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  • The Wall Street Journal’s Mini-Documentary on the Creation of the iPhone

    Sun 7:26pm By John Voorhees
    The Wall Street Journal released a short documentary called Behind the Glass to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone’s release on June 29, 2007. The almost ten-minute long documentary cuts between interviews with Greg Christie, former Vice…
  • Game Day: Newton

    Sat 10:50am By John Voorhees
    Casual puzzle games that you can pick up and play for a few minutes are a great way to kill time when you’re bored. Since the earliest days of the App Store,1 games have taken advantage of the iPhone’s sensors to create puzzles with realistic physics.…
  • Canvas, Episode 38: 21 Days Later

    Fri 12:25pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Fraser and Federico reflect on a couple of weeks of intensive use of iOS 11. On this week’s Canvas, we discussed our experience with iOS 11 after a few weeks of beta usage on our iPhones and iPads. You can listen here. Sponsored by: Pingdom: Start…
  • AppStories, Episode 10 – iOS 11’s All-New App Store

    Thu 10:19am By John Voorhees
    On this week's episode of AppStories, we take a look at the upcoming changes to the App Store announced at WWDC, the challenges Apple will face producing original content about apps, and consider what it will mean for users and developers. Sponsored by: Zapier…
  • Sega Forever Brings Sonic and Other Classics to iOS

    Thu 7:09am By John Voorhees
    Sega has been out of the hardware business for a long time, but still, has some of the most beloved video game franchises around. Today, Sega began releasing classic Sega games under the banner Sega Forever. The first titles released are Sonic the Hedgehog,…
  • Coding on iOS Is More Feasible Than Ever Before

    Wed 2:49pm By Ryan Christoffel
    In a series of tweets yesterday, one of the developers behind Codea announced that a new version of the iPad coding app had been approved for release, and this update would enable code sharing for the first time. Previously we covered the revised App Store…
  • Shutter Remote Review: Photography with Alexa

    Wed 12:59pm By Jake Underwood
    It was the day of my sister's high school graduation and my mom, being the opportunist she is, wanted to make sure we got a family photo before taking off for the ceremony. One problem was quickly apparent, though – there was no one around to take the photo…
  • Snap Map Brings Location Sharing and Global Discovery to Snapchat

    Wed 12:49pm By Ryan Christoffel
    A new feature is rolling out to all Snapchat users today called Snap Map. From the camera screen inside Snapchat, pinching two fingers together will bring Snap Map into view. The map consists of two main pieces: it shows you friends' locations (if they have…
  • John Markoff Interviews Original iPhone Engineering Team Members and Scott Forstall

    Wed 8:25am By John Voorhees
    Last night, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California hosted a two-two hour interview program. The event was split into two parts. The first half is an interview moderated by John Markoff who spoke with former iPhone team members Hugo Fiennes,…
  • Apple Posts Two Videos Highlighting Photos Memories

    Tue 5:33pm By John Voorhees
    Apple posted two videos highlighting the Memories feature of its iOS Photos app. One, called ‘The Archives,’ is part of Apple’s ‘practically magic’ series of videos and features an elderly man creating a film called ‘Together.’ When the man pulls…
  • Connected, Episode 147: I Wish We Could Be Friends in Real Life

    Tue 5:28pm By Federico Viticci
    This week: HomeKit changes coming in iOS 11, our approaches to running betas and Business Chat in iMessage. On this week’s Connected, more on running the first beta of iOS 11 on our devices and interesting changes coming to iMessage next year. You can listen…
  • iPhone App Size Is Increasing at a Breakneck Pace

    Tue 11:48am By John Voorhees
    According to a Sensor Tower report, the total space required for the top 10 most installed iPhone apps has increased more than 1000% since May 2013, increasing from 164 MB to a whopping 1.8 GB. During that period, Apple has raised the maximum app size from 2…
  • The JPEG Format’s Days May Be Numbered

    Tue 11:38am By Ryan Christoffel
    Kelly Thompson writes for 500px about Apple's upcoming transition from JPEG to the HEVC-based HEIF for photos across all its platforms: JPEG is 25 years old and showing its age. Compression has become a big deal as we’ve moved to 4K and HDR video, and HEVC…
  • IKEA to Launch Augmented Reality iOS App in the Fall

    Mon 4:49pm By John Voorhees
    At WWDC, Craig Federighi demoed ARKit, Apple's new augmented reality API and mentioned that Apple was teaming up with IKEA on AR. The collaboration was mentioned again recently by Tim Cook in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek. Now in an interview with…
  • Remaster, Episode 37: E3 2017

    Mon 3:39pm By Federico Viticci
    What we're most excited about from E3 2017. On last week’s Remaster, we shared our thoughts on the three big keynotes from E3 2017, the games that were announced, and more. You can listen here. Sponsored by: Blue Apron: A better way to cook. Get three meals…
  • Niantic Gives Pokémon GO Gyms a Makeover and Adds a New Raid Battle Feature

    Mon 1:42pm By John Voorhees
    Niantic announced a major update to Pokémon GO today, including new gym gameplay mechanics and a feature called Raid Battle. Gym gameplay has been modified with a focus on how gyms are defended by controlling teams. Each gym will have six permanent slots,…
  • Control Any Computer from Your Mac or iOS Device with Screens [Sponsor]

    Jun 19, 2017, 10:43 am By John Voorhees
    Screens by Edovia makes it easy to control any computer from a Mac or iOS device no matter where you are in the world. Whether you left an important file on your home computer that you need while you’re at work, or have a relative thousands of miles away who…
  • Game Day: Framed 2

    Jun 17, 2017, 9:59 am By John Voorhees
    In 2014, Melbourne-based Loveshack released Framed, a comic book-style puzzle game that requires manipulation of panels to guide the main character through a noir spy story. The game struck a chord for its novel combination of puzzles, narrative, and hip,…
  • Apple Hires Sony Executives to Lead Video Programming Efforts

    Jun 16, 2017, 8:52 am By John Voorhees
    Apple has announced that Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg are joining the company to lead the company’s worldwide video programming efforts as part of Eddie Cue’s team: “Jamie and Zack are two of the most talented TV executives in the world and have…
  • Twitter Launches Redesigned UI Across iOS, Web, and Other Platforms

    Jun 15, 2017, 12:50 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Announced in a blog post earlier today, Twitter has a major update to its iOS app and other platforms rolling out to all users starting today. The new design is inspired by Twitter’s Android client – and while that detail scared me at first, using the…
  • Apple’s Previous Home Stereo Attempt: the iPod Hi-Fi

    Jun 15, 2017, 10:45 am By Stephen Hackett
    The Apple world may be talking about the HomePod a lot in the wake of WWDC, but it's not the first time Apple has tried to reinvent home audio. In 2006 — just a year before the iPhone appeared — a slightly-under-the-weather Steve Jobs introduced the $349…
  • AppStories, Episode 9 – Competing with iOS System Apps

    Jun 15, 2017, 9:50 am By John Voorhees
    On this week's episode of AppStories, we consider the pros and cons of competing with, and what it takes to succeed against, Apple's free, built-in system apps and highlight some of their favorite alternatives. Sponsored by: Zapier - Connect your apps and…
  • Connected, Episode 146: Dubbed Dub Dub Follow Up

    Jun 14, 2017, 4:20 pm By Federico Viticci
    Recovering from San Jose, the boys wade through an ocean of follow up, then talk about the new iPads and review Planet of the Apps. On this week’s Connected, a lot of WWDC follow-up and more about Apple’s new iPad Pros. You can listen here. Sponsored by:…
  • Koogeek HomeKit-Enabled Smart Plug and Light Socket Review

    Jun 14, 2017, 2:57 pm By John Voorhees
    Koogeek may not be a name brand that jumps to mind when you think about home automation, but the company has built a substantial lineup of HomeKit-enabled devices. I’ve had a Koogeek smart plug for about a year and recently received a Koogeek lightbulb…
  • NotePlan Calendar + Markdown + Notes Comes to iOS

    Jun 14, 2017, 2:28 pm By Brett Terpstra
    When I first heard about NotePlan, I was intrigued. It was a Mac app that used a text format (Markdown) as a calendar-based system, a note for each day, allowing you to easily create tasks and take notes, then see it all in an organized calendar. NotePlan for…
  • Apple Doubles Down on App Store Curation

    Jun 13, 2017, 4:24 pm By John Voorhees
    Manton Reece’s assessment of the redesigned App Store coming to iOS 11 is spot on: The old App Store was designed like a database. Databases are good at showing grids and lists from an algorithm. But the App Store should tell a story about new apps. A…
  • iWork Updates Bring Professionally Drawn Artwork, New View Options, and More

    Jun 13, 2017, 2:40 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Today Apple released updates for its entire iWork suite across iOS and macOS. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers each received several improvements, some of which are shared and others of which are unique to certain apps. The most significant update found across all…
  • A Frontline Perspective on the Birth of the iPhone

    Jun 13, 2017, 12:27 pm By John Voorhees
    The Verge has a lengthy excerpt from Brian Merchant’s upcoming book, ‘The One Device: the Secret History of the iPhone.’ Merchant’s book chronicles the development of the iPhone from the recruitment of engineers, designers, and others at Apple, through…
  • Apple Introduces Changes to Podcasting

    Jun 13, 2017, 12:03 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Alongside the introduction of a revamped Podcasts app in iOS 11, Apple is making a few tweaks at the podcast feed level that will improve the way shows can be organized and displayed inside podcasting apps. Jason Snell shares the details on Six Colors: New…
  • Apple Reveals Its Focus on Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

    Jun 13, 2017, 10:18 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Apple's famous reputation for secrecy continues to morph. While much of the company's upcoming products remain shrouded in mystery – as evidenced by the numerous surprises at WWDC last week – other works in progress have voluntarily been thrust into the…