Apple’s free app of the week: Love You to Bits

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Love You to Bits. For the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pick up the beloved adventure title for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $4.

Love You to Bits is a point-and-click sci-fi adventure game that takes place in various levels around the universe. Players follow the journey of Kosmo, a clumsy, rookie space explorer in search of his robot girlfriend Nova. Read More

 

Developers required to submit a new app version before updating App Store descriptions [U]

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2017

Developers could refresh App Store’s meta data for their apps at any time, but not anymore. According to 9to5Mac, which first spotted the change, Apple’s iTunesConnect tool for developers used for editing metadata now requires that a new version of the app be submitted for review before its description, release notes and other metadata can be edited. Any changes made to an app’s metadata won’t go live on App Store until the new binary has been approved by Apple’s editorial team.

UPDATE: Several developers we talked to have confirmed that this was indeed a glitch in the system, saying they’re now able to update an app’s description and other meta data without submitting a new binary for approval.
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Facebook Messenger now lets everyone post status updates that disappear after 24 hours

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2017

Facebook announced Thursday that a feature in its mobile Messenger app that allows people to post auto-disappearing photos and videos has now begun rolling out globally following a previous soft launch in select countries like Poland and Australia. They’re calling it Messenger Day because anything you post there disappears automatically after 24 hours, just like with Instagram Stories or those auto-vanishing status updates on WhatsApp.

You’re in full control of the scope of your Messenger Day and can choose to share it with everyone on the service, people you’re friends with or cherry-picked contacts. Read More

 

Google Photos picks up auto white balance editing feature in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2017

Google Photos for iPhone and iPad has picked up a brand new editing feature—auto white balance. Requiring Google Photos for iOS version 2.11, the app’s improved Auto Enhance tool now includes white balance correction that adjusts the white tone of your images to make them pop and given them a more natural look. Launch Google Photos on your device, select a look and the app will now correct not only exposure and saturation, but also automatically correct the white balance of the image. Read More

 

Neverthink takes cues from TV era, plays videos in place of programs

By Steffen Reich on Mar 8, 2017

If you sampled a bunch of people and asked them about their favorite downtime activities, chances are there would be a fairly even split in numbers between respondents choosing a good book over other forms of entertainment and those drawn to the audiovisual media instead. Folks of the latter segment know best for themselves where to get their daily dose of videos from, but places such as Netflix, Youtube or Hulu are generally speaking a solid bet. Internet empowered services aside, there is credible chatter that in the shadows of society, some renegades continue to resort to a traditional TV set for their spate of mindless diversion.

Whether you find yourself all too often hunting for new videos to watch during lunch break or you identify with the dwindling TV crowd, a brand new app called neverthink could be for you. That’s because it marries the old-fashion convenience of always-on programming with the excitement of the sometimes mercurial internet. Neverthink wants you to never again think about what videos to dig up next and their way of going about it is unique enough to potentially strike a chord with you. Read More

 

Instagram launches geostickers in Stories

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2017

Instagram has aped Snapchat all over again, this time by launching geostickers which I’m sure you know are location-based stickers originally popularized by Snapchat. This cool feature is live in just two cities, for now, but you can bet they’ll be aggressively rolling it out in additional markets as rapidly as humanly possible. If you happen to live in Jakarta or New York City, use geofilters to spice up your Instagram Stories with visual accessories representing your present location, down to the neighborhood. Read More

 

Adobe brings HDR RAW capture to Lightroom for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2017

Adobe’s mobile Lightroom app is slowly but surely becoming a viable alternative to Google Photos and Apple’s Photos app with iCloud Photo Library.

In the most recent update to Lightroom for iPhone and Lightroom for iPad, a dynamic range RAW capture that was previously only possible when shooting with a DSLR or mirrorless camera is now available on latest iOS devices.

Additional improvements in this edition of Lightroom for iOS include 3D Touch support on iPhone 6s/7 series, a Notification Center widget, the ability to export your original images, including DNGs and RAW files, and more. Read More

 

Save your custom edits and share them as reusable looks via QR codes in latest Snapseed update

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2017

Google today rolled out another update to its free of charge photography app, Snapseed. In Snapseed 2.16, you can now save your complex edits as reusable looks.

You can apply saved looks to other images with a few taps or share them with friends and other Snapseed users via QR codes. This Snapseed update also lets you apply the Structure filter to individual areas with the Selective tool. Read More

 

Facebook is testing Reactions and all-new Dislike button in chats on Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2017

Some users of the mobile Facebook Messenger app have noticed that the empathetic Reaction emojis, which launched in the company’s mainland mobile app in February 2016, are now available to them inside the standalone messaging app, along with a brand now iMessage-like Dislike button that’s yet to launch in the main Facebook app.

Facebook’s confirmed this new feature to TechCrunch. Read More

 

How to create self destructing status updates on WhatsApp

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2017

WhatsApp for iPhone supports sharing of photos, videos, animated GIFs and more via Snapchat Stories-like slideshows that automatically disappear after 24 hours. Media-rich statuses are all the rage these days so we’ve decided to put together a tutorial to get you up to speed.

You can adjust who is allowed to see your auto-vanishing statuses, reply to a status update, delete a status manually, mute statuses you don’t like and more.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll tell you everything there’s to know about WhatsApp’s multimedia status updates. Read More

 
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