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there is a certain amount of ‘trust me, just play this game’ involved with recommending causality by uk-based loju because it’s such a brain-meltingly complex puzzle game that it’s hard to explain in writing. in many respects, this game has to be experienced to understand it. causality blends time manipulation with a familiar grid-based puzzle […]

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apple released four 15-second commercials each promoting different features of the ipad pro. all four open with an actor holding up a large image of a tweet. ‘better than a computer’ opens with the snarky tweet: ‘an ipad pro is not even close to being a computer.’ the narrator agrees explaining that it’s not a […]
new website dedicated to the omni group's upcoming automation features in their apps, created by sal soghoian: by default, all of the macos versions of the omni applications offer robust integrated applescript and javascript (jxa) support for apple events scripting on the mac. these excellent automation tools will continued to be integrated into every macos […]

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in this episode, fraser and federico update the workflow series for the major new feature that debuted in workflow 1.7 - magic variables. on the latest episode of canvas, we decided to release an extra show for our workflow series all about magic variables and why they're a fundamental change to the app. you can […]

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i’ve never had much interest in real golf, a sport that requires more money, patience, and dedication than i will allocate to anything besides my significant other and apple products. i have to admit, though, that i’m a sucker for anything on the videogame golf spectrum, from the ultra-simplistic desert golfing to wii sports’ golf. […]
where cards fall is the newest title coming from snowman, publishers of the beloved alto's adventure. today the company announced a fall 2017 release date for the game and confirmed its release platforms: iphone, ipad, apple tv, mac, and pc. snowman also shared a new trailer today that contains the most revealing look at the […]
over the last 37 years, apple has shipped 46 different models of standalone display. the first was the apple monitor iii, a green phosphor crt built for use with the ill-fated apple iii.1 image via wikipedia the apple monitor iii kicked off a long line of displays, but it's not all that interesting. let's take […]
as i wrote in my story on one year of ipad pro, i consider cloud services a necessity for managing files on ios. dropbox and icloud drive make it possible to keep the same sets of documents and app libraries synced across devices, but, more importantly, they help overcome ios' file management woes through centralized […]
apple today announced that wwdc will take place june 5-9, 2017 in a new venue: the mcenery convention center in san jose, california. the announcement came as a bit of a surprise because in past years, wwdc was announced closer to the event and it has often been scheduled for the second full week in […]
hidden folks, by game developer adriaan de jongh and illustrator sylvain tegroeg, is a relaxing diversion into beautifully-detailed, hand-drawn worlds. the object of the game is simple: find people, animals, and objects in huge illustrated landscapes. after you’ve found enough items in each area, the next one is unlocked and ready to explore. the comparison […]
yesterday at recode's code media event, a new tv box called caavo was unveiled. rather than being a competitor to existing products like apple tv, roku, or fire tv, caavo is a hub into which you plug those other streaming boxes. once a device is connected, caavo can navigate through each box's interface in a […]
one of the longest homekit equipment absences has been security cameras. despite apple expanding homekit to support cameras in ios 10, nothing has hit the market before today. macrumors reports on the end of the camera drought, as d-link's omna 180 cam hd is now available for purchase. the cylindrical omna 180 cam hd features […]
niantic announced a big update to its hit game pokémon go. later this week, more than 80 pokémon from the johto compendium will appear in the game. that's not all the generation two pokémon, but it is nonetheless a substantial update to a game that has seen bug fixes and refinements, but limited new content […]

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last december, buzzfeed reported that twitter built and killed a messaging app. it wasn’t the first time rumors circulated that twitter was working on a messaging app, but for whatever reason, none has ever been released. that left a void that developer andrew hart has filled with his new iphone app twim, a modern messaging […]
this week, stephen tries something new, federico talks about camping, and myke looks forward to a new television show. on this week's connected, we discuss apple's upcoming planet of the apps show and a bunch of other fun topics. you can listen here. sponsored by: incapsula: secure and accelerate your website. connected listeners get one […]
data detectors are a feature of apple’s oses that recognize information like phone numbers, addresses, and airline flight information and make them interactive. for instance, clicking on a flight in mail or notes on a mac opens a pop-up window with a map of the flight path, whether the flight is on time, departure and […]
when considering a traditional dictionary, the words “fast” and “beautiful” don’t come to mind; even our digital dictionaries, sometimes coming in the form of ios' look up feature when highlighting a word, don’t do a great job of looking good, providing all the relevant information, and appearing in enough time to make it worth the […]
last night recode's peter kafka hosted an interview with apple's eddy cue, svp of internet software and services, who was joined by television producer ben silverman at recode's code media conference. the discussion centered around apple's video ambitions, with new information and trailers being released for two of apple's upcoming original shows: planet of the […]

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my music collection is too big to browse in apple’s music app. with over 15,000 songs, browsing by track is out of the question, and because i have only one or two songs by many artists, scrolling my entire artist list is impractical too. as a result, i typically use search to find songs in […]
the histories of twitter and twitterrific are closely tied. twitterrific was the first twitter client on the mac in 2007 and later on the iphone, coined the term ‘tweet,’ beat twitter to a bluebird icon, and more. until 2013, twitterrific for the mac was developed in tandem with the ios version, but the pace of […]
today google introduced a new feature for google maps that allows curating lists of places you want to remember and sharing those lists with others. in previous versions, google maps allowed saving a location in a way that's similar to marking a place as favorite in apple maps. every saved place went on one list, […]
one of my goals in 2016 was to make working from my iphone as efficient as possible. the desire to make this happen initially sprung from experiences raising a baby. my wife and i began foster parenting in july of 2015, and one of our foster children was aj, a four-week-old baby boy. aj ended […]

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during the grammys, apple debuted a one minute preview of its upcoming show carpool karaoke: the series, which will be available exclusively to apple music subscribers. the preview video features a montage of clips from the upcoming show including many of its celebrity guests. the notes accompanying the clip uploaded to apple’s youtube channel provide […]
i love puzzle games and have seen some great ones debut on the app store recently, but now and then, i want to play something different. this week, different meant glitchskier, an endless runner-style arcade shooter by shelly alon. it has an off-kilter video game glitch aesthetic and challenging gameplay that together, hooked me immediately. […]
the gaming scene on ios is a vibrant place, but what about the ipad specifically? is the app store the right market for games on larger screens? where are all of the tailor made gaming experiences? on this week's remaster, we take a serious look at the state of gaming on the ipad, including the […]
after seeing the results of kapeli's exit from the mac app store, rogue amoeba's paul kafasis compared sales of piezo from the mac app store and their direct web store as well: after seeing kapeli’s chart, i was curious about the app store’s impact on piezo’s sales. the restrictions and limitations of the mac app […]
magic variables in workflow 1.7. at its core, workflow is a visual programming app that deals with variables. data flows through actions and is altered by the user until it has to be stored in a variable – a local reference that can be recalled in subsequent steps. since the app's original release, the workflow […]
samuel clay, the founder of newsblur, is seeking funding on kickstarter for an interesting new project: turn touch. turn touch is a four button remote control carved out of solid wood. get instant control of your devices and your home. with only four buttons, your turn touch connects you to apps, lights, speakers, and more. […]

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in middle school, a friend and i would hang out on the weekend and live out our rock-n-roll dreams with guitar hero. as the notes would come down the line, we’d press sequences of red, green, yellow, and orange, jamming to songs in the iconic and aesthetically innovative game. i haven’t thought much about guitar […]
flipboard 4.0 launched today, introducing a redesigned app that revolves around one core new feature: smart magazines. the magazine analogy isn't altogether different from flipboard's previous interface, where certain topics or news sources made up a grouping of stories through which users could flip. the main difference here is found in the deeper level of […]
michael e. cohen, writing for tidbits: ibooks is not quite as unreliable and confusing as it was when i wrote about it last year, but neither has it improved nearly as much as loyal ibooks users deserve. moreover, what little support documentation apple provides is sketchy and inaccurate, leaving the impression that even the support […]
today on their blog, to commemorate the second anniversary of alto's adventure, snowman published the first trailer for the game's sequel, alto's odyssey. they also revealed that the game will launch this summer. from the brief glimpse of gameplay in the trailer, the game appears very similar to its predecessor, with the most significant visible […]
in addition to a new warning displayed upon launching an old 32-bit app for the first time, it appears that ios 10.3 will also include a settings page listing legacy apps that "will not work with future versions of ios". juli clover, writing for macrumors on the latest ios 10.3 beta released earlier today: in […]
this week, macstories is sponsored by marketcircle, makers of daylite. daylite was designed as a business productivity app, but it’s called many things by customers around the globe that use it. for some businesses, daylite is their crm or customer service tool that helps them keep in touch with clients and remember every detail about […]
overcast, marco arment's popular podcast app for ios, is defined by an interesting dualism: its essence has remained remarkably consistent with the original version released three years ago; at the same time, arment has periodically revisited overcast's design, features, and business model to build a superior listening environment for a larger audience. the same judicious […]
this week, stephen and myke talk about the whirlwind of iphone rumors and where they keep their data before myke is joined by a special guest. i couldn't join myke and stephen on connected this week, but i enjoyed listening to iphone rumors and the very special guest in the second half of the show. […]

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apple device accessory maker pad & quill debuted the leather apple pencil grip that does more than just help you grip your pencil. the grip, which is made of american full-grain leather, comes in three colors: whiskey, chestnut, and galloper black (think brown, dark brown, and black) and features a ‘hand finished baseball stitch closure’ […]
in my early pick for 2017’s “app description of the year,” moment’s eun seong kim tells a story about his frustration and disappointment after the dreaded “storage almost full” message caused him to miss an exciting moment at a toronto raptors basketball game. it’s an elevator pitch that ends with the question that drew me […]
tim hardwick of macrumors reports on the results of a recent researchkit-powered study: the 10-month study involved 598 people who tracked their seizures with an iphone app called epiwatch, which was built by johns hopkins using apple's researchkit software framework. the app features a custom apple watch complication that provides patients with one-touch access to […]
today instagram announced a new feature that will be rolling out to all users soon: the ability to share multiple photos or videos within a single post. here's how it works: when uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos. it’s easy to control exactly how your post […]
apple announced this morning that apple park, its 2.8 million square foot, 178 acre campus that will house 12,000 employees will open in april. the process of moving so many people to apple park is anticipated to take around 6 months. in addition, work will continue on portions of the building and grounds throughout the […]

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ken case, ceo of the omni group, wrote today about a new detail of its upcoming omnioutliner 5 software. in addition to the traditional pro version, omnioutliner will also come in a new essentials version. in omnioutliner’s new essentials edition, your entire focus is on your own content: there are no distracting sidebars or panels. […]
today the team at supertop announced the release of castro 2.3, which introduces rich notification support for the podcast app. castro 2 launched last august with a new interface for managing podcast episodes that centers around an inbox and queue. with an increasing number of great podcasts available, the traditional model of subscribing to a […]
nearly one year ago google launched gboard, a third-party keyboard for ios that brought the power of google search to ios's keyboard. the company has continuously improved the keyboard over time, with updates including support for multiple languages and a 3d touch-powered trackpad mode. earlier this year the keyboard was integrated with google's standard search […]
design code build and girl scouts san diego are developing a curriculum to teach girls programming and design by building a game called marshmallow run. it’s an ambitious program to bring marshmallow run to life through scratch, the web, ios, and android as a way to reach girls of all age levels and provide opportunities […]

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one of the common challenges involving a switch from macos to an ipad is the lack of desktop-like clipboard managers on ios. by nature of the platform1 and technical restrictions imposed by apple, apps like pastebot or alfred wouldn't be able to adapt their mac capabilities to the ipad. third-party ios apps can't constantly monitor […]
we are just one week away from the nintendo switch. what do we know? the nintendo switch is launching in a week. on the latest remaster, we go over the latest details we know about the console, the games that have been announced, and all the hardware we're buying. you can listen here. sponsored by: […]
when it comes to keeping track of new music releases from my favorite artists, streaming services have always been a disappointment. after nearly eight years of streaming music every day, i've realized that the problem lies on the two ends of the new releases spectrum: these days, services either prioritize front page curation skewed towards […]
matthew panzarino, writing for techcrunch following a statement from apple: over the past couple of iphone versions users have complained of “unexpected” shutdowns of their devices. some iphone 6, 6s, 6 plus and 6s plus devices could basically go dark unexpectedly, forcing a user to have to plug them into an outlet to get them […]
raw power is a powerful image editor reminiscent of aperture that takes apple’s discontinued pro photo editing tool a step further than apple ever did. whether you use raw power as a standalone image editor or as a photos extension, what strikes me most about it is that with a little experimentation and patience, it’s […]

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many of the best games i've played on ios recently remix elements of existing genres in new and unexpected ways. evergrow by imagility does just that, mixing puzzle, action, and tower defense elements into a fun, colorful game that keeps things interesting by throwing new details at you throughout the game. you control a cheerful […]

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many readers may not know this, but for the past few years, macstories sponsorships were sold by a third party. the arrangement worked well, but for a variety of reasons, it makes sense to manage sponsorships internally now. so, starting today, macstories.net sponsorships will be handled in-house by macstories contributor john voorhees. as in the […]
adam howell sums up some of the major issues affecting the imessage app store and imessage apps: i love the idea of the imessage app store. i love apple’s focus on privacy. i love building on top of an app i use all day everyday. but not only is the imessage app store dying —i’m […]
mozilla corporation announced today that it has acquired read-it-later service pocket. saving stripped down, ad-free versions of articles from the web for reading later has been around for a long time. pocket and instapaper were two of the first and have shared a similar trajectory. both started out as web services that evolved into apps. […]

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michael rockwell of initial charge shares how the apple tv's top shelf feature impacted his recent reorganization of his home screen: as it turns out, if you create a folder on your apple tv and place it among the top row of apps, you can scroll through its contents from the top shelf. i hadn’t […]
apple hosted its annual shareholder meeting today, and zac hall of 9to5mac has the scoop on tim cook's remarks. besides mentioning that this would be the last shareholder meeting at town hall because apple park will open soon, cook showed shareholders an unreleased airpods promo video and called the new product "quite the cultural phenomenon." […]

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this week, stephen yells at the cloud, myke gets new emojis and federico speaks wisdom to the masses. another fun episode of connected this week, with plenty of speculation about usb-c on future apple devices and what other companies are doing with smartphones in 2017. you can listen here. sponsored by: mack weldon: smart underwear […]
following the release of workflow 1.7 earlier this month, the workflow team is debuting a set of tweaks and additions this week that further simplify the creation and management of workflows for both beginners and advanced users. run workflow workflow 1.7.1 adds the ability to run a workflow inside another workflow that is currently executing. […]
with march’s arrival, i’ve started my digital spring cleaning a little early this year with keep or delete, a tinder-like way to sift through your tweets. setting up keep or delete is as simple as connecting your twitter account, which will load your last 3,200 tweets and present them to you in a card format. […]
continuing the company's recent efforts geared at stopping abuse on its platform, twitter today announced several changes in a blog post by ed ho. one behind-the-scenes change is in how twitter monitors potential abuse and proactively addresses it. the company has implemented algorithms meant to detect potentially abusive behavior and address it without the need […]
adam clark estes: in what feels like a death blow to everyone’s early-aughts nostalgia, it looks like aol will soon cut off third-party access to its famous instant messenger service. the service turns 20 years old this year, and at this point, it’s unclear if it will see its 21st birthday. aol shared news of this […]
jason snell, writing for macworld on the possibility of apple adopting usb-c on future iphones: but the lightning paragraph–that’s the really puzzling one. at first parsing, it comes across as a flat-out statement that apple is going to ditch lightning for the usb-c connector currently found on the macbook and macbook pro. but a second […]
yesterday youtube announced a forthcoming tv offering called youtube tv. the streaming service consists of a bundle of over 40 networks, including abc, cbs, fox, nbc, and espn. youtube red originals are thrown in too. when it launches this spring, the service will cost $35/month with no contracts or other commitments. upon launch, youtube tv […]

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last night facebook launched its first app for the apple tv. its technical name is simply 'facebook,' since it's bundled with the facebook ios app, but marketing images dub it facebook video. the app provides the first native way to watch video content from facebook on an apple tv. launching the app for the first […]

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today apple's webpage about homekit and the ios home app has been completely revamped. it includes a new 45-second video where siri commands and scenes in the home app are used to control lights, window shades, door locks, coffee makers, and more. the video highlights how easy and convenient it can be to control smart […]
please don't judge me by my terrible handwriting. i have other qualities. ipad diaries is a regular series about using the ipad as a primary computer. you can find more installments here and subscribe to the dedicated rss feed. ever since i first got the 12.9-inch ipad pro, i've wanted to use the apple pencil […]
this week fraser and federico tackle a core part of ios: the share sheet. for this week's canvas, we asked ourselves a question: how difficult could it be to explain the ios share sheet and its inner workings? to find out, you can listen here. sponsored by: pingdom: start monitoring your websites and servers today. […]

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apple released two more short ads on youtube highlighting features of the ipad pro. the first, called ‘take better notes’ starts, like similar recent videos, with a tweet: ‘my math notes are a mess since i’m half asleep.’ in response, the narrator explains ‘you know, ipad pro and apple pencil have revolutionized the way we […]
the escapists is an award-winning indie title from mouldy toof studios and team17 that has been available on consoles and pcs since 2015. this week marked the title’s first appearance on mobile systems, though, with simultaneous releases on ios and android. the goal of the game is straightforward – escape from a series of prisons […]
gaget is a google analytics app for macos that started life as a dashboard widget. these days, gaget resides in macos’s today widget panel of notification center. if you’ve ever used google analytics, you know that its web interface is complex. there’s a place for digging through google’s many tabs of data, but when all […]
benjamin mayo, writing for 9to5mac: as we reported exclusively last night, apple pay is now live in ireland. the service allows iphone and apple watch owners to use the nfc chips in their devices to pay for their shopping at contactless terminals in retail stores across the country. apple pay requires iphone 6, iphone 6s, […]
prisma, the popular photo editing and sharing app, launched a filter store today with its latest update. the store allows filters created through a new desktop tool to be shared with others publicly. at this time, only the most active prisma users can access the desktop tool and share their filters in the store, but […]
this week, stephen talks about a possible imac pro while his co-hosts play zelda. they come back to round robin some things that they find frustrating about working from ios and the ipad. on this week's connected, we share some more thoughts on usb-c and describe the areas where ios is still lagging behind the […]
on my best days, i’m a novice photo editor – a lot of my work involves color and brightness tweaks to make my shots look better. if i’m feeling adventurous, though, i’ll try to touch up the pictures and remove unwanted objects, blemishes, or lines. a lot of times, that ends in horrible failure. however, […]
in the last two days, updates to the official twitter and dropbox apps for ios have added an option to clear the contents of their caches. cache management has always been an issue on ios: some apps can accumulate several hundred mbs of cached data and there isn't an easy way to purge all these […]
bumpr is a clever mac menu bar utility that is set as your default web browser and email client to give you more choice of how you open web and email links. that seems counterintuitive at first because setting a default usually means picking one app over another, but here’s how bumpr works. instead of […]
stephen nellis, writing for reuters, shares an interesting look into apple's method for teaching siri a new language: at apple, the company starts working on a new language by bringing in humans to read passages in a range of accents and dialects, which are then transcribed by hand so the computer has an exact representation […]
ipad diaries is a regular series about using the ipad as a primary computer. you can find more installments here and subscribe to the dedicated rss feed. i've been using apple notes every day since its relaunch with ios 9 in 2015. apple's refreshed note-taking app landed with impeccable timing: it supported the then-new ipad […]

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the app store looks a little different today. if you opened it and thought you accidentally landed on the games category page, it would be understandable. but that’s not what’s happening. instead, apple has launched a major promotion of the finest indie games available on ios. according to the app store games twitter account, the […]
dieter bohn of the verge reports on some major changes coming soon to google hangouts. google's new strategy for the service aims to make hangouts a formidable slack competitor as a team collaboration tool. the changes are focused in two main areas: hangouts chat will add new group chat rooms, similar to channels found within […]
our review of the nintendo switch, and the legend of zelda: breath of the wild (with no story spoilers). on this week's remaster, we share our first impressions of the nintendo switch after a week of play, and i spend 30 minutes going through my notes on breath of the wild. this is a good […]
when i’m going out to eat on the weekends, i often run into the same dilemma: my friends and i can’t decide where we want to eat. for the most part, we are all pretty flexible, but narrowing down a wide range of options takes more time and causes more frustration than we’d prefer. food […]
link twin is an atmospheric puzzle game from bucharest-based indie development studio lorraine that follows the story of lily and tom, twins in search of their lost parents. the constraint that defines the way each puzzle works is that lily and tom can only move through their world in tandem - moving one character forward […]

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pandora has a competitor to apple music and spotify on the way called pandora premium. the company announced today that its $9.99/month streaming plan will be launching soon, and it's now taking signups for the first invitations to the service. though pandora premium enters the on-demand streaming market somewhat late in the game, pandora seems […]

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today youtube launched a new iphone-only app called uptime. uptime adopts many of the social features commonly found in social video streaming apps like periscope – live comments, reactions, etc. – and applies them to youtube videos. inside the app, you browse videos in a feed consisting of content shared by people you follow in […]
apple released another installment in its iphone 7 ‘practically magic’ video series today that celebrates stickers. the spot, called ‘sticker fight’ pulls sticker packs out of the messages app and into the physical world. set to a single by the monks called ‘boys are boys and girls are choice,’ which has a fantastic 60s-style beat, […]
liquidtext is one of the few apps that feels uniquely built for the ipad. there is currently no desktop version available, nor iphone version, and though that may be a negative in some ways, the positive side is that every new feature and enhancement is focused exclusively on ipad use. as a pdf reader, liquidtext […]
close your eyes and picture a mac laptop. it has a small screen in a case unique among a sea of pc notebooks. it runs without a fan, and has impressive battery life. the trackpad is smooth and the keyboard is responsive. now open your eyes. is this what you had in mind? let's talk […]

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apple has a new ad, casey has an imac, ticci watches tv and everyone has workflows. on today's connected, we covered a lot of the automations we've created with workflow, as well as some custom workflows i've built for macstories. you can listen here. sponsored by: pingdom: start monitoring your websites and servers today. use […]
the hallmark feature of readdle’s spark email client for macos is its smart inbox, which is designed to surface important email messages intelligently. that feature, along with a unified inbox and swipe gestures for common actions, goes a long way to simplifying email management. nonetheless, email is one of those areas where personal preferences matter […]
in its latest update, google chrome for ios has added a native read later feature to quickly save articles for later consumption. from the app's release notes: if you find an interesting article that you want to read later, tap the share icon and then read later to add the page to your reading list. […]

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every so often the mashup of familiar game styles results in something unexpected and delightful, which is precisely what vienna-based miro straka and kunabi brother have created with euclidean lands. the game has been compared favorably to monument valley and square enix’s hitman go from a design and gameplay perspective. the comparison is apt but […]

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in a continuation of its current promotion of indie games, the app store has now added a new section dedicated to featuring indie titles. chelsea stark of polygon adds: the section kicked off today and will run indefinitely, according to apple, featuring new games daily, along with highlighting older titles. the games are a mix […]
the first game review i ever wrote on macstories was for a delightful puzzle game called a good snowman is hard to build. the team behind snowman is back with a new game called cosmic express that brings toy-like charm to this challenging puzzle game through playful animation, bright colors, and sound design that perfectly […]

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today amazon announced that its digital assistant, alexa, is being integrated with its ios shopping app. using the app's current microphone button, which is available to the right of the search bar, users can make nearly any type of alexa request. this request can consist of things you might ask of an amazon echo, such […]
this week fraser and federico take their apple pencils in hand and share some notes on taking notes with the ipad pro. we've covered some excellent pencil-based note-taking apps for ipad on this week's canvas, and also explained why the pencil is a must-have accessory for ipad pro owners. you can listen here. sponsored by: […]

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when i switched back to the mac for most of my work a couple of months ago, one of the biggest selling points of macos was window management. the differences between macos and ios make comparing them difficult, but i've learned to prefer the way the mac presents information to the ipad's split screen functionality. […]
chicago-based untame released mushroom 11 on ios this week as part of apple's celebrating indie games promotion. mushroom 11 started as a pc game, but its unique gameplay works especially well in a touch environment. you play as a green blob of goo in a post-apocalyptic world populated by mushrooms, glowing jellyfish-like creatures, and the […]

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this week, macstories is sponsored by macpaw, makers of setapp. setapp is a subscription service for mac apps that is a great place to start if you’re launching a blog. there’s more to starting a website than having a good text editor, though setapp has one of the very best of those in ulysses. tools […]
in a seemingly minor 1.7.2 update released over the weekend, the workflow team brought a few notable file-based changes to the app. workflow's existing support for cloud storage services has been expanded and all file actions have been unified under a single 'files' category. you can now choose files from icloud drive, dropbox, or box […]