Gboard is a Great Keyboard

I started using Gboard a few weeks ago after hearing about this iOS keyboard on a podcast. I believe it was episode #131 of Connected.

I had heard about Gboard when it was first released back in February of 2016. I didn’t try it then. I didn’t care to. I looked down on it because of one of its features. The feature was glide typing. I thought this way of typing was useless. I was wrong. I absolutely love glide typing. It’s not perfect all the time, but overall it works for me.

Another thing that comes in handy with this keyboard is the ability to conduct searches. Someone mentions a song on Facebook and you can find the YouTube video of that song to share it on the person’s post.

The keyboard also has a dark theme. This is the one I use so I know what keyboard is installed in those incidences where I’m not using Gboard.

I love this keyboard. I would suggest everyone give Gboard a try. Here is a Cult of Mac article stating “10 things you should know about Google’s Gboard keyboard,” you

The keyboard was updated last month. You can read a Mac Stories article about it here.

Switching From Apple to Google

I have gone back to Google Maps from Apple Maps. The reason for the switch is lately I have been having issues with Apple Maps. I had gone back to Apple Maps when I started using the iOS 10 Beta back in July. Lately when using the maps app, I would be following the directions when the voice dictation would start over again from the beginning of my trip. I would fix it by canceling the trip and just starting over again. It was annoying, but workable. It didn’t take long before it got worse. I switched back to Google Maps when this past Friday Apple Maps wouldn’t even give me directions to the place I needed to go to. I tried three times and gave up. I needed something that worked for my job so the switch happened.

There were a few reasons why I switched back to Apple Maps in July. One of the reasons was because of the upgrade and new look it got with iOS 10. Since I’ve been wearing glasses for over 30 years, I loved the bold, new look, which comes in handy for quick-glance information on the phone screen.

The biggest reason I switched back to Apple and it wasn’t something new with iOS 10. It’s the fact that when using Apple Maps while listening to podcasts it doesn’t talk over the podcast. I would never want to miss hearing any part of the podcasts I listen to.

When I started using Google Maps again I was happy to find out that it doesn’t give directions over podcasts any longer. I’m not sure when that changed, but it’s a welcome change. At the moment, I’m not sure if I will go back to Apple Maps if it gets fixed or even better. Time will tell. -Jason Harris

Loving the Apple Watch!

I have had my Apple Watch Series 2 since the end of September. I absolutely love it. I use it for everything I can and look forward to the day when it becomes even more accessible.

I have become obsessed with completing my rings every single day. I’m either walking or on the elliptical every day to complete my rings. There is an Airline trail here in Connecticut near where I live that I try to walk every day. There are days where I can’t walk because of lack of time or when it gets dark. These are the times I jump on the elliptical. There were a couple of times when I raked the yard for a few hours to complete or add to my rings. Since it has been cold lately and there has been threat of snow, I have been thinking about how I can continue to complete my rings. Yes, I can jump on the elliptical, but it’s not the same as walking. It gets boring at times.

This past Thursday it was cold and the wind chill was in the single digits and teens. I still walked the Airline Trail. I just dressed very differently. It will be different when there are several inches of snow on the ground. Until today, I never thought about how walking in the snow could effect my Move ring. Well, Rene Ritchie’s article on iMore changed that. Never thought about how my pace effects my Move ring. It’s a very informative article. I will definitely be choosing the “Other Workout” in the Workout app when I take my walks in the snow. I want to continue completing my rings and earning my achievements.

Having the watch definitely helps in cold weather since I can control my music and/or podcasts through the watch without having to get my phone out of my pocket. Dressed up as much as I was the other day, it would be very difficult to get my phone out of my pocket. I can’t recommend the Apple Watch enough.

If you use another wearable, please email me and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you. -Jason Harris

Pastebot for Mac Beta

I found out yesterday that Tapbots, the team behind a number of great apps like Tweetbot, Calcbot, and Weightbot (I still use Weightbot even though it hasn’t been updated in a long time and isn’t even available in the App Store any longer) has released the beta for their Pastebot for Mac app. Pastebot is a clipboard app that “stores a history of all your copies.”
I’m hoping to see the Tapbots team produce a version of this app for iOS again. There was a Pastebot app for iOS back in 2010. You can read the MacWorld Pastebot for iOS review here. I used it on a daily basis. Once it became buggy, I had to delete it. I keep hoping for the apps return.

If you want to try out the Pastebot for Mac beta, click here. -Jason Harris 

Welcome to Mobile Addict

Hello, my name is Jason Harris. I started Mobile Addict because years ago, there was a site where people talked about their mobile devices, how they were using them, apps, and anything else in the mobile space and I really enjoyed that site. I even contributed to that site as well. I wanted to bring that joy to other people with this site. Tell Mobile Addict how you are using your mobile device. Send your thoughts to jhpromoservices@gmail.com. How you are using your phone, what apps you are using, or are you using your mobile device in a certain way. Let people know by sending your thoughts to Mobile Addict. I want to read your stories and share them with the world.

Let me know in your email if you want your name mentioned and also let me know where you hail from. Thank you!