Who wants some free apps? While not everything in this week's New App Recap qualifies, we've got a pretty great assortment of freebies to brighten up your Monday, starting with the updated Microsoft Office apps, now optimized for iPhone. There's also a new app for tipping anyone you can take a photo of; fresh updates for Google Maps, weather, and mobile image retouching apps; and even a way to control lighting while on the go with just a few taps. Our weekly gallery awaits!
iOS 8 in its latest iteration continues to make news and shake things up. Why was there the glitch that released the broken update? What are some more hidden tricks, tips, and tweaks in the latest operating system. But probably the biggest newsmaker this week was Apple Pay and how some retailers are reacting (hint: not good).
As we mentioned this morning, Apple attracted some unwanted attention yesterday when it informed James Thompson, the developer behind calculator PCalc, that he'd have to remove the app's iOS 8 widget if he expected the popular app to remain on the app store. Supporters of the app rallied in favor of Thompson not long after, and in the face of such an overwhelming response, the Cupertino company called Thompson personally to announce that it had reversed its decision.
What a difference a day makes! On Wednesday, developers grappled with a potentially major setback for iOS 8 widgets, while Microsoft launched its own multi-platform Health initiative. But the biggest Thursday news comes courtesy of Bloomberg, as none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook penned a candid essay on equality. Read on to find out all of the details in our Morning Report!
It's barely been a year since Jony Ive blew up iOS 6 and introduced us to a dynamic new world filled with depth and dimension, but already Apple has taken the wraps off iOS 8, and boy is it a doozy. If iOS 7 laid the foundation, then iOS 8 catapults us directly into the future, adding a ton of features and enhancements. Here are the ones we’re looking forward to most.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Dashboard has been included in OS X since the inception of OS X Tiger back in 2005, and it remains a valuable feature to many users, providing easy and instant access to weather, clock, calendar, and other widgets. There are still quite a few users who have no interest in using this feature of OS X would rather see it gone from their system. Fortunately, with a bit of Terminal hacking, you can remove Dashboard from your Mac, hiding it from plain sight. Continue reading to learn how it's done, and rid yourself of the Dashboard for good.
We love Dashboard on our Macs. It feels like a bit of iOS on OS X, with tiny apps that look pretty and perform simple functions amazingly well. With a beautiful interface and a dynamic set of customizable widgets, Panic's ambitious Status Board attempts to bring that experience to our iPads, with at-a-glance access to your most important data and a fantastic new playground for coders.
Back before iPhone took the concept of mini apps and turned it on its head, widgets were a Mac user’s best friend. Released in 2005 as one of Mac OS 10.4 Tiger’s celebrated features, Dashboard opened a hidden layer of specialized tools designed to provide “fingertip access” to common tasks and simple utilities. For OS X users with cluttered Docks and overstuffed bookmarks bars, it was love at first sight.