Fandango app updated with new design, new rating system and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2014

Whether you use it or not, the Fandango Movies app for iOS is a fairly big deal. Not only does it offer up movie info and trailers, but it also facilitates theater ticket purchases. In fact, you can start the process with Siri, as Fandango is deeply integrated into the assistant.

Anyway, the app got a major makeover this morning, with the release of Fandango 6.0. You’ll notice the visual changes right away—particularly in movie pages, theater lists—as well as the all-new ratings system, spotlight carousel, and a number of other enhancements… Read More

 

Real Racing 3 updated with new ‘open wheel’ vehicles, expanded roster and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Hot on the heels of its major Aston Martin update last month, the folks at EA have posted another new version of its popular Real Racing 3 game today that brings about new ‘open wheel’ vehicles, an expanded roster and more.

The new vehicles fall under the new ‘Open Wheelers’ category, and include classics such as the Caterham Seven 620R, Ariel Atom 3.5 and Atom V8. The 2014 Porsche 911 RSR and Hyundai Veloster Turbo have also been added… Read More

 

Screens VNC 3.0 for Mac is out with all-new design, menu bar icon and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Fans of Edovia’s ‘Screens’ application will be happy to hear that the studio has updated the popular VNC client for Mac to version 3.0. The release follows a major update to the iOS app in December, and brings an all-new design, several new features and various other improvements.

For those who haven’t used Screens VNC before, it enables you to connect to your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from virtually anywhere in the world. The remote connection is secure, and provides access to your files, applications, media, text documents and much more…

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A&E and History Channel apps updated with live TV streaming

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

A little over a year ago, A&E Networks updated its iOS clients with on-demand programming. It was a fairly big move, as it allowed users to watch their favorite episodes of TV shows like Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars while on the go.

Today, A&E issued another major update for its mobile clients, this time adding live TV streaming to both A&E and History Channel iOS apps. So now you can watch live programming from each of the channels on your iPhone or iPad… Read More

 

Tempo Smart Calendar gains free conference calls, app icon date and new alert sound

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2014

Tempo Smart Calendar by Tempo AI, Inc. is one of the best calendar apps for the iPhone. Best of all, Tempo is totally free (unlike some other premium calendar apps on the iOS platform). Today, the app got bumped to version 1.3, offering a new conference calling feature with up to five participants, free of charge and without ever leaving your calendar.

There’s also a new custom alert sound and an option to add the current date to the Home screen app icon. The update is now live in the App Store... Read More

 

Amazon revamps Cloud Drive Photos for iOS 7, adds Timeline and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2014

Amazon today refreshed Cloud Drive Photos, its free iOS app that lets you store, view and access photographs and video files in the company’s cloud-based storage service, Cloud Drive.

The app’s been bumped to version 3.0 and completely redesigned with iOS 7 look and feel in mind that promises to “bring enjoyment back to viewing photos and videos on the go.”

On top of the new looks, Cloud Drive Photos 3.0 brings out a Timeline thing (more on that later) that looks great on the iPad, has a simpler navigation with new sorting features, boasts upload enhancements with improved background fetching and more.

The update is now live in the App Store so grab it while it’s hotRead More

 

Pandora alarm clock now available on iPad, launches Pebble app for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2014

You’ve been able to wake up to your favorite Pandora station since last December, assuming you’re enjoying the popular Internet radio service on your iPhone. On Monday, Pandora has finally rolled out the useful alarm clock feature to the iPad.

It’s pretty straightforward and works a lot like the alarm clock feature in the iPhone edition: you just pick your favorite song or station to play as your alarm, knowing you’ll be woken up to your favorite music.

And should you decide you could use a few extra minutes of sleep instead of waking up early to eat breakfast, you can do so by adjusting your snooze time… Read More

 

Readdle updates Calendars with new iPad UI, custom reminders on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2014

Ukrainian developer Readdle has updated its free and paid Calendar apps for iOS with a refreshed user interface on the iPad sporting better layout and improved navigation. On the iPhone, the new Calendars 5.4 lets you set customer reminders and both editions include a pair of maintenance fixes and other improvements.

Now available to download in the App Store, both the free Calendars app and the $2.99 premium Calendars have been updated with the aforementioned features… Read More

 

Readdle’s Printer Pro for iPhone is free today only

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2014

AirPrint, Apple’s wireless printing technology is great except when it is not. The problem with AirPrint: limited vendor support. Unless you own a printer that works with AirPrint, you’re out of luck.

But things don’t have to be this way and thanks to a myriad of printer-related apps on the App Store, you can easily send images, documents and other content in select iOS apps to non-AirPrint printers.

One of the best printer apps on the App Store, Printer Pro for iPhone by Ukrainian developer Readdle has gone free for the next 24 hours. This nicely done and powerful productivity app normally retails for five bucks a pop so now’s a good time to grab Printer Pro for iPhone free of charge if you haven’t already… Read More

 

Minimalist iPad weather app, Morning, now available for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2014

Morning by Tamper, the beautiful weather app for the iPad and one of Apple’s App Store Best of 2013 apps, has been updated with native support for the iPhone. Now available in the App Store free to those who’ve purchased it, Morning version 1.5 brings its sleek, minimalist interface to the iPhone and iPod touch.

On the iPhone, Morning includes all the features of the iPad version, including more than two dozen UI themes.

On the iPad, this new version of Morning has also introduced a few new nice-to-haves, detailed after the jump… Read More

 

Apple updates iMovie for Mac with new title options, speed effects and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Apple pushed out a notable update for the Mac version of its iMovie software this afternoon. The release, which brings the app to version 10.0.3, includes a handful of new features—like new title customization options—and various other improvements.

iMovie users can now sort events in the app’s side bar by date, and change the font, size and color of new titles. Additionally, you can crop and rotate clips in events and add speed effects to clips using the Adjustments Bar. We have the full change log below… Read More

 

Twitterrific 5 for iOS enhanced with several usability improvements, bug fixes

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

If you’ve been reluctant to purchase Iconfactory’s excellent Twitter client for iOS, Twitterrific, there’s no longer any reason not to give it a whirl as the team last month took the freemium route by making the app free with ads.

Of course, in-app purchases are available to unlock specific advanced features such as push notifications, ad removal and tweet translation. Now available free in the App Store, the freshly updated Twitterrific version 5.7.1 brings out several improvements and bug fixes, detailed after the jump… Read More

 

Pocket updated with new languages, support for Medium and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Last month, popular read-it-later service Pocket took its iOS client global, adding the support of French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish languages. Until then, the app could only display UI elements (not saved content) in English.

Today the service built on that achievement by adding support for 5 new languages, including both Chinese and Portuguese, via an app update. The release, marked as version 5.2.1, also features better support for Medium and other improvements…. Read More

 

Klout for iPhone goes 2.0: personalized content stream, topic explorer, Klout Perks and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

Klout started out in 2008 with the promise of measuring the world’s influence. Although its rapid rise to fame has inspired a bunch of similar services, Klout has remained my favorite social media analytics.

Upon connecting your social media accounts with Klout, the service calculates your score on a scale of 1-100, depending on the popularity of your posts as measured by the number of interactions and reposts from your community, among other factors.

To derive your score, Klout processes an astounding 50 billion pieces of information every single day. Granted, Klout isn’t the most accurate social analytics tool out there, but it does help you get noticed for your unique passions.

Besides, the team is dutifully adding new features on a regular basis. My only gripe with Klout: its sub-par iPhone app – and I’m using the term ‘app’ loosely here – that would only let me see my Klout score and nothing else.

Today’s version 2.0 update changes all that by adding several much-needed features such as personalized content streams, the new content scheduler and topic explorers, Klout Perks and more… Read More

 

NBC’s iOS app now streams free shows to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

Cord-cutters are well aware that the National Broadcasting Company, or NBC, is one of the rare few broadcasters that allow for free streaming of their shows right after they’ve aired on television, no cable subscription required.

The company has a nice iOS application which has received an interesting little update earlier today with support for wireless content streaming to the Apple TV, via Apple’s AirPlay technology.

As a result, you can now send such shows as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Days of our Lives, The Blacklist and About a Boy to your big screen TV, through Apple’s $99 media-streaming box… Read More

 

Persistent search bar and swiping improvements added to Vimeo’s iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2014

Back in February, the video sharing service Vimeo added support for the handy swiping gesture to its free iOS app.

You can swipe right to reveal options to share a video, like it or add it to your Watch Later list. Swiping left marks a video for download so it can be accessible on your device without an Internet connection.

Today’s update, now available in the App Store, removes the Watch Later option when you swipe from left to right, leaving only sharing and liking options in the menu. But don’t worry, Watch Later is now available when you swipe from right to left. As a bonus, the app now adds a clip to your Watch Later list and marks it for download at the same time.

Vimeo version 4.0.10 also includes a new persistent search bar at the top, but more on this after the break… Read More

 

Amazon Instant Video gets overhauled with iOS 7 styling

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2014

Amazon on Monday issued a new version of its Instant Video for iOS app. Available free in the App Store, the new Amazon Instant Video version 2.5 now finally features a brand new user interface on the iPhone and iPad which honors Apple’s human interface guidelines for iOS 7 development.

Released initially for the iPad in August 2012 and later updated with iPhone UI, the app picked up support for background AirPlay wireless streaming to the Apple TV back in September 2013.

If you live in the Amazon cloud, Instant Video for iOS is your gateway to the world of Hollywood entertainment available on Amazon’s video service. Today’s facelift arrives after the online retail giant announced (and started selling on the same day) its own set-top box last week, the $99 Fire TV that does voice and runs games.

Read on to learn more… Read More

 

Expedia now giving away free travel-related iOS apps, starting with Over

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2014

If you’re the type who enjoys seeing new places and meeting new and interesting people, chances are you’re using Expedia to plan your trips.

Originally started by the Windows giant Microsoft, the online travel service was later spun off as a separate entity because it was “no longer about software intensive technology” and they were “concerned that they would not do their best at this.”

Since then, Expedia’s been doing great: it’s grown into a multi-billion dollar business and is now the world’s largest full-service online travel company. Expedia.com is ranked the 138th website in the United States by the web traffic reporting service Alexa.

They have a decent iOS application and now Expedia is offering free iPhone and iPad apps related to traveling as part of its new ‘Media Lounge’ service.

Expedia Hotels & Flights for iOS has been bumped to version 3.6 and can now be downloaded free from the App Store. Hit the break for more info… Read More

 

Facebook Pages Manager 3.0 is out with new pinning and editing features

By Cody Lee on Apr 4, 2014

Facebook has posted an update for its Pages Manager this afternoon, bringing the app to version 3.0. The update includes the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as a handful of new pinning and editing features.

Pages users can now pin and unpin posts to the top of their Page timelines from within the app, allowing them to highlight important events and other announcements. You can also now create and edit events on the iPad, and more… Read More

 

IFTTT now plays nice with iPad, offers iOS Notification Center integration

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 3, 2014

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a powerful web automation services that lets you create complex rules called recipes to automatically perform actions when certain values change or criteria are met.

For instance, I use an IFTTT recipe which automatically changes my profile pic on Twitter and other social networks whenever my Facebook profile image changes. Used it wisely and IFTTT can save you from repetitive task.

And beacuse I’m not an animal, I’ve grown to like IFTTT a lot and depend on it. In its latest version 2.0 update that surfaced on the App Store earlier today, IFTTT now plays nice with iPads while introducing new triggers and Recipe collections, including the tremendously useful iOS Notification Center one!

Hit the break for the full reveal… Read More

 
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