A look at the brand new Philips Hue app

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 28, 2016

For decades it was a thing of science fiction. Books and movies have long depicted their protagonists speaking commands to inanimate objects and having orders carried out instantly. I think it’s safe to say that most everyone, including myself, used to daydream of being able to control lights simply by giving a voice command from anywhere in the room, no longer having to get up and walk over to flip a light switch on or off.

Then Philips introduced their Hue lightbulbs and companion API, moving traditional light switches a step closer to obsoleteness by introducing the ability to turn lights on and off with a smartphone app, bringing us one step closer to making voice controlled lights a reality. When the second generation Hue bridge was introduced with HomeKit support, Siri gained the ability to control Hue peripherals, creating the ultimate ease-of-use scenario.

There’s almost a magical property surrounding Philips Hue lights. A room can be lit or darkened by a spoken word, its walls repainted in an instant, or the atmosphere changed to anything from a tropical sunset to an Arctic aurora. There’s really no limit to what one can do with a few Hue lights and some creative inspiration.

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Periscope gains live-sketching feature, broadcasts come alive within Twitter for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if you could doodle over live video broadcasts on Periscope? With Periscope’s latest iPhone app refresh, now you can! The latest version of the Twitter-owned app lets you draw with your finger on top of a live video feed in any color you want, like a boss.

Your drawings automatically disappear after a few moments, similar to the Apple Watch’s sketching feature, and remain visible on Periscope replays. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS gains Travel Times widget, Night mode and other new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2016

Google yesterday pushed an update for its native Maps application on the App Store, bringing out a few newsworthy features and enhancements.

Google Maps 4.18 for iOS introduces a new Travel Times widget which lets commuters check a live travel time estimation to their home or work right within the Notification Center’s Today view.

In addition, the app’s gained a new built-in option for sharing directions with contacts. Plus, there’s a brand new Night mode and distance units settings in navigation. Read More

 

Hangouts 9 for iOS drops with Low Power Mode support and share extension

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Google’s Hangouts application wants to become a unified communications solution for all your messaging needs despite not seeing new features in months. Now we know why: Google’s been busy working on a major new version.

Now available on the App Store, the new Hangouts 9.0 brings a pair of new features, including one that’ll automatically suspend video sharing during VoIP calls when an iPhone enters iOS 9’s Low Power Mode. Read More

 

Ulysses brings its elegant writing environment to iPhone

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 23, 2016

As a writer, I’m always on the lookout for new apps that will help with the creative process and enable me to get work done more quickly and efficiently. I’ve gone through a variety of different apps on both Mac and iOS that provide their unique and not-so-unique feature sets in search of the ultimate writing tool.

With the power of iOS 9 on iPad, my goal has been to find a solid app that would give me the freedom of mobility while still syncing my thoughts and work to my Mac for those articles that only a physical keyboard could conquer. Today, I have found a solution that meets these goals in the form of Ulysses.

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Snapchat’s Face Swap now works with your own photos, paid Replays no longer available

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2016

A small but important update has appeared for Snapchat’s free of charge mobile application in the App Store. Bumped to version 9.29, the app’s expanded the utility of its popular Face Swap feature which now works with images from your Camera roll.

Face Swap is apparently a new craze. With this feature available in Snapchat in the form of a Lens, users can easily face swap with their friends. And with today’s update, they can swap their face with someone else’s photo stored in their Camera roll. Read More

 

Apple Store app gains 3D Touch support, now available in more countries

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for its Apple Store iOS client, bringing the app to version 3.7. The update brings about new 3D Touch features on compatible devices, and makes the app available in new countries.

As for 3D Touch support, iPhone 6s users have long been able to utilize Quick Actions on the app icon, but now the Apple Store app supports Peek and Pop. So force-pressing on a link within the app now opens up previews. Read More

 

Facebook launching group audio calling on Messenger with support for up to 50 participants

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

A year after it rolled out the ability to place and receive VoIP audio calls on Messenger, Facebook is now introducing a new VoIP calling feature with support for up to fifty people on a single group call. Group calling currently supports standard VoIP audio calls, but Facebook did tell TechCrunch that “group video calling is definitely a use case that a lot of our people might be interested in at some point”. Read More

 

Revisit the places you’ve been with Foursquare’s new history feature (bonus: Photos extension)

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

Since launching in 2009, there have been over nine billion check-ins on Foursquare across the globe. Celebrating its seventh anniversary, the startup pushed an update to its mobile application on the App Store which includes a handy new history features.

Similar to location history on Google, the updated Foursquare app makes it simple for users to browse any place they’ve been and checked into via a new History tab.

In addition, Foursquare now has its own Photos extension which makes it super easy to share a photo as a tip, right within the context of the Photos app. Read More

 

Privacy-enhanced Viber for iPhone lands with end-to-end encryption, hidden chats and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Two weeks after rival WhatsApp announced that chats on its platform are protected from eavesdropping with end-to-end encryption, the popular messaging app Viber on Tuesday released a privacy-enhanced edition of its iPhone and iPad app.

Bumped to version 6.0, messages you send and receive through Viber are now protected with end-to-end encryption, as indicated by the new padlock icon, and you can also hide away specific chats. Read More

 

Have you seen Pinterest’s new-look iOS app yet?

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Pinterest today announced a completely overhauled iPhone and iPad application—“our fastest, cleanest app yet”—that lets you focus on more Pins than ever before. The app, used by more than a hundred million people around the world, is a lot faster than the previous version it replaced, with your Home feed now loading up to three times faster.

The refreshed application is now rolling in the App Store so check back later if the new version isn’t immediately available where you live. The Android edition of Pinterest and its web-based counterpart are next on Pinterest’s list to tackle, though they wouldn’t commit to a firm release dates for these. Read More

 

iDB app version 1.1 comes with new bookmarking feature, San Francisco font, and more

By Sébastien Page on Apr 18, 2016

Version 1.1 of the iDB app was just approved and is now available in the App Store, including the usual round of stability improvements and bug fixes, as well as a couple notable additions. More specifically, we have added a new bookmarking feature as well as support for the San Francisco font, something many of you were pretty vocal about. Read More

 

Instagram updates Explore feature with video channels

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

Instagram announced on Thursday that it’s going to be rolling out a new look for Explore featuring video channels. The Facebook-owned social network says that it hopes the move will make it easier for users to discover video content they’ll enjoy.

Starting today, iOS and Android users will begin seeing a personalized channel in the Explore tab of the Instagram app called “Videos you Might Like.” The channel will feature videos collected from across the world in a seamless viewing experience. Read More

 

You can now watch Vine clips without having to manually scroll through individual posts

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

A new Watch button was rolled out yesterday to Vine’s iPhone application in the App Store, allowing you to enjoy videos in channels and on profile pages without having to manually scroll through individual posts. It’s basically a whole new way to watch Vine as you can now kick back and view the entire story of any channel or watch an account from start to finish. Read More

 

You can now attach Google Drive/Dropbox files and GIFs from Tumblr to emails in Yahoo Mail

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

The failing Internet pioneer Yahoo today announced a major update for its mobile email application.

Bumped to version 4.3, Yahoo Mail for iOS introduces new third-party integrations allowing you to add cloud files directly from your Google Drive or Dropbox to your messages as attachments, or add animated GIFs to your emails from Tumblr, which is another Yahoo-owned property.

The compose interface makes it easy to choose among Tumblr’s most popular GIFs of the moment, search for that perfect GIF or browse GIF categories including Love, LOL, Cute, Cheers, Fail, Happy and more. GIFs are added to your emails as attachments. Read More

 

You can now attach Microsoft Office documents to your WhatsApp chats

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

After enabling complete end-to-end encryption for chats and adding support for sending and receiving PDFs and basic text styling, WhatsApp for iPhone in its most recent update brings the ability to attach Microsoft Office documents to your instant exchanges with friends on the service.

Although not mentioned in the official release notes accompanying the 59.1-megabyte app, the change was spotted this morning by the Italian blog iSpazio. This is a useful new feature for users that removes the need to convert Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to the PDF format before attaching them to their WhatsApp conversations. Read More

 

Google Calendar can intelligently find time on your schedule to work on your personal goals

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

Yesterday, Google announced a cool new feature to mark the tenth anniversary of its online calendar service: Google Calendar will now scan your calendar intelligently to find the time on your schedule to work on your personal goals.

According to Google, the updated Google Calendar app lets you add a personal goal to your calendar.

These can be things like “run three times a week” or “hit the gym every day except weekend”. After parsing your natural language input, it’ll schedule time automatically for you and help you actually stick to it. Read More

 

Chat bots go live in Facebook Messenger, Facebook opens up Live Video APIs

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2016

Facebook was supposed to announce the addition of customer service chat bots and Live Chat APIs soon, but it seems that the latest app update already includes the plumbing work necessary to support chat bots. As first noted by Engadget, the app now shows a Bots and Businesses section and already third-party chat bots appear in search. Read More

 

Trigraphy photography app picks up new effects, gains albums and document support

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2016

Trigraphy by Nixes, a beautiful app for turning your photographs into low-poly artwork, was refreshed in the App Store earlier this week with a few new tricks. Bumped to version 2.1.2, the software gained two new effects alongside an effects bundle and other perks.

For starters, it’s now possible to open images in Trigraphy from other apps because the app has gained its own Document Provider extension.

The built-in gallery now supports albums and users can change how images are saved and how 4K assets are handled, which should fix problems related to 4K download. Read More

 

Airmail gains iPad and Touch ID support, adds tons of new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2016

Airmail, the popular Mac email client, has made the leap to the iPhone back in February.

As of today, this powerful email application is available with a native interface on iPads, with full support for iOS 9’s Split View multitasking mode, wireless keyboards with fully customizable shortcuts, Touch ID, the ability to draw sketches within the app and much more.

“Never before has e-mail been so powerful and productive across your Apple devices,” developers told me via email. “Use the extended screen real estate to compose and communicate like never before.”

The refreshed iPhone and iPad app is available now in the App Store at no charge for existing users. Read More

 
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