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  • Yep, Apple’s ‘Stickers’ Ad Gave MacBook Sticker Sellers a Huge Boost

    31 July 2014, 8:13 am by: Graham Spencer

    When Apple published their new 'Stickers' ad for the MacBook Air last week, I presumed it would be a boon for sellers of MacBook stickers and decals. So earlier this week I decided to reach out to a few sellers of MacBook stickers and decals to see what kind…
  • Apple Refreshes Retina MacBook Pro With Faster Processor, Doubled RAM on Two Models

    29 July 2014, 8:35 am by: Graham Spencer

    Apple this morning refreshed their MacBook Pro with Retina display models with the latest generation of Intel's Haswell processors. All things considered, it's a minor update with each of the five base models receiving a 0.2GHz processor speed bump. All that…
  • A Candid Look at Unread’s First Year

    28 July 2014, 10:57 pm by: Graham Spencer

    Unread for iPhone has earned a total of $32K in App Store sales. Unread for iPad has earned $10K. After subtracting 40 percent in self-employment taxes and $350/month for health care premiums (times 12 months), the actual take-home pay from the combined sales…
  • What Makes a Name in the App Store?

    28 July 2014, 10:26 pm by: Graham Spencer

    I looked at the top 200 apps in each category for both paid and free iPhone apps, 8400 apps in total. Although some developers use up to 49 words (and all 255 characters), the majority are around 4-5 words (24-35 characters). Around one third of apps use a…
  • FiftyThree Releases SDK for Their Pencil Stylus

    23 July 2014, 10:53 am by: Graham Spencer

    The FiftyThree SDK has been implemented by Procreate, allowing it to fully support the Pencil Stylus FiftyThree, the company behind the popular 'Paper' sketching app, have today released an SDK for their 'Pencil' stylus which is now available internationally.…
  • Apple Q3 2014 Results: $37.4 Billion Revenue, 35.2 Million iPhones, 13.3 Million iPads Sold

    22 July 2014, 8:54 pm by: Graham Spencer

    Apple has published their Q3 2014 financial results for the quarter that ended June 28. The company posted revenue of $37.4 billion. The company sold 13.3 million iPads, 35.2 million iPhones, and 4.4 million Macs, earning a quarterly net profit of $6.9…
  • Stickers Are Front and Center in Apple’s New MacBook Air Ad

    22 July 2014, 12:21 am by: Graham Spencer

    Apple today posted a new ad for the MacBook Air, and it has a very different style to what we've seen in recent MacBook ads. Titled 'Stickers', this short and simple ad, filmed mostly with stop-motion, focuses on the back of the MacBook Air's display where it…
  • Marked Released On Mac App Store, Discounted, and Updated

    21 July 2014, 11:43 am by: Federico Viticci

    Marked, developed by Brett Terpstra, is my must-have utility to convert MultiMarkdown to HTML on my Mac. Whenever I need to publish an article from OS X rather than my iPad (usually because I need to record and include GIFs or screencasts), I rely on Marked to…
  • The Eighth Annual iTunes Festival Returns to London This September

    21 July 2014, 2:57 am by: Graham Spencer

    Apple today announced that their annual iTunes Festival will once again return to London's iconic Roundhouse for the eighth year. The month long festival will happen throughout September and will feature Maroon 5, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Beck, Sam Smith,…
  • Sue Wagner Elected To Apple’s Board of Directors, Bill Campbell Retires

    18 July 2014, 8:30 am by: Graham Spencer

    Apple's board of directors received a slight change yesterday when Sue Wagner was elected and Bill Campbell retired from the board. Apple's chairman, Art Levinson, says the election of Sue Wagner to Apple's board comes after an exhaustive search by the…
  • Unreal Engine 4.3 Adds Metal Support

    17 July 2014, 6:57 pm by: Federico Viticci

    From Unreal Engine's blog: Unreal Engine 4.3 includes greatly improved mobile support, awesome new rendering features, improved Blueprint workflows, and strides toward an excellent experience on Mac and laptops. Be sure to check out the new World Composition…
  • Directional: Final Stage

    17 July 2014, 6:39 pm by: Federico Viticci

    This week Federico and Myke talk about setting up an Xbox controller with a Mac, Nuclear Throne, No Man’s Sky and the original Game Boy. My other podcast, Directional, also ended yesterday. For the final stage, we concluded with a classic topic: the Game…
  • The Prompt: World’s Greatest Finale

    17 July 2014, 6:31 pm by: Federico Viticci

    The young men (and Stephen) of The Prompt gather one last time and discuss Overcast and IBM. In the final episode of The Prompt, we take an in-depth look at Marco Arment's new app, Overcast, with a discussion on its feature set and business model. You can get…
  • Hours: Simple and Beautiful Time Tracking

    17 July 2014, 11:00 am by: Federico Viticci

    For the kind of work that I do with MacStories and podcasting, I don’t need time-tracking apps. I could use them, but I don’t necessarily need them as I don’t work with clients or account for time spent writing posts or doing research. However, if I had…
  • Overcast Review

    16 July 2014, 10:59 am by: Federico Viticci

    When I received the first beta of Marco Arment's new app, Overcast, back in May, I didn't think I could use an iPhone-only podcast client with no iPad version and no streaming support as my daily podcast listening solution. Overcast, available today on the App…
  • AppbotX Launches in an Effort to Help Developers Better Communicate with Users

    16 July 2014, 12:35 am by: Graham Spencer

    Launched earlier today, AppbotX is a new open source support and communications solution for developers of iOS apps and soon for apps on other platforms including Android, Windows Phone and Unity. AppbotX is designed as a library that can be built into any…
  • Apple and IBM Join Forces to Tackle the Mobile Enterprise

    15 July 2014, 10:22 pm by: Graham Spencer

    A few hours ago, Apple and IBM announced that they were partnering up with each other to "transform enterprise mobility". The partnership will bring new enterprise solutions to iOS including native apps developed by IBM, unique IBM cloud services for iOS, a…
  • Spillo Is a Versatile and Fast Pinboard Client for OS X

    15 July 2014, 10:27 am by: Federico Viticci

    Developed by Damien DeVille, Spillo is a new Pinboard client released today for OS X and available on both the Mac App Store and Bananafish Software’s website. Unlike Shiori (a desktop app for Pinboard I covered before) and other minimal apps that try to…
  • [Updated] Apple Launches iTunes Pass in Japan, Australia and the US, Lets Users Refill iTunes Credit…

    15 July 2014, 8:28 am by: Graham Spencer

    iTunes Pass promoted on Apple's Japan website (text translated by Google Translate) UPDATE (17 July): iTunes Pass is now also available in the United States and Australia, as well as in Japan as previously reported. As first reported by 9to5 Mac, Apple has…
  • Estimote Rolls Out Power Management Features for iBeacons

    14 July 2014, 3:20 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Estimote, makers of wireless beacons powered by Bluetooth and compatible with Apple's iBeacon technology, today rolled out a series of power management features available in their updated iOS app and developer SDK: Our embedded and systems engineers have…
  • Shazam Updated with Full Track Playback Powered by Rdio

    14 July 2014, 2:54 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Popular music tagging app Shazam received a major update today, which adds full track playback capabilities powered by Rdio. Version 7.7 of Shazam, available for both the free Shazam app and Shazam Encore, allows tagged songs to be played back in their…
  • lynda.com [Sponsor]

    14 July 2014, 10:32 am by: Federico Viticci

    lynda.com helps you learn and keep-up-to-date with your software, pick up brand-new skills, or explore new hobbies with easy to follow video tutorials. Whether you want to take better pictures and video with your DSLR, learn the programming skills to develop…
  • Polymo Review

    14 July 2014, 10:03 am by: Graham Spencer

    Polymo is a new camera app for the iPhone and iPod touch that launched earlier this month with a focus on letting you organize your photos with tags. The developers pitch it as a “better place for photos on iOS” thanks to the app's clean design, simple…
  • April Zero

    13 July 2014, 1:47 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Three months ago, Anand Sharma started tracking everything about himself: runs, walks, heart rate, food, locations, and even restaurants and haircuts. Using only an iPhone and apps like Moves and Foursquare, he has built a complete log of his life, which he…
  • Spotify Actions for Launch Center Pro

    12 July 2014, 3:06 pm by: Federico Viticci

    I recently tweeted about a change in the Spotify app for iOS – which I've been using to listen to music every day1 – that broke my shortcut to search for songs and artists from my Launch Center Pro action grid. I've been trying to identify the culprit and…
  • Apple Launches Swift Blog

    11 July 2014, 1:51 pm by: Federico Viticci

    This new blog will bring you a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it, in addition to the latest news and hints to turn you into a productive Swift programmer. Directly from the Swift team at Apple, and…
  • CMD+Space with Jared Sinclair

    11 July 2014, 1:46 pm by: Federico Viticci

    This week Myke is joined by Jared Sinclair. They talk about balancing being a developer and a designer, and his apps Riposte, Whisper and Unread. Speaking of Myke and podcasts, I particularly enjoyed this episode of CMD+Space with Jared Sinclair. Jared is the…
  • The Prompt: Stephen for Calendars

    11 July 2014, 1:39 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Myke, Federico and Stephen follow-up on Sherlocking and discuss photo management in the light of the upcoming Photos app from Apple. Then Myke shares his experience with Android Wear and the Weekly Picks sound effect gets played for the first time in ages. It…
  • Five Years of Pinboard

    10 July 2014, 12:36 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Perspective does not make you immune to burnout. It just makes burnout less scary. I've gone through a few episodes since starting Pinboard, and I'm sure there will be more to come. People have been very understanding about my occasional need to flee the…
  • The End of Our Podcasts and A New Challenge

    10 July 2014, 12:12 pm by: Federico Viticci

    Today, my friend and co-host Myke Hurley announced that he's leaving 5by5 to pursue new goals and be independent again. From his blog post: Today I am announcing that I will be departing 5by5 on July 16th 2014. The last 18 months have been a tremendous…

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