Thursday, 2 October, 2014
Computers are great at doing the boring, automated stuff we don’t like to do. So why not automate common tasks (like performing backups of your computer), pre-make decisions for your computer to carry out on your behalf (such as auto-filing certain email newsletters), and generally just find ways to make yourself more efficient?
Federico Viticci, MacStories
Tweetbot 3.5 looks great on the iPhone 6, and its new notifications allow me to quickly mark a tweet as favorite without opening the app. Unfortunately, third-party apps can’t access the quick reply feature found in Apple’s Messages app: like Twitter, tapping the Reply button in a notification won’t let you reply immediately but it’ll take you to Tweetbot instead.
Wednesday, 1 October, 2014
Tim Cook keeps telling us that ‘Only Apple’ could do the amazing things it does. I just wish that Apple would slow down their breakneck pace and spend the time required to build stable software that their hardware so desperately needs.
Mike Isaac, New York Times
Not a single purchase has been made with Apple’s new payment system, Apple Pay, which will allow people to pay for everyday goods with their smartphone.
But the service, expected in the coming weeks, already has the technology industry scrambling to profit from a future in which apps could regularly replace cash, checks and credit cards.
Robert Sullivan, Vogue
Ive has a calming presence, like the Apple campus itself, whose very address, Infinite Loop, lulls you into a sense of Zen-ness. In the courtyard, trays of beautiful food—grass-fed steaks and fresh-made curries and California-born hot sauces—lead Apple employees out toward the open-air seating, away from the white cafeteria that might be described as a luxurious spa for the terminally nerdy. White is the color of choice at Apple HQ as in the Apple product line. It is through this white, with its clarity, its dust-hiding lack of distraction, that you have already met Jonathan Ive.
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Chuong H Nguyen, iMore
As OS X Yosemite is nearing release, Apple is now calling on developers to submit apps that are optimized for and compatible with the new OS for review in the Mac App Store. The call for app submissions come on the heels of Apple making a gold master build of OS X Yosemite for developers to download earlier today.
Richard Padilla, MacRumors
John Callaham, iMore
Apple has released OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 to developers in what may be one of the final such builds before the Mac operating system is launched to the public.
So, an October release of the new OS X for your Mac is very likely.
Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal
One day my grandchildren will gather around my dusty collection of gadgets and stare with bewilderment at the small hardware keyboards found on the first generations of smartphones. They'll laugh and ask if the phones also had to be attached to a windmill to work.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
DateStamper brings back old memories for me, but it is, first and foremost, a handy iOS 8 utility to apply date (and time) stamps to photos. It looks good, it gets the job done, and it's nicely integrated with Apple's Photos app.
Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
The design of the Mac Pro is such that it’s going to pick up any dust on your desk.
Tuesday, 30 September, 2014
Leah Yamshon, Macworld
Community-powered navigation app Waze got a major update on Monday, which introduces a new feature for sharing info about destinations. Dubbed Places, drivers can share information about local businesses and residences with other Waze users, providing tips and photos of places they’ve visited.
Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS
iOS 8 has given AgileBits the tools they needed to pull a lot of threads together. But because of Apple’s requirements and how AgileBits adapted some of 1Password’s current settings and thinking to iOS, it can be confusing how to make use of all the new options. Here’s some step-by-step advice.
Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal
European Union regulators laid out for the first time Tuesday reasons why they believe tax deals granted to Apple Inc. in Ireland and Fiat in Luxembourg constituted illegal state support for the companies—the next stage of an investigation which could result in the companies paying huge sums in extra taxes to the governments concerned.
Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider
Shortly after the ministry's announcement on Tuesday, Apple issued a press release confirming that presales would begin on Oct. 10 ahead of launch a week later on Oct. 17.
Boris Kachka, New York Magazine
Longform.org is one of a handful of websites that made an early bet on the survival of feature writing in a click-bait world. Now, with their week-old app for the iPhone, a one-stop journalism shop where Twitter meets Hudson News, founders Max Linsky and Aaron Lammer are not only doubling down on that bet, but embracing a less heroic epithet than the well-worn “long-form”: aggregator.
Christian Zibreg, IDownloadBlog
Juli Clover, MacRumors
It appears that there may be a serious bug with the "Reset All Settings" option in iOS 8, causing users who activate the feature to lose all of their iWork documents stored in iCloud Drive.
Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post
Streaming music has finally overtaken the CD in music sales. But can it be the new business model for the music industry? A new report from the Recording Industry Association of America last week shows that, despite strong growth, sales of streaming music still aren't making up for sliding sales of both CDs and digital downloads.
Nick Arnott, iMore
While it was a great idea in theory, the execution seems to have fallen short of anything really useful. Users aren't any worse off than they were with iOS 7, and this information still doesn't tie directly to a person, but it does give companies (and individuals) the ability to track an anonymous person without their consent.