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  • Legacy TestFlight Service Shutting Down on February 26

    12:41pm By Federico Viticci
    Apple has informed developers that the legacy TestFlightApp.com beta testing service will shut down on February 26: The services offered at TestFlightApp.com will no longer be available after February 26, 2015. To prepare for the TestFlightapp.com closure,…
  • Twitterrific 5.9 Brings Media Improvements

    10:03am By Federico Viticci
    Multiple images in Twitterrific 5.9. In my in-depth look at Twitter clients for iOS from December 2014, I noted Twitterrific’s fantastic support for iOS 8 extensions and thoughtful design touches, but lamented the app’s lack of integration with modern…
  • From System 1.0 to OS X Yosemite

    Sun 10:52am By Federico Viticci
    From Steven Troughton-Smith's fascinating (and successful) attempt to write a Mac app capable of running from System 1.0 all the way up to Yosemite: The more I dug into it, the more I came to the conclusion that Carbon was probably one of the most important…
  • App Developers: Try TestFlight

    Fri 8:59am By Federico Viticci
    From the Supertop blog (makers of Castro and Unread): Shortly after iOS 8 was released, Apple opened this new beta testing service to iOS developers. When compared to the previous testing process, it is a major improvement and I am grateful to the team behind…
  • Connected: Total Dude, with His Surface Hub

    Fri 7:02am By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico and Myke talk about Windows 10, Windows Holographic and unsubscribing from web services. The boys also consider the effect that old browsers are having on the show. I wouldn't have thought I'd have fun discussing a Microsoft event, but I'm…
  • Virtual: Vip 24:7

    Fri 6:59am By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico and Myke talk about their 3DS purchases, the death of Club Nintendo, Mario becoming self aware and Nintendo's rejection of Minecraft. Make sure to check out the show notes for some great articles to read. You can listen to the episode here.…
  • The World of Indie App Developers

    Thu 10:30am By Graham Spencer
    Here at MacStories we write about apps. A lot. Many of those we write about, perhaps even most, are created by individuals and small teams. And typically, those hard-working individuals remain unknown to the public who just know an app as something they use.…
  • ‘Letterpad’ Game to Feature Apple Watch Support

    Wed 8:34pm By Federico Viticci
    Jared Nelson, writing at TouchArcade: A couple of weeks ago, NimbleBit announced that they were looking for testers for their new upcoming game called Letterpad. It's a word game that gives you a grid of 9 letters and tasks you with coming up with words from…
  • Twitter Launches Tweet Recaps in Main Timeline

    Wed 7:59pm By Federico Viticci
    After announcing (and rolling out) some initial changes to the timeline last year, Twitter is back today with the latest modification to the stream – a recap of popular tweets you may have missed. A lot can happen while you’re on the go. To fill in some of…
  • Audio Hijack 3

    Tue 10:22pm By Federico Viticci
    Jason Snell reviews Audio Hijack 3, the new version of Rogue Amoeba's popular audio app for OS X: Audio Hijack’s mastery of a Mac’s disparate audio inputs and outputs is amazing. OS X itself is pretty poor when it comes to this stuff—you can set a single…
  • Khan Academy Brings All Courses to iPad App

    Tue 1:50pm By Federico Viticci
    Khan Academy – a personal favorite of mine when it comes to learning new things for free on the Internet in an engaging way – has brought its full catalog of exercises and videos to the iPad app, updated today. Nathan Ingraham writes at The Verge: That all…
  • The Shape of the App Store

    Jan 20, 2015, 8:16 am By Graham Spencer
    Charles Perry of Metakite Software spent some time digging through the Overcast sales and rankings data (provided by Marco Arment last week) and extrapolated some interesting findings about the distribution of App Store income: At the top of the long tail, in…
  • Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant on Your Smartphone [Sponsor]

    Jan 19, 2015, 2:41 pm By Federico Viticci
    There’s a mountain of data inside your car waiting to be unleashed, and all you have to do is plug in a quick little connector and download a mobile application. Automatic is a smart driving assistant that plugs into your car's data port and lets you connect…
  • Two New Options for Combining Screenshots

    Jan 16, 2015, 12:56 pm By Federico Viticci
    Readers of MacStories know how I like to present my screenshots. For the uninitiated, some context: screenshots from iOS apps that end up on MacStories are usually modified to have a clean status bar and, for iPhone apps, they're usually presented side-by-side…
  • Mobile First

    Jan 16, 2015, 7:58 am By Federico Viticci
    Great article by Ben Thompson on building products and businesses with a mobile-first approach. At the end, he makes a solid point about the rumored MacBook Air with a single port: True, it would be nice to have a keyboard to type longer emails, reports or…
  • Overcast’s 2014 Sales Numbers

    Jan 16, 2015, 6:13 am By Federico Viticci
    Speaking of sales numbers, a must-read article by Marco Arment on how Overcast did on the App Store in 2014: The biggest unknown in the App Store is what happens after the launch has settled down. I don’t know what 2015 will bring, or where sales will bottom…
  • The Success of Crossy Road and Monument Valley

    Jan 16, 2015, 5:56 am By Federico Viticci
    I'm always interested in learning how the App Store market is working out for indie developers and small studios. Over the last few days, we got a glimpse into the business of iOS games thanks to numbers and stats shared by the developers of two quality titles…
  • Connected: Mac Skills, iOS Skills, and Myke

    Jan 15, 2015, 3:21 am By Federico Viticci
    This week, the Europeans and Stephen discuss some follow-up then move on to some fake Blackberry news, smartwatch companion apps and RSS. If you've been following my tweets about NewsBlur and RSS lately, this week's Connected features an update on my ongoing…
  • Virtual: My Dad Is Mario

    Jan 15, 2015, 3:17 am By Federico Viticci
    This week's episode of Virtual was recorded straight after Nintendo Direct on January 14th. Expect conversation about Majora's Mask, amiibo, the new 3DS and so much more. On yesterday's Virtual, we talked about the Nintendo Direct announcements and discussed…
  • Due 2 Review: Effective Reminders

    Jan 14, 2015, 5:00 pm By Federico Viticci
    Due has been around for a long time. Created by independent developer Lin Junjie (who later went on to launch Dispatch and Clips with Hon Cheng), Due was launched in late 2010 as a simple reminder app for iPhone to never forget the things you had to do. Over…
  • An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media

    Jan 12, 2015, 1:54 pm By Federico Viticci
    Danah Boyd makes an important point about Andrew Watts' article on teenagers and social media: Andrew’s depiction of his peers’ use of social media is a depiction of a segment of the population, notably the segment most like those in the tech industry. In…
  • Apple Pay in Slow Fast Slow

    Jan 12, 2015, 1:20 pm By Federico Viticci
    Studio Neat's Dan Provost writes about how they integrated Apple Pay in the latest version of their iPhone app, Slow Fast Slow: Integrating Apple Pay into the app wasn’t too difficult, but it wasn’t trivial, either. In a future post we will dive into the…
  • Boom 2 – The Root of All Good Audio [Sponsor]

    Jan 12, 2015, 11:29 am By Federico Viticci
    Boom 2 is a pro-audio app for Mac that offers a system-wide volume booster, advanced equalizer control and presets, amazing audio effects and much more. This indispensible app was built from scratch and is designed especially for Yosemite. Boom 2 is tailored…
  • A Brief History of User Interface

    Jan 10, 2015, 11:19 pm By Federico Viticci
    Every day, people all over the world are clicking, tapping, typing, and touching and dragging things on glass screens. Our ability to use all this fancy technology with ease didn’t happen overnight. So how did we end up here? I enjoyed Dave Wiskus' video on…
  • Maximum Viable Products

    Jan 9, 2015, 10:53 pm By Federico Viticci
    I missed this talk by Allen Pike of Steamclock Software (they make Party Monster, which is great) when it came out, and I highly recommend it. With a focus on indie developers, Allen explains what he means for Maximum Viable Products and how developers should…
  • “Quietly Doing Just Fine”

    Jan 8, 2015, 10:40 pm By Federico Viticci
    Well, I think a lot of us are out there, quietly doing just fine. HoursTracker had its best year ever in 2014, and five years of best ever years before that. If you can solve an important problem in a way that resonates with a sizable group of people, you can…
  • Why Skeuomorphism Is Like a Classic Car

    Jan 8, 2015, 8:58 pm By Federico Viticci
    We could sit and listen to Neven talk forever. Like so many of our interviewees, the guy has insight for days and the work to back it up. We knew this gem in particular would be a great addition to the ongoing conversation around design aesthetic. So we’re…
  • Virtual: Ticci Mansion

    Jan 8, 2015, 2:30 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico and Myke talk about the New 3DS Ambassador Edition and theorise a mobile strategy for Nintendo. And don't miss the last part of the show where I mention the odd mix of Python and Nintendo Miiverse in my workflow (seriously). You can listen…
  • A Teenager’s View on Social Media

    Jan 8, 2015, 2:14 pm By Federico Viticci
    Andrew Watts has an excellent take on modern social media from a teen's perspective: Those are some reasons why many people my age tend to use Instagram more than they do Facebook. Everything about the application makes it less commercialized and more focused…
  • Pixel Picker iOS 8 Extension Picks Colors from Images in Any App

    Jan 8, 2015, 1:41 pm By Federico Viticci
    The Pixel Picker action extension in Apple's Photos app. I sometimes need to pick specific colors from screenshots I take on my iPhone and iPad, and while I’m aware of the existence of more powerful color pickers for iOS, I’ve been using and liking Pixel…
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