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  • UpTime Is an iPad Browser Built for Keyboard Users

    28 August 2014, 12:31 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Developed by Steve Moser and released today on the App Store at $3.99, UpTime is a new web browser for iPad built around two key features: the ability to quickly open multiple links in background tabs and desktop-class keyboard shortcuts. On a basic level,…
  • Based on Launch Center Pro, Contact Center Simplifies Contact Shortcuts

    28 August 2014, 12:17 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Contact Center is not for me. The latest product from Contrast, Contact Center is a simplified version of Launch Center Pro that brings a subset of its features to a free iPhone app supported by ads and aimed at a less geeky and power-user audience. I don't…
  • Apple Announces Media Event for September 9

    28 August 2014, 12:08 pm by: Federico Viticci

    As first reported by Jim Dalrymple at The Loop, Apple today announced a media event for September 9, this time to be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. The keynote will begin at 10 AM, and the invitation image shared by Apple…
  • CloudApp 3 for Mac Brings Effortless GIF Screen Recording, Support for Teams

    28 August 2014, 11:00 am by: Graham Spencer

    CloudApp today launched version 3 of their Mac app and it comes with the addition of a new feature called CloudApp Motion. Behind the fancy name is actually the really useful tool of being able to record your screen and automatically upload a GIF version to…
  • Connected: The Pasta and The Pizza and The Sauce

    28 August 2014, 10:47 am by: Federico Viticci

    This week, Federico, Myke and Stephen follow up on the history of the iPod, then discusses software and hardware that are helping them get in better shape. On this week's episode of Connected, I briefly touch upon the launch of Perspective Icons 2, then, after…
  • Quotebook 3 Brings New Design, Revamped Management of Authors and Sources

    28 August 2014, 9:23 am by: Federico Viticci

    Quotebook, developed by the folks at Lickability, has long been my favorite app to save and archive quotes and passages on the iPhone and iPad. Over the years, I've tried several solutions to store quotes – I started with Markdown archives in plain text,…
  • Time Zones Is a Clean and Effective Time Zone Converter

    28 August 2014, 8:54 am by: Federico Viticci

    Developed by Jared Sinclair, Time Zones is a clean and nifty utility to see time zones at a glance without having to convert offsets between cities in your head. The app was released today on the App Store, and it's free with a $4.99 In-App Purchase to remove…
  • The Technology Behind Hyperlapse

    27 August 2014, 11:47 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Very early on in the development process of Hyperlapse, we decided that we wanted an interactive slider for selecting the level of time lapse. We wanted to provide instant feedback that encouraged experimentation and felt effortless, even when complex…
  • TextBundle for Markdown

    27 August 2014, 11:16 pm by: Federico Viticci

    An interesting initiative by Brett Terpstra and The Soulmen: TextBundle is a new file format to bundle Markdown files, metadata, and referenced images in a single file that multiple apps can exchange without asking for additional permissions due to Sandboxing…
  • What Is a Card?

    27 August 2014, 4:43 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Khoi Vinh has a great introduction to software cards for presentation and rich content: Even as the notion of cards as the next big software interaction paradigm continues to gain momentum, it hasn’t gotten much easier to explain to the uninitiated what,…
  • Smile Announces TextExpander Custom Keyboard for iOS 8, Public Beta Program

    27 August 2014, 1:30 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Smile, makers of popular snippet expansion utility TextExpander and PDF editing tool PDFpen, have announced today that TextExpander touch, the company's mobile version of the app for iPhone and iPad, will feature a custom keyboard on iOS 8, allowing users to…
  • Introducing Perspective Icons 2

    27 August 2014, 11:52 am by: Federico Viticci

    Icons & Coffee – the side-project that I run with my girlfriend – has released a new icon set for OmniFocus 2 today. It's called Perspective Icons 2 and it's available here for an introductory price of $9.99. It contains 100 icons for custom perspectives…
  • Dropbox Launches New Pro Features, Cuts Pricing

    27 August 2014, 9:41 am by: Federico Viticci

    In a blog post, Dropbox announced changes to their paid tier today, cutting the price of Dropbox Pro to $9.99/month with 1 TB of storage and introducing new features for Pro users. We don’t want you to worry about choosing the right plan or having enough…
  • Hyperlapse and Detached Utility

    26 August 2014, 9:57 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Earlier today, Instagram released Hyperlapse, a Universal app to create time-lapse videos and share them to Facebook and Instagram. You can read Wired's story on the creation of Hyperlapse and check out The Verge's test video. I've spent a few hours having fun…
  • “Wacky Mobile Cases Have Become a Serious Business”

    26 August 2014, 1:34 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Adam Welch, writing at The Financial Times (via Ben Evans): The wacky phone case made its catwalk debut at Jeremy Scott’s inaugural show for Moschino autumn/winter 2014. In keeping with the rest of the collection – kitsch, colourful, cute – it was shaped…
  • iOS 8 and Web Views

    26 August 2014, 8:14 am by: Federico Viticci

    WKWebView is the centerpiece of the modern WebKit API introduced in iOS 8 & Mac OS X Yosemite. It replaces UIWebView in UIKit and WebView in AppKit, offering a consistent API across the two platforms. Boasting responsive 60fps scrolling, built-in gestures,…
  • iTunes Festival Schedule Updated with New Acts, Apple TV Channel Available Again

    26 August 2014, 7:59 am by: Graham Spencer

    The eighth annual iTunes Festival is on again from September 1st, and in anticipation of the month-long festival, Apple has again updated the schedule with new musical acts. The schedule is now mostly complete, with headline acts announced for all but two of…
  • Dropbox 3.3

    25 August 2014, 5:27 pm by: Federico Viticci

    The latest update to the official Dropbox app for iOS, version 3.3, adds a series of welcome improvements. For one, Dropbox has added support for better state restoration, which means the app should remember your position across relaunches (seems like a…
  • Powered By Forecast.io, Wandering Weather Shows Forecasts for Your Trips

    25 August 2014, 3:46 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Created by Italian developer Cosimo Talò, Wandering Weather lets you check weather conditions for your car trips and plan accordingly. The idea is simple enough: using data returned by Dark Sky's Forecast.io service, the app lets you add a starting point and…
  • Ångström Is a Fast and Innovative Currency and Unit Converter

    25 August 2014, 12:21 pm by: Federico Viticci

    I've tried hundreds of unit and currency converters over the years, and I didn't think I could still be impressed by the input mechanism and design of an iPhone app built to convert numbers. Ångström, developed by Ilya Birman and Alex Babaev, surprised me…
  • ‘Delight is in the Details’ Update

    25 August 2014, 10:16 am by: Federico Viticci

    I first linked to Shawn Blanc's Delight is in the Details eBook and interview series last year; in late July, Shawn updated the bundle with new chapters, interviews, videos, and other resources – all focused on providing “practical advice, insight, and…
  • Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant on Your Smart Phone [Sponsor]

    25 August 2014, 9:50 am by: Federico Viticci

    Automatic is a smart driving assistant that plugs into your car's data port and lets you connect your smartphone (either iPhone or Android) with your car. By  talking to your car’s onboard computer and using your smartphone’s GPS and data plan to upgrade…
  • Apple Initiates a Limited iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program

    25 August 2014, 9:36 am by: Graham Spencer

    If you missed it late last week, Apple has implemented a limited battery replacement program for the iPhone 5. The program involves replacing the battery for certain iPhone 5 devices that have suddenly begun to experience shorter battery life or need to be…
  • 1Password App Extension for iOS 8

    23 August 2014, 1:56 pm by: Federico Viticci

    AgileBits explains what the 1Password extension for iOS 8 will be capable of: Access their 1Password Logins to automatically fill your login page. Use the Strong Password Generator to create unique passwords during registration, and save the new Login within…
  • Estimote Announces Stickers

    22 August 2014, 10:49 am by: Federico Viticci

    After introducing considerable improvements to their SDK last month, Estimote has announced Stickers – extensions for regular beacons to add context to everyday objects. Estimote Stickers are complementary to Estimote Beacons. Whereas beacons add a layer of…
  • PlayStation Network and the App Store

    20 August 2014, 12:04 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Matt Birchler compares Sony's PlayStation Network storefront to Apple's App Store: Everything you see when you load up the store has been hand-picked by someone. Of course, the PS4 store only has 147 items on the platform, so manually curating that content is…
  • An FTP Client UI Written in Editorial

    20 August 2014, 11:34 am by: Federico Viticci

    Alex Guyot: In need of a project to learn on, I decided to take a Python script I wrote last year for connecting to a server and manipulating files over FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and build a User Interface for it. I continue to be amazed by the breadth and…
  • Google Photo Sphere Comes to the iPhone

    20 August 2014, 6:07 am by: Graham Spencer

    Google yesterday launched a free iPhone app for their Photo Sphere Camera tool. Photo Sphere originally launched in October 2012 as an Android 4.2 feature, allowing people to create their own panoramic views that can be uploaded to Google Maps. The new iPhone…
  • Mailbox Launches Public Beta for Mac

    19 August 2014, 1:09 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Announced back in April, Mailbox for Mac is out today as a public beta for those who signed up to receive access. Ellis Hamburger has a preview for The Verge: Mailbox still has plenty of work to do, even on the homefront. There are lots of bugs in the Mailbox…
  • Nuzzel for iPhone Lets You Catch Up on News from Twitter

    19 August 2014, 12:40 pm by: Federico Viticci

    I've been using a free iPhone app called Nuzzel to catch up on interesting links and news shared on Twitter following a recommendation on Kottke and a tweet by Ben Thompson. I'm a fan of the underlying idea and the execution of filters in the app, but there…

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