The hottest app of the week by far was Periscope, the new Twitter-owned live video service.
Hot on the heels of Meerkat, Periscope is a much better looking and so far a more advanced alternative to streaming live video to the world from an iPhone. Since it’s owned by Twitter, it connects with your social graph and lets you follow people easily. Not only can you stream live video, but save videos for replaying on the service later.
Take a photo of yourself everyday. That was the simple premise behind Everyday for iPhone four years ago, and it still is today.
This week indie developer William Wilkinson released version 2.0, a major overhaul that introduces a couple big features. First, the interface has been redesigned to fit the modern iOS aesthetic. There are multiple timelines, so you can take photos of yourself and your baby and have them separated. Daily reminders are smarter, and Dropbox backup support has been added.
Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for Mac this week to much fanfare, and if you’re in the market for a calendar app on the desktop, look no further.
Our full walkthrough goes into more detail, but here are the highlights: a completely redesigned interface, new standalone app experience beyond the menubar, calendar lists, smarter natural language parsing, and more.
It’s definitely a little pricey compared to what most are used to paying, but for the absolute best calendar experience on the Mac, it’s worth every penny.
Developer and designer Mike Rundle may be entering a crowded market with Filters, but he’s still managed to set his app apart.
Filters for iPhone is a photo editing app, which are a dime a dozen these days. But Filters gives over 800 effects to chose from, an offering most apps can’t make. You can chose from “fully adjustable authentic vintage film recreations, hand-painted textures, vibrant colored gel overlays, special multi-effect adjustments (Shine, Luna, Color Boost, Intimidate and Smart Fade) as well as standard image adjustment tools like brightness, contrast, color temperature, exposure and more.”
It’s a lot to take in, but it helps that the app is gorgeous to look at and intuitively designed. The best part? Only $0.99 for everything. No in-app purchases.
After this week’s 1.5 update, that’s more the case than ever before.
Designed for OS X Yosemite, the interface is much cleaner now. Napkin also has support for third-party app extensions, which means it will be easier to quickly import images from all kinds of places.
Feature wise, you can finally crop images and screenshots directly in the app. The Pixelate and Blur make it easy to redact sensitive information, you can paste to match the style of text, and much more.
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This week: more rumors of a souped-up Apple TV coming in June, and we examine the softer side of Steve Jobs, as described in a new unofficial, Apple-backed biography. Plus: Skynet is the stuff of movies, but Elon Musk, Steven Hawking, and now Steve Wozniak, all believe AI is a big threat. Should we worried? You’re gonna want to unplug your Segway after this discussion.
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Critical errors can do real damage as you try to rise to the top of the App Store.
I followed the advice of an App Store optimization expert last year in an attempt to promote my iPhone app. Big mistake. It felt wrong at the time, and it did more harm than good. Now I’ve learned to trust my gut instincts instead.
Seriously, how could you resist? Photo: Brik Case/Gizmodo
I pretty much love Apple and Lego in equal measure, so the idea of somehow combining the two is never going to fail to win my approval.
Assuming that I’m not the only person to feel this way, allow me to introduce the Brik Case: a fantastic Kickstarter campaign intended to raise the cash needed to manufacture a MacBook case that can be decorated with Lego bricks, to create any design of your choosing.
Get your game on — wirelessly — with a PS4 controller and your Mac. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
Now just might be the best time ever to be a Mac gamer, as a ton of big titles for PC and console are also available for Apple computers via the Mac App Store, Steam or GoG.com. It’s a golden era of cross-platform goodness, and it’s easier than ever to find a game you’ll love on the Mac.
Some of today’s hot titles demand a good controller, though. One of the best is Sony’s DualShock 4 controller (the same one that comes with the PlayStation 4). If you’ve got one, you’ve got easy access to a fantastic, ergonomic and just plain great gaming controller that will work with your Mac, requiring very little setup to make it happen.