Apps

How to turn your Mac into an audio DVR

I listen to a fair amount of "live" audio on my Mac in the form of Beats Music, streaming radio, or roller derby play-by-plays. It's easy enough to replay a song if I've missed it on Beats, but not so much when it comes to actual live audio. So I was thrilled to discover Audio Hijack 3's new "Time Shift" feature, which lets you pause, rewind, and fast forward through live audio.

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Snapchat Discover is like Snapchat Stories, but for publications

Snapchat is launching a new Discover feature that is, in essence, Snapchat Stories but for online video and photo publications. Snapchat Discover brings together photos and videos from a variety of external sources, as well as Snapchat's own internal content.

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Apple TV adds 120 Sports to its channel lineup

The Apple TV has received a new sports channel today, 120 Sports. The channel provides on-demand video from a number of professional sports leagues, including the NBA, MLB, and NFL. Videos let you catch up on the latest sports news and watch highlights of recent games.

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Alfred Remote puts control of your Mac on your iPhone or iPad

Alfred, a powerful app that helps you easily control your Mac, now has a companion app for iPhone and iPad, Alfred Remote. Alfred can launch apps, perform system actions, do a web search and more, right from a simple text box, and now with Remote you can perform those actions with a tap, controlling your Mac with your iOS device.

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Hey Instagram, can we talk about your still-missing iPad app?

I've been using Instagram for a long time. I almost always post my photos to Instagram and then share from there to Facebook and Twitter. I use it enough that I've become somewhat inured to its common limitations — its rough edges and brick walls — most people run into every day. Hearing John Gruber discuss them with Ben Thompson on The Talk Show this week, however, made them all front-of-mind for me again. As such, here are five frustrations I currently have that I'd like to see Instagram tackle this year.

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Pandora Radio redesign is crisp, clean, and flat

Nothing's thoroughly changed about the Pandora service, but the app itself has had a thorough revamp. Now sporting a stark white/gray/blue color scheme that's much more in line with the new interface style introduced with iOS 7, Pandora Radio 5.7 also sports a few new features that make things a bit easier when it comes to building your own streaming radio station.

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Tweetbot for Mac returns to the Mac App Store

Yesterday Tweetbot for Mac experienced authentication issues with Twitter and was temporarily pulled from the Mac App Store until those issues could be resolved. Well, they've been resolved and Tweetbot is now back for the Mac. It might take a while to propagate through the servers, but if you haven't grabbed it already, you'll soon be able to do so through the usual link.

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Microsoft OneNote for Mac — is it an Evernote contender?

OneNote is Microsoft's answer to Evernote and other note-taking software. It's available for iOS and OS X (along with Android and Windows Phone), but I'm going to focus my attention on the Mac version. Is it a viable alternative to Evernote? Let's take a look.

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Best podcast apps for iPhone

What's your preferred podcast player for iPhone?

Apple's built-in Podcasts app covers all the basics. Audio and video, download and streaming, discovery and subscription. It also syncs with iTunes on Mac and Windows. So, if you're just getting into podcasts, it's a great app to get into them with. If and when you're ready for something else — or something more — there are several great options available on the App Store. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, so consider them all, try the ones you find interesting, and pick the best iPhone app for you!

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1Password apps for Mac, iPhone and iPad receive major updates

Password manager 1Password has been updated, for the Mac as well as the iPhone and iPad. The iOS update focuses on making 1Password more powerful with tools like a new login creator and one-time passwords, while 1Password for Mac receives a lot of important updates to syncing, as well as other additions.

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