This is one of the best made shortcuts you’ll ever find for the Shortcuts app on your iPhone. It takes any screen shot from any Apple device and properly places it into the correct frame.

If you have a series of shots, it’ll even lay them all out properly for you (even if they’re different device types.)

Today, I’m pleased to introduce Apple Frames 2.0, an all-new version of my popular shortcut to put screenshots inside physical device frames of Apple products. The new Apple Frames, which you can download at the end of this post or on the MacStories Shortcuts Archive, has been completely rewritten so it’s faster and lighter, comes with support for the latest iPhone 13 lineup and iPad mini, brings support for framing iMac and MacBook Air screenshots, and, at long last, is available internationally in seven different languages.

It’s free, it’s perfect.

If you use Gmail, it has been a long time since there has been a legitimate non-browser based client specifically for the service. Apple Mail and others can get the job done, but none have all of the expected Gmail features integrated.

Mimestream, in open beta, looks to fill that gap. Thanks to Six Colors for surfacing this for me.

As a native app written in Swift, Mimestream leverages the full power of macOS to deliver a lightning-fast and instantly familiar experience. Instead of using the IMAP protocol, Mimestream utilizes the Gmail API to enable an enhanced set of features that let you work with ease.

For my personal email, I’ve moved to iCloud as I’m able to get all of the features I like (2 TB storage, custom domain, privacy) with my Apple One plan. But I still have to use Gmail for work.

With the new iOS and iPadOS 15, Apple has enabled extensions in Safari. These are typically utilities that can do one or two small things that positively affect your web browsing experience. Things like better password management, universal dark mode, and easy coupon finding are some examples.

There are a couple of ways to install Safari extensions for iOS and iPadOS 15. First, you can go to the Settings app, select Safari, and inside the Extensions section, turn on any extensions you’ve installed and give them permission to interact with webpages. Second, you can enable or disable extensions by tapping on the puzzle piece icon in the address bar and then choosing ‘Manage Extensions.’

I think John Voorhees at MacStories did a great job at sorting through and picking some of the best ones currently available.

The two that I like the most so far are Achoo (for web designers/developers) and StopTheMadness.

People have been talking about “freaky” and “invasive” ads for years. Recently, Apple dropped a privacy bomb on the companies like Facebook who have relied on selling these ads.

Apple’s iOS changes may lead to irreparable harm to Facebook’s ad business. This moment has demonstrated to Paul and his fellow performance buyers that relying on one channel (albeit a very effective one) is risky. So they’re looking to diversify their ad spend. Paul said he’s moved his ad budget elsewhere, including “Snapchat and TikTok, but also silent killers like email.” On Twitter, Facebook marketers discussing Apple’s changes almost unanimously agreed they needed to follow suit. 

Many people believe that Facebook is the product you use to communicate. However, the fact is YOU are the product Facebook sells go advertisers. Apple tied their hands a bit on that front, and it’s hitting them hard.

Concern over Facebook’s ability to weather Apple’s attack is already translating to quick consequences in the stock market. The company’s stock dropped nearly 4% on Wednesday, and some faithful investors are bailing. “I probably, over the last two days, have sold almost half that position,” said trader Jon Najarian on CNBC Wednesday. Facebook, he added, was once his second-largest holding.

Hopefully even more can be done to limit this type of targeted advertising.

Austin Mann releases the best review of the new iPhone camera every year. It’s always worth reading and this one is no different. It makes me excited to experiment with the new macro ability.

We’ve spent the last week in southern Tanzania, exploring this vast natural habitat and capturing all its beauty with the iPhone 13 Pro’s camera. As I watched Apple’s keynote about this year’s iPhone release, I was most excited about the new macro capability, increased telephoto zoom, and Cinematic mode.

Set Safari Tab Color Manually

Apple today released iOS 15/iPadOS 15 and will soon release complementary software for the Mac. One small change gives website owners the ability to choose the tab/menu color of the browser (Safari) when their site is being viewed.

By default (if there is no specification), Safari will use the background-color property if specified. However, you can easily override that by adding this to the <head></head> of your site.

<meta name="theme-color" content="#c84b53">

Or if you would prefer, you can specify different color for dark and light modes.

<meta name="theme-color" content="#c84b53" media="(prefers-color-scheme: light)">
<meta name="theme-color" content="#c84b53" media="(prefers-color-scheme: dark)">

This is a simple change that can give your site a significant amount of pop if used correctly.

Viticci releases the most in-depth iOS review every year around this time. It covers everything, and I do mean everything. You’ll want to skim some parts and re-read others. It’s excellently written and full of relevant graphics. iOS 15 comes out today, so why not get the best overview on what you’ll be getting.

With the world coming to a halt due to the pandemic in early 2020, Apple could have easily seized the opportunity to slow down its pace of software updates, regroup, and reassess the state of its platforms without any major changes in functionality. But, as we found out last year, that’s not how the company operates or draws its product roadmaps in advance. In the last year alone, Apple introduced a substantial macOS redesign, pointer support on iPad, and drastic changes to the iOS Home Screen despite the pandemic, executing on decisions that were likely made a year prior.

Surprisingly, iOS 15 doesn’t introduce any notable improvements to what made its predecessor wildly popular last year. In fact, as I’ll explore in this review, iOS 15 doesn’t have that single, all-encompassing feature that commands everyone’s attention such as widgets in iOS 14 or dark mode in iOS 13.

Even though Viticci opens with that, his full review covers the equivalent of 23 pages.

A Pocket Knife for Most People

It’s no secret that I love everyday carry items, particularly folding (pocket) knives. Some people scoff at the idea of carrying one in normal life, but even they would find utility in it given the opportunity.

Many people think of a pocket knife as a self-defense weapon, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, it could be used in that situation, but so could your car keys, a wrench, or ballpoint pen. Your average person carrying a pocket knife is not doing so for their protection.

Instead, the true function is primarily accomplishing everyday tasks such as opening Amazon boxes and cutting loose threads. The more you carry one, the more uses you’ll find.

Understanding the Market

If you’ve never purchased a pocket knife, you might be astonished to know that they range in cost from $10 – $1,000s of dollars. Typically, however, if you’re spending $500+ on one, you’re probably buying a custom knife that is handmade (or similar) by a prominent designer. It’s the equivalent of art (the artist and methods add value). Some of these knives are commonly referred to as pocket jewelry.

Kalena Langford and Shamwari

Custom Shamwari, modeled by Kalena

For the sake of this article and the recommendations I’ll make, we are not even going to touch on those. In fact, let’s drop our maximum price all the way down to the $100 range. If you’re new to carrying, don’t splurge on anything more than that…let yourself grow into it.

Outside of the name/designer of the knife, there are many other things that determine the value. A few examples of those are blade steel, handle/scale material, locking method, physical size, availability, country of origin, manufacturer, and deployment method (amongst many others).

My Recommendation

For anyone researching this, you’ve probably heard of the major manufacturers such as Spyderco, Benchmade, Buck, Victorinox (Swiss Army), and many more. For my recommendation for a quality pocket knife that won’t break the bank, is easy to use, and doesn’t look intimidating, those are the types of brands I recommend.

Whether it’s a Christmas gift for someone else or you’re just spoiling yourself, go with the Benchmade Bugout or Mini Bugout. The only major difference is size, but both are compact and light.

Full-size Benchmade Bugout

My Carry

I have owned many variations of Bugouts over the years, even multiple customized versions. It’s my go to recommendation for people who aren’t “in to pocket knives” like I am.

But I also get asked a lot about what I carry. While I have a decent collection, I’ll highlight a couple that I really enjoy.

First up is the Chris Reeve Sebenza. It’s a classic American-made workhorse. The variant I currently have is the Large with Macassar Ebony Inlays.

Chris Reeve Large Sebenza with Macassar Ebony Inlays

Next, and in a completely different market, is a Vero Engineering Axon. Designed in Florida, made in China, this production folding knife is both fun and functional. This one adds a little “fidget factor” to a daily carry.

Vero Engineering Axon with Red G10 Scales

The Problem

Livestream.com is a popular host for, you guessed it, live streaming content. Unlike a lot of other services, it’s geared mostly toward production level video. While it has many redeeming qualities, they intentionally make it difficult to get your content off of their platform once it’s been saved.

It’s quite easy to download a single archived video, but if you’re trying to download hundreds of videos that you’ve streamed over the course of years, it’s a whole different ballgame. They do not offer a single way to do this, not even through support requests.

But I had a client that needed it done. I had the option of either spending months manually downloading each individual video or finding another way. You can guess which of those options I chose.

The Solution

There is a command line utility called YouTube-dl that is incredibly powerful. Despite it’s name, it can handle video downloads from almost any site. The downside is it requires terminal use and most users will not be comfortable using it.

If you are comfortable using YouTube-dl, then by all means, go for it. The following directions are not meant for you.

Instead, I recommend a free app called ViDL for Mac. It actually makes use of the aforementioned YouTube-dl, but packages it in an easy-to-use User Interface.

ViDL for Mac

Once you’ve installed the app, navigate to almost any page on the internet with video(s). From there, you can trigger the app via a menu bar icon (or manually by opening the app) and initiate the downloads.

Specifically for livestream.com, navigate to any page that shows your archived videos. You may need to scroll down on the page to make livestream.com load in your older videos (they use infinite scrolling where older videos don’t load on the page until you scroll down to them). Trigger ViDL and watch the magic happen.

Using this method, I downloaded multiple hundreds of videos (all over 1 hour in length) in a matter of just a few hours in the background. Obviously, a nice high speed internet connection helps with that as well.

This is an exhaustive list of things that are assumed true/false by many people. There are definitely dozens on the list that I was uncertain about. Here are a couple examples:

While modern life expectancies are much higher than those in the Middle Ages and earlier, adults in the Middle Ages did not die in their 30s or 40s on average. That was the life expectancy at birth, which was skewed by high infant and adolescent mortality. The life expectancy among adults was much higher; a 21-year-old man in medieval England, for example, could expect to live to the age of 64.

And:

Napoleon Bonaparte was not short. He was actually slightly taller than the average Frenchman of his time. After his death in 1821, the French emperor’s height was recorded as 5 feet 2 inches in French feet, which in English measurements is 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m). He was actually nicknamed le Petit Caporal (The Little Corporal) as a term of endearment. Napoleon was often accompanied by his imperial guard, who were selected for their height—this may have contributed to a perception that he was comparatively short.

Take a few minutes and read through the article, it’s very interesting!