The MacStories Weekly is always a great read (seriously, you should subscribe), but it’s the Tips with Ticci section that I love the most. In this latest installment, Federico dropped this nugget on how you should essentially just create your own Emoji keyboard:
I find the process of switching between the regular keyboard and the emoji one annoying, and even if I use Emoji++ to browse and send emoji to my friends, I’d prefer an integrated experience with the standard iOS keyboard. Because I realized that I’m always trying to type emoji as old-school emoticons such as and XD, I finally pulled the trigger and set up native iOS shortcuts for them. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts, and create shortcuts for phrases (the actual emoji you’ll want to use) for classic abbreviations. These shortcuts will automatically expand as you type in any iOS app and they will even sync across devices with iCloud.
Honestly, much like Federico, I’m surprised I haven’t already set this up before. I already have quite a few shortcuts set up in there, so these will just add to that. But it’s simple, and brilliant. No more switching — simply type in emoticons I’m already used to and watch them turn into Emoji.
I’d prefer to just do this with TextExpander, but the iOS implementation of keyboards really bothers me and makes things much harder than it should be.
Stephen Hackett shares his thoughts on Amazon Prime, and I agree with everything.
…Prime is so much more than shipping, and at the end of the day, I think Amazon should be doing a better job at pitching that. The shotgun approach currently in use leads to confusion and can be downright overwhelming at times.
There’s so much of Prime that I don’t use, but I sure do love the free shipping on essentially everything I order.
No matter the politics, the web is creating quite an awesome time for us to live in. A great get for Medium, which is quickly becoming a place for top writers to publish content.
Dr. Drang summed up all the recent Apple hoopla quite nicely, and presented the viewpoint I relate to most:
Are you as enthusiastic about demonstrating recent versions of OS X as you were about Leopard? Have you avoided family members who keep asking you why their iPhones don’t have enough free space to install iOS 8? Do you think it might be better if your friends stick with Android because then you won’t feel responsible if some of their data doesn’t sync?
I think a lot of us have lost our spirit, and that’s problem for Apple. Apple may not think so—it’s financial statements would argue that it’s in great shape—but it’s being buoyed by an excellent run of hardware releases and a certain amount of inertia. Eventually, though, it runs the risk of becoming another Microsoft, with users who do more complaining than praising. When a company’s best users lose their spirit, it loses their leverage.
Bolded for my emphasis. Simple things like that shouldn’t be an issue. When it’s difficult to present my family and friends with simple answers to these basic questions, it sucks. They all now complain about their iOS devices the same amount as their Microsoft PCs.
Ting announced yesterday that it’s expanding its offerings into home internet, including fiber.
To start, the service will be located in Charlottesville, Virginia after the purchase of a majority stake in Blue Ridge InternetWorks. Much like all the other fiber offerings (mostly Google), I’m bummed that this isn’t in Jacksonville, but I’m excited that it’s progressing somewhere.
Let’s all hope Ting succeeds.