Apple said to be planning holiday launch for Apple Pay loyalty program

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Apple is hoping to launch its rumored Apple Pay loyalty rewards program in time for the holiday season, reports Bank Innovation. The program was initially thought to be part of Apple Pay 2.0, expected in the fall of 2015, but new reports claim Apple pushed up the time table.

How the program will work is still unknown, but Bank Innovation says it will likely utilize Apple’s iBeacon tech. It offers an example that includes the Apple Pay user receiving a push notification while in a clothing store that reads: “hey if you buy this now, you can get this for free.” Read More

 

Google adds ‘Incoming’ view and more to Docs, Sheets and Slides for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Google is on a roll today.

Minutes after issuing an updated Play Music client for iOS with a revamped Listen Now interface, mood or activity based radio station search and other goodies, the search monster announced Tuesday that updates to its Docs, Sheets and Slides trio of mobile productivity applications are now available in the App Store, featuring an all-new “Incoming” view to see all of the files that have been shared with you and a few other enhancements.

For example, the Docs editor now plays nice with external keyboards.

“We also know that it’s important to you to be able to make documents look as polished as possible, wherever you’re editing, so in Docs you can now apply headings and use shortcuts when you’re typing with Bluetooth keyboards,” the team noted. Read More

 

Google Play Music updated with revamped Listen Now, mood or activity based search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

After refreshing Google Plays Newsstand for iOS yesterday with native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Internet giant Google on Tuesday pushed an update to another app, its Play Music client for the iPhone and iPad.

Taking a page from Betas Music’s book, the new version of Google Play Music, available free in the App Store, enables mood or activity based search for radio stations. Jogging? Good, use the ‘Running’ tag to find music that matches your activity. Holding a party? The related ‘Partying’ should come in handy.

And because this is Google, they even let you search for ‘Feeling Happy’ radio stations. Other new features and enhancements are briefly mentioned right after the break. Read More

 

Vine updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 extensions and more

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Twitter has released an update for its popular video-sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.0. The update features a number of enhancements, including support of iOS 8 extensions and the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

With iOS 8 extension support, users can now upload content to Vine from the Photos app, or any other video app that supports extensions. Users can also now follow Vine channels, such as Animals or Comedy, to get relevant videos added to their feeds. Read More

 

Strong demand in China reportedly forces Apple to boost iPhone 6 Plus production

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

In case you didn’t get a memo, Chinese buyers are especially fond of oversized phones. In fact, for many Asians a jumbo-sized phone isn’t just a tablet replacement but their only mobile device.

Counting on the phablet popularity in China, Apple’s now found itself in a situation where it needs to increase output of iPhone 6 Plus due to higher than expected demand for the 5.5-inch Apple smartphone in the 1.33 billion people country, Apple’s second-largest market by revenue, DigiTimes reported Tuesday. Read More

 

Infuse 3 out with iPhone 6 support, AirDrop sharing, dark theme and dozens of improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Jailbreak developer FireCore has made a name for himself with the aTV Flash Black software that supercharges the $99 Apple TV media streamer. But he’s also behind Infuse, an excellent app that brings support for a plethora of audio and video file formats to iOS, no conversion needed.

Apps like Infuse are a big deal because Apple’s mobile operating system does not support “foreign” media formats out of the box. Following the initial Infuse release on April 30 of last year and Infuse 2 last December, here comes Infuse 3, probably the biggest update thus far.

Infuse 3 supports iOS 8 as well as the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus display sizes and contains other perks that round out the feature set quite nicely. And it’s especially timely given that VLC for iOS got removed recently from the App Store for legal reasons, again!

So what else is new in Infuse 3? Read on for the full reveal. Read More

 

Twitterrific adds enhanced search, iOS 8 Share sheet support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Twitterrific 5 by Iconfactory, a freemium Twitter client which last month added 1Password integration and other enhancements, on Tuesday saw another refresh expanding on its compelling feature set.

Twitterrific 5.8 is now available in the App Store and includes support for native sharing via multi-purpose iOS 8 Share Sheets, to just about any service that has advertised its Share Extension to the system. Jump past the fold to learn about other improvements. Read More

 

Facebook updates Paper app with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Facebook today issued an update for its popular Paper app, bringing the iOS client to build 1.2.4. Inline with recent updates for the native Facebook app, and Messenger, the latest version of Paper brings about support for the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In the release notes, Facebook says that Paper “looks beautiful on the latest iPhones,” as it’s now optimized for their Retina HD displays. It also adds that 1.2.4 includes performance improvements, bug fixes—particularly one involving the keyboard, and is more reliable. Read More

 

How to use Instant Hotspot on the Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

Instant Hotspot is a great new feature that allows you to connect to your iPhone’s Hotspot for instant Internet access with zero configuration. As long as your Mac running OS X Yosemite and iPhone running iOS 8 are connected to the same iCloud account, and both devices have Bluetooth enabled, you can quickly tap into your iPhone’s Internet connection from your Mac. Read More

 

How to make and take phone calls on your Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

Now that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are out, the FaceTime app in OS X Yosemite is now capable of making and taking phone calls. It does so by connecting to an iPhone running iOS 8 to transmit calls via the iPhone’s cellular connection. All calls made from your Mac will appear as if they came from your iPhone’s phone number.

Want to see how it works in action? Check out our video after the break for a demonstration and setup details. Read More

 

List of places where you can use Apple Pay

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2014

Now that you’ve got iOS 8.1 installed, and Apple Pay set up, you’re probably wondering where you can test out the new service. As we mentioned earlier, the Apple Store app (among others, at this point) has been updated with Apple Pay support, but what about physical stores?

Luckily Apple has you covered, and has posted a list of all the participating retailers that are supporting Apple Pay at launch. It’s a decent-sized list, with over 30 national chains mentioned, including various clothing stores, department stores, restaurants and gas stations. Read More

 

Google Play Newsstand adds iPhone 6 support

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2014

Google Play Newsstand (formerly Google Currents), the search giant’s official Flipboard-inspired software for the iPhone and iPad, received a small update Monday bringing native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

In addition, the new version features an improved download progress interface for offline content and contains unspecified bug fixes. Google Play Newsstand is available as a free download from the App Store.

TechCrunch reports that the search giant will also update the official Google Play Music client for iOS and Android later today with Songza-style functionality.

As you know, Google purchased Songza earlier this year. Like Apple-owned Beats, the service specializes in finding the right music to fit your mood. Read More

 

Apple Store app updated with Apple Pay support

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2014

Folks looking to test out the just-launched Apple Pay service, but don’t have the option to try it in-store, can download the latest version of the Apple Store app. Apple just posted an update for the digital storefront that adds support for the new one-touch mobile payment service.

Folks who have a compatible Apple Pay device, who have updated to iOS 8.1, can set it up either through the Passbook app or in Settings. Once you have a card on file, apps updated with support for the service will offer Apple Pay as a payment option during the checkout process. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, Camera Roll, Text Message Forwarding and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2014

As promised, Apple on Monday released iOS 8.1 for public consumption. Users who have an older version installed on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad can now update to the latest software over-the-air, by choosing Software Update under Settings > General.

iOS 8.1 flips the switch on Apple Pay in the United States on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the newly released iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

It also re-enables the missing Camera Roll album in Photos and beta iCloud Photo Library (in beta) while bringing additional Continuity features like Text Message Forwarding between iOS 8 devices and Yosemite Macs and more. Read More

 

Flickr updated with iOS 8 Share Extension, native iPad interface with unified search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2014

Yahoo’s Flickr photography service this past weekend issued an update to its iOS app bringing, at last, native interface on iPads, a new Share Extension on iOS 8 so you can post photos to Flickr from any third-party application which support system-wide Share sheets, the ability to access and edit photo details in the mobile app, use unified search across your photos, albums, groups and Flickr photos and more.

Flickr 3.2 is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Dropbox for iOS updated with support for iPhone 6 and Touch ID

By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2014

Great news for Dropbox users this evening, as it appears the online storage service pushed out an update for its iOS client this weekend. Dubbed version 3.5, the new build of the app brings about support for the higher resolution displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and other enhancements.

In the change log, Dropbox lists a fix for previewing RTF files on iOS 8 and other general stability and performance improvements. It also notes that users with an iPhone 5s or later, running iOS 8 or later, now have the option to unlock their Dropbox accounts using Touch ID fingerprints. Read More

 

Wunderlist for iOS gets 1Password integration, Mac app gains Handoff, Today widget and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2014

Wunderlist, an increasingly popular cross-platform to-do and task manager by German developer 6Wunderkinder, got updated both for iOS and OS X with cool new features.

The iOS edition now includes support for 1Password signing and the ability to see your to-dos in iCal while fixing UI issues on iPad and more.

The Mac edition has received a substantial Yosemite-ready refresh adding a more productive Today widget in the Notification Center, interactive push alerts, a more powerful “Add to Wunderlist” feature along with the complete Handoff experience for seamless moving between devices and more. Read More

 

Rdio ushers in iPhone 6 and CarPlay support, interactive alerts and more in major iOS 8 update

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

Following a recent overhaul with new features, free streaming in more than two dozen countries and other perks, Rdio, the popular Internet service, on Thursday pushed a major iOS 8 focused update.

Following in the footsteps of rival Spotify which two weeks ago added support for CarPlay, Apple’s in-car iPhone entertainment system, Rdio has now jumped on the automotive bandwagon, too.

In addition to music playback and navigating your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars, Rdio 3.0.4 has a handy new control to adjust streaming quality (should prove indispensable to those concerned about cellular data usage).

Moreover, this update adds support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes, iOS 8’s Interactive Notifications (you can play music and follow other users directly from an alert) plus other nice-to-haves mentioned after the jump. Read More

 

Instagram’s iPhone 6 refresh is out

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

One of the most popular mobile applications and the de facto leading platform for mobile photography, Facebook-owned Instagram, has at last been optimized with native display support for Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones.Instagram 6.1.3 is now available in the App Store and lists no other changes in iTunes release notes accompanying the 15.9-megabyte download. Read More

 

Facebook app updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2014

Facebook pushed out an update for its iOS client this afternoon, bringing the app to version 16.0. The social network doesn’t say what changes were made, but it does now say “optimized for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus” in the description.

This is great news for folks with one of Apple’s newer handsets, as their larger displays really highlight non-updated apps with stretched UI and fuzzy graphics. Facebook was one of the few remaining high profile apps without iPhone 6 support. Read More

 
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