Rob Rhyne on our latest version of Briefs:

Briefs is more than a way to mirror your designs on an iOS device. It’s about testing tap targets and observing finger shadows while you’re interacting with the device. None of us, outside of Apple, know what it’s like to use the Apple Watch, but we believe Briefs 1.3 will bring you much closer to knowing if your design will work.

Briefs was one of the first projects I started working on at MartianCraft and it’s a hell of a product. This new beta is chocked full of goodies and the Apple Watch stuff is fantastic. Even if you don’t want to create an Apple Watch brief, it’s worth checking out this post to see the cool ‘fake’ app Rob created.

Man, I want a working version of that app.

Rishabh R. Dassani:

If you take nothing else from this three-part series, I want you to sit less than you sleep (<7 hours), and use that as the sole metric for sitting less and living a healthier/less-sedentary lifestyle.

Over at my “day job” we are creating one hell of a game. I know nothing about how these games are made, but Jeff LaMarche wrote a huge post showing you how to disintegrate bad guys. Amazing stuff to see the level of work that goes into just one thing like this.

It's more of a tutorial, so if you aren't a game developer you likely just appreciate some of the videos and screenshots.

Álvaro Serrano:

If you feel like feature creep is getting the better of you, the AE-1 Program is how you fight back. It was enjoyed by millions of people years ago, and it continues to be a landmark in photography for many film enthusiasts around the world.

I liked this post because I do something similar, though not all in OmniFocus.

For me I keep all goals in OmniFocus, at different ‘elevations’ according to the GTD methods. But for material goods I store everything in Pinboard using tags like: to-buy gift-idea bag camera. That way I can quickly see everything and if I have some money that I want to spend on something I can filter things around and make a pick.

I’ve also found that by keeping things in Pinboard that way I don’t feel the need to buy it right away. My brain knows it is somewhere where I will not forget about it.

Marc Rogers:

A pretty shocking thing came to light this evening – Lenovo is installing adware that uses a “man-in-the-middle” attack to break secure connections on affected laptops in order to access sensitive data and inject advertising. As if that wasn’t bad enough they installed a weak certificate into the system in a way that means affected users cannot trust any secure connections they make – TO ANY SITE.

Marco Arment in summary of his post on declining blog traffic across the board:

If we want it to get better, we need to start pushing back against the trend, modernizing blogs, and building what we want to come next.

This makes no sense. ‘Modernizing blogs’ and ‘building what we want to come next’? I don’t even know what he is meaning here.

Blog traffic only matters if you have an ad on your site. If you have members paying, well traffic doesn’t matter any more.

When members pay you, all that matters is the one part that should matter: content.

Mike Bates:

Since then I’ve realized that, at least for me, there’s something slightly magical about putting pen to paper. I’m able to get my thoughts out by hand so much more easily than if I’m typing them. Somehow pressing a key is so much less organic, creative, and romantic than writing out the letters with one’s pen. The visceral reaction I get from looking over a handwritten outline now is very different from looking at the same result in a typed form.

I created a newsletter on Revue, because Revue looked really cool to use. Also, here’s the thing, I read about a lot of stuff and try a lot of stuff, but don’t have the time, or enough words, to post about it here.

So that’s what this newsletter is: the stuff I didn’t get to throughout the week. Lots of links, really short commentary.

Hit the link and sign up.

See issue one here.

I’ve been beta testing this app for a while and it’s my favorite way to edit photos on my iPhone. Less filters than VSCO, but a much better workflow and much easier to use. Go download it.