Adding weather info to Calendar.app →

BusyCal and other calendar apps add weather right into your calendar view, but Apple’s built-in Calendar.app on iOS and macOS doesn’t offer that feature.

Turns out, Weather Underground serves .ics files that can be imported to Calendar, as Chris Short explains:

Recently, I discovered Weather Underground provides ICS files for use in any calendar application you can think of (Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, and Apple’s Calendar.app). These ICS URLs do not appear to be documented by Weather Underground specifically but here are some examples to get you started.

I set it up, adding the calendar subscription to my iCloud account. Now, I can make outdoor plans without needing to jump to my weather app of choice first. Pretty neat.

The best news aggregation service →

Joe Caiati, writing for The Sweet Setup:

In an age past, the newspaper was delivered to your doorstep in the morning ready to be digested over a cup of coffee. When you returned home from work and settled down on the couch, the nightly news on TV caught you up on the day’s events.

While those outlets are still around today, news is much more complicated.

We want our news to be personal. For years, everyone got the same news as everyone else, but that’s just not true today. We can customize and build custom experiences that can serve as something far more subjective than the daily newspaper and nightly news ever delivered.

His review of Nuzzel is great. If you aren’t using this app, you should check it out.

My evolving home screen 

I’m a creature of habit. This is evident in a lot of areas of my life, but in looking through old screenshots of my iPhone’s home screen:

Home screens

Wallpapers: 2011 | 2013 | 2016

In addition to how hilariously small old iPhones seem compared to my 6S Plus, the thing that jumped out at me the most is how little turnover there is over time in apps and their placement.

For example, OmniFocus, Tweetbot, an RSS client and Instapaper have anchored my bottom row for as long as I can remember. During times of sin, I’ve used Remember the Milk or Todoist, having them take over the “GTD spot” in that row.

My music and my podcast players have always been next to each other, with a weather app has always been on the right. Messages, a calendar app, photos and a camera app have always been at the top, until the Plus forced me to add another row above them.

The three-app Dock is new as of a year ago, when I was talked into it by a podcast. Settings is now a resident of my second screen.

Of course, I can’t post this image without commenting on how the design trends in iOS have changed over the years. That 2011 screenshot is pretty painful now, but there is something charming about iOS 6 there in the middle. All in all, though, I have to say I like the current look the best. There’s plenty of color and personality still, but everything looks a little more grown up.

Evernote announces new pricing →

Evernote’s Chris O’Neill has published a blog post explaining price increases coming to the platform. Plus and Premium are now $3.99 and $7.99 a month, respectively, with discounts for annual buyers. For those customers, Plus is now $10 more a year, while Premium has gone up $20.

Then there’s this:

Beginning today, the prices for our Plus and Premium tiers will change for new subscriptions, and access from Evernote Basic accounts will be limited to two devices. Current subscribers and Basic users who are using more than two devices will have some time to adjust before the changes take effect. If you are impacted, look for a message from us in the coming days.

In short, if you use a iPhone, iPad and a Mac, you’ll need to pay for Evernote starting soon. Or just switch to Notes.app.

NASA launches Apple TV app →

NASA PR:

The agency released on Tuesday its popular NASA app for a new platform, the fourth-generation Apple TV. This version joins the app’s other versions available for iOS in iPhone and iPad versions, Android and Fire OS. The NASA app has been downloaded more than 17 million times across all platforms.

“The NASA app has been a fantastic way for the public to experience the excitement of space exploration from their mobile devices,” said David Weaver, NASA associate administrator for Communications. “Now, users with the latest Apple TV can explore and enjoy our remarkable images, videos, mission information, NASA Television and more on the big screen with the whole family.”

The app is a little clunky in places but includes a ton of great content, including access to NASA TV, live video from the International Space Station, mission information and access to over 15,000 agency images. If you’re into space, you should go check it out.

Associate →

John Vorhees has released Associate, an incredibly clever and useful iOS app for creating Amazon affiliate links:

Associate’s search functionality means the entire Amazon store is at the tips of your fingers, literally. Run a search and tap the result you want. Associate does all the hard work of generating an affiliate link that includes your Amazon Associates credentials. Once you have your link, you can share it with one person or a thousand, its just as easy either way.

If I review hardware or link to a book on Amazon, I do it with affiliate links.1 It’s not a huge part of the income 512 Pixels generates, but it helps. On the Mac, I’ve used a bookmarklet in Chrome to create affiliate links, and now, thanks to John, I can do it easily on my iOS devices.

Finding items to link to is done in a very clever way: Associate simply passes the search query to an in-app browser that loads up the Amazon website. Tap the item, and a link (or Markdown-formatted link) is generated automatically.

Associate is $4.99 on the iOS App Store. Go check it out!


  1. I know some people don’t like this, but oh well. HEY LOOK GO BUY A DRONE. 

How to search Giphy from Alfred 

Search Giphy from Alred

I’ve spent way too much time today searching for GIFs, and realized I’ve never shared my workflow to search Giphy from Alfred.

It’s an easy little workflow to put together. I set the keyword to be gif and the workflow activates this little bash script:

search=$(echo "{query}" | sed 's/ /-/g')
open "http://giphy.com/tags/${search}"

Once it’s set up, you can hit the keyword in Alfred and start typing your search query. Hit enter and Giphy will open in your browser with its results.

If you don’t want to set that up, you can download the workflow here.