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The Agenda for Friday, August 28, 2020

Hello there, dear reader! Here are 10 things I wanted to share with you this week. Enjoy!


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1. Amazon is entering the wearables game with Halo, a health & fitness wristband supported by a $4/month subscription service. The tracker is only for sale by invitation at this point, but you can request early access. ($65)

2. Emailio is yet another new take on email, this time with a focus on wellness. (And it’s backed by Duke University, of all places.) I love that there’s continued innovation in established systems like email.

3. From last month: The Sweet Setup team released a big update to their Learn Ulysses course. If you do any significant writing on macOS or iOS, you should definitely check out Ulysses, and this course is the way to learn it.

4. And if you end up trying out Ulysses, you’ll want to listen to this episode of Mac Power Users for the lowdown on Markdown.

5. SpreadSimple lets you use Google Sheets as a content management system (CMS) for your online storefront, restaurant menu, etc. Very cool.

6. I’ve continued to work my way through the WWDC keynote from June and finally got a good look at macOS Big Sur. I like the design changes, and I’m looking forward to Big Sur’s release this fall.

7. This week I upgraded to AirPods Pro, and the noise cancellation is super cool. (Especially when I’m mowing the lawn!) I’m still trying to figure out the fit, though. Apparently my ears aren’t the same size. 🤣

8. NEEDTOBREATHE’s latest, Out of Body, dropped at midnight.

9. Our gas utility is offering a $140 rebate (!) on a new smart thermostat, so we upgraded to the ecobee3 lite.

10. New from TwelveSouth: BookBook makes your Kindle Paperwhite look like, well, a book. ($50)

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