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  • The Past, Present And Future Of Apple’s Aqua User Interface

    24 April 2014, 12:54 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Stephen Hackett: Building a new operating system is a monumental challenge, and in January 2000 when Aqua was introduced, Apple was in the thick of the transition to OS X. Beyond the staggering amount of development work taking place to smash Mac OS and…
  • Facebook Acquires “Activity Diary” App Moves

    24 April 2014, 12:25 pm by: Federico Viticci

    In a blog post published on their press website, Finnish company ProtoGeo Oy has announced that Facebook has acquired their fitness and activity tracking app for iOS and Android, Moves. Today, we’re delighted to announce that Facebook has acquired our…
  • Visualizing The Addition Of Apple TV Channels Over Time

    24 April 2014, 7:58 am by: Graham Spencer

    The Apple TV is a curious product. It has been called a hobby product by Apple; rumors constantly suggest a ‘groundbreaking’ new Apple TV is imminent, and Apple has chosen to add features to it on a more frequent, but irregular, schedule than their other…
  • Beats Music’s First 100 Days

    23 April 2014, 11:26 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Yinka Adegoke, writing for Billboard: Two of music's most successful brand marketers, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, are in the hot seat as label sources grouse that the first 100 days of the duo's subscription streaming service, Beats Music, has been a…
  • Apple Q2 2014 Results: $45.6 Billion Revenue, 43.7 Million iPhones, 16.4 Million iPads Sold

    23 April 2014, 9:51 pm by: Graham Spencer

    Apple has published their Q2 2014 financial results for the quarter that ended on March 29, 2014. The company posted revenue of $45.6 billion. The company sold 16.4 million iPads, 43.7 million iPhones, and 4.1 million Macs, earning a quarterly net profit of…
  • iOS 8 Wishes

    23 April 2014, 2:09 pm by: Federico Viticci

    With iOS 7, Apple profoundly altered the foundations of their mobile operating system’s design and functionality, and I want to believe that iOS 8, likely due later this year, will allow them to keep building towards new heights of user enjoyment, design…
  • Welcome To MacStories 4.0

    23 April 2014, 2:00 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Welcome to MacStories 4.0. What you see today is a brand new look for this website, a fresh start for us, and, more importantly, a better reading experience for you, our readers. Promises When I wrote about MacStories’ third birthday on April 20, 2012, I…
  • Apple Debuts New ‘Powerful’ iPhone 5s Advert

    23 April 2014, 6:56 am by: Graham Spencer

    Apple last night debuted a new advert for the iPhone 5s on US television networks and YouTube. Dubbed ‘Powerful’, the advert features the song Gigantic by the Pixies amongst a montage of scenes that shows the iPhone 5s accomplishing a myriad of tasks.…
  • 1Password 4.5 Brings iOS 7 Redesign, Better 1Browser, Support For Multiple Vaults

    22 April 2014, 9:39 am by: Federico Viticci

    1Password 4 for iOS, first released in December 2012, was a major update to AgileBits' popular password manager that introduced a new design, a powerful built-in browser to manage logins inside the app, and a variety of other features that were later ported to…
  • Apple Tries to Clean Up Its Carbon-Spewing Ways With New Data Centers

    21 April 2014, 11:31 am by: Graham Spencer

    It’s an unusual trip in that its point is to give a reporter exposure to the way Apple works, a departure from the company’s usual maniacal secrecy. But when it comes to the environment, Apple consciously carves out an exception to its standard opacity.…
  • Unread 1.2 Adds Image Viewer, New Gestures, And More

    20 April 2014, 11:45 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Originally released in February, Jared Sinclair's Unread is an elegant and polished RSS reader for iPhone that made me switch from Reeder. As I concluded in my review: For me, Unread provides a better reading, syncing, and sharing experience than Reeder. While…
  • Towards A Better App Store

    20 April 2014, 12:27 pm by: Federico Viticci

    David Smith: For the last month I have been doing a series of episodes on Developing Perspective trying to unpack practical, actionable improvements that could be made to the App Store. I didn’t want to just whine about its shortcomings, I wanted to think of…
  • Sloppy Swiping

    20 April 2014, 12:06 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Josh Ginter on apps that implement sloppy swiping through loose gestures that can be activated anywhere on the screen: Stretching your thumbs to the topmost corner or having to swipe from off screen to go back is not natural in any way. Mobile phone users…
  • Directional: Espresso Game Recap

    18 April 2014, 8:57 am by: Federico Viticci

    This week Federico and Myke catch up on a bunch of follow up and listener mail, before discussing some upcoming games that have caught their interest over the last few weeks, like Tomodachi Life, Mario Kart 8, Below and Severed. A fun episode of Directional in…
  • The Prompt: The Problem And The Solution

    18 April 2014, 8:51 am by: Federico Viticci

    This week, Stephen, Federico and Myke re-visit Carousel, Greg Christie’s departure from Apple and CarPlay. Then, Federico buys a shirt on the air and leads a discussion about boredom with apps, tinkering with setups and feature creep in apps and services.…
  • Dropbox Acquires Loom

    17 April 2014, 12:41 pm by: Federico Viticci

    With a notice posted on their website today, Loom, a photo storage and management service originally launched in July 2013, announced that they’ve been acquired by Dropbox and will be joining the company. Often regarded as “what Apple’s Photo Stream”…
  • Photos+ 1.1 Adds Dropbox Support

    17 April 2014, 9:55 am by: Federico Viticci

    Photos+, which I first covered in December when Second Gear launched it on the App Store, has today been updated to version 1.1, adding Dropbox integration and finding a new home at SilverPine Software. Photos+ 1.0 was a simple Photos.app replacement with…
  • Twitterrific for iOS Adds “Edit Tweet” Button

    17 April 2014, 9:04 am by: Federico Viticci

    With a relatively minor 5.7.2 update released last night, The Iconfactory added an ingenious Edit Tweet button in Twitterrific for iOS, cleverly sidestepping Twitter’s lack of official support for such functionality with a native integration. The topic of an…
  • Bjango Releases Skala Color, Free Color Picker For OS X

    16 April 2014, 7:24 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Skala for Mac isn’t ready for its public debut yet, but Bjango, makers of Skala Preview and iStat, have today released Skala Color, a free plugin for the OS X Color Picker that comes with useful options for designers and developers and that offers a glimpse…
  • What Fruit Is Left Hanging For iOS In Education?

    16 April 2014, 10:10 am by: Graham Spencer

    There are very legitimate uses of IAP that make sense from both a developer and customer standpoint, but it’s not usable in education deployments. When my art teacher saw Paper by FiftyThree, she immediately wanted it. The problem is that it’s a free app…
  • Editorial 1.1 Teaser

    16 April 2014, 9:44 am by: Federico Viticci

    In post published yesterday on the Editorial forums, developer Ole Zorn shared more details on Editorial 1.1, announcing some features he's been working on for the update, such as the ui module, which will allow users to create custom interfaces inside…
  • Pioneer To Add CarPlay To Five Of Their Existing Aftermarket Consoles

    16 April 2014, 9:35 am by: Graham Spencer

    Update [April 17]: 9to5Mac has noticed that Apple has updated their CarPlay website with a section highlighting that Pioneer and Alpine will also support CarPlay. This confirms previous reports that Alpine will also begin selling a CarPlay compatible console…
  • Apple Is Not Here To Entertain You

    15 April 2014, 4:44 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Jason Snell offers a great take on the tech press' obsession with an Apple iWatch: So in the end, why do we want Apple to make an iWatch? Because it’s fun to see new products from Apple. Because we want to try one out and see if we like it. Because we like…
  • Brilliant UI Details In Carousel

    15 April 2014, 4:36 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Even more ingenious is the way Carousel surfaces photos it thinks you’re most likely to want to see. To start, the app scans every photograph in your collection for human faces. Based on the qualities of the mugs it detects, it assigns each picture a…
  • Screens 3 for Mac Review

    14 April 2014, 6:20 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Since 2010, I’ve been using Edovia’s Screens for all my VNC needs: an elegant client with a polished interface and just the right amount of options, I’ve always been a fan of Edovia’s focus on elegance and simplicity combined with touch controls. The…
  • musiXmatch 4.1 Brings Videos To iPhone, Local “Now Playing” Notifications

    14 April 2014, 2:36 pm by: Federico Viticci

    With an update released over the weekend, musiXmatch — my favorite lyrics discovery tool for iOS — added support for video playback on iPhone, faster performance for older devices (iPhone 4 and 4S), as well as a new way to quickly get lyrics for the song…
  • Xcode Plugins

    14 April 2014, 1:49 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Indeed, significant progress has been made in recent years to break open the developer workflow, from alternative IDEs like AppCode to build tools like CocoaPods, xctool and nomad. However, the notion that Xcode itself could be customized and extended by mere…
  • The Prompt T-Shirts

    14 April 2014, 1:44 pm by: Federico Viticci

    If you listen to The Prompt and you've ever wished you could express your appreciation for the show in a very visible way, well, we now have t-shirts. We’re excited to announce the world’s greatest t-shirt. With a two-sided color design and printed on…
  • Asking Users For iOS Permissions

    13 April 2014, 9:43 am by: Federico Viticci

    Brenden Mulligan has an interesting post on various ways to ask users for permissions to access photos, contacts, and notifications on iOS. Brenden and his team experimented with different user flows and designs for Cluster, and what they ended up using seems…
  • The Prompt: I Am Your Middleman

    13 April 2014, 9:24 am by: Federico Viticci

    This week, Federico, Myke and Stephen reflect on their input into the world of dental healthcare, then move on to discuss Dropbox’s recent news, shake-ups in Apple’s design department and the WWDC lottery system. For more on Carousel, see my thoughts on…

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