What we published, and links of note
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The best professional-grade iPhone calculator app »
Calculators and I go way back. When I went off to college, electronic calculators had only recently supplanted slide rules as standard equipment for engineers and scientists, and professors were lamenting their new students’ pathetic under-appreciation of significant digits. In those days, hours of repetitive analysis would be done with a calculator sitting next to a pad of paper—one for running the numbers, the other for keeping track of the logic.
Can Akaoglu’s Mac and iPhone setup »
Can Akaoglu is possessed by pop-culture and obsessed with design, which is why he’s the Creative Director for a little mobile company based in Mainz, Germany.
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Un-enroll from the iOS and OS X public beta programs »
The public beta programs for OS X and iOS are a welcome option for those of us that are non-developers and want to try pre-release copies or OS X and iOS. While I typically run the beta version of a new x.0 release for both OS X and iOS, I’m not really keen on using the x.1 or x.2 releases. Having a new copy of a x.0 release is a lot of fun because you get to try out new features months before it’s released to everyone.
Apple’s new iPhone 6 Smart Battery case »
Apple released a new iPhone 6 battery case case this week that features a built-in battery for charging your phone, and MacStories linked to an informative bit of information about how the new case actually works. Since there isn’t an on/off switch on the case, it works differently than other battery cases from third-party companies that you can switch on when your battery is low. Jesse Hollington has the details on how this new case from Apple actually charges your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.
512 Pixels: The iPad Pro is a Line in the Sand »
The iPad Pro is still a fairly recent device for most of us, but Stephen Hackett (of 512 Pixels and The Sweet Setup) wrote a review recently that describes the difference between the Macs we’re accustomed to, the iPads from last year, and how the new iPad Pro fits into all this. As Stephen describes, it’s a line in the sand, and it might not be long before things change drastically toward the iPad format. Sure, many of us still need a Mac to do certain parts of our jobs, but the iPad keeps taking more of that territory every year. This is a great review of the newest iPad device from Apple.
Best of Two Dollar Tuesday (Sponsor) »
Two Dollar Tuesday presents Mac App Store apps every week for just $1.99 each—at discounts up to 95%. Today is our Best Apps of 2015 promo, featuring our the most popular apps we’ve promoted in 2015, including:
- Drop zone 3 (reg. $9.99) — Perform complex actions with a simple drag & drop
- Marked 2 (reg. $11.99) — The premier Markdown previewer
- Unclutter (reg. $5.99) — A handy place to store files, notes & more
- Chronicle (reg. $14.99) — The easiest way to manage your bills
- Paste (reg. $6.99) — The ultimate clipboard history manager
- Magnet (reg. $4.99) — Simple window snapping to keep your workspace organized
Each app is best-in-class, with a 4.5 or 5-star rating in the U.S. Mac App Store. (Pick them up today before the prices go back up.)
Our Thanks to Two Dollar Tuesday for sponsoring the site this week. These are some truly fantastic apps for just two bucks each! Make sure you check them out today to get in on these deals.