If you want a bigger iPhone, stretch your hand

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My subscription to the Sidebar newsletter made emerge from lots of news this article by Dmitry Kovalenko  over  the pages of Medium. Over his long and detailed post

The Big Reason Why iOS8 Sucks

Dmitry explained how the latest iOS release from Apple didn’t evolve in terms of usability and design paradigms to pair the effectiveness of the bigger screen size and the way our hand works. Only in the last months developers are taking chance to move things around, but there are still too many compromises and better solutions are needed.

Do a favour to yourself, and read his article…

Transloader, download a file on your Mac while working with your iPhone / iPad

Transloader running on a Mac

Ever come across a large zip or dmg file you wanted to download on your iPhone? Of course, you can’t do it. But with Transloader, you can. How? Transloader lets you download URLs from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch directly to your Mac via iCloud.

Today, thanks to TwoDollarsTuesday, this amazing app by Matthias Gansrigler – founder & main developer of Eternal Storms Software – has been available with a stunning -67% discounted price.

With Transloader you can get the URLs to any kind of file you discover while reading an email, a feed or a post while you’re on the move with your iPhone (or iPad and iPod touch too) and it will sync them to your Mac for download. The iOS app is freely available, while the OS X “client” is the application you pay for.

The app is extremely useful – to me at least!!! – and Matthias Gansrigler is that cool kind of developer always willing to give an hand, offer support and – amazingly – even promo codes to his most loyal followers (don’t you believe me? check him out!).

MacJREInstaller and Oracle’s Java install application

Originally posted on Der Flounder:

Part of Oracle’s new install application for Java is a binary named MacJREInstaller. This application appears to be what installs Java and governs whether or not the Ask.com toolbar gets deployed.

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For context, MacJREInstaller appears to be the helper tool referenced when the Java install application prompts for admin privileges.

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Based on observation, when running the Java install application, MacJREInstaller appears to run the following tasks:

1. Checks to see if it can contact the internet

2. If it can contact the internet, checks back with Oracle to see what country it’s in. Oracle apparently is selective about which nations it wants to have the Ask.com browser settings and toolbar installed (thanks to a Canadian colleague’s testing, it appears Canada is not one of the nations.)

3. If it determines the Mac in question is in a country where Oracle wants to deploy the Ask.com browser settings and toolbar…

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enters Macintosh.fm

Via @saddington I’ve discovered the birth of a new Apple-related podcast. I’m not really into them, since I don’t have any free time to listen speeches… and during my daily 45 minutes car driving commute between work/home I need music to relax from the stress of uneducated italian drivers.

What hit me is the look & feel of the website. Which isn’t new at all, but I dig it anyway…

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a minimalistic status bar for Safari

Minimal Status Bar (a Safari extension) →

If you’re OK with Apple’s Safari, but envy the minimalism of Google Chrome’s status bar, well… there’s an app for that! Visnu Pitiyanuvath with the help of some collaborator has published in the linked GiHub page an extension for the OS X default browser that looks like in the screenshot and does nothing else.…

Once you decide to install the extension, remember to deactivate / hide – if you have it enabled – the default Safari status bar.

Moreover, if you’re in the search for a more powerful and complete Status Bar for Safari, please be sure to give an eye to the full featured Ultimate Status Bar. as Visnu himself points out!

Instastack, an OS X client for Instagram

Instastack is “The most elegant way to browse Instagram on the Mac” according to its authors.

Instastack

Thanks to the AppShopper.com notification, I’ve learned that this 4.99$ app is available for free in these hours on the Mac AppStore, and I’ve decided to give it a try. Once downloaded it asks you for your Instagram account, and then shows you all the photos on the network in every way made possible by their API. Loved ones, most favorites, search by tag or user. All works intuitively … as the interface is clear and mimics the UI of some more famous apps like the official Twitter client, or the Wedge App.Net client.

In some ways it remembered me of the Flow iOS iPad app for Instagram which, and the original Instagram app itself, has a big advantage in terms of user experience. Differently from Instastack, the former uses all the space available on your monitor, letting the user immerse himself in photos.

This is probably the biggest miss in the app I’ve found. But it’s probably more a philosophical one than an actual one, since the ultimate goal of this app is to keep a quick eye on your network without having to reach your smartphone (probably not appropriate or educate when you’re at work or with other people talking around).

Astropad, getting a graphic tablet out of your iPad

Released last week, ASTROPAD is one of the most interesting software released in the Apple ecosystem in these last few months.

Pairing a free app on the iOS device, with it’s counterpart on OS X, it enables a two way communications between the video of your Mac and the input capabilities of the touch display of the iPad, becoming de-facto a graphic tablet (like a Wacom).

At download time you have a 7 days, full featured, trial period. Then you’ll have to pay ~50$ for it. From the fist test I’ve done with some friends the app behaves better with tools like Photoshop, Pixelmator and such… other than some CAD, where it misses some keyboard integrations.

The developers are really active and interacts with their customers (potential ones too), so be sure to follow @astropadapp also on Twitter…