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!


‘Forty was Definitely Prolific’ →

November 25, 2015 · 08:24

Jason Fagone:

By August 2014, Finley had reached out to the F.B.I.’s Atlanta field office, asking if the bureau could help with a swatting case in which the suspect was a minor. He was told the swatter would have to be ‘‘prolific.’’ Finley asked what that meant. He knew the swatter had made hoax calls to 11 police departments in that one January alone. How many swattings is prolific? No one Finley spoke to at the bureau could say. But Finley kept tracking Obnoxious, kept calling the F.B.I. with updates — he could connect the guy to 20 swatting calls, then 30 calls. When he got past 40 about a month later, he finally found a special agent named Andrew Young. Forty was definitely prolific.


Using an iDevice for Podcasting is Maddness →

November 25, 2015 · 08:17

Jason Snell:

In the meantime, there is a way to make a Skype call and also record on a high-quality microphone using only iOS. It’s just kind of ridiculous: You make the Skype call on your iPhone, presumably with iPhone earbuds or other compatible headphones with a microphone, while sitting in front of an iPad that’s attached to a microphone and recording locally. The people on Skype hear your bad microphone, but your good microphone is what gets used on the actual podcast. Serenity Caldwell used this method for both this week’s Incomparable Radio Theater and Upgrade episodes. The risk is that if your recording fails, all that remains is a lousy recording of your voice on a set of earbuds via Skype—not a great backup.

This is so convoluted that I would probably just prefer to use a Mac—less hassle, more foolproof.

Also, I’m using Jason’s posts to test my Workflow workflow. See previous post.


Jason Snell Reviews the iPad Pro →

November 24, 2015 · 23:22

Jason Snell:

You get used to the size fast. After a week using the iPad Pro, I dropped my iPad Air 2 down on my trusty old Origami Workstation and just started to laugh. It’s like a tiny baby iPad! On a tabletop or other workspace, the size of the iPad Pro’s screen really shines.

Unfortunately, in other contexts it’s the size of the device itself that comes to the fore. When I wake up in the morning I like to grab my iPad and check in on the Internet before I get up and face the rest of my day. In this scenario, the iPad Pro feels like overkill. Sitting in a chair or on a couch, it felt big but not overwhelming, but in a context where I’m leaning back and really just reading stuff, not doing a lot of typing, I was a lot less comfortable.

I have close to the exact same experience as Jason. The problem is that going back to my Air 2 seems as if I’m returning to using a toy…


Using Workflow for iOS to Publish to WordPress →

November 24, 2015 · 22:57

Federico Viticci:

As I’ve teased in some articles over the past weeks, I’ve been using the new WordPress action to publish content to MacStories in a semi-automated fashion that doesn’t involve manual interaction with the WordPress admin interface or Python.

This post was published via a quick workflow that I made in… Workflow for iOS [App Store]. Took me about half an hour to perfect, complete with quoting text selected in Safari.

Thanks for the tips Federico!


Amazon Kindle Voyage 2 Unlikely in 2015 →

November 24, 2015 · 18:12

David Rothman:

A Kindle Voyage 2 is unlikely in 2015, but the game isn’t over. If you were putting off buying a new Voyage, you’re probably safe purchasing the original model now—even though Good E-Reader said last summer and several weeks ago that the 2 would show up this month.

I’m still extremely satisfied with my first generation Voyage1 and I encourage anyone who does any substantial amount of reading to get one. It’s far from perfect, but it’s the best there is.

  1. Typography on it needs work.

Spectre Sets Guinness World Record for Largest Film Stunt Explosion →

November 24, 2015 · 12:26

Rachel Swatman:

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: “It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in ‘Sprectre’ in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history.”

Taking place in Erfoud, Morocco, the blast had a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent and was the result of detonating 8,418 litres of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives – and it lasted for over 7.5 seconds.

I remember that scene distinctly—I’ve already seen the movie twice—and while it was extremely impressive, the thought that this was the biggest explosion in cinema never crossed my mind.


Touching Pixar-Style Ad from the Spanish National Lottery

November 24, 2015 · 10:52

I hate ads. I don’t even have cable at home—we disconnected two or three years ago and have never looked back. We now rely on our Playstation 4 for Blu-ray movies and Apple TV for rentals. Since I don’t have access to regular TV channels, I don’t watch many advertisements, but I did dedicate four minutes yesterday to watch what is most probably the most touching ad ever created.

Continue reading →


Fitbit Automatically Detects Exercise; Still No HealthKit Integration →

November 24, 2015 · 09:54

Lauren Goode:

A new feature called “SmartTrack” will now automatically detect when you’ve started a workout session or new activity, rather than requiring you to press a button or swipe through an activity menu to start a workout. According to Fitbit, the software is able to detect running, outdoor cycling, walking, elliptical workouts, basketball, tennis, soccer, and even high-impact cardio workouts like kickboxing and dance classes.

Still waiting for HealthKit support. Get it done please, Fitbit.


The Apple Pencil as a Writing Tool →

November 23, 2015 · 15:48

Myke Hurley:

To really see what the Pencil is capable of, the best place to try it is in iOS’ built-in Notes app. The drawing mode that you can activate only features a modest selection of tools and options, but is by far the most responsive experience. Using the Apple Pencil in Notes is the closest I have ever come to getting a true handwriting experience from a digital device.

To say there is no lag would be incorrect, but it is close enough to feel that it works. When you move the Pencil across the screen, most lines will travel ever so slightly behind it. But compared to previous experiences of using a stylus on a iPad, the difference is like night and day.

My Pencil delivery date can’t come soon enough—4 weeks to go.

I also tried out a selection of drawing apps, just to see what the Pencil was capable of. I spent most of my time in Paper by FiftyThree, Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Procreate, Tayasui Sketches, and Zen Brush 2. The responsiveness of the Pencil really differed in each of these apps, with Paper by FiftyThree being the worst.

Am I the only who is curious which one was the best?

Update

And Myke responded to my question while recording Upgrade in their IRC channel:

[18:14] <imyke> Morid1n: the notes app is good. I also like Notability and GoodNotes.

Seems that Notes is the way to go.