You can now create logins directly in 1Password’s iOS extension and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

Developer AgileBits on Monday refreshed its freemium password-manager utility, 1Password for iOS, with a much smarter extension that allows you to create logins and other items without switching to the main app.

1Password 5.3 is also packed with a dozen other goodies, including enhanced Dynamic Type support, a fixe for the broken Zoom Mode on the iPhone 6 Plus, a new Large Type option, tags in bubbles, the ability to switch time zones and much more. Read More

 

Vine upgrades video quality to 720p

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Vine, a service for sharing short 15-second looping clips, announced on Friday that it is finally upgrading video quality from a rather paltry 480p resolution to a more acceptable 720p.

“We’ve been working on technical upgrades that support Vines in higher quality,” the Twitter-owned company said. The 720p format offers a resolution of 1,280-by-720 pixels whereas the 480p standard tops out at 640-by-480 pixels. Read More

 

Meerkat 1.1 gains better search, in-app streaming alerts and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Meerkat, an app which kicked off the live broadcasting craze by letting you stream live video from your iPhone to all of your Twitter followers at once, has released its first major update since its App Store debut a little more than two weeks ago.

The app is now more stable and user friendly and comes with nearly a dozen improvements related to searching, following other people, getting notified about their activity, discovering new streams and more. Read More

 

Twitter, Evernote, WeChat, Dark Sky, SPG and more being updated with Apple Watch support

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2015

We’re indeed starting to see the first wave of updates to popular iPhone applications that bring out support for the Apple Watch. First was Target with an iPhone app update which brings the shopping list and more to your wrist.

And now Evernote, the popular note-taking and personal organization tool, along with WeChat, Dark Sky, Sky Guide and other apps, has added several interesting Apple Watch features to its iPhone and iPad app in the App Store. Read More

 

Periscope shows the future of news with stream of NYC explosion aftermath

By Jake Smith on Mar 26, 2015

I’m watching a building burn down with firefighters rushing to save people inside- as it’s happening.

The Periscope app launched by Twitter this morning is already showing its stripes. People have often turned to Twitter (and the Internet) for news in the past – this is nothing new – but Periscope has already shown in its few hours of availability how it could reshape breaking news on the Internet. Read More

 

Target updates iPhone app with Apple Watch support for shopping from your wrist

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2015

Target may files as the first company to update its iOS app with official support for the Apple Watch, which goes on pre-order on April 10 before hitting store shelves two weeks later.

Now rolling out in the App Store, Target 7.3.1 for the iPhone will let you build a shopping list on your Apple Watch and includes a Glance to see when your store is open.

“When you’re in the store, it tells you where to find all of the items you need,” as per release notes. Read More

 

Review: Fantastical 2 for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

The sequel to the popular language-parsing calendar utility for the Mac has arrived and it’s everything you’ve been hoping for! Much more than a major new update, Fantastical 2 for Mac is a whole new app that feels instantly familiar while offering productivity-boosting improvements.

In addition to the revamped appearance optimized for OS X Yosemite’s look and feel, Fantastical 2 is now a proper replacement for Apple’s stock Calendar and Reminders apps.

Fantastical 2 has its own full-blown window and gorgeous full-screen mode while its menu bar thing can now be detached and dragged anywhere on the screen. The software is packed to the gills with a bevy of new features like iCloud Reminders and time zone support, light/dark theme, birthday reminders, a more powerful and friendlier natural language parser and more.

As a whole, the app feels tighter and more streamlined. Developer Flexibits was kind enough to put me on its limited list of beta testers, this is what I was able to gather from my weeklong hands-on time with the software.

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Twitter testing autoplay ads on iPhone, iPad apps for some users

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Taking a page out of Facebook’s playbook, Twitter has begun testing autoplaying videos on the timelines of a small group of users, AdAge first spotted. With the test, you may see videos playing without tapping a play button – and this means ads, too.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the test that’s occurring on Twitter’s iPhone and iPad apps. The autoplay test applies to Promoted Video ads, along with videos uploaded through Twitter’s mobile app through its new video service.  Read More

 

iPhoto for Mac updated before dying at hands of new Photos app

By Jake Smith on Mar 19, 2015

Apple has released an update for the iPhoto for Mac app on Thursday, updating the software that’s on its death bed before Apple transitions users to the new Photos app.

The update, available through the Mac App Store’s software update tool, will help users transition their photo libraries to Apple’s new software when it’s eventually made available to the public.  Read More

 

Major Pixelmator for iPad update brings new watercolor painting mode, brushes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Pixelmator for iPad, the closes thing to a full-blown Photoshop tablet alternative, today received a massive update. Aptly codenamed Aquarelle, it’s all about bringing watercolor painting features based on some pretty unique technology that can replicate real-life watercolor brushes.

In addition to a dozen artist-designed watercolor brushes and watercolor painting technology which allows creating real-life-looking watercolor paintings, Pixelmator 1.1 sports an optimized engine with up to two times faster painting performance, support for third-party styluses with enhanced pressure sensitivity features and much more.  Read More

 

Google Maps gains full-screen mode, transit line colors, voice search improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Google Maps last evening received another update which has brought out a couple noteworthy new features.

The application can now render maps in full-screen mode to maximize screen real estate and provide colored transit lines when retrieving transit directions. To access maps in full-screen mode, just tap an empty spot on the map. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 18

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 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 great freebies and new games to try. Read More

 

Launcher is back on App Store as Apple’s stance on widget restrictions softens

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Launcher, a tremendously useful iOS application by Greg Gardner for creating app, web and contact shortcuts available from a widget inside the Notification Center, is now back on the App Store following a six-month hiatus. The update is still propagating and it should hit all App Stores worldwide in the coming hours.

The original app was short-lived.

Following its App Store debut on September 17 of last year, the day iOS 8 was released, Apple removed Launcher just a week later citing a misuse of widget functionality.

Thankfully, the re-released app continues to offer the same features like its predecessor, indicating Apple may have softened its stance on launching other apps via the Today view of iOS 8’s Notification Center. Read More

 

You can now watch Vines offline

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Vine, a Twitter-owned video service that lets anyone share funny looping clips with the web at large, or just their followers, has received a nice update Wednesday.

Available as a free update in the App Store, the app now lets fans watch Vines quicker than ever, even with a slower or no Internet connection. You’ll also see that posts show up more quickly than before. Read More

 

Camera+ gains Today widget, full iPhone 6 support, direct Instagram sharing and better white balance

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

My favorite camera and photo-editing application, Camera+ for iPhone from Taptaptap, has received a long-overdue refresh Wednesday.

Now the app finally takes full advantage of the new screen resolutions provided by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus because “there’s just no substitute for a pixel-perfect, custom UI designed specifically for your megaphone.”

The previous versions used automatic scaling, which resulted in a blown up interface that didn’t feel at home on new iPhones. Also new in Camera+ 6.2: advanced white balance control using a dial.

You’ll also love direct sharing to Instagram and a handy Today widget which not only lets you quickly open Camera+ from anywhere, but puts handy photo tips and inspirational photo quotes of the day right into the iOS Notification Center. Read More

 

Modern Combat 5 goes free, gains MFi controller support, new multiplayer, Support soldiers, more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

In addition to going free for the first time (regularly a $4 value), a barrage of new features have been added to Modern Combat 5 in a brand new Spring update to Gameloft’s excellent war shooter (an App Store Best of 2014).

Now available in the App Store, Modern Combat 5: Blackout version 1.2 finally supports ‘Made for iPhone’ game controllers, both form-fitting and extended variants.

There’s a brand new multiplayer mode available called Zone Control in which you must capture and defend areas to boost your score. Other improvements include new weapons and character classes and additional character customization. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Mar 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 picks include deals such as Geekbench 3 for free, TextExpander 3 for $1 and more. Read More

 

Opera brings video boost feature to Coast browser

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

Norwegian browser developer Opera Software has refreshed its free Coast browser for the iPhone and iPad with several new features, among them Opera Turbo compression technology which can boost streaming video performance by reducing the size of video data, resulting in fewer buffering breaks while saving your mobile data bills. Read More

 

Rdio brings sharing improvements to iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

Rdio, the popular Internet radio service, on Tuesday announced three new sharing features in its mobile app for the iPhone and iPad: Share Replies that keep the conversation going, Smarter Sharing via a new Share icon and Tweet the Artist, which automatically puts the artist’s twitter handle in your tweets. Read More

 

FiftyThree launching new toolkit for iPad drawing app Paper next month

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

FiftyThree, the makers of the popular iPad drawing software Paper which works with their Pencil stylus, on Tuesday announced a new set of drawing tools coming to Paper in the form of an app update due next month.

The next-generation of tools, dubbed ThinkKit, will dramatically speed up the creation of diagrams, charts and presentation sketches, the company argued. Read More

 
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