The Spend-Time-Intentionally Edition Monday, January 2, 2023

The Care And Feeding Of Feeds, by Allen Pike

As humans, we’ll always be fighting headwinds to spend our time intentionally. There will always be new and more enticing ways to waste our time and attention.

And yet, having added One Sec, Mastodon, and Readwise Reader to my tool belt this winter, I’m feeling less exhausted and more excited about what I’m reading than I have in years. I’m really excited to see where these go.

Seven iOS Features Launching Or Expanding In 2023, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

2023 is upon us and it will be another busy year for iPhone software. While details are slim about iOS 17 still, Apple has previously announced several features that will be available this year as part of upcoming updates like iOS 16.3 and iOS 16.4.

Apple Increasing The Price Out-Of Warranty iPhone Battery Replacements Starting In March, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple is increasing the price of out-warranty iPhone battery replacements for all ‌iPhone‌ models older than the iPhone 14 later this year, the company announced on its website.


Brydge ProDock Review: A Vertical Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station For Modern Macs, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

The headlining features include Thunderbolt 4, a MagSafe-compatible charger, and support for three different Macs with a single design. While vertical docks may not suit everyone's needs, those that need them will likely be happy with what Brydge offers.

Make A Vegan Lifestyle Simple With These Five Apps, by Jack Slater, Metro

From finding you the best (and sometimes surprising) vegan snacks (like the McDonald’s Double McPlant) to helping you shop cruelty-free products, here’s the best apps to send you on your merry, meat-free way.

How I’m Planning To Eat More Vegetables This Year, by Shannon Palus, Slate

Food tracking is not a solution for everyone—fruit and vegetable consumption is lowest for Americans below or near the poverty line, suggesting something even simpler would help: money. Nor is using photos, in particular: A team of marketing researchers published a paper in October 2022 comparing text-based logging to image-based, finding that while a sample of undergraduates thought taking pictures of their food would be easier than jotting down a short description, on balance more of them stuck to text-based tracking. My personal experience is that having both options available in a single app, and being able to switch between the two over the course of a day, works best.

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I have a shortcut in my… well… Shortcut app that is titled "Play Radio 4." This shortcut simply plays BBC Radio 4 in the BBC Sounds app.

And I want to say is that it amuses me whenever I duplicate this shortcut in the Shortcut app, and the Shortcut app automatically renames the new shortcut as "Play Radio 5."


Apple really does need to give better names to its products.


Thanks for reading.