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📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 Speech-to-text, Darkroom, Things 3, Apple TV
By David Chartier • Issue #74 • View online
Hey everyone! Chicago has thankfully warmed up as the city gradually reopens and, yes, I’m vaccinated. I scored one of the new iPad Pros with 5G, and I’m pulling down anywhere from 5-20 Mbps from the lawn outside Shedd Aquarium. It’s pretty sweet.
Now, I know it’s been a while, my finer readers, and I don’t have a good excuse for that. But I’m back on the saddle and have quite the pile of tips to share here and on the site. As the YouTubers say, let’s get to it.
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💡 Tips
📱 iPad: Use Siri speech-to-text anywhere
When working on an iPad with a keyboard, double tap the Control key to use Siri’s speech-to-text feature just about anywhere (this is the same as tapping the microphone on the software keyboard).
The first time you do this, you might be asked to download a language pack in order to enable this feature.
📱 Darkroom: How to hide individual adjustments, reset sliders
Darkroom is a powerful photo editor for iPhone, iPad, and more recently, Mac. When using its editing features, it has a couple great tricks for resetting individual edits and previewing how your photos look without them.
To reset an adjustment slider: Double tap the slider knob and it’ll snap back to zero
To see your photo without an adjustment: Say you’ve made a lot of adjustments and you’d like to see what each of them brings to the table. Tap and hold on the adjustment title (Contrast, Temperature, Highlights, etc.) to temporarily remove its effects from the photo.
📱 Twitter: Bypass its dumb sharing menu and skip straight to the iOS menu
Twitter doesn’t need to know the people and apps we like to share with outside of Twitter. To skip its custom shearing menu, just tap and hold for a beat on the sharing button, and you’ll go straight to the iOS share sheet.
💻 Things 3: Quickly apply tags with keyboard shortcuts
Things is my task app of choice, and it has a great trick on the Mac if you’re into organizing (and filtering) tasks with tags. If you go to Window > Tags, then click any box next to a tag, you can assign a letter or number shortcut for that tag.
Then, when a task is being edited or one or more are selected, use Control + a shortcut to instantly assign your tags.
💻 The iTunes Store is hidden, not gone
It’s still possible to buy songs and albums if that’s your thing, at least on the Mac. Just open Music, go to Preferences > General, and toggle it on. Click Ok, give it a moment, and it should appear in the sidebar.
📺 New Siri Remote: The new scrub UI matches your thumb’s position on the dial
Unlike apparently a lot of people, I actually liked the previous Siri Remote. That said, the new one is certainly an improvement in every way, especially when it comes to scrubbing a video.
With the new dial around the touchpad, it’s much easier to move back or forward to the specific moment you want. When you’re scrubbing, the timeline on the video displays a live dial icon that mirrors your thumb’s position. It’s a nice touch.
Note: The new scrubbing doesn’t work in every app yet. My guess is they’ll need to update to support it.
Screenshot via Karthik Subramaniam on Twitter
🔗 Good Links & Reads
You Should Take More Aimless Walks
I’m Not Scared to Reenter Society. I’m Just Not Sure I Want To.
If you’re feeling behind in life, watch this.
If you’re feeling behind in life, watch this.
The Bizarre History of Head Transplants
🤩 Thanks for reading
How did you like this issue? Was it useful and bite-sized enough? Are there certain kinds of tips or apps you’d like to see here? Let me know what you think on MastodonTumblrMicro.blogTwitter, or email.
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David Chartier

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