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  • Instapaper on Apple Watch

    2h By Federico Viticci
    The team at betaworks has released Instapaper for Apple Watch today. With the Watch, Instapaper eschews text (you don't want to read long articles on your wrist) in favor of text-to-speech – introduced back in September. Today we’re introducing a whole new…
  • ‘Hours, the Apple Watch, and Turning an App Into a Business’

    2h By Federico Viticci
    Jeremy Olson on making Hours free and shifting their focus on turning a “simple app” into a business: How do you break into business and the enterprise? We like Slack’s bottom-up approach. Start by making the best solution for individuals, who in turn…
  • iFixit Tears Down the Apple Watch

    10:07am By Federico Viticci
    As usual, the iFixit team flew to Australia to get a new Apple device before anyone else and tear it down in just a few hours. Based on their conclusions, it doesn't sound like offering upgradeable components for a second generation model would be possible.…
  • Apple Debuts New Apple Watch Ads: ‘Rise’, ‘Up’, and ‘Us’

    6:59am By Federico Viticci
    With the Apple Watch launching publicly to customers in nine countries today, the company has debuted three new ads aimed at showcasing the device’s features for notifications and timekeeping, health and fitness, and communication between users. The ads,…
  • NightStand for Apple Watch

    Thu 4:52pm By Federico Viticci
    Cool-looking upcoming Apple Watch dock by ElevationLab: NightStand makes daily charging a breeze. Just set your watch on, from out of the corner of your eye, no careful alignment required. Locks to your bedside table so you never have to hunt for the cord.…
  • Apple Watch App Store Going Live Today

    Thu 2:03pm By Federico Viticci
    Apple has begun opening the doors to the Apple Watch App Store, featuring iPhone apps that have been updated with Watch compatibility. According to BuzzFeed, more than 3000 Watch apps have been approved by Apple, and all of them will be available in the App…
  • Apple Posts Apple Watch User Guide, Full Set of Guided Tours

    Thu 1:37pm By Federico Viticci
    Ahead of tomorrow's public launch, Apple has posted their official Apple Watch User Guide today, which can be found here. The guide covers the basics of Apple Watch, default apps by Apple, and more. Also, the company has uploaded the full set of Guided Tours…
  • djay Comes to Apple Watch, Mac App Gains Video Mixing

    Thu 10:47am By Federico Viticci
    Popular DJ app djay (which I covered numerous times on MacStories in the past) has announced today an Apple Watch counterpart that will bring a slimmed down interface with controls and music selection to the wrist. On Apple Watch, djay will allow users to…
  • Jony Ive on Apple Watch, Working with Marc Newson

    Wed 6:13pm By Federico Viticci
    Vogue's Scarlett Kilcooley-O'Halloran, quoting Jony Ive from today's Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in Florence, Italy: “I think that we're on a path that Apple was determined to be on since the Seventies, which was to try and make technology…
  • Screenshots of First Apple Watch Apps

    Wed 3:51pm By Federico Viticci
    Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has created a tool to fetch screenshots of Apple Watch apps from the still-unavailable App Store for Apple Watch. Today, he tweeted some of the most interesting discoveries and updated apps. Poking around Apple Watch store app…
  • Connected: My Technique, but in France

    Wed 10:05am By Federico Viticci
    This week, Federico, Stephen and Myke discuss Apple Watch shipments, search on Android, Chrome on iOS and music on the go. A good episode of Connected this week, covering some of Google's latest initiatives on mobile and what we'd like to see in a music…
  • MileWiz: Automatic Mileage Tracker [Sponsor]

    Wed 9:45am By Federico Viticci
    MileWiz is an automatic mileage tracker that logs every drive you make using sophisticated algorithms. If you drive a personal car for business then you can get tax deductions for your miles. Or, if you drive a company car you can get driver reimbursements.…
  • WhatsApp Adds iOS 8 Share Extension

    Tue 4:07pm By Federico Viticci
    With an update released today, WhatsApp has introduced free audio calling on iOS (previously launched on Android), improvements to how photos can be attached to conversations, and a new iOS 8 share extension to send content from other apps. VoIP calling is…
  • Managing Team Tasks with IFTTT, Slack, and Todoist

    Tue 2:49pm By Federico Viticci
    I recently decided that I wanted to overhaul the way I deal with email pitches (new apps, hardware accessories, web services, etc.) and I set out to find a solution that would allow me to broadcast an email to my team without having to forward more emails. The…
  • Betting Big on the Camera

    Tue 8:38am By Federico Viticci
    Neil Cybart has some fascinating thoughts on the role of cameras in the modern age: _Interpretation. _While there is still plenty of innovation left with how we use cameras to communicate with others, the camera's most exciting role will be utilizing software…
  • iOS 8.3 and Desktop File Managers

    Mon 6:57pm By Federico Viticci
    I missed this when reports first came out last week: with iOS 8.3, file managers such as iMazing and iExplorer can no longer access the document libraries of iOS apps over a USB connection. Joe Rossignol writes: Apple has changed security settings in iOS 8.3…
  • TextBar Puts Your Text into the Menu Bar

    Mon 3:23pm By TJ Luoma
    TextBar is an awesome app which solves a problem that I have been struggling with for at least three years: “How can I put some text into the menu bar, such as the output of a shell script?” TextBar can do that, but it does it even better than I had hoped,…
  • Apple Details Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor

    Mon 1:12pm By Federico Viticci
    New to me, via 9to5Mac this morning, a support document by Apple detailing how exactly the heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch measures a wearer's heartbeat: The heart rate sensor in Apple Watch uses what is known as photoplethysmography. This technology,…
  • Twitter Rolls Out Option to Receive DMs from Anyone

    Mon 1:00pm By Federico Viticci
    Vindu Goel, writing for The New York Times: Twitter announced Monday that its users will be able to change a setting on their accounts to allow anyone to send them a private message. In addition, if a person follows a big account — for example, from a…
  • Glide

    Apr 17, 2015, 10:26 am By Federico Viticci
    A new Kickstarter project by Chris Harris, Glide aims to simplify app creation with drag & drop of text and images in Dropbox and a variety of templates for different app types and native iOS features. From the project's page: Building an app yourself is hard…
  • Day One for Apple Watch

    Apr 17, 2015, 10:11 am By Federico Viticci
    Another one of my favorite iOS apps, Day One, is coming to Apple Watch with a slimmed down UI focused on quick logging of new journal entries. The Day One team has only shared one screenshot of the Watch app, but it gives a good idea of what it'll be capable…
  • Twitterrific for Apple Watch

    Apr 17, 2015, 9:58 am By Federico Viticci
    I'm a big fan of The Iconfactory's continued development of Twitterrific in spite of the restrictions on third-party clients imposed by Twitter. I'm happy to see that Twitterrific is already available on Apple Watch with version 5.11 (released last night),…
  • ‘What Does Google Need on Mobile?’

    Apr 17, 2015, 8:23 am By Federico Viticci
    Fascinating take on Google by Benedict Evans from earlier this week: Apps cut off Google’s reach, both to get data into its systems, since apps are opaque, and to surface data out to internet users, since any search in Yelp’s specialist app is a search…
  • Behind the App: Working with the Press

    Apr 16, 2015, 6:52 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week we take a look at how developers tease their apps to build hype, how they manage relationships with the press, and how journalists feel about this themselves. Over the years, I've often been asked to share my process for evaluating app pitches and…
  • Connected: The Popsicle Rumor

    Apr 16, 2015, 6:22 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, the boys are joined by Jason Snell to talk about Photos.app, then wrap up “Becoming Steve Jobs.” On this week's Connected, we invited everyone's favorite power slider, Jason Snell, to discuss Photos for OS X. I didn't talk much, but I listened.…
  • Virtual: I Don’t Know What’s Rumbling

    Apr 16, 2015, 6:19 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico and Myke talk about Lego Dimensions, the new Guitar Hero, Pokemon Rumble World and whether Apple Watch games make sense. Even if you don't play videogames much, I'd recommend listening to this week's Virtual for the smartwatch section and…
  • Chrome for iOS Gets Widget, New Gestures, 1Password Support

    Apr 16, 2015, 3:10 pm By Federico Viticci
    In an update released today, Google has added a widget and new gestures to Chrome for iOS, making it easy to open links from other apps and manage tabs on the iPhone. I’ve been testing this new version of Chrome for the past couple of weeks, and I think…
  • Watch OS Accessibility

    Apr 16, 2015, 9:19 am By Federico Viticci
    As with every product we make, we want as many people as possible to enjoy using Apple Watch. That’s why it’s designed with assistive technologies and features that make it easy for people with disabilities to use. Accessing them is also simple, either…
  • IFTTT Brings ‘Do’ Apps to Apple Watch, iPad

    Apr 16, 2015, 9:05 am By Federico Viticci
    Since their release in February, IFTTT's Do apps have become some of my most used utilities for one-tap commands triggered from my iPhone. Today, IFTTT is extending the Do line to the iPad, and, more importantly, they're bringing the power of web automation to…
  • Instagram as a Publishing Platform

    Apr 15, 2015, 5:54 pm By Federico Viticci
    Fascinating read by Jenna Wortham on The Shade Room, an Instagram-first publication: Angie explained to me that Instagram perfectly suited her vision for The Shade Room: image-centric and interactive. For her purposes, Instagram was the equivalent of…
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