I recently started using Chronicle for bill reminders and I’m glad I found it. The app gives you a calendar view, along with a list of bills that you enter. Name the bill, add a category, amount, and due date, and forget about it. Plus, Chronicle syncs with the available Mac version via iCloud, so you can view and pay your bills everywhere. In addition to reminding you to pay your bills, Chronicle keeps track of all your payment history, including confirmation numbers, so you always have proof of payments. New to Chronicle is the Pro version. Available as an in-app purchase, Chronicle Pro gives you access to all new features of Chronicle as they are updated. Chronicle Pro is US$3.99/year and gives you features like Amount to Save, Intelligent Estimated Amount Due, and Forecast View. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
I just discovered this app yesterday and I’m genuinely excited by it. Stoop is an app that manages your email newsletters. Once you create an account, it gives you a unique email to use when you want to sign up for a newsletter. That way, newsletters go directly to the app, and not your email inbox. There are collections of newsletters inside, broken down by categories like tech, news, crypto, sports, finance, and more. Plus you’ll find curated lists of newsletters. It’s also easy to unsubscribe to newsletters you no longer want. You can link other email accounts and forward newsletters to your Stoop email. There are no notifications either; you’ll be reading the newsletters on your own time, when you want. App Store: Free
A data breach tool called have i been pwned? is an app and website that helps you find out if your information was included in data breaches. It’s easy to use, just enter your email address. Have I been pwned? allows you to search across multiple data breaches to see if your personal data was compromised by any of the big hacks on record. The app includes no or automatic collecting of private data, searching among published databases and so-called pastes, getting real-time updated by receiving push notifications when new breaches happen, and information behind certain hacks, provided with relevant links to more information. The app has also been provided as open source software, found at GitHub. App Store: Free
A Redditor created a handy voting Siri shortcut that tells you where your local polling station is so you can vote on November 6.
NightOwl is a Mac utility that gives you automatic Dark Mode. Like Night Mode, it automatically turns on Dark Mode either based on sunrise/sunset times, or a schedule that you can pick. It lives in your menu bar so you can access it quickly. I’ve been using it for several days now and I love how handy it is. Hopefully Apple copies it some time in the future, because I’m surprised that Dark Mode isn’t already automatic like Night Mode is. In order to improve the App, NightOwl uses Google Analytics to collect Statistics. The tracked data helps to enhance NightOwl by analyzing how features are used and which bugs appear. They initialize Google Analytics with the setting “anonymizeIp”. This guarantees anonymized data collection by masking the last part of your IP address. You are able to Opt-out of the tracking by unchecking “Send Statistics” in the settings section of NightOwl. NightOwl is free to download, and I encourage people to donate to the developers.
Whether it’s on your Mac hard drive, an external hard drive, or a USB stick, Disk Drill does it all. And with Disk Drill 3 you can use it to recover iOS data.
Security researcher Patrick Wardle said that Apple knew about Adware Doctor’s suspicious function last month, but only removed it today.
Author Liz Weiman is publishing a new book called 100+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now, which will cover iOS 12 tips and tricks. Ms. Weiman is the author of The Lawyer’s Guide to Concordance, published in 2010 by the American Bar Association, 50+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now (iOS 10) (2016), and 80+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now (iOS 11) (2017). The new OS will receive a major makeover with new features include upgrades to Portrait Mode, Live Photos, Apple Pay, Safari, Siri, and a bunch more. Ms. Weiman will be launching and presenting the new book at the iWorkshop Academy. She will give a 45-minute lecture demonstrating seven tricks from the book. After the presentation there will be a wine and cheese reception. The presentation is September 29 in Houston, Texas from 4PM to 6PM. To RSVP, visit iWorkshop’s website.
Mubert is an app that uses AI to generate focus music. By focus music I mean certain sounds that it claims will increase your productivity when you study, work, or do something creative. I don’t know of the science behind this, so it may or may not be a legitimate claim based on evidence. But I do know that sometimes I like to play certain songs as background music when I’m writing. I’ve tried Mubert out and the music it generates is nice to use in that way. The music is electronic, and it’s generated by taking certain patterns typical of electronic music and creating an endless stream of pattern variations. Mubert worked with techno producers to create and sample sounds based on different genres of electronica. App Store: Mubert – Free
Normally, connecting your AirPods to your Mac should be pretty easy and straightforward. However, sometimes you could run into connection issues.
August 22, 2017 was the last day that new CrashPlan for Home subscriptions were sold, and October 23, 2018 is the last day it is usable at all (even for peer-to-peer backups).
Version 1.3 of KeepSolid Sign brings the productivity app to Apple Watch. You’ll get immediate notifications about a document status, the very moment your clients or partners sign it, or when a new document is sent to you, and constant access to all your documents info, like name, date, status, participants, etc. The deal signing process is simple and quick with KeepSolid Sign. No more going back and forth with papers – you simply download a doc to your device, sign it, and send. It’s possible to import documents to the app from pretty much any email client or storage. With top-quality AES-256 encryption, your personal data and sensitive information is completely secure. No unauthorized parties are going to intercept or access it. In addition, you can safely download files from a wide array of storages and synchronize them across your devices. App Store: KeepSolid Sign – Free
Due to App Store guidelines, AdGuard Pro in its current form is being discontinued. The company shared a blog post detailing what happened.
You can record your screen with it, as well as do basic video and audio editing.
Here are the new features available as well as instructions on upgrading.
macOS does this with App Nap, but only when an app window is covered by another window.
Marco Arment has an app called Quitter that lets you automatically quit apps by creating a few rules.
If you prefer the Terminal over the GUI, or just want a different way to create and move files and folders, this is the tip for you.
Spotlight is a tool that lets you search through your Mac for files, folders, and other information.
The app is written in the Swift programming language and it feels like a natural part of macOS.