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PSA: you can rearrange your Mac’s menubar icons by pressing Command (⌘) and then clicking and dragging them

CurrentKey Stats has an icon that lives in the menubar, and a little-known trick can help you further customize where it exists. To move your menubar icons around, press the “command ⌘” key and then simply click and drag them around, to reposition them wherever you want. I learned this trick a few months into… Continue reading PSA: you can rearrange your Mac’s menubar icons by pressing Command (⌘) and then clicking and dragging them

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How Apple could navigate its touchy Touch Bar dilemma

Jump ahead to the proposal In 2016, Apple debuted the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro. It’s a strip of touch-enabled screen meant to add functionality to the user’s active app. It exists where the function keys used to reside, and it’s something that developers go out of their way in order to support. The… Continue reading How Apple could navigate its touchy Touch Bar dilemma

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Key takeaway from developing for the Mac App Store: it’s unreliable

Last May I launched my Mac app, CurrentKey Stats, which helps you keep track of how you spend time across Spaces (virtual desktops) and apps, as well as navigate between your Spaces. It was not always a foregone conclusion that I’d distribute the app through the App Store. In fact — I had round-tripped the… Continue reading Key takeaway from developing for the Mac App Store: it’s unreliable

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In 2020, Apple needs to change iPhone’s call UI because robocalls are killing us

A year ago I published this and it struck a chord on the internet, hitting #4 on Reddit and #1 on HN (it actually triggered the “flamewar” detector there). So I thought I’d republish the post since the default UI for incoming calls remains the same. Otherwise, what’s publicly changed on Apple’s side of things… Continue reading In 2020, Apple needs to change iPhone’s call UI because robocalls are killing us

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Slack’s Drafts (“Where did that channel go?”) feature, misses the mark

Seeing a popular post about a very hit or miss change to Slack’s product (the new WYSIWYG input box) made me think of another thing in Slack that has annoyingly changed (without an option to toggle off). Its “Drafts” feature – where leaving a channel with an unfinished message means that the channel itself gets… Continue reading Slack’s Drafts (“Where did that channel go?”) feature, misses the mark

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YouTube has given creators the ability to alter posted videos, so it should also give users a way of knowing if a video has been edited.

I swore I’d seen it. It was the day of the Samsung Fold launch, and I had watched a few videos from big-name tech channels on YouTube to quickly get up to speed. One of the videos I watched said the Fold was rated for a certain number of … “folds” …, a particularly low… Continue reading YouTube has given creators the ability to alter posted videos, so it should also give users a way of knowing if a video has been edited.

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Apple and Google Maps should let you lock their app’s UI in portrait or landscape mode, apart from the system-wide iOS setting

You either use Maps in PORTRAIT or LANDSCAPE mode. It’s a very polarizing issue, but one thing is universal: when the phone changes to your non-preferred orientation, it’s frustrating — and frustrating at the worst possible time: when you’re wondering if you should turn left or right, or keep driving straight. If a reading app… Continue reading Apple and Google Maps should let you lock their app’s UI in portrait or landscape mode, apart from the system-wide iOS setting

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Apple, Google, Twitter: your products are broken. Here are 3 simple ways to improve them to handle scams, threats, and disinformation

Google/YouTube: Make it possible for users on your platform to know if a YouTube video has been edited after it’s been posted. It’s insane that I can clip out chunks of a video and there is no record (as far is the public is concerned) of me having done so. Like, if you edit a… Continue reading Apple, Google, Twitter: your products are broken. Here are 3 simple ways to improve them to handle scams, threats, and disinformation