Poll: has Apple Watch software update made your favorite apps more responsive?

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2015

Last week saw the release of Apple’s first software update for the Apple Watch.

Among other changes, the flurry of enhancements in Watch OS 1.0.1 include performance improvements related to both Apple’s stock apps and third-party applications you download from the App Store.

Unlike stock apps that run directly on the device, third-party ones run as WatchKit extensions on your iPhone and are then streamed off the phone to your wrist. That’s why opening Twitter, Instagram, CalcBot, or any other third-party app for that matter, takes a frustratingly long time to load vs. native apps.

In that regard, Watch OS 1.0.1 should have changed things for the better, but has it? If you own an Apple Watch, and have updated to Watch OS 1.0.1, do your favorite apps now load faster than before? Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 21

By Cody Lee on May 21, 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 several great deals on apps and games, and some new games you have to try! Read More

 

Apple Store app updated with support for Touch ID, two-step verification

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2015

Apple posted an update on Thursday for its Apple Store app, bringing the app to version 3.3. The update brings about at least two significant improvements: support for Touch ID and Apple ID two-step verification.

Folks checking their Apple Watch orders frequently using the app will be happy to hear that you no longer have to input your password. You can now use Touch ID to access orders, Easy Pay receipts and reservations. Read More

 

Automatic debuts new vehicle adapter and developer SDK

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2015

Automatic, the makers of the adapter that allows cars to talk to smartphones, debuted new hardware and third-party app support on Tuesday. The new hardware comes in the form of a second-gen Automatic adapter that supports real-time data, and third-party app support in the form of a new SDK.

More specifically, the new adapter supports dual Bluetooth data streams: one to the Automatic mobile app and one to a third-party app. This allows both apps to receive data from the adapter simultaneously over an encrypted Bluetooth connection. It also features built-in GPS, and MFi certification. Read More

 

Google and Twitter team up to provide Tweets in mobile search results

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2015

Google and Twitter announced on Tuesday that they are partnering up to bring Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. The move means that now, anytime you perform a search using the Google app (iOS or Android) or mobile browser, you’ll see real-time content from Twitter in your results.

The search results are triggered by “Twitter” keyword searches, and include both hashtags and accounts. So you can either search for feedback on the new #TaylorSwift album or #MadMenFinale, or you can track down NASA’s Twitter account, and view their recent Tweets without leaving Google. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on May 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 picks include some great app and game deals, as well updates for SoundCloud and Audible. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 12

By Cody Lee on May 12, 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 we’ve picked out a handful of great freebies, and highlighted some significant updates to some solid apps. Read More

 

Google arrives on Apple Watch in update for News & Weather app

By Cody Lee on May 12, 2015

Google has updated its News & Weather app today, bringing the software to version 1.7. The update includes various performance and stability improvements, and more significant to us, support for the Apple Watch.

This is essentially the first appearance on Apple’s wearable for Google, who runs a competing wearable platform called Android Wear. The move, however, isn’t surprising, given the company’s sizable presence on iOS. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 6

By Cody Lee on May 6, 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 list is chock-full of big deals on great games like Monument Valley, Infinity Blade III, and NBA 2K15. Read More

 

Apple releases Safari 8.0.6 with security fixes

By Cody Lee on May 6, 2015

Apple this afternoon released Safari updates for Yosemite (8.0.6), Mavericks (7.1.6), and Mountain Lion (6.2.6). The new versions include fixes for multiple memory corruption issues in WebKit, which Apple says could lead to arbitrary code execution or unexpected application termination when visiting a maliciously-crafted website. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 5

By Cody Lee on May 5, 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 great deals on apps like Over, Steel Guitar and Mic’d. Read More

 

Tweetbot 3 updated with support for new ‘Quote Tweet’ feature

By Cody Lee on May 1, 2015

The Tapbots issued an update for their iPhone Twitter client Tweetbot 3 today, bringing the app to version 3.6. The release includes a number of bug fixes, and it adds support for the new ‘Quote Tweet’ feature Twitter rolled out last month.

For those who haven’t used the feature yet, it’s actually pretty handy. Unlike the typical retweet, which will insert the tweet between quotation marks and count toward your character limit, Quote Tweet embeds the tweet like a card or photo. Read More

 

Apple Store app updated with support for Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Apr 30, 2015

Apple updated its Apple Store app on Thursday, bringing the software to version 3.2.1. The change log for the release is short, with just one new feature mentioned, but it’s a significant one: Apple Watch support. Now, owners can use the wearable to access information both inside and outside of retail Apple Stores. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 27

By Cody Lee on Apr 27, 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 deal on some great games like Alto’s Adventure and Worms 3. Read More

 

Best Buy app now accepting Apple Pay, coming to retail stores later this year

By Cody Lee on Apr 27, 2015

Best Buy announced today that it will begin supporting Apple Pay within its mobile app, effective immediately, and within its stores later this year. This is a major partnership for Apple, as it’s the first one with a member of MCX—the Walmart led consortium of retailers that are backing payment app ‘CurrentC.’

A Best Buy spokeswoman told Recode that “we remain invested in MCX,” but she would not comment on when CurrentC will be available to the public and if the electronics retailer would accept it at launch. “We are actively monitoring their pilots,” she said. “It’s too early to declare whether we will take it at launch.” Read More

 

Instagram updated with new filters and emoji hashtags

By Cody Lee on Apr 27, 2015

Facebook’s Instagram posted an update today for its iOS client, bringing the app to version 6.11.0. The update brings about a handful of improvements, including new filters and the ability to use emoji in hashtags.

The new filters include Lark, Reyes and Juno, and Instagram describes the creative tool additions “as a family of modern, subtle filters that brighten and enhance your photos in refined, beautiful ways.” Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 21

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wondrous world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we’ve got some great new games, deals and Apple Watch app updates. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Apr 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 we’ve picked out several great app deals and new games to get you through the weekend. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 16

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 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 new high profile games such as WWE 2K and Amazon’s Lost Within. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta 1 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Thursday, Apple seeded the first beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 software update to its Mac developers, as first reported by MacRumors. Registered Mac developers can grab the installer manually through Apple’s portal for developers, or automatically, using the OS X Software Update Seed Configuration Utility.

We’ll be reporting on any interesting new features, changes and enhancements in OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta 1 as we encounter them. Read More

 
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