A Review of the New iPhone XS Max, a First Look at Mojave, and More

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The iPhone XS and XS Max Review »

The iPhone XS and XS Max Review

How do you make the iPhone better while checking off to-dos on the very short complaint list? How do you take what the iPhone X taught you and ensure you learn from your past compromises?

If Apple’s September keynote is any indication, you don’t do it by improving — or fixing, in more clear terms — anyone’s complaints.

No, you improve the most popular camera in the world and you lay the groundwork for the future. And you double down on the notch and the price.

In a nut, that’s the iPhone XS and XS Max.

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Making Better Portraits: Adjustable Background Blur and Editing »

Making Better Portraits: Adjustable Background Blur and Editing

This iPhone photography tutorial by Erin Brooks shows how to use adjustable background blur (a.k.a. bokeh) on iPhone. This video is another sneak peek video from our brand-new course on Mobile Photography.

In this tutorial, Erin is uses an app called Focos along with Lightroom Mobile. Focos has long provided the same adjustable background blur feature that Apple just announced with their new iPhones XS. But with the Focos app, it works on any photo taken in portrait mode (which means it also works on the older iPhones).

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A First Look at the New Mac App Store in macOS Mojave »

A First Look at the New Mac App Store in macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave comes with a whole new App Store, marking the first major overhaul to the storefront since it debuted way back in 2011 on Snow Leopard.

A First Look at the New Finder in macOS Mojave »

macOS Mojave brings with it several enhancements to the core of the Mac experience: the Finder.

More than just a file system viewer, Finder is the heart of the Mac, giving users access to all of their data, programs, and more. With Mojave, Apple has added some genuinely useful features to what some people may consider a product not worth the time.

Those people, of course, are wrong, and Apple is once again showing its commitment to the Mac.

OmniFocus 3 for macOS: A First Look »

OmniFocus 3 for Mac has landed with a new look, tags, highly configurable perspectives, and a brand new Forecast setup. Here’s a quick overview to bring you up to speed on the most important changes.

Things 3.7 for macOS Mojave Introduces Dark Mode »

Last week, Things 3 for iOS reached version 3.7 and introduced Siri Shortcuts. The advent of Siri Shortcuts has been nothing short of revolutionary in my camp — more on this in the future — and the handy shortcut creator inside Things 3.7 for iOS has been extra handy for building out Things workflows.

This week’s Things 3.7 for macOS release is much less revolutionary. That said, it might be one of the most beautiful updates you’ll see hit the new Mac App Store today, and it all comes down to two words: Dark Mode.

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The Complete Guide to Managing Tasks in Things (Video)

If you struggle to keep up with all your tasks, we can show you some organization tips that may help you.

We put together a video that shows you everything you need to know about a task in Things:

  • The difference between start dates and due dates and how to use them effectively.
  • How to set up reminders so you never forget an important task again.
  • How to use checklists for tasks that require more than one step.
  • How to configure daily, weekly, monthly, or even annual repeating tasks.
  • And more…

You don’t have to use any of these things in your tasks if you don’t want to. But knowing what they are and how they all work will help you be more organized, save time, and ensure you are using Things in the way that suits you best.

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Ulysses Updates Bring Siri Shortcuts to iOS and Dark Mode, Share Extension to macOS »

We didn’t highlight major updates to Ulysses last week for iOS 12, even though it launched its own support for Siri Shortcuts. Reason being: Ulysses has received an even bigger update for macOS Mojave. The latest iteration of Ulysses includes a macOS Mojave Dark Mode, a new sheet list with a fresh design, and an all new share extension for sending your work across macOS. All this, plus Siri Shortcuts on iOS, means the Ulysses team has been hard at work over the last few months.


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1Password 7.2 for macOS Mojave Debuts Built-in Safari Support, Dark Mode, Security Improvements, and More »

1Password is the best password manager on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and like last week’s major update to 1Password for iOS, 1Password for macOS takes the glory today.

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