Google Maps gains 3D Touch place previews

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Last week, I whined about Google dragging its feet when it comes to implementing support for important iOS features, like 3D Touch, in apps such as Gmail. Other iPhone and iPad apps from Google have been more aggressive in adopting 3D Touch features, including Maps. In the latest update, Google Maps was bumped to version 4.28 and now allows users who have an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to press places on the map to get quicker access to popular actions. Read More

 

Steps, Simple Scale, Keep or Delete, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2017

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means! Time for another episode of our Apps of the Week roundup. This week’s selections include an app for helping you overcome social anxieties, a simple weight-tracker and a Tinder-like app for deleting old Tweets. And as usual, we have two awesome new games for you to check out. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Nightgate

By Cody Lee on Feb 23, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Nightgate. This means for the next 7 days, you can pickup the popular puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—a significant savings of $4.

Nightgate is a minimal sci-fi puzzler known for its beautiful artwork and incredible soundtrack. It features 50 handcrafted levels that can be played out on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, and there are no adds or IAPs. Read More

 

How to share multiple photos and videos in one Instagram post

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2017

Instagram now lets you share up to ten photos and videos as a single post on the photo-sharing service. These types of posts appear in the Instagram feed with only the first item shown, but can be swiped through carousel-style to reveal additional photos and videos.

This is a great way to post multiple photos and videos from an experience you want to remember. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create multi-item posts on Instagram. Read More

 

Gboard gains voice typing, Google Doodles, new languages & iOS 10 emoji in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2017

Gboard, Google’s iPhone keyboard that comes with Google Search, glide typing, GIFs, emojis and other advanced features built in, received a notable refresh on App Store. Bumped to version 1.3, Gboard includes support for fifteen new languages and brings a useful dictation feature that Google is calling Voice Typing. Additionally, you can now see a day’s Google Doodle right from the keyboard and enjoy Apple’s latest iOS 10 emoji. Read More

 

Vidicast lets you broadcast live videos to your friends in iMessage

By Steffen Reich on Feb 23, 2017

Sometimes you cannot help but feel the iMessage App Store still owes us a couple of unique entrants to wholly justify its establishment last year. Games and stickers aside, the depth and breadth of the store leaves a lot to be desired and must-have iMessage extensions are few and far between. With that, it is always refreshing to welcome a new aspirant to the ranks that sets out to shake things up a little by bringing genuinely new functionalities to your keyboard. Vidicast, a video broadcasting app operating autonomously inside iMessage, does just that.

The iMessage application is best synthesised as a cross of any video broadcasting feature on the most popular social networks today (Instagram, Facebook, etc) and FaceTime. When hooked up, it provides the recipient of the iMessage invitation with a one-way live video stream, which then can be responded to in real time. The ambition of Vidicast is bold, bold enough in fact that one should be willing to give it some rope in regard to early days hiccups. Before you whizz to your iMessage App Store, here’s what you need to know about Vidicast’s attempt to break the mould of iMessage app extensions. Read More

 

17 months later, Gmail gains a single 3D Touch shortcut

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2017

Google today refreshed its mobile Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on App Store, adding very limited 3D Touch support nearly a year and a half after Apple first brought pressure sensing to iPhone’s display with the September 2015 release of iPhone 6s.

Owners of the iPhone 6s/7 series can now press Gmail’s icon to quickly compose a message, but that’s about it. Thank you, Google, but seriously?

In my view, Google doesn’t really have a clue how to properly build 3D Touch gestures into Gmail in a manner that would save users time and boost their productivity.

The app still lacks Peek and Pop gestures., but we’ll get those next year, right? Read More

 

You can now share multiple photos and videos in one Instagram post

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2017

Photo-sharing service Instagram announced today that users are now able to share up to ten photos and videos in a single post and swipe through to see them all. Such multi-item posts are presented inline in your feed in a carousel format that displays only the first item of the post.

The first photo or video shows a new icon, denoting there’s more to see. Simply swipe to reveal additional media.

You can adjust the order in which your photos and videos appear, edit them one by one or apply a filter to everything at once. Instagram 10.9 for iOS is required for this functionality. Read More

 

Report: U.S. iPhone users spent an average of $40 on apps last year

By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2017

iPhone owners in the United States spent an average of $40 on apps last year, reports analytics firm Sensor Tower. That number includes both premium and in-app purchases, and it represents a $5 increase from 2015.

Unsurprisingly, most of that money is going to games. Sensor Tower says more than 80% of US App Store revenue in 2016 came from games, and it shows on the device level—users spent an average of $27 on games. Read More

 

How to browse videos in fullscreen mode on YouTube for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

Google’s YouTube app provides many obvious shortcuts and not-so-obvious ones that are hidden from plain sight. For example, you can stop “Up Next” videos from autoplaying or skip forward and back ten seconds to catch something you missed by double-tapping on either side of the video player.

In today’s brief tutorial, you’ll learn how to browse other clips in YouTube’s fullscreen mode without interrupting the currently playing video. Read More

 
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