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📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 Speak text, capture colors, read clean

Hi all you Finer Readers. I’m finishing this issue late Friday afternoon, shortly before I do drinks
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 Speak text, capture colors, read clean
By David Chartier • Issue #45 • View online
Hi all you Finer Readers. I’m finishing this issue late Friday afternoon, shortly before I do drinks and Deadpool 2 with friends. 
It’s a good issue this week, including a couple tips that were brand new to me! This week I have tips for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, as well as some good reads.
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
A new 'Speak' option appears in text selection popovers
A new 'Speak' option appears in text selection popovers
📱 iOS can speak selected text and your screen’s contents, even turn the page in iBooks
In Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech on an iPhone or iPad, there are two settings related to text-to-speech. Speak Selection allows you to select text and have iOS read it to you, while Speak Screen can describe the contents of what is current visible. This feature works in iBooks, too, where iOS will speak the contents of the current book and even turn the page to keep speaking.
Picking out colors from The Drawing Room lounge in Chicago
Picking out colors from The Drawing Room lounge in Chicago
📱 Instantly create color palettes from real world objects, scenes
Adobe Capture for iPhone and iPad can pick out the dominant colors in photos or simply anything in your camera’s viewfinder. It’s a great way to grab a color palette for, say, a room in your house, or an outdoor setting you really enjoy. Capture will detail each color’s HEX code to use in other apps. Naturally, you can also save the palettes to your Adobe account to use in Photoshop, Illustrator, and other tools.
📱 A much easier, faster way to free up space on your iPhone and iPad
In Settings > General > iPhone Storage, a new Recommendations section includes a few new options for quickly freeing up space. The Offline Unused Apps feature can automatically delete apps you haven’t used in a while but still save any data you created in them, just in case. There are also tools for removing some or all iTunes media and large attachments from Messages.
📱 Make sure Safari Reading List is set to save stuff offline
Safari Reading List is a feature like Pocket or Instapaper for saving articles to read later or when you’re offline. For example, save an article on your Mac (Bookmarks > Add to Reading List, or ⌘⇧D), then read it on iPad your commute home. One catch is that, by default, the offline option might not be enabled (I’ve never used it before, and mine was toggled off). If you want to make sure your iPhone and iPad download these articles for offline reading, go to Settings > Safari, then scroll to the bottom.
📱💻 Automatically view some or all articles in Safari’s clean, simple Reader View
Speaking of reading with Safari, you can tell it to always display articles from specific sites or even all sites in its minimal, clean Reader View. When you see the Reader View icon in the Search Bar (a stack of horizontal lines on the left side), tap or click and hold on it to find a couple extra options: Use Reader Automatically on (name of current website) and Reader Website Preferences. The latter will open Safari’s preferences where you can adjust these features for multiple sites, or use the option at the bottom to turn Reader View on for all sites.
🔗 Links
How to Stick to a Schedule When You Work From Home
A new prime suspect for depression
How a cartoonist makes digital art
The platform patrons: How Facebook and Google became two of the biggest funders of journalism in the world
🤩 Thanks for reading
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David Chartier

Quick tips and exploring apps to help you work faster, shoot better photos, and do more with your iPad, iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, apps, and more. Also, some good weekly reads about tech and culture.

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