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Thu, Dec 17, 2015The Big-Virtual-Hug Edition

Meet Koko: The Social App Where You Don't Have To Pretend To Be Perfect, by Rachel Rabkin Peachman, Glamour

The app, called Koko, allows you to reveal your stress to other users, and in return receive peer support to help you calm your mind. Think of it as a big virtual hug.

How it works: Log in anonymously to post about what's stressing you out, and within minutes, other users will respond with helpful insights and alternative perspectives. For instance, you might post: “I’m nervous about the job interview I have this afternoon. I am feeling completely inadequate.” Fellow users can view your post, and if they choose, they can click, “Help Rethink This” to offer up a less negative way to view your problem.

Pigment Brings Adult Coloring Books To iPad Pro With Apple Pencil Support, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Today, Pixite is launching Pigment, an adult coloring app for iPhone and iPad that, however, is best enjoyed with the closest digital equivalent of a physical book: an iPad Pro paired with an Apple Pencil.


New ResearchKit App Will Help Track Concussions, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center will begin testing whether a new free mobile app for iPhone and Apple Watch can help those with concussions better track their symptoms during the critical six weeks following their diagnosis. (A concussion is a mild form of a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or the body that shakes the brain inside the skull, which can damage brain tissue and disrupt brain function.)

Copied: A Full-Featured Clipboard Manager For iOS 9, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Copied is a fast, dependable clipboard manager for iOS with excellent iCloud sync and system integrations. The app simplifies the arguably clunky process of archiving copied content from iOS and third-party apps into a lightweight database, offering extensions and shortcuts that only take a few taps and seconds of your time. Thanks to iCloud and clipboard sync, Copied makes clippings available everywhere almost instantly, and it's the best implementation of pure iCloud push sync I've seen on the platform.

Momentum Brings Eye Candy To New Browser Tabs, by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Created by a small team of designers and developers who talk about making “software that has a real impact on the human condition” and “weaving culture, history, and the milk of human emotion into modern app design,” Momentum turns every new browser tab into a picture of a spectacular landscape from the 500px photography site, subtly adding useful little widgets around the edges. The photo changes every day, and I’ve never seen one that wasn’t absolutely gorgeous.

Review: Sugr Cube Is A Music Streaming Box Of Tricks, by David Nield, Gizmag

There's a glut of wireless speakers out there at the moment, but the Sugr Cube scores highly both for its looks and its effortless control system. Audio performance is very impressive if not quite market-leading, and it manages to hold its clarity no matter how loud you want to go. While the software isn't perfect yet, that's easier to fix than bad hardware design, and the Sugr Cube team seems committed to keeping the updates coming in the future.


Apple Redesigns Mac In Business Webpage, Says It’s A ‘Brand New Day For Business’, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

“Organizations everywhere are realizing the potential that Mac brings to their employees by giving them the freedom to use the tools they already know and love,” Apple touts on the new webpage. The refreshed Mac in Business site replaces one that was seriously outdated, still referencing Yosemite and advertising the features from that release as brand new.

The First Spotlight Interface Is Still The Best, by Riccardo Mori

I like the ‘new’ Spotlight interface that was introduced in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The big search field in the centre of the screen, the clearer way search results are displayed, it’s undoubtedly better than before and going in the right direction from a visual standpoint, but the interface of the Spotlight window still isn’t as flexible, clear and usable as it was under Mac OS X Tiger; and the speed and responsiveness are nowhere near Spotlight’s performance under Tiger to Mavericks — at least on Macs equipped with hard drives. If your Mac has an SSD, your experience has probably been more satisfying than mine.

Christmas Music: The 10 Biggest Holiday Playlist Mistakes, by Philip Michaels, Six Colors

I say this because I’ve been at this for a dozen years — as long as Apple has made buying a la carte music as simple as tapping on a Buy button — and the holiday music section of my iTunes Library is a horror show. Should a panel ever be convened to examine musical crimes against humanity — and under President Huckabee, I put the possibility at even money — I will probably be called as an expert witness and, even more probably, will be first against the wall for my history of regrettable downloads.

The difference between you and me is that I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I’m here before you today to serve as a warning against following my regrettable lead. Think of me as Jacob Marley offering a chilling warning to all of you Scrooges out there. Instead of being bound by the heavy chains I forged in life, I’m lugging around a metric ton of 99-cent downloads I’d just as soon be able to return for store credit. Mark my horrible errors in judgment, and make sure you don’t repeat them.

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I do wonder how long will Apple keep the trailers page up and running.


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