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  • Canvas, Episode 3: Photo Management

    6:19pm By Federico Viticci
    Federico and Fraser go in-depth on modern photo management on iOS devices. Photo management is traditionally one of the trickier areas to deal with in an iOS-only lifestyle. This week, we focus on the modern era of photo management by looking in-depth at…
  • Khoi Vinh Is Done with MacBooks

    Fri 10:26pm By Federico Viticci
    Khoi Vinh: I’ve been using laptops for decades. The first one I ever owned was a PowerBook 3400c, and I’ve never not owned one since then. But now, in contrast to my iPad, my laptop seems altogether much more cumbersome than I prefer to deal with. It’s…
  • CloudKit Gets Server API

    Fri 10:17pm By Federico Viticci
    A notable addition to CloudKit announced by Apple today – an API for server-to-server requests: In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a…
  • Touch ID and Error 53

    Fri 7:26pm By Federico Viticci
    Christina Warren has a good roundup of Error 53 – an iOS system error that makes an iPhone unusable (bricked) if it detects a third-party Touch ID module when performing a software update: Thousands of iPhone users have been left with bricked devices after…
  • Using Classic Mechanical Keyboards on Modern iPads

    Thu 8:39pm By Federico Viticci
    Even I'll admit that this might be a bit much pic.twitter.com/lrDKOIcuOX — Kevin | AfterPad.com (@AfterPad) February 2, 2016 Kevin MacLeod, following up on one of the geekiest photos I've seen on Twitter in a while: You found a mechanical keyboard. An old…
  • Pocket Adds New Typographic Controls for Premium Subscribers

    Thu 8:13pm By Federico Viticci
    It's nice to see Pocket is continuing to add new features exclusive to Premium subscribers. In the 6.2 update released today, Pocket has introduced 7 new fonts (including two of my favorites – Whitney and Ideal Sans), plus controls for line height and margin…
  • Day One 2 Review

    Wed 9:31pm By Jake Underwood
    Day One, the well-known journaling app by Bloom Built, was an unmistakable success. On both iOS and Mac, it amassed multiple awards for both its design and quality of the experience. Through positive reviews and loyal users, Day One rose to the top of the…
  • Connected: Dreaming Is Enough

    Wed 5:40pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, Stephen and Federico talk about Stephen's 20th Anniversary Mac, Airmail, Federico's new NAS and the iPad Air 3. If you didn't catch my thoughts on the Synology NAS I bought in the latest Monthly Log for Club MacStories members, this week's Connected…
  • Nintendo’s Second Mobile Game to Feature “Familiar” Character

    Wed 11:08am By Federico Viticci
    Nintendo didn't only announce details for Miitomo and My Nintendo this week. Here's Takashi Mochizuki, reporting for The Wall Street Journal: Videogame giant on Tuesday posted a sharp drop in quarterly net profit, but it stoked the hopes of fans by promising…
  • Nintendo Outlines Launch Plans for ‘My Nintendo’ Service and Miitomo iOS App

    Wed 10:47am By Federico Viticci
    Following a first announcement in October last year, Nintendo has revealed its launch plans for their first iOS app, Miitomo: Starting Feb. 17, people will be able to pre-register for Miitomo by signing up for the new Nintendo Account service using their…
  • Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey

    Wed 7:23am By Federico Viticci
    No productivity app seems to be safe with Microsoft. Following a Financial Times report from yesterday, the company has confirmed they have acquired SwiftKey, makers of the popular keyboard and predictive text engine for iOS and Android: This acquisition is a…
  • Activist Engineering

    Tue 6:39pm By Federico Viticci
    Matthew Bischoff: You’ve been there. You’re sitting in a meeting and your boss, a product manager, or an executive is talking about Q2 goals. They’re laying out a roadmap of the features that are going to be “coming down the pike”. All of a sudden…
  • The Futility of Pleasing All Users

    Tue 2:20pm By Federico Viticci
    Khoi Vinh made an interesting point in his consideration of a recent update to 1Password: At this stage, having gone through at least six major revisions, the utility must accommodate many different usage styles—people who want strict separation among their…
  • Daylite: The Productivity App for Individuals and Teams, Exclusively for Mac and iOS [Sponsor]

    Mon 3:23pm By Federico Viticci
    Marketcircle helps individuals, teams, and small businesses on the Mac, iPhone and iPad be more productive with their two apps, Daylite and Billings Pro. For those of you who don’t know about Daylite, it has been around for almost 15 years. Daylite helps you…
  • Twitterrific Adds Redesigned Today View, watchOS 2 App, Refined Profile Pages

    Mon 1:05pm By Federico Viticci
    Solid update to the Twitter client by The Iconfactory: version 5.14 of Twitterrific brings a redesigned and customizable Today screen to view an activity summary for the selected account (with a counter for quoted tweets, too), better support for 3D Touch to…
  • Zapier Launches Multi-Step Zaps for Richer Web Automation

    Feb 1, 2016, 10:18 am By Federico Viticci
    The new multi-step editor in Zapier. I've long been interested in web automation as a complement to my iOS apps and workflows. While I expressed my fair share of skepticism about the practical benefits of web automation in the past – primarily due to a lack…
  • Airmail for iPhone Review: Power User Email

    Feb 1, 2016, 6:19 am By Federico Viticci
    If you want to drive an average tech nerd crazy, try to talk about email clients. Over the course of (almost) seven years of writing for MacStories, I've seen email pronounced dead (multiple times), reinvented, redesigned, and, most recently, made smarter with…
  • Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone’ Campaign Continues

    Jan 31, 2016, 7:03 pm By Federico Viticci
    Josh Raab, reporting for Time: Following last year’s Shot on iPhone 6 campaign, Apple is bringing back the concept for the iPhone 6s. The new ad campaign features 53 images from 41 amateurs and professional photographers from around the world. While the…
  • Improving the iOS Keyboard Switching Experience for Multilingual Users

    Jan 29, 2016, 4:21 pm By Federico Viticci
    Wang Ling has an interesting proposal to improve the iOS keyboard experience for international users who frequently switch between keyboards: If you are a monolingual user you are unlikely to feel the need of a separate group of occasionally-used keyboard.…
  • Facebook to Shut Down Parse

    Jan 28, 2016, 6:28 pm By Federico Viticci
    Mike Isaac and Quentin Hardy, reporting for The New York Times: Facebook acquired Parse, a toolkit and support system for mobile developers, in 2013. At the time, the social network’s ambitions were high: Parse would be Facebook’s way into one day…
  • Connected: Explosion of Glue and Colors

    Jan 28, 2016, 1:37 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, the Connected crew talk about Myke’s new security system, Podcasts.app on the Apple TV, iPhone 5se rumors, Garageband and Crashlands. On this week's Connected, we tried to convince Stephen to play Crashlands. I don't think we succeeded. You can…
  • Fiery Feeds Adds Support for Read-Later Services

    Jan 28, 2016, 1:32 pm By Federico Viticci
    I've talked about Fiery Feeds in my review of 2Do and in previous emails to Club MacStories members – it's an RSS reader developed by Lukas Burgstaller that works with a lot of RSS services and that strives to become the most powerful option for RSS power…
  • Deliveries 7.0

    Jan 27, 2016, 5:22 pm By Federico Viticci
    Terrific update to one of my most used apps for iPhone and iPad: Deliveries by Junecloud. As someone who's buying more and more from Amazon every year – all our 2015 Christmas gifts came from Amazon, for instance – Deliveries has turned into an essential…
  • Office for iOS Gets New Storage Integrations

    Jan 27, 2016, 5:04 pm By Federico Viticci
    For nearly two months now, I've been using Microsoft's Office apps for my accounting and other MacStories projects; I've also begun moving my cloud file management to Box. Hence, I'm glad that Microsoft has started expanding Office's file management abilities…
  • Chrome for iOS Switches to Modern Web View API

    Jan 27, 2016, 4:20 pm By Federico Viticci
    Big news from Google's Chrome for iOS team today: the app has moved from the legacy UIWebView API to WKWebView, promising notable speed improvements and 70% less crashing. Here's Andrew Cunningham, writing for Ars Technica: Chrome’s stability on iOS should…
  • Panic’s iOS Apps in 2015

    Jan 27, 2016, 4:01 pm By Federico Viticci
    Cabel Sasser, writing for the Panic blog on their iOS apps and how they did on the App Store in 2015: iOS Revenue. I brought this up last year and we still haven’t licked it. We had a change of heart — well, an experimental change of heart — and reduced…
  • Apple Q1 2016 Results: $75.9 Billion Revenue, 74.8 Million iPhones, 16.1 Million iPads Sold

    Jan 26, 2016, 4:33 pm By Federico Viticci
    Apple has just published their financial results for Q1 2016 for the quarter that ended in December 2015. The company posted revenue of $75.9 billion. The company sold 16.1 million iPads, 74.8 million iPhones, and 5.3 million Macs, earning a quarterly net…
  • MindNode 4.2 with Reminders Integration

    Jan 26, 2016, 12:20 pm By Federico Viticci
    Nice update to MindNode, a great mind-mapping app for iOS and OS X, which can now attach tasks to items and (optionally) sync with iCloud Reminders: Mind Maps are a great way to kick off a new project and Tasks are often a major part of this workflow. MindNode…
  • Chapters Makes Quick Work of Adding Chapter Markers to Podcasts

    Jan 26, 2016, 9:39 am By John Voorhees
    Historically, adding chapter markers to a podcast has been more trouble than it is worth for many podcasters. The 'hassle factor' is a legitimate concern. Producing a podcast can be a lot of work even without chapter markers, but that is beginning to change…
  • Barclays Confirms It Will Support Apple Pay by April

    Jan 26, 2016, 5:14 am By Graham Spencer
    Update: Engadget accidentally miscalculated the expected launch dates, that has now been fixed. Barclays customers in the United Kingdom finally have a date for when Apple Pay will be supported by their bank, reports Matt Brian at Engadget. After first…