MyAppleMenu - Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Wed, Jan 21, 2015 Day of the Quotable Steve

I totally agree with John Gruber on this: "If you see that 'If you see a stylus, they blew it' quote, they blew it."

Meet Audio Hijack 3, My New Favorite Audio Utility

Jason Snell, Six Colors:

This is a beautifully designed product that combines a clever and intuitive user interface with awesome power and versatility. It will appeal to podcasters, audio pros, musicians, and just about anyone else who needs to push their Mac’s audio capabilities past the meager sound features offered by OS X itself.


While Audio Hijack 3 certainly allows you to do some things you couldn’t do before, much of the release is about making existing features easier to use—to the point where you get more (and better) audio work done. It’s no mean feat to rethink an interface so that an app takes on a new life. Rogue Amoeba has admirably done so with this release of Audio Hijack 3.

A Farewell to Files

Matt Gemmell:

I don’t really think in terms of folders and hierarchies anymore. I still put things there, but only as a kind of future archeological clue, if everything goes to hell and I’m left digging through the dirt, trying to rebuild.

These days, I expect the machine to accept my query, and throw the relevant set of my stuff back at me. Browsing through directory windows seems anachronistic now, and - interestingly - it also feels artificial.

Quickie Promises to Make Mobile Messaging More Spontaneous

Ruth Reader, VentureBeat:

They call it “live messaging.” Yes, messaging is always live, but what Quickie does differently is that it has applied the self-destructing video messaging model, pioneered by Snapchat, to text.


Quickie is so fast that it sometimes the app sends your message before you’re done writing it. You text, draw, create GIFs of your voice, or record voice messages and send them instantly. There’s no time for editing or hesitation, much like in a real conversation. Your recipient has time only to glance at your message before it disappears. If your note goes unopened, it’ll stick around 24 hours before vanishing.

Accessibility Showdown: iPhone 6 Vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Steven Aquino, TidBITS:

There are two main factors when evaluating the accessibility of the iPhone 6 Plus: the size of the display and the size of the phone itself. This is true for anyone, but the importance of both are magnified for those of us with physical disabilities.

How to Dry Out an iPhone: How to Fix Water-Damaged Smartphone

Marie Brewis, PC Advisor:

It goes without saying that the first step is to remove your phone from the water, then turn it off and remove its SIM. DO NOT TRY TO USE A WET PHONE. Do your best to dry the phone and its SIM with a nearby towel, jumper sleeve or whatever you have to hand. Give it a gentle shake, too, to remove any water from its ports. Then follow our advice to fix a water-damaged iPhone.

Have You Hug Somebody Yet?

Today is National Hug Day.

Myriads of studies have shown that physical contact between humans — such as kissing, hugging, or simply touching — is essential for overall mental and emotional well-being. Hugging, in particular, can improve psychological development, boost your immune system, decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and lower the risk of heart disease: all perfect reasons to take part in National Hug Day, which falls on January 21st.

Photo: Free Hugs, by Matthew G (CC BY 2.0)

Stuff for Your Computers

  • BBC Updating iOS News App With Personalized Feeds, Most-Read Stories, Local News & More (Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac)
  • Every Khan Academy Course Is Now Available on the iPad for the First Time (Nathan Ingraham, The Verge)
  • Google Update Chrome Web Browser for iOS with OS X Handoff Support, 'Material Design' (AppleInsider)
  • LastPass Launches a Native Password Manager for Mac Offering Quick Search, Security Checks and Offline Access (Sarah Perez, TechCrunch)
  • 9 Password Manager Recommendations for OS X and iOS (Topher Kessler, MacIssues)

Short Notes

  • Apple Pay Adds 15 More Banks and Credit Unions, Now At 45+ (Zac Hall, 9to5Mac)
  • FDA: The Apple Watch is a Wellness Tool, Not a Medical Device (Bryan M. Wolfe, AppAdvice)
  • Apple Buys the British Startup Behind Music Analytics Service Musicmetric (Stuart Dredge, The Guardian)

Musicmetric launched in 2008 as a way for music labels and other industry clients to track data on sales, BitTorrent downloads and social networking statistics for their artists, with its platform expanding to YouTube videos and audio streams over the next few years.

  • Apple Steps Up Lobbying in Washington to COunter Government Scrutiny (Tim Higgins, David McLaughlin and Todd Shields, Bloomberg)

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.