Twitter, Google reportedly ink deal to put tweets in search results

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

Twitter and Google have struck a deal that will allow the microblogging network’s 140-character tweets to appear in search results. The deal is believed to help Twitter reach more non-users, and at the same time, allow searchers to gain more real-time information.

Bloomberg reports that tweets will begin appearing in Google within the first half of this year, and tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted, thanks to a deal giving the Web company access to Twitter’s firehose. Read More


Under Armour acquires MyFitnessPal, Endomondo apps for a combined $560 million

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

Sports apparel company Under Armour announced on Wednesday that it’s adding two mobile fitness apps to its arsenal: MyFitnessPal for $475 million and Endomondo for $85 million. The two apps could be what the company needs to continue to go after the Nike+ app that’s relatively popular on the App Store. Read More


Twitter rolls out instant timeline for new users, curating tweets automatically

By Jake Smith on Feb 2, 2015

Twitter is working to cater to new users and make it easier for them to get started with the service with an instant timeline feature. Instead of requiring new users to go out and follow Twitter users on their own, the instant timeline feature brings in content without going through the traditional setup process.

After Twitter scans your contacts in the signup phase, it will automatically present new Twitter users tweets based on who their contacts are and who they follow on Twitter. Essentially, Twitter is guessing which accounts and topics might interest you. Read More


Twitter adds group direct messaging, 30-second video recording

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

Twitter has rolled out a big update to its iOS app, adding group direct messaging and the ability to shoot video directly within the app.

The new direct messaging tool changes up the feature that’s been around since 2008. It’s a move to make messaging a larger part of the platform. The group function lets you start conversations with any of your followers, and they don’t all need to follow one another in order to chat. You can create a group by simply tapping a few names. Read More


Tweetbot for Mac returns to Mac App Store

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Tapbots, the maker of popular third-party Twitter application Tweebot, has brought back the application to the Mac App Store after pulling it over the weekend.

“We’ve worked with Twitter to resolve Tweetbot for Mac authentication issues,” Tapbots said in a tweet on Monday. “The app should be back on the Mac App Store soon.”  Read More


Stanford makes ‘Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift’ course available on iTunes U

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Stanford has made its ‘Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift’ course available on iTunes U on Monday, helping beginners gain an understanding of Apple’s new programming language.

The course is available to download for free, and Stanford says you should have C language and object-oriented programming experience already to make the most of the course.  Read More


iOS 8 adoption slowing, now sits at 69 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

The rate at which people are upgrading their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices to iOS 8 is slowing in the post-holiday season. As noted on Apple’s own App Store Distribution support page, though iOS 8 adoption is edging toward the 70 percent milestone it’s barely hit the 69 percent mark on Tuesday.

That’s a rather paltry one percentage point jump over an adoption rate of 68 percent as measured just two weeks ago. And by comparison, that figure was a healthy four percentage points increase over the previous December 22 update. Read More


Khan Academy launches 150,000 courses on iPad, includes handwriting recognition

By Jake Smith on Jan 20, 2015

Khan Academy, often called the go-to place for online learning, has finally launched on the iPad to provide its education tools to students, and really anyone who wants to learn the material from a 10-inch screen.

The non-profit has had an iOS app since 2012, but now has launched a completely redesigned iPad app that features 150,000 learnings exercises, so users can launch them natively instead of having to pull up a webpage. Read More


Apple terminates registered App Store developers in Crimea following US sanctions

By Jake Smith on Jan 18, 2015

Apple sent an email to registered developers who are registered in Crimea on Sunday terminating their developer agreement with Apple and ceasing the development and distribution of apps.  Read More


European iOS users may need to re-enable auto-renewing in-app purchases

By Jake Smith on Jan 14, 2015

Following Apple’s price increases on the European iTunes App Store last week, auto-renewing subscriptions for in-app content in Europe have been turned off if any of the pricing tiers were changed.

It’s a move by Apple to stop charging users more than they agreed to, however Apple has not notified users or developers of the change, which could leave havoc to developers’ revenues for a few weeks until users figure it out themselves. Read More


Skype starts pre-release program for iOS, rolls out small 5.9 update

By Jake Smith on Jan 14, 2015

Microsoft-owned Skype announced a new pre-release program for its iOS app on Wednesday, aimed at its most engaged users.

The company said in a blog post that users accepted into the pre-release program will get access to early versions of Skype in exchange for their regular feedback and NDA signature. Skype is limiting access to those 18 or older and who have a valid email address and Skype or Microsoft Account. Read More


Google Translate for iOS gains Word Lens translation, conversation tools

By Jake Smith on Jan 14, 2015

Google announced a significant update for the Google Translate app for iOS on Wednesday, adding technology from Word Lens after it was acquired by Google in May 2014. Read More


Study: Google Play overtakes App Store in amount of apps

By Jake Smith on Jan 13, 2015

Google Play had more apps than the Apple iTunes Store at the end of 2014, marking a big change for app community, a new study from appFigures said on Tuesday.

It said Google surpassed Apple for total number of apps with 1.43 million compared to 1.21 million. The apps come from roughly 390,000 Android app developers and 280,000 iOS developers, those of which have to pay $99 a year to be a part of Apple’s Developer Center.  Read More


Spotify now has 15 million subscribers, 60 million active users

By Jake Smith on Jan 12, 2015

Spotify now has 15 million subscribers paying for its premium features and 60 million active users total, the music streaming giant announced on its blog on Monday.

The new numbers on Monday compare to number two months ago when the company said it had 12.5 million paying users out of 50 million subscribers, showing impressive growth for the latter number. Read More


Apple releases revamped App Store category just for kids

By Jake Smith on Jan 12, 2015

Apple has added a new category to its App Store, aimed just at children, the company’s official App Store Twitter account announced on Saturday.

“Set children loose in wondrous worlds designed especially for them,” the “Games for Kids” category description writes.” From cute puzzlers to accessible tower-defense games, our selections are perfect for a wide range of skill levels and interests.” Read More


Rise & Shine alarm clock app makes you smile before it shuts up

By Jake Smith on Jan 11, 2015

Rise & Shine is a new app, from the folks at Foley Productions, that has a creative way of getting you to wake up in the morning (or evening, depending on your schedule). We’ve seen apps where you have to shake the handset to make the alarm clock shut up, however Rise & Shine takes it a step further – you have to show it your pearly whites with a smile. Read More


5by for iOS will serve up videos based on your mood

By Jake Smith on Jan 9, 2015

5by is an app on the iTunes App Store that will serve you with videos based on your mood. I’ve often done this through YouTube, where I’m in a really bad mood and will search for comedy videos to help brighten my spirits (I’m rarely mad, but it happens). 5by, also available on the web, will help expedite the process. Read More


Apple institutes app price hikes in Europe, Canada and Russia as iPhones get more expensive in Brazil

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2015

As reported by AppleInsider, Apple has raised minimum prices of iPhone and iPad applications in the App Store in Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway and in the European Union.

As a result of the changes, customers in Canada will now see a minimum app price raised from $0.99 (USD$0.83) to $1.19 (USD$1.01). In the United Kingdom, the new minimum tier has gone up from £0.69 ($1.04) to £0.79 ($1.19) and €0.99 ($1.17) in the European Union, up from €0.89 ($1.05) before.

In addition, smartphones, tablets and other gadgets Apple sells in Brazil saw their prices skyrocketing by an average of 10 percent due to the steady devaluation of the country’s currency, real. Read More


More details surface for Twitter’s video feature: Shoot, edit, post videos from app

By Jake Smith on Jan 9, 2015

Twitter plans to unveil its new video feature in the next few weeks, reports Recode, and apparently some of the past details shared were wrong. Instead of a 10 minute video limit for the Twitter Video service like previously believed, it will be closer to 20 seconds and actually have a lot of similarities to the six-second, Twitter-owned Vine. Read More


Apple announces new records for the App Store, New Years day was its best day ever

By Jake Smith on Jan 8, 2015

Apple on Thursday announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store, with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases. It also revealed New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history, as customers presumably used gift cards and took advantage of App Store sales. Read More

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