New diary entry on Letterboxd: All Quiet on the Western Front

Logged All Quiet on the Western Front, 2022 – ★★★★ on Letterboxd:

Image source: TMDB

I caught myself thinking “all these deaths were senseless” right at the end like the director/author‘s exact thesis was jammed straight into my head.
Definitely sets the new standard for war movies; feels like it could both be the first and last to tell this type of story this well.

View the review or follow me on Letterboxd.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #51

From Issue 51 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 51 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — it’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. and that means downtime, Black Friday sales, and and the beginning of the extended holiday season.

In the current beta cycle, we’re at iOS 16.2 beta 3, which means a new “Get Battery Status” action is available for testers.

On the Shortcuts Catalog, I spent over 15 hours streaming around my shortcuts upload process, scraping information from .shortcut files, and working on the YouTube streaming process.

I’m basically solving my own problems live on-camera and stacking my progress to gain better momentum while developing in Shortcuts. Plus, I’m honing my streaming skills for future sessions — which will be a lot more approachable than these very complex discussions.

Otherwise, this week we have another great set of app updates, clever Shortcuts ideas, and more feedback from the community:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #50

From Issue 50 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 50 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” – I can’t believe I’m already back up to this many issues after switching to Revue (and soon to another service), so thank you for reading along. 🙏

This week, we got Apple Frames 3.0 from team MacStories, there’s an intriguing set of apps who’ve upgraded their Shortcuts support, I found some helpful shortcuts for ADHD & autistic folks, and we’re seeing more & more good ideas around Color Filters.

Plus, I’ve started to release my Apple Watch updates — enjoy:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #49

From Issue 49 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 49 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — it’s been quite a week in the wake of new leadership at Twitter, but thankfully the Shortcuts community kept up their efforts in sharing good ideas.

Before we get to that all though, I saw in the news that Twitter will be shutting down Revue (the service I use to send these newsletters) by the end of the year.

Right now, I’m not sure what tool I’ll use to replace it — but I will import my subscriber list over so there shouldn’t be a change there, and I will let you all know of any news before I switch over.

However, I will have to rethink how I deliver the material, as Revue uniquely allows me to embed links and tweets easily/natively into the email — something other services don’t provide, especially for free. As such, this change means I may have to reconsider what I can feasibly offer.

I don’t have anything to share now, but I wanted to be transparent ahead of the change — plus, if you have any thoughts on what I should do, feel free to respond to this email and let me know:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #47

From Issue 47 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 47 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — this week has Apple announcement energy in the air, but no news as of yet.

iOS 16.1 is just over the horizon and with it iPadOS & macOS — I’ve written that line too many times, but it’s creeping up now.

Aside from some continued sync issues that I ended up ranting about, the community puttered along quietly in anticipation of what’s hopefully a more-stable period for Shortcuts ahead.

Until then, here’s what’s new in Shortcuts since the last issue:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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iOS Today 623: Supercharge Shortcuts With These Apps

I had the pleasure of being a guest host on this week’s iOS Today:

Matthew Cassinelli joins Rosemary Orchard this week to supercharge iPhone/iPad shortcuts with some very useful apps that enhance functionality. Matthew also explains App Shortcuts and how they’re organized in iOS 16.

Thanks to Rosemary for having me on again — and Mikah for taking a week off so I could host in his place! 🙏

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #46

From Issue 46 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 46 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — this week we saw some critical bug fixes in the iOS 16.1 betas, a lot of ideas from the Twitter community, and great resources popping up elsewhere online.

Especially with Shortcuts reaching a more stable footing than in the past few months, I got the sense that I was finally actually experiencing the full iOS 16 release in a regular week.

I’ve still only really used Stage Manager on iPad a handful of times, I finally gave in and set up “Open Folder” shortcuts for all of my folders—a strategy that 100% only makes sense for me alone—and truly tapping into App Shortcuts is taking time after bugs in the betas preventing all of them from showing up.

I’m excited for the iPad and Mac releases to drop in a few weeks and be able to really settle into this full release — it’s definitely making my daily work more productive.

Until then, here’s what’s new since last time:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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How To Automate Your Podcast (Shortcuts Live with special guest Stephen Robles)

Join me and special guest Stephen Robles of AppleInsider as we work on shortcuts for managing a podcast — we’ll be live Wednesday, October 5th at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.

Stephen runs the AppleInsider podcast, a top-charting technology podcast from the folks who cover everything Apple — and I’m sharing my podcasting workflows that I built over the course of hosting 150+ episodes across my past shows Supercomputer and Smart Tech Today (and being a guest on various other shows).

We’ll be talking about podcast production, how to use the Podcasts app actions in Shortcuts, and how to take advantage of Apple’s Podcast Marketing Tools.

Join us in the chat to ask questions, share your favorite podcasts, or just say hi!

Follow Stephen here:

Get notified here when the stream goes live.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #45

From the latest issue of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 45 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — fall is here, iOS 16 has been out for a few weeks now, and all of Apple’s new products have been in folks’ hands for a bit.

Now that we’re into October, we’re expecting iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and possibly another hardware announcement — potentially via press release only — and all Apple platforms will thankfully be back in sync.

Hopefully by then, Shortcuts will reach a bit more stable ground than in the latest betas, which has had ongoing bugs from the last few rounds — make sure to keep filing Feedback if you run into anything!

This week, I’m digging into the iPhone and the AirPods more, waiting on an Apple Watch Ultra, and settling into my new schedule now that this newsletter goes out Mondays.

Plus, in light of reduced columns at iMore, I’ve been massively reworking my member releases so I can publish much more often — thanks as always for your support.

Until next time, here’s what’s new this week:

Read the full newsletter on Revue.

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Apple should add a Lock Screen widget for Shortcuts

Yours truly for iMore:

In iOS 16, one of the hallmark features for iPhones is the new Lock Screen customization — users have been excitedly adding their own combinations of widgets to show up on their always-on displays. However, one of Apple’s own apps was curiously missing from the options: Shortcuts.

Across its platforms, Apple makes it easy to run shortcuts in tons of places — the Shortcuts widgets are extremely useful, you can run shortcuts from the Menu Bar on Mac, and the Apple Watch extends the functionality to your wrist.

But in this newest release, Apple didn’t add a Lock Screen widget for Shortcuts. And while this did open up the demand for third-party developers, it’s left an odd gap for everyday users who want to run shortcuts right from the first screen they see.

In this story, I’ll share a few reasons why Apple might not have added the Lock Screen widget, argue that Apple should one anyway, and share the best apps for adding shortcuts to your Lock Screen as it works in iOS 16 today:

Read the full article on iMore.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #44

From the latest issue of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 44 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — this last week, we saw the Apple Watch Ultra & AirPods Pro 2 ship, and with those the extension of the hype cycle around the Apple event.

I’ve got my hands on the new AirPods—and used the excellent new volume controls while writing this newsletter multiple times—but I’ve not gotten the Apple Watch Ultra just yet…

However, I did get a chance to take the ferry over the Bay into San Francisco with a small group and test out the new iPhone camera for a photowalk on Sunday. As a follow-up, I’m also streaming this evening to edit up some of the shots we took. I will definitely be hosting another in-person event sometime in the future — we had a lot of fun!

Also, a bit of housekeeping: this newsletter will be going out Mondays now — that way, I can cover the entire Monday-Sunday week prior, plus do more fun experiments (and take proper breaks) over the weekend.

Here’s what’s new in the last week:

Read the full newsletter on Revue.


iPad Pros: Shortcuts for iPadOS 16 (Parts 1 and 2)

Yours truly on iPad Pros episodes 149 and 151:

Matthew Cassinelli is back for our 5th annual catchup on what’s new with Shortcuts! In this first part we catchup on how he sees the iPad, all of the updates Apple rolled out after the initial releases for Shortcuts last year, and begin our discussion on what’s new with Shortcuts for iPadOS 16, iOS 16, MacOS Ventura, and watchOS 9.

If you want to listen to our past episodes; check out episodes 41, 42, 58, 90, 91, and 122.

A few weeks ago, I had my annual appearance on iPad Pros to talk through all the latest Shortcuts updates — as usual, we covered everything in detail.

Listen to the episodes on Apple Podcasts or see the show notes on

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50+ apps that work with App Shortcuts in iOS 16

Yours truly for iMore:

Released with iOS 16, the new App Shortcuts features adds powerful new Siri capabilities automatically, generating folders of shortcuts for your apps programmatically in the Shortcuts app for you — it’s a big deal for Apple’s Siri strategy.

Taking advantage of App Shortcuts does require having supported apps installed — once you have them installed, however, their shortcuts will work with Siri right away.

To help you get started taking advantage of this new feature, we scoured the internet and found every app we could that adopted App Shortcuts for iOS 16 — here’s over 50 apps to get you started:

Read the full story on iMore.


iPhone 14 Photowalk: This Sunday at the San Francisco Ferry Building

Source: Wikipedia

Hello photographers! 📸

I am hosting a friendly neighborhood photowalk with my pal Mikah Sargent from TWiT this Sunday, September 25th.

We’re starting at 10 AM outside the San Francisco Ferry Building and then walking through the city — and you’re welcome to join us!

We are both casual photographers trying to get together with other folks who are looking to practice their photography skills as a group — what better opportunity than the new iPhone launch?

You don’t need an iPhone 14 to attend, but we’re looking to share tips on places or things to shoot in SF, cool mobile apps or gear we use, and just spend time getting to know how to use our new phone cameras.

Feel free to attend or bring a friend if you live in the area — we’ll meet up at the large space just outside the building (the Harry Bridges Plaza) at 10. We’ll take photos for 15 minutes or so there, then head off into the city for a few hours.

Once we’re done, we can all share our photos and get everyone’s different perspectives on the same places — it should be fun!

If you do plan on attending, please let me or Mikah know in some way—preferably on Twitter—just so we can understand if you’re coming and we know to wait for you!

Hope to see you there 👋

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #43

From Issue 43 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 43 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — iOS 16 is finally out, the iPhones 14 are in people’s hands, and that means it’s time for a new set of Shortcuts actions!

I’ve released my set of iOS 16 shortcuts below, which everyone can get for free — these are my own App Shortcuts-like folders for each of the new actions available for Voice Memos, Notes, Clock, Hotspot, Parked Cars, Safari, Background Removal, and Shortcuts.

Basically, I wanted each of you to immediately have a new shortcut for each action available, so you don’t have to generate them yourselves — get them below.

Plus, as you’ll see in this issue, I managed to go viral this week with over 3 million views, I shared an initial look at App Shortcuts in iOS 16, and tomorrow I’m hosting three app developers to talk about their implementations — enjoy:

Read the full issue on Revue.