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  • Apple Music and Sonos Launch Collaborative Ad Campaign

    Thu 1:26pm By Federico Viticci
    Following the launch of Apple Music on Sonos earlier this week, the companies have launched an ad campaign to highlight the benefits of music in daily lives. Mikey Campbell, reporting for AppleInsider: The marketing effort — dubbed "Music Makes it Home" —…
  • HeartWatch 2 Review

    Thu 12:22pm By Jake Underwood
    A couple of months ago, Federico linked to David Walsh's Medium post detailing HeartWatch, a deeply functional heart monitoring app. HeartWatch, according to Walsh, is a better way to visualize heart rate data pulled from your Apple Watch. Now in version 2.0,…
  • Bound is a Dropbox-Connected Audiobook Player

    Thu 10:13am By John Voorhees
    Audiobooks occupy a weird backwater on iOS. Long tucked away in Apple's Music app behind a 'More' button, audiobooks were kicked out of Music with iOS 8.4 and now live alongside eBooks in iBooks. Audiobooks are also one of the most restrictive types of media…
  • Sleep++ 2.0 Brings Improved Sleep Analysis to Apple Watch App

    Thu 8:57am By Federico Viticci
    I've previously noted how, almost a year into the Apple Watch, I haven't found myself depending on any particular Watch app. I mostly use my Apple Watch for basic features such as notifications and timers, and I like wearing it because it looks nice. All the…
  • Twitter’s Algorithmic Timeline Option

    Wed 2:05pm By Federico Viticci
    Following a BuzzFeed report from last week, Twitter has announced today a new option to view a summary of relevant tweets on top of the regular timeline. Unlike the traditional reverse chronological order of the timeline, tweets will be reordered…
  • Low Power Mode: Perfect for Vacations

    Wed 8:12am By Graham Spencer
    I just returned from a two week vacation1 in which I used my iPhone 6s to take hundreds of photos and videos, find places to eat, and get public transit directions to and from various places in unfamiliar cities. It was also the first time I had no concerns…
  • Apple Music Launching on Sonos Tomorrow – Some Beta Impressions

    Tue 7:29pm By Federico Viticci
    With a press release, Sonos announced today that Apple Music integration, first released as beta late last year, will be available publicly tomorrow, February 10: Sonos announced today that Apple Music will be available on Sonos systems worldwide starting…
  • Connected: This Feels Like Therapy to Me

    Tue 1:35pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, Federico and Stephen discuss the culture surrounding app updates and answer some listener questions. On this week's Connected, we discussed a topic that's been in the back of my mind for years: how do we approach apps that aren't going to be updated…
  • TechTube for Apple TV

    Tue 1:25pm By Federico Viticci
    Like many others, I've developed a habit of binge-browsing YouTube videos and spending a few hours each week on YouTube channels that match my interests. Whether they're Let's Plays, music videos, educational stuff, documentaries, or interviews, the variety of…
  • Apple’s Notes App for Mac to Add Support for Evernote File Imports

    Mon 9:58pm By Federico Viticci
    Mikey Campbell, writing for AppleInsider, reports on the upcoming update to Notes on OS X 10.11.4, which is set to bring support for native Evernote imports: The new Evernote compatibility comes as part of Apple's Notes buildout, a project that most recently…
  • Apple Rejects ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’

    Mon 7:20pm By Federico Viticci
    Owen S. Good, writing for Polygon: An iOS version of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth was rejected by Apple on grounds it depicts violence toward children, the game's publisher said Saturday evening. Tyrone Rodriguez, the founder of Nicalis and a producer and…
  • Remaster – State of the Union: iOS

    Mon 4:19pm By Federico Viticci
    The Platform State of the Union series continues. This week your hosts focus on how Apple has fared in 2015, taking a look at all of their current platforms and where games fit within them. They also take a look at Apple's overall attitude towards gaming, and…
  • tvOS 9.2 to Bring Support for Dictation

    Mon 4:10pm By Federico Viticci
    Juli Clover, reporting for MacRumors on the the third beta of tvOS 9.2 seeded to developers earlier today: There's now support for onscreen text entry via dictation in countries where Siri is available. When updating to tvOS 9.2 beta 3, users will be prompted…
  • Canvas, Episode 3: Photo Management

    Sun 6:19pm By Federico Viticci
    Federico and Fraser go in-depth on modern photo management on iOS devices. Photo management is traditionally one of the trickier areas to deal with in an iOS-only lifestyle. This week, we focus on the modern era of photo management by looking in-depth at…
  • Khoi Vinh Is Done with MacBooks

    Fri 10:26pm By Federico Viticci
    Khoi Vinh: I’ve been using laptops for decades. The first one I ever owned was a PowerBook 3400c, and I’ve never not owned one since then. But now, in contrast to my iPad, my laptop seems altogether much more cumbersome than I prefer to deal with. It’s…
  • CloudKit Gets Server API

    Fri 10:17pm By Federico Viticci
    A notable addition to CloudKit announced by Apple today – an API for server-to-server requests: In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a…
  • Touch ID and Error 53

    Fri 7:26pm By Federico Viticci
    Christina Warren has a good roundup of Error 53 – an iOS system error that makes an iPhone unusable (bricked) if it detects a third-party Touch ID module when performing a software update: Thousands of iPhone users have been left with bricked devices after…
  • Using Classic Mechanical Keyboards on Modern iPads

    Feb 4, 2016, 8:39 pm By Federico Viticci
    Even I'll admit that this might be a bit much pic.twitter.com/lrDKOIcuOX — Kevin | AfterPad.com (@AfterPad) February 2, 2016 Kevin MacLeod, following up on one of the geekiest photos I've seen on Twitter in a while: You found a mechanical keyboard. An old…
  • Pocket Adds New Typographic Controls for Premium Subscribers

    Feb 4, 2016, 8:13 pm By Federico Viticci
    It's nice to see Pocket is continuing to add new features exclusive to Premium subscribers. In the 6.2 update released today, Pocket has introduced 7 new fonts (including two of my favorites – Whitney and Ideal Sans), plus controls for line height and margin…
  • Day One 2 Review

    Feb 3, 2016, 9:31 pm By Jake Underwood
    Day One, the well-known journaling app by Bloom Built, was an unmistakable success. On both iOS and Mac, it amassed multiple awards for both its design and quality of the experience. Through positive reviews and loyal users, Day One rose to the top of the…
  • Connected: Dreaming Is Enough

    Feb 3, 2016, 5:40 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, Stephen and Federico talk about Stephen's 20th Anniversary Mac, Airmail, Federico's new NAS and the iPad Air 3. If you didn't catch my thoughts on the Synology NAS I bought in the latest Monthly Log for Club MacStories members, this week's Connected…
  • Nintendo’s Second Mobile Game to Feature “Familiar” Character

    Feb 3, 2016, 11:08 am By Federico Viticci
    Nintendo didn't only announce details for Miitomo and My Nintendo this week. Here's Takashi Mochizuki, reporting for The Wall Street Journal: Videogame giant on Tuesday posted a sharp drop in quarterly net profit, but it stoked the hopes of fans by promising…
  • Nintendo Outlines Launch Plans for ‘My Nintendo’ Service and Miitomo iOS App

    Feb 3, 2016, 10:47 am By Federico Viticci
    Following a first announcement in October last year, Nintendo has revealed its launch plans for their first iOS app, Miitomo: Starting Feb. 17, people will be able to pre-register for Miitomo by signing up for the new Nintendo Account service using their…
  • Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey

    Feb 3, 2016, 7:23 am By Federico Viticci
    No productivity app seems to be safe with Microsoft. Following a Financial Times report from yesterday, the company has confirmed they have acquired SwiftKey, makers of the popular keyboard and predictive text engine for iOS and Android: This acquisition is a…
  • Activist Engineering

    Feb 2, 2016, 6:39 pm By Federico Viticci
    Matthew Bischoff: You’ve been there. You’re sitting in a meeting and your boss, a product manager, or an executive is talking about Q2 goals. They’re laying out a roadmap of the features that are going to be “coming down the pike”. All of a sudden…
  • The Futility of Pleasing All Users

    Feb 2, 2016, 2:20 pm By Federico Viticci
    Khoi Vinh made an interesting point in his consideration of a recent update to 1Password: At this stage, having gone through at least six major revisions, the utility must accommodate many different usage styles—people who want strict separation among their…
  • Daylite: The Productivity App for Individuals and Teams, Exclusively for Mac and iOS [Sponsor]

    Feb 1, 2016, 3:23 pm By Federico Viticci
    Marketcircle helps individuals, teams, and small businesses on the Mac, iPhone and iPad be more productive with their two apps, Daylite and Billings Pro. For those of you who don’t know about Daylite, it has been around for almost 15 years. Daylite helps you…
  • Twitterrific Adds Redesigned Today View, watchOS 2 App, Refined Profile Pages

    Feb 1, 2016, 1:05 pm By Federico Viticci
    Solid update to the Twitter client by The Iconfactory: version 5.14 of Twitterrific brings a redesigned and customizable Today screen to view an activity summary for the selected account (with a counter for quoted tweets, too), better support for 3D Touch to…
  • Zapier Launches Multi-Step Zaps for Richer Web Automation

    Feb 1, 2016, 10:18 am By Federico Viticci
    The new multi-step editor in Zapier. I've long been interested in web automation as a complement to my iOS apps and workflows. While I expressed my fair share of skepticism about the practical benefits of web automation in the past – primarily due to a lack…
  • Airmail for iPhone Review: Power User Email

    Feb 1, 2016, 6:19 am By Federico Viticci
    If you want to drive an average tech nerd crazy, try to talk about email clients. Over the course of (almost) seven years of writing for MacStories, I've seen email pronounced dead (multiple times), reinvented, redesigned, and, most recently, made smarter with…