MyAppleMenu - Fri, Feb 13, 2015

Fri, Feb 13, 2015 The Return-of-Myst Edition

Apple Increases Size Limit of App Store Downloads to 4GB

Katie Marsal, AppleInsider:

The update allows developers to use more media in their App Store submissions and provide a more complete and rich user experience upon installation.

So developers can now build a better Myst.

(Downloading over cellular network is still limited to 100 MB, minimizing the chances of accidentally going over the telco's bandwidth limitations.)

It's Kind of Cheesy Being Green

Paul Ford, Medium:

The bubbles are a subtle, little, silly thing but they are experienced by millions of people. That amplifies that product decision into a unsubtle, large, sort-of-serious thing. The people who are tweeting negatively about green bubbles are following Apple’s lead. It’s speculative, but not totally speculative to say that Apple may be aware it’s leading this way—after all, Apple has done passive-aggressive product design before, like giving Windows machines on its network a “Blue Screen of Death” icon.

Interesting speculation, but I suspect this doesn't really affect purchase decisions too much. If you are not in the iPhone ecosystem, you don't see the green bubbles. And if your friends don't text you because you are not using an iPhone, then they are not friends anyway.

Workflow 1.1: Deeper iOS Automation

Federico Viticci, MacStories:

Workflow fits my routine like a glove. I've used it every day to automate aspects of my work that speed up how I write and communicate on my iOS devices. And with Workflow 1.1, released today on the App Store, its developers are further expanding the app's capabilities with powerful new functionality that includes filtering, better conditionals and image manipulation, URL expansion and deeper calendar access, and even the ability to open multiple links at once in a web browser.

Stuff for Your Computers

  • 3 Menu Bar Calendar Apps for OS X (Matt Elliott, CNET)
  • Apple Enables Two-Step Authentication For iMessages and FaceTime (Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian)
  • NBC Launches Extensive 'SNL' App Ahead of 40th Anniversary Special (Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors)
  • ESPN App Overhauled With New Look, iPhont 6/6+ & iPad Support, More (Zac Hall, 9to5Mac)
  • Fleksy Keyboard (for iPhone) (Max Eddy, PC Magazine)

Pay Once and Play

Short Notes

Parting Words

David Carr, a Journalist at the Center of the Sweet Spot by A. O. Scott, New York Times

Goodbye, Mr Carr.