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  • Game Day: Apollo Justice Ace Attorney

    Sat 3:16pm By John Voorhees
    Apollo Justice Ace Attorney was originally released in 2007 by Capcom for the Nintendo DS in Japan. This week, it debuted on iOS, remastered to take advantage of the iPhone’s and iPad’s touchscreens. Apollo Justice is the fourth game in the Ace Attorney…
  • Amazon’s New AI Tools for Developers

    Thu 5:00pm By Federico Viticci
    Interesting announcements from Amazon at its AWS event this week: the company is rolling out a suite of artificial intelligence APIs for developers to plug their apps into. These tools are based on the AWS cloud (which a lot of your favorite apps and services…
  • Connected, Episode 119: Tiered Levels of Surprise

    Thu 3:59pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, Stephen and Myke talk about CNN’s acquisition of Beme before answering questions about Relay FM, self employment and Casey Liss. Myke and Stephen (for whom, by the way, I issued an official pardon) had a fun episode of Connected without me this…
  • Spectator, the Spectacles Video Player

    Thu 12:16pm By John Voorhees
    One of the coolest features of Snap’s new Spectacles sunglasses is that they take circular video. That means whichever way you turn your phone to view the captured video, there are no black bars surrounding the footage. Users have been uploading the videos…
  • Hardbound Expands into Daily News with The Nightcap

    Wed 7:42pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Earlier this week the team behind Hardbound, a visual storytelling app, launched version 2.0 on the iPhone with a major new feature called The Nightcap. Up until now, Hardbound has been focused on sharing stories that educate users about a particular topic,…
  • How Aqua and Bondi Saved Apple

    Wed 5:42pm By John Voorhees
    Stephen Hackett of 512 Pixels has published a book called Aqua and Bondi: The Road to OS X & The Computer That Saved Apple, a history of the critical role OS X and the iMac G3 played in Apple’s comeback from the brink of financial ruin in the late 90s. As…
  • Partly Sunny Review: Weather Reimagined

    Wed 5:05pm By Jake Underwood
    When Apple introduced the App Store in 2008, much of the excitement spanned from the opportunities and functionalities these new apps would bring to the iPhone. Many of the first apps were forays into markets untouched by the stock apps – games, social…
  • Workflows of a Casual Apple Pencil User

    Wed 4:15pm By Ryan Christoffel
    One year ago, Apple launched a new product to accompany its first ever iPad Pro: the Apple Pencil. Presented not as a replacement for touch input, but as a tool geared toward specific tasks, the Pencil immediately endeared itself to creatives who sketch or…
  • Apple’s Plans for the (RED) Campaign Against AIDS Are Bigger Than Ever

    Wed 3:14pm By John Voorhees
    Apple, which has a long-standing relationship with (RED), today announced that: In honor of World AIDS Day, Apple® is offering more ways than ever for customers to join (RED) in its mission to create an AIDS-free generation. Apple is the world’s largest…
  • Spark Arrives on macOS

    Wed 2:00pm By John Voorhees
    Competition among email clients on the Mac and iOS has heated up over the past couple of years. With that comes innovation, making email clients one of the most interesting app categories. Today, Readdle released Spark for Mac, bringing its popular iOS email…
  • App Review Downtime Announced

    Tue 9:06pm By John Voorhees
    Each year around the Christmas holiday, Apple’s App Review team takes a break from reviewing the thousands of apps that pour into the App Store on a typical day. During the break, new apps and app updates are not accepted. This year is no different.…
  • Google Introduces Featured Photos Screensaver for macOS

    Tue 3:19pm By John Voorhees
    Popular Google+ photos have been available via Google's Wallpapers app on Android and on Google Fiber and Chromecast devices, but today, Google is bringing them to macOS too. Google’s Featured Photos Screensaver rotates through a selection of high-resolution…
  • Panic Discontinuing Status Board

    Tue 12:16pm By John Voorhees
    Panic announced that it is discontinuing its Status Board app and remove it from the App Store within the next couple of weeks. Status Board was inspired by the custom webpage pictured above that Panic developed and displayed on a large display in its offices…
  • Mac App Store Results Polluted with Questionable Results

    Tue 1:03am By John Voorhees
    Justin Pot, writing for How-To Geek, walks through some damning examples of apps on the Mac App Store that seem designed to create the false impression that they're apps like Microsoft Excel: Seemingly official applications of dubious value are way to easy to…
  • Castro Makes Accessing Podcasts Easier Than Ever and Drops Price

    Mon 5:00pm By John Voorhees
    Castro is designed around the philosophy of making it easy to access the podcast episodes you want to hear. The focus of Castro 2.0 when it launched in August was to make it simple to assemble a single queue of podcast episodes using an inbox to triage…
  • Studio Neat Reveals Canopy, a Magic Keyboard Case and Stand

    Mon 4:10pm By John Voorhees
    Studio Neat has opened pre-orders for a new combination Magic Keyboard case and iOS device stand called Canopy. I used an Origami stand by Incase Designs with my early iPads, but they are designed for Apple’s previous generation Bluetooth keyboards, which…
  • The New MacBook Pro Is Kind of Great for Hackers

    Nov 28, 2016, 12:02 am By Federico Viticci
    Adam Geitgey: A million hot takes have been posted about how the late-2016 MacBook Pro with USB-C is the undeniable proof that Apple doesn’t care about developers anymore. They took away all the ports! No Esc key! It’s just a more expensive MacBook Air!…
  • iOS 10 and Default Apps

    Nov 27, 2016, 11:42 pm By Federico Viticci
    Kirk McElhearn, writing for Macworld, returns to the issue of iOS not having the ability to set different default apps: We’re at iOS 10, and Apple still hasn’t allowed users to make these choices. It seems ridiculous that, with a mature operating system,…
  • Game Day: Treasure Buster

    Nov 26, 2016, 1:17 pm By John Voorhees
    Part 80s arcade game, part rogue-style dungeon crawler, and part pinball, Treasure Buster is a strange combination of game genres that work surprisingly well together. The result is an entertaining game that’s hard to put down. You play as one of six heroes…
  • Remaster, Episode 23: Console Devkits

    Nov 25, 2016, 2:24 pm By Federico Viticci
    Myke got an NES Mini, and Shahid explains the wonderful world of Console Devkits. If you've ever been fascinated by the mystery surrounding videogame console devkits and what they really are, the latest Remaster is for you. You can listen here. Sponsored by:…
  • Canvas, Episode 24: Workflow – Third-Party Apps

    Nov 25, 2016, 2:21 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Fraser and Federico continue the Workflow series by looking at integrating Workflow with third-party apps. In the latest episode of Canvas, our Workflow series continues with an in-depth look at third-party app integrations and several examples of…
  • Improving Integration with Apple Music for iOS Apps

    Nov 25, 2016, 2:18 pm By Federico Viticci
    Allen Pike has a good summary of how limited the media player framework is on iOS, especially for developers who want to create apps that integrate with Apple Music: In the meantime, these limitations mean that any music app that attempts to play Apple Music…
  • Game Day Holiday Bonus: Don’t Grind

    Nov 24, 2016, 2:30 pm By John Voorhees
    It's Thanksgiving Day in the US and there are games to play. Sure, those celebrating Thanksgiving should probably put their iPhones away and spend time with their families. But not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving, and even if you do, who doesn't need a break…
  • #MacStoriesDeals Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2016: The Best Deals for iOS and Mac Apps & Games

    Nov 23, 2016, 2:21 pm By Federico Viticci
    Every year, thousands of iOS and macOS app deals are launched for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. At MacStories, we handpick the best deals for iOS and Mac apps and collect them in a single roundup with links to buy or share discounted products directly. You…
  • Connected, Episode 118: Master Transclusion Table

    Nov 22, 2016, 10:20 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico and Myke discuss the Google Daydream VR headset, how Instagram is becoming even more like Snapchat, Apple's Holiday ad, the advancement of the iPad Pro, and iA Writer. On this week's Connected, Myke and I had a good discussion about what we…
  • Infuse 5

    Nov 22, 2016, 5:00 pm By Federico Viticci
    I watch a lot of TV shows and YouTube videos on my iPad Pro. Thanks to the 12.9-inch iPad's large screen and four-speaker system, watching directly on the device is a pleasure (I tend to prop up the iPad with the Razer keyboard I reviewed here) but I've also…
  • Instagram is Rolling Out Live Video and Enhanced Direct Messages

    Nov 21, 2016, 9:34 pm By John Voorhees
    Instagram announced two new features today. The first is live video in stories. Swiping right opens stories mode, a feature similar to Snapchat stories, which was introduced in August. Instagram is rolling out live worldwide video over the next few weeks. When…
  • Twelve South HiRise Duet

    Nov 21, 2016, 8:53 pm By Federico Viticci
    Great-looking addition to the HiRise family by Twelve South: the HiRise Duet is an integrated iPhone charging stand and Apple Watch charging dock that combines a Lightning connector with a magnetic charging disc. The Apple Watch can recharge at night while in…
  • A Profile of Apple’s Impact on Employment in the US, Starring Austin

    Nov 21, 2016, 8:41 pm By John Voorhees
    Many of Apple’s hardware products are built overseas, but that’s only part of the story. The New York Times takes a look at Apple’s impact on jobs in the United States, focusing special attention on Austin, Texas where Apple fills a seven-building…
  • Daylite: A Business Productivity App for Mac and iOS [Sponsor]

    Nov 21, 2016, 8:33 pm By Federico Viticci
    Daylite is a business productivity app for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Organize you and your team’s contacts, calendars, projects, tasks, emails, notes, and new business opportunities all in one app. Track sales and set reminders for follow-ups. See a full…