Tag Archive for ‘Elsewhere’

How to Set Up Text Replacements for Frequently Used Emoji and Special Characters in iOS ➝

Yours truly over at The Sweet Setup:

Most of us have a handful of emoji, emoticons, or special characters that we type on a frequent basis. Whether it be 🤣 when we’re having a laugh with our friends, ⌘ when we’re telling a family member about a nifty keyboard shortcut, or ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ when we’re showing our lack of interest. But, typing these often requires switching to a third-party software keyboard or copy/pasting from the web.

I don’t have the emoji keyboard enabled on any of my devices because I don’t like that the keyboard switcher key shrinks the space bar. So instead, I’ve saved my most frequently used emoji and emoticons as text replacements. This gives me quick access to the special characters I use most without mucking up my software keyboard.

The Best Weight Tracking App for iPhone ➝

Yours truly, writing for The Sweet Setup:

We spent four weeks testing five of the most highly-rated weight tracking apps on the App Store and found Vekt to be the best option for most people. It features dark and light modes, a charming Apple Watch implementation, a simple interface for inputting your weight, and a gorgeous design that makes you want to use it.

I’ve continued to use Vekt regularly since I finished writing this piece a few weeks ago. It really is a joy to use and the app features one of my favorite icons on any of my devices.

If you’re looking for a weight tracking app for iPhone, Vekt is the best on the platform.

How to Use HomeKit to Automatically Turn Your Lights on When You Come Home at Night ➝

Yours truly, writing for The a Sweet Setup:

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.

I had a lot of fun writing this piece and I couldn’t be happier to have my byline on a site that I’ve read and respected for years. A huge thanks to Josh Ginter, the site’s editor-and-chief, for giving me the opportunity. And I have a couple more articles in their pipeline that you can look forward to seeing soon.