Pocket, a read-later service, in celebration of its first anniversary today pushed a new build of its iOS and Android containing a new social feature aptly named Send to Friend, in addition to push notifications and other nice-to-haves.
Formerly know as Read It Later, Pocket was App Store’s Best of 2012 app and iPad App of the Week. Send to Friend is interesting as it saves content other people share with you right in your inbox.
You can then re-visit those articles later, but also read comments along with any highlighted quotes they chose to share with you… Read More
Apple is once again the subject of unwanted attention by China’s state media. This time, rather than singing the praises of the iPhone maker, China’s official newspaper includes the California company in a list of app stores that are part of a pornography investigation.
Although Apple’s name is not emphasized, the well-known brand is among a number of much lesser-known web sites and app stores mentioned in the second paragraph of the Wednesday issue of the People’s Daily. The mention could signal the China government’s intention to make Apple an example, as was done to Google in 2009, reports suggest… Read More
Apple Tuesday was granted a patent for how it manages folders on the company’s iOS devices, including the familiar “jiggle” user interface. The patent, awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, describes a “device, method, and graphical user interface for managing folders.” In the 2010 application, Apple said the interface relieves the “significant cognitive burden” and wasted energy traditionally required for moving files and icons on a computer desktop… Read More
The market for iOS email clients has exploded in recent months, with new arrivals like Dropbox-ownedMailbox, collaboration software Sendgine and of course Google-ownedSparrow all striving to rethink, with more or less success, what email should be about.
Needless to say, I was immediately hooked up on Triage, a new kind of iOS email client software from Southgate Labs Limited, billed as “first aid for your inbox.”
To be clear, this app is meant to complement rather than replace your primary email client by helping you “use your downtime to quickly remove the noise and stress” in order to reach Inbox Zero nirvana. And boy does it succeed in achieving that objective… Read More
As promised, the new Facebook version 6.0 update has just dropped on the App Store, bringing out a number of new features such as Chat Heads borrowed from Facebook Home for Android, a redesigned user interface on the iPad focused on the new News Feed which was announced in March, stickers in chat windows and more.
Get downloading and read the following one-line disclaimer from Facebook before you jump straight to the comments:
“Chat Heads and stickers will be available to everyone over the next few weeks”.
There, it’s a staggered roll-out, you’ve been warned… Read More
Time Warner Cable, a major U.S. cable telecommunications company, confirmed to Bloomberg that it will be adding out-of-home live television streaming to the iPhone, iPad and iPod devices via its free TWC TV software, which will gain new features via an update tomorrow. In addition to on-demand television shows and movies available from 26 networks, the refreshed TWC TV app will also make ten live television networks available for out-of-home viewing on iOS devices. Go past the fold for the full breakdown… Read More
Chat Heads, the core feature of the new Facebook Home for Android, is coming to iPhone and iPad via an update to Facebook’s iOS client, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer and mobile head Cory Ondrejka announced at AllThingsD’s D: Dive into Mobile conference today.
As for Facebook Home, that application will see its first update on select Android smartphones from HTC and Samsung in “the second week of May”. Go past the fold for a nice Facebook 6.0 for iOS hands-on video… Read More
Dropbox-ownedMailbox soon became my go-to email client on iOS because it vastly reduced the overhead of dealing with email messages on iDevices by taking delegating most background stuff to the cloud. What the iPhone or iPod touch in turn becomes is a thin, responsive client.
And that has allowed for some interesting possibilities, such as rearranging the individual messages in your inbox or snoozing them as if they were reminders.
Although developers mostly concentrated on creating an effective user interface to support these unique features, the Mailbox app has a few annoyances that today’s maintenance update, its second update post Dropbox acquisition, strives to address.
For example, no longer are you limited to snoozing messages until Later Today, This Evening, Tomorrow, This Weekend, Next Week, In a Month, Someday or a specific date: the app now adds more granular choices allowing for snooze adjustments based on time of day and week… Read More
I’m loving Google’s native YouTube iOS app a lot although it’s lacking in some key areas.
Specifically, I’ve come to appreciate its sleek user interface, especially on the iPad, along with social sharing, the ability to browse my individual subscriptions, AirPlay playback and other capabilities.
Today, the Internet giant pushed another update and it’s kind of a big deal.
For the first time, the software is able to access Live Streams and that’s huge because I can now watch those live events and news conferences on my iPhone or iPad as they happen. But that’s not all. Read on for more… Read More
Here’s CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta reporting on the latest on prosthetic technology: a pair of bionic hands controlled from an iPhone app. 34-year-old Jason Koger in 2008 had a brush with death when he got jolted with 7,200 volts of electricity.
Doctors had to amputate his both hands and he’s been trying out a variety of prosthetic hands ever since. Four years later, UK-based prosthetic developer Touch Bionics comes up with the i-Limb Ultra Revolution, an iPhone controlled bionic hand.
It offers “unparalleled dexterity and control, enabling wearers to more easily perform activities of daily living and thus increase their quality of life.” The video is right after the break… Read More
In light of Apple’s recent ban on discovery apps, a new portal hopes to do an end-run around the whole controversy. Appolicious launched Monday appoLearning, a web site where educational experts recommend iOS apps for K-12. Although it touts use of educational experts to make recommendations on dozens of educational app categories, appoLearning offers a spot for paid endorsements. Still, the founder of Appolicious claims his app recommendation service will be a boon for Apple… Read More
Twitter Thursday announced on, well, Twitter that it snapped up We Are Hunted, a music startup which tracks what songs people share the most across social networks.
But that’s so yesterday. Just 24 hours later, Twitter on Friday announced its music service is crawling out of obscurity, having changed from “invite only” to “coming soon.” Not much is known about the service as of yet except for a tidbit here and there.
According to some well-informed people, the micro-blogging service will be launching an app for iOS devices as well, timed to the start of the Coachella music festival this weekend. Matter of fact, if you’re Ryan Seacrest, a filmstar, an influencer or some such celebrity, you could start using Twitter Music today… Read More
Apple appears to want its apps to lose the ‘outsider’ label. In an email communication to its registered developers sent earlier this week, the App Store owner encouraged programmers to localize their applications because it’s “never been more important.” Also, in the latest round of moves aimed at Chinese consumers, the iPhone maker updated its online support forums to handle the native language… Read More
The AppGratis app curation software is no longer available on the App Store but the controversy is far from being over. After AppGratis CEO Simon Dawalt lambasted Apple on a company blog for kicking his app out of the App Store, a move he called “an absolutely crazy situation to deal with,” a French minister today slagged the iPhone maker over the ouster. Fleur Pellerin, France’s junior minister for digital economy, publicly described Apple’s decision to pull AppGratis as “extremely brutal and unilateral.”
She urged European regulators to “think about legislation” because Apple is not “behaving ethically” in its dealings with small startups like AppGratis… Read More
If you use Bump, a cross-platform app for sharing photos, contacts, music and more between different devices, you may want to pass on today’s update as it’s removed the handy ability to share songs from your iTunes library.
“We’re sorry, but we are no longer permitted access to iTunes audio files on the device,” release notes accompanying the download read. In removing access to iTunes audio files in the file sharing section, Bump didn’t just appease to Apple, it’s also a little less useful now… Read More
As promised, super publisher Electronic Arts and developer Firemonkeys just rolled out a major update to the awesome free-to-play Real Racing 3, bringing out over a hundred new events and two Chevy vehicles. The one feature I’ve been waiting for is an improved game saving capability: in Real Racing 3 version 1.1, your progress is now saved and synced across all your devices via the cloud.
This finally lets me to kill a few minutes on my iPhone while standing in the line at a bank and then continue playing right where I left off on my iPad. More tidbits and some nice screenies right below the fold… Read More
The App Store carries some handy programs for folks who need to edit Microsoft Office documents on their iPhone and iPad. If Google’s acquisition of the popular app Quickoffice came as a shock and you were looking to jump ship, Readdle has you covered with today’s update to their free Documents software. The application, which is now universal, has at last been updated with support for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Although Documents won’t let you edit Microsoft Office documents, you can now view Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on any iOS device you happen to own.
Plus, Documents comes with lots more features to help you manage a bunch of file types, it syncs with popular cloud storage services, comes with a beautiful media player and lets you even annotate PDFs… Read More
Mr. Runner, in case you aren’t aware of it, is Zing Games’ endless runner with an interesting side-scrolling twist and nice retro-like graphics. People downloaded it over five million times so it has some respectable following out there. Two and a half years later, Zing is set to release a sequel, titled Mr. Runner 2: The Masks.
Exploiting the side-scrolling mechanics further, Mr. Runner 2 adds a bunch of colorful backgrounds that should shine on Retina screens (art direction indeed looks stunning), 32 level across four dream-like worlds worlds with different themes and challenges, plus the new cartoony characters.
I’ll be on the lookout for this one when it hits the App Store on April 24, that’s for sure. By the way, there’s more to this trailer than meets the eye. Read on for the full disclosure… Read More
Samsung has been promoting its eye-tracking technology, which debuted on the Galaxy S3, for some time now. As an S3 owner, I must say I wasn’t impressed with the handset’s ability to automatically shut down the display when looking away: it’s taxing on the battery and not very reliable. With the Galaxy S4, which is scheduled to go on sale by end of April, Samsung is doubling down on eye-tracking with a few related new features like Smart Scroll and Smart Pause.
And now, a new iPhone app has been released which brings the Smart Pause-like functionality to the iPhone… Read More
Celebrating its fourth anniversary, the location-based social networking service Foursquare today pushed a major new version of its mobile app, bringing out new features that tap over 3.5 billion check-ins users have made on the service thus far. “With the new Foursquare 6.0, we’re crunching all our data to show the best of what’s nearby, anywhere in the world, the second you open up the app,” the team wrote in a blog post Wednesday. Here’s what’s new… Read More