Preview: Scrawl

Coming this Winter: Scrawl.

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SimpleRSS Released

I have released a new application of mine called “SimpleRSS” on the Mac App Store. To learn more, got to SimpleRSS.allendunahoo.com or visit the Mac App Store.

Review: Xslimmer

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Xslimmer has always been a favorite of mine, and more than likely it will always be. It is a great application that can be used for saving space, without losing anything. What it does is get rid of 32-bit crypto affiliate program and universal binaries, and it also removes all unused languages.

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By click the genie button, Xslimmer will search your computer for apps that qualify to be slimed.

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Xslimmer keeps a history of all of the apps slimmed, just in case you had a problem after slimming so you can report it.

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After the slimming is done, you will have a good www.iqoption.net/crypto-affiliate about of free space to use for more important stuff. Xslimmer is available at xslimmer.com for $14.95. I would rate it 4.8/5.0.

TechNews Update In Review

An update to TechNews is in review right now. It fixes the crash at startup bug that everyone is having.

Sorry for not posting in a while, I’ve been pretty busy.

Bonus Galore

Remember 2008? That was the start of the Great Recession (as people call it now I guess). What happened back then? Lots of things. But one thing we can all remember is someone was giving out huge bonuses. Anyway, I have bad news. Its happening again (sort of). With the same company? No. It’s Apple.

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(See all of these people? All of the guys with smiles just received a huge bonus.)

After the iCloud launch flop (the product that was supposed to fix MobileMe’s problems), Apple announced that they would be giving Tim Cook, Apple’s new but not so great CEO, 1,000,000 AAPL shares if he stayed through 2021. Thats about $383M at the current stock price. Then Apple gave this to all the smiling guys (above):
Bruce Sewell – 150,000 shares, 50 percent vest on June 21, 2013, 100 percent on March 21, 2016
Jeffrey Williams – 150,000 shares, 50 percent on June 21, 2013, 100 percent on March 21, 2016
Philip Schiller – 150,000 shares, 50 percent on June 21, 2013, 100 percent on March 21, 2016
Peter Oppenheimer –150,000 shares, 50 percent on June 21, 2013, 100 percent on March 21, 2016
Robert Mansfield – 150,000 shares, 50 percent on June 21, 2013, 100 percent on March 21, 2016
Scott Forstall – 150,000 shares, 50 percent on June 21, 2013, 100 percent on March 21, 2016
Eddy Cue – 100,000 shares, 25 percent vest September 21, 2014, 100 percent September 21, 2016.

What about Ive (the guy who really deserves a bonus)? He received one, but Apple isn’t required to publish what he received by law. Is it outrageous that these people received a bonus? Well, no. But it’s a little too much in my opinion, and something I know Steve Jobs would never had done.

iOS App of Note: FCC Church

I have just finished developing a beta app called “FCC Church” for the First Congregational Church of Litchfield. To learn more about the app, please visit fcclitchfield.com. Thank you.

App of Note: YummySoup!

A favorite of mine, YummySoup! aims to be replacement for the cook book. And it succeeds. I plan to do a review of it within the next few weeks.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store



UPDATED: Review: Raven

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The Raven Beta defines the future of the web. It has a “Web App Shop” that allows website to integrate with the Mac, and have faster loading speeds. It does not work with Launchpad, as I had hoped, but it does well with the app launcher inside of Raven. The “Web App Shop” looks very much like the Mac App Store, but Raven just lacks apps at this time. Whenever a website is updated with more content, a little blue light appears next to the app’s icon.

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I tested many web apps, but the best news web app I tested was Daring Fireball. It was the most accurate in terms of knowing when there was new content, as was by far the easiest to use. One thing that disappointed me though, was that the Raven Web App version of Daring Fireball was no different then the regular website. I expected a bit more “desktop” like look, even though it was very different in the way it handled data.

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Whenever an animated ad changed frames, Raven would consider the web app “updated”. Hopefully, the Raven SDK will allow thongs like this not to happen in the future.

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A cool †hint is that on the sidebar, Raven allows for easier navigation of websites by using iOS-style toolbar icons. Also, Raven has full support for OS X Lion with fullscreen mode and (limited) gestures.

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While Raven is not ready to become my default web browser because of the lack of apps, it comes awfully close. Hopefully by mid-2012 Raven is complete, or Safari picks up the pace. Raven is available for free. I would rate it 4.0/5.0.

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Update: Raven now has many more apps, so I have upgraded the rating to 4.2/5.0. Keep up the good work.

Update 2: Raven is currently in review for the Mac App Store, said the company behind Raven.

Sorry!

Sorry, we lost power at our home right after my last post. I will update the site at some point today. Thank you for understanding.

Review: Kindle for Mac

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Kindle for Mac was updated today with many new improvements under OS X Lion, plus with fullscreen mode. The book library is much nicer than before as well. I used a sample of the “Steve Jobs” book to demonstrate how Kindle for Mac handles books.

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Unlike the Kindle (the device not the software), Kindle for Mac can have sepia and black tones for the book. The font can also get much larger. When turning a page of a book in Kindle for Mac, there is no animation or any indication that the page has been turned. This can cause for some problems, but even then it is easy so see that you have gone to far using the page numbers. The Kindle store has over one million books last I remember, so there is no lack of content for sure. Kindle for Mac also lacks gestures, something that is really odd for a book app.

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Kindle for Mac also has three dictionaries. Whenever a word is highlighted, the dictionary appears. This is very useful for those that don’t want to Google a word that they don’t know. You can also copy portions of books in the Kindle app, a great tool if you want to send a sample of a book to someone.

The Kindle app is available on the Mac App Store free of charge. I would rate it 4.8/5.0.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store

Review: iCursor

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iCursor is an utterly pointless application. It follows your mouse around, and sprays video effects everywhere. However, it can be fun - until you get annoyed.

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Above are all of the effects within the app. It is useless and annoying, but it will make you smile once. After that, I will leave the app to the trash. iCursor is available on the Mac App Store for free. I would rate it 3.0/5.0.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store

App of Note: Pixelmator 2

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I wish I could do a review on this app. But I can’t, thanks to my lack of skills. Anyway, if you don’t want to spend your life savings on Photoshop, this is by far a better option at $29.99. Version 2.0 of Pixelmator was just released this morning on the Mac App Store as well, and it had a lot more features. Also, Pixelmator is much faster than Photoshop, and it is the winner of an Apple Design Award for its design and innovation. It is available on the Mac App Store for $29.99.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store

Apple 2012: Software

2012 sounds far away, but it’s not. Apple will release some products that year more than likely, so I decided to come out with some ideas for them. And, I hope these become reality.

1. The Finder

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The Finder really hasn’t changed much since System 7. Sure, Apple has added some fancy eye candy since then, but there has not been much change in its look or in the way it manages files. Some developers have attempted to do this job on their own, but they have failed miserably (Raskin I’m talking about you). Other have done a slightly better job (like TotalFinder). I wish that the Finder would look sort of like iOS, and that it would be part of Launchpad.
You are probably confused by now, but I will try to explain it. First of all, when the user logs in they are usually created with the Desktop. What if instead the user is greeted with the Launchpad first (like iOS)? Then when the user clicks the Finder icon, a icon view of iOS icon-style folders appear. But who wants the Finder? iOS has proved we don’t need (or even want) it for our devices. It would be great if the Mac filed suit in 2012.

2. iStore
Currently, the Mac has two stores: the iTunes Store for media and iOS applications, and the Mac App Store for Mac applications. Switching between the two stores isn’t that pleasant I must say. Plus, it gets confusing for some people. What if these two stores became one easy-to-access app: iStore.
This would be an easy way to destroy the Finder as well. Did you just buy a song? That song has now been “synced” with all of your apps, including iTunes. And with iCloud, the same has happened across all of your devices. Also, iStore could sell other things as well: widgets and sound effects (like iOS 5 currently has). Now that would be cool.

3. Run iOS Apps, On the Mac
On the iOS App Store there is 600,000 apps and counting. Sadly, the Mac is nowhere near that number, at about 15,000 apps. However, the Mac could become a much more powerful platform if it could run iOS apps. Imagine running iBooks for iPad on the Mac in fullscreen mode. That, would be breathtaking. Plus, it could integrate with iStore, and work fully with the Mac’s file system.

4. Safari 6
Recently, someone at Macworld said that there isn’t much room for improvement in Safari. “Think different”. The web has become a boatload of many different websites, that do many different things. Plus, those website do not integrate with the Mac very well because they are in the cloud.
Remember iStore? What if it could handle web apps as well. Do you have an account at Macworld.com? Then get the Macworld web app. It could appear as an app in Launchpad for easy access. With Safari 6, each web app is converted to HTML5 if there is any Flash, and a portion of the web app could be kept offline for faster loading speeds.
Oh, and Adobe? Safari 6 will not support Flash. Welcome to 2012.

5. iAds
A feature Apple really needs to add into Xcode 5: the ability to add iAds to Mac and iOS apps without code. This could be the best feature Apple will add into Xcode in a long time. Also, Apple should setup a website that allows developers to list their apps, estimated impressions, size of the ads, and how much it would cost per month or per thousand impressions for advertisers. That way, advertisers can pick and choose what apps they want their ads to be in. Also, it could allow developers to make more money. Nice.

New App: TechNews

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Last week I released TechNews, my first iOS app to be released to the public. It’s description is below:

“Read the latest news about Apple, Microsoft, and software developers with TechNews! It includes news from very reliable sources, allows users to discuss content within the app via Socialize, and much more.

What is Socialize?
You can engage with TechNews' content on a deeper and more social level. Socialize gives you the power to:
- Like and comment on articles, blog posts, images, audio, and videos.
- Follow the activity stream of other users within the app.
- Create profiles to view what you and others are doing within the app.
- Post on Twitter and FaceBook about an article within TechNews.

To view all activity within the app, just slide a finger from the bottom of the screen, up.”


The app is available on the iOS App Store for free.



Review: Product Builder

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Very few have heard of Product Builder. This app is truly amazing, though. It allows apps not written with Xcode to go into the Mac App Store, and can also be a replacement to the command line app codesign. The app has not been updated since its release, but it hasn’t been necessary. I also know that it works, because that is how I released More Memory in the Mac App Store.

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It’s very simple to use. Export your app from whatever tool you are using, and save it somewhere on your Mac. Open Product Builder, and then drag your app into the Product Builder window. It code signs your app, and then saves a Mac App Store package onto the Desktop. You can use that package to upload your app to the Mac App Store.

This is a must-have for all Mac developers. It cost $4.99 on the Mac App Store. I would rate it 5.0/5.0. I rarely give that score out, so believe me: this app is truly amazing.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store

Steve Jobs Book Now Available

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The official Steve Jobs book is now available on the iBook Store, Kindle Store, and many others. Be sure to pickup your copy soon, before stores run out. This does not matter for the digital versions, of course.


I did want to share this from Doug Philips:

On the Death of Steve Jobs

The fifty-six-year life of Steve Jobs has ended. What is the message?
First, this was the full life of one of the greatest innovators and marketing giants since Edison. He was a man who understood that the computer revolution provided an unprecedented opportunity in history to shape culture. Over the last thirty years, American culture has been shaped by Hollywood, by music videos, by Madison Avenue, by the government schools, and by Steve Jobs. It is time for Christians to take inventory of these influences and consider our response.
Second, Jobs lived a type of aggressive life which thrived in controversy. This may be one reason why public opinion of this man unwisely tends to run from gushing idolatry to utter detestation. He showed us that businessmen could have the popularity of rock stars and the contempt of fallen politicians. My perspective on his life is different—appreciation, gratitude, disagreement, sadness. His life is a reminder that whether your name is Alexander the Great, Leonardo da Vinci, or Steve Jobs, in the end, your physical body becomes food for worms. More importantly, your eternal soul faces the same Judge that every human must stand before. This is just one reason why human idolatry is folly. We must never worship men (future worm food), but only the Lord. But it is also folly to be unduly disgusted with leaders like Steve Jobs, especially if such disgust shows a lack of appreciation for the fact that God used this man who was made in the imago dei to accomplish His providential purposes.
Third, Jobs reminds us that men of influence must be creative, have some understanding http://www.iqoption.net/fintech-affiliate of aesthetics, work hard, and take initiative. Jobs was a college drop-out whose calligraphy-inspired love of minimalist art would help to shape the aesthetic tastes of an entire generation, not through art, but technologies—Steve Jobs made computers elegant. He was the Wunderkind who took a financially devastated company called Apple and turned it and the business world upside-down using innovation, moxie, and creativity. He was the CEO of Pixar who gave the world some of the more memorable digital films in history. He was even once a twelve-year-old boy who demonstrated initiative by calling Mr. William Hewlett, President of Hewlett-Packard, to ask for help on a school science project. He not only got the help, but a job offer.
Fourth, Jobs gave us practical tools of dominion. That may not have been his purpose, but he did it nonetheless. For these tools I am thankful. Creating clever tools was the mark of his life. Consider that long before Jobs gave the world iPods and iMacs, he was the visionary who introduced the world to the mouse. This being said, the coming of Steve Jobs’ wonderful machines did not mean that the world would become wiser or full of more knowledge. Society may have unprecedented access to information, but this does not mean it has greater understanding. Only the fear of the Lord brings knowledge and wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; Psalm 111:10—there is a strong argument that we have become stupider and less wise because of our unprofitable use of these devices.) So while the world has changed greatly because of Apple and Jobs, we are not necessarily better off in any ultimate sense. It is righteousness and the very Spirit of God, not existence of technology, which ultimately prospers a people.
Fifth, when men take initiative, exercise diligence, and fight very, very hard, they are often rewarded with temporal success. Jobs did this. He was the beneficiary of what theologians describe as God’s common grace. Christian men can learn much, both about what to do, and what not to do, from the life of this focused, hard-working visionary.
Sixth, the death of Steve Jobs reminds us that to be wise we must understand the times—our technological times. We live in a world in which technology tends to master men, not the other way around. Furthermore, technology is so ubiquitous that it is nearly inescapable. That means we better become the masters of it. Ironically, Jobs may not have written his own epitaph or obituary, but he made the tools for disseminating them. The death of Steve Jobs may be the first time in history when it could be said that most people on earth learned about the demise of a leader on a device created by the leader himself. In fact, at this moment I am writing you on a computer that Steve Jobs designed, having just spoken to my wife on my iPhone 4, and having earlier today home educated one of my children with a teaching aid on an iPad which Jobs introduced to the world less than two years ago. His technological and marketing fingerprints have become ubiquitous.
Seventh, the life of Steve Jobs reminds us of one of the great fatherhood questions of our generation: Is it worth it to win the whole world, but lose the hearts of the children that God has given to us? Now to be fair, little is known of Mr. Jobs walk with his children except what he said himself. But during one of his only and final interviews on his private life, Jobs offered some insights into his personal absenteeism as a father. Walter Isaacson, Jobs’ authorized biographer, explained:
A few weeks ago, I visited Jobs for the last time in his Palo Alto, Calif., home. He had moved to a downstairs bedroom because he was too weak to go up and down stairs. He was curled up in some pain, but his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant. We talked about his childhood, and he gave me some pictures of his father and family to use in my biography. As a writer, I was used to being detached, but I was hit by a wave of sadness as I tried to say goodbye. In order to mask my emotion, I asked the one question that was still puzzling me: Why had he been so eager, during close to 50 interviews and conversations over the course of two years, to open up so much for a book when he was usually so private? “I wanted my kids to know me,” he said. “I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”
Jobs won the world, but he needed a writer to reach out to his children on his behalf.
Finally, there is no evidence of which I am aware from the public record of Steve Jobs that he knew Christ or biblically sought to honor God. I hope that I am wrong. But if I am not, then this means that while he accomplished much in his life, none of it matters for eternity as far as his own soul is concerned. Zero. In other words, it is possible to lead a very successful life and even to be a tool of mercy for others used in the hands of God, and yet none of your philanthropies or business accomplishments earn you one moment in Heaven.
The death of all men reminds us of the brevity of life, the lost condition of our souls, and the uselessness for earning eternal rewards through human accomplishments outside of Christ.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Only one life, ‘twill soon be past;
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

An Sample from the Book:
“I wasn’t that into fixing cars,” Jobs admitted. “But I was eager to hang out with my dad.” Even as he was growing more aware that he had been adopted, he was becoming more attached to his father. One day when he was about eight, he discovered a photograph of his father from his time in the Coast Guard. “He’s in the engine room, and he’s got his shirt off and looks like James Dean. It was one of those Oh wow moments for a kid. Wow, oooh, my parents were actually once very young and really good-looking.” Through cars, his father gave Steve his first exposure to electronics. “My dad did not have a deep understanding of electronics, but he’d encountered it a lot in automobiles and other things he would fix. He showed me the rudiments of electronics, and I got very interested in that.” Even more interesting were the trips to scavenge for parts. “Every weekend, there’d be a junkyard trip. We’d be looking for a generator, a carburetor, all sorts of components.” He remembered watching his father negotiate at the counter. “He was a good bargainer, because he knew better than the guys at the counter what the parts should cost.” This helped fulfill the pledge his parents made when he was adopted. “My college fund came from my dad paying $50 for a Ford Falcon or some other beat-up car that didn’t run, working on it for a few weeks, and selling it for $250—and not telling the IRS.”


MacBook Pros Updated

Apple’s MacBook Pros were updated to day with faster CPUs and GPUs for the 13” and 15” models. The 17” received a processor downgrade, an interesting move by Apple.

Short Review: Tunesque

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Tunesque is an Apple Store searching tool. This nifty little app lets people search the Mac App Store, iOS App Store, and the iTunes Store. For example, if I search “allen dunahoo” with this app, is pulls up everything by that person.

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This app can open at login, if the user wishes. It’s no wonder Apple featured this app on the Mac App Store, because Apple makes 30% of everything sold through this app.

I’m sorry that this was such a short review, but because this app doesn’t too all that much, there was very little to talk about. Anyway, Tunesque is available on the Mac App Store for free. I would rate it 3.6/5.0.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store

Review: AppDelete

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After the short review, today I will be doing a full review of AppDelete. I will be comparing AppDelete to four other applications: CleanApp, AppCleaner, iTrash, and AppZapper. However, I will be focusing on AppDelete the most, all of the other apps will have their review in turn.

I tested all of these apps in their skill in removing Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended. The results were quite interesting to see.

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Of all the apps I tested, AppZapper did not preform well, finding only 520MB worth of files. However, unlike most of the apps I tested, all of the files belonged to Adobe Photoshop. AppCleaner did a much better job, finding 544MB worth of files. All of those files belonged to Photoshop as well. AppClean did the exact same as AppCleaner, and in fact the interface is the same. That leads me to believe that AppClean or AppCleaner is ripping the other off. That is just speculation, however.

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CleanApp did the worst in terms of file detection, as it found over 30 files that had nothing to do with Photoshop. It found only 9.8KB worth of files that were part of Photoshop.

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iTrash was first in everything, beating even Adobe’s own uninstaller by removing the files that marked the computer as having already used the 30-day trial. Every single file was related to Adobe Photoshop as well, and iTrash removed about 1.4GB of files.

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Finally, we come to AppDelete. In my short review I noted that it was second to CleanApp when removing Firefox. This time, AppDelete beat CleanApp by a long shot, removing about 200MB worth of files. The results were like this: 1. iTrash, 2. AppClean/AppCleaner, 3. AppZapper, 4. AppDelete, and 4. CleanApp. My results varied for each app I removed, and in average iTrash came in first, with AppDelete in second. It should be noted that AppDelete is better than all of the other applications, because it can remove more than just apps.

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AppDelete can remove widgets, preference panes, and orphans as well as apps. Because of AppDelete’s features, I would say that AppDelete is the best app deletion tool available (if you want to read more about AppDelete’s features, please read the short review as well). A cool feature AppDelete has, is the ability for it to run in the background. When an app is dragged to the trash, AppDelete offers to remove the app’s related files. AppDelete is available on the Mac App Store for $3.99. I would rate it 4.6/5.0.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store

Review: Memory Scope

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Memory Scope is a well-made memory freeing application. However, is has many HUGE issues that need to be corrected. For one, it clears used memory, not inactive memory. This still speeds up the Mac, but not as much. One cool thing about it is that is leaves some information on the computer’s menu bar.

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Sadly, it is played with bugs. It shows the total RAM incorrectly, for one. I have 2GB of RAM on my Mac, yet it is showing a total of 1.7GB. However, Memory Scope does its job, and for that I can give the app credit for. It is free on the Mac App Store. I would rate it 4.1/5.0.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store

Tech Talk World Tour 2011

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In past years, Apple has held “Tech Talk World Tours” for developers, covering their latest version of iOS. Now that iOS 5 has been released into the wild, Apple has announced that the iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour will kick off on November 2nd in Germany and end in Austin, Texas on January 23rd. The conference described by Apple:

“We want to help iOS developers take their apps to the next level using the exciting new technologies in iOS 5. Our team of experts will visit nine cities around the world, covering advanced coding and design techniques that you can take advantage of in your apps. Since Tech Talks are highly technical, it’s important that you have experience programming with the iOS SDK and have an app actively in development or on the App Store.”

This year’s tour will take place in Seattle, New York, Austin, Texas, Berlin, London, Rome, Beijing, Seoul, and Sao Paulo.

Because it is free to go, this is a must-attend for iOS developers. Much cheaper than WWDC to say the least.

Developers register here: http://developer.apple.com/techtalk/.

FAQ for Developers:
What’s iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour 2011 all about?
We want to help iOS developers take their apps to the next level using the exciting new technologies in iOS 5. Our team of experts will visit nine cities around the world, covering advanced coding and design techniques that you can take advantage of in your apps. Since Tech Talks are highly technical, it’s important that you have experience programming with the iOS SDK and have an app actively in development or on the App Store.

How can I attend a Tech Talk?
All members of the iOS Developer Program are eligible to attend. However, space is limited and priority will be given to developers who have an app on the App Store. If your registration is approved, we’ll send you an email confirmation. We recommend that you hold off on making travel plans until you receive a confirmation.

How much does it cost?
There is no cost to attend a Tech Talk.

Which Apple ID should I register with?
Please use the Apple ID associated with your iOS Developer Program membership.

Can I bring a guest, sell my admission or transfer my admission to someone outside my company?
No. Each attendee must register and receive a confirmation in their name. Attendees must present a photo ID and their confirmation notice to enter a Tech Talk.

Can I cancel my registration?
Yes. Just contact us and we’ll take care of it.

Can I register for more than one city?
No. We want to give as many developers as possible the opportunity to attend a Tech Talk, so we encourage you to give it some thought and register for your preferred city. Please keep in mind that the agenda and content presented will be the same for each Tech Talk.

Once a Tech Talk is full, is there a chance more seats will open up?
Unfortunately, once a Tech Talk is full, we will stop accepting requests for that city. You can check this site to see if registration is open in another city.

Where can I find the agenda?
You can always refer back to this page, where you can also download the complete agenda as a PDF.

Is all content at Tech Talks considered confidential?
Most of the content presented at Tech Talks will be based on publicly available information. However, Apple may disclose information to you about pre-release Apple software and services. All information presented by Apple about such pre-release Apple software and services is considered Apple Confidential Information and is subject to the terms of your iOS Developer Program License Agreement and Registered Apple Developer Agreement. Unauthorized distribution or disclosure of Apple Confidential Information is prohibited.

May I photograph, video record or live blog these sessions?
No. Taking photographs, recording video and engaging in any form of live blogging during Tech Talk sessions is expressly prohibited.

Will Tech Talk presentations be translated?
We will translate presentations in a few select cities. While all presentations will be in English, they will be simultaneously translated to Chinese in Beijing, Korean in Seoul and Brazilian Portuguese in São Paolo.

What if I have other questions about Tech Talks?
Feel free to contact us. We're happy to help.

Update 2:
Schedule PDF: http://allendunahoo.com/Tech%20Talk%20Agenda.pdf

Update 3:
New York City is already full.

Update 4: Everyone is full. Better luck next year.

Best Apps of the Week

Our first place winner is…

AppViz 2!

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A great app for software developers, AppViz 2 allows for the downloading of reviews around the world, rankings, sales information, and much more. By far the best alternative to iTunes Connect. I would rate it 4.8/5.0.

Our second place winner is…

CyberDuck!

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Another best-of-it’s-kind app, CyberDuck is a great tool for online storage users and website managers. Plus it’s built-in ability to use Google as a free storage option totally wins us over. I would rate it 4.4/5.0.

iTunes, App Store and Mac App Store



Short Review: K9 Web Protection

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K9 Web Protection is bay far the best internet protection “app” out there. It does not slow down the user’s computer, and it is impossible to remove without knowing the password. It is very accurate, it filters all web searching sites like Google, and it is one of the few systems made for the Mac. I recommend this for any child and parent. I would rate it 4.9/5.0.

Short Review: AppDelete

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AppDelete is an app deletion tool for the Mac. It has a nice looking interface that looks very much like OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard’s QuickLook windows.

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By clicking the “Apps” button in AppDelete’s toolbar, AppDelete searches your Mac for applications. Once you check an app, you click on the “Search” button, and AppDelete will search your Mac for files that app has put all over your Mac.

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I tested AppDelete with Firefox, an app that puts files large everywhere. AppDelete in my testing, was second to finding all of Firefox’s files. First was CleanApp.

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Besides applications, AppDelete can also remove plugins, widgets, preference panes, and files related to applications that have already been deleted.

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Finally, AppDelete has a built-in log. This makes it easy to see what AppDelete deleted, and how much it deleted.

AppDelete is available on the Mac App Store for $3.99. I would rate it 4.6/5.0.

Update: Sorry for the error, this is a short review, not a full review. A full review is currently in the works.
Update 2: Updated the price information.

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Review: Mactracker

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Mactracker is an extremely useful application for Apple fans. It is most useful if you have a lot of Apple products, so you can inventory them. It lists every Apple product ever made after the Macintosh was released. It does not have Apple I, II, or III computers though. If you want to learn more about for Macs, read their specs, or even find out how much memory your Mac can support.

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Mactracker also lists products code names in a yellow bar above the product, something really cool to know.

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The product window includes the history of that product. Sadly, not all of the products have it, including recent Macs.

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Mactracker can scan your Macs product identifier, and it will detect what Mac you have. This is great for the less technology inclined, although people like that typically won’t download Mactracker.

Overall, this is a must-have app for Mac fans. Plus, it’s free on the Mac App Store. I would rate it 4.4/5.0.

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Review: Compartments

Today I am reviewing Compartments, a beautiful home inventory application.


Getting Started:
There is a feature called "Locations" that makes it very simple to locate your stuff. To start, the user has to create a location. I started by inventorying my office.

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The tools for adding items are very basic, but are very easy to use. It allows for notes, serial numbers, tags, make & models, and many more. Sadly, Compartments can't download images from amazon, or scan barcodes using a FaceTime/iSight camera.

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Adding pictures to your items is very simple, and does allow for use of a Mac's built-in camera. It also has basic Media Browser support via the Finder.

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The user can quickly choose what type of item their item is.

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The completed inventory items look very nice. It is also nice to see when a warranty expires.

Preferences:

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For those that live out of the United States, changing the currency can be very useful. Compartments supports four different currencies, including the euro.

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Although Compartments doesn't have built-in Time Machine support, it does allow for a backup location. Dropbox would be the best way to backup Compartments.

Movie Inventorying:

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Unfortunately, Compartments lacks basic iTunes support. There is no auto-fill information button from iTunes, so adding movie information is a pain. Also, when you attach a movie file to an inventory item, and then backup to Dropbox, Compartments will backup the entire movie file.

Searching & Finding Items:

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If you have a large inventory, finding items can be hard, even with Compartments' location feature. It has a very good search bar, but you can't filter items after you complete the search. Smart Collections are a easy way to save searches, and that is a very nice feature.

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Compartments has many keyboard shortcuts, a useful feature many developers leave out of their applications. Another bonus feature is the HUD window that lists all the keyboard shortcuts.

Printing The Completed Inventory:


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This is my favorite feature. After entering all of your items into Compartments, you can quickly create a "report" by clicking the reports button in the menubar. It will create a detailed report about all of your items, and then you can save the document or print it. It will also list the total value of all your items, something I mentioned when I choose Compartments as my "pick of the week".

Summary:

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Compartments is a wonderful inventory application, and is by far the best of its kind. It has room for improvement, but because of its outstanding features, it is a must-have application for anyone. I would rate it 4.5/5.0.

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KillFlash

I admit, there is a lot of great stuff that Flash has. Games, videos, etc. But I don't like it's speed, and that it nearly melts my computer. Steve Jobs hated it as well.

Soon PAD Software will be releasing KillFlash, a flash plugin killer. Once released on the Mac App Store, it will be free until December 25 in honor of the late Steve Jobs, the flash-hater. After that it will cost $0.99. Provided Apple approves it, that is.

Update: Apple didn’t approve it.

Short Review: DiskSpeedTest

DiskSpeedTest is a nifty little tool that not only test the speed of you hard drive (or SSD), but it let's you know what video formats your mac can convert with ease.

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I tested this app on a 13" MacBook Air with a SSD (and I found that the speed of my SSD had dropped 10% since last time I tested it). It did a very good job at what it does. I would rate it 4.1/5.0.

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App of Note: Facelet

A cool app, Facelet lets people view their FaceBook profile with much more ease, and a cleaner interface. Be sure to check it out on the Mac App Store if you have a FaceBook account and a Mac.

Cost: Free.

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5 Free Must-Have Utilities

The Unarchiver: Uncompress files that the Mac can't by default.
SiteSucker: Download entire website for offline viewing.
Clean: Clean up your desktop quickly.
Translucent Lite: Monitor your computer's CPU.
iMedia Browser: Have the easy-to-use Media Browser in any application.

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Review: ChatBot

ChatBot is a funny, entertaining application. It comes with one free "chatbot" called "Qwerty".


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The Interface:
The design of ChatBot is very basic, and looks more like an iOS app than a Mac app. Also (as seen in the screen shot above), the menu is slightly off. It is some-what awkward to type to the chatbots as well, because the entire bottom part of the window is where you type.

The Chatbots:
Qwerty, the only free chatbot, isn't very smart (and she requires an internet connection), but she is great time killer. Although she isn't as smart as she think she is, the chatbot does know some authors, and for some reason knows about "The Good Book". I think it is the Bible, but who knows? Sadly, as of this writing, buying the other chatbots (it cost $0.99) doesn't work. As a developer myself, I know it is Apple's fault, not the developers that this problem is happening, so I won't lower my rating because of this.

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The Icon:
ChatBot's icon is the oddest thing about the app. To me it looks like a kid's toy robot practicing yoga, but I could be wrong. The icon ChatBot had before, an icon that looked very much like Pixar's Eve from the movie WALL-E, looked much better.

This app isn't perfect, but it IS funny. However, because of the problems it has, I would rate it 3.5/5.0.

P.S. The review wasn't that long, because there wasn't that much to talk about Happy

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Short Review: QREncoder

Let's say you have a business card, and someone wants to email you. To do that, that someone has to manually type in your email address. That isn't any fun. Thanks to QREncoder, that is no longer the case.


All someone has to do is turn on their phone, and scan your QR code. Then they can type an email to you. However, it is very hard for people to create these codes. With QREncoder, this is really easy to do. Just enter in your email address (or something else), and click generate.

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This is a very useful app and easy to use. I would rate it 4.9/5.0.

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Best Apps of The Week

The app that got first place was...

Compartments! 
This is by far the best app of its kind. It sports the best-looking interface I have ever seen for any inventory app, and is fully OS X Lion compatible.

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Compartments running under Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

The company that makes Compartments, Littlefin, likes talking about its WarrantyGuard feature, but I think that its best feature is it's total value feature. After entering everything you own into Compartments, you can create a report document. It gives all sorts of handy information about your stuff, but best of all it give a complete value. If you like thinking about having a million dollars, but are nowhere near it, this can give you some comfort Happy I would rate it 4.7/5.0.

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The app that got second place was...

Quick Note! 
We have all heard about TextEdit, Evernote, and others, but very few have heard about Quick Note. It is a lovely application, and the only one I know that
looks like a note pad. No, it's not the online tool. It's the app on the Mac App Store.

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Give it a spin. I would rate it 4.1/5.0.

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