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Own an iPhone? If so, you’ll want to read this post by Scotty Loveless about how to get the most out of your iPhone battery:

This is not one of those “Turn off every useful feature of iOS” posts that grinds my gears. My goal is to deliver practical steps to truly solve your iOS battery woes.

Thank goodness. “Kill all of your apps” has always been an inelegant catch-all for battery troubleshooting. Scotty uses his experience from years of work at an Apple Genius Bar to point out the typical culprits. 1


  1. I could have used him a few months ago when I got the run-around from Apple support and slowly figured some of these same points out myself.

Race to the Pennant →

Own an iPhone?  Love baseball?  You’ll probably want this app.

Apple Touch Icon

I was browsing my site statistics today, and noticed that many of you have been trying to access a non-existent Apple touch icon.  This is the icon that loads when saving my site to your iPhone or iPad home screen.

I suppose I never thought to add this because I never thought anyone would want my site amongst his or her apps.  It never even occurred to me to do this.

I am flattered, and wanted to thank those of you who do this by whipping up an icon.  If you want to see it, add (or remove, then add again) my homepage to your screen.

Did You Go Yet? →

Gavin Purcell writes about his Letterpress addiction for The New York Times:

I slowed way down, stopped opening the game. Other things took over my free time. The games began to pile up. Friends started coming out of the woodwork, trying to get me to play my turns. I got texts from some, e-mails from others. One guy even took the time to put a Post-it note on my computer. These people — who I work with and love — were suddenly on my back, all the time. I started to actively avoid places I knew I’d see them, turned corners more quickly, closed my door more.

He got out, but I’m not so lucky.  Look me up if you’re also hopelessly addicted.

His Cup of Tea →

Dan Moren describes a proper cup of tea for the iOS-exclusive publication The Magazine:

It’s an embarrassing state of affairs for a drink whose consumption dates back to the 10th century B.C. We’ve known how to make a proper cup of tea for thousands of years, but in the last century or so it’s as if our collective cultural tea-brewing knowledge has been whacked over the head and thrown into the trunk of a car. Filled with coffee.

Eating Our Paper →

Craig Mod has an excellent post about digital publishing, inspired in part by Marco Arment’s new iOS-exclusive publication The Magazine.  He writes:

In product design, the simplest thought exercise is to make additions. It’s the easiest way to make an Old Thing feel like a New Thing. The more difficult exercise is to reconsider the product in the context of now. A now which may be very different from the then in which the product was originally conceived.

Ticket to Hide

Can I nerd it up and write about iOS some more?  OK, thanks.

I went to a Royals-Tigers game last night, which I may blog about tonight or tomorrow.  But I wanted to first write about how I got into the game: using a ticket in my iPhone’s Passbook.

I think this is an incredibly exciting feature — so exciting that I’m openly geeking out about it here.  Passbook is a new application that aims to be a pseudo-wallet for iPhone users, albeit without the cash or credit cards (…for now).  The application is rather bare at the moment, as it’s developer-driven — passes only exist if third parties create the passes for use.  Major League Baseball is an early adopter, enabling the tickets for a few ballparks in the US, including Kansas City’s Kaufmann Stadium.

I am terribly hung up on remembering tickets.  Even though I’ve only forgotten a ticket once in my life (the Virgin Music Free Festival in Maryland), I worry like someone who forgets things weekly.  When I buy tickets to an event, I set calendar reminders: to make sure I receive the tickets, to make sure I’ve packed the tickets, to make sure I see a different calendar item about the tickets.

I never have to set such reminders for a few basics in my life: my wallet, my keys and my phone.  I don’t want to carry tickets for a November concert in my wallet this next month.  But if I can carry those around in my phone, and not worry about them until I arrive at the venue (at which point my phone dings me!), I’m suddenly not just saving paper, but also a lot of (admittedly excessive and unnecessary) anxiety.

Data Savvy →

When Rachael and I went on a house-hunting trip in Kansas, I wound up blowing through my phone’s entire data plan.  This had never happened to me before, and I was surprised, but my wife poked fun at me for always checking my phone, and I assumed: yes, this is my fault.  I was away from a wireless network for a week, and obviously used the phone too much.

But after reading the story linked above, I’m cutting myself some slack: we used the Maps application a lot on my phone, given that we were in a new area and wanted to both find our way around and learn about the town.  Apparently, the old Maps application on the iPhone used approximately 80% more data than the new application.

I’m interested in this not just to give myself a free pass for a prior trip, but because this new Maps application has gotten a ton of flack.  And I just haven’t experienced any problems.  Furthermore, I’m greatly aided by the new features, whether it’s the lower data needs, the turn-by-turn directions, or the smoother navigation of the maps.

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