The Podcaster Pro™

Screenshot of the Podcaster Pro™ spec page

It has been a long time since I have been this excited about a product. There’s the usual thrill involved with any product launch from Apple, but with all the leaks and rumors, we often know most of what is coming before Tim Cook and crew take the stage.
The Podcaster pro™, from Small Batch Audio, has me excited for several reasons. First, it’s right there in the name, “Podcaster Pro” an audio interface designed for Podcasters. What is key about this, as most podcasters will tell you, we typically find ourselves using equipment and software made for musicians. This means that often we have a lot of features that we don’t need, there’s complexity to sometimes work around, and when we encounter barriers, we are most likely not getting any help from the manufacturer.
What Adam Curry has been working on is going to make it possible for anyone to have a professional production setup, without hacking stuff together.

Automating 1Password

We just released episode 7 of the Damashe and Michael: Just Talking Tech show, which was all about 1Password.
I thought I’d share some additional tips for automating 1Password. While this may not be automation in it’s purest form of the word, for me automation can mean any lessening of mental bandwidth through the use of technology.
With that said, here are a few tips for expanding your use of 1Password…

The Writer’s Guide to Making Accessible Web Content→

Well done…
Genevieve Conti Writing over at the Zapier Blog →

Web accessibility affects people with different kinds of disabilities, including those that influence hearing, sight, movement and cognition. To navigate the Web, people with disabilities often rely on assistive technology—such as

TextExpander 6 (Or: “How NOT to launch your SaaS”) →

But is this just another case of “Users are cheap and don’t value developers’ time?” I don’t think so. I happily signed up for 1Password for Families which will eventually be $5/month, although I could have gotten away with using the app as I have previously. There’s no question that this will be (slightly) more expensive for me in the long term, but after using it for a few days it was obvious that 1Password for Families was going to save me time and frustration. In fact, it was so good that I even said to a few people “I could imagine using 1Password for Families even as an individual, just for the bonus features.”

Rhymes With Diploma — TextExpander 6 (or: “How NOT to Launch Your SaaS”) →

Rhymes With Diploma — TextExpander 6 (Or: “How NOT to launch your SaaS”)→

Why Are We Fighting the Crypto Wars Again? — Backchannel — Medium →

The iPhone Crisis reignited a conflict that should have been settled in the 90s. The loser is our national security.

DOJ Could Force WhatsApp to Strip Messaging Encryption – the Mac Observer →

The U.S. Department of Justice is trying to decide how to proceed with another encryption issue it’s facing: WhatsApp traffic can’t be monitored with wire taps because the app’s data is encrypted. The DOJ could seek a court order forcing WhatsApp to disable its encryption,
DOJ Could Force WhatsApp to Strip Messaging Encryption – The Mac Observer→

What No Indie Developer Wants to Hear About the App Store | iMore →

Rene Ritchie Wrote a very ensightful piece at iMore.
I too am a fan of indie app developers for a lot of reasons. They create great products that I love using, and that make my use of Apple products more enjoyable. Indie devs have also typically, in my experience, been much easier to work with when it comes to issues surrounding the accessibility of their apps.

And while I will continue to happily spend my money for great apps, I must end in the same tone that Rene begins…I fear he is to close to the mark in this piece.

The “Encryption” Debate | Steve (GRC) Gibson’s Blog →

“Encryption” is quoted in the title of this essay because encryption is NOT what any of this is actually about. The debate is not about encryption, it’s about access. It should be called “The Device Access Debate” and encryption should have never been brought into it.

The “Encryption” Debate | Steve (GRC) Gibson’s Blog→

Donald Trump Demands That Police Arrest Rally Protesters – the Washington Post →

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has become so exasperated with the protesters who interrupt his campaign rallies that he announced Saturday night that he wants police to start arresting them.

“I hope these guys get thrown into a jail,” Trump said during a rally at a historic theater in Kansas City on Saturday night that was repeatedly interrupted by protesters. “They’ll never do it again. It’ll destroy their record. They’ll have to explain to mom and dad why they have a police record and why they can’t get a job.
Donald Trump demands that police arrest rally protesters – The Washington Post→