App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 2

By Cody Lee on Mar 2, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the crazy world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include discounts on hit games Tempo, Nihilumbra and Wheel and Deal. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 27

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have more great game deals for you as we head into the weekend! Read More

 

Google Maps update adds Local Guides, detailed POI/venue info and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

The Internet giant Google on Friday issued a refresh to its native mapping application for the iPhone and iPad, adding Local Guides and a couple other nice-to-haves.

A global community of the top reviewers on Google, Local Guides now appear in Google Maps 4.3 for iOS.

You can also add transit directions to your calendar.

Search has been improved, too, with the ability to search for event information for select venues, nearby businesses based on their address and even retrieve fun facts about popular points of interest. Read More

 

Numerous gains Google Sheets, Tesla and Celestial Events channels and other perks

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015

Numerous for iOS has been updated with three new channels today: Google Sheets, Tesla and Celestial Events, including SpaceX.

The Sheets channel is of particular importance as you can track any number or date in a Google spreadsheet. For instance, you could track changes to your checking account balance, your company’s monthly recurring revenue and even the results of a survey created using Google Forms.

Of course, it’s just as easy to track any other number or date in a Google Sheets spreadsheet. You can even elect to be notified when values change or exceed a threshold you set. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 24

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some solid app deals, a handful of great new puzzle games, and more. Read More

 

At last, Facebook Messenger gets native iOS 8 Share extension

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Today, social networking behemoth Facebook issued a small yet important update to its mobile messaging software for the iPhone and iPad. Facebook Messenger version 22 is now available in the App Store and with it comes a much appreciated and long overdue iOS 8 extension.

With it, you can at last send pieces of content to Messenger without leaving other apps. Using iOS 8’s standard Share sheet, it’s simple to share photos, videos and links directly with Messenger contacts, without leaving context of the app you’re currently using. Read More

 

WordPress for iOS gains WYSIWYG visual editor, in-line image management and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Blogging on the go has just become a whole lot more easier thanks to an update issued to WordPress’s mobile application in the App Store.

Bumped to version 4.8, the software at last brings out an all-new visual editor with additional text styling features and the ability to add images in-line, align them, access image formatting options and more.

What’s more, the WYSIWYG editor takes the guessing work out of the equation as it renders your post as closely as possible to what it will look like when published, so you’ll preview less and edit more. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 23

By Cody Lee on Feb 23, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we’ve collected several great freebies and discounted apps just for you. Read More

 

Tweetbot for iPhone gains Twitter video support, improved GIFs

By Jake Smith on Feb 23, 2015

Tapbots has updated its Tweetbot app with new features on Monday with the release of version 3.5.2, most notably bringing support for Twitter’s native video. Read More

 

Calcbot 2 launches as a freemium app with all-new look and new features

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2015

Tweetbot developer Tapbots has released Calcbot 2 in the App Store. The intelligent calculator app is now completely free for everyone, has no ads whatsoever and, among other perks, has been revamped from the ground up for iOS 8.

The refresh software brings out a brand new favorites system which replaces the somewhat confusing memory keys, includes an iCloud-sync’d history in portrait mode alongside the calculator and other perks. Read More

 

Facebook update allows you to add stickers to photos

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2015

Facebook today began rolling out a new feature to its mobile apps that will allow users to add stickers to their photos before uploading them. The functionality is similar to that in the “Stickered for Messenger” app the social network released back in December.

Users who have received the update should see a small icon at the bottom of each uploaded image, which you can tap to see all of the stickers you can use. After selecting a sticker, you can determine how big you want it and where it should be placed on your photo. Read More

 

IFTTT rebrands iOS client, launches three dedicated task automation apps

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

IFTTT (an abbreviation of If This Than That), a popular Internet mashup service, announced in a blog post Thursday that its flagship mobile app shall be known henceforth as just “IF by IFTTT”. Available free in the App Store, it features an updated icon and a revamped new look.

In addition to it, the company has announced a trio of task focused ‘Do’ apps: Do Button, Do Camera and Do Note, each available free in the App Store.

With these dedicated apps, and more to come in the future, users can create specific on-demand workflows and tie them to buttons for quick one-tap access. Read More

 

OneNote for iPad gains handwriting, stylus support with palm rejection and OCR for images

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

After updating the Mac edition of OneNote with enhanced optical character recognition (OCR) features and other goodies yesterday, Microsoft on Thursday announced that users of OneNote for iPad can now extract text within all images that are added to notebooks saved on OneDrive.

In addition, the iPad application now has handwriting support, a top requested feature which permits users to highlight documents, scribble notes or just draw sketches with their finger. With this update, handwriting is now available in OneNote across all platforms. Read More

 

Google releases Inbox app for iPad

By Jake Smith on Feb 19, 2015

Google has released an iPad version of its Inbox app, its new service that allows “a completely different type of inbox”. The app strives to surface the most relevant stuff that often gets buried and forgotten due to an avalanche of unwanted emails we get bombarded with. Read More

 

You can now open shared links in Dropbox for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

Popular cloud-storage service Dropbox today announced it’s refreshed its mobile app for iOS and Android with the much-appreciated ability to open shared links on the iPhone, iPad or Android tablets and smartphones.

In the past, sending someone a link to a shared Dropbox document meant firing up the web interface, but not anymore. Starting today, tapping on a shared link from your iOS device opens the file in the Dropbox app.

Not only does this give you rich previews for shared documents and photos, but also the ability to instantly save shared content to your Dropbox account. Read More

 

NBC now streams content live to iOS thanks to app update

By Jake Smith on Feb 17, 2015

NBC has updated its iPhone and iPad apps on Wednesday to include live streaming television, following in the paths of ABC and CBS. NBC had originally rolled out its “TV Everywhere” product on the web, but now it’s available on iOS, bringing the content to your iPhone and iPad. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 17

By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some significant updates for Dropbox, Google Play Music, and more. Read More

 

Google Play Music updated with Material Design, iPad support and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 2015

Google today pushed out an update for its Play Music iOS client, bringing the app to the odd version number of 2.0.3828. The update is rather significant in that it brings about proper support for the iPad, as well as new Material Design UI for the iPhone.

In the changelog Google says that it has heard users “loud and clear, and now Google Play Music has an official iPad app.” It looks very similar to the redesigned iPhone app, sporting Google’s new Material Design aesthetic, but with larger UI elements. Read More

 

Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iOS gain iCloud storage integration

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

Windows maker Microsoft today announced it’s bringing out new cloud storage integration to Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and iPad, including the iCloud file picker on iOS and Office Online integration for viewing and editing.

The much appreciated support for Apple’s cloud-based storage permits customers to store their documents, presentations and spreadsheets to iCloud and access them on their other iOS and Mac devices. Read More

 

VLC media player is back in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2015

VLC, the popular cross-platform media player which lets you watch AVI videos on your iPhone and iPad without conversion (as well as other non-iOS-friendly media types), is back in the App Store following a long-standing licensing dispute.

In addition to resolving licensing issues, this edition of VLC brings a few noteworthy enhancements to the table which I’ll lay out for you after the jump.

UPDATE: following a soft-launch in New Zealand, the app on February 27, 2015, finally went live in the US App Store. Read More

 
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