When iOS 7 was first introduced, the buzzword heard most often around the water cooler was “Flat design.” Apparently, someone decided that iOS 7 had certain design aesthetics that made it look more flat than iOS 6, and therefore, that was the way people should start designing their apps.

Thing is, iOS 7 isn’t flat, per se. In fact, it’s quite layered and nuanced, and those that talk about it being flat are just being lazy writers and repopping what other tech luminaries said from the start. How so? Well let’s get into it. (more…)

There are two types of chefs in this world: TV chefs and those who actually work the line, sweating over the salamander and carefully plating works of art for your eight course tasting menu. This means there are also two types of foodies in this world: those who watch Food Network and those who watch Top Chef. The Top Chef foodies hate to be called foodies, thrive on knowing the best place to get ramen at midnight and save a week’s wages to make the pilgrimage to mecca restaurants like The French Laundry.

Do you live to be on top of the latest food innovations before they become trends? Do you keep a bucket list of restaurants to experience before you die? Do you put your money where your mouth is and actually seek out hole in the wall eateries, waiting in line at places that don’t take reservations? If the answer is yes then meet your new best friend, Chefs Feed, the app that lets you follow your favorite chefs across the world and see where they love to eat.

Don’t waste any more time missing out on the hidden gems you’re favorite chefs frequent, keep reading to learn more about this app for serious food lovers.

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Let’s face it: there’s a lot of content out there, but so little time to read it. In response, popular services such as Instapaper and Pocket have emerged and make keeping track of these articles a much easier process. But along with not forgetting what you want to read, ReadQuick is hoping to help you actually consume that content more rapidly by flashing it across your iPhone’s screen one word at a time.

Can this seemingly simple method shrink your reading list and increase the speed at which you read? Find out more after the jump. (more…)

Every day, before I go to bed, I grab a pen and my Moleskine journal and take some notes on what I need to do the next day. Usually I’m just writing down some of the things that are in my Reminders list, but it helps me manage my world a little more easily. I could just track it digitally with Reminders — and I do — but I like my day to be fluid, and something about planning it just one day in advance helps with that.

That’s why I was really excited when Kyle Rosenbluth told me about his new todo list for iOS 7, Begin. Begin is meant to be a todo list for today, not longterm planning — just like my Moleskine. Kyle’s also the guy behind Horizon, my favourite iPhone calendar app. And I couldn’t wait to dig in to his new creation. Read on for my thoughts on Begin. (more…)

Developing iOS apps is a very challenging process but one area that takes up more time than anything else is its design. It doesn’t matter what your app can do — if it’s poorly designed then people just won’t use it.

POP‘s aim is to make the early stages of testing an app’s design as effortless as possible by making use of the most fundamental part of process — your sketches.

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Where do we even start this week?

In the wake of the new iPhones hitting the market, we’ve seen an incredible wave of new games hitting the App Store—as expected— so let’s not waste any time taking a look at what’s new!

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iOS 7’s bold new design convention gave many developers the chance to completely reinvent their apps, free from the shackles the previous constraints of iOS’ stylings. Vemedio seized this opportunity and have recently released Instacast 4, the latest update to their flagship podcast app, which has been completely redesigned with a new look and feel, as well as looking to the future of iOS by making iOS 7 a requirement.

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In July 2008, when Marco Arment submitted Instapaper to the fledgling App Store, there was no preconceived blueprint of how a “read it later” service should look and behave. In fact, outside of Apple’s guidelines, there was no notion of how any app ought to do so — iPhone OS was truly open season for developers. Where others found instant competition, Marco had the enviable opportunity to define an entire genre of app himself. 5 years later, his trailblazing app is now helmed by Betaworks, and yet, time seems to be repeating itself.

Betaworks’ acquisition of Instapaper came with just a hint of serendipity, occurring just over a month before the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC. With that, the single most drastic architectural overhaul of iOS was thrust upon developers, and just like 2008, Instapaper was handed a clean slate to work with. However, with competitors abound and a dedicated user base to consider, any missteps could prove costly. With an array of new abilities available for use, is Instapaper version 5 a chapter of consolidation or a bold invention?

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Let me get this out of the way: iOS 7 is great. I love it. But it’s not perfect. There’s a million fantastic improvements, but there’s also a few things that Apple still hasn’t gotten around to improving. I’m not talking about design problems (although there are a couple of those), but rather about some of the little quirks that still drive me crazy.

With that in mind, this is my attempt to keep a small log of the things that really bother me. Consider this is a wish list of tiny things I wish Apple would get around to in iOS 7.1.

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As an fan of Apple, I’m sometimes bestowed the label of “fanboy” by some individuals. I often find these incidents to be humorous, as most of the individuals bestowing me the title could in fact be labeled fanboys as well — but for another tech company. I have zero qualms being called an Apple fanboy, as I’m proud to support a company that creates stellar software and hardware. Likewise, I’ve often touted my love for Pocket Casts over all other podcast apps, and could very well be branded a Pockets Casts fanboy.

Since my initial review of Pocket Casts way back in August 2011, I’ve continued to utilize it for all my podcasting needs. When Pocket Casts 4 was initially released for Android over iOS, I was disappointed. When the new app was delayed after the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC, I was disappointed even more so. With the arrival of iOS 7, Pocket Casts 4 has finally found its way to my iPhone. The question is, was it worth the wait? (more…)

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