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#1438: Siri Shortcuts, SMS 2FA autofill, make your own Dynamic Desktops, Apple News anywhere

Lots of practical how-tos this week! Want to make your own Siri commands with the new Siri Shortcuts feature of iOS 12? Josh Centers explains it. Prefer a faster way to enter two-factor authentication codes sent via SMS message? Glenn Fleishman covers how to do that in iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave. Annoyed that you can’t use Apple News in your country? Adam Engst provides a partial workaround. And if you’ve wanted to make your own dynamic desktops for Mojave, Adam also shows you how to do so with GraphicConverter 10.6.5. Notable Mac app releases this week include CleanMyMac X 4.0.4, Quicken 2018 5.8.1, LaunchBar 6.1.0, Airfoil 5.8.3, OmniFocus 3.1, and Bookends 13.1.4.

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Inside iOS 12: How to Create Siri Shortcuts

The new Siri Shortcuts feature in iOS 12 lets you create your own Siri commands for both built-in features and for capabilities provided by third-party apps. “Take Control of iOS 12” author Josh Centers explains how to create and use these custom Siri commands.

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CleanMyMac X 4.0.4 1 comment

CleanMyMac X 4.0.4

Major upgrade for the all-purpose cleaning and maintenance app. ($89.98/$39.95 new, $44.97/$19.98 upgrade, free update from version 4, 66.6 MB)

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Quicken 2018 5.8.1

Adds a new menu item for accessing Quicken on the Web and fixes bugs. ($34.99/$49.99/$74.99 annual subscription, free update)

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Airfoil 5.8.3

Updates the Audio Capture Engine for full compatibility with macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($29 new, free update, 12.2 MB)

OmniFocus 3.1 2 comments

OmniFocus 3.1

Maintenance update to recently upgraded task management app brings improvements to macOS 10.14 Mojave's Dark mode setting. ($39.99 new, free update from version 3, upgrade pricing available, 45.4 MB)

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Bookends 13.1.4

Adds the capability to import references from multiple files at once via drag and drop, and now requires a minimum of macOS 10.10 Yosemite. ($59.99 new, free update, 49.4 MB)

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Five Ways Google’s Pixel 3 Advances Computational Photography No comments

Five Ways Google’s Pixel 3 Advances Computational Photography

Apple made much of the computational photography capabilities of the new iPhone XS and XR, but it isn’t the only company innovating in the field. Digital Photography Review outlines five features of Google’s Pixel 3 that push computational photography forward. Will we see similar features in 2019’s iPhones?