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clean up your inbox today (and keep it that way forever) with sanebox [sponsor] – macstories

what if you had someone who would sort through your email and find only the important messages? that is exactly what sanebox does. after you set it up, sanebox leaves your important messages in your inbox and moves the rest to a sanelater folder for reviewing later. that initial inbox purge is powerful because it reduces your inbox to a manageable number of messages. with additional training to tell sanebox what's important to you, it only gets better at dealing with the daily deluge of messages.there's much more to sanebox than shuffling unimportant messages into a designated folder, though. if there's something you never want to see ever again, send it to the saneblackhole, which is much easier than unsubscribing to unwanted mes...




apple marks earth day with donations, daisy the recycling robot, and an apple watch challenge – macstories

apple has issued a press release announcing that from today through april 30th, the company will make a donation to conservation international for each device turned in for recycling through apple’s giveback program. the company also took the opportunity to introduce daisy, its next-generation iphone recycling robot.through apple giveback, devices can be recycled in person at an apple store or using apple.com. in exchange for eligible devices, customers will receive in-store credit or an apple gift card and apple will donate to conservation international, which: …uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the natural world people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihood. founded in 1987, the organization works in more than...




trick shot 2 – macstories

trick shot 2 is a physics puzzle game from jonathan topf, the lead designer of monument valley 2. this isn’t a game that breaks new ground, but it’s one that is executed wonderfully on all levels and has some great extras, instantly endearing itself as a fun diversion.the goal is simple: shoot a ball into a box. you launch the ball by sliding your finger back inside an outlined launch area and releasing. the action is similar to the slingshot mechanic used in angry birds. the trick is to get the perfect angle, velocity, and timing to land the ball in the box. the process is complicated by the fact that the ball is incredibly bouncy and there is often a maze of household and other objects between you and the ball’s destination.trick sho...




nah, hummus! – macstories

stephen and myke are still recovering from a trip to atlanta, and it shows in this discussion of the future of ios and digital magazines. federico thankfully saves the episode by sharing some about drafts 5. on this week's episode of connected, we try to understand the role of digital magazines in the modern web landscape and talk about drafts 5. ...




tim cook doesn’t believe users want apple to merge the mac and ipad – macstories

peter wells has an interesting story in the sydney morning herald about the much-rumored merger of macs and ios devices. wells interviewed apple ceo tim cook at the education event that was held late last month in chicago. during the conversation, wells asked cook about microsoft’s convertible windows 10 strategy and how it compared to apple’s approach to oses. cook responded: “we don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other. both [the mac and ipad] are incredible. one of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. and if you begin to merge the two ... you begin to make trade offs and compromises. ”so maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day...




rethinking ios notifications – macstories

dieter bohn at the verge has some fantastic observations about notifications on android and ios, concluding that the iphone’s notification system needs to be reworked. bohn believes both oses offer too many ways to tweak notifications, but he sees a broader issue with ios in particular: on both of those platforms, the question isn’t (or isn’t just) whether or not there are too many options. it’s whether or not the end state of those options are any good. the difference, i’ve found, is that android has a way of doing things that make notifications more “humane” than what’s possible on the iphone. in his video and accompanying article, bohn points to a handful of critical areas where android does a better job with notificati...




dropbox ios app receives drag and drop support, fullscreen ipad navigation – macstories

the latest version of dropbox for ios includes some nice improvements, the most noteworthy of which is drag and drop support.now if you need to add files to your dropbox from another app, you can just pick them up and drop them right into the dropbox app in exactly the folder you want. equally exciting to me personally is that you can also use drag and drop for file management inside the app – just tap and hold on a file or folder and it will lift from its place, letting you drag it around and move it to other locations inside the app. i've always felt dropbox's method of moving files required too many taps, so drag and drop is a perfect solution for that. also, i'm happy to report that file moving via drag and drop works on both ipad ...




things 3.5 brings ui refinements, tagging and automation improvements, clipboard integration – macstories

it's been a busy 2018 so far for cultured code, makers of things for mac and ios. earlier this year, the company shipped things 3.4, which, thanks to app integrations and a toolkit for third-party developers, propelled the task manager into the elite of automation-capable apps on ios. it doesn't happen very often that a task manager becomes so flexible it lets you build your own natural language interpreter; things 3.4 made it possible without having to be a programmer by trade.today, cultured code is launching things 3.5, a mid-cycle update that refines several aspects of the app and prepares its foundation for other major upgrades down the road. there isn't a single all-encompassing change in things 3.5 – nor is this version going to...




the macstories review – macstories

there are few apps i've ever used which made a lasting impact on my daily workflow. but for years now, the singular app that's been the foundation of my ios use has been drafts. the app has lived in my dock since i first picked it up, it's the single most important app i use on the platform, and it's the only paid app i mandate to anyone looking for must-have apps on ios.drafts is the bedrock app from which i build all my productivity. it’s the single point of text entry that shares to any app, whether through the share sheet, a simple action, or a custom and complex action. any time i have an idea, i put it in drafts. tasks to add to my task manager? i do that from drafts. something i want to write about on my blog? that idea starts in...




saving content for later – macstories

on this week's episode of appstories, we conclude our series on information over...




hosting solutions for apple mac infrastructure [sponsor] – macstories

macstadium is the premier mac hosting company that provides dedicated mac hardware and private cloud services. they have multiple data centers where your hardware is secure, always available, and supported by a team of mac experts.the ways you can use a mac mini server are only limited by your imagination. for example, developers from small indie shops to some of the biggest companies in the world use macstadium minis as build servers. with xcode 9, it’s easy to set up an xcode server bot to handle your builds.a mac mini server is also a fantastic option for hosting a website. macstories has run on a mac mini at macstadium for years, and it's always been fast and reliable.macstadium’s server...




serenity caldwell’s 2018 ipad review – macstories

serenity caldwell, writing on imore: to me, the 2018 base-model 9.7-inch ipad is a special beast: it hits a line drive right through the company's fabled intersection of technology and liberal arts — and at the right price point. the ipad pro did it first, but at a cost unattainable for all but the tinkerers and serious artists, and without ios 11's crucial multitasking features. at $329, the ipad offers a low-end tablet experience unlike any other on the market. add an extra $99 for apple pencil, and apple has created the best device for all-purpose education, period. but it's easy to make that claim, and a whole other thing to explain why i believe it so whole-heartedly. as a result, i decided to tr...




function over form – macstories

this year marks the 20th anniversary of the imac, the all-in-one that saved apple and radically changed the consumer technology landscape.any nerd in their 20s or 30s probably remembers seeing one those colorful, curvy imacs in school growing up. their friendly design and relatively low cost – for a 90s mac, at least – made them a staple in education for years.i certainly saw and used my fair share of them in middle and high school, but i also got to experience the imac g3's weird older sibling, the power macintosh g3 all-in-one.yeah, the one that looks kind of like a big tooth.the power macintosh g3 all-in-one quickly earned the nickname "molar mac" thanks to that design. it's a mostly beige machine with translucent, hole-punched pla...




11 tips for working on the ipad – macstories

in a recent episode of connected, we rounded up some of our favorite "ios little wonders" and myke was surprised by one of my picks: the ability to launch individual notes on ios through shared links. the ensuing discussion inspired me to assemble a list of tips and tricks to improve how you can work on an ipad with ios 11.even though i covered or mentioned some of these suggestions in my ios 11 review or podcast segments before, i realized that it would useful to explain them in detail again for those who missed them. from keyboard recommendations and shortcuts to gestures and siri, i've tried to remember all the little tricks i use to get work done on my ipad pro on a daily basis.after several years of being ipad-only for the majority...




11 tips for working on the ipad – macstories

in a recent episode of connected, we rounded up some of our favorite "ios little wonders" and myke was surprised by one of my picks: the ability to launch individual notes on ios through shared links. the ensuing discussion inspired me to assemble a list of tips and tricks to improve how you can work on an ipad with ios 11.even though i covered or mentioned some of these suggestions in my ios 11 review or podcast segments before, i realized that it would useful to explain them in detail again for those who missed them. from keyboard recommendations and shortcuts to gestures and siri, i've tried to remember all the little tricks i use to get work done on my ipad pro on a daily basis.after several years of being ipad-only for the majority...




function over form – macstories

this year marks the 20th anniversary of the imac, the all-in-one that saved apple and radically changed the consumer technology landscape.any nerd in their 20s or 30s probably remembers seeing one those colorful, curvy imacs in school growing up. their friendly design and relatively low cost – for a 90s mac, at least – made them a staple in education for years.i certainly saw and used my fair share of them in middle and high school, but i also got to experience the imac g3's weird older sibling, the power macintosh g3 all-in-one.yeah, the one that looks kind of like a big tooth.the power macintosh g3 all-in-one quickly earned the nickname "molar mac" thanks to that design. it's a mostly beige machine with translucent, hole-punched pla...




a compact and customizable calendar widget – macstories

eventail, developed by jozef legeny, is a handy utility for visualizing upcoming calendar events in a widget. instead of building an alternative client to compete with apple's calendar app, fantastical, or week calendar, legeny created just a widget that you can use as a companion app alongside the calendar client of your choice.eventail has been updated to version 2.2 today, which brings a new vivid color scheme for events, a true black theme for the iphone x, and other visual tweaks. i've been testing the updated app for a couple of weeks and i liked it so much, it's now got a spot at the top of my widget list on both the iphone and ipad. in a compact and customizable widget, eventail tells me everything i need to know from my calendar...




a better thing than a no thing – macstories

apple has launched a (kinda) new iphone, discussed the mac pro and saved the world. big week! a variety of topics on this week’s episode of connected, including a discussion on what “pro” means on different platforms. you can listen here.sponsored by:warby parker: quality eyewear ...




the macsparky iphone field guide is available now – macstories

david sparks has a knack for breaking down big topics and making them approachable with his series of macsparky field guides. his latest book, the iphone field guide, covers everything iphone-related. the guide is sparks’ most ambitious work yet, coming in at 450 pages with over 50 screencasts.the raw numbers are only part of the story though. new iphone owners will appreciate sparks’ coverage of the basics and apple’s stock apps, but there’s a lot here for more experienced iphone users too. the book is full of short tutorials and app recommendations to help all users get more out of their iphones. i especially like th...




a reddit client to pop your filter bubble – macstories

burst is a new reddit client for iphone with a unique goal: bursting the filter bubbles we can all find ourselves in.recent political events around the globe highlight how harmful it can be to society when people are only exposed to news from one perspective. the same piece of news can be spun into two polar opposite stories by differing political parties, leading each opposing side to remain, at best, misunderstood, and at worst, demonized. to lesser degrees these divisions extend to other areas of life too, such as technology debates between ios and android users, or even, to get a little more relevant to our audience, ipad and mac users. in all these cases, burst makes it easier to see the thoughts of people outside your normal online c...