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When trade types instruct their marketing team to “go the extra mile”, they’re usually figuratively referring to a lateral mile – not a 2-mile vertical freefall. but in HTC’s case, the latter is more appropriate: to demonstrate the fidelity and speed of the 8-megapixel f/2. 0 camera on the HTC One X (which we noted ourselves in the review ), they manage a skydiving trend shoot, complete with photographer, brand and lighting fixtures crew.
We’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on with the iMore for iPhone app, but it looks like there’s a bug that prevents the news feed – and strangely, only the news feed – from loading for some users, some of the time. It’s a nasty bug, and we’re still trying to figure it out, but in the meantime, here’s how to get around it:
If you’re new to iMore, or new to social networking, you may not be aware that you can follow the site and the writers on Google+. We’re talking social all week this week on Talk Mobile and so we’re also showing you how you can get your daily dose of iMore across the different social platforms. So, if you’re on Google+, check out the links below to follow the iMore team!
Today’s Talk Mobile was all about helping developers better market their apps. Media outlets like iMore are an important part of that marketing, yet like any resource, we have our limits. We get dozens of app submissions a day and sometimes hundreds a week, but we only have time to cover a handful. And as much as we love developers and apps, we love our readers even more, and take our responsibility to them incredibly seriously. We’re only ever going to offer them the very best apps and games we can find. To put it bluntly, if something looks or works like crap, we’re not going anywhere near it.
So, if you’re a developer and you’ve made an amazing app or game, what’s the best way to ensure it gets featured on iMore? There’s no absolute answer to that question — it’s a classic chaos equation — but there’s a lot of things that can help, and a few that can hinder:
Things that make our lives — and covering your apps — easier
Do direct your app submission to the appropriate email address. If you flood our inboxes with multiple emails to multiple people, it’ll be harder for us to find it, and figure out who’s looking at what. Here are your go-tos: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do send personal notes. If it’s not written by a human, it’s not reasonable to expect it to be read by a human. Over time we come to know and trust you, and that can’t happen with robots.
Do keep it short. 1 to 2 paragraphs about why your app is awesome will always be read. Multiple paragraphs or pages of text are almost impenetrable. What kind of app is it, what does it do, and why’s that super compelling for our readers — that’s all you ever have to tell us.
Do include pre-release options, when available. If it’s a major app release, or a complicated app, we appreciate TestFlight or Hockey builds so we can do a good job, rather than a rushed one.
Do include an App Store link, post-release. If we can’t find your app, we can’t cover it.
Do include a link to a YouTube video, if you have one. Yes, we know the cool kids prefer Vimeo, but YouTube is the second biggest search engine in the world. (Would you refuse to list your website on Google and keep it exclusive to Bing?)
Do follow our writers on Twitter and App.net, and don’t hesitate to message us there. The character limit means it’s easy to get into quick back and forth discussions, and you can more easily find out which of us is into what kinds of apps, and target us more specifically. Again, be human.
Things that make our lives — and covering your apps — harder
Don’t send us pages of text, .PDF or .DOC attachments, or canned press releases. We have to filter somehow, and that’s a great sign there’s no one who cares about the app or game behind it.
Don’t contact us the day of release and expect coverage that day. It didn’t take you an hour to make your app, it won’t take us an hour to cover it. We actually try out the stuff we cover, and we appreciate the time to do it right.
Don’t send us to Facebook pages, web sites, or anything other than your App Store page. Those are great for reaching potential customers and fans. We need a direct way to find your app so we can help you reach more potential customers.
Don’t offer to write your review for us, or pay for us to do a review. We’ll cut off any and all communications at that point. Integrity matters a great deal to us.
Don’t be a dick. We’ll cover your apps regardless because we’re professionals, but we appreciate dealing with professionals as well.
Our ultimate goal here at iMore is to delight and serve our readers. That means finding them the best apps and games possible. If that app or game is yours, we want to know all about it so we can tell our readers all about it. Help us help you help them.
(And if any of this comes off as obnoxious, that’s absolutely not the intent. It’s simply the best way we’ve come up with to date to deal with the incredible amounts of app submissions we get on a daily basis, and balance it with the best interests of our readers. Wow them, and you’ll have our attention, support, and gratitude.)
Small but awesome update to our very own iMore for iPhone app today — Mobile Nations passport integration. Existing readers can still login with their iMore accounts, of course, but readers from other Mobile Nations sites can also login with Android Central, CrackBerry, and Windows Phone Central accounts, and brand new readers can now login with Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google accounts as well.
And this is just the beginning! Instead of waiting and doing major version updates like last time, we’re now going to be doing a bunch of smaller updates. That means that not only will we be getting you all the new features you’ve been clamoring for, but we’ll be getting them to you faster than ever!
Other than that, it’s still your go-to iPhone app for all things iMore, including news, apps, how-to, podcasts, and more! Still free too, of course. Grab it now!
Most of what we do here at iMore is write. We put words up onto the internet, and millions of them a year. Managing what we write, however, across Mac, iPad, and iPhone, from idea to draft to final, can often be more complicated than we like, involving different sync solutions and different apps, not to mention our web-based content management system. Each of us has our own workflows, and our own toolkits to accomplish them.
Here’s what we’re using to write, right now…
Leanna Lofte, app and photography editor
I’ve had enough painful experiences losing work to learn that I need to write “offline” instead of directly in Drupal 7, the content management framework we use for iMore. My text editor of choice, right now, is iA Writer. It offers a clean, distraction-free environment that makes it easy for me to focus on my work. 90% of my writing is done on my iMac, 5% on my Macbook Air, and the other 5% on my iPhone and iPad. iA Writer uses iCloud to keep everything in sync making it easy to jump between devices. I’m also a fan of Byword, but since it doesn’t automatically chose iCloud as the place to save, I’ve opted to use iA Writer — there has been too many times I couldn’t access something I needed on a device when I wasn’t home.
One time, I actually used Siri to dictate an entire article while driving to work. It was a time-sensitive piece that I didn’t quite have time to finish before leaving, so I grabbed my Macbook Air, dictated on my way, then hopped onto my laptop to paste and publish in the few minutes I had before class started.
Chris Parsons, editor-at-large
I don’t really do any writing on my iOS devices. I do however; rely on Evernote for noting things I may need to remember later on and ideas that I come up with for articles. It all syncs up perfectly so when it comes time to refer to those notes and ideas, they’re all on my Mac through the Evernote app or through the web login.
When it comes to getting down to business though, I’m really bad at concentrating and getting the task done some days. So, to help with that I cut my internet off and hop into WriteRoom. It’s a pretty basic offering compared to a lot of other apps out there but it works for me, especially with the black theme.
Since it’s just a blank, black page, you either write or go insane from boredom.
Peter Cohen, managing editor
I have tried, and failed, to use my iPad for writing ever since I bought it. Maybe if I had an external keyboard it would be different, but trying to write anything longer than a quick e-mail or a tweet using the on-screen keyboard is difficult for me. So I do almost all my writing on my Macs – a Mac Pro, MacBook Pro with Retina Display, or MacBook Air, depending on where I am.
I’ve written for the Web for almost two decades now, and I’ve used BBEdit for almost that long. No other text editor comes close for me when it comes to the flexibility and power I’m looking for to edit and transform text. At this point I’m pretty hard-wired to need BBEdit to be productive. I admit that I’m only using a small percentage of BBEdit’s capabilities, but it’s so finely customized for my workflow, I can’t imagine using anything else.
I also appreciate that Bare Bones makes available TextWrangler, a free text editor that uses the same core technology as BBEdit. It makes it easier for folks who don’t have the coin to buy BBEdit to use some of the same features. And it’s a clever gateway drug to BBEdit, to boot.
Richard Devine, senior editor
If I need to just note down some ideas quickly, the stock Notes app on the iPhone or iPad is the go to choice. It syncs back to my Mac so my thoughts are there when I get back to the computer and start to get down to work.
In terms of the actual writing, I’ve been a fan of iA Writer for some time now. It’s a basic text editor with iCloud sync, so like with Notes, all of my stuff is on all of my devices all of the time. I love the simplicity of iA Writer — it’s just text, no toolbars. I’m also a big fan of the focus mode that will highlight only the sentence you’re working on and fading out the rest of your text. Really helps me to concentrate.
From there it’s into iMore, add all the Markdown links and off to the Internet!
Ally Kazmucha, how-to editor
I do a good majority of my writing on my iMac. It’s very seldom I actually write within an actual content management system such as WordPress or Drupal. There’s just been too much heartache when it comes to saving work and getting errors. It’s never fun to lose things.
My weapon of choice is Byword. It uses iCloud to keep your documents in sync across all devices and has apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. While I spend most of my time writing on my iMac, there are times I want to get out of the house or the office and write at Starbucks or another local coffee shop. Instead of lugging around my MacBook Pro, I simply take my iPad and a keyboard case. Then when I get home, I just copy and paste everything where it needs to be and embed images. Since Byword supports markdown, I’ve already gotten all my links done ahead of time.
While Byword may not be the most powerful solution around, it does all I need it to do and it’s a great option for students writing papers, editors, or anyone else that wants the flexibility of writing from multiple devices.
Rene Ritchie, editor-in-chief
I use a combination of tools, depending on what I’m doing and where I’m trying to do it. If I’m driving or otherwise occupied, I use Siri to quickly jot stuff down into Notes. That syncs between iOS and Mac, so at the very least I don’t forget about or lose ideas (it’s become a natural language clipboard of sorts). When attention isn’t an issue, I use Drafts for the same purpose. Drafts lets me type or dictate ideas without having to worry about where it’ll eventually end up. As I’ve said many times before, it’s time-shift for text.
When I’m sitting down to write, all proper and formal like, it’s almost always in BBEdit on the Mac. I don’t even use 1% of its potential, but what I do use is so damn powerful I can pretty much accomplish anything text-based that I can imagine. I write in John Gruber’s Markdown, so while the text is plain, it’s also formatted and highly portable.
If I have my druthers, however, and I’m out and about without my Mac, I write in Elements, which is pointed at the same Dropbox folder I store my BBEdit work in. That lets me keep working no matter where, or on what device I’m on. If I’m on my iPhone and need to make quick changes on the go, I likewise use Elements.
Elements is just light and easy and killer for Markdown, and BBEdit is a beast. I also make heavy use of Text Expander, both on Mac and on iOS. It removes almost all the repetitiveness from writing and lets me get on with the creative work.
Together, I can get pretty much get done everything that needs doing.
How do you write?
Interestingly, none of us use Microsoft Word. Not even Apple’s Pages. We’re all using lighter, plainer solutions. Now none of our workflows are perfect. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, advantages and drawbacks. And all of them can likely be improved. So, if you work across a wide range of devices, let me know how you do it, and if you can think of any ways any of us could work better and smarter, let us know in the comments!
The iMore show has been an overwhelming success, reaching more of you, in more ways, then many of us here on the site could have possibly imagined. However, it didn’t include you as much as any of us have wanted. Increasingly the iMore show had become more about awesome interviews and less about our even more awesome community.
So, tomorrow, we’re changing that. A lot.
Now, the current iMore show isn’t going to go away. It too will change. It’ll get a new name, and become something closer akin to Dubug and Iterate. More on that later, though! For now, here’s what’s happening with the NEW iMore show:
We’re changing the day and time. We’re moving it back to Wednesday and we’re moving it to the afternoon, Eastern Time. We’re still working out the details, and we’ll announce the exact time tomorrow. That’s right, no more conflict with Game of Thrones, Mad Men, or whatever else you were watching!
Peter Cohen will be our new, fairly consistent co-host, but other members of the iMore and Mobile Nations families will be joining us from week to week as well. Also, we’re not going to be abandoning guests entirely. We aim to have some fantastic folks join us as well to help round out the shows and keep up the variety.
And yes, that mean’s we’re changing the format. As much as being able to do a one man show is important as a last-ditch backup, and as much as I enjoy interviews, what makes iMore great are the many voices we have here. So, we’re switching back to the panel-type format we used to use, and that our other site-shows like Android Central and CrackBerry use.
The subject matter we cover will expand from mostly news and hot topics to a better balance of news, apps, accessories, and… Q&A. Yours, the communities, is the most important voice we have and part of our new panel will be YOU. What that means is that we’ll be using the chatroom more than ever before, but what’s more — you’ll be able to send us audio and video questions or comments and we’ll play them live during the show.
Want to be on the new iMore show tomorrow? Here’s what you need to do RIGHT NOW:
Grab your iPhone, iPad, or the device of your choice and record a short (30 second) video asking us your question. Upload it to the internet, and send us the link — Don’t send the video file itself, just the YouTube, Dropbox, or other video hosting link — to email@example.com.
While we prefer video — it’s a video show! — audio is fine as a fallback. Just use Voice Memo on iOS, or whatever recording app you like best, ask the question, and email the audio file to
That’s it! That’s all you need to do to be on the all new, all encompassing iMore show!
We’d also love to hear any other suggestions you may have for the show as well. So, run — don’t walk — to the comments and let me know. If you could have your dream iMore show, what would it be? What segments would we include? What guests would we invite on? What kind of Q&A would we do?