🔗 Rethinking Reminders – nahumck.me

What I can envision for Reminders is a blending of the some commonly used features for these apps, and doing what they do best — create a version that, while not first, is nearly equal to alternatives and is natively a part of the OS Rethinking Reminders – nahumck.me

Many of the issues I have with the Reminders app are pretty easy solves. The UI is extremely dated and as such exaggerates the confused nature of the layout. The cards based UI appears to be where Apple are focusing so it wouldn’t take much work to make it look a whole lot better.

Looks aside the app provides many of the features that users will need. Reminders simply needs some TLC similar to the improvements Ape made to notes. My worry is that Apple have no intention of making any massive jumps forward with their stock apps and simply only worked on Notes because of the Apple Pencil.

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🔗 RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback - WIRED

anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that’s been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It’s time to head back to RSS. RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback: Feedly, The Old Reader, Inoreader | WIRED

RSS is one of the back bones of the internet in my honest opinion. While there has never been a time without it, articles starting to bleed though into more mainstream avenues may persuade more people to stop getting news from Facebook.

Apple news deserves a special mention for surfacing lots of interesting posts. It also seems to get better over time. However when a company controls the service you have to worry at least a little.

RSS is the way to go and with some brilliant apps available there is no better time but now to dive in.

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🔗 Huawei Considered Phone Notches Years Ago But Feared Backlash | Androidheadlines.com

The technology giant initially mulled over the concept “three or four years ago,” according to the executive. Mr. Li praised Apple for its decision to pull the trigger on commercializing a mobile device with a screen cutout last fall, thus pioneering such a non-symmetrical mobile design. While Huawei could have done the same circa 2015, it was “too conservative and cautious,” a mistake that it’s adamant to not repeat going forward Huawei Considered Phone Notches Years Ago But Feared Backlash | Androidheadlines.com

I just cant believe this claim at all. Not because Huawei ain’t capable of designing great hardware, but because of their insistence on copying Apple at every step.

Huawei and almost every Android OEM bar Samsung continue to criticise and then copy other companies designs, yet still strive to make themselves ‘different’.

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🔗 A Supporting Character in Everyone Else’s Narrative – BirchTree

You are not the center of the universe, you’re a supporting character in everyone else’s story. You can be the lone wolf hero in your own world, but that really just writes you out of everyone else’s narrative. A Supporting Character in Everyone Else’s Narrative – BirchTree

Straight after this posted I tweeted about how profound I found this quote from what is essentially a technology Blog. It has been rattling around in my head ever since and think it deserves more time than the 1minute read time the post takes.

Matt is not the first to say such a thing, but he posed the question as part of a larger debate around technology circles. We all feel like the world revolves around us, we all feel like the world owes us something, yet in reality we are all the same person. We all arrive with a blanck slate and it is only our life to this point that has changed us.

Other people are far more important than you are, as Matt says “Build those relationships.”

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🔗 Being tired isn’t a badge of honour – Signal v. Noise

As Joe Rogan says The universe does indeed reward hustle, but your body doesn’t have a limitless ability to keep going. It isn’t a competition to see who can keep going the longest and one quote from Jason Fried is at least trying to buck this horrible trend:

A lot of entrepreneurs onstage have been bragging about not sleeping, telling their audiences about their 16-hour days, and making it sound like hustle-at-all-costs is the way ahead. Rest be damned, they say - there’s an endless amount of work to do.

This badge that people that are successful seem to wear is not just damaging to your long term health but also more often that not untrue. Sleep might seem like a waste of time but enables you to performa much better in the hours you are awake. Gary Vee is often one of the people that people look to for inspiration and motivation - yet he supports down time.

Go hard, but don’t kill yourself doing it.

*edit: I corrected the title to the correct English spelling!

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🔗 The Comfort Of Apples Ecosystem - MacStories

Long time Apple enthusiast Federico Viticci has been fighting using Apple products exclusively for quite a while, but has finally given up. He wrote:

Since the end of last year, however, I’ve been witnessing a gradual shift that made me realize my relationship with Apple’s hardware and software has changed. I’ve progressively gotten deeper in the Apple ecosystem and I don’t feel like I’m being underserved by some aspects of it anymore. - [Erasing Complexity: The Comfort of Apple’s Ecosystem

I have also started to embrace using the stock Apple apps and services more, yet still cant get to grips with everything. Without doubt apps such and Notes and even Mail prove over time to be more robust than third party systems. However there are still some pretty large holes in Calendar and most of all Reminders. It seems that not everything gets the same attention as others.

There is no denying that in terms of hardware its hard to find equals to AirPods, iPad and even I would argue to some extent HomePod. As frustrating as Siri is, with regard to music there is no equal in finding exactly the song or album you want to listen to.

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🔗 Every Android phone should have this Huawei P20 Pro feature - Android Authority

What is most apparent, however, is that there’s no reason not to have this feature. The notch is a polarizing and contentious topic amongst Android smartphone fans. A software feature like this could be the simplest solution to serve both parts of the market. Every Android phone should have this Huawei P20 Pro feature - Android Authority

Whist this is a very good point I think if you make a design decision as big as cutting a section out the screen you should own it. A choice is going to appeal to wider section of people but you’ve got to have #courage!

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🔗 Device Advice

When deciding whether to buy or to hang on to devices and gadgets—both in the present and the future—the filter we need to employ is the simple question “What problem does it solve?” Device Advice

This is one of the biggest questions I ask myself when buying new technology.

Much of the time now the iteration or new product is not revolutionary, more iterative and if it doesn’t solve a problem - what’s is the point.

Don’t buy a new device because it is new, but because it adds something new that is needed.

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