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Thu, Aug 27, 2015The Go-To-Bed Edition

F.lux's New 'Backwards Alarm Clock' Is The Sleep Angel On Your Shoulder, by Damon Beres, Huffington Post

A version of the f.lux app released last week includes a "backwards alarm clock," which will remind you to go to bed if you're still using your computer when you should be catching z's. The app sends an alert every half-hour in the nine hours leading to your wake-up time. For example, if you're on your computer at 10 p.m. and you're supposed to rise at 7 a.m., f.lux will tell you you're cutting into valuable sleep time.

Tinybop’s The Everything Machine: Budding Engineers, Your App Has Arrived, by Cool Mom Tech

It incorporates visual programming elements plus mechanical and electrical engineering in a platform for inventing and building cool stuff. Or in human language, it lets you design and build all kinds of “machines” on your iPad, using your tablet’s own features and functions.


Goodbye To The Ghosts Of Emails Past, by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

After using Apple Mail for a few years you may have noticed that, when adding contacts to a new email message, a long list of email addresses appears. Some of these may be in your address book, but it’s often the case that these names are people you haven’t sent messages to in years or that you emailed once, but have no intention of emailing ever again.

Why the long memory? Apple’s Mail app, for the sake of convenience, collects the names of everyone you send email to so you don’t have to chase down an email addresses for people who aren’t in your Contacts app. It’s a nice feature, but may make addressing email messages a little messy after a few years go by. Fortunately, you have a couple of options for cleaning up the mess.

How To Back Up Your iTunes Media, by Kirk McElhearn, Intego

Now if you're short on space, there are some iTunes media files that you don't need to back up. Here's an overview of how to back up your iTunes media files, and which ones you need to back up.

3 Apps To Get Homework Done Faster, by Ann Dolin, Additude

Instead of wasting time on Snapchat, use these clever apps to help you study smarter and get your homework done faster.

Dispatch 3.0 Brings iPad App, Improvements To Actions And Snippets, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Dispatch is still the email client to have if you want to make messages actionable and leverage other apps you may already use – such as OmniFocus, 2Do, Todoist, Fantastical, and dozens of others – to make email part of your existing iOS workflow. Dispatch is a versatile email client that understands the convenience of app integrations and shortcuts, and that fully embraces extensibility to make triaging email faster and more efficient.

This App Tells Your Friends You Got Home Safe, by Joseph Erbentraut, Huffington Post

A free new iPhone and Android app called Companion allows users to let friends or family members identified as “companions” keep an eye on them through their GPS location while traveling to their destination. When they make it home, companions are automatically notified via text message, as is the case should users not arrive at their destination by their GPS-predicted arrival time.

This One-Afternoon Project Could Change How You Meet Friends, by Nitish Kulkarni, TechCrunch

Frustrated by how difficult it was to have spur of the moment get-togethers with friends, Stanford classmates Joseph Lau and Nikil Viswanathan spent a Friday afternoon in San Francisco’s SoMa district building what they called Down To Lunch.

OmniFocus 2 For Mac Scores Performance Improvements In Latest Update, by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore

Pregnancy Apps Do Everything But Ease Labor Pains, by Nick Bilton, New York Times

Pocket 6.0 Introduces Recommendation, Lays The Foundation For Future Features, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Etsy For iOS Now Alerts You When 'Local' Sellers Are Nearby, by Joe White, AppAdvice

Lara Croft GO Hits iOS With Puzzle-Based Gameplay, by Trevor Daugherty, 9to5Mac

After being announced back at E3, Lara Croft GO has officially been released on iOS and Android. The turn-based puzzle game will offer a new look into the world of Tomb Raider with its animation based design. Square Enix leans heavily on the success of Hitman GO, melding its board game style navigation with the world of Tomb Raider. The gameplay is based around simple puzzles with beautiful graphics.


Apple’s Content Blocking Is Chemo For The Cancer Of Adtech, by Doc Searls

As Expected, Apple Replaces iPad Smart Signs With New ‘Pricing’ Apps On Demo Devices In Apple Stores, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

How To Turn Off Video Autoplay On Facebook And Twitter, by Michelle Fitzsimmons, TechRadar

Parting Words

My new consumerism low is Google Maps browsing the inside of my old pharmacy to find a product I can't recall name of

— Sarah N. Emerson (@SarahNEmerson) August 26, 2015

Thanks for reading.