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📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 Speaker calls, a Halide tip, Ulysses searching, Apple Watch apps, and more

📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 Speaker calls, a Halide tip, Ulysses searching, Apple Watch apps, and more
By David Chartier • Issue #55 • View online
Tomorrow (5/20) is my birthday y’all, and my wife Jessi + a bunch of friends gave me a big gift I’ve had my eye on: a smart, LED-enabled Lumos Bike Helmet.
This isn’t a sponsored issue or anything, I’m just finishing this newsletter after my first 10+ mile ride through Chicago with this thing and I’m really happy. It even has a handlebar switch for toggling left/right turning LED blinkers on the front/back of the helmet!
That out of the way, I have a handful of Mac, iOS, and Watch tips in store for you today. Also, some good reads.
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💡 Tips
📱💻⌚️ Macstock Conference 2019 is back July 27 & 28!
Macstock is a super duper, yearly, two-day conference in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, USA that has been a blast the last couple years I’ve gone. It’s back around this year, July 27 & 28, and it has a great lineup of speakers.
This is not a sponsored bit. I just really enjoy this conference and would love to see more people attend. Check out the schedule of talks and events, and be sure to Register.
📱🎉 Set your iPhone to default to speakerphone for calls
Maybe you’re the work-at-home type who does house chores during calls (like me! 🤫). Maybe you’re the type to take speakerphone calls in public and turn them up to 11. I’m not here to judge.
Well, as long as this isn’t about a medical condition… yes I am.
Anyway, you can set your iPhone to default to speakerphone for all calls. Head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Call Audio Routing. Please use wisely.
📱 Halide camera app: Swipe anywhere to adjust exposure
Halide for iPhone is a wonderfully powerful and well-designed camera app. While its auto features are smart, the manual features are where it’s at for aspiring photographers and anyone who wants more control than the default camera app.
One of Halide’s many clever advancements is the ability to adjust exposure with a simple swipe up and down anywhere on the ‘viewfinder’ (the live preview of the photo you’re about to take). It’s a simple gesture—one of many in Halide—but it can make a significantdifferent in many photos.
Give it a try anytime you’re lining up a shot and the light and dark areas feel too extreme or simply ‘not right.’
⌚️ Quickly switch between two different apps on Apple Watch (Command + Tab for Watch)
As of Series 3 and especially 4, I feel the Apple Watch has finally reached a major milestone in terms of running apps (especially third-party apps). I’ve tried a variety of apps that have been optimized for the Watch—Drafts, Things 3, Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad, Day One, Calcbot, Bear, Carrot Weather, AnyList, and more recently, HomeRun—and their performance is light and day from Series 0, 1, and even 2.
Whatever your Apple Watch use cases, you can quickly switch between two apps without manually going back to your Watch face and then the app screen. The process goes like this: 
  • Start from your Watch face
  • Press the Digital Crown to view the app screen
  • Tap an app to open it
  • Press the Digital Crown again to go back to the app screen
  • Tap a different app to open it
  • Double-press the Digital Crown to switch back to the first app you opened
It’s basically Command + Tab for Apple Watch. Sans a keyboard. And on your wrist.
💻 Ulysses for Mac: Search within a group, filter by tag
A sample of my Ulysses Group for Finer Tech newsletter drafts, including a few keywords
A sample of my Ulysses Group for Finer Tech newsletter drafts, including a few keywords
Ulysses for Mac, iPad, and iPhone has some powerful search and tagging features. Whether you’re building a body of work for a publication, writing a book, freelancing, or just about any other kind of writing, it’s easy to organize all your content with Groups (folders) and Keywords (tags).
One perk I recently discovered in the Mac version is the option to search in the current Group (Edit > Find > Search in Group or Command + Shift + F). Once you trigger this feature, a search box will appear at the top of the list of sheets (notes, documents, etc.). Click the keyword icon next to the search box, and a second section will appear containing the keywords used in the current Group.
Click a keyword, and sheets in the current Group will filter for it. Select the menu option again, or use the keyboard shortcut, to dismiss the search and Keyword filter options.
💻 Type queries to Siri
Apple places quite a few universally useful features in the Accessibility pane of macOS and iOS. Case in point, something iOS users have wanted for more than half a decade: the option to type, not speak, queries to Siri.
As of at least macOS 10.14 Mojave (and possibly sooner?), this is possible. Just head over to System Preferences > Accessibility > Siri > Enable Type to Siri.
💻 Mail for Mac: Prefer opening messages in Split View
Taking Mail full screen can be a good way to focus and crank through your inbox. Fortunately, you can set it to open messages and new drafts in an adjacent Split View, which keeps your message list, a separate viewer, and your mailboxes still accessible. The message side of Split View will even open multiple messages and drafts in tabs.
To enable this Split View behavior, go to Mail’s Preferences > General pane and toggle Prefer opening messages in Split View when in full screen. I know, the name doesn’t exactly roll off the keyboard. But it’s a handy option that I’d like to see in more Mac apps.
🔗 Links
Zing - a delightful short film about an old man committed to his task who... gets interrupted.
Zing - a delightful short film about an old man committed to his task who... gets interrupted.
You weren't born ‘to be useful’, Irish president tells young philosophers
This next one is a difficult read, but an important read.
Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden
7 ways to unsubscribe from physical mail – MinimalHero – Medium
🤩 Thanks for reading
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David Chartier

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