NotePlan Calendar + Markdown + Notes Comes to iOS

When I first heard about NotePlan, I was intrigued. It was a Mac app that used a text format (Markdown) as a calendar-based system, a note for each day, allowing you to easily create tasks and take notes, then see it all in an organized calendar. NotePlan for iOS was released today, and it's enough to sell me on the idea.

I have a lot of side projects (I suppose my whole life is side projects these days), and organizing todo lists is vital. I love using the TaskPaper format, with TaskPaper on Mac and Taskmator on iOS, to track action items for individual projects. I also have a calendar, and a bucket of notes. Combining all of this in one place is appealing to me, and being able to use it on both Mac and iOS makes it truly useful.

In NotePlan, tasks are created as Markdown lists.

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Crunch Report | Everything WWDC 2017

Apple releases iOS 11 High Sierra, the iMac gets a hefty update and a pro model, new hardware — the HomePod speaker, Apple updates the iPad Pro, we get some new laptop specs and TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino joins us to tell us his thoughts on everything. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Apple Updates iPad Pro Lineup with New 10.5″ and 12.9″ Models

Today at its WWDC Keynote event in San Jose, California, Apple announced two refreshed models in their iPad Pro lineup. While both new iPads sport the same set of hardware and design improvements, the most significant change is unique to the smaller iPad Pro model. The original line included a 12.9-inch and a 9.7-inch model, but today the 9.7-inch has been replaced by a larger 10.5-inch iPad. This change could mark the beginning of the end for the 9.7-inch screen size — a size which has remained constant in the iPad line since the introduction of the original iPad back in 2010.

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Apple’s Latest iPad Pro Videos Highlight Note Taking and Decluttering

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Apple released two more short ads on YouTube highlighting features of the iPad Pro. The first, called ‘take better notes’ starts, like similar recent videos, with a tweet: ‘My math notes are a mess since I’m half asleep.’ In response, the narrator explains ‘You know, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil have revolutionized the way we take notes.’ The camera cuts to someone taking notes in Notability, the note-taking app that Federico highlighted in the iPad Diaries this week. The spot concludes with the narrator pointing out that even if you fall asleep, you’re covered if you use Notability’s audio recording feature.
The second video is called ‘need less stuff,’ which emphasizes the ways the iPad Pro can cut down on clutter in your life. In response to a ‘There are way too many things on my desk’ tweet, the narrator explains that an iPad Pro can replace Continue reading "Apple’s Latest iPad Pro Videos Highlight Note Taking and Decluttering"

Logitech Introduces iPad Pro Smart Connector Charging Dock

Logitech have today introduced a new charging dock for the iPad Pro. The Logi Base is rather unique in that it uses the iPad Pro's Smart Connector to charge the device. To date, the Smart Connector has only been used by Apple's Smart Keyboard and Logitech's keyboard case. The minimalist looking dock will work with both the 9.7" and 12.9" iPad Pro, with magnets on the Logi Base helping guide the iPad Pro into the correct position for charging via the Smart Connector. Using the 12W power adapter and no apps running, Logitech advises that it will take 7 hours to charge the iPad Pro. The stand places the iPad Pro at a 70-degree viewing angle, and it is compatible with the iPad Pro Silicone cases from Apple. The Logi Base is available to order from today for $99 from Logitech's website. If you're looking for more information, Continue reading "Logitech Introduces iPad Pro Smart Connector Charging Dock"

Apple’s News app is disabled in China

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The News app in iOS 9 is officially available only in the US, but you can still access stories when you're traveling abroad... unless you're visiting China, that is. A New York Times source understands that Apple has completely disabled News access in China, preventing you from reading anything new even if you're using one of the country's few uncensored connections on a US device. Apple hasn't commented on why it's switching things off, but the theory is that it would rather turn off News access altogether than deal with the many hassles of censoring individual sources and articles. Source: New York Times

iPad Pro: Our Complete Overview

Today during Apple's September 9th Special Event Keynote, Apple officially unveiled the widely rumored iPad Pro. Apple's new iPad features a huge 12.9-inch Retina display, their new A9X chip, a four-speaker architecture, an 8 MP iSight Camera, support for the also-announced Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, and much more. To quote Tim Cook, it's "the biggest news in iPad since iPad."

The Display

Of course the most obvious feature of the iPad Pro is that incredible 12.9-inch Retina display. The display clocks in at 2732-by-2048 pixels, a resolution of 264 pixels per inch. That's about 5.6 million pixels, even more than the 15-inch MacBook Pro's Retina display, and an incredible 78% larger than the iPad Air 2's display. The resolution of this display was strategically chosen so that the width of the iPad Pro has the same number of pixels as there are in the
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Hands-on with Apple News: Will it kill Flipboard?

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The first iOS 9 public beta was released on Thursday. We've been testing iOS 9 on a variety of devices but have been spending a lot of time with it on an iPad Air 2. That's partially to try out the new split-screen multitasking mode in iOS 9 for iPad — and it's also to check out the new Apple News app. The News app is available on iPhone and iPad, but like Flipboard, it really shines on the tablet. As with OS X El Capitan, Apple is treating iOS 9 more as a way to make the existing OS better. That's not to say that there aren't new features — there are — but the big news with iOS 9 is that it will improve battery life, have beter multi-tasking Continue reading "Hands-on with Apple News: Will it kill Flipboard?"

Apple News app brings ‘beautiful’ personalized content to iOS

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Today at WWDC Apple announced a Flipboard-like news curator called, wait for it, Apple News. Like Facebook's Instant Articles push, it includes articles specifically built for the app , but can also pull in content from elsewhere on the internet. The New York Times will push 30 free articles through the app every day, while other partners like ESPN will bring videoclips and infographics. %Gallery-slideshow295367% Filed under: , , Comments