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Apple Starts Decorating Moscone West with WWDC 2013 Banners Apple Starts Decorating Moscone West with WWDC 2013 Banners

With WWDC 2013 kicking off in San Francisco on Monday, Apple has today started decorating Moscone West for its five-day event. Last year, with WWDC starting on June 11,
Apple began Moscone preparations
on June 5, showing off colorful banners with app icons and, in the process, confirming iOS 6′s official new icon ahead of the conference.
So far, banners put up by Apple at Moscone West are showing the same colorful graphics of the official WWDC 2013 logo that Apple
unveiled
in late April. While much has been said about whether the WWDC logo may hint at a visual refresh in the next versions of iOS and OS X, the shape used by Apple is simply reminiscent of iOS app icons — something that Apple has often used for WWDC banners.
This year, Apple is using the “Where a whole new world is developi

2013-06-04 23:26:20
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ReadKit 2.0 Adds Smart Folders, Built-in RSS, Fever, and More ReadKit 2.0 Adds Smart Folders, Built-in RSS, Fever, and More

ReadKit
initially answered the requests for a proper Instapaper and Readability desktop app, including Pocket and later adding support for popular bookmarking sites like Delicious and Pinboard. Bringing together the multiple places where people are likely to save stuff on the web, ReadKit 2.0 adds offline support for RSS to the mix, and also includes support for
Fever
and
NewsBlur
. But by far, my favorite feature is smart folders.
I have a big backlog of articles I have to read through in Pocket, but I’m only interested in a few topics at the moment. Smart folders act as ReadKit’s playlists, bringing forward articles based a set of rules. For example, I can make sure I’ve caught up on all the games I like by looking for keywords in the title.
ReadKit 2.0 also adds a few new options for

2013-05-30 14:34:18
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iTunes 11.0.3 Brings New App Updates Screen iTunes 11.0.3 Brings New App Updates Screen

In the
11.0.3 update for iTunes released today
, Apple included a new “Updates” area for iOS apps. As noted by
MacStories reader Graham Robson
, the Apps area of iTunes now comes with a new “Updates” tab that lists available app updates (if any); if there are no updates, the screen will say “All Apps Are Up to Date”. As with
previous versions of iTunes
, you can press Command+R to check for updates both in the main Apps area, as well as the new Updates tab.
When updates are available, iTunes 11.0.3 will display a red “Update” ribbon on an application’s icon, similarly to how iOS displays a blue ribbon for “New” apps on the Home screen. In iTunes 11.0.3, updates are handled by the Updates area without requiring users to open the iTunes Store anymore.
After the launch of iTunes 11 in Novembe

2013-05-16 21:32:36
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Jawbone Announces UP Platform API, Partnerships, and Acquisition of BodyMedia

Between
occasional swaps during the initial run of Jawbone UP wristbands
, I wore the original device for a year and continued as Jawbone’s refreshed model hit the marketplace. With
UP 2.0
came an updated iPhone app, and Jawbone finally seemed prepared to launch an overdue API that developers could extrapolate data from. And while Jawbone’s bracelet was being refreshed,
Nike parternered with Path
for their Nike+ FuelBand for sharing their daily progress, something that was similarly
suggested by TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis
for the UP just months before. I can’t help but admit the same thought crossed my mind as an early adopter.
This morning,
Jawbone announced their new UP Platform
, a closed API that’s currently available to developers per application and approval. Currently, Jawbone h

2013-04-30 18:00:20
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→ iAd Producer 4.0 Adds iBooks Author Widgets, iTunes Extras and LPs

Interesting update to Apple’s often overlooked HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript authoring tool for iAds: you can now create iBooks Author widgets, iTunes Extras, and iTunes LPs, alongside regular iAds.
You can create an iBooks Author widget for use in your iBooks Author projects. For example, you can create a widget that allows users to stream video from the Internet, draw using their finger, or interact with a timeline.
More information about iBooks Author support in iAd Producer 4.0 is available
here
. You can also find documentation for all the new features on the app’s official support
page
iAd Producer was first released in
December 2010
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2013-04-23 22:19:48
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→ Sublpress – Sublime Text WordPress Plugin

Interesting work by Nicolas Dienstbier:
Sublpress is a Sublime Text WordPress Plugin that allows you to remotely manage many WordPress 3.5 installations from within Sublime Text. The mostly quick panel based system allows for managing settings, posts(and custom post types), pages and taxonomy terms of a WordPress blog.
I use Sublime Text 2 as a Markdown text editor
every day, and I’m intrigued by this plugin. Once I’m done with a post in Sublime, I fire up
Marked
, hit CMD+Shift+C to copy the HTML code, and go to WordPress to post it. With Sublpress, I could do the posting directly from Sublime, so I’ll make sure to check it out.
Sublpress works with both Sublime Text 2 and 3. You can find it on
GitHub
(via
Brett on Pinboard

2013-04-18 20:16:15
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Glui: Simple Image Annotations With Dropbox Sharing Glui: Simple Image Annotations With Dropbox Sharing

While I like
Skitch
, some people haven’t been thrilled with the app after
the Evernote acquisition
and especially after Evernote shipped a version with several Evernote-specific features. Even after an update that
re-added functionality that had been removed
, some users still don’t like the Evernote-centric approach Skitch has taken. Personally, I use Evernote on a daily basis and don’t mind about the deeper integration – I actually like it a lot – but I have sometimes wished the Skitch app could be a bit faster or simpler for quick annotations.
Glui
is an interesting proposition for those who have been looking for a Skitch alternative without the new Skitch features.
Glui is a straightforward image annotation tool for OS X – simpler than Preview and definitely more accessible than Ski

2013-03-11 23:15:06
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Send Multiple Tasks To OmniFocus Mail Drop At Once With Drafts and Pythonista Send Multiple Tasks To OmniFocus Mail Drop At Once With Drafts and Pythonista

Nice workflow by Nathan Henrie
to send multiple tasks to OmniFocus at once using
Mail Drop
Drafts
, and
Pythonista
I’ve also recently started playing with Pythonista, and I came across a Python script written by the dev himself that creates a little SMTP server and sends email directly from Pythonista. Between the two, I found it pretty easy — even for a beginner like me — to put together a combined Drafts / Pythonista workflow that makes for a superior way to import a bunch of tasks to OmniFocus at once (aka “brain dump”).
The Python part is based on
the same script I covered in November
to send emails through Pythonista; Nathan added a clever Drafts integration by splitting multiple lines (from the draft) into separate email messages sent to your Mail Drop address. Make sure to
check o

2013-03-10 21:58:22
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Tweetbot for Mac 1.2 Brings Notifications For Specific Users, Vine Previews, UI Tweaks Tweetbot for Mac 1.2 Brings Notifications For Specific Users, Vine Previews, UI Tweaks

Tweetbot for Mac, Tapbots’ Twitter client that
I first reviewed in October 2012
, has been updated today to version 1.2, which is available on the Mac App Store. Among the notable features of this new version, Tapbots is introducing notifications for specific users, support for inline Flickr and Vine previews, and compliance with the Twitter 1.1 API.
Announced last year
, the new Twitter API will force Tweetbot users to upgrade to Tweetbot 1.2 or later by March 5, 2013. After that date, all previous versions of Tweetbot will stop working. For the end user, updating Tweetbot for the new API means Tapbots had to alter some graphical elements of the app: among various changes, your own tweets will no longer be shown with an avatar on the right side of the timeline; profiles can now be opened

2013-02-20 02:41:30
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Gmail for iOS URL Scheme Gmail for iOS URL Scheme

Tom Scogland figured out the complete URL scheme
for Gmail 2.0, Google’s official Gmail app for the iPhone and iPad. As documented on his blog, the Gmail app allows you to compose an entire message using the following template:
googlegmail:///co?subject=&body=
As I’ve also found out, you can add a
to=
parameter to pass a URL-encoded email address to which an email will be sent to. Unfortunately, my tests also confirmed that a similar
from=
parameter isn’t supported, and that this undocumented URL scheme doesn’t support
x-callback-url
, unlike
Chrome
. So, it’s not possible to return to a “calling” app after an email has been sent or the compose screen dismissed. I’ve also noticed how this URL scheme isn’t particularly reliable at bringing up the compose screen if the app wasn’t paused i

2013-02-03 03:06:08
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Twelve South Releases SurfacePad for iPhone, with Smart Cover-like Protection Twelve South Releases SurfacePad for iPhone, with Smart Cover-like Protection

Twelve South
, makers of excellent Mac and iOS device accessories, have announced today the latest product in their family of accessories for the iPhone: the
SurfacePad
. Made of Napa leather and weighing less than an ounce, the SurfacePad is a modern, minimal design that beautifully complements the stylish design of iPhone.
What makes SurfacePad special is what it’s not: a military-style rubber grenade for your iPhone. SurfacePad is an ultra-thin, luxury leather cover that shields iPhone 5 or 4/4S from the more typical hazards of life, like the change in your pocket, jump drive in your backpack or the nail file in your purse. It allows you to set your iPhone down on rough spots like a concrete bench or stone tabletop without worrying about scratching the sleek surface of your iPhone.
Chec

2013-01-31 19:07:38
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Apple Pulls Lion From The Mac App Store With The Release Of Mountain Lion Apple Pulls Lion From The Mac App Store With The Release Of Mountain Lion

Apple today
released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
on the Mac App Store and has now also removed OS X 10.7 Lion from the Mac App Store. You can no longer go to the Lion page via its
direct link
, by searching or by finding it on the top grossing list as it was earlier this morning.
Apple presumably pulled Lion because users wanting to upgrade to Mountain Lion can also do so from Snow Leopard. Keeping both Lion and Mountain Lion on the Mac App Store would have presumably caused confusion for some users – particularly given Lion cost $29.99 and Mountain Lion costs just $19.99 – seemingly suggesting that Lion was the latest OS.
You can read the
MacStories review of Mountain Lion here

2012-07-25 15:02:13
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