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Six livestreams around Siri Shortcuts to watch

For the month of May, my main public focus was publishing livestreams related to Shortcuts and my interests as a content creator.

I’ve long had a streaming setup and even covered most of iOS 13’s updates for Shortcuts in an hour-long stream last fall, but I’ve always wanted to stream more and never really did.

In these last 9 months since that stream, I’ve also seen a ton of new Shortcuts-related apps drop and for some reason I didn’t fully adopt them – I thought every one my shortcuts needed to be easily shareable, plus I was worried about depending on paid third-party apps that people would have to buy just to use my shortcuts.

But eventually, I realized I’d shot myself in the foot – these apps were necessary because of some shortcoming of Shortcuts in its current state, and by missing out on those apps I was handicapping myself in the process.

Once I started adopting the Shortcuts-related apps, my productivity skyrocketed and I realized I needed to learn these even more – enter livestreams with the developers themselves. Plus, I took the opportunity to stream with one novice user and another expert, both of which were great experiences.

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14 Accessibility shortcuts for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

On episode 30 of Smart Tech Today, I spent about 10 minutes describing a series of shortcuts I put together that take advantage of the accessibility actions found in the Shortcuts app ahead of today, May 21, which is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

Accessibility features are incredibly important for modern technology to provide, making it possible for everyone to utilize their hardware & software regardless of their personal situation – you either have direct accessibility needs that require specific use of your technology, you’ll one day need them yourself, or you benefit from those features anyway (think Dark mode).

The Shortcuts app has always been an Accessibility priority for Apple, with them declaring as much in their confirmation story when they acquisition of the Workflow app before it became Shortcuts1:

“The Workflow app was selected for an Apple Design Award in 2015 because of its outstanding use of iOS accessibility features, in particular an outstanding implementation for VoiceOver with clearly labeled items, thoughtful hints, and drag/drop announcements, making the app usable and quickly accessible to those who are blind or low-vision.”

In iOS 13, Apple went further and added a set of actions to Shortcuts for controlling Accessibility features, available to use inside the shortcut editor in Apps > Settings.

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Smart Tech Today #28: The Best-Looking Smart Lock You’ll Never See 🎙

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On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about Apple’s response to coronavirus, which streaming services are free during lockdown, how to get smart home gear that’s affordable, and a Zoom wedding:

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Smart Tech Today #27: Work Out With Your Smart TV 🎙

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On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about the original Apple Watch designs, lots of Google updates, the latest in virtual hangouts, and my shortcut to change the color of my lights based on my current calendar event:

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My routine checklist shortcut on Rene Ritchie’s channel

Rene Ritchie was kind enough to invite me onto his new channel along with some internet friends to talk about ways to stay productive with iPhone while stuck at home – here’s the video:

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I talked about my Routine checklist shortcut, which I’m using to pull from a series of checklists I just moved into a new app Data Jar.

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Smart Tech Today #26: Troubleshooting Your Smart Lights 🎙

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On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about:

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Smart Tech Today #25: A Smart Thermometer for Your Ear Hole 🎙

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On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about:

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Smart Tech Today #24: Smart Tech For Livestreaming 🎙

On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about:

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Smart Tech Today #23: Good News: Polaroid Is Back in a Big Way! 🎙

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On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about:

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Smart Tech Today #22: Google I/O Pivots to Blog Posts 🎙

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On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about: