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  • Virtual: Attract the Clickers

    Fri 6:04pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico shares stories of his new PS4 and The Last of Us. Fun episode of Virtual this week, especially if your definition of fun involves listening to someone who hasn't owned a PlayStation in years gush about modern games and controllers. You can…
  • Connected: I Misplaced That Civil War

    Fri 5:54pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, Stephen, Myke and Federico talk about some Italian history, TeleText’s current state in Sweden and then answer listener questions. Q&A episodes are always fun, and you can listen to this week's Connected here. Speaking of Connected, we launched…
  • First Apple Watch Apps Available on the App Store

    Thu 5:21pm By Federico Viticci
    Ahead of the Apple Watch release next month, Apple has begun approving the first wave of Watch apps from a selected group of developers. Here's Juli Clover, reporting for MacRumors: As of today, several popular iOS apps have been updated with built-in Apple…
  • Instapaper 6.2 Adds Speed Reading, Textshots

    Thu 2:33pm By Federico Viticci
    Nice Instapaper update released today: the app's extension has been sped up (again), Instant Sync has been added (it uses silent notifications on iOS to fetch new articles in the background), and you can now get through your read-later list with speed reading.…
  • Twitter Launches Periscope

    Thu 9:58am By Federico Viticci
    Periscope, Twitter's latest acquisition, has launched today on the App Store. For those who haven't been following the news, Periscope is a company that Twitter bought before the rise in popularity of Meerkat, a live streaming app. Periscope also lets you live…
  • Facebook Messenger’s “Optimized” Approach and App Discovery

    Wed 10:20pm By Federico Viticci
    Over at Fast Company, Sarah Kessler has a good summary of Facebook's Messenger announcements from today's F8 developer conference: Facebook wants to turn its Messenger app into more than just a messaging app. At its F8 conference in San Francisco Wednesday,…
  • Filters for iPhone

    Wed 4:23pm By Federico Viticci
    Fun, polished new app by Mike Rundle: Filters is a photo editor for iPhone that includes over 800 effects, filters, textures, and overlays. Normally, I wouldn't be interested in this type of app and I would say that 800 options are too much, but I like how…
  • Why Force Touch Matters for Accessibility

    Wed 11:30am By Steven Aquino
    Aside from keeping our iPhones in our pocket more, I think the Apple Watch is compelling for another reason: communication. The ways in which Apple is allowing people to communicate via Apple Watch – taps, doodles, and, yes, even heartbeats – is a clever,…
  • Fantastical 2 for Mac Review: Reinvented

    Wed 8:51am By Federico Viticci
    Fantastical for Mac, originally released in 2011, redefined calendar apps for OS X and my idea of a modern calendar client. Developed by Michael Simmons and Kent Sutherland – together known as Flexibits – Fantastical pioneered features and design choices…
  • Scenery for Mac: Quickly Generate Marketing Photos of your App or Website

    Tue 6:40am By Graham Spencer
    Launching today, Scenery is a new Mac app that can quickly create professional looking photos of your app or website on a device for marketing purposes. Developed by Unsigned Integer, the makers of Deckset, Scenery essentially allows developers and marketers…
  • Instagram Launches Layout

    Mon 5:50pm By Federico Viticci
    Fun new app by Instagram, designed to create photo collages. From the company's blog: Today we’re announcing Layout from Instagram, a new app that lets you easily combine multiple photos into a single image. It’s fun, it’s simple and it gives you a new…
  • A New Way to Display

    Mon 5:32pm By Federico Viticci
    Smart take by Craig Hockenberry on the rumor that Apple may be using an OLED display in the Watch: I’ve always felt that the flattening of Apple’s user interface that began in iOS 7 was as much a strategic move as an aesthetic one. Our first reaction was…
  • Twitter Teams Up with Foursquare for Location Tagging

    Mon 5:03pm By Federico Viticci
    Earlier today, Twitter announced that Foursquare will soon power location tagging across the company's suite of apps. In a video shared today, Twitter showed how location data by Foursquare will be embedded into Twitter for iPhone to allow users to tag…
  • Igloo: An Intranet You’ll Actually Like [Sponsor]

    Mon 4:33pm By Federico Viticci
    Why invest in the latest, sleekest devices if you are going to use them to stare at an intranet website that looks like it was built in the 90’s? Not only can Igloo be customized to look exactly like your brand, but with its responsive design, it’s…
  • The War Over Who Steve Jobs Was

    Mon 6:55am By Federico Viticci
    Steven Levy, writing at BackChannel on the upcoming Becoming Steve Jobs: Though I have even less reason than Schlender to claim that ours was anything but a professional relationship, I believe I did get to see Steve as the man in full described in Becoming…
  • Virtual: Free To Start

    Mar 20, 2015, 11:11 am By Federico Viticci
    This week Federico and Myke discuss Nintendo's mobile gaming news, before Federico quizzes Myke on PS4. Plenty of Nintendo talk on this week's Virtual (more than usual, given recent announcements), but also my questions on which PS4 games to buy right now. You…
  • Drafts and Workflow Integration

    Mar 20, 2015, 11:02 am By Federico Viticci
    I missed this last week, but Drafts has been updated with a useful Workflow integration to easily create actions that can trigger workflows with text. From the Agile Tortoise blog: Drafts 4.1.2 has added a new “Run Workflow” action step to provide…
  • Behind the Scenes of Apple’s Secret Health and Fitness Lab

    Mar 20, 2015, 9:55 am By Federico Viticci
    Apple, known for keeping its product developments under the strictest of lock-and-key, gave ABC News exclusive access into its top secret health and fitness lab, where only Apple employees became test subjects for the new Apple Watch. Apple engineers, managers…
  • Das Keyboard 4 Pro for Mac Review

    Mar 19, 2015, 11:50 am By Charlie Sorrel
    The Das will totally dominate smaller desks Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac on Amazon I like almost everything about the new Das Keyboard 4 Pro, but what I like best is the big volume knob on the top right corner.…
  • Connected: They’re My Clapping Phones

    Mar 19, 2015, 11:13 am By Federico Viticci
    This week, the boys talk about Apple Watch apps, Force Touch Trackpads, the Apple Store and Apple’s past (and possible future) moves in television. Oh, and Teletext. I enjoyed our discussion on upcoming Apple Watch apps on this week's Connected (see Apple's…
  • ‘We Change Every Day’

    Mar 19, 2015, 11:08 am By Federico Viticci
    Fast Company published a great interview with Tim Cook earlier this week. I liked the sections on life at Apple after Steve Jobs, initial response to the Apple Watch, and remembering to keep core values intact. And especially this bit: Are there any…
  • Blink: Effortless Affiliate Link Generation on iOS

    Mar 19, 2015, 8:35 am By Graham Spencer
    Launching today, Blink is a new Universal iOS app from Squibner that quickly generates affiliate links for content from the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store. If you’re a member of the iTunes affiliate program you’ll know that you…
  • After Six Months of Rejections, Launcher Returns to the App Store

    Mar 18, 2015, 11:27 am By Federico Viticci
    When Greg Gardner, an independent developer based in San Francisco, released Launcher for iOS last year, he didn’t think his handy utility would make headlines around tech blogs and push other developers to approach widgets for iOS 8 differently. And yet,…
  • Skala Color 2: A More Functional and Beautiful Color Picker for OS X

    Mar 17, 2015, 7:58 am By Graham Spencer
    Bjango is a small development studio, probably best known for the (very handy) iStat Menus utility. For the past few years they’ve also been hard at work on Skala, which will be a UI and icon design tool that Bjango promises to have ‘phenomenal rendering…
  • Feeling the Interface

    Mar 16, 2015, 7:32 pm By Federico Viticci
    Interesting thoughts by Alex4D on the new Force Touch trackpad and its possible implementation on iOS: When I dragged the clip to its maximum length I did feel a little bump. Without looking at the timeline and looking at the viewer, I could 'feel' the end of…
  • Virtual: Entertainment Lessons

    Mar 16, 2015, 6:57 pm By Federico Viticci
    This week Myke and Federico discuss the reviews for Codename S.T.E.A.M, Kotaku's revisit of the Metroid Prime Trilogy and why Federico cannot play video games on airplanes. And when you're done with the Apple-related part of my trip to America, you can join…
  • Connected: To America and Back

    Mar 16, 2015, 6:54 pm By Federico Viticci
    On the heels of Apple’s Spring Forward event, the boys talk about Federico’s trip to San Francisco, the new MacBook, the Apple Watch and more. On last week's episode of Connected, we discussed my trip to San Francisco for Apple's event and our first…
  • How the iPhone’s Slo-Mo Is Helping Dancers

    Mar 16, 2015, 6:48 pm By Federico Viticci
    Fascinating story by Christina Bonnington at Wired: Before the advent of high-quality smartphone shooters, slow-motion was largely left to movie montages, pro-sports instant replays, or pricey camera rigs. The idea that dancers, particularly freelancers and…
  • Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant on Your Smartphone [Sponsor]

    Mar 16, 2015, 4:45 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…
  • iOS 8.2 and Health Follow-Up

    Mar 16, 2015, 12:24 pm By Federico Viticci
    Last week, Apple released iOS 8.2, bringing a variety of improvements to the built-in Health app and other general enhancements and bug fixes. Almost two weeks after publishing my Life After Cancer article, I thought I'd briefly mention the changes introduced…
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