The Flat-Edges Edition Monday, April 13, 2020

Apple Plans iPad-Like Design For Next iPhone, Smaller HomePod, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

This year’s successors to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be joined by two lower-end models to replace the iPhone 11. At least the two high-end devices will have flat stainless steel edges instead of the current curved design as well as more sharply rounded corners like the iPad Pro introduced in 2018. Reminiscent of the iPhone 5 design, the new handsets will have flat screens rather than the sloping edges on current models, said the people asking not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.

Apple has also been developing a smaller and cheaper version of its HomePod speaker, to be released as early as this year, and so-called Apple Tags that will let users track real-world objects like keys and wallets, according to people who’ve seen prototypes.


StoryCut - Review, by AppAdvice

StoryCut has everything. You can perform every edit imaginable, and the interface is intuitive enough to allow you to do it in no time at all. It’s entirely conceivable that you could have a video or slideshow with sound effects, cuts, transition, custom audio, double-exposure effects, and picture-in-picture ready in under five minutes.

Anyone's A Celebrity Streamer With This Open Source App, by Klint Finley, Wired

OBS Studio offers customization and other advanced features that are easier to use than those in other free recording tools.

Five Free Fitness Apps To Help You Stay In Shape At Home, by Jason Cross, Macworld

So we put together this list of five fitness apps that can help you stay healthy at home. One is totally free, and the others offer in-app purchases but have plenty to offer without spending a penny.


How Microsoft Messed Up Skype’s Big Opportunity: 'A Sad Story Of A Great Brand', by James Titcomb, The Telegraph

While Skype had been very much a product for consumers in its early days, after various redesigns under Microsoft it seemed unclear whether that was still the case. “Microsoft didn’t put the A-team on it,” says Hartenbaum.

Burbidge has a simple explanation for Skype's decline: “What really helped the service to take off and what made it such a success was its fundamental call quality, and how well it simply worked in 2004 and 2005,” she says. “I don’t think the subsequent corporate owners were able to maintain that level of product and call quality.”

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