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LifeHacker interview article

Here’s an interesting LifeHacker interview article by Tessa Miller, in the “Behind the App” series, on the backstory behind the iOS app Drafts and it’s creator, Greg Pierce. If anyone uses Drafts, please post in the comments! I’m rather stuck to iA Writer myself, the interface and keyboard is so clean. But Drafts looks to have nice functionality and may have even better cursor control than iA Writer?

After launching in 2012, Drafts quickly became one of our favorite note taking apps. The brainchild of developer Greg Pierce, Drafts allows you to jot down ideas and either save them for later, or export them to your calendar, email, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, or Simplenote, among many others. You can also use Drafts to search any website’s archive, and pair it withIFTTT to do a bunch of cool stuff (like automatically email notes to you). We caught up with Greg to find out how Drafts came to be, and to get his advice for aspiring developers.

Click here to read the full article. And click here to check out the Drafts.app. Who uses drafts and what do you love/dislike about it?

Apple event round-up

iDownloadBlog has posted a nice round-up of the news from Apple from there 7 March Media Event. Here’s an abridged excerpt:

Apple introduced a new iPad which includes: a Retina display (watch Infinity Blade: Dungeons trailer, a beefed-up processor, Dictation (no Siri), An upgraded 5MP camera (check out these photos taken with the new iPad), 4G LTE capable (see 4G pricing), 10 hour battery life, 9 hours on LTEStarting at $499Available March 16.

Nice article on the “iOS-ification Of Apple’s Ecosystem”

The iOS-ification Of Apple’s Ecosystem, by Federico Viticci, from www.macstories.net
“… the iOS-ification goes far beyond simply converting graphics and updating apps from one platform to another. It is actually more a conversion of the entire Apple ecosystem to an iOS-inspired system of graphical elements, user interactions, business models, user experience paradigms, and functionalities. The iOS-ification isn’t simply visual, it’s a fundamental shift of strategy that, ultimately, I believe begins and ends with iCloud — something that I have discussed before.”

NYT: AT&T Eliminates the Unlimited Data Plan

AT&T announced Wednesday that it would start offering metered data plans for mobile device users rather than a $30 all-you-can-use monthly plan.

For people who use less than 200 megabytes of data a month, the price of the new plan is effectively cut in half.

The latest announcement could signal the beginning of a new arms race between mobile phone carriers. In the past, carriers tried to woo customers by offering mobile packages that were gauged by the number of voice minutes available each month.

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