We’re still processing the flood of new technologies announced by Apple at last week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, with Adam Engst and Josh Centers collaborating to bring you a look at 10 annoyances that Apple will be addressing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Plus, in FunBITS, Josh looks at new technologies for gamers coming in iOS 8, as well as this year’s Apple Design Award winners. Moving beyond WWDC, Josh also spent several weeks using Amazon’s new Fire TV in order to compare it to the Apple TV, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews Google Docs and Google Sheets, the search giant’s new iOS productivity apps. Also, TidBITS members can now read the latest chapter of Charles Edge’s streamed “Take Control of OS X Server,” which covers the often mind-bending Open Directory. Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 6.4.3, Tinderbox 6.0, BBEdit 10.5.11 and TextWrangler 4.5.9, Fission 2.2.1, and 1Password 4.4.1.
Apple’s upcoming operating systems finally address a number of long-standing user complaints — here are our favorite fixes in iOS 8 and Yosemite. Is this indication that Apple is becoming more receptive to feedback?
With OS X Server installed and running, Charles Edge turns his attention to directory services, since it’s helpful to set up users and groups before you enable other services. If you’re a TidBITS member, read on!
Google Drive edits no more. Google has moved the iOS app’s document- and spreadsheet-editing features to a new, separate Docs and Sheets apps. Julio Ojeda-Zapata of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was baffled by this, but then realized the move changes little.
“Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers spent two weeks with Amazon’s Fire TV as his only living room device. Here’s his take on how it compares to the Apple TV.
This year’s WWDC introduced a number of new technologies that should enable even better iOS games, and the Apple Design Awards highlighted some of the past year’s best-designed apps, nearly all of which were for gaming or entertainment.
Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 6.4.3, Tinderbox 6.0, BBEdit 10.5.11 and TextWrangler 4.5.9, Fission 2.2.1, and 1Password 4.4.1.
In this week’s ExtraBITS, Josh Centers talked about WWDC on The Tech Night Owl podcast; our own Tonya Engst, Michael Cohen, and Glenn Fleishman discussed digital publishing; HBO’s John Oliver crashed the FCC’s commenting system; and Apple turns out to have a powerful ally in the battle for the quantified self.