Review: boost your sleep analysis with much improved Sleep++ 2.0

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2016

David Smith’s excellent Sleep++ app is my killer app when it comes to sleep analysis, a glaring omission from the Apple Watch. It’s become second nature for me to open Sleep++ as I tuck myself in bed for the evening.

This native watchOS 2 app collects data from watch sensors to measure sleep quality and duration, which can then be reviewed in greater detail in a companion iPhone app and synced with your Health database.

The updated Sleep++ 2.0, now available as a free download in the App Store, takes sleep analysis to the next level with major improvements to its sleep analysis engine and new features such as better Health integration, an improved Night Detail view, night trimming and timezone support. Read More

 

Vevo’s beautiful new Apple TV app brings 150,000 HD music videos

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2016

Vevo today began shipping a refreshed Apple TV app. Redesigned from top to bottom, it provides access to more than 150,000 music videos in high-definition and exclusive original programming. The revamped software upgrades the experience for users over the old app in many respects.

According to CEO Erik Huggers, Vevo wants to become the MTV for the digital age. “We continue to invest in what we believe is the premium platform for music videos and related original content,” he said in a media release. Read More

 

Twitter rolls out a new timeline feature

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

The pressure mounts on Twitter to re-ignite growth, which has virtually come to a halt as average users increasingly find the service too confusing and difficult to use. Today, the micro-blogging service unveiled yet another refinement designed to adjust how the timeline surfaces interesting content.

Similar to the “While you were away” timeline feature which released a year ago, Twitter will now put recommended, not the newest, tweets at the top of your timeline so that you never miss important updates from people you follow. Read More

 

Vine app gains 3D Touch, caption editing and post ordering features

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

Vine, a Twitter owned mobile application for short-form video sharing, has been updated in the App Store this morning with three new features. For starters, owners of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s plus can press Vine’s icon on the Home screen to access a shortcut menu with a pair of options to make a Vine or jump into the Explore feed.

In addition, you can now edit your Vine’s caption for a brief period after you post and watch an account’s Vines in any order you want. Read More

 

Facebook expanding Live Video feature to all iPhone users in the US

By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2016

Facebook on Thursday announced that it would be expanding its live video broadcasting feature to all iPhone users in the United States. The company began testing the feature, aimed directly at Twitter’s Periscope, in December, along with its photo collage update.

To share a live video, make sure you have the latest version of the Facebook mobile app and open up the Update Status sheet. You should see the Live Video icon sitting above the keyboard. Type a brief description and choose your audience before tapping it to go live. Read More

 

Deliveries gets massive update with 3D Touch, multitasking & new features

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 27, 2016

Delivery trackers are invaluable tools you can use on your iPhone or iPad to keep track of your inbound and outbound package deliveries from services like USPS, UPS, FedEx, and others to make sure they get to the places they need to go.

As we shared just a couple days ago, Deliveries by Junecloud is by far one of our favorite apps to do this with, and on Wednesday, Deliveries has received a massive update to version 7.0 with a change log so big we couldn’t even fit it on our Mac’s screen. Read More

 

Google updates Chrome for iOS with 70% fewer crashes, Spotlight integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

Google’s mobile Chrome browser was updated this morning in the App Store and the new release promises a whopping 70 percent fewer crashes along with a few other goodies, such as Spotlight Search integration.

Google said that the dramatically reduced crash rate is due to Chrome’s adoption of WKWebView, a rendering engine from Apple which was first introduced with the release of iOS 8 back in 2014.

In addition, this release of Chrome for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad should be faster overall, with JavaScript execution now “dramatically faster.” Read More

 

Facebook rolling out new 3D Touch features in its mobile app

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2016

Facebook on Thursday began rolling out new 3D Touch features to iPhone 6s users via its mobile app. The Verge reports that the additions include the ability to peek and pop things like web links, profiles, pages, groups, events and photos.

The Facebook app has supported 3D Touch since October, but until now it has mostly been about the Quick Actions—the shortcut menu for Home screen icons. Facebook has added a new one of these as well, which takes you to your Timeline.  Read More

 

Microsoft updates Office for iOS with 3D Touch features, Apple Pencil support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

Microsoft today rolled out updates to its mobile Office suite in the App Store: Word, ExcelPowerPoint and OneNote. Across the board these apps have gained support for 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s/Plus.

In addition, the new ‘Annotate with Ink’ feature puts a set of cool tools on the new Draw tab for drawing, writing and highlighting things using touch, pen or Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. Read More

 

iMovie for Mac updated with fix for YouTube bug and other improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 19, 2016

In addition to iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3, Apple also seeded an update for iMovie today. The release brings the popular movie editing software to version 10.1.1, and it includes a number of improvements and bug fixes that are sure to appease users.

Among the bugs fixed are a known issue with YouTube sharing that caused problems for users with multiple accounts, a problem that prevented white balance adjustments from being applied to clips, and one that caused incorrect display of still images. Read More

 

Outlook for iOS gains Skype integration, Mac app updated with Split View and full-screen support

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2016

Microsoft Outlook is an excellent email client, not just for mobile devices but on desktop platforms, too. And now, it’s about to get a lot better. According to Microsoft, Outlook for Mac now now officially supports Full Screen view for OS X Yosemite and up and OS X’s native full-screen view.

On the mobile front, Outlook for iOS has received a nice little update which brings Skype integration for calendar events so users can now make any meeting a Skype call that can be launched from the calendar event in Outlook. Read More

 

Infuse for Apple TV gains custom Favorites graphics, new zooming/sorting options and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016

Infuse for Apple TV, a versatile media center app by aTV Flash Black developer FireCore, has received an update in the App Store today, bringing a bunch of welcome additions to the experience. No longer are those media folders you add to Infuse represented by generic icons: you can now add custom artwork to them, letting you pretty up Infuse’s menu.

New zoom options have been added for removing encoded black bars, you can now sort your media by filename and rename or remove a Favorite by long-pressing its icon. Read on for the full list of changes in this edition of Infuse. Read More

 

Live Periscope broadcasts are being integrated into Twitter’s mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016

In a major move, micro-blogging startup Twitter today announced that live Periscope broadcasts are coming to Twitter for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, making it possible to watch broadcasts without leaving Twitter’s mobile app.

Now when you tap a Periscope link in your timeline, no longer does it take you to the Periscope app. Instead, those links are getting replaced with the broadcast itself that automatically plays right within your tweet. Read More

 

Spark for iPhone gains custom swipes in notifications, pinch-zooming and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016

Readdle’s Spark for iPhone is an awesome email client and I can’t wait to use it on my iPad (coming soon) and the Mac (it’s in the works). Today’s update makes it even better.

In Spark 1.5 for iPhone and iPod touch, you can now customize which swipes are available in notification actions for new messages. You can also designate an email signature to be your default on a per-account basis, zoom in on HTML emails and more. Read More

 

1Password update brings full support for 3D Touch and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 11, 2016

AgileBits’ popular password manager, 1Password, was updated this morning in the App Store with support for 3D Touch actions on the Home screen and Peek and Pop gestures within the app for iPhone 6s/Plus owners.

These shortcuts permit you to quickly bring up search, view your favorites or add a new item, right from the Home screen, and preview items within the app with 3D Touch.

In addition, the new version contains other refinements and new features such as the inclusion of Watchtower, a service that has been available in 1Password’s Mac app for quite a while and alerts you when your accounts might have been compromised, as determined by monitoring the latest security vulnerabilities from around the web. Read More

 

Original Fantastical for Mac is now officially over, Fantastical 2 is 20% off until January 10

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2016

The original Fantastical, the popular calendar and reminders app which basically launched developer Flexibits back in 2011, has received its final update in the Mac App Store. While support for Fantastical 1 is now officially over, Fantastical 2 for iPhone, iPad and Mac will of course continue to be updated, maintained and supported for the time being.

“After more than four years of free updates and support, it’s time to focus our efforts, energy and resources on Fantastical 2,” Flexibits said.

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Twitter for Mac revamped, gains dark theme, inline video and GIF support, group DMs and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 30, 2015

Twitter today at last issued a long-expected update to its free of charge OS X desktop client in the Mac App Store. The new Twitter 4.0 experience starts with a brand new dark theme for those who prefer the Finder’s optional dark appearance in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

Other enhancements in this edition of Twitter for Mac include the ability to mute accounts, use a new Today widget to see Twitter Highlights in the Notification Center, group chats with up to 50 people and support for Twitter’s new quotation format, animated GIFs and inline video playback. Read More

 

Fleksy Keyboard gains 3D Touch cursor control and other perks in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2015

Fleksy, the popular software keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, was updated earlier this week with a bunch of refinements and new features, including 3D Touch-based cursor control and Home screen shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Other goodies in Fleksy 7.5 include the all-new (and free) festive pack to dress up your keyboard in holiday-themed skins, the ability to search for emoji with the Highlights extension, a new GIF & Stickers tab for browsing animated GIFs and more. Read More

 

Viber revamps share menu, rolls out new media settings & support for Wink messages

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015

Viber for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was updated this morning in the App Store with support for auto-disappearing Wink messages while introducing a redesigned share menu, more detailed information in group chats, the ability to select how long your media is stored for and a few design enhancements to the app’s introduction screens.

Viber, now owned by Japan’s Rakuten, has received a steady stream of updates as of recently.

The service offers a nicely done watchOS 2 app for your wrist that lets you read and respond to messages with dictation, canned replies and stickers. Read More

 

Facebook is rolling out Live Photos support

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015

When Apple introduced Live Photos at its September 2015 iPhone 6s event it also announced an SDK allowing third-parties to implement support for them, while specifically saying that Live Photos would be coming to Facebook before year-end.

Following Tumblr’s iOS app which was first to implement support for Live Photos, Facebook today started rolling out the ability to upload and view Live Photos from within their iOS app, TechCrunch reports. Read More

 
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