OneDrive for iOS brings back file downloading, adds VoiceOver and Single Sign-On improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2015

Microsoft’s excellent mobile client for its cloud-storage service, OneDrive for iOS, was updated with three new features today, among them the ability to download photos and videos to your Camera roll after a brief hiatus following the app’s recent redesign. Available free of charge in the App Store, OneDrive 5.5 for iOS also contains VoiceOver improvements for hearing-impaired users and support for Single Sign-On. Read More

 

Fantastical for iPhone gains drafts feature [bonus: promo codes giveaway]

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Developer Flexibits has issued an update to Fantastical’s iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps this morning. This premium calendar and reminder replacement software for iOS, watchOS and OS X now includes complete support for Japanese users across its iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch editions.

More importantly, Fantastical 2.4 for iPhone now includes drafts, a handy new feature addition that makes it possible to multitask while adding new items quickly and easily. The update is rolling out as we speak and should be available in the App Store shortly.

As a nice bonus, the fine folk at Flexibits have kindly provided more than a dozen promo codes for you, our readers, to redeem so read on to potentially grab your free copy of Fantastical. Read More

 

Periscope for iPhone refreshed with muting, Handoff support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

In addition to refreshing its main application for the iPhone and iPad with drafts support and interactive notifications on iOS 8, the micro-blogging startup Twitter today issued a noteworthy refresh to its live-broadcasting app, Periscope.

Available at no cost in the App Store, the new Periscope 1.1.3 implements support for Handoff, a new technology in iOS 8 which lets you seamlessly move tasks across devices.

In addition, the app has gained other perks like a new notification setting for people you follow, viewer statistics when browsing past broadcasts and more. Plus, it now tailors your global list of recommended broadcasts to your geographical location. Read More

 

Chrome for iOS gains a cool tab-switching gesture

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

Just days after updating Chrome for iOS with the ability to swipe right or left to navigate backward or forward, the search giant issued another app refresh this morning.

Bumped to version 44.0.2403.67, Chrome’s added a handy shortcut to switch between open tabs without having to reach for an icon in the upper right corner with your thumb.

Google’s mobile browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available at no cost in the App Store. Read More

 

TurboScan puts the power of a high quality mobile scanner in the palm of your hand

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

TurboScan by Piksoft Inc., a small Bay Area company, has been available on the App Store for more than five years. Yesterday, they finally launched a free version which leaves no features behind so anyone can now experience the power of a high quality scanner in the palm of their hand, at zero cost.

Ranked #1 business app in the US App Store and with over three million existing users, this document and receipt scanner includes powerful features wrapped around an engaging interface. Read More

 

YouTube app updated with support for fullscreen vertical videos

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2015

Google’s YouTube updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 10.28. The update brings about two major enhancements: support for fullscreen playback of vertical videos and push notifications.

The former is fairly significant. Users can now view vertically-filmed videos in fullscreen when in portrait mode—a big improvement over previous versions, which would shrink content between two black bars. Read More

 

Save links for later with Pinterest’s much improved Share extension

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015

Pinterest’s Share extension on iPhones, iPod touches and iPads has gotten a whole lot more useful in the latest update which just landed on the App Store.

The free of charge application was among the first on the App Store to have rolled out a native Share sheet extension on iOS 8, albeit sporting a very limited set of features.

With the new, much improved Pinterest button for iPhone, you can now save links for later in a more visual way than before, with customizable Pin descriptions and more. Read More

 

TodoMovies 4 adds Apple Watch app, custom lists, richer views, tabbed navigation and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015

As a longtime fan of TodoMovies, an excellent movie tracker by German developer Taphive, I’ve been using the app to keep tabs on the movies I wanted to watch.

Since its March 2014 App Store debut, developers have constantly updated the app with meaningful feature additions like Motion Posters in TodoMovies 2, a revamped design in TodoMovies 3 and lots of other goodies.

Previously a $1.99 download, TodoMovies went the freemium route and it did help widen the app’s user base. And as of Thursday, TodoMovies 4 is available in the App Store with tons more perks.

For starters, it now offers a nicely designed Apple Watch app for your wrist. On the iPhone side, enhancements include custom lists, a richer movie details view, tab-based navigation, support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screens and more.

Read on for a quick review based on my brief hands-on time with the new version. Read More

 

Office for iOS gains Outlook integration, easier sharing, viewing protected files and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015

Software giant Microsoft on Thursday issued a set of updates adding several new features to its Office mobile apps on the iOS platform. For starters, the refreshed editions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad can finally open and view protected documents.

Next, users can now easily invite others to collaborate on documents and grant permissions from within the apps, another important productivity boost. Read More

 

Google finally updates Chrome for iOS with swipe to navigate

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

File this one under the “better late than never” drawer. It only took like nearly two years since iOS 7’s debut but Google has at long last given users of its Chrome for iOS browser the ability to swipe right or left to navigate backward or forward.

The iPhone and iPad browser, now bumped to version 44.0.2403.65, also brings stability improvements and bug fixes while laying the groundwork for another major feature addition: Physical Web integration in the Notification Center’s Today view.

Physical what? Read More

 

Google Play Books gains revamped Read Now, notes and highlights syncing, new font and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2015

Google on Tuesday issued an update to its Play Books application in the App Store, adding a few new features and enhancements designed to elevate your reading experience on the iPhone and iPad.

The new Google Play Books 2.5 for iOS now features a revamped Read Now view, a new default font, the ability to sync notes and highlights to Google Drive and more. Read More

 

Spotify delivers ‘Discover Weekly’ personalized playlists and deep Nike+ Running integration

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2015

Following Apple Music introduction, Spotify has doubled down on music discovery and third-party integration, the two areas where it hopes to outsmart competition, with Monday’s announcement of a Discover Weekly feature and deep integration with the Nike+ Running mobile app.

Unlike Apple’s human-curated playlists for various activity types, Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists are entirely driven by algorithms and personalized to each user’s listening habits, as per Re/code on Monday. Read More

 

Google’s Inbox app gains enhanced snoozing features for certain types of emails

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2015

Inbox, a gesture-driven email app for the iPhone and iPad by the Gmail team which was born out of Google’s acquisition of Sparrow, was updated on the App Store today with enhanced snooze options for package tracking updates, restaurant and event reservations, calendar invites and a couple other types of emails.

The feature makes it easy to snooze an email message to the day before the event, knowing your email will come back at just the right time. These enhanced snoozing capability is in addition to custom snooze times which were introduced back in March. Read More

 

Google Play Newsstand now supports magazines, adds improvements to Highlights and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2015

Google has updated it Newsstand iOS client (formerly Google Currents) in the App Store with much-needed support for digital magazines available on the Play Store.

The new version has arrived shortly after Apple released the iOS 8.4 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which, among other perks, brings out support for Made for iBooks content on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Google Play Newsstand 3.2 also includes improvements to the Highlights feature and the usual performance and bug fixes. Read More

 

Pixelmator for iOS updated with 5x faster Repair tool, new Dynamic Touch feature and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

Pixelmator for iOS, which almost two months ago became a universal app with native iPhone support, was refreshed in the App Store this morning with a few new features and dozens of improvements, performance improvements and stability fixes.

The Repair tool, which debuted on Pixelmator for Mac, is now up to five times faster on iPhone and iPad, and even more precise.

And the all-new Dynamic Touch tool intelligently changes the stroke size of all Retouch tools based on your finger input: use the tip of your finger and you’ll create thin strokes; press harder, or use a larger surface area of your finger, and you’ll produce thicker lines.

Moreover, Pixelmator’s Photo Editing extension has been improved to make it easier to apply Pixelmator’s effects within the context of iOS’s stock Photos app. Read More

 

TiVo updates iOS app with AirPlay streaming of recorded content to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

TiVo on Tuesday refreshed its iOS app in the App Store with the ability to stream content to the Apple TV via AirPlay. The development marks a major U-degree turn for TiVo, which for a long time has deliberately blocked AirPlay to prevent users from streaming video content to Apple’s $69 box.

With support for the AirPlay mirroring feature now official, users of TiVo’s iOS app can use AirPlay to stream content recorded on a TiVo box using the iPhone and iPad application to a user’s Apple TV.

The refreshed app with the new AirPlay functionality is rolling out later today. Read More

 

Apple pushes iTunes 12.2.1 update fixing iTunes Match and Beats 1 issues

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2015

Apple on Monday issued a bug-fix update to iTunes for Mac and Windows. iTunes 12.2.1, available through the Software Update mechanism or standalone via iTunes.com/download, fixes a pair of issues with iTunes Match, Apple’s $25 per year song identification service. In addition, it contains minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1, Apple’s free of charge 24/7 global Internet radio broadcasting in more than a hundred countries. Read More

 

5 new features coming to Photos 1.1 for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2015

When OS X El Capitan releases for public consumption in the fall, it will deliver, among other features, an update to the built-in Photos for Mac application.

As a matter of fact, El Capitan marks the first major feature-packed update to Apple’s photo-management solution since Photos for Mac debuted as part of April’s OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software update.

As mentioned in the official El Capitan release notes distilled into human-readable form by Jason Snell of Six Colors, Photos 1.1 brings out about half a dozen new features that didn’t make it into the initial release, on top of a bunch of bug fixes, security improvements and optimized performance. Read More

 

SoundCloud update adds more functionality to playlists and new ‘related tracks’ feature

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2015

SoundCloud updated its iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 3.10.1. The company says the update “significantly upgrades the listening experience,” bringing about more functionality for playlists, the ability to shuffle your Likes, and a new ‘related tracks’ feature.

With the new playlist capabilities, you can now shuffle and edit your playlist within the mobile app. When SoundCloud redesigned its iPhone app last summer, it removed these and several other features, and it has since been re-adding them through a series of iterative updates. Read More

 

Vine updated with new HD upload setting and improved discovery

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2015

Twitter updated its 6-second video sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.4.2. The update brings about two major improvements: suggestions for popular Viners to follow, and a new quality setting that lets you post your Vines in HD.

The former should help Vine with its discovery problem, something its parent company Twitter particularly struggles with. It’s nearly impossible to convince new users to stick around when it’s difficult to quickly find interesting and entertaining content. Read More

 
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