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  • Fantastical 2.2: Interactive Notifications, Share Extension, and Today Widget

    9:54am By Federico Viticci
    Fantastical, developed by Flexibits, has long been one of my favorite calendar apps for iOS. Since the app's first release over three years ago, I've come to expect my calendar to support natural language input; after the launch of version 2.0 for iPhone,…
  • Maps Connect: Apple’s Tool for Small Businesses to List on Apple Maps

    7:51am By Graham Spencer
    Greg Sterling of Search Engine Land has a great post that details how small businesses can use Apple's Maps Connect tool to add their business to the Apple Maps database. It isn't a completely new feature, as pointed out by Apple Spotlight, but new features…
  • How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

    Tue 5:10pm By Federico Viticci
    For most of us, Siri is merely a momentary diversion. But for some, it’s more. My son’s practice conversation with Siri is translating into more facility with actual humans. Yesterday I had the longest conversation with him that I’ve ever had.…
  • iStat Mini

    Tue 3:29pm By Federico Viticci
    Bjango's iStat Menus has been one of my must-have Mac apps for the past four years, but I have to admit that I don't use all of its features. I don't need iStat Menus' comprehensive set of tools to monitor my CPU, fan temperature, or network usage – mostly…
  • Rdio Launches High-Quality Streams, Interactive Notifications on iOS 8

    Tue 3:05pm By Federico Viticci
    Last week, Rdio addressed one of my longstanding criticisms of the service by launching high-quality AAC streams with a 320 kbps option for Unlimited users: Today we’re happy to announce we’ve converted our entire catalog of over 30 million songs to…
  • Apple Pay in Australia

    Tue 11:12am By Federico Viticci
    Beau Giles figured out a way to use Apple Pay, currently limited to the US, in Australia. Essentially, given the right settings and card, Apple Pay will treat the user as an American tourist in another country, with an obvious consequence: Unfortunately, as…
  • iTunes 12′s New Interface

    Tue 10:15am By Federico Viticci
    I find iTunes 12 to be one of the most confusing UIs Apple has ever shipped (it's up there with the Health app for iOS 8). I don't listen to all my music in iTunes, but I like to think that I'm not completely ignorant about the app either. I use it for iTunes…
  • Igloo: An intranet that actually works on your phone [Sponsor]

    Tue 8:30am By Federico Viticci
    Work doesn’t stop when you leave your desk (although most intranet software will have you believe that).   With Igloo’s responsive design, your intranet can be fully optimized for almost any device you’re using. Manage tasks, share status updates,…
  • Apple Pay FAQ and Apps

    Mon 9:33pm By Federico Viticci
    Earlier today, Apple posted two support documents detailing frequently asked questions about Apple Pay and the security and privacy of the service. From the FAQ: When I’m paying in a store using my debit card in Apple Pay, should I choose Credit or Debit on…
  • Apple Pay Demos

    Mon 9:08pm By Federico Viticci
    Apple Pay, the company's new payment system for iPhones and iPads, rolled out in the US today with iOS 8.1, and Kyle Russell has a nice demo video of the feature in action: Holding my thumb to Touch ID and my phone to the payment terminal, it took about a…
  • Apple Q4 2014 Results: $42.1 Billion Revenue, 39.3 Million iPhones, 12.3 Million iPads Sold

    Mon 8:56pm By Graham Spencer
    Apple has published their Q4 2014 financial results for the quarter that ended September 27, 2014. The company posted revenue of $42.1 billion. The company sold 12.3 million iPads, 39.3 million iPhones, and 5.5 million Macs, earning a quarterly net profit of…
  • Yosemite HIG

    Mon 8:49pm By Federico Viticci
    I missed the updated OS X Yosemite Human Interface Guidelines document when it was posted by Apple last week following the public release of the OS. Here's an excerpt from the introduction: People love OS X because it gives them the tools and environment they…
  • Apple Releases iOS 8.1 – Here’s What’s New

    Mon 12:58pm By Federico Viticci
    Following an official announcement at a media event last week, Apple today released iOS 8.1, the first major update to iOS 8, which was originally launched in September. As Apple's Craig Federighi noted last week, Apple uses the launch of major new versions of…
  • Spotify Announces Family Subscriptions

    Mon 10:05am By Federico Viticci
    From the Spotify blog: Are you currently sharing your Spotify account with the entire family? Want to keep your 60s soul classics playlist separate from your kids’ Frozen soundtrack and save money in the process? Well, great news! With Spotify Family you can…
  • The Utility of Twitter Cards

    Sat 10:04pm By Federico Viticci
    The Audio Card is the latest entry in Twitter’s line-up of interactive cards. The feature was announced earlier this week by Twitter, with SoundCloud being the first partner: The world’s most influential musicians and media producers already share unique…
  • Full Video of Jony Ive at Vanity Fair Summit

    Fri 10:05pm By Federico Viticci
    The full video of Jony Ive's appearance at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit has been posted online (via The Tech Block). In addition to lessons Ive learned from Steve Jobs, this video contains several interesting reflections on the creative process at…
  • Retina iMac Questions Answered

    Fri 3:41pm By Federico Viticci
    There's a lot to consider about Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K Display. Marco Arment has a comparison of the new iMac vs. the Mac Pro (on paper) – here's what he writes about 4K and 5K displays: This difference is much bigger than it sounds. It’s the…
  • A Look at the New Mac mini

    Fri 3:20pm By Federico Viticci
    Brian Stucki of Macminicolo: For home users, the increased Graphics will be a very welcomed upgrade. In a data center, that will be useful for those who process a lot of images and will likely help when screen sharing. (Speaking of screen sharing, these HDMI…
  • iCloud Drive: What Is It, How It Works & Its Fundamental Problem

    Fri 12:42pm By Graham Spencer
    With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple is introducing a new feature of iCloud: iCloud Drive. Apple bills it as a feature that will let you: ...safely store all your presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and any other kind of document in iCloud. Documents you…
  • Extensibility and Automation Changes in OS X Yosemite

    Fri 9:29am By Alex Guyot
    The headline making news of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, released yesterday as a free update on the Mac App Store, is that it brings an extensive UI overhaul, modernizing the look of Apple’s desktop operating system to fit in with the design language pioneered by…
  • Adobe Releases Aperture Import Tool for Lightroom

    Fri 8:29am By Graham Spencer
    MacRumors: The free plugin, which can be downloaded from Adobe's site, will make it simple for Aperture users to migrate their libraries into Lightroom, a task that takes quite a bit of time to do manually. It is available only for Mac users and requires…
  • The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

    Fri 8:17am By Graham Spencer
    At Apple's media event yesterday, Apple unveiled a new high-end iMac that includes a Retina 5K display. Starting at US$2499 it includes the 5K display with a resolution of 5120x2880, a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive and an…
  • “Aqua’s All Grown Up”

    Thu 10:14pm By Federico Viticci
    I don't agree with all of it, but Stephen published a great review of Yosemite's interface changes today. At this point, I’m not sure referring to Yosemite’s UI as Aqua is even correct. If Aqua defines the structures and underlying philosophies that shape…
  • New iPads and the Apple SIM

    Thu 9:39pm By Federico Viticci
    A major change in the new iPads that Apple didn't mention on stage today is the Apple SIM, which will come preinstalled on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. As we mentioned in our overview, the Apple SIM will be initially limited to the US and the UK. Ina Fried…
  • iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay Launching Next Week

    Thu 9:05pm By Federico Viticci
    Earlier today, Apple confirmed that Apple Pay – the company's new payment system based on Touch ID – will be launching on Monday alongside iOS 8.1. From the press release: Apple Pay will be available in the US starting Monday, October 20 with iOS 8.1. For…
  • Apple Updates iWork Suite with Yosemite Redesign, iCloud Drive Support, Deeper iOS 8 Integration

    Thu 8:29pm By Federico Viticci
    Following the launch of OS X Yosemite earlier today and the announcement that iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay and bug fixes will be released on Monday, October 20th, Apple released an update to its iWork suite that brings a redesign for Yosemite and better integration…
  • OS X Yosemite Apps I’ve Been Trying

    Thu 7:23pm By Federico Viticci
    OS X Yosemite, first announced at WWDC in June and released today by Apple, brings a major redesign of OS X and a variety of new features such as widgets, extensions, Handoff, and Continuity. While I don’t use OS X as much as I did a few years ago, I still…
  • iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3: Our Complete Overview

    Thu 6:59pm By Federico Viticci
    At a media event held earlier today in Cupertino, Apple unveiled the latest entries to the iPad family: the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. Building upon last year’s launch of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, the new iPads brings iterative…
  • OS X Yosemite & iOS 8 Continuity Explained: Handoff, Instant Hotspot, SMS & Phone Relay

    Thu 4:17pm By Graham Spencer
    Perhaps the headline feature of OS X Yosemite (besides the visual overhaul) is what Apple has called 'Continuity'. Continuity is really just an umbrella-term for a few key features that allow OS X and iOS to, in Apple's words, "connect like never before".…
  • Taking a Tour of OS X Yosemite’s Revamped Spotlight

    Thu 3:41pm By Graham Spencer
    Spotlight in OS X Yosemite is improved not only in its appearance, but also utility. The biggest and most obvious change is that Spotlight no longer resides in the right corner of your menu bar. Triggered by the usual CMD+Space keyboard shortcut, it now…
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