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  • #MacStoriesDeals Black Friday 2014: Best Deals for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Apps & Games

    Wed 1:33pm By Federico Viticci
    Black Friday is upon us once again! #MacStoriesDeals is the best place to find great deals for iOS apps and games, Mac software, and more. Every year, thousands of iOS and OS X software deals are launched for Black Friday. We handpick the best ones and collect…
  • Pocket’s Data on iPhone and iPad Usage

    Wed 12:52pm By Federico Viticci
    Fascinating data analysis from Pocket: To understand how the 6 Plus affects consumption, we first looked at users who owned both an iPhone 5/5S and iPad and looked at how they spent their time reading on both devices. For these users, 55% of content was…
  • Screeny Lets You Easily Delete All Your Screenshots on iOS 8

    Wed 11:58am By Federico Viticci
    I take a lot of screenshots on my iPhone and iPad on a daily basis. Before I upgraded to a 64 GB iPhone 6, that was a problem: screenshots would accumulate over time alongside my photos, which would easily consume the 16 GB of storage I had on my iPhone 5s.…
  • Snapchat’s ‘Our Story’ Events Are a Captivating Experiment

    Wed 10:22am By Graham Spencer
    I use a lot of apps, but there are only a few that I open every single day, and over the past few months Snapchat has become one of those elite few for me. If you told me this back in January, I wouldn’t have believed you and probably would have laughed at…
  • Spotify: Friend Or Foe?

    Tue 10:43pm By Federico Viticci
    Spotify knows what time of day users listen to certain songs, and in many cases their location, so programmers can infer what they are probably doing—studying, exercising, driving to work. Brian Whitman, an Echo Nest co-founder, told me that programmers also…
  • FastFeed – Multi-Tab Enhancement for Tumblr/Instagram/500px [Sponsor]

    Tue 7:12am By Federico Viticci
    FastFeed is a series of iOS apps that brings the power of multi-tab management to Tumblr, Instagram, and 500px. FastFeed's versatile tab bar is designed to be unobtrusive, but it's highly versatile and customizable: it sits at the bottom of the screen, it can…
  • Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Adverts Featuring Gaming and Continuity

    Tue 3:13am By Graham Spencer
    Overnight Apple released two new adverts for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. One, called 'Gamers', features the new iOS game Vain Glory and the other, 'Reservations', demoes the ability to make and receive phone calls on an iPhone, iPad or Mac with…
  • #Homescreen by betaworks

    Mon 2:54pm By Federico Viticci
    Interesting new app experiment by betaworks: #Homescreen gets the latest screenshot from your library and, assuming that's a Home screen image, it shares it at a public URL and even recognizes apps in it. You can then tap on app icons to view their…
  • Visual Snippets with KuaiBoard for iOS 8

    Mon 11:05am By Federico Viticci
    I'll let you in on a terrible iOS geek's secret: I sometimes forget about my TextExpander snippets. It's not that I don't like TextExpander – I love the app, its integration with other iOS apps, and the fill-in snippets you can also access on iOS for more…
  • Winding Down Tweet Library and Watermark

    Mon 10:40am By Federico Viticci
    Manton Reece on ending development for Tweet Library and Watermark: Last week, Twitter announced that they’ve expanded their search index to include the full history of tweets going back to 2006. I was thrilled by this upgrade to the Twitter service. That…
  • Apple Launches (RED) App Store Promotion, Donating Proceeds to Fight AIDS

    Sun 6:33pm By Federico Viticci
    Update: Apple has confirmed the campaign with an official press release and webpage. The campaign, called Apps for (RED), will feature 25 apps and all proceeds from November 24 to December 7 will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Apps for (RED) is the first…
  • iTunes Connect Shutting Down December 22 to December 29

    Sat 3:52pm By Federico Viticci
    In an email sent to iBooks publishers last night, Apple confirmed that iTunes Connect will shut down for a week from December 22 through December 29. While the email has been sent to registered iBooks Store publishers, Apple's annual iTunes Connect holiday…
  • Longtime Indies on the iOS App Store

    Sat 1:34pm By Federico Viticci
    Last week, I asked on Twitter for examples of individual developers who have been making and maintaining iOS apps for the past five years. What are examples of iOS apps made by a single developer that have been around for 5+ years? I can think of PCalc. —…
  • Virtual: I Love the Noise That the Chicken Makes

    Fri 4:41pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico and Myke talk about the upcoming Majora's Mask remake, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Fantasy Life, Monument Valley, Sunset Overdrive, Shovel Knight, Crossy Road and Vain Glory. We talked about a lot of games this week, but expect even more…
  • More on WatchKit

    Fri 1:10pm By Federico Viticci
    Following the release of WatchKit earlier this week, I've been reading through the documentation and listened to what developers had to say about it. Here's my original roundup of links and tweets. Below, other interesting reads from around the web. Serenity…
  • Twitter Adds Ability to Share Tweets via Direct Message

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:57 pm By Federico Viticci
    As Twitter promised two weeks ago, improvements are coming to direct messages. After reinstating the ability to share URLs in direct messages, the company has now added a shortcut to its web, iPhone, TweetDeck, and Android apps (no iPad, it seems) that lets…
  • Evernote Launches Yosemite Redesign

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:24 pm By Federico Viticci
    Popular note-taking service Evernote has launched version 6.0 of its desktop app for Mac today, bringing a visual refresh for OS X Yosemite and easier sharing controls. First teased at the Evernote Conference in early October, version 6.0 of Evernote doesn't…
  • Connected: The Old Mac Paladin

    Nov 20, 2014, 1:08 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, Myke escaped. Federico and Stephen talk about Twitter and WatchKit, then debate productivity for a while before realizing the irony of it. Don't miss the show notes on this week's Connected – we mentioned some fine apps and linked to an old Power…
  • CloudMagic Adds Share Extension, Share Sheets in Email Messages

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:50 pm By Federico Viticci
    CloudMagic, an email client I mentioned in my article on Mail and extensions on iOS 8, has been updated today with a share extension and support for saving messages elsewhere with share sheets. I use CloudMagic on the iPad because I need an email client…
  • Billboard to Start Counting Streaming Services in Top Charts

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:11 pm By Federico Viticci
    Ben Sisario, writing for The New York Times: Now Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan, the agency that supplies its data, will start adding streams and downloads of tracks to the formula behind the Billboard 200, which, since 1956 has functioned as the music…
  • How I Track My Expenses: Next for iPhone and iPad

    Nov 20, 2014, 10:20 am By Federico Viticci
    I was never good at managing my expenses. It's not that I didn't believe in the usefulness of logging how my money was spent – I just used to be lazy and disorganized. But I only blame myself partially: in Italy, cash is still widely used, and, occasionally,…
  • Why I Left iCloud Reminders for Todoist

    Nov 19, 2014, 9:08 am By Federico Viticci
    For over two years, I used Apple’s Reminders as my task management app. Contrary to expectations from Internet friends and colleagues who swore by more complex solutions, I was fine with Reminders and I didn’t need anything more. It started in late 2012…
  • David Smith’s Initial WatchKit Impressions

    Nov 18, 2014, 11:48 pm By Federico Viticci
    David Smith comments on today's launch of WatchKit for developers: Apple took a clever approach to handling the extremely constrained power environment of the Watch (at least initially). To start with 3rd Party apps will run in a split mode. The Watch itself…
  • You Can Now Search for Every Tweet Ever Sent in the Twitter App

    Nov 18, 2014, 10:44 pm By Federico Viticci
    In a blog post published today, Twitter announced that every tweet sent since 2006 is indexed and can be searched in the Twitter apps for the web and mobile devices. Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of billions of Tweets have…
  • Facebook Launches Dedicated Groups App

    Nov 18, 2014, 3:41 pm By Federico Viticci
    Dieter Bohn, reporting for The Verge about Facebook's latest standalone app for iOS and Android, Groups: We've been using the app for a few days now and found it to be fast, fluid, intuitive, and surprisingly fun. That's not a huge surprise – it comes in…
  • Apple Launches WatchKit, iOS 8.2 Beta

    Nov 18, 2014, 1:43 pm By Federico Viticci
    With a press release, Apple just announced the availability of WatchKit, a set of tools that will allow developers to extend their apps to the Apple Watch before the device's release. WatchKit is available alongside a new iOS 8.2 beta for registered iOS…
  • Merging Text Captured from iOS 8 Extensions

    Nov 18, 2014, 1:11 pm By Federico Viticci
    A few days ago, I asked a question on Twitter and received lots of interesting replies that I wanted to save for reference. I thought that I could simply use iOS 8 extensions to append direct links to each tweet to a single note, but that turned out to be…
  • iOS 8.1.1 Brings Fixes for Share Sheet Extension Reordering, iCloud Crashes

    Nov 17, 2014, 4:17 pm By Federico Viticci
    Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.1.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. What Apple doesn't specifically address in their release notes are two welcome fixes that people who use iOS devices extensively will likely…
  • Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant on Your Smart Phone [Sponsor]

    Nov 17, 2014, 11:53 am By Federico Viticci
    There’s a mountain of data inside your car waiting to be unleashed, and all you have to do is plug in a quick little connector and download a mobile application. Automatic is a smart driving assistant that plugs into your car's data port and lets you connect…
  • Sketch to App Store

    Nov 13, 2014, 10:51 am By Federico Viticci
    Created by Cluster Labs, this file for Sketch 3 sounds like a great idea for iOS developers (via Jeremy Olson): This Sketch file is designed so you make a few changes to the setup page, and over 40 other artboards will be updated with your custom info. Within…
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