Fantastical gains Peek and Pop commands

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

Flexibits’ calendar app, Fantastical for iPhone, was updated yesterday in the App Store with expanded support for pressure-sensing 3D Touch technology on the new iPhones, going beyond Home screen shortcuts that developers added last month.

Now iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus owners can use Peek and Pop commands in Fantastical to preview upcoming events and reminders without leaving the main view, or jump straight into them from the preview by pressing the screen a little harder. Read More


How to disable suggested events in Calendar on iOS and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

In addition to suggesting contacts from Mail data, the new Proactive assistant in iOS 9 and El Capitan can make smart event proposals based on information found in Mail.

For example, when you get an email with a date and time in the message body, Mail will offer to add a proposed event to the stock Calendar app. Emails from known providers (i.e. restaurant confirmations) end up in a special “Events Found in Mail” section in Calendar, awaiting your final confirmation.

Should you find this behavior distracting, annoying or downright creepy, don’t worry because Apple has kindly provided controls to disable the feature. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to prevent your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac from rummaging through your email looking for calendar events. Read More


Tether: a unique new jailbreak tweak for creating quick Alarms, Reminders, or Calendar events

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 29, 2015

Tether is a new $0.99 jailbreak tweak from Philip Tennen and Evan Luther, and it’s pretty awesome. I like this tweak, not so much for what it does, although that’s handy as well, but I like it for its originality.

By using a 3D Touch gesture on the Home screen, you can invoke the Tether interface. Tether’s interface consists of a clock-like glyph with a line extending from it. As you drag your finger away from the point of origin, you’ll see a small time readout spell out a future time. The further your finger is away from the origination point, the further in time your tether will be.

When you release your finger, you have the option to set up an Alarm, Reminder, or Calendar event at the specific time that you selected. If it all sounds  little confusing, it’s because it’s much easier to explain by watching it in action. With that in mind, have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for all of the details. Read More


Microsoft folds Sunrise functionality into much-improved Outlook for iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2015

Developers of Microsoft-owned calendar app, called Sunrise, announced in a blog post that the app won’t be receiving updates going forward as the team has worked hard on integrating Sunrise functionality into the Windows maker’s much-improved mobile Outlook client for iPhone and iPad.

Sunrise Calendar was last updated in the App Store more than four months ago, adding integration with Office 365 events. Just yesterday, Outlook for iOS received a fresh new look alongside a brand native Apple Watch app built on watchOS 2.

At the same time, Microsoft announced that the mobile Outlook app has gone from a couple hundred downloads to more than thirty million installs on smartphones and tablets. Read More


Fantastical gains iOS 9’s productivity-enhancing features, Apple Watch complication and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2015

Hot off the heels of its big Mac update, developer Flexibits today issued an update to Fantastical for iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. The new software takes advantage of the new productivity-enhancing features provided by iOS 9 and watchOS 2.

These include 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s owners, a dedicated Fantastical complication for Apple Watch wearers, Slide Over and Split View multitasking modes on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 and much more. Read More


Fantastical 2 for OS X gains El Capitan support with split-screen multitasking and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2015

Developer Flexibits today rolled out an update to Fantastical for Mac, its reminder and calendar replacement available on both iOS and OS X.

Fantastical 2.1, the first major update to the Mac edition, features full support for Macs running OS X El Capitan ahead of its release next week, including support for El Capitan’s split-screen multitasking.

A host of other changes and improvements have found their way into this release of Fantastical, such as swiping to delete events on El Capitan systems.

People on Yosemite and earlier versions can now scroll to a specific day or week in the Week and Month views with a trackpad and organize Reminders by list, but that’s just tip of the iceberg. Read More


MeetingDnD enables Do Not Disturb based on calendar events

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 12, 2015

The Do Not Disturb preferences in the stock Settings app provides a limited level of scheduling for the DND feature found in iOS. If you want deeper scheduling capability, you’re going to need to rely on a jailbreak tweak like MeetingDND.

Just like the tweak’s name alludes to, MeetingDND allows you to create blocks of Do Not Disturb time based on calendar events. Check out the details in this post for more info. Read More


Apple now lets you restore deleted iCloud files, contacts, calendars, and reminders

By Sébastien Page on Aug 13, 2015

Apple quietly added on Thursday a new feature to that lets you restore deleted files, contacts, calendars, and reminders. Available from the Settings tab of, this feature archives your deleted iCloud files for 30 days, as well as versions of your contacts, calendars, and reminders at various intervals, making it an easy back up plan in case something goes wrong. Read More


Fantastical for iPhone gains drafts feature [bonus: promo codes giveaway]

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Developer Flexibits has issued an update to Fantastical’s iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps this morning. This premium calendar and reminder replacement software for iOS, watchOS and OS X now includes complete support for Japanese users across its iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch editions.

More importantly, Fantastical 2.4 for iPhone now includes drafts, a handy new feature addition that makes it possible to multitask while adding new items quickly and easily. The update is rolling out as we speak and should be available in the App Store shortly.

As a nice bonus, the fine folk at Flexibits have kindly provided more than a dozen promo codes for you, our readers, to redeem so read on to potentially grab your free copy of Fantastical. Read More


Google’s native Calendar app picks up 7-day week view, Drive integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2015

Google’s native Calendar for iPhone with Material Design and other cool features made its App Store debut a little over three months ago. Tuesday, it has received its first feature-focused update.

In addition to the existing ways of viewing your calendar, the new Google Calendar 1.1 for iPhone introduces a 7-day view giving you an overview of your entire week. Also, week numbers can be enabled for different calendar views in settings. Read More


Sunrise Calendar hits Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 4, 2015

Sunrise Calendar, a cross-platform calendar application that Microsoft bought four months ago, just announced immediate availability of its Apple Watch app. With Sunrise for Apple Watch, you can see all of your upcoming events, get custom notifications and check all the details for your next meeting at a glance.

In addition to supporting Microsoft Exchange and iCloud, Sunrise is the only iOS calendar alternative that does push for Google Calendar.

And yes, that feature is now available on your wrist, too! Read More


Fantastical for Apple Watch launches with dictation, reminders, customizable glance and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2015

Developer Flexibits has made a name for itself with Fantastical, an award-winning calendar replacement for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. Today, an important update to the iPhone app was pushed, bringing out a newly-added WatchKit extension so you can at last run Fantastical on your wrist!

This update is available to all existing users of Fantastical for iPhone at no additional cost.

You must be wondering what took them so long, right? I mean, Flexibits was among rare developers without an Apple Watch app in time for the device’s April 2015 launch.

“We want to understand precisely what problem we’re solving,” Flexibits co-founder Michael Simmons tells me via a Skype chat.

The net result of their undertaking is arguably the fastest and friendliest calendar experience on the wrist and that’s saying a lot given Fantastical competes with Apple’s stock Calendar app which comes preloaded on the wearable device. Read More


Sunrise Calendar update introduces Meet, the fastest way to schedule one-to-one meetings

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Sunrise, a powerful cross-platform calendar application, on Thursday launched Meet, a companion iOS 8 keyboard specifically designed to make scheduling one-to-one meetings ridiculously easy.

Available as a free update to the Sunrise app in the App Store, Meet lets you schedule one-to-ones with another party like a pro, without having to leave the context of the app you’re currently in or switch to Sunrise for that matter. Read More


Review: Fantastical 2 for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

The sequel to the popular language-parsing calendar utility for the Mac has arrived and it’s everything you’ve been hoping for! Much more than a major new update, Fantastical 2 for Mac is a whole new app that feels instantly familiar while offering productivity-boosting improvements.

In addition to the revamped appearance optimized for OS X Yosemite’s look and feel, Fantastical 2 is now a proper replacement for Apple’s stock Calendar and Reminders apps.

Fantastical 2 has its own full-blown window and gorgeous full-screen mode while its menu bar thing can now be detached and dragged anywhere on the screen. The software is packed to the gills with a bevy of new features like iCloud Reminders and time zone support, light/dark theme, birthday reminders, a more powerful and friendlier natural language parser and more.

As a whole, the app feels tighter and more streamlined. Developer Flexibits was kind enough to put me on its limited list of beta testers, this is what I was able to gather from my weeklong hands-on time with the software.

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Tempo gets a facelift, now optimized for iPhone 6 screens and with reminder improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015

Tempo Smart Calendar for iOS received a significant update today. The iPhone and iPad application now has a new look and feel and takes full advantage of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus resolutions while introducing several improvements to reminders.

Moreover, the team has improved Tempo’s localization to several languages and made other notable change that elevate your overall experience with the software. Read More


Google releases new Calendar app for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Mar 10, 2015

As promised in November, Google today released a new Calendar app for iPhone. The app features the company’s highly regarded Material Design UI, and a host of powerful features that should appease folks in the Google ecosystem.

Among those features is its close integration with Gmail, allowing it to cull data from your inbox. So say you receive a confirmation email after purchasing concert tickets, the app will automatically add that event to your calendar.

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Microsoft snaps up cross-platform calendar app Sunrise

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015

Microsoft has just acquired the popular calendar app Sunrise. TechCrunch, which first learned of the deal, has pegged the value of the transaction at a cool $100 million.

Sunrise has an awesome iPhone and iPad app in the App Store. It’s also available for the Mac, across other mobile platforms and in the form of a responsive, lightweight application which runs smoothly in a web browser. Read More


Leaked images show upcoming Google Calendar iOS app with embedded photos and maps

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Monday has brought us our first glimpses into Google’s standalone Calendar app for the iPhone, courtesy of leaked screenshots via The Next Web.

Featuring Material Design, Google’s design language applied across mobile, desktop and the web, the forthcoming application puts photos and map information straight into your calendar, and more. Read More


BlueSkyMe for iPad debuts: manage your time, relationships and projects

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

The App Store has some tremendously useful apps to get the most out of your busy schedule, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a single app to manage your contacts, mails, reminders and calendars and activities instead of a fiddling with a multitude of different applications from multiple devs?

Now there is: BlueSkyMe by Dynamic Elements. The iPad productivity app gives you a comprehensive outlook of your time, relationships and projects in one place. Read More


Tempo Smart Calendar updated with widget, interactive notifications and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 23, 2014

Tempo Smart Calendar for iOS just received a big update, bringing the app to version 1.6. The update allows the app to take full advantage of the new functionality in iOS 8, adding a new Notification Center widget and support for interactive notifications.

With the new Tempo Widget, users can see their upcoming events, as well as information about their next immediate meeting. And with interactive notifications, users can get directions, dial-in to conference calls, and check on things like their flight status. Read More

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