Men’s Health was given a behind-the-scenes tour of Apple’s 23,000 square foot Fitness+ studio in Santa Monica, California. The publication also interviewed Jay Blahnik, Apple’s… Read More »Men’s Health Goes Behind-the-Scenes at Apple’s Fitness+ Studio
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Apple hasn’t made an official announcement the iMac Pro’s future, but the Mac’s product page speaks volumes. As first reported by MacRumors, the configurable models… Read More »Apple Has Apparently Pulled the Plug on the iMac Pro
MacStories Unwind: A New Note-Taking Research App for the Mac, Spotify’s List of New and Upcoming Features Continues to Grow, and It’s Now Easier to Move Your iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos
0:0024:16 Sponsored by: SaneBox – Organize Your Inbox and Never Waste Time on Email Again This week on MacStories Unwind: MacStories Coppice: Visual Note-Taking and… Read More »MacStories Unwind: A New Note-Taking Research App for the Mac, Spotify’s List of New and Upcoming Features Continues to Grow, and It’s Now Easier to Move Your iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos
Earlier today, Apple provided TechCrunch with a fascinating clarification regarding the ability in iOS and iPadOS 14.5 to pick “default” audio apps for music, podcast,… Read More »Apple Clarifies Ability to ‘Set Default’ Audio Apps in iOS 14.5
Eve Systems Announces That Its New Eve Energy Smart Plug and Eve Weather HomeKit Devices Will Support Thread
Source: Eve Systems. Ever since I got a glimpse of what Thread could mean to home automation by pairing a Nanoleaf A19 bulb with a… Read More »Eve Systems Announces That Its New Eve Energy Smart Plug and Eve Weather HomeKit Devices Will Support Thread
Apps that help you organize and connect ideas aren’t new, but it’s a hot category right now. There are note-taking apps, many of which offer wiki-style back-linking, outliners, diagramming apps, mind mapping apps, and more. The approaches vary as widely as the ways people process and organize their thoughts, which is what makes these apps so interesting. The category has become a playground of creativity, allowing developers to experiment with new ways to help users explore ideas free from the more constrained, structured environment of a text editor.
It’s into this app frontier that M Cubed Software launched Coppice, a Mac-only app that combines elements of mind mapping and note-taking to deliver a unique, note card-like experience. There are ways that I think Coppice could enhance its approach to extend the app’s power. However, despite some limitations, Coppice is an excellent addition to the genre that succeeds in offering a novel perspective on note-taking and research in a crowded field.
This week on AppStories, we take a hard look at Shortcuts, an app we rely on every day, and consider how we’d like to see… Read More »AppStories, Episode 207 – Shortcuts Wish List, 2021 Edition
Fascinating new option announced by Spotify last week, coming soon to the app’s ‘Liked Songs’ default playlist: Your “Liked Songs” on Spotify are a collection… Read More »Spotify Adding Genre and Mood Filters for Liked Songs
MacStories Unwind: Scanning and Budgeting iOS App Updates, Overcast’s New Watch App, a Brand New Mac Utility, and a Shortcuts Update
0:0023:13 Sponsored by: MenuBar Stats – Advanced Mac System Monitoring This week on MacStories Unwind: MacStories Overcast Revamps Apple Watch App and Shortcuts Actions Apple… Read More »MacStories Unwind: Scanning and Budgeting iOS App Updates, Overcast’s New Watch App, a Brand New Mac Utility, and a Shortcuts Update
In the latest update to his popular podcast app, developer Marco Arment has shipped a completely overhauled version of Overcast for Apple Watch. The update not only resolves some longstanding issues with the old Watch client but also debuts playback speed controls, chapter skipping, and show notes for the first time on the Apple Watch.
When you first open the new Apple Watch app, Overcast will spend some time fully syncing with its iPhone counterpart. Once this initial sync completes, you’ll gain access to the new interface. Instead of the previous three-page, horizontal-scrolling layout, Overcast for Apple Watch now features a much simpler design. At the top, you’ll find large buttons to manually request a sync with your iPhone and to access the app’s settings.
In the last update to Apple Frames – my shortcut to put screenshots captured on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch inside physical device frames – from December, I added support for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Since the introduction of revamped widgets in iOS 14, Apple Frames is the only shortcut I’ve configured as a small, standalone Shortcuts widget on the first page of my Home Screen: I use it dozens of times every single day, and I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of time its image-based automation has saved me over the years.
Gui Rambo, the maker or AirBuddy, the Bluetooth headphone and peripheral menu bar utility that I’ve covered before, has released a new app called DarkModeBuddy… Read More »DarkModeBuddy: Automatic Light and Dark Mode Switching Based on Ambient Light
Nudget1 is a budgeting app designed to streamline the daily input of expenses. Developer Sawyer Blatz created a gorgeous and extremely efficient interface to make budgeting feel light and fun. With my beloved bank Simple closing this year, I’ve been looking for new solutions for keeping track of my finances. Over the last couple weeks I’ve worked with Nudget full-time, and the experience has been rewarding.
As is the case with any budgeting app, you’ll need to put in a bit of work up front to get started with Nudget. When you first open the app it will prompt you to input your after-tax income and recurring expenses. Nudget uses this data to craft a simplified budget for you. Budget-wise, the app isn’t doing anything too fancy. Each budget consists of three categories: recurring expenses, spending money, and savings. These categories are shown as large cards in Nudget’s ‘Budget’ tab, and you can tap each one to edit it.
This week on AppStories, we flip last week’s episode around and ask which hardware and software features the iPad should steal from the Mac. Sponsored… Read More »AppStories, Episode 206 – What Should the iPad Steal from the Mac?
At its Stream On event today, Spotify announced that it is adding a new CD-quality lossless tier to its music streaming service later this year.… Read More »Spotify Announces It Will Offer a New CD-Quality, Lossless Streaming Music Tier Later This Year
My scanning needs are modest. I occasionally need to scan a receipt or document for personal or work reasons, but the frequency with which I do that has steadily declined over the years. I have a Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner, which is excellent, but if it broke, I wouldn’t replace it. That’s because iPhone and iPad scanning apps have improved just as steadily as my scanning needs have declined.
These days, the ScanSnap sits in a drawer, demoted from taking up valuable desktop space that I need for the tools I use every day. I still set it up from time to time when I’m working at my desk, but more and more often, I’ve found it to be more trouble than it’s worth to set up.
Instead, I’ve been experimenting with a variety of iPhone and iPad scanning apps, including Genius Scan 6, which was released today. The app has a long list of features, but at its core, what I like most about Genius Scan is its fast, flexible scanning workflow and business model that fits with a wide range of user needs from someone like me who doesn’t scan documents very often to people for whom scanning is essential to their daily tasks.
MenuBar Stats is a suite of 9 menu bar modules for monitoring your Mac that has been developed over the course of 8 years of… Read More »MenuBar Stats: Advanced System Monitoring [Sponsor]
MacStories Unwind: A Crazy Word Game from Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal, Logitech’s New HomeKit Doorbell, A For All Mankind Podcast and New Emoji are Coming
0:0024:21 Sponsored by: UpNote – The Best App for Notes Writing and Organizing This week on MacStories Unwind: MacStories Logitech Circle View Doorbell Offers Superior… Read More »MacStories Unwind: A Crazy Word Game from Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal, Logitech’s New HomeKit Doorbell, A For All Mankind Podcast and New Emoji are Coming
Yesterday, Apple updated its Platform Security User Guide to cover new hardware and software features on its platforms. The guide is broken down into hardware… Read More »Apple Updates Its Platform Security User Guide