So Instagram just release an iOS app called Hyperlapse for smoothing out time-lapse videos. Oddly enough, a Microsoft just released a similar time-lapse video tech called Hyperlapse two weeks ago.
Get Touch Counters on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Touch Counters is a great iOS 7 style counter that makes it easy to keep track of any type of count. Who needs scraps of pencil and paper on game night when you have an iPhone that is always within arms reach.
The greatest password manager app just got a huge update that includes over 90 new features like:
- Multiple and Shared Vaults - create separate vaults to share with business or family members that each get their own sync preferences and locations (take 1Password > New Demo Vault for a quick spin!)
- Shared Items - if sharing an entire vault is overkill, you can share individual items (Logins, Secure Notes, memberships) with another person via email or obfuscated iMessage, just like iOS! If your recipient makes changes and shares the item back to you, 1Password will update your existing item.
- 256-bit Authenticated Encryption, PBKDF2 with HMAC-SHA512, and other major security enhancement - 1Password not only keeps your data private, but also tamper-proof. This forestalls many attacks that haven’t even been dreamt of yet.
1Password has been on my must have mac apps list and must have iOS apps list. This huge update which enables a user to have multiple vaults and to share entire vaults further accentuates why 1Password is THE BEST password manager that money can buy.
Instagram for iOS7
The new Instagram for iOS 7 isn’t a massive redesign, but great incremental update that pays attention to the little details.
A great post by the Agile Bits team about password security and some updates about the top password cracking tools that are being used.
If you are going to be the type of person who buys into a password encryption/password keeper workflow, I highly suggest you go all in and get a quality piece of software from a great team of software engineers instead of going for a cheap $2 solution.
1. “How much work has the developer put into this $2 software?”
2. “How much work is the developer likely going to put towards supporting this piece of $2 software to ensure that I am protected against ever changing attack techniques of evil-doers?”
Apple took over a Sweden based firm Algo Trim, specializing in the algorithm for tasks like compressing images, video, and software.
Sounds promising. The article also notes that Alto Trim is leveraged by Google to compress the size of software updates that are pushed through to devices.
AlgoTrim has various product offerings for compression and decompression tasks for processing video in real time.
That would come in handy for when an iPhone captures 120fps HD video (slow motion playback ability). Efficiency in the iPhones real-time video compression enables the user to be able to shoot and store more video.
In addition to the benefits this would have for iPhone captures, this would indeed be helpful for Apple’s envisioned Streaming TV experience, whatever that may be.
Updated iOS/OS X User Interface
Everyone keeps saying that they are extremely excited for WWDC to see what design updates Jony Ive has made to iOS. The rumors out there suggest Ive has been working to modernize the iOS aesthetics so that the software is true to itself and the hardware it runs on.
I am really looking forward to seeing what kind of an impact Jony Ive has made on OS X. Sure, the default iOS app icons look a bit dated now-a-days. I mean lets face it, the messages and phone app icons scream Aqua, but the really atrocious software design offenders exist on OS X. The skeumorphic metaphors for the Contacts, Calendar, and Game Center apps on OS X are worse than their iOS counter parts.
I would hope that since Apple has chosen to move OS X to be on a yearly update cycle just like iOS that Ive has been working on both pieces of software so that both aesthetics are updated in unison.
According to TechCrunch:
Seized iPhones with a passcode lock are apparently secure enough to frustrate a lot of police agencies in the U.S., resulting in a wait list that Apple has put in place to help it deal with unlock requests from the authorities. The waiting list was long enough that it resulted in a 7-week delay for a recent request by the ATF last summer, according to the CNET report.
I’d say iOS is pretty secure, wouldn’t you?
Yahoo! has just released a new weather app for iOS that integrates flickr photos. A nice light interface with good typography. I think Yahoo! will start making some good moves with Meyer at the helm.
I think the editorial commentary is a bit over the top and vulgar, but there is a great comment by Herding_Sheep that I felt needed to be called out.
People don’t seem to think rationally anymore. Look what happened now when Microsoft changed just ONE element on the traditional tried-and-true desktop and got rid of the start menu. It confused the hell out of the average users who just want to USE their computers the way they’ve always worked.
It wouldn’t be any different for Apple. When you have something that 400+ million customers currently use and are happy with, any little change is going to risk an uproar. Maybe they could change the visual aesthetic, but to change how the OS operates just for the sake of “new” would be downright silly, and thats not how a wise designer thinks about products. Dieter Rams would probably roll his eyes at the idea of changing something for changesake.