WWDC Unofficial App for Mac

Suffering from WWDC withdrawal symptoms? Want to rewatch the keynote or see that session you just couldn’t make. Fear not. The unofficial wwdc.io app for Mac brings together key sessions and footage from conferences over a number of years. I like how you can filter sessions to find what you want and share content easily. The app has a really nice user interface and is super easy to use as well. Download it from https://wwdc.io.

Collect by WeTransfer Lets You Collect All Sorts of Content

Collect by WeTransfer lets you save all sorts of content from around the web. Think of it as a private Pinterest. Save photos, links, songs, videos, documents and anything else you can think of; stay in your flow and save stuff from your phone for later with just a couple of clicks; and organize your content onto beautiful boards, perfect for visual thinkers. You can also add people to your boards without a sign-up or log-in. Share the board’s link through email, Slack, WhatsApp, and others straight from within Collect. Reading through WeTransfer’s privacy policy, I saw a couple things of interest: “During an upload, while it’s stored on our servers and during a download, Content is encrypted and only sent over a secure connection (https).” And: “We trust you understand that in order to fulfill our moral responsibility to reduce the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery (CSAI), we do use automated systems to to detect such Content.” I mention the latter because I recently wrote how Apple started doing this as well.

Former Apple Lawyer Bruce Sewell Talks iBooks in Interview

Former general counsel Bruce Sewell explains what went wrong in the iBooks antitrust case. Back in 2013 a court found that Apple conspired with book publishers to raise the price of ebooks. This was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, which regulates competition among businesses. Mr. Sewell spoke to law students for a YouTube series called “Before You Take the LSAT.”

Apple got involved in a very ugly suit with the US government in the Southern District of New York that had to do with our release of the iBooks Store. I tried to chart a course that I thought was incredibly good for Apple, and would bear legal scrutiny.

Urban Armor Gear Launches Nato Strap for Apple Watch

Last month Urban Armor Gear (UAG) launched two Apple Watch straps: The Active strap and the Leather strap. Today the company added a third strap called the Nato Strap. Built for everyday adventures, the Nato Strap for Apple Watch is designed for dependability. A combination of materials – high strength nylon and stainless steel hardware- gives you the strength, durability and comfort you need to keep going further. It features custom stainless steel lugs and buckles to provide the peace of mind you need to take your watch on any adventure. Designed with double-layered high strength nylon to be one of the strongest straps available, the Nato Strap provides the dependability you need without sacrificing style or comfort. Available for US$49.95.

Love Island Official App for iPhone

It is summer, and that means Love Island fever is gripping the UK. Viewers can be part of the popular reality TV show, in which contestants have to couple up to stay in the luxury villa, via its official iOS app. The official Love Island app allows users to participate in votes. These dictate who stays and who is eliminated from the show. There are also quizzes, videos and extra content, camera filters, and a merchandise shop. The app is available for free from the ios App Store.


Affinity Photo 1.7.0 Adds Assets Panel, Stock Panel, and More

Affinity Photo 1.7.0 for iPad adds a number of improvements: Large performance increases with further tuning of metal acceleration; shortcut modifiers added when keyboard is attached; more effective noise reduction, hot pixel removal and wide colour space development; new Stock Panel to search and drag and drop stock photography into your document; symmetry (up to 32-way) is now supported – including on-canvas controls and optional mirroring; on the fly nozzle rotation now available with left and right arrow keys; new “Procedural texture” and “Voronoi” filter effects; live filter effects have been rewritten to improve performance; HSL adjustment layer has been rewritten, supporting custom hue ranges, new UI and picker controls; many PSD import / export improvements; significant improvements to selection refinement; alternate futures for document history have been added. If you undo a lot of steps and start on a different path, you can always branch back to your original position; HEIF images can now be loaded, including loading of any depth map; added support for 12bit and 16bit CMYK TIFF files; new Assets Panel available to store and drag and drop regularly used assets. App Store: US$15.99

Apple's WWDC Memoji Makeup Tutorial Starring Patrick Starrr and Desi Perkins

Apple unveiled enhancements to Memoji for iOS 13 during Monday’s WWDC keynote address, including a variety of customizations designed to help you make your Memoji look more like you. What was interesting to me was the “Makeup Tutorial” starring Patrick Starrr and Desi Perkins. These two younger folks are beauty influencers. What that means is that they make a bunch of beauty and makeup videos and have more followers than you can shake a stick at. What they are not are tech executives. Or coders. Or traditional celebrities. Or even project managers in Apple’s Memoji team. So, this represents Apple stepping outside the box, and it also means Apple is thinking differently about how to reach young people. Tapping social media influencers to spread the word about new customization features in Memoji means that Apple is targeting millennials and Generation Z. What it also means is that if you think this video is stupid or a bad idea, you aren’t the target market, and that’s OK. As it is, these new customization features are yet another step in Apple’s inexorable push in making iMessage a social media platform unto itself.

WWDC 2019: Intro Video - Goodnight Developers

Apple kicked off the WWDC 2019 keynote with a lovely video. It pays tribute to developers, and the long nights they spend toiling over machines coding. It also perfectly summed up the frustrations of when that damned code just will not work…and the wonderful moment when everything goes right. The video featured the fantastic tag line: While the world sleeps, you dream. It set the tone for an impressive keynote.