‘If journalists reviewed Macs like iPads’ →

November 30, 2015 · 22:00

Fraser Speirs:

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the MacBook Pro and, in particular, whether it can replace an iPad Pro for getting real work done.

Firstly, consider the hardware. The huge issue with the MacBook Pro is its form factor. The fact that the keyboard and screen are limited to being held in an L-shaped configuration seriously limits its flexibility. It is basically impossible to use a MacBook pro while standing up and downright dangerous to use when walking around. Your computing is limited to times when you are able to find somewhere to sit down.

Not that you would want to use a MacBook Pro while standing anyway. The sheer weight of these devices means that your shoulder is going to take a beating if you switch from iOS to OS X. The current 15″ MacBook Pro tips the scales at 4.49 pounds – or three iPad Pros – despite having a lower-resolution screen and one less hour of battery life.

Only those with very specific workflows could realistically switch from iPad Pro to a MacBook Pro.

Pure gold.


‘It’s Easier on the Web’ →

November 30, 2015 · 14:00

Alex Austin:

In the past four weeks, there were 45,000 new apps submitted to the iOS App Store alone. The chances that any of them will ever break into the top 1000 are effectively 0%, and even if they did, they’re still not seeing any amount of traffic to build a successful business.


MacBook Air in Two New Sizes Rumoured for Q3 2016 →

November 30, 2015 · 11:07

Eric Slivka:

The new MacBook Air is said to take on a slimmer design and arrive in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, but it is unclear whether an 11-inch model will also be included. The slimmer design will be enabled by “fully redesigned” internal components across the board, and Apple is reportedly currently working with its suppliers to develop these new components.

I full expected the Retina 12″ MacBook to drop in price in the future, replacing the Airs completely, and the MacBook Pros to be redesigned with thinner and lighter cases. If Apple chooses to refresh the Air lineup with a 15″ model in addition to the 13″ one, I would assume they’d both get Retina screens. The differentiation would have to happen predominantly at CPU level. The current 15″ rMBPs are all i7 quads, which leaves room for dual-core i5 and i7 CPUs. I’m assuming that the rumoured 13″ Air would get the ULV1 CPUs, which are placed between the Core M from the 12″ MacBook and i5/i7 dual-core in the current rMBP 13″, in terms of processing power.

While this wouldn’t simplify their MacBook line-up, it would separate the consumer models from the MacBook Pros. Also, perhaps an updated 13″ rMBP would get quad-core i5 and i7 CPUs, further distancing itself from the Air.

  1. Ultra-low Voltage.

More Stories and Adventures About the Fruit Company →

November 30, 2015 · 10:47

Don Melton:

So, I’ll make an attempt to get back to it. You know, the typing. And, yes, tell some more of those stories you all like about the Fruit Company and my other technology adventures.

Don’s in my must read section of my RSS reader, which I check daily — really happy that he’ll get back to writing more. You should follow him.


‘I Turned on iCloud Photo Library and It All Exploded’ →

November 30, 2015 · 10:43

Stephen Hackett:

I imported my photos and uploaded my 70GB photo library to iCloud. Everything went very smoothly, so I turned on iCloud Photo Library on my iPad.

Aaaaaand it all exploded.

This is the first time that I’ve seen anyone having serious issues with Photos and/or iCloud Photo Library. It has worked perfectly for me so far — probably the only Apple internet service that has.


Cyber Monday App Store Deals

November 30, 2015 · 09:13

Cyber Monday is upon part of the world and while I’m sure there is more to come, there already are a few sweet apps to be had for a lower price. I highly recommend Notability — I’ve only been using it for a few short days, but it really is a great app for taking notes — and Kingdom Rush Origins, if you like tower-defence-type games.

ALONE… – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.99
Cyclop – iPad – Music – €24.99 > €14.99
Dispatch: Email meets GTD – iOS – Productivity – €6.99 > €2.99
Dodonpachi Resurrection – iPhone – Games – €7.99 > €1.99
Due – Reminders, Countdown Timers – iOS – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99
Elder Sign: Omens – iPhone – Games – €3.99 > €0.99
Forgotten Forest: Afterlife – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Incredible Numbers by Prof. Stewart – iPad – Education – €9.99 > €2.99
Kingdom Rush Origins – iPhone – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Notability – iOS – Productivity – €5.99 > €3.99
Notability – Mac – Productivity – €5.99 > €3.99
Opener ‒ open links in apps – iOS – Utilities – €1.99 > €0.99
Solar System – iPad – Books – €13.99 > €2.99
Typeeto: remote bluetooth keyboard – Mac – Utilities – €9.99 > €1.99
Warhammer: Arcane Magic – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €1.99

Also, most of the Black Friday deals are still valid, so don’t forget to take a peek… I’ve added some of the good ones below.

★ 2Do – iOS – Productivity – €14.99 > €7.99 →
★ 2Do – Mac – Productivity – €49.99 > €24.99 →
★ Broken Age – Mac – Games – €24.99 > €7.99 →
★ Broken Age – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €2.99 
★ DaisyDisk – Mac – Utilities – €9.99 > €4.99 →
★ Deliveries: a package tracker – iOS – Utilities – €4.99 > €2.99 
★ Deliveries: a package tracker – Mac – Utilities – €4.99 > €2.99 
★ Fantastical 2 – iPad – Productivity – €9.99 > €4.99 
★ Fantastical 2 – iPhone – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99 →
★ iA Writer – iOS – Productivity – €9.99 > €4.99 
★ Lara Croft GO – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €2.99 
★ Pixelmator – Mac – Graphics & Design – €29.99 > €14.99 
★ Pixelmator – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €1.99 
★ Scrivener – Mac – Productivity – €44.99 > €24.99 
★ SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition – Mac – Games – €19.99 > €9.99 
★ Threes! – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99 


iPhone 7 Will Reportedly Switch to Lightning Port for Audio →

November 29, 2015 · 17:07

Joe Rossignol:

The report, citing a “reliable source,” claims the new same-sized Lightning connector will support Lightning-equipped and Bluetooth headphones, and have a DAC, or digital-to-audio converter, for backwards compatibility with wired headphones using standard 3.5mm stereo jacks. A 3.5mm to Lightning adapter would be required.

I really don’t care for the iPhone to be any thinner. I just want the 4.7″ model to have the battery life of the 5.5″ model, or better. That’s the only reason I currently use a 6S Plus.


Porsche Opening Classic Centres to Service Older Models →

November 29, 2015 · 17:06

Noah Joseph for Autoblog:

Opening this week in Gelderland – a city on the outskirts of Arnhem in the Netherlands – the first dedicated Porsche Classic Center is designed to support older vehicles from Zuffenhausen’s history. That means undertaking service and maintenance, installing original parts, partially or completely overhauling of vintage vehicles – even selling classic Porsches certified by the factory. The company reports that over 70 percent of the vehicles it has ever produced are still running. That rather impressive statistic speaks to the quality of the vehicles in the first place, but also the dedication of their owners to keep them running, and the necessity for proper service and maintenance.

Perhaps it’s time to start thinking about my dream 964 or 356.


The Power of a Computer →

November 29, 2015 · 10:12

Dr. Drang:

By the way, if you think it’s crazy for me to still be using a five-year-old computer, you’ll be in good company, I’m sure. But I get a lot of work done on this old Air, and apart from its small SSD (128 GB), its limitations barely affect me… And the power of a computer is always more dependent on the carbon-based unit outside the case than on the silicon inside.

So true.

(Emphasis mine.)


Dan Counsell: ‘They Basically Re-Built the Entire Thing for Android, Right Down to Copying the Levels’ →

November 27, 2015 · 11:15

Dan Counsell:

I didn’t release Almost Impossible! on Android because I’m an Apple kinda guy, and this was a “fun” side-project. While Almost Impossible! hasn’t been a block-buster hit, someone assumed it must have been and ripped it off anyway. They basically re-built the entire thing for android, right down to copying the levels. How crazy is that?

I’m quite surprised Dan isn’t doing anything about this — the least that I would do is let Google know about the copyright infringement.


Black Friday 2015 App Store Deals — A Few Awesome Apps Included

November 27, 2015 · 10:17

Black Friday was always a crazy time on the App Store, but today seems to be wilder than ever. A few great apps are heavily discounted — if you haven’t tried them yet, I strongly recommend you take this opportunity to give them a shot. I added a few notes to specific apps below.

2Do – iOS – Productivity – €14.99 > €7.99 1
2Do – Mac – Productivity – €49.99 > €24.99 2
AG Drive – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €1.99
Air Login – iOS – Business – €0.99 > €0.00
Alternote for Evernote – Mac – Productivity – €6.99 > €3.99
BattleLore: Command – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €3.99
Boom – Experience the best audio, always! – Mac – Music – €99.99 > €9.99
Boom 2: Best Audio Enhancement App – Mac – Utilities – €19.99 > €9.99
Broken Age – Mac – Games – €24.99 > €7.99 3
Broken Age – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €2.99 3
Carcassonne – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €6.99
Commander One PRO – Mac – Utilities – €19.99 > €0.99
CP 1919 – iPad – Music – €9.99 > €0.99
The Cursed Ship, Collector’s Edition – iPhone – Games – €4.99 > €0.00
The Cursed Ship, Collector’s Edition HD – iPad – Games – €6.99 > €0.00
Curtis – iPad – Music – €9.99 > €0.99
D&D Lords of Waterdeep – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €2.99
DaisyDisk – Mac – Utilities – €9.99 > €4.99 5
Deliveries: a package tracker – iOS – Utilities – €4.99 > €2.99 6
Deliveries: a package tracker – Mac – Utilities – €4.99 > €2.99 6
Door Kickers – iPad – Games – €4.99 > €1.99
Downwell – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Elder Sign: Omens HD – iPad – Games – €6.99 > €0.99
The Elements in Action – iOS – Reference – €3.99 > €0.99
Fantastical 2 – Mac – Productivity – €39.99 8
Fantastical 2 – iPad – Productivity – €9.99 > €4.99 8
Fantastical 2 – iPhone – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99 8
Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom – iOS – Games – €5.99 > €1.99
Folx GO+ – Mac – Utilities – €9.99 > €1.99
Fugue Machine – iPad – Music – €9.99 > €4.99
Galaxy Trucker Pocket – iPhone – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
Galaxy Trucker – iPad – Games – €4.99 > €2.99
Geekbench 3 – iOS – Utilities – €0.99 > €0.00
Geekbench 3 – Mac – Utilities – €9.99 > €5.99
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €2.99
Graphic – illustration and design – iPad – Productivity – €8.99 > €3.99
Graphic – vector illustr. and design – iPhone – Productivity – €2.99 > €0.99
Hey, That’s My Fish! HD – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Hitman: Sniper – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €1.99 11
Home Design 3D – Mac – Productivity – €10.99 > €0.99
HoPiKo – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €0.99
Hydra – Amazing Photography – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €2.99 12
iA Writer – iOS – Productivity – €9.99 > €4.99 13
Infinity Blade – iOS – Games – €5.99 > €0.00 14
iThoughts (mindmap) – iOS – Productivity – €11.99 > €5.99
iThoughtsX (mindmap) – Mac – Productivity – €49.99 > €24.99
iTranslate Voice – iOS – Productivity – €6.99 > €2.99 15
Jump Desktop – Mac – Business – €29.99 > €14.99
Just Press Record: Audio Recorder – iOS – Utilities – €2.99 > €1.99
Just Press Record: Audio Recorder – Mac – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99
Kingdom Builder – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €1.99
Koder Code Editor – iOS – Productivity – €5.99 > €2.99 16
Lara Croft GO – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €2.99 17
Leaf – RSS News Reader – Mac – News – €7.99 > €0.99 18
Leo’s Fortune – HD Edition – Mac – Games – €6.99 19
Linky – Share webpage’s, images – iOS – Social Networking – €3.99 > €1.99
liquivid – Mac – Video – €19.99 > €1.99
LongScreen – iOS – Utilities – €2.99 > €0.99 20
Lost Within – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €1.99
Molecules – iOS – Education – €13.99 > €2.99
Money Pro – Mac – Finance – €29.99 > €2.99
MoneyWiz 2 – Mac – Finance – €19.99 > €14.99
OCRKit – Mac – Productivity – €34.99 > €29.99
PAC–MAN Championship Edition DX – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €1.99
PDFpen 2 – iOS – Productivity – €19.99 > €10.99
PhotoPills – iOS – Photography – €9.99 > €4.99
Pixave – Mac – Graphics & Design – €9.99 > €4.99
Pixelmator – Mac – Graphics & Design – €29.99 > €14.99 21
Pixelmator – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €1.99 21
PocketWings: Discovery Island – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.00
Pomodoro Time Pro – iOS – Productivity – €1.99 > €0.99
Pomodoro Time Pro – Mac – Productivity – €4.99 > €1.99
ProCamera + HDR – iPhone – Photography – €4.99 > €1.99
ProTube for YouTube – iOS – Entertainment – €2.99 > €1.99
Prune – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €1.99
ReadKit – Mac – News – €9.99 > €4.99 23
Rules! – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Screens VNC – Remote Access – Mac – Utilities – €29.99 > €14.99 24
Screens VNC – Remote Access – iOS – Utilities – €19.99 > €9.99 25
Scrivener – Mac – Productivity – €44.99 > €24.99 26
SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition – Mac – Games – €19.99 > €9.99 27
Steam™: Rails to Riches – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €2.99
Super Sharp – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.99
Sworkit Pro – Custom Workout – iOS – Healthcare & Fitness – €3.99 > €1.99
Tales From Deep Space – iPhone – Games – €3.99 > €1.99
Tales From Deep Space – iPhone – Games – €3.99 > €1.99
TextTool – iOS – Productivity – €1.99 > €0.99
The Earth by Tinybop – iOS – Education – €2.99 > €0.99
The Elements – iOS – Books – €13.99 > €2.99
Threes! – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99 28
Til Morning’s Light – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €1.99
To–Fu Fury – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Toca Tea Party – iPad – Education – €2.99 > €0.00
Todo – To–Do & Task List – iOS – Productivity – €4.99 > €0.99
Transistor – Mac – Games – €19.99 > €4.99
Transistor – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €2.99
Ultimate Guitar Tabs – iPhone – Music – €2.99 > €0.99
Unclutter – Mac – Utilities – €5.99 > €1.99
Vee for Video – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €0.99
Virtual Trainer Stretch – iOS – Healthcare & Fitness – €1.99 > €0.00
VisualDiffer – Mac – Utilities – €4.99 > €1.99
Weather Line – iPhone – Weather – €3.99 > €1.99
Week Calendar – iPhone – Productivity – €1.99 > €0.00
Yoink – Mac – Utilities – €4.99 > €2.99

  1. I’ve had my eye on 2Do for a while now, and I think I’ll finally pull the trigger. The problem is my to-do apps need to-do apps…
  2. If I pull the trigger, I’ll go for both platforms.
  3. I have both the Mac and iOS version of this game — I bought it when it came out, but I haven’t yet had the time to play it.
  4. I have both the Mac and iOS version of this game — I bought it when it came out, but I haven’t yet had the time to play it.
  5. I run this app when I’m looking for culprits taking up my disk space.
  6. Love this app — use it to track all my packages. Syncs via iCloud between Mac and iOS.
  7. Love this app — use it to track all my packages. Syncs via iCloud between Mac and iOS.
  8. One of the best calendar / reminder apps out there.
  9. One of the best calendar / reminder apps out there.
  10. One of the best calendar / reminder apps out there.
  11. Have this, never had the time to play it. My life sucks.
  12. I use this from time to time to edit my photos.
  13. One of the best minimalist Markdown editors for iOS and OS X. Currently using it alternatively with Ulysses.
  14. I still remember the demo of this game during one of Apple’s conferences.
  15. This app help my wife and I talk to a taxi driver in Morocco. He was shocked and fascinated at the fact that he talked in Arabic and we understood most of what he was saying. Would have helped it he wasn’t speaking a dialect…
  16. This app saved my ass one day, after I updated my site, and left my apartment with just my iPhone.
  17. No time to play, but I have it. Recent update supposedly makes it even better.
  18. An interesting and quite popular alternative.
  19. Brand new. Not really a deal, but this is a great game which just got ported to the Mac.
  20. Great for combining multiple screenshots into one.
  21. Probably one of the best Photoshop alternatives out there. I have both the Mac and iOS versions.
  22. Probably one of the best Photoshop alternatives out there. I have both the Mac and iOS versions.
  23. Another nice RSS reader alternative with a few unique features. I currently use Reeder.
  24. Great app.
  25. This is my go-to software when I need to connect to my Mac at home for some reason.
  26. One of the best word processors for the Mac, focused for book writers. Supports Markdown.
  27. A classic.
  28. I spent hours playing this in my free time when I have just a few minutes to spare and nothing to do. Love it! Must have!

OnePlus Issuing Refunds for Their USB-C Cables →

November 26, 2015 · 13:04

OnePlus:

Listening to our community and the broader tech community is extremely important to us. You all are the reason we exist in the first place. We owe it to you to deliver the best products possible – and to fix problems when we come across them. So we want to fix this.

If you’ve purchased the OnePlus USB Type-C cable or adapter on the OnePlus website as standalone products to use with devices other than the OnePlus 2, we are going to offer an opportunity to apply for a refund. Please note that cables that were included in the box with your OnePlus 2 are not eligible for a refund, since they are safe to use with the OnePlus 2.

I have one of these cables and since learning it could break my gear, I stopped using it. A friend of mine will take it of my hands however, so I won’t bother returning it. Yes, he knows.


App Store Deals — 26/11/2015

November 26, 2015 · 08:23

More and more deals are popping up over the past few hours, including the amazing Fantastical 2 for iPad and iPhone, my go-to Screens VNC as well as a few other great apps and games, including Scrivener and Lara Croft GO. Make sure to take a look at yesterdays price cuts — that software is still discounted and it includes the excellent Pixelmator for both Mac and iOS.

BattleLore: Command – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €3.99
Boom – Experience the best audio, always! – Mac – Music – €99.99 > €9.99
Fantastical 2 – Mac – Productivity – €39.99
Fantastical 2 – iPad – Productivity – €9.99 > €4.99
Fantastical 2 – iPhone – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99
Hitman: Sniper – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €1.99
HoPiKo – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €0.99
Lara Croft GO – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €2.99
Lost Within – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €1.99
Screens VNC – iOS – Utilities – €14.99 > €9.99
Scrivener – Mac – Productivity – €44.99 > €24.99
Til Morning’s Light – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €1.99
To–Fu Fury – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Virtual Trainer Stretch – iOS – Healthcare & Fitness – €1.99 > €0.00

Update @ 9:15

Hydra – Amazing Photography – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €2.99
Leo’s Fortune – HD Edition – Mac – Games – €6.99
Money Pro – Mac – Finance – €29.99 > €2.99
Prune – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €1.99
Screens VNC – Mac – Utilities – €29.99 > €14.99
Week Calendar – iPhone – Productivity – €1.99 > €0.00

Update @ 13:11

Broken Age – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €2.99
Carcassonne – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €6.99
Downwell – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Graphic – illustration and design – iPad – Productivity – €8.99 > €3.99
Graphic – vector illustration and design – iPhone – Productivity – €2.99 > €0.99
Tales From Deep Space – iPhone – Games – €3.99 > €1.99
The Earth by Tinybop – iOS – Education – €2.99 > €0.99
Toca Tea Party – iPad – Education – €2.99 > €0.00
Unclutter – Mac – Utilities – €5.99 > €1.99
Weather Line – iPhone – Weather – €3.99 > €1.99


Create Your Own RSS Reader →

November 26, 2015 · 08:08

Dr. Drang:

My subscription to my current RSS service is running out in a month or so, and as I considered which provider I wanted to use for the next year, I began to wonder if I’d be satisfied with any of them. How hard would it be for me to make my own service that always serves updated versions of the most recent articles on the sites I subscribe to? After all, RSS is a distributed protocol. Just because we’ve all gotten used to accessing it through centralized services, that doesn’t mean we have to.

So I wrote a short script that goes through my subscriptions, plucks out the articles published (or updated) today, and creates a simple web page with all of them displayed in reverse chronological order.

You can view the code on Dr. Drang’s site if you’re interested in running something similar. I’m using Feedly — I got the lifetime Pro subscription — and I don’t plan on switching any time soon.


App Store Deals — 2015/11/25

November 25, 2015 · 15:09

There’s still a few days to go before Black Friday hits, but various app promotions are already here. Feel free to skim the list below — you might find something you’ll like — but I strongly recommend you get Pixelmator for Mac and iOS. It’s a great Photoshop alternative and pretty cheap in comparison.

AG Drive – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €1.99
Air Login – iOS – Business – €0.99 > €0.00
Alternote for Evernote – Mac – Productivity – €6.99 > €3.99
Boom 2: Best Audio Enhancement App – Mac – Utilities – €19.99 > €9.99
CP 1919 – iPad – Music – €9.99 > €0.99
The Cursed Ship, Collector’s Edition – iPhone – Games – €4.99 > €0.00
The Cursed Ship, Collector’s Edition HD – iPad – Games – €6.99 > €0.00
Curtis – iPad – Music – €9.99 > €0.99
Door Kickers – iPad – Games – €4.99 > €1.99
Folx GO+ – Mac – Utilities – €9.99 > €1.99
liquivid – Mac – Video – €19.99 > €1.99
LongScreen – iOS – Utilities – €2.99 > €0.99
Pixave – Mac – Graphics & Design – €9.99 > €4.99
Pixelmator – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €1.99
Pixelmator – Mac – Graphics & Design – €29.99 > €14.99
PocketWings: Discovery Island – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.00
Todo – To–Do & Task List – iOS – Productivity – €4.99 > €0.99
Linky – Share webpage’s, images – iOS – Social Networking – €3.99 > €1.99


Stolen Pencils →

November 25, 2015 · 09:26

Adarsh Verma:

People visiting the Apple Stores are reporting that the most of the demo units are stolen. “Yesterday saw guy next to me steal a limited supply Apple pencil demo unit. Employees didn’t bother chasing him,” a Twitter user tweeted. A Reddit user IMPRNTD said, “[m]y local store in Canada mentioned that most of the Apple Pencils were stolen.”

Pathetic, but to be expected. I’m assuming future demo units will have some sort of proximity sensor / alarm built-in.


Are You a Star Wars Fan?

November 25, 2015 · 09:04

If the answer is yes, then you’ll be pleased to know that Google prepared a beautiful Easter egg for the occasion. Go to google.com and search for:

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Don’t forget to turn your sound on!