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  • Scrivener 3 for macOS Is More Flexible and Powerful Than Ever for Long-Form Writing

    12:15pm By John Voorhees
    Many text editors are just that – text editors. They take a document-focused approach to writing that centers on creating text. It’s an approach that works for most kinds of writing. However, long-form writing is a different animal altogether that benefits…
  • HabitMinder: The Healthy Habit Reminder and Tracker [Sponsor]

    11:48am By John Voorhees
    Forming good habits can be hard, but if you do, it can change your life. HabitMinder makes it easier to form new, healthy habits than ever before. Each goal you set in HabitMinder has a dedicated screen. There are so many built-in habits that you’re likely…
  • Lookmark Now Tracks App Updates

    Fri 4:31pm By John Voorhees
    Lookmark is a bookmarking and monitoring service for iTunes content. It’s an excellent way to save apps, movies, books, and other media for later. Users who purchase a subscription can also use Lookmark to track price changes for apps, which is useful for…
  • Following Spotify Playlist Curators Around New York’s Live Music Scene

    Fri 4:20pm By Federico Viticci
    In an otherwise boring conversation about some press release or another, a Spotify PR person mentioned to me that an artist who had a big hit on the platform’s Fresh Finds playlist was discovered when one of the curators just happened to see them play a show…
  • Apple Delays HomePod

    Fri 11:27am By John Voorhees
    Apple issued an official statement to TechCrunch and other news outlets today saying that the release of the HomePod would be delayed until 2018. Originally announced at WWDC in June with a promised ship date of December 2017, Apple’s statement says the…
  • Apple Posts ‘What’s a Computer’ Video Promoting the iPad Pro

    Thu 5:38pm By John Voorhees
    In a new video posted on YouTube called ‘What’s a Computer?’, Apple follows a girl as she leaves home on a bicycle and travels around a city with her iPad Pro. Set to ‘Go’ by Louis the Child, the girl uses FaceTime to chat with friends, marks up a…
  • “A Path That Leads to Failure”

    Thu 4:54pm By Federico Viticci
    Jony Ive, talking about the removal of the Home button on the iPhone X in an interview with TIME: How does Apple decide when it’s time to move on? It’s not a decision to get rid of an existing technology as much as it’s a willingness to accept that…
  • Apple Encourages Developers to Update to watchOS 4

    Thu 4:43pm By John Voorhees
    In a short note to developers on its Developer News and Updates site, Apple is encouraging developers to: Take advantage of increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to…
  • Apple Fixes iPhone X Bugs with the Release of iOS 11.1.2

    Thu 4:33pm By John Voorhees
    Not long after the iPhone X was released, there were reports that the screens of the devices became unresponsive when the temperature dropped rapidly. That issue along with ‘an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone…
  • Focos: Powerful Depth Image Controls in a Fun Package

    Thu 1:36pm By Ryan Christoffel
    The iPhone's camera has long been one of its most important features. Every year when new models are introduced, it's a sure bet that camera improvements are part of the package. Last year that remained true, but it also proved an even more special year for…
  • Testing Faster Wireless Charging on iOS 11.2 Beta

    Wed 6:45pm By Federico Viticci
    Matt Birchler ran some tests with faster wireless charging on iOS 11.2 (currently in beta) and, unfortunately, the results aren’t impressive: Over the 2 hour test, the iPhone 8 Plus went from zero to 47%. It charged at an incredibly consistent 4% per 10…
  • Firefox Receives Speed Bump and Design Refresh

    Wed 3:27pm By John Voorhees
    I was an original supporter of Firefox in 2004. At the time, the Internet was in desperate need of change. The web browser market was dominated by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which was clunky and becoming an increasingly closed, proprietary system.…
  • Can Clips Be a Modern Day Photo Booth?

    Wed 2:38pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Karan Varindani considers the potential of Apple's Clips to be a spiritual successor to Photo Booth: With the iPad 2, back in early 2011, Apple brought Photo Booth to the iPad. I distinctly remember thinking that this was a no-brainer at the time. Growing up…
  • RAW Power for iOS Review

    Wed 11:44am By John Voorhees
    Earlier this year, I reviewed RAW Power for macOS and was impressed by its power and flexibility. Yesterday, Gentlemen Coders released a no-compromises version of RAW Power for iOS that matches the macOS version’s features and adds the ability to manage your…
  • AppStories, Episode 31 – What Makes an App Sticky?

    Wed 10:38am By John Voorhees
    On this week's episode of AppStories, we look at apps that have been designed for the iPhone X and consider what makes certain apps ‘sticky.’ Sponsored by: iStat Menus – Providing Mac users with a wealth of information in a compact, cleanly-designed…
  • Connected, Episode 168: My Bedroom Has Become a Museum

    Wed 6:25am By Federico Viticci
    Control Center is broken, Myke is broken and Spotify is broken. On this week’s episode of Connected, we continue our discussion on the iPhone X and talk about music streaming services and smart speakers. You can listen here. Sponsored by: Eero: Never think…
  • iOS 11.2 Beta Adds Support for Faster 7.5W Charging with Qi-Based Wireless Chargers

    Tue 2:20pm By Federico Viticci
    Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors: Starting with iOS 11.2, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are able to charge at 7.5 watts using compatible Qi-based wireless charging accessories. Currently, on iOS 11.1.1, the three devices charge at 5 watts using…
  • Playground AR: A Physics Sandbox for Freeform Play

    Tue 2:05pm By Ryan Christoffel
    One of childhood's simple joys for many of us was getting our creative juices flowing by playing with building blocks. It's one of those tactile, imaginative outlets that adulthood features far less of. Blocks also brought the added benefit of getting to…
  • The Original Apple TV: Ushering in a New Era of Entertainment

    Tue 12:45pm By Stephen Hackett
    Today's Apple TV is its own full-fledged platform. While it is more expensive and less popular than other some other media streamers, the Apple TV has come into its own. The current device can stream 4K HDR content, play games and even be used as a calculator.…
  • SongShift 3.0 and Switching Between Apple Music and Spotify

    Tue 12:18pm By Federico Viticci
    For the better part of this year, I’ve been using both Spotify and Apple Music. In my opinion, each service does a few things exceptionally well, but, unfortunately, I can’t have all of them in a single music app. Spotify’s discovery tools for both old…
  • Stranded Kitesurfer Used His Apple Watch to Call for Help

    Nov 13, 2017, 2:58 pm By John Voorhees
    John Zilles, a 49-year-old who has been kiteboarding for 20 years, recently found himself stuck at sea after crashing about a mile off the coast of Ventura, California, an area known for great white sharks. Zilles told his story to the Daily Mail: ’I started…
  • iPhone X, OLED, and Dark Mode Battery Tests

    Nov 13, 2017, 11:24 am By Federico Viticci
    Neil Hughes ran some battery tests on the iPhone X comparing standard white-background UIs against the “dark mode” generated by iOS 11’s Smart Invert Colors in Safari. The results are remarkable: Reddit normally features a white background and black…
  • Quip: Care for Your Teeth [Sponsor]

    Nov 13, 2017, 11:16 am By John Voorhees
    Behind the elegant design of the quip electric toothbrush is a mission to care for your teeth. Fixing bad habits makes a big impact on oral health, but too often, it’s ignored and glossed over by oral care products and services. The quip toothbrush changes…
  • Game Day: Flipflop Solitaire

    Nov 12, 2017, 1:40 pm By John Voorhees
    Zach Gage has a reputation for messing with the rules of classic games with releases like Bad Chess and Sage Solitaire. With Flipflop Solitaire, Gage is back with another take on solitaire that’s simultaneously familiar and disorienting. The result is a fun,…
  • The Case for RSS

    Nov 12, 2017, 12:19 pm By Federico Viticci
    David Sparks makes a good point about the strengths of RSS compared to, say, getting your news from Twitter or Facebook: RSS is so easy to implement that it's a slippery slope between having RSS feeds for just a few websites and instead of having RSS feeds for…
  • Canvas, Episode 48: Long-Form Writing in Scrivener

    Nov 10, 2017, 12:27 pm By Federico Viticci
    We continue with our mini-series on long-form writing apps with a look at Scrivener. On this week’s episode of Canvas, after featuring Ulysses, we take a look at the other big player among iOS writing apps. You can listen here. Sponsored by: Balance Open:…
  • The App Store Adds Weekend Deals Feature

    Nov 9, 2017, 11:07 pm By John Voorhees
    Apple has introduced a new feature in the Today tab of the App Store called 'This Weekend Only.' Each Thursday, one app will offer an exclusive deal to users that lasts through Sunday. The new feature is being kicked off with five deals instead of one: Hotel…
  • Jony Ive and an Apple Park Architectural Lead on Apple’s New Headquarters and Design

    Nov 9, 2017, 4:57 pm By John Voorhees
    Wallpaper Magazine’s Nick Compton has an extensive interview with Foster + Partners’ Stefan Behling, one of the lead architects of Apple Park, and Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive. There are a lot of great details about Apple Park and the Steve…
  • Clips 2.0 Introduces Selfie Scenes for iPhone X, Star Wars Content, iCloud Syncing, and More

    Nov 9, 2017, 2:43 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    In a major update released today, Apple's Clips app for iOS received a redesigned user interface, Star Wars stickers and scenes, iCloud support for syncing clips between iPhone and iPad, and a big iPhone X feature exclusive: Selfie Scenes. Selfie Scenes If you…
  • iPhone X App Roundup: The Innovative, Beautiful, and Practical

    Nov 9, 2017, 1:02 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    The iPhone X's display poses a challenge to app developers. Similar to when the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus debuted, there's a different screen size to work with here, which requires app layout adjustments. But more than simply the new size, the iPhone X brings two…