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10 years later – macstories

july 2008 was a very busy time for apple. it launched the ios app store, replaced .mac with mobileme and launched it second-ever iphone: the iphone 3g.on the shoulders of a giantintroduced at wwdc 2008, the iphone 3g came into the world after a year of success with the first iphone.time magazine named the original iphone its "invention of the year" for 2007. lev grossman wrote: most high-tech companies don't take design seriously. they treat it as an afterthought. window-dressing. but one of jobs' basic insights about technology is that good design is actually as important as good technology. all the cool features in the world won't do you any good unless you can figure out how to use said features, and feel smart and attractive whil...




ifixit tests macbook pro’s keyboard membrane – macstories

ifixit ran more tests and took a closer look at the keyboard membrane that was added to the 2018 macbook pro released last week. it turns out, the membrane is one sheet of die-cut silicone with tiny cutouts to allow keycaps to connect to the butterfly switches beneath.to test how well the new design holds up against dust, ifixit sprayed a new macbook pro with a dusting of paint additive. they then tore apart the notebook and found: lo and behold, the dust is safely sequestered at the edges of the membrane, leaving the mechanism fairly sheltered. the holes in the membrane allow the keycap clips to pass through, but are covered by the cap itself, blocking dust ingress. the previous-gen butterfly keys are far less protected, and are almost i...




10 years later – macstories

july 2008 was a very busy time for apple. it launched the ios app store, replaced .mac with mobileme and launched it second-ever iphone: the iphone 3g.on the shoulders of a giantintroduced at wwdc 2008, the iphone 3g came into the world after a year of success with the first iphone.time magazine named the original iphone its "invention of the year" for 2007. lev grossman wrote: most high-tech companies don't take design seriously. they treat it as an afterthought. window-dressing. but one of jobs' basic insights about technology is that good design is actually as important as good technology. all the cool features in the world won't do you any good unless you can figure out how to use said features, and feel smart and attractive whil...




tom gruber, co-founder of siri, retires from apple – macstories

the information reports that tom gruber, apple’s head of the siri advanced developments group, has retired to pursue personal interests including photography and ocean conservation. gruber joined apple as part of the company’s acquisition of siri in 2010 along with his co-founders dag kittlaus and adam cheyer, who previously left apple in 2011 and 2012 respectively. in addition to gruber, the information reports that vipul ved prakash, apple’s head of search, has left the company. apple confirmed both departures to the information.siri, which apple incorporated into ios in 2011, has been through recent leadership changes as it has fallen behind voic...




doppler enables pain-free importing of music and podcasts from safari on ios – macstories

i've been an ios-first user for nearly three years now, and during that time there have been very few tasks that required me to pull out my old macbook air. one remaining holdout has been downloading music or podcast files from the web and saving them somewhere i can conveniently access them on ios. the ideal scenario would enable importing those files into itunes, where they get added to my icloud music library – unfortunately, that remains impossible on ios today. but the next-best option i've discovered can be found in an iphone app called doppler.doppler launched a few months ago as a music app aimed at the non-streaming market. despite the increasing popularity of services like apple music and spotify, there are still plenty of use...




an internal fortnite – macstories

federico bought an ipod touch, nest and instapaper both have new bosses and the world is finally getting the leg emoji it deserves. on this week's connected, i also shared a status update on my ios 12 review and the apps i'm using to put it together. you can listen here.sponsored by:pingdom: st...




fantastical 2.5 for mac adds time change proposals, meetup.com support, and more – macstories

flexibits has released an update to the mac version of its popular calendar app fantastical. the feature that should be useful to most users immediately is the ability to send and receive new time proposals for events. fantastical already could send meeting invitations and acceptances, but with version 2.5, recipients of an invitation can propose a new time. the feature works with icloud, google, exchange and caldav calendaring services, which should cover most use cases.when you receive an invitation and want to propose a new time, double-click the event. in the popup, you’ll see ‘propose new time’ beneath the event’s participants. clicking that expands the section to allow you to pick new start and end times. to send the proposal, ...




sharecuts – macstories

fun new project by ios developer extraordinaire guilherme rambo – sharecuts is a (so far, beta and invitation-only) directory to browse and install custom shortcuts created by other users. sarah perez has more details at techcrunch: but by the time ios 12 releases to the public later this fall, sharecuts’ directory will be filled out and a lot more functional. the premise, explains sharecuts’ creator guilherme rambo, was to make an easily accessible place where people could share their shortcuts with one another, discover those others have shared, and suggest improvements to existing shortcuts. “i was talking to a friend [patrick balestra] about how cool shortcuts are, and how it should be easier for people to share and discover ...




fantastical 2.5 for mac adds time change proposals, meetup.com support, and more – macstories

flexibits has released an update to the mac version of its popular calendar app fantastical. the feature that should be useful to most users immediately is the ability to send and receive new time proposals for events. fantastical already could send meeting invitations and acceptances, but with version 2.5, recipients of an invitation can propose a new time. the feature works with icloud, google, exchange and caldav calendaring services, which should cover most use cases.when you receive an invitation and want to propose a new time, double-click the event. in the popup, you’ll see ‘propose new time’ beneath the event’s participants. clicking that expands the section to allow you to pick new start and end times. to send the proposal, ...




microsoft releases cross-platform skype update and announces call recording and other features – macstories

microsoft has released version 8 of skype for the desktop, which features a redesign inspired by the app’s mobile clients. the update, which is available on mac, windows, and linux, replaces version 7, which will no longer work after september 1, 2018.the update includes 1080p video calls with screen sharing for up to 24 participants. twitter-style ‘@mentions’ have been added too. mentioning someone by name preceded by the ‘@‘ symbol sends them a notification. microsoft has also added a media gallery. clicking on ‘gallery’ in a conversation opens a panel on the right side of the skype window with links, files, and other media that has been shared. finally, users can share files, photos, and videos of up to 300 mb by dragging th...




appstories, episode 70 – apps for managing big projects – macstories

on this week's episode of appstories, we discuss the apps we use to manage large projects like the macstories and appstories coverage of the app store's 10th anniversary and apple's fall os releases.sponsored by:casper - the...




apple showcases new emoji arriving in ios 12, macos mojave, and watchos 5 – macstories

in celebration of world emoji day, apple has released a preview of the new emoji arriving later this year in updates to ios, macos, and watchos. there will be 157 new emoji in total, but today's preview only features a select few.a centerpiece of the emoji additions this year will be improved diversity in hair options, ...




after two years with pinterest, instapaper regains its independence – macstories

from instapaper's blog: today, we’re announcing that pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of instapaper to instant paper, inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by marco arment in 2013. the ownership transfer will occur after a 21 day waiting period designed to give our users fair notice about the change of control with respect to their personal information. we want to emphasize that not much is changing for the instapaper product outside the new ownership. the product will continue to be built and maintained by the same people who’ve been working on instapaper for the past five years. we plan to continue offering a robust...




the fast and secure safari content blocker [sponsor] – macstories

advertising and trackers are a big problem on many websites. pages load slowly wasting your time, draining your battery, and using up your mobile data. even worse, ads sometimes serve malware to unsuspecting users. to take back control, you need 1blocker x.1blocker x is a complete ground-up rewrite of the original 1blocker that puts even more fine-grained controls in the hands of its users. in fact, the app now has over 120,000 powerful rules that are organized into categories like:block adsblock adult sitesblock annoyancesblock commentsblock trackerscustom rulesinternational rulesin the unlikely event that 1blocker x doesn’t have a rule you need, you can add your own too.one aspect of content blocking that often gets forgotten is that the...




an occupational hazard – macstories

stephen is joined by casey liss and john voorhees to discuss the 10th anniversary of the app store, mobileme's reputation and rumors of a busy fall for apple's hardware teams. i wasn't able to join stephen on connected this week, but i thoroughly enjoyed the discussion about the app store, icloud, and apple rumors for the second half of 2018 with casey and john. you can...




ios 12 ar quick look demos – macstories

i recently came across a demo of ar quick look, an ios 12 feature that allows apps to present 3d and ar previews for objects built using the new usdz file format. shopify, the popular e-commerce platform, is going to take advantage of ar quick look to let customers preview items in their surroundings directly from safari, contextually to the shopping experience.here's daniel beauchamp, writing on the shopify ar/vr blog: for the past three years, shopify has been exploring how ar / vr will change the way consumers shop. last year, we showed how apple’s arkit could be used to provide compelling ar commerce experiences. the main complexity was that arkit needed to be run in an app. this meant that shopify merchants looking to offer these...




personal app store stories from the macstories team – macstories

over the past week we've released articles and podcast episodes documenting the stories of apple and third-party developers during the app store's decade of life, but as our celebration week nears its end, we wanted to shift gears and share our own stories.the story of the app store doesn't just belong to apple, nor is it limited to the developers who have made the app store such a vibrant marketplace. everyone who has ever downloaded an app on their iphone, ipad, or even ipod touch has their own story of the app store's impact on their life. in that vein, here are the macstories team's personal stories of what the store and its products have meant to us.federicoi told the story of how macstories came to be before. after dropping out of ...




the next decade – macstories

the app store has changed the world. over the last decade society as we know it has been irrevocably shaped by the app store and its products.just as no one 10 years ago could have predicted where the app store would have brought us today, so is it impossible to guess what the next decade might bring. there's no stopping us from trying though.as we close out our app store anniversary week coverage, here are our hopes and expectations for the next 10 years.apple predictions often age badly because the company has a tendency to not directly follow the latest market trends; at the very least, they offer their unique twist on ideas others have been experimenting with for some time. however, based on how the app store has evolved for the past 1...




personal app store stories from the macstories team – macstories

over the past week we've released articles and podcast episodes documenting the stories of apple and third-party developers during the app store's decade of life, but as our celebration week nears its end, we wanted to shift gears and share our own stories.the story of the app store doesn't just belong to apple, nor is it limited to the developers who have made the app store such a vibrant marketplace. everyone who has ever downloaded an app on their iphone, ipad, or even ipod touch has their own story of the app store's impact on their life. in that vein, here are the macstories team's personal stories of what the store and its products have meant to us.federicoi told the story of how macstories came to be before. after dropping out of ...




saving the app store’s history – macstories

the app store had just turned one when, sometime in the summer of 2009, concept artist and game developer zach gage published a preview video for an iphone game he had been working on. the game was based on a simple premise: gage's girlfriend liked playing tetris for iphone, which he thought was a rushed adaptation of the console game that didn't take advantage of the iphone's unique hardware. "i just looked at it", gage told me in an interview on our podcast appstories, "and i thought – i can make a better game than this". so, in his spare time between different projects, he got to work.the game, which launched in fall 2009, was called unify. on his website, gage described it as "touch-tetris for both sides of the brain". in unify ...