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DEVONthink adds iCloud sync →

Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann, writing for the Devonian Times (the DEVONtechnolgies blog):

Sychronization via iCloud was the no. 1 feature request on our list. And here we go: DEVONthink 2.10 and DEVONthink To Go 2.6 let you keep your databases in sync via iCloud and without entering anything except for the optional encryption password. No messing around with sync store names, server addresses, or login credentials. Add the iCloud sync location, check off the databases you want to sync, done. It can’t be any easier.

This is the feature in this update that will get most people excited, assuming they have enough iCloud space. But some of the other features, such as improvements to syncing on both platforms, are just as important. There’s a pretty good list here, so check out the full post.


Use Apple Maps to Find Businesses That Take Apple Pay

Apple Pay is faster and more secure than paying with a credit card. It’s also convenient, especially with an Apple Watch. The problem, at least where I live, is it still isn’t accepted everywhere.

One way to find out where Apple Pay is accepted is to use Apple Maps. You can search for a specific business or perform a general geographic search.

Search for a business

To find out if a business takes Apple Pay, simply search for the business in Apple Maps. Once you’ve selected the business, scroll down in the item listing, and look for the Apple Pay logo.

Search near you

To do a general search of which nearby businesses accept Apple Pay, type “Apple Pay” in the Maps search box. I found this showed me several nearby businesses, but it did omit some places I know accept Apple Pay.

Let’s hope Apple Pay and other contactless payment methods are someday accepted almost everywhere, but for now you can do a bit of work to figure out where to use it.


Fix Your Contact List with a Centralized System →

Ryan Gray, writing at ryangray.co:

Of course, you can easily share one of your cards with anyone nearby (and get theirs). But a shared card is not just sent once. It’s a subscription. If you change your phone number or if you move you’ll be able to push the updates out to anyone who is subscribed. You’ll also be able to block anyone, revoke access, or prevent someone from sharing your card. Conversely you’ll be able to upgrade to the next level. For example if you become close friends with a coworker, they’ll be able to request access to the Close Friends version of your card. You’ll also be in control of what of your information can be shared with third party developers.

This article hits on a great concept – a better way to share your contact information with others that keeps you in control of that information, and also keeps your information up to date as it changes. Ryan Gray wants a privacy-oriented tech company (Apple) to come up with a cross-platform and centralized solution.

I love the idea, but worry that something like this wouldn’t gain enough traction. My contact information is half of the equation. The organization of my own list of contacts is the other half. My contact list is filled with duplicates and outdated data, as well as contacts I haven’t touched in 20 years. If the people in my contact list don’t embrace or trust a system like this, I’m not much better off. But we have to start somewhere, and this is the best idea I’ve heard.


iPhone J.D.’s Tips for using 3D Touch →

Jeff Richardson, writing for iPhone J.D.:

If you tap on the Messages app icon, you will probably see your most recent text message conversation.  But if you 3D Touch on the Messages app, you will see a list of names of folks who have recently had text message conversations with you.  Assuming that you wanted to send a message to, or review a recent message from, one of those three people, this is a faster way to jump directly to the text message conversation with that person.

If you’re like me, 3D Touch is a feature you intend to use more but never do. Maybe this article by Jeff Richardson is the impetus you need. Jeff describes several handy ways to use 3D Touch. If nothing else, make sure you heed the tip for using 3D Touch to move your cursor when typing.


Aeon Timeline for iOS Released

If you’re a lawyer, writer, or student, or work in any other profession that needs to digest dates visually, a timeline tool can be indispensable. I’ve found Aeon Timeline on the Mac to be fantastic and was vaguely aware that an iOS version was in development. This morning I awoke to an email announcing that Aeon Timeline for iOS is now available.

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