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📱 Apple Maps: Use 3D Touch on recent search results to call, open homepage, share

Apple Maps keeps a running list of your recent searches and locations below the search box. If you swipe to expand that list, you can 3D Touch on locations for a shortcut menu that includes options to call, open homepage, share, and get directions.

For the recent non-specific markers you’ve dropped (with a red pin icon), you can get directions, share, and delete them.

📱 Quick skip between Spotlight result groups on iPad

[Note: This tip was originally published in my newsletter]

If you use a keyboard with your iPad, you can use ⌘+Space to trigger Spotlight, just like on a Mac. You can also quickly navigate between groups of Spotlight results (contacts, apps, emails, etc.) with ⌘+Down/Up Arrow. This will skip between the first result in each group. Use Down/Up arrows to navigate between results within each group.

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⌚️ Apple Watch is a great remote trigger, viewfinder for your iPhone’s camera

[Note: This tip was originally published in my newsletter]

Your Apple Watch can be a remote shutter and viewfinder for your iPhone’s camera. Simply open the default camera app on your iPhone, then open the Camera app on your Watch (it has a similar, gray icon). After a second, a live feed of your iPhone’s camera will appear on your Watch, and you can tap to take the shot. This pairs great if you put your iPhone on a stand like the Benro Handheld Tripod and Selfie Stick or Gorillapod Magnetic (I own and like both).

Bonus Tip: If you tap your Watch’s camera app first, it’ll tell your iPhone to launch its Camera app and start the process. This way, you can just set your phone up on a stand, get your subjects in place, then start the process from your Watch.

Bonus Tip 2: Tap the (3) button in the lower right on your Watch to take a shot with a three-second timer.

Bonus Tip 3: 3D Touch on your Watch’s camera to adjust settings like HDR, flash, and whether Live Photos is active.

Thanks to The Mac Mommy for reminding me about this one

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📱💻 Using a Commonplace Book to catalog your life’s journey, influences, and more

I’ve used Day One for years as a straightforward, personal journal. More recently, I started cataloging my work milestones and failures in a secondary Day One journal, and my internet likes in a third.

But this idea and short series from The Sweet Setup is quite interesting:

A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits.

The idea of expanding Day One (or insert your journal of choice) into these broader realms, especially things that influence me and sheer observations, is really interesting. I think I’ll give it a shot by putting it in the Dock on all my devices and see how it goes.

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📱 Anti-reminders can help build healthy habits, stick to your values

For a little while now, I’ve been focusing on building healthier habits. I’ve used a combination of creating a morning routine and the habit-tracker Streaks to regularly remind me of things I want to do. More recently, though, I’ve started tinkering with what I call ‘anti-reminders.’

The idea is to create a task or reminder in whatever app to nudge you to not do something. Don’t have your regular morning coffee before that doctor appointment. Don’t have more than two drinks at next month’s family gathering. Don’t play games next Wednesday when you really want to work on that side project. Set the reminder to ping you shortly before or during an event, and it could help keep you on track.

It isn’t about being negative. I think of it as the other side of the habit coin–there are good habits to build, and bad habits to break. Or sometimes there are just healthy or neutral routines to… sigh, ‘disrupt’ when it matters.

Siri + Reminders are my vehicles for anti-reminders right now. “Hey Siri, remind me to not have coffee next Thursday at 7:30am.” I also want to tinker with a Streaks feature called ‘Negative Tasks’–don’t smoke, don’t bite nails, don’t eat bad food, and you can make your own. These actually start each day as complete, and you only mark them if you miss your target and partake in the thing you want to avoid.

Anti-reminders have been helpful for me so far. If the idea sounds interesting, give them a try and let me know what you think here or on Tumblr or Twitter.

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Enlight has great video tutorials for turning your photos into art

Enlight for iPhone and iPad is one of my go-to photo editing apps. It has a strong set of tools for both basic edits and getting more creative with double exposures, collages, unique effects, adding objects, manipulating text, and more.

Enlight gives us couple great ways to learn these tools and techniques. The first is in-app video tutorials and step-by-step tutorials, both of which are under the Enlight menu at the top of the app.

The second option is Enlight’s YouTube channel. Many video tutorials are there, as are archives of the Photofox Live events the company does on Facebook—useful to those of us who don’t (or no longer) have Facebook accounts.