Apple Store app gains 3D Touch support, now available in more countries

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for its Apple Store iOS client, bringing the app to version 3.7. The update brings about new 3D Touch features on compatible devices, and makes the app available in new countries.

As for 3D Touch support, iPhone 6s users have long been able to utilize Quick Actions on the app icon, but now the Apple Store app supports Peek and Pop. So force-pressing on a link within the app now opens up previews. Read More

 

Facebook launching group audio calling on Messenger with support for up to 50 participants

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

A year after it rolled out the ability to place and receive VoIP audio calls on Messenger, Facebook is now introducing a new VoIP calling feature with support for up to fifty people on a single group call. Group calling currently supports standard VoIP audio calls, but Facebook did tell TechCrunch that “group video calling is definitely a use case that a lot of our people might be interested in at some point”. Read More

 

Revisit the places you’ve been with Foursquare’s new history feature (bonus: Photos extension)

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

Since launching in 2009, there have been over nine billion check-ins on Foursquare across the globe. Celebrating its seventh anniversary, the startup pushed an update to its mobile application on the App Store which includes a handy new history features.

Similar to location history on Google, the updated Foursquare app makes it simple for users to browse any place they’ve been and checked into via a new History tab.

In addition, Foursquare now has its own Photos extension which makes it super easy to share a photo as a tip, right within the context of the Photos app. Read More

 

Readdle’s Calendars 5 slashed to $0 as Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

Calendars 5, one of the best iOS calendar applications out there with a built-in event and task manager and native Google Calendar sync, has been slashed to zero bucks as Apple’s new Free App of the Week. The $6.99 universal productivity app is now available at no charge on the App Store until next Thursday. This marks the first time Calendars 5 has gone free in years following Readdle’s two-day promotion back in May 2014. Read More

 

Use Apple Maps and plan trips on the big screen with TV Maps for Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

Since learning that Apple’s software development kit now includes a new MapKit framework for tvOS, I’ve been eagerly awaiting to see what Apple TV developers are going to do with it. I salivated at the prospect of Apple Maps on a big screen telly because it sounded too good to be true.

Even better, Apple’s SDK supports advanced features like map annotations, adding overlays and performing reverse-geocoding lookups to determine placemark information for map coordinates, among other features.

With TV Maps by Arno Appenzeller—to my knowledge, this is one of the first of MapsKit-enabled apps for the new Apple TV—you can browse Apple Maps from the comfort of your couch. At long last, planning trips on the big screen has become a reality for those of us who’re invested into the Apple ecosystem. The experience of using maps on a television is much cooler than you could imagine: this is the first tvOS app that has made me wish that the Apple TV supported hand gestures so that I could explore maps Minority Report-style. Read More

 

Privacy-enhanced Viber for iPhone lands with end-to-end encryption, hidden chats and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Two weeks after rival WhatsApp announced that chats on its platform are protected from eavesdropping with end-to-end encryption, the popular messaging app Viber on Tuesday released a privacy-enhanced edition of its iPhone and iPad app.

Bumped to version 6.0, messages you send and receive through Viber are now protected with end-to-end encryption, as indicated by the new padlock icon, and you can also hide away specific chats. Read More

 

Have you seen Pinterest’s new-look iOS app yet?

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Pinterest today announced a completely overhauled iPhone and iPad application—“our fastest, cleanest app yet”—that lets you focus on more Pins than ever before. The app, used by more than a hundred million people around the world, is a lot faster than the previous version it replaced, with your Home feed now loading up to three times faster.

The refreshed application is now rolling in the App Store so check back later if the new version isn’t immediately available where you live. The Android edition of Pinterest and its web-based counterpart are next on Pinterest’s list to tackle, though they wouldn’t commit to a firm release dates for these. Read More

 

Check out this endless runner game you can play from Notification Center

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 19, 2016

Knowing that Apple has been restrictive in the past on what is and what isn’t allowed to pass in the App Store for a Notification Center widget, it can be fun when little gems find their way into the top charts section and you stumble upon them.

While looking through them, I discovered a free endless runner game called Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur, but unlike other endless runners you’ve played before, this game is played inside of a Notification Center widget rather than from the app itself. Read More

 

iDB app version 1.1 comes with new bookmarking feature, San Francisco font, and more

By Sébastien Page on Apr 18, 2016

Version 1.1 of the iDB app was just approved and is now available in the App Store, including the usual round of stability improvements and bug fixes, as well as a couple notable additions. More specifically, we have added a new bookmarking feature as well as support for the San Francisco font, something many of you were pretty vocal about. Read More

 

This by Tinrocket, Blogo and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2016

It’s the weekend, and you know what that means: it’s time for another round of iDB’s Apps of the Week post. Every week we put together a list of apps and games we think are worth checking out, and this time around we’ve got some great selections. This week’s picks include a navigation app for walking, an annotation app, and more! Read More

 

Apple working on paid search results and other App Store changes

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

Apple has a “secret team” exploring various changes to the App Store, reports Bloomberg. Citing people familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says among the ideas being pursued is paid search results, where developers pay to have their apps more prominently displayed.

Such a move would drastically impact search results, as a developer with a word puzzle game in the App Store could essentially pay to have their game listed among the top search results—similar to Google.com. It would also give Apple a new way to make money from the App Store. Read More

 

Instagram updates Explore feature with video channels

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

Instagram announced on Thursday that it’s going to be rolling out a new look for Explore featuring video channels. The Facebook-owned social network says that it hopes the move will make it easier for users to discover video content they’ll enjoy.

Starting today, iOS and Android users will begin seeing a personalized channel in the Explore tab of the Instagram app called “Videos you Might Like.” The channel will feature videos collected from across the world in a seamless viewing experience. Read More

 

Apple selects sci-fi Wild West shooter Space Marshals as its new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Like on any given Thursday, Apple today refreshed the App Store to reflect new software arrivals and promotions.

In addition to highlighting apps whose proceeds will go to the World Wildlife Fund until April 24 through the new ‘Apps for Earth’ section, Apple’s editors have slashed Pixelbite’s award-winning sci-fi action adventure, Space Marshals, as the App Store’s new Free App of the Week.

This universal iPhone, iPod touch and iPad game normally retails for $4.99, so do yourself a favor and save a few bucks by grabbing this great freebie right now. Read More

 

‘Apps for Earth’ App Store promo sends 100% of proceeds from select App Store purchases to WWF

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Apple has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on a brand new App Store initiative that will have the world’s leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species receive 100 percent of the proceeds from select App Store purchases until April 24, just in time for Earth Day.

Descriptions of participating apps were updated this morning to reflect that “Apple and WWF are working together to protect life on our planet”. Read More

 

You can now watch Vine clips without having to manually scroll through individual posts

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

A new Watch button was rolled out yesterday to Vine’s iPhone application in the App Store, allowing you to enjoy videos in channels and on profile pages without having to manually scroll through individual posts. It’s basically a whole new way to watch Vine as you can now kick back and view the entire story of any channel or watch an account from start to finish. Read More

 

You can now attach Google Drive/Dropbox files and GIFs from Tumblr to emails in Yahoo Mail

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

The failing Internet pioneer Yahoo today announced a major update for its mobile email application.

Bumped to version 4.3, Yahoo Mail for iOS introduces new third-party integrations allowing you to add cloud files directly from your Google Drive or Dropbox to your messages as attachments, or add animated GIFs to your emails from Tumblr, which is another Yahoo-owned property.

The compose interface makes it easy to choose among Tumblr’s most popular GIFs of the moment, search for that perfect GIF or browse GIF categories including Love, LOL, Cute, Cheers, Fail, Happy and more. GIFs are added to your emails as attachments. Read More

 

Snapchat stickers can now move in tandem with objects and people in your videos

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

Snapchat today announced a very cool object-tracking feature that works with live video, in real time.

Now available in Snapchat for Android and coming soon to the company’s iPhone application, users can optionally attach a sticker to an object or a person in the frame and Snapchat’s algorithm will handle the rest and do all the heavy lifting for you, Engadget reports.

You could add colorful scribbles to your photos and videos before but these were static. By pairing stickers with specific parts of your recording, the Snapchat algorithm can make them move, rotate and change their size to follow the object it’s attached to as it moves around the frame. Read More

 

You can now attach Microsoft Office documents to your WhatsApp chats

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

After enabling complete end-to-end encryption for chats and adding support for sending and receiving PDFs and basic text styling, WhatsApp for iPhone in its most recent update brings the ability to attach Microsoft Office documents to your instant exchanges with friends on the service.

Although not mentioned in the official release notes accompanying the 59.1-megabyte app, the change was spotted this morning by the Italian blog iSpazio. This is a useful new feature for users that removes the need to convert Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to the PDF format before attaching them to their WhatsApp conversations. Read More

 

Google Calendar can intelligently find time on your schedule to work on your personal goals

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

Yesterday, Google announced a cool new feature to mark the tenth anniversary of its online calendar service: Google Calendar will now scan your calendar intelligently to find the time on your schedule to work on your personal goals.

According to Google, the updated Google Calendar app lets you add a personal goal to your calendar.

These can be things like “run three times a week” or “hit the gym every day except weekend”. After parsing your natural language input, it’ll schedule time automatically for you and help you actually stick to it. Read More

 

Chat bots go live in Facebook Messenger, Facebook opens up Live Video APIs

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2016

Facebook was supposed to announce the addition of customer service chat bots and Live Chat APIs soon, but it seems that the latest app update already includes the plumbing work necessary to support chat bots. As first noted by Engadget, the app now shows a Bots and Businesses section and already third-party chat bots appear in search. Read More