MacTech Live interviews Riccardo [WWDC 2013 video]

Good afternoon, fellow iPhiles. Can you detect a certain fruity autumn buzz in the air? September has rolled around at last and there’s just over a week to go until Apple unveils its newest droolworthy range of handheld digital life-enablers. Assuming the steady drip feed of leaked photos is indeed legit, swanky new champagne and graphite models are set to join the family. Looking beyond purely cosmetic developments, though, here at Ettore Software HQ we’re keen to see what innovative new hardware features the upcoming iPhone 5S will offer. For our part, fingers are tightly crossed that we’ll get an elegant one-touch thumbprint sensor unlocking system, which would do away with awkward PIN-based security and represent something of a godsend to those of us who are, er, all thumbs.

…Anyhoo, we thought some of you might be interested in this recently published video that was recorded during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. In it, grey-bearded Ettore Software founder Riccardo chats with Neil Ticktin of MacTech Live, sharing some cautious initial thoughts on how the just-revealed iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks might fit in with our company’s app roadmap. He may give away little of substance about our future plans, but it’s worth watching for the entertaining thumb dance, if nothing else.

An Apple spring: new treats in store, general announcements and other assorted nonsense.

Good day to you fine folk out there in shiny Appletopia! Remember us? We’re back with a long overdue update to bring you up to speed with the latest developments and tittle-tattle here at Ettore Towers. We realise the unusually prolonged bout of radio silence may have had one or two of you absently wondering if we’d perished at the hands of frozen night terrors during the winter. Well fear not, for we managed to elude the White Walkers and now that spring has sprung [a leak] we can emerge blinking into the drizzle to give you the lowdown.

So just what have we been doing besides slurping porridge and bingeing on Game of Thrones? To cut a long story short, we’ve been working our socks off. Those of you who’ve been following our software development efforts for a while will have noticed by now that when we go quiet it means we’re super busy squashing bugs, responding to customer feedback and painstakingly building superior iterations of our app offerings. In recent months we’ve been particularly focused on beefing up TypeIt4Me in order to better support your evolving stenographic text expansion needs. Not only is a Mac update nearing completion, but – without wanting to give too much away – we also have a little treat in store on the mobile side of things. Stay tuned for a forthcoming announcement

…In other news, after the ringing endorsement TypeIt4Me received from Lifehacker in their Mac Text Expansion Faceoff last year, we’re pumped to see the venerable Adam Dachis is still a keen TypeIt4Me user. You can watch him discussing its usefulness in this Take It to the Cloud podcast (about 16 minutes in). The dude’s not on our payroll, we swear – he’s just awesome :)

BigBen 2.0 now in the iTunes App Store

It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally updated BigBen with some hi-res photos and professionally recorded chimes.

It now plays every quarter and correctly starts the chime on the hour, to end in time for the first bong to play as the clock strikes the hour.

Check it out here and tell all your friends.

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