Upcoming Instagram update will let you turn off comments on a per-post basis & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

In its never-ending fight to curb abuse on its service, Instagram today said an upcoming new tool will let you completely turn off comments on individual posts.

As reported by The New York Times this morning and confirmed by Instagram itself, in addition to being able to turn off comments on individual posts users will be also permitted to remove followers on private accounts and like other people’s comments as well.

Back in September, Instagram launched keyword-based comment moderation as another measure to fight spammers and abusers who have been harassing honest users with unwanted comments and marketing messages. Read More

 

Netflix becomes top-grossing iOS app following offline playback introduction

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

After gaining the long overdue offline playback feature last week, Netflix’s mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has emerged as the top iOS app on the App Store’s Top Grossing charts for the first time ever, overtaking apps like Spotify and Candy Crush Saga, according to stats from app tracking firm SensorTower. By comparison, just last month Netflix was the #7 top-grossing iPhone and iPad software overall in the United States.

At the time of this writing, Netflix’s iPhone and iPad app was the top-grossing item on App Stores in the United States, India, Mexico and Colombia. Read More

 

You can now start Chrome in Voice Search or Incognito mode from Spotlight Search

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Google added Spotlight Search integration to Chrome for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch back in January 2016, allowing you to search for your Google bookmarks using iOS’s Spotlight feature. Today, the Internet giant issued a small update to Chrome for iOS, bumping version number to 55.0.2883.79 and adding a pair of enhancements.

The first lets you start Chrome in Voice Search mode or open a new Incognito tab right from Spotligh.

As for the other change, Google has now removed the folder named All Bookmarks from your bookmarks view in Chrome “by popular request”. Read More

 

Map your runs accurately without iPhone in Runkeeper’s latest Apple Watch update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

If you own an Apple Watch Series 2, you can leave your iPhone at home the next time you go on a run with Runkeeper as the app’s just been updated with full support for the built-in GPS on the Apple Watch Series 2. Runkeeper’s refreshed experience also includes new active metrics with charts for target pace and heart rate.

Runkeeper is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

App Store highlights video apps with support for the upcoming Single Sign-On feature

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Apple is likely to roll out an upcoming new Single Sign-On feature, which was announced back at WWDC 2016, alongside public releases of iOS 10.2 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and the tvOS 10.1 software update for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Ahead of the feature’s debut later this month, the App Store is now highlighting apps with Single-Sing On support via a special section. Single Sign-On remembers a user’s cable credentials for use in compatible video apps. Read More

 

Space, Capsule, Listables and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2016

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means. It’s time for another one of our Apps of the Week roundups. This week we’ve selected some great titles for you including a new interactive app for exploring space, an AI service for documenting your life experiences, and an app for creating and viewing shareable todo lists. And as usual, we’ve picked out two great new games for you to try. Read More

 

Apple Store app gains iOS 10 rich notifications, purchasing from Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple’s official mobile shopping app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was refreshed Friday with a pair of new features adding rich notification support on iOS 10 and buying accessories from Favorites with Apple Pay using one-tap authorization on your wrist via your Apple Watch.

Grab the Apple Store app at no charge from the App Store. Read More

 

Apple is switching App Store pricing from USD to regional currencies in 9 countries

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple’s emailed its registered developers to inform them of some upcoming App Store pricing policy changes in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Tanzania and Vietnam.

No longer will prices of paid downloads on these local App Stores be shown in US dollars. According to the communique, the App Store in these markets will now show prices of apps and In-App Purchases in their domestic currency. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Toca Hair Salon 2

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Like every Thursday, Apple today updated its Free App of the Week promotion on the App Store with a brand new item, a kids-friendly game called Toca Hair Salon 2. This means that for the next seven days, you’ll be able to download this app free of charge—a savings of $2.99.

In Toca Hair Salon 2, you play as one of the six charming characters and run a hair salon of your own.

There are lots of virtual tools of trade at your disposal which you’d find in any hair salon that let you cut, color and style any way you want, from a simple comb and scissors to a curling iron and a straightener. Read More

 

You can now create your own Moments in the Twitter app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Twitter launched Moments more than a year ago as a way of helping users discover trending stories and highlights representing “the best of Twitter”.

Well, it’s now possible to create your own Moment from any tweet, whether your own or someone else’s, right within Twitter’s official mobile apps for iOS and Android. The feature first made its debut in the web interface at twitter.com before expanding in May 2016 to Twitter’s desktop app for the Mac. Read More

 

Google updates Docs, Sheets and Slides with Trash view

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Google has updated its productivity mobile apps on the App Store—Docs, Sheets and Slides—that act as alternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The new versions of these apps have added a brand new Trash view which lets you easily recover previously deleted documents, spreadsheets and presentations. In addition to Trash, the most recent updates to Docs, Sheets and Slides come with the usual bug fixes and performance improvements. Read More

 

Remember Tiny Wings? You can now play it on your Apple TV!

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Tiny Wings, an addictive iPhone game with simple gameplay and subtle charm, is now available on the fourth-generation Apple TV more than five years since its App Store debut in February 2011. Developer Andreas Illiger released the Apple TV game as a new $2.99 app, called Tiny Wings TV.

Like its iOS counterpart, Tiny Wings TV has you playing as a cute little bird with aerial navigation issues. You must escape the darkness of night, but the hills in your way hinder your speed so you must have good reflexes and a good sense of timing. Read More

 

Everything you need to know about Ditto in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 1, 2016

Ditto was released in a server-side Pokémon GO update last week, and while many players have already caught the shape-shifting purple Pokémon, others are still having trouble trying to bag it for their Pokédex collection.

In this piece, we’ll talk about everything you’ll need to know about catching and using Ditto in Pokémon GO. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS updated with searching along route and Nearby Traffic widget

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Google today pushed an update to its native Maps app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, adding a pair of new features whilst bumping version number to 4.25.0. Like with Apple Maps, Google’s app now supports searching for points of interest along your route while in navigation mode. In addition, you can also see traffic information on your Home/Lock screen and in the Notification Center with a handy new Nearby Traffic widget. Read More

 

Snapseed for iOS gains white balancing tool, RAW format improvements & UI tweaks

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Google-owned Snapseed, the popular image editing app, was updated Wednesday on the App Store with a trio of improvements bringing the app’s version to 2.13. The first change tweaks the user interface to make it easier and simpler to select and change filter parameters.

The second new feature is basically the dedicated tool which got launched on Android a while ago that lets you adjust white balance of your images.

The last feature is a correction for developing RAW files with embedded color profiles. Read More

 

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows to your iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Nov 30, 2016

After what seems to be an eternity, Netflix has finally updated its application to allow users to download TV shows and movies for offline viewing. This will prove particularly helpful for long car or airplane rides, or just about any other situation where you might not want to put a dent in your data cap while watching your favorite episodes of Bojack Horseman when not connected to Wi-Fi.

In this simple tutorial, we will show you how you can download Netflix movies and TV episodes to watch on the go, but also how you can manage video quality and other features. Read More

 

DirecTV NOW launches on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Two days ago, U.S. wireless carrier unveiled DirecTV NOW, its brand new Internet television streaming service that comes with a free fourth-generation Apple TV for those who would commit to at least three months of paid service.

Today, DirectTV apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV have gone live in the App Store. Read More

 

YouTube for iOS now lets you see how far you made it through videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2016

Google today refreshed YouTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to let you see far you made it through the videos. YouTube 11.45 for iOS, a free download from the App Store, puts a handy progress bar on the previously watched thumbnails within the app’s watched history section. In addition, partially watched videos will now resume from where you left off. No other changes or improvements were spotted in today’s update to YouTube for iOS. Read More

 

100+ new creatures coming soon to Pokémon GO

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2016

After analyzing new code in a Pokémon GO update coming next month, The Silph Road has discovered that developer Niantic Labs will be adding more than a hundred new creatures to the popular augmented-reality game, including normal and legendary ones.

In addition to the new species, the code confirms other new features like Pokémon trading, player vs. player battles, new ways to raise/train your monsters and more.

The most recent Pokémon GO update added a Nearby Pokémon feature, the purple shape-shifting Pokémon, called Ditto, and other perks. Read More

 

Noise, Write.as, BeCasso and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2016

If you’re looking to relax this holiday weekend with leftover turkey and a new app or game, you’ve come to the right place. In the latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we’ve selected some awesome titles including a music-making app, an anonymous blogging client, a paint-style photo editor, and some great new games for you to check out. Read More

 
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