The Organize-My-iPad Edition Wednesday, February 19, 2020

How Shortcuts Changed The Ways I Use My iPad For The Better, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Shortcuts have become an essential part of my digital life, not only for productivity but also for entertainment. At the same time, the iPad Pro has become equally vital to me, whether I'm writing an article (like this one), catching up with my favorite shows, or diving into another level of Where Cards Fall.

Because these tools are so important to me, I'm continually looking for ways to make them better or refine how I use them. Accordingly, over the past couple of months, I've changed how I organize my iPad, particularly in regards to apps and shortcuts. I've relegated apps to the dock, and shortcuts now dominate my Home screen, both on the Home screen itself and in the ever-present Today widget.

watchOS 6.1.3 For Apple Watch Available Today With Critical Bug Fixes, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

The update includes a fix for an issue that prevented the irregular heart rhythm notification from working as expected for Apple Watch owners in Iceland.


Apple Music Debuts Intelligent Sorting Of Alternate Album Versions, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Apple Music has debuted a small, but valuable new feature that makes it easier to find the exact album version you’re looking for. As discovered by our Federico Viticci, when alternate album versions are available, they’re now listed in a dedicated Other Versions section underneath an album’s track list.

Double-Check Your iPhone’s Medical ID Emergency Contacts, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

So take a minute and make sure you have a Medical ID configured in your iPhone and check that your emergency contacts show the correct phone numbers. The life you save could be your own.

Alto's Odyssey Now Available On macOS, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The popular endless runner game for iOS, Alto's Odyssey, is now available on macOS computers via the Mac App Store.


Apple Reopens 10 More Stores In China Following Coronavirus Closures, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple's retail efforts in China are slowly being brought back to normal during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, with the iPhone maker reopening 10 more stores in the country, including the first store it closed due to the epidemic.

Apple Takes Legal Action Against Former German App Store Manager's New Book, by Stephen Warwick, iMore

Apple is reported to have taken legal action against the former manager of its German App Store business, over his publication of a new book that could contain "business secrets" that are of "considerable economic value".

Deliver Us, Lord, From The Startup Life, by Kathryn Joyce, Wired

But perhaps the most interesting part of the Midwestern convergence of faith and technology, the most salient for believers and nonbelievers alike, is the way people there have begun to question the culture of tech entrepreneurship—and try to make it more humane. “Being an entrepreneur, you go through some very dark moments,” says Kristi Zuhlke, the 37-year-old cofounder of KnowledgeHound, a Chicago-based data visualization startup. “Raising funding is very lonely. You're basically convincing everyone that your idea is amazing while they constantly shoot you down.” It's the sort of thing that can make people question their faith, she continued, “or, if you don't have a faith, you start to clamor for hope that there's light at the end of the tunnel.”

Bottom of the Page

Even though I keep telling myself that it's okay to abandon books halfway -- I am not young, and I don't have a lot of time to read anymore -- I still find it difficult to abandon books halfway.

Which makes choosing my next book to read so much more difficult.


Thanks for reading.