RescueTime for iOS

I’ve been using RescueTime for a few years now, and I have come to appreciate it. But for whatever reason, I never had any desire to install the version for iOS. Until recently. What I like about itThe app tracks your pickups and how much time you spend on your device. I like the way it summarizes the pickups — both the total and the location and timing of them. It’s a nice way to visualize how much you’re reaching for the phone. But where the real value of the iOS comes into play for me is how…

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Finding iPad's future

Related to the last link, Neil Cybart gives a smart analysis on the iPad (and tablets in general). It's a good read with a lot of quote worthy statements! But here's the one that resounds most and sums up the discussion for me. A product category with a use case summed up by Netflix watching is quite problematic since it is that much harder to sell a differentiated product, leading to a rush to the bottom in terms of pricing, quality, and features.I'm not terribly interested in the economics here. But the usage patterns and trends of how humans…

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iPad first

On the subject of creating with an iPad, I'm a bit of a Johnny-come-lately. Yes, creating on the iPad has been possible since the day it launched. And yes, I’ve used it for a bit of writing. But I never embraced it like many others have. I was of the opinion that my more powerful and functional laptop was always the better option. Until recently. I've been working on a side project for the last five months. Like many of you, I've a full time job to take up most of my time. And so my early mornings have…

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Define writing

Federico Viticci, in a response to my thoughts about the iOS keyboard: I think the discussion on the iOS keyboard often mixes writing with editing. Personally, I believe the iOS keyboard is great for writing, because it’s just a normal keyboard, but iOS text selection is in serious need of an update, because it feels outdated.He makes a good point, if you only consider one type of writing. But the act of writing can come in many different forms. It would depend on how the individual defines writing. Perhaps Viticci would have made his point better if the…

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iOS keyboard has room for improvement

The more I write on my iPad, the more I appreciate the device for this type of creation. It's portable, easily accessible, and I'm less prone to distraction. And with writing applications making great use of iCloud and Dropbox, my data is always there and always in sync with my Macbook Pro. The negative with writing on the iPad is typing. It's a bit of a mixed bag experience — the iOS autocorrection is (at times) brilliant and I can fly along with confidence, knowing the OS is going to correct my typos. But when mistakes are made and are either…

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The (un)obviousness of iCloud

In 2011, I made the move to using iCloud full time. This change was due mostly to the fact that I no longer trusted Google with my data (or any service where the user is the currency, not the customer). And while the change was primarily focused on Mail, Contacts and Calendars, over time I've really come to appreciate the iCloud experience in unexpected ways. I say unexpected, because even though Apple gave a lot of PR attention to some of the iCloud features, they weren't important to me. Simply because I didn't use them before, or consider them as…

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