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  • Nintendo, One Year Later

    Thu 2:19pm By Federico Viticci
    Lukas Mathis, checking back after a year on the idea that Nintendo should drop consoles and make games for iOS: Now, one year later, Nintendo just announced that it made a quarterly profit of 24.2 billion yen (about 224 million US$). Ars Technica notes that…
  • Apple No Longer Rejecting iOS 8 Calculator Widgets

    Thu 1:08pm By Federico Viticci
    According to TechCrunch, Apple has changed its mind on calculator widgets for iOS 8 following yesterday's PCalc news: But now we’re hearing that Apple is changing its course. The PCalc app and widget will remain in the App Store, and all calculator-type…
  • Spotify Brings New Design, Your Music to iPad App

    Thu 11:04am By Federico Viticci
    Spotify updated their iPad app this morning, bringing a long-awaited design refresh in line with iOS 7 and the company's iPhone app, which received a drastic redesign back in April. On top of visual changes, Spotify also brought the service's music collection…
  • Tim Cook: I’m Proud to be Gay

    Thu 7:54am By Graham Spencer
    Tim Cook, in an op-ed for Bloomberg Businessweek: Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more…
  • Apple Asks PCalc Developer to Remove iOS 8 Widget

    Wed 1:36pm By Federico Viticci
    As tweeted by PCalc developer James Thomson today, he will be forced to remove the app's iOS 8 widget. Following an approval that saw PCalc 3.3 launch alongside iOS 8 and a feature in Apple's “Great Apps for iOS 8” App Store section, the company has…
  • The iPad Air 2′s Extra GB of RAM

    Wed 11:32am By Federico Viticci
    Display aside, another hardware change that I noticed in my iPad Air 2 is the extra RAM Apple put in this year. Pocket Gamer's Mark Brown ran some tests: To see how things have changed, we rebooted an iPad Air and an iPad Air 2, and then loaded monster memory…
  • The iPad Air 2 Display

    Wed 11:07am By Federico Viticci
    Since getting my iPad Air 2 last week (I upgraded from an iPad mini), I noticed two things about the display: if I get closer to it, I can (almost) discern pixels again; and, it's considerably better than the iPad mini when used under indoor lighting. Dr.…
  • Logitech Unveils New Keys-To-Go iPad Keyboard

    Tue 11:01pm By Federico Viticci
    Earlier today, Logitech unveiled updates to its line of iPad keyboards and cases (Ultrathin and Type+) and announced a brand new Bluetooth keyboard called Keys-To-Go. The Logitech Keys-To-Go is a standalone ultra-portable Bluetooth keyboard that is thin, light…
  • iOS 8 Now on Over Half of Active iOS Devices

    Tue 10:29pm By Federico Viticci
    Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors: After five and a half weeks of availability, Apple's iOS 8 operating system is now installed on 52 percent of iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers. The number is…
  • The New musiXmatch Widget for iOS 8

    Mon 2:36pm By Federico Viticci
    I've talked about musiXmatch, an app to find lyrics for songs playing on your device, before here on MacStories. Earlier this year, I covered the app's new version for iOS 7, noting how an officially-licensed database of lyrics with a polished interface makes…
  • Transporter: Your Own Private Cloud [Sponsor]

    Mon 1:23pm By Federico Viticci
    Transporter is your own private cloud for syncing, accessing, protecting, and sharing all your files across all your devices. A storage device that you control, Transporter starts at $99 with no monthly fees or other recurring costs and it doesn’t put your…
  • iOS 8.1 and iCloud Issues

    Mon 10:45am By Federico Viticci
    Since upgrading to the first beta of iOS 8.1, I started noticing that a few apps were randomly hanging or crashing at launch. I thought that the problem would be fixed for the public release of iOS 8.1, but soon after updating to the stable version, it…
  • What Photographers Need to Know About iOS 8.1 and Yosemite

    Sun 9:51pm By Federico Viticci
    The new OS X and iOS jive better now than ever before. Both platforms are packed with new features and I’ve only touched on the aspects that are especially significant for photographers. I’m personally most excited about iCloud’s ability to give us…
  • Virtual #9 and #10

    Sun 9:27pm By Federico Viticci
    On the last two episodes of Virtual, we discussed a bunch of videogame news and links, but more importantly we talked about GamerGate and its consequences on the people who make, enjoy, and write about video games. You can get episode #9 here, and listen to…
  • Connected: An Italian Stephen

    Fri 9:25pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, the boys discuss the ever-expanding iPad line and Stephen yells about Yosemite. This week's episode of Connected was recorded before I got my iPad Air 2, and it includes some thoughts on moving from the iPad mini to the larger iPad as well as…
  • distribute()

    Fri 9:19pm By Federico Viticci
    Created by Vlambeer (the indie studio behind Apple Design Award winner Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers, and other games), distribute() is a new tool to help game developers keep track of a press list. From the website: distribute() is modelled to save you…
  • Twitterrific 5.8 with Share Sheets

    Oct 23, 2014, 3:18 pm By Federico Viticci
    Twitterrific, the popular Twitter client by The Iconfactory, was updated this week with support for native iOS 8 share sheets, a new way to search for users when composing a tweet, and other improvements. I've always been impressed by The Iconfactory's…
  • Apple Launches TestFlight Beta Testing for Everyone

    Oct 23, 2014, 2:46 pm By Federico Viticci
    After unveiling TestFlight beta testing at WWDC and rolling it out for internal testers a few weeks ago, Apple has today opened up TestFlight beta testing for everyone. From the Developer News website: You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your…
  • Nuzzel for iPad

    Oct 23, 2014, 12:00 pm By Federico Viticci
    I fell in love with Nuzzel earlier this year: I wanted an app to quickly understand what people I followed were talking about on Twitter, and I came across this simple utility to see popular links in my timeline. As I wrote in my original review: Nuzzel…
  • Google Approaches Email in a New Way with Inbox

    Oct 23, 2014, 7:44 am By Graham Spencer
    Google yesterday unveiled Inbox, a new email client for Gmail that takes a different approach to email. Google frames Inbox as a product that recognises we now use email in very different ways today, but email (and email clients) have barely changed. Email…
  • 24 Hours with Pixelmator for iPad

    Oct 23, 2014, 7:00 am By Federico Viticci
    Announced and demoed last week on stage at Apple’s media event, Pixelmator for iPad is a powerful portable rendition of the popular (and award-winning) image editor for Mac. I’m no photographer, and I’m definitely no artist, but I wanted to get my hands…
  • Fantastical 2.2: Interactive Notifications, Share Extension, and Today Widget

    Oct 22, 2014, 9:54 am By Federico Viticci
    Fantastical, developed by Flexibits, has long been one of my favorite calendar apps for iOS. Since the app's first release over three years ago, I've come to expect my calendar to support natural language input; after the launch of version 2.0 for iPhone,…
  • Maps Connect: Apple’s Tool for Small Businesses to List on Apple Maps

    Oct 22, 2014, 7:51 am By Graham Spencer
    Greg Sterling of Search Engine Land has a great post that details how small businesses can use Apple's Maps Connect tool to add their business to the Apple Maps database. It isn't a completely new feature, as pointed out by Apple Spotlight, but new features…
  • How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

    Oct 21, 2014, 5:10 pm By Federico Viticci
    For most of us, Siri is merely a momentary diversion. But for some, it’s more. My son’s practice conversation with Siri is translating into more facility with actual humans. Yesterday I had the longest conversation with him that I’ve ever had.…
  • iStat Mini

    Oct 21, 2014, 3:29 pm By Federico Viticci
    Bjango's iStat Menus has been one of my must-have Mac apps for the past four years, but I have to admit that I don't use all of its features. I don't need iStat Menus' comprehensive set of tools to monitor my CPU, fan temperature, or network usage – mostly…
  • Rdio Launches High-Quality Streams, Interactive Notifications on iOS 8

    Oct 21, 2014, 3:05 pm By Federico Viticci
    Last week, Rdio addressed one of my longstanding criticisms of the service by launching high-quality AAC streams with a 320 kbps option for Unlimited users: Today we’re happy to announce we’ve converted our entire catalog of over 30 million songs to…
  • Apple Pay in Australia

    Oct 21, 2014, 11:12 am By Federico Viticci
    Beau Giles figured out a way to use Apple Pay, currently limited to the US, in Australia. Essentially, given the right settings and card, Apple Pay will treat the user as an American tourist in another country, with an obvious consequence: Unfortunately, as…
  • iTunes 12′s New Interface

    Oct 21, 2014, 10:15 am By Federico Viticci
    I find iTunes 12 to be one of the most confusing UIs Apple has ever shipped (it's up there with the Health app for iOS 8). I don't listen to all my music in iTunes, but I like to think that I'm not completely ignorant about the app either. I use it for iTunes…
  • Igloo: An intranet that actually works on your phone [Sponsor]

    Oct 21, 2014, 8:30 am By Federico Viticci
    Work doesn’t stop when you leave your desk (although most intranet software will have you believe that).   With Igloo’s responsive design, your intranet can be fully optimized for almost any device you’re using. Manage tasks, share status updates,…
  • Apple Pay FAQ and Apps

    Oct 20, 2014, 9:33 pm By Federico Viticci
    Earlier today, Apple posted two support documents detailing frequently asked questions about Apple Pay and the security and privacy of the service. From the FAQ: When I’m paying in a store using my debit card in Apple Pay, should I choose Credit or Debit on…
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