Apple decides Notification Center buttons apparently now off limits

 

Drafts iOS widget to be removed as Apple decides Notification Center buttons apparently now off limits | 9to5Mac:

It seems Apple has ordered yet another developer to make changes to his app’s Notification Center widget even after it was approved for sale and adopted by countless users. Previously the company’s indecisiveness on the purpose of widgets led to an app called Launcher being pulled from sale, and a similar fate was almost met by the popular pCalc widget until Apple changed its mind (again).

The widget in question today was created by developer Greg Pierce and is part of the popular note-taking app Drafts. The app allowed users to create new entries in the app by pressing a button in the widget, which then opened the app’s composer (in the app, of course).

According to a series of tweets from Pierce, Apple has decided that widgets are solely for “information presentation” and should not contain buttons—a fact contradicted by the example eBay widgets demonstrated by Apple’s own Craig Federighi at WWDC this year.

Pierce says he’s already been through the appeals process and will be resubmitting a version of Drafts without the widget to comply with Apple’s new restriction. If this new rule catches on, we may see similar rejections for other popular apps, like Evernote and Fantastical, in the near future.

Unless Apple changes its mind again. Again.

Shame. Actionable widgets on the Today screen were a fantastic idea and hopefully a compromise can be met between Apple and developers going forward.

Twitter to add Report Abuse Option

 

Building a safer Twitter | Twitter Blogs:

In our continuing effort to make your Twitter experience safer, we’re enhancing our in-product harassment reporting and making improvements to “block”.

Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter – to the tune of more than 500 million Tweets every day. That can sometimes include content that violates our rules around harassment and abuse and we want to make it easier to report such content. So, we’re improving the reporting process to make it much more mobile-friendly, require less initial information, and, overall, make it simpler to flag Tweets and accounts for review. These enhancements similarly improve the reporting process for those who observe abuse but aren’t receiving it directly. And to enable faster response times, we’ve made the first of several behind-the-scenes improvements to the tools and processes that help us review reported Tweets and accounts.

Looks like the official Twitter app and via Twitter.com will be the first to have the option. Other 3rd party Twitter app clients will introduce in time.

Jason Snell’s iPhoto Calendar Idea

 

Six Colors: My Favorite Things: Services and stuff:

Every year, my wife and I go through all the photos we’ve taken during the previous year and construct a calendar made up of photos from each month, on the appropriate month, for the next year. Then we order a few, keep one for ourselves, and give the rest to a few close family members.

Fantastic idea from Jason and a real memento to keep for years to come especially if you have a young family.

Apple Watch’s Killer Features

 

Convenience — Apple Watch’s killer feature | iMore:

These are all important things. They’re things we need and want. But they’re also brief things. They’re intermittent and unpredictable things. They’re things that the Apple watch will be able to do more efficiently — maybe even better.

I’ve told many of these stories before:

  • My mother wants an Apple Watch so she can get the iPhone 6 Plus, leave it in her purse, and not have to worry about missing messages or calls.
  • My sister currently uses a Pebble because her hospital’s paging system runs on the iPhone but she doesn’t want to carry it with her on rounds. 
  • A friend who jogs is dreaming for the day he can leave home without having to carry his phone or his wallet. 
  • A friend who’s in meetings all day and can’t check her phone — because, rude — is looking forward to the taptics triaging for her what’s really urgent. 
  • A buddy who’s all-in on home automation can’t wait to say “Goodnight, Siri!” and have everything lock down and turn off for the night.

The Apple Watch is certainly going to be convenient and I can’t wait to see what developers come up with upon it’s release.

‘Sync Solver’ Allows Fitbit Users to Sync Data with Apple Health App

 

‘Sync Solver’ Allows Fitbit Users to View Fitness Related Data in Apple’s Health App – Mac Rumors:

Launched on the App Store this week, Sync Solver allows Fitbit wearers to track all of the important information the wearable device calculates on a daily basis directly inside Apple’s own Health app without needing to use the dedicated Fitbit app.

The $0.99 app provides a daily sync of eleven different pieces of data from the Fitbit into the Health app. The points of data accrued include: active calories, resting calories, dietary calories, body fat percentage, body mass index, flights of stairs climbed, sleep analysis, walking and running distances, weight, and steps taken.

Great solution for FitBit users who would like to sync their data with the Apple Health app – especially after FitBit said they wouldn’t initially support it.

Best Network for iPhone: Three

 

Best network for iPhone: best 3G and 4G for iPhone – How to – Macworld UK:

So we can confidently say that Three is the UK’s best mobile network of 2014. Both on 3G and 4G Three completed more tests than did any other network. Three was the fastest network with excellent average and peak scores in our speed tests up and down the country.

A very good runner up to Three in the UK’s best mobile network of 2014 category was EE.

Since switching to Three from EE, I have been very impressed with their consistent performance and coverage but what stands Three out from the rest for me is the unlimited data package.

Apple Releases Its Most Important Typeface In 20 Years

 

John Brownlee:

Yesterday, Apple released a new bundle of developer tools called WatchKit to help make third-party Apple Watch apps a reality. But for type lovers, WatchKit contained a nice little surprise: a folder containing 23 different variations of the Apple Watch system font, the first one Apple has designed in-house in almost 20 years. Even better, that typeface finally has a name: San Francisco.

Seemingly inspired by Helvetica and FF Din, San Francisco is designed specifically for smaller displays: there’s plenty of space between each letter, and Apple seems to be avoiding extraordinarily thin lettering that wouldn’t play well on already cramped watch screens. Yet as some have already noticed, San Francisco also looks gorgeous on Retina Displays as a replacement Mac default typeface.

 

How to use the Apple Watch font as the system font on OS X Yosemite:

You can download the necessary font files from the GitHub page, which are adapted versions of the files Apple made available, as they have to be changed slightly to work properly as a system font.

To install, the steps are quite simple.

Download the zipped font files.

Copy the 6 font files to /Library/Fonts on your Mac. (protip: press cmd+shift+g while in Finder to type the path directly.)

Run sudo chown root:wheel /Library/Fonts/System\ San\ Francisco* to set the proper ownership of the font files.

Repair Disk Permissions diskutil repairPermissions / (for good measure)Log out and log back in to apply the changes.

Step three and four requires use of the Terminal, so be careful when typing in the two commands. It just changes file permissions, so it’s difficult to go wrong. The Terminal will ask for an admin password, though, as changing permissions requires elevated privileges. Otherwise, it’s a simple case of moving files to a special directory. You can see what it looks like from the above screenshot.

If it turns out you want to go back to Helvetica, just delete the six files from the Fonts folder in Library and reboot. As an aside, it should also be possible to install San Francisco as the primary font on your iOS device, although it will require a jailbreak.

App Store Changes ‘Free’ Button to ‘Get’

Zac Hall Reporting for 9to5Mac:

Apple has introduced a small but interesting tweak to the way it markets apps on the App Store. As you can see in the screenshot above, non-paid apps are now presented with the word ‘GET’ rather than ‘FREE’. While the reason for the change in how Apple is presenting non-paid apps isn’t clear, it’s likely due to the popularity of ‘freemium’ apps and in-app purchases, something that has been the source of controversy for Apple in the past…

Apple has taken a great deal of flack from customers and consumer protection groups through the years over apps marketed as free that push in-app purchases. The freemium model has been used in some cases to circumvent the lack of app trials on the App Store. For example, a developer may make an app free to download, but require an in-app purchase to unlock the app’s full functionality. The new ‘Get’ labels seem to address such a use case where previously ‘Free’ could be misleading.

I am not sure ‘Get’ is the right term to use here and maybe ‘download’ isn’t the right term either due to it already being used for your previously purchased apps but I certainly like it better than ‘Get’. I’d bet this term will get changed again in the near future.

Apple to Bundle Beats Music With iOS Early Next Year

Via 9to5Mac:

Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

This seems pretty plausible especially as Jim Darlymple over at The Loop more or less confirmed it. Whether it will be a seperate app from iTunes is not clear at this point but one step at a time eh?

iOS 8.1.1 Update Fixes iCloud Sync Issues

iCloud Drive Syncing Improvements — MacSparky:

 I’m pleased to report iCloud Drive document syncing is loads better with the latest updates. This morning I spent 30 minutes moving between my iPad and Mac on a large numbers spreadsheet and both devices were keeping up. In short, iCloud document syncing is manageable again. Third party apps, like Drafts and Mindnode, are also seeing the benefits of this update. If you’ve been waiting, or had a bad prior experience, update your Mac and iOS devices with yesterday’s updates and give it a try for yourself.

I too concur that iCloud syncing is now working back to normal in the iWork suites on iOS with the 8.1.1 update so if you have been having issues, this latest update is certainly a positive one.