What we published, and links of note
Here’s a rundown of the posts we published this week, as well as a link we thought you might enjoy about the iOS App Store’s birthday.
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Chuck Skoda’s sweet iPhone setup »
This week’s setup interview features Chuck Skoda, a developer whose day job is at Tagboard where he builds web-app-type-things and also posts GIFs to the team Slack channels. Additionally, Chuck makes some great iPhone apps, both independently, and with Sky Balloon, a company for side projects.
Chuck’s setup is delightfully bare, but his answer to the “which app could you not live without” question was especially intriguing:
Focusing on my “can’t-live-without” apps feels like missing the forest for the trees though. The most powerful thing about my iPhone is the aggregate of possibilities I can bring with me wherever I go. […]
It’s hard to quantify how the iPhone has influenced day to day life over the last number of years, but I can’t imagine going back.
Quick Tip: Enable offline dictation in OS X Mavericks »
You probably know and use the dictation functionality on iOS, but the functionality also exists on OS X Mavericks. What Stephen explains this week is that OS X can also perform the dictation magic without sending your audio to Apple for analysis. Cool, right? It’s a ~800 Mb download, but it’s worth it if you need to use dictation offline or have privacy concerns.
Let’s just hope that Stephen was awesome and wrote the entire tip using dictation on his Mac.
App Store turns 6 »
It might be hard to believe, but the App Store celebrated its sixth anniversary this week. The introduction of the iPhone blew our minds, but the introduction of the App Store in 2008 took things to an entirely new and exciting level. It’s great to see the success it’s been so far.
Stephen wrote a post that takes a quick walk down memory lane through the App Store’s short, but thriving, life. I really liked his closing thought:
Over the last six years, this has held up pretty well, but Apple doesn’t deserve all the credit. A device is only as good as what it can do, and thanks to the App Store and third-party developers, they can do just about anything.
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