Moving Back to Strava

I’ve tried a lot of running apps, some I’ve liked, some I’ve hated. I really liked the Nike Run Club one for a while and used it for well over 6 months. Unfortunately though there are some features that stopped working and it just became buggy and annoying. Yes, it’s totally free and it offers you a lot with that in mind, but if something doesn’t do what you want then then free or not, it’s not worth it. Strava has had a bit of flack recently for most of it’s features...

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I Have a Problem With Keyboards

It’s not really so much of a problem as it is somewhat of an addiction. I just love trying new keyboards and collecting them, not really sure what the reasoning behind this is. Other than how they look aesthetically or how they sound/feel when typed on, those are usually the main things that draw me to a keyboard and my latest purchase is no exception. I’ve had my eye on the Logitech K380 for a while, mostly because of how nice I think the circular keys look. I also wanted a keyboard...

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Getting An Apple TV 4K

I was very lucky to receive an Apple TV 4K from husband last week for my birthday. It’s something I’ve wanted for a while, but had no idea he was planning on getting me and it was a very nice surprise. I’m pretty late to the party with Apple TV I feel, most people have had one (or more than one) for a while whereas I have been a Fire Stick/Chromecast user for the last few years. I have to say though, now that I’ve got Apple TV I want one in every room I have TV in. I love the...

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5 Tech Accessories I Cannot Live Without

Apple’s iPad Pro in-box charger is great but I always like to have a back up so that I can have one upstairs and one down. This 30W Anker one is great. It’s powerful, compact and reasonably priced too. I also went ahead and purchased Anker’s USB C to USB C 6ft cable for some extra length as I’m not always near an outlet and sometimes I need to use my iPad whilst it’s charging. Keeping on the iPad theme with my next accessory, this tablet stand by Lamicall. They actually have a...

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First Impressions of iOS 14

This week I finally installed the iOS 14 public beta onto my iPhone XR. I was a bit concerned after hearing about some pretty annoying bugs that people were experiencing but wanted to give it a go. It took way less time to install than I thought it would, although the settings app did crash twice when asking for my passcode but once it was installed it was fine. I actually didn’t really notice any major issues (other than the storage issue of course) with regards to apps crashing or...

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I Like Apple Mail?

I see a lot of articles about why people don’t like the native Apple Mail app and what app they prefer to use instead. Now of course, apps are totally personal preference. The reason I use Things as my task manager of choice might be the exact same reason you dont use it. The same goes for mail apps, there are certain apps that offer features that people just fall in love with and no longer want to be without. A few years ago there was a mail app that I loved, I can’t even remember...

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Introducing Charlotte Rose Plans

No, I’m not changing the name of my website, Charlotte Rose Writes is here to stay. I love my blog and I have no plans on stopping writing. However, I have another passion too; digital planning. I used to be huge on bullet journaling with a proper paper journal and a million coloured pens but when I got my first iPad Pro 10.5 inch at the end of last year I made the switch over to digital planning and I’ve never looked back. Fast forward to July 2020 and I have upgraded my 10.5 inch to a...

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What I’m Most Excited for in iOS 14

In case you missed it, Apple’s WWDC Keynote came out on Monday and they announced a lot of great new features in the upcoming iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and macOS Big Sur. Of course they announced a bunch of cool stuff on top of this and it goes without saying I’m looking forward to it all but today I want to specifically cover the features I’m most excited for in iOS 14. Home Screen Widgets Sure widgets already exist within iOS but not like this. With iOS 14 you’ll be able to...

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3 of My Most Used Shortcuts

If you don’t know what that Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad is then boy have you been missing out. Shortcuts (previously Workflow) is basically an app full of, you guessed it, shortcuts to functions your iPhone/iPad can complete. There is a gallery full of pre-made shortcuts to choose from, simply have a scroll through and add one that sounds useful to you. For example there are shortcuts such as Reading Mode which when used will turn on Do Not Disturb, enable Dark Mode, open your...

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Is The Apple Pencil Worth It?

This is one of those questions that a lot of people ask and like with most purchases the answer I think, is pretty simple; yes if you have a use case for it. Granted, you may not have discovered your use case yet but chances are there is probably one for you. Maybe you don’t currently know how you would use an Apple Pencil but really want one anyway and have stumbled upon this post to give you some ideas as to how you could use it in your everyday life, for example. Not everyone see’s...

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