I made a couple of tweaks to the layout of the site. If you’re on a large-screen device (like a computer or iPad), you should see a little sidebar on the left that sticks to the top of the browser window when you scroll. If you’re on a phone, you’ll see a one-column layout like before. As always, please let me know if you run into any weirdness.
Here is how to use Apple News, it’s how I use it daily and gotten the most out of it. I’ve broken the article up by TAB I.e. the row at the bottom of the app once launched.
I’ve been using News on and off since the launch and am definitely going to try some of these tips to make my feed(s) more relevant to my interests.
From The App Factor:
For the past few weeks my iPhone 6s Plus‘ battery has been dying way faster than it should. For example, on Sunday my battery was at 35% by 3pm under light usage. The next day it was at 18% by 2pm.
My wife has been seeing some awful battery life lately so I’ll have to give this a shot.
I’ve made a few tweaks to the fonts used on the site. The masthead font is now VT323 from Google Fonts and the body font is a system font. What you see depends on what OS you’re running and what fonts you have installed, but on OS X and iOS, you should see Avenir for the body font. Please let me know if you notice any font or display issues.
I have a confession to make…
It turns out that I have a bit of an iPad “problem”–as in I can’t ever seem decide which model I want or which suits my needs the best. Case in point: last year after the iPad mini 4 came out, I replaced my iPad Air 2 with one. A couple of months later, the 12.9″ iPad Pro came out, so I bought one of those and loved it–mostly1. Then the 9.7″ iPad Pro was released this past March and curiousity about the True Tone display got the better of me so I got one of those.
For the record, I don’t still have all of them: I gave the mini to my 10-yr old step-daughter (she absolutely loves it), I sold the Air 2 to CashForYourMac (who are awesome), and I gave the 12.9″ Pro to my wife (who is also awesome).
The main thing that factored into my decision to stick with the 9.7″ Pro (for now) is the True Tone display. I can’t say enough about it–it’s one of those features you don’t think will be a big deal but then after seeing it for a while you can’t stand looking at a display without it. It really is amazing.
One thing I feel like I go back and forth about constantly is the size. I love the size of the 9.7″ for portability and ease-of-use in bed, but I also loved the size of the 12.9″ Pro for using at my desk or on the couch or patio or really anywhere but in bed :)
All of this got me thinking about what my ideal iPad would look like, and here’s what I’ve come up with:
- 11″ True Tone display. I think this would be my happy medium between the two sizes. It’d be big enough to use on my desk, etc., yet still small enough to use in bed.
A 64GB size option. I have 32GB and it’s fine, but I have to monitor it occasionally and 128GB is way more space than I need.
3D Touch. I totally expect that this will be in the next versions of the iPad anyway.
That’s about it. I realize the chances of an 11″ display are slim, so I’ll likely switch back to the 12.9″ model once it becomes available with a True Tone display and deal with the awkwardness of the size while lying in bed.
- I say mostly here because I loved using it at my desk or sitting on the couch, but I felt like it was too big and unwieldy to use in bed comfortably while lying down. ↩
Over the span of this past weekend, I moved this site and Miranda’s site from Site5 and over to Linode. The biggest benefit to this is that it gives me complete control over the server and software running on it. Not only are both sites being served via HTTPS now, but the site definitely seems to be faster–both of which are big pluses in my book :)
I’ll write more on the actual migration later, but for now, please let me know if you come across anything broken.
Just ordered one of these bad boys. I love the grey.
There are a slew of under-the-radar features that let you customize your TV to your heart’s content and make it much easier to use. Apple just released tvOS 9.2, which baked a ton of functionality into the device (including some features from older TV models).
I hate the format of this list/slideshow thing, but there are quite a few of these tips that I didn’t know about.
Here are the iOS games I’m currently playing on my iPad:
- Lifeline… by 3 Minute Games, LLC – $1.99
Lifeline is a playable, branching story of survival against all odds. Using your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you will help Taylor make life or death decisions, and face the consequences together.
- Her Story by Sam Barlow – $4.99
A real life crime story where you play detective.
Her Story sits you in front of a mothballed desktop computer and logs you into a police database. Search through hundreds of video clips that cover seven interviews from 1994 in which a British woman is interviewed about her missing husband. Explore the database by typing search terms, watch the clips where she speaks those words and piece together her story.
- Angry Birds 2 by Rovio Entertainment Ltd – Free
The Angry Birds are back in the sequel to the biggest mobile game of all time! Angry Birds 2 starts a new era of addictive slingshot gameplay with stunning graphics, challenging multi-stage levels, scheming boss pigs and even more destruction.
- R.B.I. Baseball 16 by MLB.com – $4.99
Make the play with your favorite Major League Baseball team and win the World Series!
Logi BASE is the first iPad Pro stand using Apple’s Smart Connector™ technology to take charging to a whole new level. Magnets in the charging cradle help align your iPad Pro just right with the Smart Connector–you only need one hand to drop in your iPad Pro and go!