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Some tips on using an iPad as part of a photography workflow, a review of the AirSnap case, and more

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My iPad Photography Workflow »

My iPad Photography Workflow

Earlier this summer, my family did something we’ve been wanting to do for years. We spent an entire month living in Colorado.

For work, I just took my iPad Pro with me and was easily able to work remotely. I also took my (new-to-me) Leica Q camera, and I shot photos with it every day.

This article is about my mobile photography workflow — the process I use to get images onto my iPad, how I edit them, and why there are a lot of best practices that I’m intentionally bypassing.

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A review of the Twelve South AirSnap »

A review of the Twelve South AirSnap

Apple’s AirPods have little in the way of downsides. They’re somewhat expensive (although, considering the technology, not really) and the long stem may be a design flaw to some picky customers. But overall, there’s little to complain about.

My own personal pet peeve with the AirPods is their portability. They’re not not portable — the dental floss sized case is wonderful for carrying in a messenger bag, in a backpack, or in a purse — but to me, they aren’t pocketable.

Three apps we’re trying this week: August 27, 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.

This week, we tried Holedown, Associate, and Pinterest.

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How to use HomeKit to automatically turn your lights on when you come home at night »

Have you ever returned home at night with your hands full, having to fumble around in the dark to turn on a light? This was a common occurrence in my house, where there’s no light switches near the entrance from our garage. My wife and I often shop for groceries later in the day and it’s always a pain to get the lights turned on when we’re each carrying five or six bags.

I’d like to show you how we solved that problem, utilizing the automation features in the Home app and an inexpensive HomeKit-compatible power outlet that we plugged our living room lamp into. We use the iDevices Switch, but this will work with any HomeKit device that powers a light in your home.

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How to show recently closed tabs in Safari for iOS or macOS »

Regardless of platform, internet browsers have handily added features over the years that let people recover any tabs they might’ve closed.

If you’re a Google Chrome user, you might be used to seeing your recently-closed tabs available in a dropdown menu. But with Safari, things are slightly more hidden — especially on iOS.

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MacX DVD Ripper Pro Summer Giveaway – The Fastest Software to Rip DVD to MP4 (Sponsor) »

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It is a good idea to backup DVD to video in case the discs become unplayable someday. MacX DVD Ripper Pro make it easy to convert protected DVDs, home DVDs to MP4, H.264, and other video for you to watch the content on Mac, iPad, or stream the movie from Mac or NAS drive to HD TV.

You can use the built-in editing tools to crop black bars in the widescreen movie you’ve already ripped. If some DVDs don’t have subtitles for English or other language you speak, MacX DVD Ripper Pro will help you rip them and add external subtitle. Supporting level-3 hardware acceleration tech, it can rip a full DVD with lossless quality in 5 minutes where many other applications may take 1 hour.

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