Vine app officially becomes Vine Camera

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

Vine for iPhone was updated today with a cool dark icon, a new name and same old features, making good on Twitter’s promise to sunset the service and morph it into a dedicated mobile camera software.

Rechristened as Vine Camera and bearing version number 6.0, the app is focused on the tools that let you shoot and edit six-second videos shareable on Twitter, where they now loop. You can also add captions, save videos to your iPhone’s Camera roll and more.

Vine Camera is available free of charge from App Store and requires iOS 9.0 or later. Read More

 

Snapchat launches universal search for improved navigation

By Cody Lee on Jan 13, 2017

Snapchat on Thursday updated its mobile app with a new universal search bar. Speaking with TechCrunch, the company says the feature was designed for speed, so you can quickly locate what you’re looking for and get back to snapping.

The new search bar is always accessible at the top of the app, and it allows you to find friends and groups and discover publishers and trending Stories. “Quick Chat” suggestions will allow you to jump straight to a specific message thread. Read More

 

Google rolling out overhauled ride services experience in Maps for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2017

Google today announced that expanded ride options and more actionable information are now available to users of the mobile Google Maps application on iOS and Android.

You can now book, complete and pay for an Uber ride without ever leaving Google Maps, as well as browse useful information related to your destination during the ride with menus, hours and other helpful details only a swipe away. Read More

 

TV provider Cable ONE & ESPN/WatchESPN apps gain support for Single Sign-On feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2017

Apple today refreshed the official list of Single Sign-On providers on its website to reflect that TV provider Cable ONE now supports the feature. Based out of Phoenix, Arizona, Cable ONE serves approximately 750,000 customers in 19 U.S. states.

With Single Sign-On, users can save their pay-TV access credentials in the Settings app on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV so compatible video-streaming apps can automatically unlock paid content. Just two days ago, ESPN and WatchESPN iOS apps gained support for the feature, as well as compatibility with Google’s Chromecast. Read More

 

Airmail 1.5 for iOS gains Workflow integration, custom actions & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

Airmail, the cross-platform email client by developer Bloop, has received a refresh on the App Store sporting a few noteworthy enhancements. Airmail 1.5 for iOS, a $4.99 download from the App Store, features integrations with the Bear Notes app and the popular iOS automation app Workflow. Other changes in Airmail 1.5 include new custom actions and Gmail authentication, the ability to select your default inbox, a new OpenURL action and minor fixes. Read More

 

Friendly Run event launches in Super Mario Run, earn Rally Tickets no matter if you win or lose

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 27, 2016

After launching a new Friendly Run mode in Super Mario Run six days ago, Nintendo today announced a limited-time Friendly Run event that gives you a little bonus for playing Friendly Run. No matter if you win or lose, playing Friendly Run during the event earns you some free Rally Tickets.

The event is running from December 27, 2016 8:00am to January 11, 2017 07:59am. Read More

 

Spotify for Mac gains Touch Bar shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2016

Spotify for Mac was updated this morning with support for Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro models, German outlet Giga.de reported. A few handy music-playback controls are now available in Spotify’s Mac app directly from the Touch Bar, including common controls such as transport and search, as well as persistent Now Playing buttons like play, pause, shuffle, repeat and the volume slider. Read More

 

Infuse 5 gains collections, 3D Touch actions, video deinterlacing, searching on Apple TV & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2016

Infuse 5 for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV [review] launched in the App Store a month ago with features like iCloud settings sync, Up Next, streaming from cloud-storage services, Split View and Picture in Picture multitasking support on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and other compatible iPad models and much more.

aTV Flash Black developer Firecore, the brains behind this versatile media player app, has now released 5.1 update for Infuse with support for a new Collections feature, search and video deinterlacing on Apple TV, 3D Touch shortcuts on iOS Home screen and more. Read More

 

Email client Spark for Mac adds a bunch of new productivity features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2016

Less than a month ago, Ukrainian developer Readdle launched Spark for Mac with Touch Bar support and many advanced features to help you achieve Inbox Zero Nirvana. Last evening, the app received a bunch of new features in the new 1.1 update. You can now assign a different color to each email account so it’s easier to distinguish in the account list. Multiple messages can now be marked as spam at once, IMAP folders can be created directly from the sidebar, contacts now sync with your address book and more. Read More

 

Super Mario Run: 40 million downloads, Friendly Run mode added

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2016

Nintendo Japan said in a press release today that Super Mario Run for iPhone has been downloaded more than forty million times in the four days following its debut on the App Store six days ago.

The game topped the App Store’s Free charts in 140 countries and is among the top 10 paid items in more than a hundred App Stores worldwide. Today, Super Mario Run gained a brand new Friendly Run gameplay mode, but with a daily cap. Read More

 

Viber launches instant video messages, chat extensions, redesigned emoji & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

About a month and a half ago, Viber rolled out Public Accounts as a new way to reach brands. Today, the messaging service pushed another update to its mobile app on the App Store. With Viber 6.5.5 for iPhone, you can now send instant video messages to contacts, share interesting online content with chat extensions without leaving the app, enjoy completely redrawn emoticons and add up to 250 participants to a group chat. Read More

 

Instagram enhances Stories with stickers, Save Story option, hands-free shooting & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Instagram is on a roll: hot on the heels of enabling a bookmarking feature, Boomerang montagescommenting improvements and disappearing media attachments in Direct, the popular photo-sharing service today announced additional features for your Stories. These include regular and holiday-themed stickers, text enhancements, hands-free video mode, the ability to save a Story video to iOS’s Camera roll and more. Read More

 

Duet Display update brings Touch Bar to your iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Duet Display, an app from ex-Apple engineers that turns your iPad into an extra display for your Mac or Windows PC, was updated today on the App Store with an interesting new feature that adds a Touch Bar to your tablet. Simply use Duet Display’s free of charge iOS app to connect to Duet Display running on a Mac with Sierra 10.12.2 or later and enable the new feature in Duet’s menu bar settings. Read More

 

Deliveries for Mac gains full Sierra compatibility, Touch Bar shortcuts & other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016

After refreshing Deliveries for iOS with full iOS 10 and watchOS 3 support and other nice-to-haves four days ago, Deliveries for Mac was updated on the Mac App Store with full support for macOS Sierra, Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro and more.

Touch Bar shortcuts can be customized for features like shipping company suggestions when you add a delivery, auto-complete for email addresses, a 1Password button when it’s appropriate and more. Read More

 

Releasing today: $20 Minecraft for Apple TV & big “Ender” update for iOS version

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016

Highlighted at the “Hello again” Mac event in October, Minecraft for Apple TV is currently rolling out on the tvOS App Store. Developer Mojang also announced that Minecraft: Pocket Edition for iOS just received a big “Ender” update. Bringing the app’s version number to 1.0, the “Ender” update enables a bunch of cool features and perks.

Some of them include the ultimate boss battle, Ender Dragon, new locations like The End, additional items such as the Dragon’s Breath potion and this year’s Festive Mash-Up Pack with all kinds of holiday themed looks. Read More

 

You can now play Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO on your Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

Good news for those of you who still play Asphalt 8 on your big screen TV just because it’s one of the best-looking titles available on the fourth-generation Apple TV: developer Square Enix just updated its award-winning GO titles—Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO—with tvOS compatibility.

Already bought these games on iPhone and iPad? Get them on Apple TV at no additional charge via tvOS App Store’s Not on This Apple TV section! Read More

 

Deliveries gains full iOS 10/watchOS 3 support & many new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

Deliveries, my favorite package tracker for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, received a major update on the App Store this morning. Bumped to version 8.0, Deliveries is now fully compatible with iOS 10 and watchOS 3 and supports many new iOS 10 features, from rich notifications and haptic feedback to a reworked widget, deeper 3D Touch support, faster background updating for the Deliveries widget and its Apple Watch app, improved suggestions when you add a delivery, an iMessage sticker pack and more. Read More

 

Dropbox for iOS gains bulk renaming of photos, offline folders & recent save locations

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

Popular cloud-storage service Dropbox has refreshed its iPhone and iPad application on the App Store with three new features: bulk-renaming of photos, offline folders and recent save locations. In addition, the company announced a major infrastructure push enabling faster sync speeds thanks to several new proxy servers established across the globe, including accelerators in California, Texas, Virginia, New York, Washington, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Read More

 

Google Drive becomes Android migration tool with contacts, photos, videos & calendar sync

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

Google wants to make it even easier for Apple fans to switch from iOS to the Android platform so it’s turning the mobile Google Drive app into a migration tool of sorts with new features that let you upload and synchronize your contacts, photos, videos and calendar events.

The search giant also provides a Quick Switch Adapter with its Pixel smartphones that allows users to quickly transfers data directly from an iPhone to their Pixel phone.

Google Drive is available at no charge from the App Store. Read More

 

1Password for Apple Watch is now a native app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2016

1Password developer AgileBits was there on day one with a brand new Apple Watch app when the wearable device made its April 2015 debut. As useful as it was, the app wasn’t exactly a speed demon and was limited in functionality by only supporting items stored in your Primary vault. Those issues are now a thing of the past as 1Password for Apple Watch is now a 100 percent native app that takes full advantage of the speed and performance enhancements afforded by running directly on Apple Watch hardware.

As a bonus, the new app now permits you to add items from any vault to your Apple Watch, including items stored in your 1Password.com account vaults. Read More

 
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