A bill payment app called doxo is adding the ability to pay bills with Apple Pay. With doxo you already have a single account from which to pay your bills. With Apple Pay you now have a safe, secure way to pay them. Steve Shivers, doxo CEO, said:
This is just one of many steps we’re taking on our mission to greatly simplify and reduce the hassle of bill pay for our millions of users, and thereby bring new benefits to the billers on doxo.
I’ve been interested in applying Stoic philosophy to my life for a while, although I haven’t quite taken the plunge yet. That’s why this app caught my eye. This Stoic journaling app gives you daily journaling, meditations, reflection, and mood tracking. It sets you up with morning and evening routines. Prepare in the morning, so that nothing can surprise you during the day; and reflect on your actions in the evening, get better every day, and iterate faster. You’ll learn reflective exercises like negative visualization: Discover how many things you have in your life that you should be grateful for. Things you take for granted. achievements that you forgot a long time ago. You are luckier and more privileged than you think. Quotes from philosophers are available, and see how your journal entries and mood change over time. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
Firefox Send is a free tool that lets you send encrypted files up to 1GB in size, or 2.5GB if you sign in with a Firefox account.
What sets Send apart is its ease of use. It works in any browser; just go to send.firefox.com. Upload or drag and drop files, and Send will generate a link that you can set to expire after a certain number of downloads—up to 100—or a certain amount of time, ranging from five minutes to seven days.
Being able to use any browser is probably the best part about this tool.
If you’re a designer looking for tools to use, look no further. This GitHub list has 200 design tools covering everything a wide range of categories. You can use the table of contents or just search for what you need. You can also ask Ms. Dziuba on Twitter for help. Additionally, you can contribute a design tool that you found. Read the contribution guidelines, then send a pull request. There are specific labels for free tools, open source tools, and tools only available for macOS. The list: Accessibility Tools, Animation Tools, Augmented Reality Tools, Collaboration Tools, Color Picker Tools, Design Feedback Tools. Design Handoff Tools, Design System Tools, Design to Code Tools, Experience Monitoring Tools, Font Tools, Free Screenshot Software, Icons Tools, Illustrations, Information Architecture Tools, Logo Design, Mockup Tools, Mouse Tracking Tools, Prototyping Tools, Sketching Tools, Stock, Photos Tools, UI Design Tools, User Flow Tools, and Version Control for Designers.
The Private Internet Access 2.8.0 update brings a network management tool. When you enable the feature PIA will automatically turn itself on when you connect to untrusted Wi-Fi networks. You can add networks you do trust to a whitelist, including your cellular network. If you set it not to trust cellular networks and you turn on the option to protect all networks, it means that the VPN will automatically turn itself on all the time.
The update also adds support for IKEv2. Internet Key Exchange (IKE) is part of the IPsec protocol suite, and it’s used to set up a security association. Jargon aside, IKEv2 is responsible for making a secure connection between you and the VPN server. It does this by authenticating you both and establishing which encryption methods will be used.
The Security Checklist is an open source list of resources designed to improve your online privacy and security. Check things off to keep track as you go.
This website provides a beginner’s checklist for staying safe on the internet. This website is the result of a conversation started during a recent episode of the Design Details Podcast and a subsequent tweet by Michael Knepprath.
This is a great website that Kelly Guimont pointed my way. Even if you’re a techie and have a handle on your online privacy, you should check this out too.
The Touch Bar on recent Macs doesn’t seem to get a lot of love, but David Nield writes about macOS Touch Bar apps that do make use of it.
We’re only going to limit ourselves to mentioning one Apple app in the list, but dig around, and you’ll find that pretty much every native macOS program includes some Touch Bar shortcuts you might find useful.
Personally I’m of the opinion that the feature is gimmicky and doesn’t add much functionality to Macs.
Private tax companies don’t want you to know this, but if your income is below US$66,000 the IRS offers free tax filing software. If your income is above US$66,000 you can still file for free, but you’ll have to do it manually with fillable forms. However, thanks to the long government shutdown this year, tax returns will end up being late.
Did you get an iPad Pro recently and need some pro apps? Or maybe you’ve had one for a while and still can’t find pro apps. Here are five that we’ve found that take advantage of the iPad Pro’s hardware.
Whether you have an iPad or iPhone, you might find these as useful as Andrew does.
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.