If you’re struggling with manual entry of numeric data, Adam Engst has a hot tip that can make it as easy as speaking. Josh Centers takes a look at the snarky yet powerful CARROT Weather app for iOS, and he looks ahead to HomeKit hardware in 2018. To wrap up this issue, Jeff Porten brings us more gadgets and gizmos from this year’s CES show in Las Vegas. Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.4, Microsoft Office 2016 16.9, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.17, Mailplane 3.7.2, Fantastical 2.4.5, Ulysses 12.3, SoundSource 3.0.3, Piezo 1.5.6, 1Password 6.8.6, and Typinator 7.4.
If you need to enter numbers, dates, or times into your Mac by hand, there’s an easier way than typing them in with your keyboard. Instead, try dictating them into your iPhone or iPad!
Apple’s HomeKit home-automation ecosystem has been growing slowly but steadily, and numerous companies took advantage of CES 2018 to announce new HomeKit-compatible devices. Explore the most compelling new devices with HomeKit expert Josh Centers.
Jeff Porten, who never leaves civilization, finds several products designed to help you survive the wilderness, alongside things useful in cities.
Jeff Porten misses the riding luggage, wears a camera on his face, sees some ridiculously fast SSD drives, and roams the CES main floor.
Brings back iCloud sync using Apple’s native iCloud framework. ($64.99 new, free update, 48.6 MB)
Brings full compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($10 new, free update, 3.5 MB)
Allows tag names to contain spaces for improved interoperability with Finder tags. ($40 new, free update, 20.0 MB)
Fixes scripts that deal with phone numbers not working on macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra. ($29 new, free update, 14.6 MB)
Updates the Instant On component to fix compatibility issues for Skype 8. ($19 new, free update, 8.3 MB)
Adds a new message warning when a sync hasn’t completed when trying to quit Quicken. ($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)
Improves the Quick Search feature to display all matches in a scrollable list. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.7 MB)