Quick Look: Evernote 8.0 for iPhone

Evernote 8.0 hit the App Store this past week, and it’s probably one of my favourite app updates in recent memory. I’ve tried a few other note-taking apps — namely the Apple Notes app, Microsoft OneNote, and Bear — but none of them fit the way I think or want to recall my notes. For the longest time, Evernote felt like it was ailing in terms of its formatting and iOS interface, but Evernote 8.0 seems to solve both of those issues with one big update.

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My Instagram Workflow

When I started using Instagram a few years ago, I treated it like a spontaneous space for sharing pictures with friends. However, it took a while for my own group of friends to start using the service, and this changed the way I chose to post over time. Instagram may be owned by Facebook now, but I treat my Instagram account more like a photography platform, and leave more personal posts and candid shots for Facebook.

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Ten Years In- Part 1: A Look Back at the Announcement of the Original iPhone

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It snuck up on me. New iOS devices have come and gone, new features have been revealed (and in a few notable cases, removed), and a titan of the electronic age has passed from this world. However, until I got reminder a couple of weeks ago while listening to Leo Laporte’s TWIT podcast, I had forgotten that we have officially reached the ten year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ tour de force announcement of the iPhone. There is something momentous about the passage of a decade, especially in the fast-moving realm of technology, making this a perfect time to both look back at what was, and also forward to the future.

A Personal Note

In a personal sense, what stands out to me is my own hubris at the time of the announcement. I certainly wasn’t alone in this, but it makes me laugh at myself a bit in hindsight. I had heard the rumors. I knew about the impending announcement of a big new piece of Apple hardware. However, even though I had dipped my toe into their ecosystem for the first time with a couple of iPods, I wasn’t interested. Not even a little. I was a longtime Windows Mobile PDA and Smartphone user with all of the accompanying apps and accessories. I was on XDA Forums when the original XDA actually existed, and Android was still just a glimmer in Andy Rubin’s eye. I had modded firmware and hacked and skinned, and anything else possible. I was so disinterested in Apple’s inevitable phone, that I didn’t actually see or hear Steve Jobs’ presentation until a few years later. I read the early reports on the event, and then the pre-release reviews later on as the release approached, but my interest in a new platform with no ability to load applications was lukewarm, at best through the majority of 2007.

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My Home Screen in 2017: Based on Activities (Not Categories)

Just like Rob, I’ve been doing some thinking about how often I’ll take my iPhone out and idly flick and tap through my apps and Home screens. Especially with TouchID, it has become effortless to take my iPhone out of my pocket and just check it — without really knowing what I’m checking it for.

It’s happening often enough that it is hampering my ability to focus, and I think part of this has to do with the number of icons I’m seeing on my Home screen. There are times when I’ll exit Safari to do something else, but once I’ve gotten to the Home screen, I’ll already have forgotten what that was, because a red badge will catch my eye. Something new on Instagram or Slack is waiting for me, and I have to know what it is.

So I’m taking this change in year as a chance to shake things up.

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What’s on your iPhone Home Screen?

img_0673_iphone6splusspacegrey_portraitWith the start of a new year, I thought I’d take another look at my iPhone home screen, and make some decisions on what I “need” and what apps I have simply accumulated over the last 3.5 months since purchasing my iPhone 7 Plus.  The majority of my most used apps live on the first home screen page, with the next page consisting of mostly folders and recent downloads that I have yet to decide if Im going to keep or not.  Since there is only room for 28 app icons on one screen I have assigned (5) icon slots with my most frequently used folders.  These folders are broken down into two groups–my most used app categories like Social apps and Productivity, and brand based apps such as Apple, Google and Microsoft.

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iPhone App of the Week: Runtastic Results: Strength & Fitness Workout

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Who doesn’t like great iPhone apps? At iPhone Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPhone app published here each week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite phone.

This week’s pick is Runtastic Results: Strength & Fitness Workout, by Runtastic.  Perhaps on the surface it might seem like a copout to select an exercise app for the App of the week, being that it is the first week in a brand new year.  However, being that losing weight and getting in shape is one of the most reported New Year’s resolutions, I actually think that it’s the perfect choice.  Although many of us try to use a new year to get back on track with a variety of causes in our lives, many just don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise.

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My Two Favourite RSS Apps for iPhone

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I tried an experiment a few years ago where I used Twitter in lieu of RSS. The idea was to try and get my news and online interactions in a single platform. I kept the number of people I followed to a minimum, but I focused on creating different lists to suit different types of interests (long reads, tech news, photography, etc.). I deemed the experiment a failure after a few weeks because using Twitter like that made me feel like I could never make any progress in my news feed. That’s one of the addicting things about RSS for me: it’s an inbox that I can actually conquer.

I’ve tried quite a number of different RSS apps over the years, and the ones I’ve stuck with the longest have been Unread and Reeder for iPhone. I tend to use Reeder more often, but I’ll download Unread every few months just for a change of pace.

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Quick Look: Day One 2 for iPhone

I can get stuck in a lot of thought loops where I’ll run a scenario or purchase over and over again in my head. My way of working around this form of anxiety is to write things out: sometimes in the form of articles, but more often in little journal entries just for me. The act of writing helps me to feel things out and suss out little details that I’d overlook if all the variables are just kept in my head.

I have chosen Day One 2 as my journaling app because it works very well across my iPhone, iPad and Mac. I like the idea of a digital journal because it’s always available for quick capture, even in situations where a paper journal would be impractical or impossible to write on (like on a crowded subway train), but Day One also brings a host of other great features to enhance the journaling experience.

Most of my entries contain just text, but there’s a lot of metadata that you can choose to add to your journal entries. I can add what music I’ve been listening to, the number of steps taken in a day, and even the weather (although I’ve never cared about recording the temperature of a day). The most interesting attachments for me are photos, but I find it cumbersome to attach them because I keep the bulk of my shots in Lightroom, and they need to be exported before I can add them to Day One.

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Quick Look: Polarr for iPhone

I’m a full-time Lightroom user on iOS and the Mac, but if someone were to ask me today which iOS photo editor I recommended, I’d be torn between Darkroom and Polarr. I’ll be up front and say that I like Darkroom’s speed and UI a lot more, but it really bugs me that exporting with Darkroom maxes out at 12 Megapixels. That isn’t a big deal if you’re an iPhone-only shooter, but all of my cameras shoot at 24 Megapixel, and it’s important to me to preserve that extra detail.

Polarr isn’t quite as attractive or simple as Darkroom, but it outputs shots at full resolution, and has a number of really cool time-saving features up its sleeve.

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iPhone App of the Week: Apple Support

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Who doesn’t like great iPhone apps? At iPhone Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPhone app published here each week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite phone.

This week’s pick is Apple Support, by Apple .  In this day and age it’s all about customer service–especially after the sale.  Up till now Apple has been the king of the hill in this category, with more satisfied Apple customers than the competition.  So how do you improve on an already excellent brand name?  You add accountability and convenience for the customers when they have concerns or questions about your product.  Apple knows that the relationship with their customers is an ongoing partnership that doesn’t end when you buy one of their products.

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