Wednesday Morning News

grovemadeopen-800x600Apple has called for developers to submit their apps for the Apple Watch. The general call comes weeks after Apple opened up WatchKit app submissions for specific developers a couple of weeks ago, and as Apple’s developer website says, April 24 will be the date we get the Apple Watch in our hands.

Apple’s latest hire is Mike Rockwell, formerly Dolby’s Vice President of its Advanced Technologies Group. 9to5Mac writes he’ll be working on audio and display tech at Apple, potentially even working on better speakers for products or even something like the iPhone or iPad.

We all know the App Store is unfathomably huge these days, but IDC and App Annie have predicted even bigger numbers in the future. Their latest report says App Store revenue will double by 2018, generating $20 billion of total revenue with developers getting a $14 billion cut. They’re also saying the trend of freemium apps will continue, for better or for worse.

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s editorial in the Washington Post says new pro-discrimination laws in some US states set a dangerous precedent. The new laws allow individuals to cite personal beliefs to refuse service to others. Cook says it goes against the very principles the US was founded upon, and has the potential to undo decades of progress.

Adonit has announced its new Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus, an updated model of the same thing that launched a couple of years back. The new version has a more slimline design, a longer-lasting battery, and better pen sensitivity and app integration. You can order the Evernote Jot Script 2 for US $75.99 via Adonit or Evernote now.

Over at MacStories, Federico Viticci summarises the changes in Todoist 10, saying the update addresses many of his complaints from his original review, and that even though he doesn’t use all the features of the app, there’s something to be said for a reliable task management app that integrates with other services.

Something I missed from yesterday was the launch of Adobe Comp CC for iPad, a conceptual design app. It works for whatever platform you’re building on, although the app only works on the iPad for now. You’ll need a Creative Cloud subscription to use the app, and it integrates with other Adobe apps like you might expect.

If a leather-bound iPhone wallet such as the Twelve South BookBook (as reviewed right here on AppleTalk) doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, what about a wooden one? Goovemade’s Maple and Leather iPhone case combines the two materials to create something a little more unique, and there’s even a matching wooden iPhone dock to go along with your wooden case.

Macworld tells us about the latest music streaming service, and although Tidal gives back to artists more than regular streaming services do (as well as offering high-fidelity audio streams), it needs more than those two unique selling points to justify its high price tag compared to Spotify et al.

March 31st was World Backup Today, and Apple World Today ran though a couple of online backup services. It’s worth noting CrashPlan is one of the only ones mentioned that has Australian servers, if that kind of thing is important to you. Then again, that may not be such a good thing in the age of mandatory data retention.

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