With so many folks using iPhone and iPad cameras, there is a desperate need to teach people the fundamentals of photography. I've looked at several apps that provide tutorials and some are excellent, while others are just not that helpful. The Great...
Sprinklers allows you to automatically detect and control your OpenSprinkler irrigation system(s). OpenSprinkler is an open-source Internet web-based sprinkler timer/controller built upon the Arduino platform.
Version 1.1.4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Keyboard Cowboy is a hotkey shortcut manager that is both powerful and easy to use. It can launch applications, switch between them, open URL schemes and open both files and folders.
Diddums is a tiny mac app to add bookmarks to Pinboard. It automatically grabs the URL & title from your active tab, is compatible with Google Chrome & Safari, and binds to any hotkey using this workflow for Alfred.
Version 2.0: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Knock is a faster, safer way to sign in. You keep your iPhone with you all the time. Now you can use it as a password. You never have to open the app -- just knock on your phone twice, even when it's in your pocket, and you're in.
Version 1.1.7: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
iHateHex is a color picker app that combines converting among Hex, UIColor, and NSColor with Retina image reduction (~@2x.png). It offers functionality available in other commercial applications for free.
HandyChords contains all necessary chords to be able to play songs on 7 music instruments. The app was designed with the goal in mind to make it possible for you to play all these chords without any experience. It offers the ideal solution for bands, because all music instruments in the app are connected to each other, which gives the unique possibility to transform the chords from one instrument to another.
Version 1.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
I love watching crowd-funded projects make it from concept to reality. Precision Touch just recently (July 19, 2014) reached the end of a funding campaign on Kickstarter for the Dart Stylus, now available for pre-order for US$59.95 (normal price...
Following the recent revelation that Verizon Wireless would begin throttling some 4G LTE customers on unlimited data plans, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has sent a letter to the carrier (full text below) expressing his disdain with the policy and question the necessity of throttling only customers on unlimited plans.
In the letter, Wheeler asks Verizon CEO Daniel Mead why exactly the company feels the need to only throttle customers on certain plans, rather than throttling based on the needs of the technology that powers the network. Wheeler says he is “deeply troubled” by Verizon’s claims that the policy is necessary to “optimize” the network, when in his opinion, it appears to more likely be a ploy to get customers off of unlimited plans.
Wheeler ends the letter with a series of questions that he requests Mead answer before moving forward with this new policy decision. These questions seek reasoning about how throttling only unlimited customers actually serves to improve network quality, why the limitations previously placed on the company’s 3G service are now needed on the 4G network, and how Verizon justifies the new policy in relation to its obligations under FCC rules which state that “Verizon Wireless may not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of end users to download and utilize applications of thefrchoosing on the C Block networks.”
Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: FCC, throttling, Verizon
Hey, TUAW TV Live fans! The last-ever TUAW TV Live has been moved to tomorrow -- July 31, 2014 -- since my wife "Bionic Barb" is having the second of two eye surgeries today. Be sure to join us for the last time tomorrow afternoon at 5 PM ET. I'll...
A recent post by Instapaper's Marco Arment suggests that design flaws in Apple's App Store are harming the app ecosystem, and users are suffering because of it. "The dominance and prominence of 'top lists' stratifies the top 0.02% so far above everyone else that the entire ecosystem is encouraged to design for a theoretical top-list placement that, by definition, won’t happen to 99.98% of them." Arment notes that many good app developers are finding continued development to be unsustainable, while scammy apps are encouraged to flood the market. "As the economics get tighter, it becomes much harder to support the lavish treatment that developers have given apps in the past, such as full-time staffs, offices, pixel-perfect custom designs of every screen, frequent free updates, and completely different iPhone and iPad interfaces. Many will give up and leave for stable, better-paying jobs. (Many already have.)" Brent Simmons points out the indie developers have largely given up the dream of being able to support themselves through iOS development. Yoni Heisler argues that their plight is simply a consequence of ever-increasing competition within the industry, though he acknowledges that more app curation would be a good thing. What strategies could Apple (and the operators of other mobile application stories) do to keep app quality high?
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Adding a new screen saver to Mac OS X that you’ve obtained from a third party source isn’t as easy as it used to be, but that doesn’t mean it’s particularly complicated. Though Gatekeeper has made things slightly more challenging to improve security, you’ll find that installing any screensaver to the Mac is still pretty ... Read More
Apple today provided a few new seeds to developers. First on the list is the first beta build of the upcoming OS X 10.9.5. The build is labeled as 13F7, and it will likely come as the final update to OS X Mavericks, which will be succeeded by OS X Yosemite in October. The update is available for Mavericks users signed up for pre-release updates in the Software Update section in the Mac App Store.
It also now available on the official Developer Center. Apple asks developers to focus on Safari, USB, USB Smart Cards, and Graphics for this update…
Apple has also provided developers with new seeds of Safari 6.0.6 and Safari 7.0.6 for OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Mavericks, respectively. Apple recently also seeded Safari 6.1 and Safari 7.1 to developers, but it appears that the 6.0.6 and 7.0.6 updates are more nearer term Safari web browser bug fix releases. Apple says that the 6.0.6 and 7.0.6 updates include improved extension and general website compatibility.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Apple Software Update, Mac App Store, mavericks, OS X, OS X Mountain Lion, Safari, Software release life cycle
If you own a cellular data-equipped iPad without a current contract, or you're looking to buy one but think the monthly cost is too high, FreedomPop has an offer you'll want to consider. The company is currently offering 500MB a month of free 4G LTE...
Earlier this month, Apple released a MacBook Air EFI update (version 2.9) with fixes for issues with the laptop waking from sleep. Approximately a week ago, the firmware update was removed by Apple because of bugs causing MacBook Airs to crash.
Today, Apple has re-released the update with fixes as version 2.9.1:
This update replaces EFI Firmware Update 2.9 and is recommended for MacBook Air (Mid 2011) models.
The update can be found for mid-2011 MacBook Air owners in the Software Update section of the Mac App Store.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: 2011 MacBook Air, Apple, Apple Software Update, Firmware, Mac App Store, MacBook, MacBook Air, update
The popular password and security management app 1Password has already previewed its iOS 8 extension and Touch ID support for unlocking and accessing its content outside of its iOS app, and today AgileBits has announced its 1Password app extension for third party apps as you can see in the video above.
The feature is a great example of new ways developers can allow users to access their tools from more corners than ever before with iOS 8, and in this case 1Password is utilizing new tools from iOS 8 to help other developers build new capabilities into their own apps.
AgileBits has supplied documentation and sample code on GitHub for other developers wanting to integrate support for the app extension with other iOS 8 apps.
Thanks to Apple’s incredible new developer features in iOS 8, third-party apps can let 1Password fill Logins without the user ever leaving the app. Yep, complete with Touch ID for unlocking the vault. Yep, it’s this awesome.
How easy is it for third-party apps to get in on this one-tap Login goodness? Extremely! Developers: check out our 1Password App Extension on GitHub with documentation and sample code.
1Password is expected to ship its new version with its iOS extension, Touch ID support, and third party app extension support when iOS 8 ships to the public this fall. In the meantime, developers can check out 1Password’s GitHub for integrating 1Password’s extension for easy login.
Filed under: Apps Tagged: AgileBits, Ambulyx amboynensis, Apple, Application programming interface, iOS, iPhone, IPod Touch, Safari
MailTags lets you add comments, due dates, project notes and priority rankings to your messages, all without leaving your Inbox!
MailTags is a feature-packed companion to Apple Mail:
Silverlight 5.1.30514.0 - Cross-platform plug-in delivers interactive applications for the Web. (Free)
Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the OS X or Windows.
Don't look now, but the "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" app has already generated tens of millions of dollars in pure profit and currently occupies the #5 spot on the App Store's list of Top Grossing apps. There's no shortage of opportunities for jokes...