UPS Drone Delivery Comes to a Sky Near You

· Andrew Orr · News

UPS drone delivery is coming in the future after it got FAA approval back in April. On Monday UPS successfully tested a trial run.

Scriptable Can Make Shortcuts and Siri More Powerful

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Scriptable is an automation tool that enables you to write scripts that integrates with native features of iOS such as files, calendars, reminders, documents and much more. An extensive support for Siri Shortcuts enables you to present images, tables and more in Siri as well as making Siri read out loud a text when you run a script from a Siri Shortcut. Your scripts can be run from the Scriptable app, from a Siri Shortcut or from other apps using the share sheet extensive or Scriptable’s URL schemes. Features include writing and running JavaScript; auto complete of variable names, functions, keywords and properties as you type; access lots of native iOS features from your JavaScript code, including managing files, calendars, reminders, contacts, photos, location, pasteboard, web views and more. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Scriptable Can Make Shortcuts and Siri More Powerful

What Will Happen to Automation in macOS?

· Andrew Orr · Link

The next version of macOS will include more UIKit (iOS) apps. Rumored to be among them is Apple’s Shortcuts app. So what happens to Automator, AppleScript, and AppleEvents?

So what happens when iOS apps comes to the Mac this fall? It seems impossible that Apple will allow them to be controlled by AppleScript and Automator…Will “classic” Mac apps get the ability to be controlled via Shortcuts, too? Or will there be a schism between the two different classes of apps?

But whatever happens, it’s clear that iOS and macOS are going to face the future of user automation together, not separately.

Change App Icons on iOS With This Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · News

Mr. Viticci reverse-engineered the “Add to Home Screen” function that Shortcuts has, and created the Home Screen Icon Creator.

macOS: Automate Your Mac with Smart Folders

· Andrew Orr · How-To

Smart Folders are kind of a hidden feature of macOS, but can greatly help you manage and organize your files. Here’s how to get started.

Automation for iOS 12? Try Shortcuts!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

If you always wished you could automate iOS, Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has good news for you—you can with Apple’s new (kinda) Shortcuts app!

5 Pre-Made Siri Shortcuts To Help You Get Started

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Andrew has a bunch of Shortcuts that he’s been using since Workflow, and he shares his 5 favorite pre-made Siri Shortcuts to use in iOS 12.

Save Time and Effort with Keyboard Maestro

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Keyboard Maestro creates macros —sequences of actions that can be saved and then invoked and played back with a single keystroke (or other trigger), and the latest version (version 8) adds welcome improvements and interface enhancements.

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Gets Hub-free HomeKit Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

HomeKit support without a bridge device is coming to Belkin’s Wemo Mini Smart Plug thanks to a free firmware update rolling out on Thursday. The change comes thanks to the HomeKit software authentication feature Apple introduced with iOS 11.3. That means once the firmware update is installed you can start using your Mini Smart Plugs with Siri and the Home app. For your other Wemo devices, including the discontinued—and much bigger—Wemo Smart Plug, you’ll still need the Wemo Bridge. You can get the Wemo Mini Smart Plug on Amazon for US$29.99.

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Gets Hub-free HomeKit Support

The “Man Looking Over Your Shoulder” Attack – Mac Geek Gab 711

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Ever send mail to the wrong address accidentally? Ever want to ask your Mac its serial number? Notifications ever get in your way? All those questions are answered in the just the first segment of the show. Listen for more about syncing your Photos without iCloud Photo Library, managing your calendars, and much more! Press play and learn at least five new things along with your two favorite geeks!

How to Create GIFs on iOS with the Workflow App

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will walk us through creating a simple automated task within the iOS Workflow app…which is kind of like building stuff in Automator on the Mac. In other words, fun! And it’s a good way to learn the basics of automation, too. She’ll tell us all about it!

Cool Stuff Found, NAS Advice, and Geek Challenges – Mac Geek Gab 671

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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It’s time to dig back into NAS drives by answering Steve’s question: Which Synology DiskStation is right for me? There are a few more things to explore on that topic, too, and your two favorite geeks do it justice. Separate from that are a few questions about a variety of topics, some of which are Geek Challenges where you get to provide some answers! A hardware-focused Cool Stuff Found rounds out the topic list for the week. Press play and enjoy learning!