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What we published, and links of note

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Our favorite iPhone timers »

Our favorite iPhone timers

Timers are one of those things made better because of the iPhone. Gone are the days of fiddling with the timer on the stove or microwave. Simply ask Siri and you can have a countdown going effortlessly. For some tasks, however, the iOS built-in tool doesn’t offer enough flexibility or power.

Bradley Chambers takes us through several different timer categories to explore which ones do the job best.

Marc Charbonneau’s Mac setup »

Marc Charbonneau

Marc is an OS X and iOS software engineer in Portland, OR, where he works at the Esri PDX R&D Center and also works on his own projects.

We completely agree with Marc’s opinion on acquiring gear:

More importantly, I think I’ve reached a good point where I have the tools I need without overcomplicating my life. I like neat desk gadgets, but I’m far happier with simplicity and reducing clutter.

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Quick Tip: Give group messages a name in iOS »

Group messages in iOS

Group messages got quite a few enhancements in iOS 8, and one of them was the ability to give a conversation a name.

Bradley shows us exactly how to rename a group message so they’re easier to keep track of.

Scanbot and 1Password receive updates »

Two of our favorite apps recently received updates that include some great new functionality.

The BookBook Case for iPhone 6 Plus review »

BookBook Case iPhone 6 Plus review »

Tools & Toys, our sister site, published a review of a new version of the BookBook case for the iPhone 6 Plus. Josh Ginter explains the ins-and-outs of the larger version of the case, as well as how he is now able to carry less because of the case.

Workflow 1.1 Deeper iOS Automation »

Workflow is a powerful iOS app that automates dozens (countless?) actions on your iOS devices, and Federico Viticci at MacStories has written a summary of all the new features included in version 1.1. If automation is interesting to you, definitely check this one out.

Be your own Genius »

Stephen Hackett, our Editor-in-Chief here, published a guest post on his site by Joe Caiati, an IT professional in NYC, that goes over troubleshooting tips for your Mac. There is loads of helpful information here that you can use to bring an old Mac back from the dead.

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