Will Apple Release iMessage Syncing to the Cloud Soon?

January 29, 2017

Syncing iMessages on iCloud across devices was announced during the WWDC last year and briefly made an appearance in the beta release iOS 11 but never made it to the shipping version. However, Apple has introduced it to beta testers in iOS 11.3.

Why is this important?

Currently, iMessages are not synced across multiple devices, meaning that although you see messages on all of your devices, they very likely are not in sync, or are out of order and spotty. By syncing messages to the Cloud, your messages will be saved to every device.

I for one am looking forward to iMessage syncing. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time looking on my various devices for a specific message. If the beta testing goes well, we can probably expect iMessage syncing to the Cloud in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 (or later).

Twitter Apps for iOS, the Apple Watch and MacOS

January 12, 2018

Apple Watch users noticed in September 2017, that Twitter had disappeared from the Apple iTunes App Store, no longer referencing it as compatible with the Apple Watch. In fact, the Twitter Watch application was removed in iOS version 7.8. In my opinion, the Twitter application for the Apple Watch was by far the best Twitter application for the Apple Watch. Although some applications may not be ideal for the Apple Watch, I feel that Twitter’s Apple Watch application was spot on, and for anyone using Twitter, would have been one of their core applications.

What are the alternatives?


Tweetbot by Tapbots for iOS and MacOS

Tweetbot for Twitter by Tapbots and Twitterrific for Twitter by The IconFactory (for iOS) are very strong 3rd party applications for mobile and the Mac, but being a user of both, I feel their Apple Watch applications are lacking, by comparison. Twitter's iOS application would allow adjustments to the types of notifications you wished to receive and would only push notifications to either your watch or iPhone based on which one you were using at the time.

 

Tweetbbot by Tapbots

Tweetbot for iOS and MacOS by Tapbots

Tweetbot for Apple Watch allows you to view your recent activity, reply to mentions, direct mentions and compose a tweet using force press.

Tweetbbot by Tapbots

Twitterrific for Twitter by The IconFactory for iOS

Twitterrific for Apple Watch allows you to view your most recent activity and reply to mentions, direct messages via dictation, receive notifications, follow new users, and favorite tweets.

Countable - Contact Congress and Vote on Bills

August 11, 2017

The Countable mobile app for iOS and Android platforms has been featured on the Today Show, The NYTimes, MSNBC, Politico and can be found in the iTunes and Google Play app stores.

Countable - Contact Congress and Vote on Bills

Todayís political world is rift with conflicting views about some of the most controversial issues including the affects of climate change on our environment, energy policies, the governmentís role in funding science initiatives, food safety, drug abuse, healthcare and education. Countable allows you to view upcoming bills, vote on them with one tap voting, and then see how your representatives vote on those issues. One reviewer said the following about Countable:

Countable excels in global awareness, critical thinking & problem solving, communication, social/cross-cultural skills, leadership & responsibility, and civic/information/media literacies. It is truly the most impressive app when considering just 21st century skills.

Some Countable features are as follows: