Marques Brownlee AKA MKBHD recently posted a video entitled "The Blind Smartphone Camera Test 2018" in which he polled his followers on Twitter and Instagram to find out which photos looked "the best." It's a great video and you should definitely give it watch but spoiler alert, people liked the photos that were brighter and had more contrast. The phones you'd think would destroy the competition like Google Pixel 3, iPhone XS and Samsung Note 9 were defeated by the Huwai Mate 20 Pro.
I've been trying to use my Macbook Pro as more of a laptop and not always hooked into a monitor. I figured this way I'd be able to really test out the Touch Bar and what it can do. I haven't found one place where the Touch Bar has come in handy. I even used Better Touch Tool with it to take advantage of some of widgets it has to offer. Nothing has really stuck for me. If anything it makes doing common tasks like adjusting volume and brightness take longer. Touch ID is nice but I wouldn’t consider that part of the Touch Bar now that Apple has released a Macbook Air with it.
Apple and music have always had a strong connection. I remember when I was first getting into music production and moving from an analog set up to a digital one, every person I talked to said you need to get a Mac. I didn’t understand at first; I had a perfectly capable PC and a copy of Cakewalk Sonar that I was trying to figure out how to use. It wasn’t until I went to college and was able to use a Mac Pro in a recording studio that I realized it was more than just the Apple hardware and software. Music was part of Apple’s culture as a business. It didn’t matter what new hardware or software was being released. There was always music angle and throughout the years we’ve seen it change with Apple Music more recently and now HomePod
I finally got my hands on Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular about 2 weeks ago. I’m currently using it with T-Mobile which includes 3 months of free service. I’m not 100% sure if I’ll keep the plan but we’ll see.
A couple weeks ago I realized I needed a change. Due dates, contexts, and projects all became overwhelming. OmniFocus has been my task manager of choice for the past 3 years and it’s done quite a good job of keeping me on track in my professional and personal life. In all honesty, it has been much more than I actually need and I only scratched the surface of its full capability. I decided it was time to reset and evaluate if OmniFocus was still the best choice for me.
With Amazon’s recent announcement of new Echo devices last week, the company’s direction of incorporating Alexa in just about everything is clear. While some devices seem to gain more traction then others, i.e. Amazon Tap, Alexa is Amazon’s computing platform of the future.
The writing app Ulysses has been making headlines lately with their move to a subscription business model. Just a quick thought on subscriptions. I've never had an issue when companies do this. For the most part, if you use a certain app enough, subscriptions benefit both users and companies. Yes, you're probably spending more money at the end of the day but for sustainability it's the right move in 2017.