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An nvALT (and more) status report – BrettTerpstra.com

15.09.2015 02:00

nvALT will (probably) see one more update. We (David Halter and I) fixed the majority of bugs that cropped up with OS 10.10 almost a year ago. The source on GitHub is up to date, but we haven’t gotten around to putting out an official update. I haven’t tested it on 10.11 yet, so if there are some minor patches needed to get that smoothed out, they’ll go out with that release when it’s ready.

I really look forward to the final update, and I can’t wait for the successor. nvALT is probably the mac app I rely the most on. And the lack of updates have been worrying.

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Hands-on with the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard | Macworld

15.09.2015 02:00

Jason Snell, writing for Macworld:

Would I want to write a novel on the Smart Keyboard or the iPad Pro’s touchscreen keyboard? No, I suppose I wouldn’t. But I’m pretty sure that I could absolutely do so with the Smart Keyboard–and I’d certainly benefit from having a physical keyboard with me all the time, not just when I had the time and inclination to tote along an external Bluetooth keyboard.

That’s good enough for me.

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Introducing Club MacStories – MacStories

15.09.2015 02:00

Club MacStories offers exclusive access to extra MacStories content, delivered every week. At $5/month or $50/year, our most loyal readers will be able to enjoy some great perks.

I would, without doubt have subscribed to this, if I had a little bit more money at the moment. Macstories is great, and the weekly newsletter have been fantastic.

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One Foot Tsunami

15.09.2015 02:00

Finally, it will be possible to flip someone off via emoji.

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Computer Science Courses that Don’t Exist, But Should

14.09.2015 02:00

Discover how to create and use variables that aren’t inside of an object hierarchy. Learn about “functions,” which are like methods but more generally useful. Prerequisite: Any course that used the term “abstract base class.”

Hahaha! Fantastic.

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Hypertext

14.09.2015 02:00

At the end of the day, the better battery on the 6 Plus is what really kept it in my hands. Even though I generally preferred the size of the 6, especially for prolonged use, there was just no getting around the fact that the 6 Plus is a workhorse.

Yeah. I have come to the conclusion that better camera and better battery is a good enough reason for me to walk around with something that looks more like text book that a phone.

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The Brooks Review

14.09.2015 02:00

The biggest disadvantage to the iPad Pro, right now at least, is going to be the software. There’s going to be a lot more robust software for OS X than there will be for the iPad Pro. That should change in time, especially if Brent Simmons’ interest is indicative of the greater interest. My guess is that come WWDC 2016 the iPad Pro will be a primary computer for a great many people that would have never fathomed a lowly tablet being their main computer.

There’s a lot to get used to on the iPad for full time work (no mouse), but there’s also a lot of great things (focus being one). I’m very excited for the future of the iPad, and I suspect that come this time next year — well I am guessing and hoping — I won’t have any need for an OS X based computer.

Who am I kidding, I might not even make it to 2016 with OS X as my primary OS.

I’m not 100% sure, but I’m pretty sure that my future computing setup will be a iPhone Plus, iPad Pro and some kind of desktop mac. I didn’t want to do it before the iPad Pro, just because Apple didn’t look committed to keyboards on iPad, now they do.

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AppleWorld.today

11.09.2015 02:00

Today as Dave Caolo and I were doing our Blab broadcast of the Apple event, I was using my 27-inch iMac as the streaming machine and a conduit to social media. For the actual livestream of the event, I was using the beautiful Retina screen on a 12-inch MacBook. My iPad Air 2 was sitting downstairs, sucking down energy. After the event I began to do a thought experiment about whether an iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard could hypothetically kick the petite rear end of the 12-inch MacBook or any other MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Here are my thoughts, which I’d love for you to tear apart.

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Ben Brooks on NNW4

11.09.2015 02:00

The biggest difference with NetNewsWire and most RSS services is that your Mac or iPhone is the device polling the RSS feeds for updates. Whereas with services like FeedWrangler a server sitting in the proverbial cloud is polling those services. This means that hitting refresh in NetNewsWire can take minutes as it has to check each feed for an update — whereas hitting refresh in with FeedWrangler will take seconds as it just has check with one server for updates because the FeedWrangler servers have already polled the RSS feeds. This is a dramatic difference in functionality. (The NetNewsWires cloud sync is just to sync subscriptions, bookmarks, and read states.)

And thus, it feels like stepping back a decade when using NetNewsWire. All of a sudden not all of your feeds are updating at once (sometimes they time out), and you are constantly waiting on the refresh to happen — basically shit is getting screwed up all the time. I had several instances where all the feeds would update and forget read states, showing over 3,000 unread items — other times no new items would show up despite FeedWranlger showing new items.

I’m sticking with FeedWrangler, and Readkit on OS X and Unread on iOS.

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OS X El Capitan will release on September 30 as a free update | iMore

10.09.2015 02:00

I have been running El Capitan since the first Beta, and I haven’t had any major issues. I can’t wait to upgrade to the GM, this weekend.

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