Today in the App Store -- Vizzywig - Video Editor, Pixelmator and more

Today in the App Store -- Vizzywig - Video Editor, Pixelmator and more

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Vizzywig - Video Editor; the new Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions game from Activision; and a significant update to Pixelmator that brings the image editing app to the iPhone. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

 

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AWT News Update: May 28, 2015

AWT News Update: May 28, 2015

Today in the world of Apple...

  • Apple may announce a reward system for frequent Apple Pay purchases
  • Augmented Reality company Metaio was acquired by Apple... and the world is just finding out about it
  • Two more Apple Stores are set to open in New York, one in a few weeks, one later this year
  • Guess what company will be the world's biggest Mac-supporting company soon? IBM
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Throwback Thursday: The "personal organizer" we had before the Newton

Throwback Thursday: The "personal organizer" we had before the Newton

Back before the Newton MessagePad made a splash in 1993 as the first "Personal Digital Assistant", several consumer electronics companies were making handheld devices designed to do all of the things that we take for granted now on our iPhones and Apple Watches -- take short notes, check our calendar, make appointments, and look up phone numbers. One of these devices was the Casio B.O.S.S. SF-8000 -- one of which I have in my Museum of Obsolete Technology. 

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Smile releases TextExpander 5, adds snippet suggestions and more

Smile releases TextExpander 5, adds snippet suggestions and more

One of the favorite Mac apps for the blogging team here at Apple World Today is TextExpander from Smile. The app is primarily used to take frequently-typed words and phrases known as “snippets” and assign a key shortcut to them — for example, Apple World Today could be given a shortcut of “hAWT”, providing a savings of 13 keystrokes everytime that website title is typed. Smile has just released TextExpander 5 for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, adding a number of helpful features to this must-have utility.

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Todoist comes to Apple Watch

Todoist comes to Apple Watch

I appreciate the work that's been happening at Todoist. Early this year, the company began work on Todoist for the Apple Watch. Without a Watch in hand, however, the developers knew they knew proper testing was impossible. So they decided to wait.

Today, the patience and dedication has paid off. Todosit 10.1, with support for Apple Watch, is now available, bringing with it a slew of useful features that make the Watch more than a simple reference too.

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Today in the App Store —Omnifocus 2, Echo Prime and more

Today in the App Store —Omnifocus 2, Echo Prime and more

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Echo Prime; the new KORG iM1 app; and a significant update to Omnifocus 2. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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AWT News Update: May 27, 2015

AWT News Update: May 27, 2015

Whole lotta Apple news goin' on today:

  • The Apple Store App partners with Postmates to provide same-day delivery in a number of US cities
  • Jawbone is suing Fitbit for "systematically plundering" confidential info
  • GM CEO Mary Barra announces that 14 different 2016 Chevrolet car models will come with Apple's CarPlay built in
  • OWC announces a huge 8TB hard disk upgrade for iMac
  • Apple may be considering "Proactive", a more Google Now-like service using Siri and built-in/third-party apps to create a super-Spotlight search
  • Canada's CRTC wins an award for its "Text with 9-1-1" service
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Portiko and Pixi: A look at two new and useful accessories from Bluelounge

Portiko and Pixi: A look at two new and useful accessories from Bluelounge

Bluelounge is an accessory manufacturer with a mission; creating well-designed accessories that people need and want. Over the years I’ve reviewed the company’s Soba cable guides and used a Kickflip with a MacBook Pro, finding the products to not only be attractive and useful, but also surprisingly inexpensive. Today I’m looking at two new products from Bluelounge; the Portiko (US$24.95) extension cord and Pixi multi-purpose ties ($9.95).

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Creaceed Carbo: Taking analog notes into a digital future

Creaceed Carbo: Taking analog notes into a digital future

A new universal iOS app from Creaceed is about to change the way that you take notes with digital devices — it has certainly changed my notetaking methods. Carbo (US$7.99, launch price of $3.99) is advertised as “handwriting in the digital age”, and that describes in a nutshell what the app accomplishes.

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Kindle for iPhone, iPad updated with exclusive font

Kindle for iPhone, iPad updated with exclusive font

Amazon has updated the Kindle app for iPhone and iPad with an exclusive font called "Bookerly." The font was made available on the Kindle Fire HDX in December, 2014 and has now come to Apple's devices. Designed for "optimal readability at any screen size," Amazon notes that Bookerly is available on "most" Kindle books. 

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AWT News Update: May 26, 2015

AWT News Update: May 26, 2015

We hope you had a nice Memorial Day (US) or Bank Holiday (UK) weekend. Here are some top stories for this Tuesday:

  • Facebook adds restaurant reviews written by professional food critics to mobile Facebook Pages for thousands of restaurants
  • The Apple facility in Mesa, AZ caught on fire today... but all damage seems to be to the roof
  • Marriott has an Apple Watch app for check-ins and more
  • iOS 9 may include transit service routes and navigation in the Maps app
  • A new Mac game offers auto racing for blind and low-vision users
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Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch: Simply beautiful

Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch: Simply beautiful

Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about some charging stands for the Apple Watch. Pad & Quill’s Timber Catchall is a solid wood beauty, the Duet Dock features a solid aluminum iPhone/Watch charging solution, as does the Night Stand Kickstarter project (which sadly doesn’t appear to be making it into production). Today I’m looking at the Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch (US$49.99), a compact and sturdy Watch charging stand that’s now shipping.

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