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Fantastical 3

The Best Calendar App for iPad

Fantastical 3

A calendar app with delightful design, superior natural language text entry, and support for iCloud reminders.
Lightroom for iPad

The Best App for Editing Photos on the iPad

Lightroom for iPad

For photographers on the general photography journey — from smartphone photography through to point-and-shoot, mirrorless, and DSLR photography — Adobe Lightroom for iPad is likely to be the last photo editing app you ever need.
Banktivity 7

The Best App for Managing Personal Finances and Budgets

Banktivity 7

Banktivity is our favorite budgeting app because it's easy to use, offers plenty of features and, most importantly, makes managing your finances easy and relatively hassle-free.


Gadget Recommendations from Josh Ginter

Our favorite iPhone 7 Plus cases

With every new iPhone comes a new wave of iPhone cases. Now, after one billion iPhones have been shipped to customers worldwide, every microscopic iPhone change causes waves in the case industry. Take the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera system this year as an example. I had an old Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 6 […] »

Our Favorite iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Dock

Unlike iPhone cases, I love iPhone docks. With the amount I use my iPhone, resting it in a proper, elegant throne at the end of the day only seems fair. It’s more than just aesthetics to me. When I turn over at 3:00AM as a half-zombie to check how much longer I can sleep, it’s […] »

Our favorite iPhone 6s case

iPhone cases: You either can’t live with them or you can’t live without them. For the longest time, I was one of those people in the first camp. I’ve always despised iPhone cases. Loathed them, even. I don’t minded wallet-equipped iPhone sleeves because I can take the phone out of them with relative ease when […] »



Blog Posts & Articles by Josh Ginter

Apps We’re Trying: GoodLinks

GoodLinks is a relatively new app in the read-it-later space, developed by the same folks behind 1Writer. We're giving it a try and comparing against the popular apps in this category like Pocket and Instapaper. »

HEY Email: How It Has Disrupted My Email Workflow

HEY has disrupted nearly every element of my email workflow. HEY has allowed me to experience a new level of email productivity, and it has even created a new sense of zen-like Inbox Zero in my Imbox, without archiving, deleting, or snoozing. »

A Review of the Vortex ViBE Mechanical Keyboard

Aside from the unique layout, I *really* fell for the ViBE's physical design. The floating keycap look is my favorite keyboard design so far, while the aluminum tray is both flashy and sturdy. The off-white keys have a retro vibe, while the keycap type face is easy to read and unique from the old-fashioned keyboards I associate with 90s-era computers. In short, the ViBE looks incredible. »

Mindfulness Monday: Using Day One Templates to Create a Toddler Quote Book

If you tend to journal or document standard or recurring events in your Day One, entry templates are an easy way to save time. They also provide a cohesive, standard, and consistent look for all like-entries across your entire Day One. For those of us with a perfectionist tendencies, templates are the key to consistency. »

How I’ve Set up iA Writer After Moving from Ulysses

Once every couple years, I find myself doing a deep clean of the apps on my iPhone and iPad. 2020 drew the short straw — in so many ways — and I've spent the better part of the last three months questioning each app on my home screen. »

We’ve Updated Our Review of the Best Photo Editor for iPad

This may amount to being one of our smaller updates on record, but we wanted to give credit where credit is due. Since we published our review of the best photo editor for iPad, each of our favorite apps have received some substantial updates worthy of being included in the review. Some of these new […] »

Magic Keyboard: Turning the iPad Into Something New

Our accounting office is right next to a Telus store full of Android and Windows fanatics. I haven’t been able to get any person in the store to even consider an iPhone or Mac for themselves, let alone convince them the iPad is a great business device. The Magic Keyboard is the first accessory that […] »

The Desks of The Sweet Setup

Here's Blanc Media's work-from-home setups, complete with a list of the main items in each setup. If you're anything like us, you're sure to be curious about a few of the coffee cups gracing these tables. »

Apps We’re Trying: AnyDesk

Our review of the best remote access solution for macOS and iOS may be a bit dated right now, but the pick likely hasn’t changed: Screens VNC is still as rock solid and as beautiful as ever before. In fact, Screens for iOS was just updated to properly support the new cursor support on the iPad, making for what should be an excellent experience zipping around on your Mac through your iPad. »

One Week With the New 2020 iPad: Moving Back to Small

The 2020 iPad Pro marked the opportunity for me to try out the smaller of the two iPad Pros. I’ve been using the 12.9-inch iPad Pro since debut day in 2018, and I know how that shoe fits after a few years. Throw that large iPad into a dock on a desk, connect a Smart Keyboard Folio or external keyboard, and hammer away to your heart’s content. With iPadOS 13.4, an external mouse or trackpad make the 12.9-inch iPad Pro really feel like a MacBook replacement. »

Three Ways Cursor Support in iPadOS 13.4 Changes How You Use an iPad

It’s been awhile since Apple released an iOS software update that received this much praise in such a short period of time. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Apple had released a brand new version of iOS/iPadOS — one years in the making and sure to revolutionize the way everyone uses their devices. »

We’ve Updated Our Pick for the Best VPN Solution for iOS and macOS

Today, TunnelBear becomes our pick for the best VPN solution for iOS and macOS. TunnelBear offers great speed (not the fastest, but certainly not the slowest), a free 500MB data tier, a reasonable pricing structure, a great connection and setup process, and an overall great experience. »

One Switch is the Menu Bar App for Quickly Toggling Tedious Settings

One Switch is one of the handiest menu bar apps I’ve come across in recent years that excels at making quick system setting changes a one-click affair, and takes it a step further by offering additional switches for connecting to your Bluetooth headphones, locking your keyboard, changing screen resolutions (for those nasty screenshots), playing music, hiding desktop icons, and more. »

First Impressions of the Canon EOS R

After spending the better part of a month with the EOS R and the RF 35mm ƒ/1.8 IS STM Macro lens, I have some impressions on what it’s like to move from 2016 camera technology to 2018 camera technology, as well as some thoughts on the significant mindset change when flipping from the Fuji X-T2 to the EOS R. »

How to Use Microsoft To Do as a Cross Platform GTD Solution

As it turns out, Microsoft To Do may end up being the single biggest surprise in our jump to Office 365. Having all your tasks in one place, scattered in from Windows, iOS, iPadOS, and macOS — and being able to nicely integrate your dreaded email list with your task list — could be a game changer for anyone wanting to use a Mac yet required to use a PC. »

The iPhone 11 Pro Battery Case Review

Despite the massive year-over-year improvements in battery life of the latest iPhones (all three, the 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max), there are still those who somehow find a way to crush their battery on a daily or semi-daily basis. »

Things 3.11 Brings Big Improvements to Quick Find Feature

The Things team may be one of the hallmark reasons for a wide swath of iPad-focused keyboard features over the last year to year-and-a-half. Ever since that huge Things 3.6 update back in late May 2018, the team at Cultured Code has always put iPad keyboard support at the top of the feature list. One […] »

A Review of the 16-inch MacBook Pro

As the 16-inch MacBook Pro stands, this is basically a perfect professional laptop. A big, wide color P3 display. Four extra-powerful Thunderbolt 3 ports. The best trackpad in the business. And finally, a physical escape key. »

Revisiting the Apple Stock App Experiment

In early September, I put myself up to the task of converting all my third-party apps in these categories to Apple’s own stock apps. After a few months, it's time to check in and see what Apple apps made the cut over my favorite third-party apps. »

Using Prizmo Go In a Long-Term Research Workflow

Prizmo Go is a powerful app that instantly converts pictures of physical book pages into digital text, and combined with a research app like Keep It creates a magical workflow for managing your notes and research. »

The Bellroy System Work Bag Review

The Bellroy System Work Bag is a stylish and functional messenger bag that delivers on both form and factor with the same level of quality as other Bellroy goods. »

Moving Back to Apple’s Stock Apps

I’ve spent the last week or so switching things back to Apple’s stock apps from the best third-party apps in the industry, and I’m going to give them a shot for as long as I can. Here are a range of initial impressions and frustrations in making the switch. »

A Roundup of Apple’s September 2019 iPhone Keynote

This morning’s Apple keynote was one of the more well-paced keynotes in recent memory. In case you weren’t able to catch the keynote live, or if you’re just looking for a healthy roundup of what Apple announced today, we’ve got you covered. »

Magnet Brings Windows 10-Style Window Management to macOS

There aren’t too many features that Windows 10 sports that I miss on macOS, but more than anything, I wish default Windows 10 windows management was more explicitly available in macOS. Thanks to Magnet, this is possible. »

The Twelve South StayGo USB-C Hub Review

Like everything else Twelve South has launched in the last few years, their new StayGo USB-C hub finds a way to justify its existence — both in price and in differentiation. »

Using the New Maps in iOS 13 for Better Travel Planning

iOS 13 appears to have finally solved the difficulty of travel research planning. Maps has been dramatically improved in the iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas and promises next-level features when the new iOS goes live in the fall. »

We’ve Updated Our Review of the Best macOS Launcher Apps

If there’s one way to really bend the Mac to your will, it’s by using a keyboard launcher app. Apps like Alfred, LaunchBar, and the built-in Spotlight make opening apps faster, make finding and opening files a breeze, and make short work of tedious tasks with automations. We’ve long held that Alfred is the best […] »

Due 3.0 Is My New App for Concurrent Timers

It’s summer time, which means it’s grilling season. Due is a great reminders and timers app that allows you to set multiple concurrent timers for keeping track of your grilling times and so much more. »

How to Watch Today’s WWDC 2019 Keynote

Today is one of the biggest days of the year for Apple — new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and potentially even Apple hardware are all set to receive the spotlight. The WWDC keynote is one of the best of the year, so we recommend finding a great group of people, the best coffee, […] »

Our Review of the Best RSS App for the iPhone and iPad Has Been Updated

With the bevy of RSS app updates over the last few months, it was high time we gave our review of the best RSS app for the iPhone and iPad some polish. Over the last few months, we’ve seen some major updates to all the main competitors in this category: Unread has constantly been refined, […] »

A Review of the Twelve South BookArc

Twelve South’s BookArc has become a classic desk accessory over the years. It doesn’t do anything groundbreaking or flashy, but by changing the direction of your docked MacBook, it could open up a ton of opportunities to declutter your desktop and declutter your dual-display workstation. »

Apple News from a Canadian Perspective

For the most part, Apple News has been limited to users in the US and UK, but that changed last week. Josh shares his thoughts on the News platform as well as the new updates. »

A Review of the Bellroy Work Folio A4

The Bellroy Work Folio is a classy way to keep your papers, notebook, iPad, and other accessories organized as you tackle your everyday responsibilities, both at the office, at home, and everywhere in between. »

Three Apps We’re Trying This Week: January 28, 2019

There are many apps that grace the Mac and iOS App Stores that simply don’t get enough attention or admiration. Sometimes an app is so good at what it does, it becomes the default app for the task and is rarely questioned. Sometimes a new app debuts in a given category and, while it shows […] »

Apps for New Apple Watches

No matter how you use your Apple Watch, there’s always a better third-party app to complete the task at hand. These five Apple Watch apps will really help jump-start your new Apple Watch and get you hooked on the quality and utility of third-party apps. »

A Review of the New 2018 iPad Pro

The new iPad Pro seems to have struck a touchy chord since its debut three weeks ago, and the reason is probably twofold. First, Apple’s marketing campaign comparing it against standard PCs invites unnecessary criticisms and unrelated comparisons. And second, there seems to be a wide range of unrealistic expectations. I really like how Jason […] »

A Review of the 2018 MacBook Air

The latest iteration of Apple's industry-leading notebook provides the latest MacBook features to the masses in a familiar size and price. »

A Different Photography Workflow

iPads and cameras — it seems to be the name of the game these days. With the Fuji and the profoundly capable iPad Pro in hand, there’s little that gets in the way of making wonderful photographs. »

A Review of the Apple Watch Series 4

The newest Apple Watch packs a lot of new features and conveniences into a tiny case, while also adding more fit and finish to this high-tech timepiece. »

Apps We Love: Snapthread

Snapthread is a great option for anybody looking to share Live Photos with everyone in their contacts book. »

The iPhone XS and XS Max Review

The iPhone XS and XS Max offer a range of improvements over the previous generation iPhone X, including a new screen size, battery improvements, and major camera improvements. »

Apps we love: an ode to Live Photos

Today, Live Photos have become the foundation of my love for photography. They introduce new levels of emotion to my Camera Roll, capture sounds otherwise uncapturable, and make sure I never miss the shot. »

Apps we love: ImageOptim

ImageOptim is a delightful Mac utility that compresses and optimizes images (even in batches!), making them easier to share online. »

We updated our pick for the best Markdown editor for iOS

iA Writer has an exquisite writing and editing environment, it has an extra-customizable keyboard that you can tailor to your writing and editing needs, and it has great exporting options to send your Markdown wherever you need it to go. »

Apps we love: Blink

Blink makes finding, generating, and converting any iTunes, App Store, or Book Store app a piece of cake. And its ability to be maneuvered into any existing URL scheme makes it all the more powerful. »

Things releases version 3.5

Cultured Code recently released version 3.5 of their GTD app suite to add some polish and refinements to this incredibly useful tool. »

The Twelve South PencilSnap

The PencilSnap is the latest accessory from Twelve South that makes it easy (and stylish) to keep track of your Apple Pencil. »

Twelve South Curve Review

A quick review of the Twelve South Curve laptop stand and how the stand matches up with the ever-popular Rain Design mStand. »

The iPhone 8 Plus Review

The iPhone 8 Plus is too tried, too tested, and too trusted to be written off as last year’s technology. »

First Look: Cardhop for Mac

Flexibits, the makers of our favorite calendar app, Fantastical, launched Cardhop today, a brand new app designed to manage and interact with your contacts in a whole new way. »

A review of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a great balance of size, power, and convenience, which makes it ideal for getting work done quickly and delighting in the process. »