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  • Overcast 2.5.2 with Quicksync

    Mon 5:55pm By Federico Viticci
    Marco Arment on the latest update to Overcast: In the last few Overcast releases, I’ve been optimizing the sync protocol and decreasing the burden of each sync to both sides (my servers and your iPhones). In 2.5.2, we’ll reap some of the benefits with the…
  • My Tablet Has Stickers

    Mon 1:02pm By Federico Viticci
    Great piece by Steven Sinofsky, who has replaced his laptop with an iPad Pro. There are several quotable passages, but I particularly liked this one: Most problems are solved by not doing it the old way. The most important thing to keep in mind is that when…
  • What Happened to Google Maps?

    Mon 10:44am By Federico Viticci
    Fascinating study by Justin O'Beirne on how Google Maps changed from 2010 to 2016 – fewer cities, more roads, and not a lot of balance between them on a map at the same zoom level. He writes: Unfortunately, these "optimizations" only served to exacerbate the…
  • Apple Releases ‘Moms’ TV Ad

    Sun 6:00pm By John Voorhees
    Having a good camera won’t make you a better photographer, but having a good camera with you all the time means you have a chance to capture something special when the opportunity presents itself. That’s the power of Apple’s Shot on iPhone series. Today,…
  • Customize Your Hard Drive Icons in OS X

    Sun 1:13pm By TJ Luoma
    A few weeks ago on the Accidental Tech Podcast, Casey reminded me that it’s possible to customize the icons shown for hard drives. I knew this, but hadn’t done it in a long time. John chided Casey for not continuing this habit, but I felt just as guilty. I…
  • Microsoft Launches ‘Flow’ Preview for Web Automation

    Sat 3:59pm By Federico Viticci
    Microsoft has entered the web automation space with Flow, a new service currently in public preview that aims to connect multiple web apps together. Microsoft describes Flow as a way to "create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get…
  • The Convergence of Emoji

    Fri 5:19pm By Federico Viticci
    Good post by Sebastiaan de With on how different companies are quietly agreeing on emoji conventions: Companies like Google and Microsoft are entirely free to attempt to reshape our popular culture by changing the way their emoji look. They could easily dig…
  • Canvas, Episode 9: Presenting with iOS

    Fri 4:59pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Fraser flies the show solo to talk about his experience in creating, delivering and sharing presentations with iOS. Fraser and I couldn't record Canvas together this week, so we thought we'd spice things up a little with a solo show where Fraser…
  • Apple Announces New Apple Music API

    Thu 2:06pm By John Voorhees
    Today Apple announced a new Apple Music API via its Affiliate Program Newsletter. According to Apple, the API: …allows iOS apps to directly control Apple Music playback and more. We encourage affiliates to use the Apple Music API to provide a superior user…
  • Apple Pay Now Supported by ANZ in Australia

    Wed 8:36pm By Graham Spencer
    ANZ has become the first Australian bank to support Apple Pay, turning on support today for most customers with ANZ Visa credit or debit card and ANZ American Express cards. Although Apple Pay technically launched in Australia in November 2015, until today…
  • Connected, Episode 88: The Perception of Trouble

    Wed 5:47pm By Federico Viticci
    With Stephen away hunting iMacs, Federico and Myke discuss Apple's earnings report for Q2 2016. Good show this week – we talked about yesterday's results, what it means for the iPad, and how the Apple narrative is going to change in the next few years. You…
  • “Bots Won’t Replace Apps”

    Wed 4:06pm By Federico Viticci
    I've been struggling to put into words the inanity I've seen in the first "bot" implementations launched on Facebook. Dan Grover has done an excellent job with his story about modern conversational UIs, WeChat (he's a product manager there), and the…
  • Better File Juggling with Yoink

    Wed 7:57am By John Voorhees
    When I put together an article for MacStories on my Mac, Yoink by Eternal Storms Software is what brings order to the messy process of creating screenshots. You see, I like to use Spaces on my MacBook Pro to separate my writing environment from other apps…
  • Apple Q2 2016 Results: $50.6 Billion Revenue, 51.2 Million iPhones, 10.3 Million iPads Sold

    Apr 26, 2016, 4:33 pm By Federico Viticci
    Apple has just published their financial results for Q2 2016, which covered the three months from January through March 2016. The company posted revenue of $50.6 billion and earnt a quarterly net profit of $10.5 billion. Through the quarter it sold 10.3…
  • Design and Find New Colors with Colordot

    Apr 26, 2016, 3:29 pm By Jake Underwood
    I audibly gasped when I spotted Colordot on Product Hunt, but not because it is a revolutionary app that should be shouted about from the mountain tops. Rather, I had the reaction because I saw an app with a concept I had never seen before and a tool that was…
  • Emojinn Emoji Finder and Keyboard

    Apr 26, 2016, 2:34 pm By John Voorhees
    Emoji can be hard to find from the iOS system keyboard. Although they have official names, emoji aren't accessible by those names from Apple's keyboard. Instead, if an emoji isn't in your frequently used, you are left with the task of remembering or guessing…
  • OmniFocus for iOS Adds Deep Automation Features

    Apr 26, 2016, 1:09 pm By Federico Viticci
    Derek Reiff, writing on The Omni Blog: Recently customers have been wanting to take advantage of automation apps like Workflow, Drafts, Pythonista, and others to quickly add new actions or projects or switch to different views inside OmniFocus. With 2.14,…
  • Earnest: Take Control of Your Student Loans [Sponsor]

    Apr 26, 2016, 11:55 am By Federico Viticci
    Did you know you can refinance your student loans, save thousands, and make your new loan incredibly easy to manage? Our sponsor this week, Earnest, has created the most flexible refinancing experience to help financially responsible grads take control of…
  • Capture Your Own GIFs with Gifstory

    Apr 26, 2016, 11:49 am By John Voorhees
    Gifstory makes capturing your own GIFs easy by imposing constraints. One of the difficulties with GIFs is that there are lots of variables that impact how big they are and how good they look. I like GIF Brewery on the Mac, but it is easy to get caught up in…
  • Drafts Releases MacSparky Screencasts

    Apr 26, 2016, 8:54 am By John Voorhees
    Agile Tortoise has teamed up with David Sparks of MacSparky.com to produce a series of screencasts introducing Drafts 4 to new users and highlighting some of its features. The first two screencasts were released today. The first video is an overview of how…
  • Dropbox Project Infinite

    Apr 26, 2016, 8:26 am By Federico Viticci
    Interesting announcement from Dropbox today – a way to download files on-demand when using the desktop client: With Project Infinite, we’re addressing a major issue our users have asked us to solve. The amount of information being created and shared has…
  • Logitech Introduces iPad Pro Smart Connector Charging Dock

    Apr 26, 2016, 3:58 am By Graham Spencer
    Logitech have today introduced a new charging dock for the iPad Pro. The Logi Base is rather unique in that it uses the iPad Pro's Smart Connector to charge the device. To date, the Smart Connector has only been used by Apple's Smart Keyboard and Logitech's…
  • Canvas, Episode 8: Apple Mail

    Apr 25, 2016, 5:05 pm By Federico Viticci
    You might think of Apple Mail as being a slightly weak client but, as we shall see, it's more powerful than you think. We tackle some of the special smart mailboxes that exist in Apple Mail, look at notifications and composing mail. On the latest episode of…
  • Apple Posts New iPhone 6s Ads Highlighting Touch ID, 4K Video

    Apr 25, 2016, 2:26 pm By Federico Viticci
    Apple aired two new iPhone 6s commercials earlier today, highlighting the 4K video shooting capabilities of the device, as well as the Touch ID sensor with various iOS app integrations. In the 1-minute 4K ad, dubbed 'Onions', Apple imagines a scenario in which…
  • All New watchOS Apps to Be Native Starting June 1

    Apr 25, 2016, 12:37 pm By Federico Viticci
    During the weekend, Apple announced that, starting June 1, all new watchOS app submissions will have to be native – written with the watchOS 2 SDK. This, of course, doesn't enforce existing watchOS 1.0 apps (built with the first SDK) to be updated for…
  • Microsoft Brings Another Keyboard to iOS

    Apr 25, 2016, 10:26 am By John Voorhees
    Microsoft is on a roll with iOS keyboards. Just over two weeks ago, Microsoft’s Garage project released Hub, which has tight integrations with Office 365. Today, Microsoft Garage released another keyboard called Word Flow, which is based on the Windows Phone…
  • SongShift Eases the Transition From Spotify to Apple Music

    Apr 22, 2016, 12:01 pm By John Voorhees
    When Apple Music debuted last summer I switched to it from Spotify. I wasn’t on Spotify all that long, but I did have a few playlists I wanted to take with me, including a big one with all the songs I had favorited. At the time, I found a script that logged…
  • Apple Posts Videos Celebrating Earth Day

    Apr 22, 2016, 11:19 am By John Voorhees
    Apple has posted two videos celebrating Earth Day. Both clips are light-hearted and fun, while also serving as reminders of some of the recently-highlighted steps Apple has taken to increase its use of renewable energy and recycle old hardware. The first…
  • On the 9.7″ iPad Pro’s Color Gamut

    Apr 21, 2016, 12:38 pm By Federico Viticci
    I've been waiting for someone to explain the practical benefits of the new Retina display in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Craig Hockenberry has done the hard work and wrote about it with clear examples to understand the differences: After using this iPad for a…
  • Break this Safe Review: A Superb Game for Apple Watch

    Apr 21, 2016, 12:27 pm By Jake Underwood
    There's not a lot of good that can be said of the Apple Watch app experience. Although the platform looked promising after the release of watchOS 2, Watch apps haven't caught on in the way Apple Watch wearers may have liked. While some have tried to attack the…