquote>
  456. <p>The iPhone 6S and iPhone 8 have eliminated <em>my</em> interest in 4-inch iPhones, but I know the form factor continues to have a devoted fanbase. My wife being one of them. Not a month goes by without her asking if there are any rumors of a new iPhone SE. She has no interest in carrying a larger phone — it’s not comfortable for her to hold and none of them fit in her jeans’ pockets. She’s going to be <em>very</em> happy about this rumor. And the supposed release window is conveniently timed — it’ll be about two years after she purchased her current iPhone SE, which is exactly when she planned to buy a new phone.</p>
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  461. <title><![CDATA[Google Collects Android Users&#8217; Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled  &#10141;]]></title>
  462. <link><![CDATA[https://qz.com/1131515/google-collects-android-users-locations-even-when-location-services-are-disabled/]]></link>
  463. <comments>https://initialcharge.net/2017/11/android-location-tracking/#comments</comments>
  464. <pubDate>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:19:00 +0000</pubDate>
  465. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  466. <category><![CDATA[Linked List]]></category>
  467. <category><![CDATA[Android]]></category>
  468. <category><![CDATA[Google]]></category>
  469. <category><![CDATA[Keith Collins]]></category>
  470. <category><![CDATA[Privacy]]></category>
  471. <category><![CDATA[Quartz]]></category>
  472. <category><![CDATA[Security]]></category>
  473.  
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  475. <description><![CDATA[Keith Collins, reporting for Quartz: Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go [&#8230;]<p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/11/android-location-tracking/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Google Collects Android Users&#8217; Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
  476. ]]></description>
  477. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Keith Collins, reporting for Quartz:</p>
  478. <blockquote>
  479. <p>Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.</p>
  480. <p>Quartz observed the data collection occur and contacted Google, which confirmed the practice.</p>
  481. <p>The cell tower addresses have been included in information sent to the system Google uses to manage push notifications and messages on Android phones for the past 11 months, according to a Google spokesperson. They were never used or stored, the spokesperson said, and the company is now taking steps to end the practice after being contacted by Quartz. By the end of November, the company said, Android phones will no longer send cell-tower location data to Google, at least as part of this particular service, which consumers cannot disable.</p>
  482. </blockquote>
  483. <p>Google only decided to discontinue this practice <em>after</em> getting caught red-handed. But if no one noticed, how much longer would this have gone on?</p>
  484. <p><a href="https://initialcharge.net/2017/11/android-location-tracking/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to 'Google Collects Android Users&#8217; Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled'" class="glyph">&infin; Permalink</a></p>
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  490. <title>Essential Apple Watch Apps</title>
  491. <link>https://initialcharge.net/2017/11/favorite-watch-apps/</link>
  492. <pubDate>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:33:00 +0000</pubDate>
  493. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Michael Rockwell]]></dc:creator>
  494. <category><![CDATA[Feature]]></category>
  495. <category><![CDATA[App Store]]></category>
  496. <category><![CDATA[Apple]]></category>
  497. <category><![CDATA[Apple Watch]]></category>
  498. <category><![CDATA[Application]]></category>
  499. <category><![CDATA[Cardiogram]]></category>
  500. <category><![CDATA[Carrot]]></category>
  501. <category><![CDATA[Deliveries]]></category>
  502. <category><![CDATA[PCalc]]></category>
  503. <category><![CDATA[Things]]></category>
  504. <category><![CDATA[Vekt]]></category>
  505. <category><![CDATA[WaterMinder]]></category>
  506.  
  507. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://initialcharge.net/?p=17144</guid>
  508. <description><![CDATA[I absolutely love my Apple Watch. I’ve worn it every day since I purchased my Series 0 in December 2015, with the only exception being a handful of times when I’ve gone on vacation and didn’t want to hassle with another device to charge every night. The Apple Watch has become an essential part of [&#8230;]]]></description>
  509. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I absolutely love my Apple Watch. I’ve worn it every day since I purchased my Series 0 in December 2015, with the only exception being a handful of times when I’ve gone on vacation and didn’t want to hassle with <em>another</em> device to charge every night.</p>
  510. <p>The Apple Watch has become an essential part of my everyday-carry. When I’m not wearing it, I still find myself looking toward my wrist for the time or to glance at the weather. I just feel lost without it.</p>
  511. <p>But the Watch isn’t just an important part of my life because of complications, notifications, or having the time on my wrist. Those are certainly the best parts of the experience, but despite what the naysayers would have you believe, there’s some <em>great</em> third-party software available for the platform and I’d like to share some of my favorites.</p>
  512. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/vekt-watch.png" alt="Vekt on Apple Watch"/><br />
  513. <strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vekt/id1114721073?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Vekt</a>:</strong> A gorgeous weight tracking application for Apple Watch. The Watch component is about as simple and minimalist as it gets. When launched, it displays your most recent weigh-in, spinning the crown will adjust the number and display a button for saving the new reading. Once saved, the application will display an appropriate emoji depending on whether you lost or gained weight.</p>
  514. <p>The iPhone app adds the ability to input a target weight goal and view your most recent readings on a simple graph at the bottom of the screen. There are plenty of other weight tracking applications available for iPhone and Apple Watch, but Vekt is my favorite. It features one of the most beautiful icons on my Watch and offers just the right amount of functionality for my needs.</p>
  515. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/waterminder-watch.png" alt="WaterMinder on Apple Watch"/><br />
  516. <strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/waterminder/id653031147?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">WaterMinder</a>:</strong> Just a few months ago, I started keeping track of my water intake. I’ve spent most of my life without proper hydration and it was time for me to get it under control. WaterMinder makes it easy to keep track of my intake and live a healthier life as a result.</p>
  517. <p>On iPhone you can configure WaterMinder with shortcuts for your most common drink sizes, set a daily goal, and view detailed history and achievements. On the Watch, WaterMinder let’s you quickly input drinks throughout the day and monitor your progress toward your goal.</p>
  518. <p>In the app’s settings, you can also choose from two different Watch layouts and complication designs. I prefer the ring-style design because it let’s me see the icons I’ve chosen for my shortcuts, but the default allows for quickly adding a drink without the need to scroll.</p>
  519. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cardiogram-watch.png" alt="Cardiogram on Apple Watch"/><br />
  520. <strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cardiogram-for-apple-watch/id1000017994?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Cardiogram</a>:</strong> This heart health app can show your most recent heart rate reading in the app’s complication, display your readings for the day on a graph, and allow you to record a continuous heart rate reading whenever you want. My wife has been having some heart issues recently, occasional rapid heart rates when she’s inactive. Cardiogram gives her an easy way to look back at her readings and monitor any abnormalities that she can discuss with her doctor.</p>
  521. <p>On the iPhone, Cardiogram lets you pull further back on your heart rate data to see larger trends and compare your statistics against the rest of Cardiogram’s users. This application is the perfect companion for anyone concerned about their heart’s health.</p>
  522. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/carrot-weather-watch.png" alt="Carrot Weather on Apple Watch"/><br />
  523. <strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carrot-weather/id961390574?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Carrot</a>:</strong> This is the <em>best</em> weather app for Apple Watch, by far. It features incredible information density while continuing to be readable. And the app’s complication is no slouch — displaying both the temperature and current conditions. If you want the weather forecast on your wrist, Carrot Weather is the best app for the job.</p>
  524. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/deliveries-watch.png" alt="Deliveries on Apple Watch"/><br />
  525. <strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/deliveries-a-package-tracker/id290986013?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Deliveries</a>:</strong> An application that helps you keep track of all your deliveries. Add tracking numbers to the iPhone app and you can quickly glance at their status on Apple Watch. I’ve used Deliveries on my iPhone for years and have had it installed on my Apple Watch since day one — it’s the best delivery tracking app available.</p>
  526. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/things-watch.png" alt="Things on Apple Watch"/><br />
  527. <strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/things-3/id904237743?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">Things</a>:</strong> With Things on Apple Watch, you can check off items on your to do list, add new items using dictation, or move tasks to a later date. It’s a surprisingly full-featured application on the Apple Watch — there isn’t much you <em>can’t</em> do on the Watch that you <em>can</em> do on iPhone.</p>
  528. <p>Typically, I would consider it a bad thing for an Apple Watch app to offer so much, but Things pulls it off quite well. The interface is kept so simple with access to the most important things right on the main view — checking off items and adding new ones — that I often forget that I have the ability to add notes and deadlines to a task or move them to a later date. Those options stay out of your way until you need them, which is key on a device with such a small screen.</p>
  529. <p><img src="https://initialcharge.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pcalc-watch.png" alt="PCalc on Apple Watch"/><br />
  530. <strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pcalc-the-best-calculator/id284666222?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lctu">PCalc</a>:</strong> I’ve tried a handful of calculator apps for Apple Watch and it’s not even close, PCalc is the best option available. I use the application almost every week, when my wife and I go grocery shopping, to help us stay within our budget. But it doesn’t just offer the usual addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division operations, it also features robust unit conversion and tip calculation.</p>
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