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  • Spatial Interfaces

    Tue 9:04pm By Federico Viticci
    I believe the best software is an extension of the human brain. It lets us think naturally, and conforms to us, not the other way around. Translation of information should be the computer’s job, not ours. It’s what we built these digital slaves for. A…
  • Google Starts Showing Busy Times for Places in Search

    Tue 4:40pm By Federico Viticci
    Here's a clever addition to Google search results announced by the company today: you can now view busy times for places listed in search results. Google writes: Now, you can avoid the wait and see the busiest times of the week at millions of places and…
  • Apple Pay Now Available for UK HSBC and First Direct Customers

    Tue 1:17am By Graham Spencer
    HSBC and First Direct customers in the UK can now use Apple Pay, two weeks after Apple Pay launched in the UK. Both banks had been expected to support Apple Pay when it launched in the UK (HSBC even accidentally leaked the launch date), and both were listed as…
  • ‘Apps at a Tap': Apple Posts Three New Apple Watch Ads Focusing on Travel, Fitness and Music Apps

    Mon 10:29pm By Graham Spencer
    Apple tonight debuted three new ads for the Apple Watch, each featuring the new tagline of 'Apps at a tap'. Unlike Apple's most recent Apple Watch ads from earlier this month which showed the Apple Watch in use by people in real world situations, today's ads…
  • IFTTT Launches Spotify Channel

    Mon 3:02pm By Federico Viticci
    This is an interesting idea by IFTTT: a Spotify channel to create automated recipes for the music service so you can connect it to other apps. Triggers include new saved tracks and tracks added to a playlist (the same are available as actions). I haven't kept…
  • VideoBlocks: Royalty-Free Stock Footage Downloads [Sponsor]

    Mon 2:29pm By Federico Viticci
    VideoBlocks is an affordable, subscription-based stock media site that gives you unlimited access to premium stock footage. One of the main benefits of VideoBlocks is its unlimited download model: with a library of over 100,000 HD video clips, plus After…
  • Apple’s New “Why iPhone” Campaign

    Fri 5:00pm By Federico Viticci
    Every iPhone we’ve made — and we mean every single one — was built on the same belief. That a phone should be more than a collection of features. That, above all, a phone should be absolutely simple, beautiful, and magical to use. Apple's new iPhone…
  • Kids React to First iPod

    Fri 1:26pm By Federico Viticci
    Kids React is one of my favorite YouTube shows. It's always interesting to see how new generations react to old products and technologies, commenting on aspects that they now take for granted but that actually took years of evolution and cultural changes to…
  • Craig Hockenberry on the Mac App Store

    Fri 12:51pm By Federico Viticci
    Craig Hockenberry on the many limitations of the Mac App Store when compared to its iOS counterpart: I think the thing that bothers me most about this situation is the inequality. Mac developers aren’t getting the same value from the App Store as their…
  • Virtual: The Game Is Happening in Your Mind

    Fri 12:27pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico and Myke talk about Her Story, Pokemon set in the Unreal Engine and Year Walk for Wii U. On Virtual this week, we discussed the excellent iOS game Her Story. Lots of spoilers ahead, so make sure to see the ending before you listen here.…
  • Connected: The Year of Now for You

    Fri 12:25pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, the Connected gang talk about the iOS 9 beta, new iPods and what the future may hold for the iPad. On this week's Connected, we elaborated on Apple blocking App Store reviews on the iOS 9 beta and Stephen's usage of iPods in 2015. You can listen…
  • YouTube and Full-Screen Playback of Vertical Videos

    Fri 11:19am By Federico Viticci
    YouTube has added support for full-screen playback of vertical videos in their latest iOS app update. The new version follows a mobile web redesign and new Android features that will soon come to iOS as well. While I understand that many people are deeply…
  • Tracking TV Shows with iShows 2: Welding Great Design with Extensive Customization

    Fri 9:00am By Graham Spencer
    I watch a lot of TV – almost certainly too much TV. Years ago I used to keep track of the TV shows I watched mentally and through a TV guide from the Saturday newspaper. But as I started to watch more TV it became harder to keep track of when shows air.…
  • Apple’s 2015 Back to School Promotion

    Thu 6:35pm By Federico Viticci
    Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9to5Mac: Apple is today launching its Back to School promotion for 2015. This year, it will give away a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac. Customers must either purchase an iMac, MacBook,…
  • Chrome for iOS Gets ‘Physical Web’ Support for Beacon Discovery

    Wed 3:53pm By Federico Viticci
    Chrome for iOS has been updated today with support for Physical Web, an initiative aimed at interacting with beacons based on the new Eddystone protocol through webpages instead of apps. Now, Chrome's Today widget on iOS (previously used to open tabs and voice…
  • Gestimer: Effortlessly Set Timers on a Mac

    Jul 22, 2015, 11:00 am By Graham Spencer
    When I think about what makes a great app, I don't think it needs to be packed full of every imaginable feature. It doesn't need to be as precisely and extensively engineered as Editorial or Tweetbot. A great app can just as easily be an app like Pedometer++…
  • Keyboard Maestro 7.0

    Jul 22, 2015, 9:44 am By Federico Viticci
    When I used to work from a Mac every day, Keyboard Maestro was one of my most used apps. Nowadays, my automation needs are satisfied by a combination of Workflow, Editorial, and Pythonista on iOS, but I still have a deep appreciation for the power and…
  • Prototyping with iAd Producer

    Jul 22, 2015, 9:30 am By Federico Viticci
    Former Apple designer Linda Dong has a fascinating post on how iAd Producer can also be used to prototype iOS apps: iAd Producer is a favorite of mine (I actually worked on its design for awhile at Apple) it's a little-known but extremely powerful tool from…
  • Apple Prevents App Store Reviews From Users on iOS 9 Betas

    Jul 22, 2015, 8:16 am By Graham Spencer
    Within the last 12 hours Apple has modified the App Store to prevent users running "prerelease" software from leaving app reviews on the App Store. Now when a user running a beta version of iOS 9 tries to leave an app review, they will get the following error…
  • Apple Q3 2015: Tim Cook on iPad

    Jul 21, 2015, 8:33 pm By Federico Viticci
    From Jason Snell's transcript of Tim Cook during the company's Q3 2015 earnings call: I am still bullish on iPad, with iOS 9 there’s some incredible productivity enhancements coming in with Split View and Slide Over and Picture in Picture, these things are…
  • Apple Q3 2015 Results: $49.6 Billion Revenue, 47.5 Million iPhones, 10.9 Million iPads Sold

    Jul 21, 2015, 4:33 pm By Federico Viticci
    Apple has published their Q3 2015 financial results for the quarter that spanned from April to June 2015. The company posted revenue of $49.6 billion. The company sold 10.9 million iPads, 47.5 million iPhones, and 4.8 million Macs, earning a quarterly net…
  • Threes’ Free Version Doubles Developers’ Profits

    Jul 21, 2015, 9:44 am By Federico Viticci
    The free version of popular puzzle game Threes has doubled its developers' profits, as reported by Eurogamer and as Threes developer Asher Vollmer shared in a series of tweets (full collection here). We released a free version of @ThreesGame one month ago and…
  • Podcast Listening and iOS

    Jul 21, 2015, 9:26 am By Federico Viticci
    According to a research report by Clammr (via RAIN News), podcasting is an increasingly mobile phenomenon with 82% of mobile listening happening on iOS. According to the report, Apple's Podcasts app is also, by far, the most popular choice among users: That…
  • Beats 1 to Exclusively Announce MTV VMA Nominees Tomorrow

    Jul 20, 2015, 4:00 pm By Federico Viticci
    Apple is continuing to put a big focus on Beats 1 as a platform to connect music fans and artists. Today, the company announced Beats 1 will exclusively announce the MTV VMA nominees tomorrow. Jordan Kahn writes at 9to5Mac: The proof of that comes in the form…
  • Igloo: An Intranet You’ll Actually Like [Sponsor]

    Jul 20, 2015, 3:14 pm By Federico Viticci
    Igloo is a social intranet. It’s built with easy-to-use apps, like shared calendars, task management, file sharing and more. It’s everything you need to work better together, in one very configurable cloud platform. With Igloo’s responsive design, your…
  • Spotify Launches ‘Discover Weekly’ Personalized Playlists

    Jul 20, 2015, 11:11 am By Federico Viticci
    The personalized playlist game is heating up after the launch of Apple Music. Spotify has announced Discover Weekly today, a personalized playlist that will be sent to users every Monday morning with a selection of deep cuts and new discoveries based on…
  • Apple Posts New iPhone Advert: “Amazing Apps”

    Jul 19, 2015, 9:53 pm By Graham Spencer
    Apple's third advert featuring the new "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" tagline was today posted online. The new advert, "Amazing Apps", focuses on highlighting the huge amount of apps ("over one and a half million") available on the App Store, and…
  • Connected: Vast Emptiness of Nothing

    Jul 17, 2015, 4:54 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, Stephen and Myke discuss Apple Pay coming to the U.K., NASA’s imagery of Pluto and Twitter’s iOS apps before Myke quizzes Stephen about his backup strategy. I couldn't join Myke and Stephen for Connected this week, but it was truly fascinating…
  • Virtual: He Put the Fun in Video Games

    Jul 17, 2015, 4:52 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico and Myke discuss the passing of Satoru Iwata, his legacy, and what this could mean for Nintendo. They go on to talk about Angry Birds 2, YouTube Gaming, and the hunt for Myke's identical Twin. In this special episode of Virtual, we focus on…
  • How iPads Are Changing the Way We Visit Museums

    Jul 17, 2015, 4:07 pm By Federico Viticci
    Good story by Thomas McMullan on how iPads are changing the way we visit museums: The majority of these projects have a distinct focus on children. Is it simply easier to convince kids to use iPads and apps in a museum? “Yes,” says Rice. “I can’t tell…
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