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📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 - Issue #52

Hello all you Finer Readers! In this issue I have a good round of tips for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 - Issue #52
By David Chartier • Issue #52 • View online
Hello all you Finer Readers! In this issue I have a good round of tips for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. There are also some great non-news reads for your thoughtful musings.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue or if there’s something you’d like to see covered in the future. If you know people who would enjoy this newsletter, I’ll owe you a beverage if you share this signup link and my Patreon link.

💡 Tips
📱 Readder for Reddit can email you a daily digest of top posts
While I generally prefer Apollo for Reddit on my iPhone and iPad, Readder is a decent client in its own right with a few unique features. One is the option of a daily email that contains the top posts from your subreddit subscriptions. It’s a useful way to keep up with what you care about on Reddit for those times when you don’t want to get sucked into the rest of the community.
💻 1.1.1.1 VPN app can pause your VPN for a set amount of time
The 1.1.1.1 VPN app for iOS can pause your VPN session for a set amount of time
The 1.1.1.1 VPN app for iOS can pause your VPN session for a set amount of time
In our modern times of omnipresent surveillance capitalism, intrusive tracking, and poorly secured websites, using somekind of a VPN (virtual private network) is arguably a necessity to protect your activity on the web.
There are plenty of solid, affordable options to choose from, one being 1.1.1.1 from Cloudflare. It’s easy to set up for your Mac and other desktops, but it also has a dedicated app for iPhone and iPad. One perk of this app is a big on/off switch that is easy to toggle. This switch also offers the option to automatically resume the VPN in 15 minutes, an hour, or when you switch WiFi networks.
It’s a handy trick for when you do tasks on an iOS device that benefit from low latency, such as playing competitive games.
📱 A refresher on useful iPad gestures
25 iPad Multitasking Tips - do you know them all? [9to5Mac]
25 iPad Multitasking Tips - do you know them all? [9to5Mac]
The iPad has a strong variety of gestures that make it easy, dare I say even more enjoyable to use. If you pick up a model that ditched the home button, I consider most gestures downright necessary. Some of my favorites include:
  • Swipe left and right with four fingers to switch between apps
  • Bonus tip: If you keep your fingers on screen, you don’t have to completely switch to the next app. You can swipe just a little bit to keep at an adjacent app, then reverse back to your current app. It’s a handy way to check on the progress of a download or your place in a podcast
  • Pinch in with five fingers to quickly switch to the home screen
  • Pinch in just a little with five fingers until you see the multitasking view, then let go to see the app switch grid of other recent apps. It might take a little practice to get the muscle memory between the app switch and going home
  • Swipe up from the bottom of your screen just a little to show the Dock
  • Swipe up farther to go to the home screen
You can learn may more gestures in this YouTube video, embedded above, from Jeff Benjamin and 9 to 5 Mac.
📱💻 Quickly search all open tabs in Safari
If you toggle the Tab Overview in Safari, you can start typing to search the page title and URLs o all open tabs (sorry, not page content, at least as of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave). Here’s how to do it on each device:
  • iPad: Tap the tabs button in the top right of Safari, or two finger pinch on a webpage. With a hardware keyboard, you can just start typing. With no keyboard, tap the search box in the upper left
  • iPhone: The only option I can find is to tap the tabs button, scroll to the top of your tabs, then pull down a little more to reveal the search box (similar to showing search in Mail)
  • Mac: Click the tabs button, two finger pinch on a web page, or use View > Show Tab Overview. Then start typing
  • Watch: You can’t
🔗 Good Links and Food for Thought
On Being Useless: A Daoist Reflection
I found the Beyond Bionics video below fascinating, although I wish they had explored what is possible with alternative types of limbs. As one of the interviewees said, “what if I don’t want a hand? What if I want… a tentacle? I could do that.”
Beyond bionics: how the future of prosthetics is redefining humanity
Beyond bionics: how the future of prosthetics is redefining humanity
One of the good quotes from the people they interviewed below: “A lot of the emotional work I’ve done is trying to distinguish myself from this money.”
Financial Windfalls: 15 Stories of the Money That Changed Everything
🤩 Thanks for reading
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David Chartier

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