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Webmentions To Avoid Twitter

Perhaps avoid is the wrong word, but we’ve all felt that annoyance that we opened the app to send a quick tweet and all of a sudden time has disappeared. There are a number of ways to avoid this and the Twitter muscle memory that goes with it, but getting feedback from my blog posts…

Apple Privacy Information Needs To Go Further

When Apple announced the requirement for apps to be transparent about their privacy implications, I nodded in agreement and never gave it a further thought. Of course they should let users know what is being tracked and the information being used. In fact, the surprising part is that it’s taken until now for something so…

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The 1996 Law That Ruined the Internet

Silas House wrote: Fifteen years ago the major social-media platforms barely existed. Was the internet better or worse? The online public square, now dominated by Twitter, was then constituted of independent blogs aggregated by user-curated feeds. Bloggers are publishers, legally responsible for their posts, but the blogosphere was not noted for its blandness. White-hot critique…

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Do People Actually Think About This Stuff?

One question has been stuck in my brain for the last week or so. One that was not flippantly asked, but asked with conviction and pursuing a real answer. Zac Cichy pressed his guest Rene Richie to see if people at Apple actually think about the changes that their products and services actually make to…

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The iPhone 12 Line Up Points Out The Flaws In Me

I am a few days away from deciding on which iPhone 12 size to go for and it’s making me think deeper about myself than I am comfortable with. It’s a ridiculous issue to have, but it’s one that I have, so here we are. For the last few years I have bought the new…

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Taking Matts Lead: Finding New Free Ways To Solve Problems

After touching on the subject in last weeks newsletter, I am inspired by Matt Birchler (once again) to push into finding free apps to replace subscriptions. His new productivity goals have this pegged as number one and I think it’s really important to think about doing the same. Monthly or yearly subscriptions are great, they…

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My Journey To Apple

I’ve been delving into origin stories of some of my sons favourite superhero’s and it got me thinking about mine. You might think I have been around here for ages. Bleating on about Apple news like some kind of village idiot and generally writing things no one reads. However, my Apple usage has been a…

The MagSafe Wallet on Each Size iPhone

Yeah, I’m that guy this year. I couldn’t decide which iPhone size I wanted, so I got them all. It’s a weird position to be in but also provides me with some deeper insights into the real differences. I am not talking about specs and all those kinds of figures that people get too caught…

Neglecting The Telephoto Lens

Three years ago I was dismissive of the zoom lens that featured on the bigger versions of the iPhone. In part because I didn’t want a bigger phone, in part because the lens didn’t offer me much at that time, and there maybe me talking myself out of spending more money in there too. Whilst…

Average Joe walks into an Apple Store

“Hello, I’d like to buy one of the new iPhones, please!” “Sure thing, here’s the new iPhone 12. It’s fast, beautiful, and is generally awesome.” “Sweet, I’ll take it. This box is really small.” “Yup, that’s because Apple is making the environmental move to reduce waste and not give you yet another charging brick when…