A La Carte (June 11)

iOS 8 is Hiding a Split-screen Mode in its Code - I’m genuinely surprised that there is evidence of the split-screen mode at all. The report claims that it is there, but not ready for a public release—let alone for the developers to play with. We shall see.

Skype’s Redesigned iPhone App Is Five Times Faster - If Skype wants to be a significant competitor in the messaging market, they should treat the Mac and iOS as equals, release frequent improvements, and support podcasters’ medium.

Grovemade: The Desk Collection - These are the best desk accessories for the Mac workstation I’ve ever seen. If you like wooded cases, boxes, stands, and docks, then you’re in for a real treat.

Rocket Fuel Pour-over Coffee Drip - For the geek, this pour-over accesory makes the ideal drip brew. For the geeky dad for Fathers Day? Sure. Overnight it.

Blidu - The New Landscape of Office Furniture - This wood desk sports a drawer for your MacBook, 4 USB ports (built-in), dock stations for your iPhone and iPad, and a mountainous terrain. It’s a concept that I’m afraid sacrifices too much function for really good form. That said, it’s visually striking.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.