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Our guide to cutting the cord, what we love about Apple’s tablet experience, and more

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The Sweet Setup Guide to Cutting the Cord »

The Sweet Setup Guide to Cutting the Cord

With the growth of social media, video games, and streaming services, many people are finding they don’t use their cable subscription enough to justify the continued expense. We get our news, entertainment, movies, and TV shows through other channels now. This guide is about getting the right gear to make a smooth transition away from cable or satellite to better alternatives.

Curtis McHale’s Mac and iOS setup »

Curtis McHale's Mac and iOS setup

Curtis McHale is a self-employed freelance writer and web developer from Canada.

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How to Use Day One in Your Life

For a the best journaling app, you won’t do better than Day One. And if you want to discover how to use this app more regularly, and take full advantage of all its features, then we have some video screencasts that can help you.

In our course, Day One in Depth, you get 8 video screencasts that will take you line by line through every feature, setting, preference, and option found in Day One.

We’ll show you…

  • Complete walkthrough of the Mac and iOS apps.
  • How to create and customize your journal entries (from text, to photo, to audio)
  • How to find, filter, export, and more.

Plus! You will get bonus tips, workflows, and tutorials for how best to use Day One to suit your own needs: from a morning writing time to a photographic travel log, to weekly reviews and productivity journaling — Day One can do it all and we will show you how.


Three apps we’re trying this week: June 19, 2018 »

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 promise, doesn’t quite live up to our pick for the best in that category.

There are millions of apps to try out on any given day, but we are trying out Spark 2, Edit, and Squaready Pro this week.

Losing my iPad Pro: what I missed (and love) about Apple’s tablet experience »

Last month, my car was broken into right at the start of a 10-day road trip. Before I realized how much I’d left in the middle seat,1 the rear window was smashed and the thief made off with the bag with my iPad, keyboard, sleeve, and Pencil (along with a smattering of other gear).

Besides the financial setback and dealing with replacing a window mid-vacation, the biggest impact wasn’t felt until we made it home and I sat down at my desk — I didn’t have my tablet for work anymore.

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How to use Drafts 5 to create quick Day One entries »

Drafts 5 is a powerful new version of a great note-taking app that we’ve always loved. We looked at some of the new features when it launched, and it packs some really powerful features for managing text.

If you’ve recently picked it up, I recommend using it as a way to quickly kick-off Day One journal entries.

A little known way to save money on your next Mac (Sponsor) »


RefurbMe is a price comparison site for refurbished Apple products, allowing you to get the best prices for refurbished Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs. The intuitive interface makes tracking the latest deals and discounts simple, as you can filter by year of release, screen size, price, model and more.

Our platform allows you to sign up for email and SMS notifications, receiving alerts as soon as a new price drop has gone live or when a product is back in stock. RefurbMe lists thousands of Apple products from a range of major retailers and certified refurbished partners so that you won’t have to go digging for the best prices.

RefurbMe: helping you to save money on your next Apple product.

Our thanks to RefurbMe for sponsoring the site this week!