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Newsletter issue 2

Welcome to the second edition of the Finer Things in Tech Newsletter. The first issue did even better than I'd hoped last week, so I'd like to thank every single one of you for subscribing!

One quick word of business: Due to a nasty case of the flu over the weekend, this issue was a tad late. In general, I plan to get this newsletter out on Monday mornings.

I'm also still learning how to build a great newsletter for you, so do please give this a read and let me know what you think! If you like the newsletter, please share this signup link with folks you think will enjoy it too!

📱💻 Search Photos for people, places, animals, and objects

Photos for iOS and Mac can search inside your photos for many common things, such as "water," "dogs," and "glasses." It can search for people, too, as long you visit the Albums > People section and train it a bit. 
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📱 With Notes and Apple Pencil use two fingers to make a ruler appear

When drawing in Apple Notes, place two fingers on the canvas to make a ruler appear. Twist your fingers to turn the rule, and it even displays a degree measurement.

📱 Let contacts bypass Do Not Disturb mode with Emergency Bypass

You can allow a contact's calls or texts to ring your phone even if Do Not Disturb is on. Find them in Contacts, edit their contact entry, and scroll down a bit to the Ringtone and Text Tone options. When you edit those, toggle the Emergency Bypass option.

📺 Apple TV Siri Remote: Change touchpad speed

If you find the 4th gen Apple TV's Siri Remote touch surface to be a little too fast (or slow) for you, it can be changed in Settings > Remotes & Devices.

Bonus tip: as of tvOS 10.2, you can swipe along the far right edge of the remote to quickly scroll long lists of items; a custom scrollbar appears on the right of your TV to let you know you've triggered this mode.

💻 Mac has Split View, like iPad

As of macOS El Capitan or later, Mac has a Split View feature for running two apps side-by-side, similar to iPad. To switch to this view, click-and-hold on the green resize button of the first window you want to use. It will snap to the left side of your display, while all other open windows will appear on the right side. Click one, and now you're in Split View.

You can click-and-drag the bar dividing your windows to give one more space. Press Escape to exit this view.

📱 Timepage helps you count down the days to an event

Timepage for iPhone and iPad is a uniquely styled calendar app which offers a few Today widgets. One of them is Countdown, which can count the days to one event of your choice. Simply find the event in Timepage, tap Countdown at the bottom of its detail view, swipe to pick the accompanying graphic, then tap Display on Widget. Add the widget to your Today view, and let the anticipation begin.

Thanks for reading!

How'd you like #2? Was it useful and bite-size-y enough? Are there certain kinds of tips or apps you'd like to see here? Let me know what you think, and please share the newsletter with other folks who might enjoy it!

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