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  • Unread 1.2 Adds Image Viewer, New Gestures, And More

    20 April 2014, 11:45 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Originally released in February, Jared Sinclair's Unread is an elegant and polished RSS reader for iPhone that made me switch from Reeder. As I concluded in my review: For me, Unread provides a better reading, syncing, and sharing experience than Reeder. While…
  • Towards A Better App Store

    20 April 2014, 12:27 pm by: Federico Viticci

    David Smith: For the last month I have been doing a series of episodes on Developing Perspective trying to unpack practical, actionable improvements that could be made to the App Store. I didn’t want to just whine about its shortcomings, I wanted to think of…
  • Sloppy Swiping

    20 April 2014, 12:06 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Josh Ginter on apps that implement sloppy swiping through loose gestures that can be activated anywhere on the screen: Stretching your thumbs to the topmost corner or having to swipe from off screen to go back is not natural in any way. Mobile phone users…
  • Directional: Espresso Game Recap

    18 April 2014, 8:57 am by: Federico Viticci

    This week Federico and Myke catch up on a bunch of follow up and listener mail, before discussing some upcoming games that have caught their interest over the last few weeks, like Tomodachi Life, Mario Kart 8, Below and Severed. A fun episode of Directional in…
  • The Prompt: The Problem And The Solution

    18 April 2014, 8:51 am by: Federico Viticci

    This week, Stephen, Federico and Myke re-visit Carousel, Greg Christie’s departure from Apple and CarPlay. Then, Federico buys a shirt on the air and leads a discussion about boredom with apps, tinkering with setups and feature creep in apps and services.…
  • Dropbox Acquires Loom

    17 April 2014, 12:41 pm by: Federico Viticci

    With a notice posted on their website today, Loom, a photo storage and management service originally launched in July 2013, announced that they’ve been acquired by Dropbox and will be joining the company. Often regarded as “what Apple’s Photo Stream”…
  • Photos+ 1.1 Adds Dropbox Support

    17 April 2014, 9:55 am by: Federico Viticci

    Photos+, which I first covered in December when Second Gear launched it on the App Store, has today been updated to version 1.1, adding Dropbox integration and finding a new home at SilverPine Software. Photos+ 1.0 was a simple Photos.app replacement with…
  • Twitterrific for iOS Adds “Edit Tweet” Button

    17 April 2014, 9:04 am by: Federico Viticci

    With a relatively minor 5.7.2 update released last night, The Iconfactory added an ingenious Edit Tweet button in Twitterrific for iOS, cleverly sidestepping Twitter’s lack of official support for such functionality with a native integration. The topic of an…
  • Bjango Releases Skala Color, Free Color Picker For OS X

    16 April 2014, 7:24 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Skala for Mac isn’t ready for its public debut yet, but Bjango, makers of Skala Preview and iStat, have today released Skala Color, a free plugin for the OS X Color Picker that comes with useful options for designers and developers and that offers a glimpse…
  • What Fruit Is Left Hanging For iOS In Education?

    16 April 2014, 10:10 am by: Graham Spencer

    There are very legitimate uses of IAP that make sense from both a developer and customer standpoint, but it’s not usable in education deployments. When my art teacher saw Paper by FiftyThree, she immediately wanted it. The problem is that it’s a free app…
  • Editorial 1.1 Teaser

    16 April 2014, 9:44 am by: Federico Viticci

    In post published yesterday on the Editorial forums, developer Ole Zorn shared more details on Editorial 1.1, announcing some features he's been working on for the update, such as the ui module, which will allow users to create custom interfaces inside…
  • Pioneer To Add CarPlay To Five Of Their Existing Aftermarket Consoles

    16 April 2014, 9:35 am by: Graham Spencer

    Update [April 17]: 9to5Mac has noticed that Apple has updated their CarPlay website with a section highlighting that Pioneer and Alpine will also support CarPlay. This confirms previous reports that Alpine will also begin selling a CarPlay compatible console…
  • Apple Is Not Here To Entertain You

    15 April 2014, 4:44 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Jason Snell offers a great take on the tech press' obsession with an Apple iWatch: So in the end, why do we want Apple to make an iWatch? Because it’s fun to see new products from Apple. Because we want to try one out and see if we like it. Because we like…
  • Brilliant UI Details In Carousel

    15 April 2014, 4:36 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Even more ingenious is the way Carousel surfaces photos it thinks you’re most likely to want to see. To start, the app scans every photograph in your collection for human faces. Based on the qualities of the mugs it detects, it assigns each picture a…
  • Screens 3 for Mac Review

    14 April 2014, 6:20 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Since 2010, I’ve been using Edovia’s Screens for all my VNC needs: an elegant client with a polished interface and just the right amount of options, I’ve always been a fan of Edovia’s focus on elegance and simplicity combined with touch controls. The…
  • musiXmatch 4.1 Brings Videos To iPhone, Local “Now Playing” Notifications

    14 April 2014, 2:36 pm by: Federico Viticci

    With an update released over the weekend, musiXmatch — my favorite lyrics discovery tool for iOS — added support for video playback on iPhone, faster performance for older devices (iPhone 4 and 4S), as well as a new way to quickly get lyrics for the song…
  • Xcode Plugins

    14 April 2014, 1:49 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Indeed, significant progress has been made in recent years to break open the developer workflow, from alternative IDEs like AppCode to build tools like CocoaPods, xctool and nomad. However, the notion that Xcode itself could be customized and extended by mere…
  • The Prompt T-Shirts

    14 April 2014, 1:44 pm by: Federico Viticci

    If you listen to The Prompt and you've ever wished you could express your appreciation for the show in a very visible way, well, we now have t-shirts. We’re excited to announce the world’s greatest t-shirt. With a two-sided color design and printed on…
  • Asking Users For iOS Permissions

    13 April 2014, 9:43 am by: Federico Viticci

    Brenden Mulligan has an interesting post on various ways to ask users for permissions to access photos, contacts, and notifications on iOS. Brenden and his team experimented with different user flows and designs for Cluster, and what they ended up using seems…
  • The Prompt: I Am Your Middleman

    13 April 2014, 9:24 am by: Federico Viticci

    This week, Federico, Myke and Stephen reflect on their input into the world of dental healthcare, then move on to discuss Dropbox’s recent news, shake-ups in Apple’s design department and the WWDC lottery system. For more on Carousel, see my thoughts on…
  • Reeder 2 for Mac Public Beta Now Available

    11 April 2014, 11:30 am by: Federico Viticci

    Nine months after being pulled from the Mac App Store following the Google Reader shutdown, Reeder for Mac, Silvio Rizzi’s popular desktop RSS client, is back with a public beta that offers a glimpse at the app’s new service integrations, refreshed…
  • Don Melton’s Memories Of Steve Jobs

    11 April 2014, 10:02 am by: Federico Viticci

    Let me be clear. Steve was not some mercurial ogre or cartoon autocrat. He was just very, very busy. He didn’t have time for “yes men,” the easily frightened, or those who didn’t know what the fuck they were doing or talking about. In that way, he…
  • Use The Power of IFTTT To Customize Your Apple TV Screen Saver

    11 April 2014, 8:06 am by: Graham Spencer

    It’s a fairly hidden feature that not many people seem to know about, but the Apple TV has some pretty great options for customizing its screen saver. There are a few default sources of photos you can choose from, including National Geographic (probably what…
  • Inside Monument Valley

    10 April 2014, 3:48 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Cult of Mac’s Luke Dormehl posted a look behind the scenes of Monument Valley, one of the most unique and beautiful iOS games I’ve played this year. There are photos of early sketches and an interview with Monument Valley designer Ken Wong, which includes…
  • Thoughts On Dropbox Carousel

    9 April 2014, 9:56 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Carousel, a new gallery app released today by Dropbox, aims at providing an integrated solution for all photos and videos stored in a Dropbox account, unifying them in a single interface that automatically sorts files by time and location. As someone who…
  • Mailbox for iOS Gets Auto-Swipe, Mac Beta Coming Soon

    9 April 2014, 2:46 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Alongside Carousel, today Dropbox also announced an update to Mailbox for iOS and showed the first screenshots of a Mailbox beta for OS X. In Mailbox for iOS, Dropbox is introducing a feature called Auto-Swipe, which will let the app learn a user’s patterns…
  • Dropbox Launches Carousel App for Photos and Videos

    9 April 2014, 2:11 pm by: Federico Viticci

    At a press event held in San Francisco this morning, Dropbox announced Carousel, a new dedicated gallery app that combines all of a user’s photos and videos from all connected devices in a single interface. Carousel will be available both as an iOS and…
  • Vlambeer’s Nuclear Throne Early Access Adds Mac Support

    9 April 2014, 10:35 am by: Federico Viticci

    Nuclear Throne, the upcoming game from Vlambeer (Super Crate Box, Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers) currently in development and available through Steam Early Access, will receive native Mac support today. Previously, the game was only playable through Early…
  • Directional: Shahid Ahmad Of PlayStation

    9 April 2014, 9:40 am by: Federico Viticci

    This week, Myke and Federico are joined by Shahid Ahmad, senior business development manager at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. They talk about Shahid’s role at PlayStation, indie games and PS Vita, passion for game development and video games, and the…
  • Deep Belief Image Recognition on iOS

    9 April 2014, 9:26 am by: Federico Viticci

    Pete Warden: I am totally convinced that deep learning approaches to hard AI are going to change our world, especially when they’re running on cheap networked devices scattered everywhere. I’m a believer because I’ve seen how good the results can be on…

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