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  • Sonos Adding Support for Amazon Echo and Spotify

    2h By John Voorhees
    In a March blog post announcing layoffs, Sonos CEO John MacFarlane made cryptic comments about bringing voice control to Sonos that specifically called out Amazon’s work with the Echo. According to The Verge and Variety, Sonos unveiled plans today to…
  • Apple Ordered to Pay Up to 13 Billion Euros in EU Tax Crackdown

    6:51am By Graham Spencer
    Dara Doyle and Stephanie Bodoni, writing for Bloomberg: Apple Inc. was ordered to repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker’s tax bill. The world’s richest…
  • Better Track Your Time with Timelines

    Mon 3:01pm By Jake Underwood
    As I type this review, I can see three devices that I can (and do) work on in some capacity with relative efficiency: a 12” MacBook, an iPhone 6s, and an iPad Pro. Along with my work at MacStories, I use these products to build and manage websites, write…
  • Apple Announces September 7 Event

    Mon 12:10pm By John Voorhees
    As first reported by Jim Dalrymple at The Loop, Apple has announced a media event for September 7 at 10 AM. The event will be held at the Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco. Just in: Apple schedules its next iPhone launch for Wednesday Sept 7…
  • Tadam is an Elegant Mac Timer

    Mon 11:45am By John Voorhees
    Tadam is a menu bar timer app inspired by the Pomodoro task management technique that was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. The technique breaks work into discrete time intervals as a means of improving your focus on the task at hand. Whether…
  • Game Day: Legend of the Skyfish

    Sat 9:11am By John Voorhees
    Legend of the Skyfish by Crescent Moon Games is an action-puzzle game that evokes Nintendo's Zelda franchise, but has its own unique twist that will reel you in. Legend revolves around the tale of the Skyfish, an evil creature from deep below the ocean’s…
  • Canvas, Episode 17: 2Do with Ben Brooks

    Fri 4:49pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Fraser talks with Ben Brooks about the third major task manager on iOS, 2Do. I couldn't be on the latest episode of Canvas, but we had an excellent guest to continue our series on task managers. You can listen here. Sponsored by: Pingdom: Start…
  • Connected, Episode 105: What Does Done Mean?

    Fri 4:43pm By Federico Viticci
    Federico’s back, so the power of The Prompt Curse has been restored. Picturelife is dead, Ping is in headlines and iOS 10 is closer than ever. On this week's episode of Connected, I check back on the status of my iOS 10 review as we move closer to September.…
  • Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool

    Thu 10:00pm By Graham Spencer
    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: This is the first time that anyone has uncovered such an attack in the wild. Until this month, no one had seen an attempted spyware infection leveraging three unknown bugs, or zero-days, in the iPhone.…
  • Apple Music Festival 10 Running From September 18 to 30

    Thu 2:54am By Graham Spencer
    Apple today announced details for its 10th annual Apple Music Festival which will once again be held at the Roundhouse in London. Headlining the festival this year will include performances from Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Michael Bublé, Calvin…
  • Inside Your iPhone’s Brain

    Wed 1:44pm By John Voorhees
    Steven Levy has a fascinating inside look at Apple’s artificial intelligence and machine learning efforts on Backchannel. Levy spent most of a day with Eddy Cue, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, Tom Gruber, and Alex Acero in a wide-ranging discussion of the…
  • Pinterest Acquires Instapaper

    Aug 23, 2016, 1:42 pm By John Voorhees
    In a surprising move, Pinterest has acquired Instapaper, the iOS app and web service originally built by Marco Arment and sold to betaworks in 2013. According to Casey Newton of The Verge: The goal is "to accelerate discovering and saving articles on…
  • PDF Expert 2 for Mac Adds Powerful PDF Editing Features

    Aug 23, 2016, 9:04 am By Graham Spencer
    PDF Expert launched on the Mac last November, and in my initial review I was pretty effusive, impressed at the level of functionality, polish, and speed for an initial release. At the time I even called it "a better Preview for PDFs", and had made PDF Expert…
  • Twitter Enables Night Mode

    Aug 22, 2016, 2:58 pm By John Voorhees
    In beta for a while now, Twitter activated night mode in its official client today. From the ‘Me’ tab, tap the gear icon to ‘Turn on night mode.’ If you don’t see the night mode option, you may need to force quit Twitter first. Turning night mode on.…
  • iOS Accessibility Milestones

    Aug 22, 2016, 12:22 pm By John Voorhees
    The impact of the accessibility features built into iOS cannot be understated. Accessibility has opened doors to computing that were previously shut to many people with disabilities. With iOS 10 launching soon, Steven Aquino takes a look at iOS accessibility…
  • Apple Acquires Health Care Start-Up Gliimpse

    Aug 22, 2016, 11:27 am By John Voorhees
    One of the most interesting quotes from Fast Company’s interview with Tim Cook a couple of weeks ago was his comment about healthcare: When you look at most of the solutions, whether it’s devices, or things coming up out of Big Pharma, first and foremost,…
  • Game Day: Linia

    Aug 20, 2016, 10:31 am By John Voorhees
    Linia from Black Robot Games is fiendishly difficult, but strangely relaxing in its complexity. The challenge is to draw a straight line through a series of colored shapes that intersects the shapes in the order of the color sequence at the top of the screen.…
  • Emojis Explained

    Aug 19, 2016, 12:51 pm By John Voorhees
    There's a lot of confusion about what actually constitute emojis, in no small measure due to the term's liberal use by apps like Kimoji. Owen Williams sets the record straight, dropping some emoji knowledge over on Emojipedia. Williams starts with a little…
  • Enter the Studio Turning Deus Ex and Lara Croft Into Awesome Mobile Games

    Aug 19, 2016, 5:12 am By Graham Spencer
    Andrew Webster, writing for The Verge: With the Go series, Square Enix Montreal has carved out its own niche, creating something unique in the game development space. Studios often fall into one of two camps: on the one side you have the massive, 1,000-person…
  • Faster RSS Subscribing with Feed Hawk

    Aug 18, 2016, 4:31 pm By John Voorhees
    Sometimes a simple, single-purpose utility makes all the difference. Feed Hawk by John Brayton of Golden Hill Software is exactly that type of app. The app’s functionality is encapsulated in a share extension that makes it easier to subscribe to RSS news…
  • Apple’s Presentation at Black Hat Now Available to Watch in Full

    Aug 17, 2016, 8:00 am By Graham Spencer
    Ivan Krstić, Apple's Head of Security Engineering and Architecture, gave a presentation at the Black Hat conference a few weeks ago, and it is now available to view in full on YouTube. With over a billion active devices and in-depth security protections…
  • Apple Announces Environmental Progress in China

    Aug 17, 2016, 7:17 am By John Voorhees
    Apple made two announcements about its environmental initiatives in China today. First, it announced that Lens Technology, which produces glass for Apple, has committed to using 100% renewable energy for all of its Apple operations by the end of 2018. Lens,…
  • Google Duo Launches

    Aug 16, 2016, 10:47 am By John Voorhees
    At Google I/O in May, two related mobile products were announced – Duo, a FaceTime-like video calling app, and Allo, an instant messaging client. Earlier today, Google began rolling out Duo worldwide to iOS and Android users. Duo is available in the US App…
  • An Inside Look at the Apple Watch’s Development

    Aug 16, 2016, 8:47 am By John Voorhees
    Fast Company spoke to Bob Messerschmidt, who worked on the heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch after his startup was acquired by Apple in 2010, about the lessons he learned during his time at Apple. Some of the most interesting bits were Messerschmidt’s…
  • Castro 2 Review

    Aug 15, 2016, 12:00 pm By John Voorhees
    Castro 2 from Supertop demonstrates that there is still plenty of room for innovation in podcast apps. Although every podcast app starts with the goal of helping listeners find and play podcasts, the path each app takes varies as widely as the listening habits…
  • Try a Mac Server with MacStadium [Sponsor]

    Aug 15, 2016, 10:31 am By Federico Viticci
    MacStadium is the premier Mac hosting company that provides dedicated Mac hardware and private cloud. They have thousands of Macs in multiple data centers where your hardware is secure, always available, and supported by a full team of Mac experts. In addition…
  • Microsoft Office for iPhone Gets Drawing Support

    Aug 15, 2016, 8:10 am By Graham Spencer
    Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Microsoft was quick to optimize its Office suite of apps for the iPad Pro and Apple's Pencil stylus, but the company held off on any inking support in Office for iPhone. Starting today, Microsoft is updating Word, Excel, and…
  • Tim Cook Reflects on His First Five Years as CEO

    Aug 14, 2016, 10:51 am By John Voorhees
    The Washington Post has an extensive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook about his first five years leading the company. Jena McGregor, who writes a daily column about leadership for the Post, spoke to Cook twice, including shortly after the one billionth iPhone…
  • Remaster, Episode 16: How No Man’s Sky Came To Be

    Aug 13, 2016, 10:25 am By Federico Viticci
    No Man’s Sky and its path to PlayStation, told by the man who brought it there. If you've been playing No Man's Sky this week, you don't want to miss Shahid's story of how the game came to PlayStation. You can listen here. Sponsored by: Squarespace: Enter…
  • Game Day: Reigns

    Aug 13, 2016, 8:25 am By John Voorhees
    Have you ever wanted to rule your own kingdom? Of course you have. With Reigns you can do just that – while you stand in line to buy groceries. Reigns, an Apple Editor's Choice, is a card-based adventure game with an clever interaction model. Touch Arcade…