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On the AppleInsider Podcast, your hosts round up our favorite Mac apps and utilities, location tracking service Life360 acquires Tile to compete with Apple's Find My network, and we debate the pros and cons of using a mouse or trackpad.
Location tracking service Life360 recently acquired tracker hardware maker Tile. Tile will retain its brand identity, but gain a larger network to further compete with Apple's Find My network and AirTag device.
Next, we discuss the pros and cons over using Apple's Magic Trackpad versus the Magic Mouse. Compared to other accessories, like the Logitech MX Master 3 mouse, Apple's peripherals can be less ergonomic and lack additional function buttons. On the other hand, Apple's mouse and trackpad offer multi-finger gestures and low profile designs that suit some people more.
This week we also take the opportunity to highlight notable third-party macOS apps for productivity, note taking, audio recording, and creative work. In addition to these applications, we cover some of the best macOS utilities available, from file managers and Safari extensions, to emoji finders and video downloaders.
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Links from the show
- AirTag rival Tile acquired by location tracking platform Life360 in $205M deal
- Apple's Self Repair Service parts store to be run by third party
- Logitech MX Master 3 - Amazon
- Downie - YouTube Video Downloader for macOS
- Parcel - Delivery Tracking
- Default Folder X
- OmniOutliner - The Omni Group
- OmniFocus 3
- Reeder 5
- Things 3
- Piezo - Charmingly simple audio recording
- Final Draft 12
- Bartender 4 - Take control of your Menu bar
- Rocket - the best emoji app for Mac
- TopNotch for macOS
- Super Agent for Safari
- Hazel by Noodlesoft
- Keyboard Maestro for macOS
- OverPicture for Safari
- Elgato Stream Deck - Amazon
- Adblock Plus for Safari (ABP)
- Alfred - Productivity App for macOS
- macOs Utility Tweet Thread
- CleanMyMac X
- iStat Menus
- Amphetamine for Mac
- Caffeine for Mac
- Quick Note may be the best new feature in iPadOS 15
- Drafts, Where Text Starts
- Bear - Write on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
- Craft | A fresh take on documents
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