Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

A few days ago, the sky displayed beautiful lilac shades. I only had my iPhone XS with me, but it captured it beautifully! I cropped a minimal area from one of the pictures I took and layered it in Photoshop with other effects and colors.

Enjoy.

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

My first trial with the new iPhone Xs camera was on these sunflowers. I liked the pictures enough to be used as wallpapers, but since that wasn’t the initial goal, the angle was less than ideal. With camera in hand, I found it.

Please Note:

I will longer be resizing for the smaller 6 and 7 devices, but a pinch and zoom on the Plus version (of any wallpaper) should fit perfectly. In exchange, I will be adding Xs Max size of all weekly wallpapers from here on out!

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Quick iPhone X & iPhone XS Camera Comparison

As everyone knows, Apple has released new iPhones for 2018. The biggest difference in the iPhone XS and iPhone X is the improved camera. I am not going to get into all the nitty gritty details, I just want to show you the difference in photo quality. iPhone X pictures will be on the left and iPhone XS will be on the right. These are normal photos taken by the average iPhone user, not a pro by any means. These everyday shots are more along what the average user will see. All images are unedited, taken from my phone and placed here for your pleasure.

Above, no flash. Below with flash

Above with flash, below no flash

The above image are screenshots of the iPhone X and iPhone XS in portrait mode. Notice how the iPhone X has the background in a black & white setting while on the iPhone XS its completely blacked out.

You can see is most of the photos the iPhone XS catches more detail and I think it has better color accuracy in some of the shots. Let me know what you think and please share some of your comparison photos.

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week the official iOS 12 launched! There’s a new wallpaper that comes along with a new (stills) wallpaper. I’ve been on the iOS 12 beta all Summer and sometime then started working on a similar version. — The similarities being the colors (omitting my least favorites) and the simplicity. — It finally came together, in time for iOS 12’s official launch!

I hope you all enjoy.

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This weeks wallpaper includes so many layers yet looks so simple and compliments most home screen icons. All my requirements in a home screen wallpaper.

It was all done in Photoshop, and there were a few “final” versions but while on phone calls, I kept adjusting, adding, removing, blurring.. etc.

I hope you all enjoy this final, final one!

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For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here. iPhone X here.

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This weeks wallpaper is of some roses I got from Trader Joe's. They are a beautiful color, yet felt I couldn't do them justice. I tried various angles and combinations in Lightroom but wasn't happy with any version. Imported it into Mextures and tried a couple of the Guest Formulas and ended up loving the black and white versions. I was so focused on the color and making that pop through the image that I didn't realize the simplicity and beauty of eliminating the color altogether. 

I hope you all enjoy! 

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10 Ways to Use the Best Journaling App on iOS

 10 Ways to Use the Best Journaling App on iOS

I have been using Day One consistently for all my journaling needs for the last few years. Over the course of this time, I have found new and useful ways to make the most of the experience. Journaling is important to me for many reasons: 

    * Reflecting on my day
    * Capturing memories, thoughts, & words I don’t want to forget
    * Revisiting the past
    * Learning from mistakes
    * Sharing moments with others

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Sometime this week I found myself playing with some fall inspired color palettes. I was working with a wine shade and somehow ended with my typical, but effective, color combo. I imported into Mextures to add a few light layers. Applying one of my formulas, I noticed this heart shape (just me?)  as a result of changing the layer style. A keeper!  

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

On Sunday, the immediate family gathered for dinner to celebrate my dads birthday. The view of the beach at sunset was beautiful, I knew I wanted it to be this weeks wallpaper. I took a couple of pictures with my DSLR, and there were too many obstructions to use as a wallpaper straight out of Lightroom. In Photoshop I rid of the items I could. I removed the sun and made a new one and added more palm trees. All while keeping the original sunset colors and clouds. 

There's a blank version (without the palm trees) and four other versions edited through Mextures. Find them here.

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For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here.

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

I realized as I was getting the images ready that this week's wallpaper shares a stripe-y similarity to last weeks. I doodle on my iPad Pro, and I also use new Photoshop documents to "doodle" as I listen to a podcast or audiobook. Hence many of my wallpapers sharing so many similarities. Most times I delete the images, but once in a while, I stand back and if I blur this and add light here, hit it with a little Mextures ... we have our wallpaper! 

I hope you all enjoy. 

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Taking Care of Business with These 4 Launch Center Pro Actions

Taking Care of Business with These 4 Launch Center Pro Actions

Launch Center Pro continues to be an essential piece to my productive workday. In this quick post, I share 4 actions that have assisted me in becoming a better leader, a leader that communicates, engages, focuses and follows up to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Due to the fact, that these actions are very customized with phone numbers, calendars & location sets that pertain to my job, I will not be sharing the direct links to them. The idea here is to share examples on how I use Launch Center Pro for business purposes in hopes it produces a set of ideas for the reader. Launch Center Pro, utilized correctly, can become an invaluable tool in ensuring a productive workday. I find I use these tools so frequently, that they are included in my Launch Center Pro Widget for easy access. Launch Center Pro does many things using the native iOS apps and services. However, in some cases, other apps are needed to complete the job. I have noted these apps. 

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Grunge textures, pastels and patterns are all happening in this week's wallpaper. I wanted to work with softer colors since I tend to go for darker blues and purples, when in doubt. I did most in Photoshop and exported into my iPhone for the last touches. I find it easier since I can immediately test and see what doesn't work for the specific requirements I set for these wallpapers. 

I hope you all enjoy! 

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For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here.

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Growing up, I was obsessed with the new Volkswagen Beetle. I knew nothing about them, I just liked the way they stood out. My first vehicle happened to be a Volkswagen Beetle, and ever since my friends and family still relate them to me. I got this toy one from my best friend on my 21st birthday.  Out of randomness, I decided to photograph it for wallpaper purposes a few weeks ago. I didn't really care for the result but kept the image on my desktop. In Photoshop and Lightroom, I edited it to look like an old photograph from the decade when this particular model was popular. If you look closely, you can see a rainbow and daisies on the roof. Nothing's groovier than flowers and rainbows to bookend that 'love' message. 

I hope you all enjoy! 

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

I never understand how (and why!) Californians look forward to Summer. Mind numbing heat is something to loathe. This week has been in the three digits (Fahrenheit) and anything this hot and murderous has my respect! Hence this weeks wallpaper. I started with a Summer-y palette. I worked on the pattern (in Photoshop) and mixed a few colors in various layers for some depth. 

I hope you all enjoy!

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5 Must Have Workflows That Anyone Can Use Immediately

5 Must Have Workflows That Anyone Can Use Immediately

With Workflow morphing into Shortcuts this fall, I thought I would lend a helping hand to those who have not yet experienced the awesomeness of this utility. Presented in this post are 5 very useful workflows that anyone can install and use immediately by downloading the app and clicking the links below. So if you have held off using Workflows, now is the time. Any Workflows you create now will be ready and waiting in the form of Shortcuts come iOS 12.

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Sometime last week I took various pictures of fresh fruits and vegetables I had just bought. There were a few I liked, but only the pineapple ones worked for wallpaper purposes. There were a few angles and variations, but this one took less away from the lock screen and home screen. 

I took them with my iPhone X and edited in Lightroom and Photoshop to change the colors. 

I hope you all enjoy! 

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

I was having lunch at this restaurant on the beach, and while I waited for the pager they provided to go off, I walked around and took pictures. I only had my iPhone X on hand as I didn't really know that's where lunch was happening, but the iPhone X does not disappoint. 

I edited in Lightroom and proceeded to stick to my favorite formula and exported right into Mextures on my iPhone. 

Hope you all enjoy. 

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

The day before the Fourth of July is my mothers birthday. This means, predictably, I provided all the flowers. This is one of the pictures I took with my iPhone X and edited in Lightroom and Mextures. 

Enjoy!

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WWDC 2018: The Magic of Turning "meh" into "WOW!"

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When technology connects with creativity, incredible ideas come to life. This summer, we invite thousands of talented minds from around the world to join us and turn their ideas into reality.

The quote above was used by Apple to invite people from all over the globe to enjoy the greatness of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The WWDC, as it is commonly referred to, is a week-long event that showcases the company's new operating systems to software developers.

Although the target of this type of event are professionals that deal with coding, the keynote session that opens the WWDC draws attention of the whole world; even people that don't really follow the latest news about technology are excited to know what new features they will be able to have on their iPhones, iPads, Apple TV or Apple Watches.

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Preparing the ground

Every year seems to have a great deal of expectation around the whole event, probably because people are dying to see some groundbreaking technology to be announced. It was a bit different in 2018, though.

In January, Bloomberg affirmed that Apple would focus primarily on "improving the performance of iPhone software" this year and leave the brand new (and most exciting) features to 2019. This rumor made everybody calm down a little bit and enjoy whatever the company could present in the event because, after all, it would just be some "minor" improvements, nothing to be extremely anxious about.

Of course, some features were spotted by developers like Guilherme Rambo (my fellow countryman) and Steve Troughton-Smith, but not confirmed until the event (or two days before). Still, the buzz that would normally appear before the date turned into simply a feeling of hope to see "at least some good news."

But we are talking about Apple here and it so has the ability to turn whatever "meh" feature into "I just need it so bad I am considering installing the beta version of this OS on my main device."

Did anybody doubt it?

Announcing new features, getting everyone excited

June 4th, the day of the event, was here. Even with expectations set down low, people wanted to know what Apple spent its time working on.

On stage, the company presented some features that surprised not for they were unimaginable, but because people actually had been requesting for some time now.

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iOS 12 brought a welcome improvement to speed when launching apps, swiping to see the camera app or even when displaying the keyboard or the share sheet; and it gets better: these changes apply also to older devices such as the iPhone 5s. In a way, I interpreted it as a way of saying "sorry" for all the bugs that affected the iPhones and iPads on iOS 11 (just saying…).

They actually introduced some new stuff like ARKit 2, so we can enjoy augmented reality with multiple people, Animoji with tongues and the new "Memoji", better privacy settings and so on.

Other features, although being great benefits, seemed to had been taking from the users complaints we've been hearing for years, such as grouped notifications (come on, Apple… you take it away, tweak it a little and announce it like a brand new thing?… Yes, I want it, please) and FaceTime call with up to 32 people at once (we've been asking for a group chat for so long that they are compensating by overdoing it… I mean, I don't really have that many friends, do you? Lol).

Screen Time is something great and I will probably use it a lot since I'm a productivity freak. But I can't help but think that the company took advantage of the complaint made by the investors regarding children being addicted to their phones and tablets; so, instead of preparing something different for kids, they've built a comprehensive reporting on mobile usage so this could be an iOS 12 feature and extended it to children. Quite brilliant, actually.

Additionally, in this next version of the system, we will be able to enjoy Siri even when Low Power Mode is activated, something I still don't understand why we couldn't do before, but anyways…

Speaking of Siri, iOS 12 will bring some improvements to the virtual assistant — at least that is what Apple told us. Instead of going through all the trouble of improving the whole structure of their virtual assistant, they've bought the app Workflow and made the automations work with Siri — and let the users do the rest. So, if people want the assistant to do this or that, they can do so by (manually) creating automations with specific commands so the assistant can run it.

"Do you want it? Then do it yourself and be happy." Smart move, Apple.

In regards to Apple's wearable, watchOS 5 will receive updates related to the Activity and Workout app that is going to enhance the quality of their exercise, while motivating users with the competition and coaching features.

Also, a new Walkie Talkie feature was announced and opinions seem to be divided into "it is a better way to communicate rapidly and more comfortable than dictating things to the Watch" and "I just don't want to be disturbed, I hope I can turn it off" — but I'll leave the verdict to people who actually use the device (not me). Plus, the Podcasts app will, at last, be on the Watch.

tvOS 12 will bring Zero sign-on, support to Dolby Atmos, and some nice and new screensavers. Also, the Apple TV remote app will be laying on the Control Center for those who want it.

Even CarPlay got some attention this time: third-party navigation apps, such as Waze and Google Maps, are finally to come to the system.

The system for the Macs also got some pretty neat (not that "huge") features, but it's by far the one update I'm the most excited about. Even if the new things are just tiny details, I believe that's where Apple is so great. Improving Screenshots, editing and viewing options on Finder, organizing desktop automatically and sort them as you prefer (I don't really leave things in my desktop, but I'm just glad for other people), the come back of favicon in Safari tabs (thank you!) will probably help productivity on the daily basis.

The ability to use iPhone's camera is a nice new improvement to Continuity and, of course, it's impossible not to mention the "new" Mac App Store, totally remodeled (f-i-n-a-l-l-y) to have a cleaner, more "iOS-like" style. News, Stocks, Home and Voice Memos, all iOS apps, will now find a place in the Macs, which is interesting, mainly because Apple is, by doing so, preparing the ground to the so-called "Project Marzipan" (iOS apps running on macOS).

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Nice features are coming. However, the whole focus of macOS Mojave (10.14) was Dark Mode — and I'm just cheering up inside while writing it because I want it really bad. A lot of people (including me) were waiting for something like this, so we can rest our eyes and mind while working on the Mac — and I'm just really, really glad that my Mac mini Late 2012 is still in the game and will receive this update.

There were a lot of other features I didn't mention here that follows the same pattern: they're not that big of a deal, but we feel happy to have them.

By the time the 2-hour event was over, instead of people getting mad because it was presented all the "obvious" features that were supposed to be around for some time now, everyone just wanted to put their hands on the new systems.

I don't know what it is, but Apple has a magical way of making all the basic stuff seem like brand new useful and interesting things. Do I care? Not really. Although I feel like I've used too many "finally" to describe the new features, I’m still excited and looking forward to seeing those features in my Apple products, mainly Dark Mode on macOS and Siri Shortcuts on iOS.

I guess I can admit I fell for whatever strategy Apple used here — shame on me.

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Last week, on my way home from a hike I see a flower shop advertising eight dollar, rose bouquets. I went in, got my roses, picked through the arrangements in the back and this one full of daisies caught my eye. It was not on sale, I did not "save" money, but one of those daisies is this weeks wallpaper. So it's still winning, right? 

I hope you all enjoy!

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For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here.