Pushbullet Review: send files from iPhone to Mac the easy way

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I always find my self having a file on one device and I need it everywhere else, sure I can use Dropbox to sync it, but I’ve always wanted a solution that could help me achieve the same goal in less time.
That’s when Pushbullet comes in to make you achieve that in the easiest possible way by helping you send files from iPhone to Mac for example (that’s how I use it), with it’s easy to use interface, cross platform compatibility and did I mention that it’s free?!

Here’s my Pushbullet review:

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FeedPress Review

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Long time ago, FeedBurner was the only obvious option for site owners to manage their RSS Feed, then On June 3, 2007 FeedBurner was acquired by Google, and the service started to fall down to its death.
And on May 26, 2011 FeedBurner API was no longer available.
People started looking for alternatives, because it wasn’t reliable, since Google didn’t bring anything new to the table.

At that time, Maxime Valette started working on a personal Feed Management system for his website FMyLife, a site that focuses on stories submitted by users.
He wanted to manage the Feed that have 400k subscribers1, and to do that, he decided to build his own Feed Management system for his website, And that’s How FeedPress Started.2

I Started using FeedPress about a year ago, to manage the Feed of this site, and I thought that now is a great time to write about this great service.

So here’s my FeedPress Review

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  1. Dear God 

  2. According to Jordan Merrick from AppStorm, FeedPress used to be called URI.LV 

Pinboard Turns Five ➚

Maciej Ceglowski announced that the bookmarking service Pinboard has turned five:

 Today marks five years since I launched the website that my mom still refers to as ‘the other bedbugs‘. Happy business birthday to me!
I raise this brimming skull to the awesome group of users and fellow-travelers who have made it possible.

I’ve been using Pinboard since March 21, 2014 and I couldn’t be happier.

It’s really great that I finally have a place for my self where I can collect all the useful links that I find all over the internet and save them in one place.

You can follow my public Pinboard to see what I save every now and then

And if you don’t have an account yet, then make sure to get one, because it will make your life easier when you wanna look for that old thing you found online and forgot where it was.

Permanence ➚

Matt Gemmell talking about preserving his digital legacy after death:

I’d like to be able to buy, for example, web hosting for years in advance, with a clause that they must keep everything available on a new host even if their own business vanishes.

I think that is a great idea, and someone should really start thinking about creating such a service that will allow us to keep our unique work alive for generations to come.
People solved this problem long time ago with books, we read them to know how other people used to think, and how they lived their life and the creative things they did when they were alive, but now in our digital world there’s no straight forward solution, and thats what Matt said:

We’ve all lost old files (or new ones). I’ve had web sites that are now completely gone from the internet. I have years of chat logs that are locked up in formats I can no longer read. I even have boxes of Zip and floppy disks somewhere, as well as aged recordable CDs that probably aren’t fairing too well. That’s the reality of digital data: sometimes it degrades, but usually the technological ecosystem moves on around it, leaving it isolated and inaccessible.

At this time, there’s no solution for this, each company is making their own solution that is different from the other, they are not connected and not easy to use sometime, and that’s why not a lot of people use them or even heard of them before.

One thing Matt didn’t talk about which is Passwords, What will happen to them after you pass away?
Well luckily, the people at PasswordBox came up with a great solution for this problem, and its called Legacy Locker.
What this feature allow you to do, is to give a trusted family member an access to all your password that you saved on PasswordBox after you pass away, it’s great feature to be honest.
You can sign up to PasswordBox, and give this feature a try…not that I want you to kill yourself, no no no, I mean just set it up, that’s it.

Until someone come up with a great complete solution to preserve our work after death, make sure to read Matt’s great article to see what he will do to preserve his digital legacy.

Google Acquires Songza ➚

Songza acquired by Google

Google announced that they’ve acquired music curation service Songza

For thoes of you who don’t know what Songza is and never tried it before, it’s a music curation service, that plays music based on your activity.
Wether you are running, Working out, Eating or in your car running a commute, Songza will find the “Perfect” music that you “Should” listen to.

From Songza’s post about the acquisition:

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re becoming part of Google. We can’t think of a better company to join in our quest to provide the perfect soundtrack for everything you do. No immediate changes to Songza are planned, other than making it faster, smarter, and even more fun to use.

To be honest, i’ve never been a fan of music curation services, I don’t like to listen to someone else’s music, that’s never been my thing.
I do my own research, listen a little bit for a song, then I either like it or not, that’s how i roll.

I don’t like to put my fate in someone else’s hand, especially when it comes to music, because the taste is different from one person to another.
And to me it seems so odd that Google went for Songza instead of Rdio, Instead of acquiring a fully fledged music streaming service that do music on demand, they went for a music streaming service that plays song randomly.

ODD.

BON VOYAGE – THE NEW MR. READER ICON ➚

Patrick Welker talking about the new Mr. Reader icon:

 The goal was to carry the spirit of Mr. Reader to the new OS. So the icon needed to feel lighter and right at home on iOS 7.

After publishing my review of Mr. Reader i thought its the perfect time to make a post about this great article by Patrick.
You don’t know this, but I’ve read this article more than 5 times just because it’s this good.

The App icon is a part of my homescreen, it should always be something good to look at, and when an app have an ugly icon, then it doesn’t deserve a spot on my homescreen.

Oliver made sure that the app would stay on my homescreen because of how great the app is, and Patrick did the same thing by making the icon look so good.

Things you can do with Pythonista and things you can do for Pythonista

In case you missed Ole‘s tweets here you go, read it carefully:


We thought that the problem was over since he updated the app and removed the “Issue”.
Then he received this email from the App Review Team

YES, that’s right, Apple is going to remove removed an amazing app from the app store because of a feature that apple didn’t feel comfortable about.

The ability to open files from other apps in Pythonista (in order to comply with the app review guidelines).

A Feature that doesn’t do any harm to its devices.
Is Apple trying to show developers that they are in control? There’s no explanation for this bad move by Apple.

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Mr Reader Review

Mr. Reader

I have quite an obsession with News apps, particularly RSS Readers. I’ve tried a lot of them: Reeder, Feedly, Newsify, Ziner, Zite, Flipboard and many others. However, none of these apps even come close to my great experience with Mr Reader.

Mr Reader is an RSS reader app developed by Oliver Fürniß from Curious Times.
This app has numerous features that make it unlike other ANY AND ALL RSS readers out there.

So here’s my Mr Reader Review:

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Syndication and Theft ➚

Ben Brooks:

if you get a popular post two things will happen:

  1. You will get those annoying emails Matt references.
  2. Someone will outright steal your content and post it on their site.

The second thing happened to me once, when “someone” stole one my article, just copy and paste, no questions asked.

I wrote an article about it ( Content Scrapping )

What’s different about Ben’s story, is the kind of actions he took regarding this issue:

I send off a terse email. Usually saying: “Whether intentional or not, you’ve stolen my work. You need to remove it immediately, and if you do not remove it I will pursue full legal action, starting with a cease and desist from my attorney. This matter is urgent.”

That scares off most people, and (surprisingly) slimy sites like Business Insider will quickly comply, but work to secure rights to your post. Just be firm and tell them to fuck off.

I wasn’t surprised to see Business Insider mentioned in his article, i remember Marco also wrote about how they scrap people’s content in his article ( A Business Insider retrospective )

This is really annoying, especially when the site that you are having problem with feels like its being run by robots, and their only job is to copy and paste, so if you decided to send them an email regarding your content that they copied, you will get no response what so ever.