Edison Mail for Mac Brings Powerful Productivity Features for Email

Edison Mail has been a popular iOS email app for a while now, and today Edison Mail for Mac has launched. You can sign up for early access and referral codes here. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks and think it’s a good email app for the Mac. Here are some features it brings: One click unsubscribe button, blocking people from emailing you, Quick Actions and swipe gestures, email threading and email templates, and an email assistant to help you manage subscriptions, trips, packages, entertainment, and bills/receipts.

However, do be aware that Edison scans your email for “interesting research” so it’s not an email service for the privacy-conscious.

Massive Procreate 5 Update Brings a Ton of Features

Procreate is one of the most popular drawing apps on iOS, and it got a bunch of new features today with Procreate 5. Here are just some of them: Animation Assist helps you create rich illustrative animations, animatics and looping GIFs to share with others. Brush Studio lets you create your own brush has never been easier with the new seamless textures generator. An expanded Drawing Pad sets you free to experiment. Save a reset point at any time and keep on refining. You can also import ABR Photoshop brushes. The new Valkyrie engine gives artists the most flexible and versatile painting system on iPad. If you want to make a glazed brush that wet mixes, has color dynamics, and also has wet edges with burnt edges? You can. And all with Procreate’s trademark performance. App Store: US$9.99 (Offers In-App Purchases)

Meet Emily Dickinson, Apple TV+'s Complicated Heroine

Apple TV+ show ‘Dickinson’ is great, and well worth watching if you haven’t yet had a chance. In a new video posted over the weekend, showrunner Alena Smith, star Hailee Steinfield, and others let us meet Emily a little bit more. It gives great insight into how the show got its unique style. It also explains why they all felt it was so important to tell the story of Emily Dickinson.

Apple Clips 2.1 Brings Animoji and Memoji

Apple’s Clips app lets people create and share fun, short videos for social media. Updated yesterday Clips 2.1 brings Animoji, Memoji, and more. Record clips as your favorite Animoji including unicorn, owl, dragon, and others; Create videos featuring the same Memoji that you make in Messages; Apply filters to stylize your Animoji and Memoji with watercolor, monochrome, and comic book looks; Track any sticker, text, or emoji to your face and watch it follow your movements across the screen; Choose from seven new animated stickers featuring classic illustrations of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; Add the animated Let It Snow poster to your winter videos; Includes performance and stability improvements. App Store: Free

YouTube Releases Rewind 2019 Video

Last year’s YouTube rewind video did not go down well. At all. In fact, it became the most disliked video on the platform ever. This year, YouTube decided to play it safe. It admitted its users are “better at this than we are” and brought together all the most popular clips from the year. The finished video is not that exciting then, but it is certainly less cringe-inducing than last year’s offering. It also gives a good insight into where the site is going as we head into the next decade.

Calendars by Readdle Now Lets You Add Outlook Accounts

Another popular app got an update today. Calendars by Readdle (and also Calendars 5) now lets you add Microsoft Outlook accounts. Support for multiple accounts was also added. This means you can now have Google, iCloud, and Outlook (Exchange) accounts in the app simultaneously. This is in the Pro version of Calendars 5, which is on sale for 40% off (usually US$3.99). Other features include: Drag and drop events; Manage events both online and offline, Special keyboards; Search, and more. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

AirPods Styled Like Breakfast at Tiffany's Earrings

I’ve been known to be somewhat disparaging about the appearance of AirPods. Tech/fashion influencer type Sailor Mercury (@sailorhg) shared on Twitter a way to turn the wireless headphones into Breakfast at Tiffany’s style earrings. It is pretty simple to do, and certainly makes AirPods a little more glamorous! (Article image via Sailor Mercury’s Twitter account.)


Translator App Mate Translate is on Sale With a New Feature

iOS translator app Mate Translate is on sale for US$4.99 (down from US$9.99) and today the developers are releasing big features to the app: A Safari extension to translate web pages (located in the share sheet). It lets you translate words, sentences, or full pages without leaving Safari, a feat that was previously only available on macOS. Another new feature is offline mode: Just download offline packs for languages you need from the language picker and you’re good to go. Packs are reasonably-sized — each of them is just around 50 MB. Please note offline translation comes without synonyms and phonetic transcription. I’m told that the app is on sale until Monday. App Store: US$4.99 

Clarus Watch on eBay

Via our Facebook page, we received a link to an eBay auction for a kid’s watch featuring Clarus, the mysterious dogcow.

Old-school Apple fans may remember Clarus from the print preview screen, and newer school fans can click the link above to learn more about this rarely-seen creature. I am a fan of Clarus, mostly because it is an odd and silly thing from a company I like. Thanks to Apple I already wear a watch that I’m not interested in swapping out, but if I were to break my streak of activity rings, I’d only do it for a watch like this one! If you feel the same, the auction is currently at $200 which is much less than a current Apple Watch would cost you…