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  • Game Day: Typeshift

    8:49am By John Voorhees
    Developer Zach Gage describes Typeshift as 'Anagrams meets Word Search, with a sprinkle of Crosswords,' which fits well. Gage is the creator of SpellTower and other excellent iOS games. It's a clever mashup of the familiar in an unconventional way. With an…
  • 1Blocker Adds Easy Page Element Hiding

    Thu 12:33pm By John Voorhees
    1Blocker is one of our favorite content blockers on iOS and macOS. The app has been continuously updated and refined on both platforms, syncs between the two, and has an extensive list of blocking rules. On iOS, 1Blocker made Federico’s list of ‘Must…
  • iPad Diaries: Working with Zip Archives

    Thu 12:00pm By Federico Viticci
    iPad Diaries is a regular series about using the iPad as a primary computer. You can find more installments here and subscribe to the dedicated RSS feed. Compressing files into archives and extracting them into a specific location is one of the most common…
  • Super Mario Run 2.0 Arrives

    Thu 6:50am By John Voorhees
    On the heels of Super Mario Run’s debut on Android, Nintendo released a big update to the iOS version of the game that adds new features and refines gameplay. Parts of Super Mario Run are free to play. Unlocking the remaining levels requires a one-time…
  • Apple Acquires Workflow

    Wed 8:14pm By Federico Viticci
    Workflow, the popular automation app for iOS and one of my major areas of focus on MacStories, has been acquired by Apple. Matthew Panzarino, reporting for TechCrunch: Apple has finalized a deal to acquire Workflow today — a tool that lets you hook together…
  • Connected, Episode 134: Minimum Viable Keynote

    Wed 6:40pm By Federico Viticci
    Federico is wandering the wilderness in search of new iPad Pro hardware, so Stephen and Myke break down today’s news before apologizing to everyone. I couldn't find new iPad hardware during my trip, but I enjoyed listening to the latest Connected following…
  • Google Maps Introduces Location Sharing Features

    Wed 1:54pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Announced today and rolling out soon to all users, Google Maps is adding two new sharing features to its iOS app. The first feature allows for Find My Friends-style location sharing. From the app's menu you can select 'Share Location,' which presents options…
  • Pixure 2.2 with PanelKit

    Tue 7:37pm By Federico Viticci
    Pixure is Louis D'hauwe's excellent pixel art studio app for iOS that lets you create retro-styled illustrations. Pixure was already best suited for the iPad's bigger display, but the latest version 2.2 adds PanelKit – a UI framework created by D'hauwe…
  • iTunes Adds Rent Once, Watch Anywhere Feature

    Tue 6:05pm By John Voorhees
    In the aftermath of Apple’s announcements earlier today, it released an update to iTunes with a new feature described as rent once, watch anywhere. The release notes for iTunes 12.6, which is available as a free upgrade on the Mac App Store, say: Now you can…
  • Interact Scratchpad for Mac Takes the Pain Out of Adding Contacts

    Tue 5:34pm By John Voorhees
    Last year, Agile Tortoise introduced Interact for iOS, a powerful app for managing contacts. One of the most popular features of that app is the scratchpad that parses contact information, making quick work of turning a block of text into a new contact. Agile…
  • Bear Receives Version 1.1 Update

    Tue 2:15pm By Jake Underwood
    In what developer Shiny Frog described as its largest update yet, note-taking app Bear today received a version 1.1 update featuring new fonts, importing and exporting features, and more. There’s a lot to unpack in version 1.1. Here are the highlights: Bear…
  • Apple Announces iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED, New Watch Bands, and More

    Tue 10:09am By Ryan Christoffel
    Alongside announcing a low-cost 9.7" iPad model, a new video app called Clips, and expanded language support for Swift Playgrounds, Apple has also introduced a special edition (PRODUCT)RED version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, new Apple Watch Bands, improved…
  • Swift Playgrounds Gains Support for New Languages

    Tue 9:22am By Ryan Christoffel
    Today Apple added support for five new languages to its Swift Playgrounds app for iPad: Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American Spanish. In its announcement, Apple quoted Xiaoming Bao of Hangzhou Foreign Languages School: "Swift…
  • Apple Announces Clips, an iOS Video App Coming in April

    Tue 9:18am By John Voorhees
    Apple announced today that it is launching a new video app called Clips in April. The app lets users combine video, photos, music, and more and then share their creations with Messages, Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks. Apple is touting a feature…
  • Apple Introduces New ‘iPad’ Model with 9.7″ Display and A9 Chip Starting at $329

    Tue 9:09am By Federico Viticci
    Following a 5-hour downtime of its online store this morning, Apple announced a new base model of the 9.7" iPad. Starting at $329 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi version and simply called 'iPad', the new device appears to be a lower-cost replacement for the iPad Air line…
  • John Gruber on the 2017 iPad Lineup

    Mon 7:26pm By Federico Viticci
    John Gruber on what may be coming next in terms of iPad refreshes: What doesn’t make sense to me is a new 10.5-inch model. The idea makes sense — keeping the physical footprint of the current 9.7-inch models but reducing the bezels and putting in a bigger…
  • Workflow’s New File and Ulysses Actions

    Mon 2:55pm By Federico Viticci
    In a seemingly minor 1.7.2 update released over the weekend, the Workflow team brought a few notable file-based changes to the app. Workflow's existing support for cloud storage services has been expanded and all file actions have been unified under a single…
  • Starting a Website With Setapp [Sponsor]

    Mon 10:13am By John Voorhees
    This week, MacStories is sponsored by MacPaw, makers of Setapp. Setapp is a subscription service for Mac apps that is a great place to start if you’re launching a blog. There’s more to starting a website than having a good text editor, though Setapp has…
  • Game Day: Mushroom 11

    Mar 18, 2017, 10:16 am By John Voorhees
    Chicago-based Untame released Mushroom 11 on iOS this week as part of Apple's Celebrating Indie Games promotion. Mushroom 11 started as a PC game, but its unique gameplay works especially well in a touch environment. You play as a green blob of goo in a…
  • Organizing Windows with Magnet

    Mar 17, 2017, 12:49 pm By Jake Underwood
    When I switched back to the Mac for most of my work a couple of months ago, one of the biggest selling points of macOS was window management. The differences between macOS and iOS make comparing them difficult, but I've learned to prefer the way the Mac…
  • Canvas, Episode 31: Note-Taking with Apple Pencil

    Mar 17, 2017, 9:35 am By Federico Viticci
    This week Fraser and Federico take their Apple Pencils in hand and share some notes on taking notes with the iPad Pro. We've covered some excellent Pencil-based note-taking apps for iPad on this week's Canvas, and also explained why the Pencil is a must-have…
  • Apple Highlights Indie Games in New Permanent Storefront

    Mar 16, 2017, 2:17 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    In a continuation of its current promotion of indie games, the App Store has now added a new section dedicated to featuring indie titles. Chelsea Stark of Polygon adds: The section kicked off today and will run indefinitely, according to Apple, featuring new…
  • Game Day: Cosmic Express

    Mar 16, 2017, 1:38 pm By John Voorhees
    The first game review I ever wrote on MacStories was for a delightful puzzle game called A Good Snowman is Hard to Build. The team behind Snowman is back with a new game called Cosmic Express that brings toy-like charm to this challenging puzzle game through…
  • Alexa Comes to the Amazon iOS App

    Mar 16, 2017, 1:24 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Today Amazon announced that its digital assistant, Alexa, is being integrated with its iOS shopping app. Using the app's current microphone button, which is available to the right of the search bar, users can make nearly any type of Alexa request. This request…
  • Game Day: Euclidean Lands

    Mar 15, 2017, 3:42 pm By John Voorhees
    Every so often the mashup of familiar game styles results in something unexpected and delightful, which is precisely what Vienna-based Miro Straka and kunabi brother have created with Euclidean Lands. The game has been compared favorably to Monument Valley and…
  • Google Chrome for iOS Adds Read Later Feature

    Mar 15, 2017, 12:42 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    In its latest update, Google Chrome for iOS has added a native Read Later feature to quickly save articles for later consumption. From the app's release notes: If you find an interesting article that you want to read later, tap the Share icon and then Read…
  • Spark for macOS Adds Email Management Features

    Mar 15, 2017, 9:05 am By John Voorhees
    The hallmark feature of Readdle’s Spark email client for macOS is its Smart Inbox, which is designed to surface important email messages intelligently. That feature, along with a unified inbox and swipe gestures for common actions, goes a long way to…
  • Connected, Episode 133: The Italian Word for Spoon

    Mar 14, 2017, 3:41 pm By Federico Viticci
    Apple has a new ad, Casey has an iMac, Ticci watches TV and everyone has workflows. On today's Connected, we covered a lot of the automations we've created with Workflow, as well as some custom workflows I've built for MacStories. You can listen here.…
  • The Clamshell iBook G3

    Mar 14, 2017, 12:35 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Close your eyes and picture a Mac laptop. It has a small screen in a case unique among a sea of PC notebooks. It runs without a fan, and has impressive battery life. The trackpad is smooth and the keyboard is responsive. Now open your eyes. Is this what you…
  • LiquidText 3.0: A Uniquely Digital PDF Experience

    Mar 14, 2017, 11:04 am By Ryan Christoffel
    LiquidText is one of the few apps that feels uniquely built for the iPad. There is currently no desktop version available, nor iPhone version, and though that may be a negative in some ways, the positive side is that every new feature and enhancement is…