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📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 The Holiday 2018 Edition

Hello all you Finer Readers! The newsletter is back for the holidays with a healthy dose of tips, in
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 The Holiday 2018 Edition
By David Chartier • Issue #49 • View online

Hello all you Finer Readers! The newsletter is back for the holidays with a healthy dose of tips, including checklists for troubleshooting and doing typical maintenance for your family on macOS Mojave, Windows 10, and iOS 12.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue or if there’s something you’d like to see covered in the future. If you know people who would enjoy this newsletter, I’ll owe you a beverage if you share this signup link and my Patreon link.

Happy Holidays everyone! Photo by Nathan Fertig on Unsplash.
💡 Tips
📱 Remove Google AMP from links with Request Desktop Site
Google AMP is awful for the web, and here’s an open letter that explains why. Fortunately, Safari for iPad and iPhone has a simple way to remove AMP from a link. It’s a great way to prevent the spread of AMP on that link if you plan to share or save it.
All you need to do is long tap the refresh button in Safari’s smart search bar, then tap Request Desktop Site. The page will reload with the true, original link and all Google AMP stuff removed.
📱 Easily move multiple apps at once
This is pretty useful when it comes to organizing your apps and homescreen pages. It is also probably best done using two hands.
Like usual, long tap on an app to enter Jiggly Mode. While still holding that app, use a different finger to tap one or more other apps. They will shift under your thumb and stack together with the first app. Now you can move them to a different homescreen page and even into a folder.
Happy Holidays everyone.
📱 Apple Pencil 2: Double tap anywhere to switch features and tools
With the Apple Pencil 2, Apple introduced a new double-tap gesture to quickly switch tools in apps that support it (say, between a painting brush and an eraser). It sounds like many people, including myself, thought we could only double tap on the new flat side of the Pencil, near the tip, to invoke this gesture. But it turns out there is a bit more flexibility here.
While my double taps don’t register if I hold the Pencil all the way at the far end, you can change your grip quite a bit and double tap any side of the Pencil to invoke this gesture.
⌚️📺 Control your Apple TV with your Apple Watch
In watchOS 5, we gained the ability to control our Apple TV from our Apple Watch. Apple has setup instructions, but in short: it involves opening the Remote app on the Watch and granting it permission from the Apple TV under Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote app.
Plus, with my Series 4 Watch, I feel apps have finally become viable. All of my apps open and are ready immediately, and it’s a much smoother experience. I can finally enjoy leaving my phone elsewhere in the house more often, and just having the bare essentials on my wrist.
💻 Quickly resize Finder columns
In the Finder’s Column view (View > Columns), you can quickly resize one or multiple columns to your preference:
  • Double click a column divider to make it automatically resize to fit the longest item name
  • Hold the Option Key (⌥), then click and drag any column divider to resize them all at once

🛠 Tech support troubleshooting lists
Many of you are likely visiting family for the holidays and doing double-duty as the Designated Pro Bono Tech Support Specialist. I collected a few general troubleshooting lists that I hope can help you breeze through the work and get back to the holidays.
Common iOS 12 Problems – A Comprehensive Troubleshooting Guide
13 quick fixes to macOS Mojave problems
How to Automate Common Maintenance Tasks in Windows 10
🔗 Links
Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018
Yes, Big Platforms Could Change Their Business Models
What opera sounds like in my head...Hip Hopera
What opera sounds like in my head...Hip Hopera
🤩 Thanks for reading
This is the last issue for 2018. How did you like it? Was it useful and bite-sized enough? Are there certain kinds of tips or apps you’d like to see here? Let me know what you think, and please help me spread the word about supporting Finer Things in Tech!
I really need a better author photo
I really need a better author photo
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