Finer Things in Tech

By David Chartier | Not news, but the what, how, why, and where next of tech and its culture.

The daily App Store

A couple months into the major iOS 11 App Store redesign, it’s become a daily “thing to check” for me.<p>The stream of content on the Today tab is …

App Store

Thoughts on the Mac mini, running a business, and long teeth

Parts of the Apple community have been upset lately about the Mac mini left in update limbo for nearly three years. I get that the mini has a …

Tim Cook

Introducing the Finer Things in Tech Patreon

I’ve been running this site for a few years now, and back in March I launched a weekly newsletter that’s received wonderful feedback. I want to take …

Marketing

Thoughts on the Brydge Keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

I’ve had the Brydge Keyboard for my 10.5-inch iPad Pro for about two weeks now, and I have thoughts. My iPad is space gray, but I went with rose gold …

Laptops

[Updated] Logitech will swap out my Circle 2 wireless camera for a wired version

UpdateThe wired camera arrived, a full retail unit with a box and all the extras to boot. In fact, I double-checked the box and their original …

Wireless
Angela Ahrendts

Good Google Drive alternatives for collaborating on documents, notes, presentations, and more

Back in the day, Google Drive was early to market with a halfway decent, browser-based collaborative document editor. Relatively bare-bones and free, …

Google Drive
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Handy
Siri
Apple Store
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You can scroll the Files app menu on iPad

Just tap Show More. This is a pretty handy way to quickly get to a recent file.Doesn’t work on iPhone though.<br>Filed under: iOS, Tips Tagged: Files …

Handy

Things 3 has kick-butt Siri support, including on Watch

“In Things, remind me to finish my blog posts tomorrow at 2pm.”“Show my Today list in Things.”“Add support Finer Things in Tech on Patreon using …

Siri

Oscar and Maddy in the Apple Store

Much of the work I do for my business is helping app developers with their content—blogs, social media, documentation, occasional in-app UX, etc. One …

Apple Store

My favorite behind-the-scenes iOS utilities

I rely on a handful of iOS utilities—things that help me or other apps get things done. I think they all deserve a lot more attention, so here’s my …

iOS

My first macOS ‘meh’ upgrade

I feel strange.There’s a big new version of macOS out today, High Sierra. Since I got my first Mac in 2002 and started writing about them in 2004, …

iOS
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The Windows Phone failure was easily preventable, but Microsoft’s culture made it unavoidable

<i>How could Microsoft’s Windows Phone licensing business model stand a chance against Google’s free and open Android? None of the Redmond giant’s complicated countermeasures worked—its smartphone platform is dead. And yet, inexplicably, Microsoft failed to use a very simple move, one we’ll explore</i> …

Apple: Watch exercise lab ‘collected more data on activity and exercise’ than any human performance study in history

Apple has granted <i>Men’s Health</i> a behind-the-scenes look at its exercise lab where it develops health and activity tracking features for the Apple Watch. Apple first unveiled its fitness facility in the run up to the original Apple Watch in 2015, and a new Apple Watch with LTE is expected to be …

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