iOS 11 Wishlist (MacRumors)

Siri would be a lot more useful if I could access it through texting at any time. Holding down the home button and then typing what I need it to do would feel as fluid as texting someone else a list of tasks to complete.

I’m surprised the Plus-size phones don’t have iPad-like multitasking yet, but that is a must-have. It would entice me to keep the bigger size phone, to be able to write and watch Netflix at the same time.

Touch ID should be a system-level feature, allowing me to choose which apps require my passcode to even open up. My writing app, task manager,, and studio apps would all be locked down and secure from anyone but myself.

A file manager like Finder on the Mac seems ready to be added to iOS. One app to manage all cloud services (Dropbox, iCloud Drive) would instantly become one of my most used apps.

There’s many more that are covered by Julie Clover, but those are the one that are most important to me.

Text-based Siri - A Siri assistant would allow people who don’t want to talk to their phones to interact with Siri via text, sort of like a chatbot. Google just introduced chatbot abilities for Google Assistant, and introduced a Google Assistant iOS app, which could inspire Apple to release a similar feature.

iPhone 7 Plus multitasking features - Some users would like to see the iPad’s multitasking features expanded to the iPhone 7 Plus, including Split View, which allows two apps to be used at once, and picture-in-picture, which allows a video to be watched in the corner of the display while other apps are in use. With a larger 5.8-inch display rumored for the OLED iPhone, it doesn’t seem out of the question.

Touch ID for locking apps - Third-party developers can use Touch ID as a second layer of security for locking iOS apps, but some users would like to see this feature expanded to encompass all apps. The option to lock apps like Photos with Touch ID would prevent them from being accessed without a fingerprint or a password even if someone bypassed an iPhone passcode.

File management - Several MacRumors readers mentioned a desire for a better file management system that would make it easier to transfer content between apps. MacStories’ Federico Vittici made a mockup featuring a drag and drop interface and a file storage shelf on the iPad that would be an ideal way for Apple to implement simpler file sharing options.

Chris Paul and the Spurs? Here’s my thoughts

Kristian Winfield:

Paul is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract to test free agency. There, he could either re-sign with the Clippers for a lucrative five-year, $210 million deal or sign for no more than four years at $153.5 million with another team.

That’s $60 million and an extra year of employment Paul would leave on the table if he headed elsewhere. The normal human being would find the dotted line and sign it in blood in a heartbeat, especially one that negotiated a salary bump for players in his age bracket as National Basketball Players Association president.

But CP3 may crave more than just cash and security. He wants a championship more than anything. And if it’s not coming in Los Angeles, ESPNs Zach Lowe says another potential suitor for Paul’s services is none other than the vaunted San Antonio Spurs.

Before I knew there was mutual interest between Paul and the Spurs, I knew how much sense it made for him to go there. My response to anyone asking me what he’ll do this offseason was consistently Spurs.” So I’m not surprised by the latest headlines.

Chris Paul in San Antonio was always a dream combination of mine: if it wasn’t for Chris Paul, I’d be a Spurs fan, they fit the style of play I enjoy, as well as their attitude of being silent but deadly. I love the way Popovich plays chess against his opponents. It’s never a fair fight. The intricate way he thinks about the game matches the similar mind of Paul. The stability that team would offer Paul in his later years is key, more than money. He has money, now he needs a ring.

I can’t see him walking away from $200+ million though”

He’s not walking away from $200 million. He’s walking away from 50 million (compared to what other teams can give him). It’s still a lot, but is that the cost of a championship? If so, Paul, I’m sure, thinks that’s a fair trade. At this stage of his career, money isn’t the dragon he’s trying to slay, the ring is. This free agency is his last chance to get that.

Most people aren’t scrutinized the way Paul is for not getting out of the second round. It’s a joke now when you mention Paul and the playoffs. He’s also a guy that has a chip on his shoulder, as he still thinks he’s the best point guard in the league—but he can’t prove that with the Clippers anymore. They’re too limited. And the clock is ticking for him, louder than it ever has.

Announcing Art At The Park

I’d like to announce my new small group for the summer. I’ll be calling this group Art At The Park, and I’ll be co-leading it with my friend, Chip. It’s only 6 weeks long, which makes this the perfect gathering for you and your family to join, without feeling like your committing to something that’ll never end.

Chip summed it up well:

This group is designed around fellowship, creativity, and sports. This is a combination of two past small groups; Creative Minds’ and BBQ and Basketball’. All sports enthusiast, artists, musicians, poets, writers, and anyone who has a creative spark, are encouraged to join and come showcase and/or perform their work. This is very family oriented, and we encourage all families to come out and join us for an afternoon of faith, family and fellowship.

If you like to have fun, you’re qualified. Join the Facebook group.

Chris Paul and the Spurs have mutual interest

Zach Lowe.

The more things you do, the more you can do. — Lucille Ball

Social Media Fasting, by Jason Kottke

Jason Kottke:

Social media aggregates interactions between loved ones so that you get industrialized communication rather than personal connection. No one really notices if a particular person goes missing because they’re just one interchangeable node in a network.

31: a blank canvas

I remember months ago, talking to a group of friends at dinner about a blank canvas, and how every morning when you wake up, you can be whoever you want. Today doesn’t have to carry the weight of yesterday, and when you treat each day as a blank canvas, it changes everything about your world.

By the time you read this I’ll be 31. I don’t feel 31. I still feel, in certain ways, like a kid. Maybe it’s my creativity. Maybe it’s because I still do what I did back then (basketball, write, record, computers, video games). I haven’t quite grown up yet, and I hope I never will. I’m frozen in time, as the same person from many years ago, just better at the things I’m passionate about, and with less hair and more bills.

I remember a year ago, leading up to 30, how stressed I was. I was leaving my twenties, and that bothered me. Ironically, that year turned out to be one of my favorite years ever. So this time, I’m not stressed at all. I understand that the year doesn’t matter: they’re all just blank canvases. Who will I be tomorrow? Who will I be next month? Who will I be a year from now? That person is decided upon each day, the second I open my eyes—and at 31, I appreciate those canvases more than ever.

Cross Church Notes: God of the Underdogs

Week 1

  • 1 Samuel 16:1

You have permission to believe it’s you that God wants to use in a big way.”

5 things we can learn from David:

  1. God wants to do something new in our lives.
  2. New things always come with fear. If you are waiting for all the stars to align before you step out for God, you’re going to miss it.”
  3. God’s plan always look different than our plan.
  4. There will always be non-believers on the path to our dreams. You have permission to break the curse and begin a new today.” God’s not looking for the obvious choice. He’s looking for you.”
  5. God always chooses an underdog to change the world.

When your promise is bigger than your problems, you will chase your giants.

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. — Robin Williams

Making Minimalism: Web Series

Creating our documentary, Minimalism, was simple, but not easy. A few years back we jumped in our tour bus (an old Toyota Corolla) and spoke with people around the country about how simple living had changed their lives.

Now, with Making Minimalism, we’re deconstructing how we made the film from the very beginning. You’ll get a look at never-before-seen footage as we detail all of our big wins, failures, breakthroughs, and discoveries.

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