Twitter for iOS gains Tweets & Replies tab on profile pages

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2017

Twitter’s mobile app for iPhone and iPad has gained updated profile design on mobile with a new Tweets & Replies tab now gradually rolling out to users. As first noted by 9to5Mac, the profile section shown upon tapping Me at the bottom of the app now resembles Twitter’s web interface, which also separates replies into a dedicated tab. Previously, Twitter for iOS consolidated both your own tweets and replies under a single Tweets tab.

This tweaked profile design on mobile is a staggered rollout so check back in a few days if it’s currently unavailable to you. Read More

 

Activity, Popcorn, Vellum, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2017

It’s Saturday again, and you know what that means. It’s time for another edition of our Apps of the Week roundup. This week we have some great selections for you, including an activity-tracker, a movie-finder and a wallpaper client. And as always, we’ve picked two great new games for you to check out. Read More

 

How to select different still frames of Live Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2017

Live Photos is among the features Apple was selling prominently during the iPhone 6s ad campaign. Live Photos is still around, thanks for asking. As you’ll recall, Live Photos lets you record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you snap a photograph.

These images come alive when you touch them in the Photos app and can be set as your Lock screen wallpaper or shared via services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. When you take a Live Photo, the Camera app uses AI to select the best still image.

It’s this still portion of a Live Photo that’s displayed in the Photos app, sent when you share it and more. In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to select a different moment in your Live Photo as the still frame. Read More

 

Netflix ditching stars for thumbs-up/down system, planning to stream mobile content in HDR quality

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2017

Netflix is abandoning star ratings in favor of a binary thumbs-up/down system set to start rolling out in a few weeks, Fast Company reported Friday. Variety says Netflix is also planning to stream content in High Dynamic Range (HDR) quality on supported mobile devices. HDR video offers a more dynamic and richer range of colors, brighter whites and deeper blacks. Lastly, they’re experimenting with mobile-specific cuts of movies and TV shows tailored to viewing on smartphone screens. Read More

 

Apple Store shopping app now requires iOS 10

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2017

Apple’s mobile shopping app, aptly named Apple Store, now requires iOS 10.0 or later. This requirement happened in the last three days and even though it’s not a huge deal, it deserves to be mentioned. The app’s most recent update, dated March 9, included only “various improvements and performance enhancements,” according to Apple’s release notes. Apple Store for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is available at no charge from App Store. Read More

 

FiLMiC Pro 6.0 hits with overhauled UI, iPhone 7 exclusive features and other improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2017

Anyone who’s serious about taking videos on their iOS device would agree that FiLMiC Pro for iPhone and iPad leaves Apple’s stock Camera app in the dust.

The filmmakers’ go-to app, this ultimate video recording and editing software has become even better thanks to yesterday’s update which brought out a redesigned user interface along with a number of new features.

The update includes iPhone 7-exclusive capabilities such as gamma curve controls for Natural, Dynamic, Flat and LOG (a first for mobile video), live adjustments for Shadow, Highlight, RGB, Saturation and Vibrance curves, temporal noise reduction up to 1080p resolution and more. Read More

 

Permanent Indie Games collection launches on App Store, select titles temporarily slashed to $0.99

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2017

Apple has dedicated a new “Indie Games” collection on App Store to showcasing some of the best iPhone and iPad games crafted by independent developers. The new section, the store’s permanent fixture, has arrived following Apple’s twelve-day “Celebrating Indie Games” event.

Running from March 9 through March 20, that promotion is showcasing games from self-funded and self-published teams while temporarily marking down titles like Bicolor, Road Not Taken, The Room Two, Samorost 3 and Surgeon Simulator to 99 cents. Read More

 

Alexa comes to the iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2017

Siri competitor Alexa has come to the world’s most popular smartphone via an incoming update for Amazon’s shopping app for iPhone and iPad. The release marks the first time Amazon’s personal assistant has supported non-Alexa hardware.

Just tap the mic in the app’s search bar to ask Alexa questions, get weather updates, shop and search items, order and track products, play music, use Alexa Skills and Smart Home features, and much more.

By sneaking Alexa into its iPhone app, Amazon’s made it possible for Apple customers to experience its Siri rival in full glory without needing to buy an Echo speaker. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Bean’s Quest

By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Bean’s Quest. For the next 7 days you’ll be able to pick up the retro platformer for free on both iPhone and iPad—saving you $3.

In Bean’s Quest, players must make their way through 150 challenges in 5 beautiful worlds as they work their way up the leaderboard. Features include 2D graphics, iCloud support and an incredible soundtrack. Read More

 

Spark for Mac gains labels, better folder management, smarter search & more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2017

Prolific Ukrainian developer Readdle today pushed a major update to its award-winning macOS email client, Spark, bringing new features such as labels, improved folder management, smart filters the ability to save emails in Drafts manually and other improvements that will make you love email again.

As I wrote before, Spark is (in my personal opinion) hands down the best email client I’ve used on my Mac. Spark 1.2 for macOS is available at no charge from Mac App Store.

The app is also available for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Read More