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following spotify playlist curators around new york’s live music scene – macstories

in an otherwise boring conversation about some press release or another, a spotify pr person mentioned to me that an artist who had a big hit on the platform’s fresh finds playlist was discovered when one of the curators just happened to see them play a show in bushwick. i was as surprised as anyone really can be by an email from corporate pr.fresh finds is one of spotify’s prized products, a weekly playlist crafted from a combination of two different data inputs: it identifies new, possibly interesting music with natural language processing algorithms that crawl hundreds of music blogs, then puts those songs up against the listening patterns of users their data designates “trendsetters.” what’s going to a show in bushwick have ...




lookmark now tracks app updates – macstories

lookmark is a bookmarking and monitoring service for itunes content. it’s an excellent way to save apps, movies, books, and other media for later. users who purchase a subscription can also use lookmark to track price changes for apps, which is useful for bargain hunters. today, lookmark released an update that pushes the app further into the realm of app monitoring that started with price tracking. now, users can also track when ios and macos apps are updated on the app store and mac app store.there are two ways to bookmark itunes content in lookmark. the first is the app’s extension. whether you’re in the app store, mac app store, itunes store, or ibooks store, you can pull up the share sheet, pick the lookmark share extension, and s...




apple delays homepod – macstories

apple issued an official statement to techcrunch and other news outlets today saying that the release of the homepod would be delayed until 2018. originally announced at wwdc in june with a promised ship date of december 2017, apple’s statement says the homepod will be released in ‘early 2018,’ and the smart siri-enabled speaker will be availab...




apple posts ‘what’s a computer’ video promoting the ipad pro – macstories

in a new video posted on youtube called ‘what’s a computer?’, apple follows a girl as she leaves home on a bicycle and travels around a city with her ipad pro. set to ‘go’ by louis the child, the girl uses facetime to chat with friends, marks up a screenshot of her chat, and sends it via messages. later she’s seen writing a report in microsoft word. in the middle of writing, she sees a praying mantis, swipes up to access the dock, and takes a quick photo of it.in the next scene, the g...




apple fixes iphone x bugs with the release of ios 11.1.2 – macstories

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apple encourages developers to update to watchos 4 – macstories

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“a path that leads to failure” – macstories

jony ive, talking about the removal of the home button on the iphone x in an interview with time: how does apple decide when it’s time to move on? it’s not a decision to get rid of an existing technology as much as it’s a willingness to accept that what’s familiar isn’t always what’s best. “i actually think the path of holding onto features that have been effe...




apple posts ‘what’s a computer’ video promoting the ipad pro – macstories

in a new video posted on youtube called ‘what’s a computer?’, apple follows a girl as she leaves home on a bicycle and travels around a city with her ipad pro. set to ‘go’ by louis the child, the girl uses facetime to chat with friends, marks up a screenshot of her chat, and sends it via messages. later she’s seen writing a report in microsoft word. in the middle of writing, she sees a praying mantis, swipes up to access the dock, and takes a quick photo of it.in the next scene, the g...




powerful depth image controls in a fun package – macstories

the iphone's camera has long been one of its most important features. every year when new models are introduced, it's a sure bet that camera improvements are part of the package. last year that remained true, but it also proved an even more special year for the iphone's camera setup. the introduction of dual rear-facing cameras with portrait mode was something different – pictures no longer just looked a little better than on older iphone models, they looked almost professional-quality.this year, whether you picked up a new iphone or not, portrait mode is a better feature than before. part of this is due to software improvements in ios 11, but another key benefit is that third-party developers now have access to the depth information in ...




testing faster wireless charging on ios 11.2 beta – macstories

matt birchler ran some tests with faster wireless charging on ios 11.2 (currently in beta) and, unfortunately, the results aren’t impressive: over the 2 hour test, the iphone 8 plus went from zero to 47%. it charged at an incredibly consistent 4% per 10 minutes. previously i got up to 40% with this same charger after 2 hours, which is a 17% improvement in wireless charging speed. while this is indeed an increase, it’s not the sort of increase that’s going to get you from “wireless charging is too slow” to “i love wireless charging!”. if you have 2 hours to change your phone and there is a 7% differen...




can clips be a modern day photo booth? – macstories

karan varindani considers the potential of apple's clips to be a spiritual successor to photo booth: with the ipad 2, back in early 2011, apple brought photo booth to the ipad. i distinctly remember thinking that this was a no-brainer at the time. growing up in ghana, there weren’t that many macs in my high school, but everybody that had one used photo booth. it was very regular to walk into the sixth form (senior year) common room and see groups of friends, myself included, behind a macbook playing with the filters. talking to several of my american friends, it sounds like it was the same deal here. i always thought that it was only a matter of time before apple brought photo booth to the iphone, but six years later it still just shi...




firefox receives speed bump and design refresh – macstories

i was an original supporter of firefox in 2004. at the time, the internet was in desperate need of change. the web browser market was dominated by microsoft’s internet explorer, which was clunky and becoming an increasingly closed, proprietary system. firefox found immediate success because it was fast and had an extension system for extending its functionality. over time though, firefox lost its speed advantage and fell out of favor.now, firefox is back with a new and improved version called firefox quantum that focuses on speed and a fresh design. according to the mozilla foundation: firefox quantum is over twice as fast as firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology stolen from ou...




appstories, episode 31 – what makes an app sticky? – macstories

on this week's episode of appstories, we look at apps that have been designed for the iphone x and consider what makes certain apps ‘sticky.’sponsored by:istat menus – providing mac users with a wealth of...




raw power for ios review – macstories

earlier this year, i reviewed raw power for macos and was impressed by its power and flexibility. yesterday, gentlemen coders released a no-compromises version of raw power for ios that matches the macos version’s features and adds the ability to manage your photo library and make depth effect edits to portrait mode photographs. there are a few rough edges here and there, but by and large, the app delivers on its promise of desktop-class, non-destructive photo editing on ios devices.the starting point in raw power is its album view. from here, you can also organize your photo library. albums are divided into three groups. the first section includes recently viewed images and albums. built-in system albums like favorites, panoramas, bursts,...




my bedroom has become a museum – macstories

control center is broken, myke is broken and spotify is broken. on this week’s episode of connected, we continue our discussion on the iphone x and talk about music streaming services and smart speakers. you can listen here.sponsored by:eero: never thin...




ushering in a new era of entertainment – macstories

today's apple tv is its own full-fledged platform. while it is more expensive and less popular than other some other media streamers, the apple tv has come into its own. the current device can stream 4k hdr content, play games and even be used as a calculator.the original apple tv didn't enjoy such a wide feature set, and it wasn't treated as a full-blown product by the company, which repeatedly talked about it as a "hobby."to understand that attitude, i think it's important to go back to when steve jobs first previewed the device in september 2006.by this point, itunes housed (and sold) music, tv shows and movies. users could enjoy this content on macs, pc and ipods, but not their televisions.this product — dubbed the itv at this point...




a physics sandbox for freeform play – macstories

one of childhood's simple joys for many of us was getting our creative juices flowing by playing with building blocks. it's one of those tactile, imaginative outlets that adulthood features far less of. blocks also brought the added benefit of getting to destroy the work you'd built – a task similarly delightful to the actual building.recently my wife and i were babysitting twin 1-year-old boys, owners of a big bucket full of colorful, cardboard bricks. all throughout the night i enjoyed building small towers with the bricks, and the boys would have a blast knocking those towers down. even when they were on the other side of the room distracted by something else, if they saw me stack three or more bricks together, they'd quickly come run...




ios 11.2 beta adds support for faster 7.5w charging with qi-based wireless chargers – macstories

starting with ios 11.2, the iphone 8, iphone 8 plus, and iphone x are able to charge at 7.5 watts using compatible qi-based wireless charging accessories. currently, on ios 11.1.1, the three devices charge at 5 watts using qi wireless chargers, but apple promised that faster speeds would become available in a future update. it appears that update is ios 11.2.macrumors received a tip about the new feature from accessory maker ravpower this evening, and tested the ne...




songshift 3.0 and switching between apple music and spotify – macstories

for the better part of this year, i’ve been using both spotify and apple music. in my opinion, each service does a few things exceptionally well, but, unfortunately, i can’t have all of them in a single music app.spotify’s discovery tools for both old and new songs are simply unparalleled in the industry: discover weekly continues to surprise me on a weekly basis just like mixtapes used to do. spotify is everywhere (including my amazon echo); i like how it organizes releases on artist pages; and, it’s got a richer selection of user-generated playlists. apple music, on the other hand, looks much better than spotify (i love apple’s focus on album artworks and large photography), features built-in lyrics, is deeply integrated with the...




ushering in a new era of entertainment – macstories

today's apple tv is its own full-fledged platform. while it is more expensive and less popular than other some other media streamers, the apple tv has come into its own. the current device can stream 4k hdr content, play games and even be used as a calculator.the original apple tv didn't enjoy such a wide feature set, and it wasn't treated as a full-blown product by the company, which repeatedly talked about it as a "hobby."to understand that attitude, i think it's important to go back to when steve jobs first previewed the device in september 2006.by this point, itunes housed (and sold) music, tv shows and movies. users could enjoy this content on macs, pc and ipods, but not their televisions.this product — dubbed the itv at this point...