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2016 MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards failing twice as frequently as older models →

Mike Wuerthele writing for AppleInsider:

Not including any Touch Bar failures, the 2016 MacBook Pro keyboard is failing twice as often in the first year of use as the 2014 or 2015 MacBook Pro models, and the 2017 is better, but not by a lot.

I question anyone’s ability to gather this information, but AppleInsider gets pretty specific here with its numbers, and explains how it gathered the data. I have the 2017 model, and do hold my breath with the keyboard. Of course, my biggest gripe isn’t with the keyboard (maybe because mine hasn’t failed yet).

How I Use: Search in Mail on macOS →

Lee Garrett, writing for MyProductiveMac:

You aren’t limited to one search term. Once you’ve clicked on your first search element, continue typing and another list of potential search criteria will appear below. Click again, rinse, repeat as often as necessary.

Search in Mail on macOS has always been a bit of a chore to me. If you want to up your game in Mail, there are several good tips in this post. In addition to the one above, the post covers the use of natural language, boolean operators, and saved searches.

macOS: Put the iCloud Drive Icon on Your Dock →

Andrew Orr, writing for The Mac Observer:

There is a hidden directory inside of macOS that contains the app icons for built-in services like iCloud Drive. You probably wouldn’t know they are there because you’ll have to enter a specific file path in order to access them. Here’s how to put the iCloud Drive Icon on your dock for easy access to Apple’s cloud storage.

I’ve been moving more and more of my storage into iCloud Drive, so I wanted to make it more easily accessible. I found this post from last year when searching for a way to access iCloud Drive from my menu bar. Putting it in the dock will have to do for now, although the icon isn’t interactive and only acts as a shortcut to open the iCloud Drive folder in Finder.

If you’re in the Finder, the Command-Shift-I keyboard shortcut will open the iCloud Drive folder as well. I can see myself cooking up a Keyboard Maestro macro to create a system-wide shortcut.

Using the Workflow App on My iPad to Control My Desk Phone

A simple change in scenery can do wonders for productivity. For me that sometimes means sitting in a recliner in the corner of my office, using my MacBook and my office phone headset to make and receive calls. That’s possible because my firm’s VOIP phone service, Mitel, offers a Mac app that lets me trigger outgoing calls on my office phone. As long as I have my MacBook and telephone headset with me, my actual telephone unit can be across the office.

This process doesn’t work if I want to use my iPad to initiate calls. The Mitel iOS app won’t trigger calls on another device, such as my office phone. Not to be deterred, I put together a workflow to accomplish this. It sounds much more complicated (and much slower) than it really is.

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Things 3.5 Brings UI Refinements, Tagging and Automation Improvements, Clipboard Integration →

Federico Viticci writing for MacStories:

Today, Cultured Code is launching Things 3.5, a mid-cycle update that refines several aspects of the app and prepares its foundation for other major upgrades down the road. There isn’t a single all-encompassing change in Things 3.5 – nor is this version going to convince users to switch to Things like, say, version 3.4 or 3.0 might have. However, Things 3.5 is a collection of smaller yet welcome improvements that are worth outlining because they all contribute to making Things more powerful, intuitive, and consistent with its macOS counterpart.

Today is a great day for app updates and releases, with the release of Drafts 5 and now the Things 3.5 update. Just a few of the improvements in Things are the ability to enter tags by searching, to paste text and convert lines to tasks, and to use URL scheme automation to update existing tasks. MacStories has the full rundown.