The Favorite-Tirkcs Edition Monday, September 21, 2020

9 Best New iPhone Features In iOS 14 That Are Hard To Find, by Jason Cipriani, CNET

These welcome enhancements will surely enrich your experience, but my favorite tricks in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are the ones you have to work to find. For instance, you can now fully ditch Apple Mail and Safari with a new default apps setting.

Below, I'll walk you through how to use nine of the best hidden features I've uncovered in iOS 14.

iOS 14 Lets You Change iPhone App Icons To MS Paint Versions If You Want, by Sarah Basford Canales, Gizmodo

You see iOS 14 allows you to change the icons you’re so used to seeing and replace them with whatever you want from your camera roll.


You’ll need to use Shortcuts because it’s not actually changing iPhone app icons for good.

First Emmy

Apple TV Plus Wins Its First Emmy, by Daniel Holloway, Variety

Apple TV Plus won its first ever Emmy Sunday night, with Billy Crudup taking the award for best supporting actor in a drama series. Crudup won for his performance as TV executive Cory Ellison in the streamer’s flagship original drama “The Morning Show.”

Down Stream: Netflix, Apple, Hulu Combine For Just 4 Emmy Wins Sunday As HBO Dominates, by Dade Hayes, Deadline

On an Emmy night dominated by HBO and Schitt’s Creek, streaming services were largely marginalized, taking three supporting actor prizes and a fourth for best limited-series directing.


Testing Out Apple Liquid Silicone Solo Loop And Yarn Braided Solo Loop, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

Once we opened it, we were surprised how flexible the band was. It was very soft and stretchy, reaching more than double its original size at full extension.

The back of the band has a slight channel that should aid airflow and prevent sweat buildup.

NetNewsWire 5.1 For Mac Brings Feedly Syncing, Reader View, And More, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

The most important addition for me is adding Feedly support. I can now use it with Feedly to keep my read items and subscriptions in sync to all my devices.

Hands-on: Widgetsmith Brings Ultra-customizable Widgets To Your iOS 14 Home Screen, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The customization and personalization options in Widgetsmith have proven to be incredibly popular, which is proof not only of the power of Widgetsmith but also of the pent-up demand additional iOS home screen customization options.

Review: Quip’s New Bluetooth Toothbrush Has Its Own iPhone App And Integration With Apple Health, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

The Quip toothbrush is designed to run for two minutes each time you brush, but since my kids also have Quip toothbrushes, once I upgrade theirs to the Bluetooth model, it would sync, and I could monitor their brushing habits. It also shows the coverage of time spent on the top and the bottom of your mouth, the numbers of strokes, and your brush’s overall intensity. You can view your brushing history to see weekly activity.

Bottom of the Page

Random thoughts on a rainy September day:

a) I can't wait for NetNewsWire to support the RSS service that I am currently subscribing to.
b) Dear Apple: How about allowing me to rearrange the App Library's folders?
c) Dear Me: Stop playing around with widgets, and get back to work.


I've always framed the inability to 'live in the moment' as failing to give permission to myself to be happy. This past week, someone gave me a different perspective: this is a failure to prevent future-me from stealing happiness from today-me.

Still trying, but I am trying a different tact now. Rather than trying to convince myself to say yes to today-me, I'm saying no to future-me from stealing from today-me. Let future-me worry in future-time.


Thanks for reading.