Microsoft OneNote for Mac


Microsoft OneNote for Mac — is it an Evernote contender? | iMore

Unlike Evernote, OneNote doesn’t have any easy way of embedding web pages into your notes, which makes it a less-than-ideal tool for collecting info off the web for later collation and digestion. You can embed PDFs after a fashion, as “printouts” that can then be annotated. Files can be attached as well. Late last year, Microsoft added the ability to open notebooks stored on SharePoint Servers, as well. You can share notes with users outside your workflow by embedding the note in an email or by sending links; Microsoft offers the option of a read-only link or an editable link as well.
I don’t have any experience with the Windows version of OneNote, but I’ve read numerous complaints from users of both versions that suggest the Mac version comes up a bit short, especially in areas like saving text formatting options, document and file importing and attachment and more. As in all things, your mileage may vary in this regard.

It’s weird to think of Microsoft as underdog, but they really are when it comes to this kind of app. The 800 pound gorilla of the note taking app market is Evernote. To that end, Evernote has a better fleshed-out ecosystem of apps, accessories and tools to help you get the most out of it.

Interesting comparison between the 2 premier note talking apps – I personally will stick with Evernote as my workflow is too heavily invested in it but if I was on the look out for a decent note taking app, then I might be tempted to try OneNote.

iPad initial complaints seem ridiculous 5 years on


iPad haters’ initial complaints seem ridiculous 5 years on | Cult of Mac

Some great reminders on how judgement was made too early;

iPad is for consuming, not producing

“Let’s face it: The iPad is basically a mobile device front-end for the iTunes Store,” wrote snippy Redditor thewriteguy soon after the iPad was announced. “And the consumer (I wouldn’t call them a ‘user’) is charged $500 for the privilege of shopping iTunes with it.”

He’s right about one thing: The iPad is a fantastic device for consuming media. It’s great for surfing the Web, watching YouTube videos, reading ebooks and anything else that your phone is too small for and your notebook’s not immediately convenient for. At its most basic, the iPad is a screen you carry around with you, and more than a century of cinema has taught us that screens are great for passive consumption.

But the idea that the iPad is not a productivity device in its own right is ludicrous. Apple has always targeted the creative end of the market first and foremost — and the iPad has excelled in that arena. When Bentley set out to shoot a new ad last year, the iPad’s iMovie app allowed them to carry out the majority of editing work from the back seat of their car, adding a whole new level of immediacy. Meanwhile, apps like itSeez3D allow people to transform their tablets into 3-D scanners, giving them a tool that previously wasn’t within the grasp of the average user.

The iPad is increasingly used for more traditional business work as well. Microsoft Office 365 was a huge hit, both commercially and critically, when it arrived on iOS last year. Apple’s 2014 deal with IBM (which we called the biggest tech news of last year) also brought a slew of new enterprise productivity apps to Apple’s tablet, offering tools to people working in everything from banking to telecommunications.

I had many a discussion initially with people regarding Flash and it’s mobile demise and so was proved;

The lack of Flash on the iPad is one of those time-capsule complaints that, like teenage problems, felt oh-so-important at the time but now gets shrugged off with a “why did we ever care about that?” nonchalance.
Here in 2015, not even Android supports Flash anymore — and it hasn’t done so for a few years. Flash is dying out, and it’s a rare occasion when you visit a website on an iPad that can’t be viewed properly because of the tablet’s lack of Flash support.

Switch to the iPhone – For the Camera Alone


Switch to iPhone: For a better everyday camera! | iMore

The iPhone 6’s rear-facing iSight camera is 8 megapixels. Some might argue that more would be better; we saw the megapixel race in point-and-shoot cameras, however, and we know how senseless it is. Megapixels represent quantity, not quality. To get more megapixels, manufacturers carve the image sensor up into smaller pixels that take in less light. That typically results in larger photos of poorer quality. That’s why Apple made the choice not to go for more pixels, but for bigger pixels — 1.5 microns at f/2.2. Because they’re larger, they take in more light and result in better-quality photos.
If you really want to shoot images sized for posters or billboards, or want to take advantage of significant downsampling, it’s okay to look for megapixels. If you want truly great photos, however, you’ll need to look beyond them.

Great snippet from Rene Ritchie explaining the myth around megapixels. Quality over quantity.

O2’s Purchase by Three


O2 purchase by Three confirmed for £10.25bn as operator consolidation continues | Technology | The Guardian:

The owner of the mobile network Three has confirmed it is in exclusive negotiations to acquire O2 UK from Spanish telco Telefonica.

The deal for £10.25bn in cash, including an initial amount of £9.25bn followed by a deferred £1bn, blocks Sky’s reported bids for the network and will make the combined Three and O2 operator the biggest in the UK with a 41% share of the market.

I remain convinced that cellular networking is a dying breed and unless these companies change their business model and product, they will continue to buy each other out until only one remains and by then it will be too late.

Fitness Trackers Accuracy Put to the Test


Why your fitness tracker could be a waste of money | Daily Mail Online

Results showed the BodyMedia Core was the most accurate device, with the Fitbit Flex coming in second place. This supported a previous study which rated them as the two most accurate.
Jawbone Up24 and Nike Fuelband SE came in third and fourth place – both with accuracy rates of between 15 and 18 per cent.

Slightly misleading headline from the Daily Mail Online as the trackers quoted above were actually pretty accurate. As the comments in the article suggest, if a fitness tracker helps you to get more active and to live a healthier lifestyle then they have worked. Analysis of fitness data can be truly inspiring when integrating with other apps and services.

Taking CarPlay for a spin


Jason Snell on Taking CarPlay for a spin:

So is CarPlay worth it? Right now, I’d have to say no. I’m encouraged by the potential here, but it feels slow and seems buggy. Though I’ve got this Pioneer CarPlay unit right here, I’m not planning on installing it in my car… at least, not yet. An Apple-designed interface in my dashboard sounds like a great idea, but until there are more third-party apps—and until third-party apps actually work well—maybe it’s just as well that CarPlay devices are still few and far between.

Sounds like there is some way to go yet before CarPlay becomes mature and stable.

Create PDFs from emails on iOS


Quick Tip: Create PDFs from emails on iOS – The Sweet Setup

The task that I’d like to do most is convert an e-mail into a PDF so that I can send them into Evernote. These will typically be receipts that I need to save for tax purposes. While Dispatch can do this natively, cannot.
Thankfully, a third-party service has stepped in to make this a possibility. PDF is a free service that allows you to forward emails to a special email address, and it will return a PDF copy of that email in return. There is no account to sign up for — just forward an email to and wait for the return email.

Great tip from Bradley. I use this all the time – extremely useful for my workflow.

The Demise of Google Glass


Ron Miller from TechCrunch on the Apparent Demise of Google Glass from his own First Hand Experience of using it;

I found it uncomfortable looking up to see that small screen. What’s more, the operating system consisted of a carousel interface. You could move up and and down and side to side within that interface, but your email, texts, tweets, whatever you were reading was on cards and you cycled through them by touching the side of the device. I found this awkward and I imagined that over time as more tools developed, the carousel itself would become overcrowded.
You could also use your voice, “OK Glass.” But I pictured people in the checkout lines at supermarkets all, muttering commands to their wearables. It didn’t seem like a plausible way of interacting with a computer in public on a regular basis.

As it turned out, I wasn’t going to spend $1500 on an item I didn’t enjoy using. I found myself having to force myself to use Glass because I simply didn’t like it.

Interesting though that Google have put Nest designer Tony Fadell on it to try and take the idea in another direction. We might not have heard the last of it after all.

The Software and Services Apple Needs to Fix


Glenn Fleishman writing on his blog:

Here’s a list of regularly recurring issues or fundamental problems I’ve seen supplemented by those provided by others.

Glenn lists a lot of the issues he currently has experienced on OS X and iOS and the list is long. Although I have not been immune to issues on both platforms recently, I personally haven’t experienced the majority of the issues Glenn lists here – but then maybe that’s the point. The majority agree that improvement and consistency is needed – Snow Leopard style.

If UK’s Prime Minister has his way, Apple will stop encrypting iMessage and Facetime


If UK’s Prime Minister has his way, Apple will stop encrypting iMessage and Facetime | Cult of Mac:

One of the great things about iMessage and Facetime is that it encrypts your messages automatically, making it very, very difficult for hackers to spy on the messages you send.
But guess what? If UK Prime Minister David Cameron gets his way, iMessage and Facetime encryption might soon be a thing of the past.

The Independent reports that Cameron says that if he wins the next election and is re-elected Prime Minister, part of his plan is to make it illegal for anyone to send encrypted messages.

The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.

Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime also encrypt their data, and could fall under the ban along with other encrypted chat apps like Telegram.

These moves are being made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

This won’t happen. Too many obstacles will have to be overcome to enable this – Mr. Cameron is offering a faint election promise in light of recent events to appear proactive – something he is arguably not the best at.