Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn





Indie App Developers Have It Rough: So What?


Indie app developer Jared Sinclair released an RSS reader for iOS in January, 2014, and he recently wrote about his travails and the lack of income from the app. This article has been taken by many to show that the life of an indie app developer is rough. So what? All due respect to Mr. […]

Get the Right Grocery App to Make Your Shopping Smoother


In my latest TechHive article, I look at grocery apps that can save you time shopping. From basic list managers to more sophisticated recipe managers, I cover the gamut of the types of apps available for iOS, and even for Android (as well as for the web, and for Mac, for some of them). If […]

App Review: Overcast, a New Podcast Player for iOS


As a podcaster, and a podcast listener, it’s important that I have an easy-to-use app for managing, downloading and listening to podcasts. iTunes used to work for me, but with the changes that Apple made to iTunes 11, and the quirky Podcasts app for iOS, I’ve pretty much given up on using that solution. The […]

The Committed Podcast Discusses Favorite Apps


On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Rob is back from his three-week vacation, and Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I discuss the Facebook mind experiment, Photos vs. Aperture, Google vs. privacy, and we do a round-robin of some of our favorite apps. We focus on apps that the others are not likely to […]

iOS Apps to Discover Great Literature


Back in the early days of personal computing, the promise of interactive, multimedia, hypertext books was exciting, notably with Voyager’s Expanded Books. But in those days, the limits of technology prevented those “books” from gaining a foothold. You could have links and unlimited text content, but the size of videos was just slightly larger than […]

Why Can’t RSS Readers Do This?


I use an RSS reader – currently ReadKit on my Mac – to follow the news. While I depend on it less and less, getting more news from Twitter feeds, it still covers some areas that I don’t want in my Twitter client. I also use Flipboard on iOS, which, while not an RSS reader, […]

Review of Ulysses III: Markdown Editor and Document Manager


In my latest Macworld review, I look at Ulysses III: Document writing and management in one. Ulysses III is a Markdown editor which also manages documents; or “sheets” as they’re called in the app. If you’re looking for a tool to manage texts, and to write either in plain text or Markdown, you should read […]

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