Posts Tagged ‘update’

Find Apps Updated for iPhone 5s, iOS 7, and Game Controllers Easily on AppShopper

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

ios 7 iconWith the release of iOS 7 and the new iPhone 5s and 5c models last week, developers have been releasing updates to optimize their apps to take advantage of new features and technologies in each. If you upgraded to iOS 7 or got a shiny new iPhone, here are a few links you’ll find useful:

When iOS 7 was first revealed in June, Apple had announced that it would include support for game controllers made under the company’s MFi (Made for iPhone) program. These controllers are coming (Logitech will be releasing one and so will Clamcase) and some games have already been updated to work with Apple’s published specs for them. You can find them here.

All of these search links are live in that they reflect the most recent changes to apps as of the moment you click on them. They search the “what’s new” field in each app’s description so there is a margin of error there if a developer has mentioned any of these key words there but hasn’t actually updated their app accordingly, so heads up.

‘AppShopper Social’ for iPhone Updated to Show Friends’ App Lists

Monday, August 12th, 2013

appshopper social iconOur own official app here at AppShopper got an update on Friday to fix a few bugs and add a much-requested feature: the ability to view your friends’ app lists. Previously, you could add new friends and see their apps in your Stream but there was no way to separately view the apps of a specific friend. But now you can tap on a friend’s name in the Friends tab and you’ll see the apps he or she already has or has added to their Wish List.

You can apply filters and sort your friends’ lists as well and add any apps to your own Wish List or mark them as owned.

If you add me (my AppShopper user name is Marianne), here’s what my profile looks like:

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If you haven’t tried AppShopper Social yet, you can use it to track apps you want to buy and get notified when they go on sale, just like you can here through the AppShopper website. For an overview of how our handy dandy Wish List feature works, read this article.

We’ve got more features and updates planned for AppShopper Social so stay tuned. If you like our app, please consider leaving us a review in the App Store and if you have any technical issues or feature requests, please submit them through this contact form.

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‘Google Maps’ Gets Enhanced Search and Navigation Features, iPad Compatibility

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

google maps iconGoogle Maps for iOS got a major update yesterday that makes the popular mapping app compatible with the iPad and adds several new navigation features. The 2.0 update hit the App Store last night and is free to download.

Here’s the full list of what’s new in this version:

  • New design for iPad
  • Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports
  • Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep
  • Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content
  • Great deals from your favorite brands with Google Offers
  • Indoor maps with walking directions for malls, transit stations, airports and more

This update makes Google Maps a compelling alternative to Apple’s own Maps app for iPad users. With the furor over the errors in Apple’s Maps app last year (many of which haven’t been corrected yet in my personal experience), Google is certainly keen on keeping iOS users invested in its own map data and related services. If you haven’t yet downloaded Google Maps, it’s definitely worth a go if you’ve been unimpressed or even led astray by Maps.

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‘AppShopper Social’ Updated with Sharing and Bug Fixes

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

appshopper social iconVersion 1.0.1 of our own official app, AppShopper Social, has just hit the App Store. This update includes fixes for sharing via Facebook and email, a crashing issue for iPad users running iOS 5, performance issues for iPhone 4 users, and other bug fixes.

AppShopper Social first debuted in the App Store in April after Apple had removed the original AppShopper app last year due to a conflict with some new App Store rules. The release of this 1.0.1 update to fix some glaring problems was delayed thanks to some issues out of our control but we hope that those are behind us now and look forward to releasing future updates with additional fixes and new features more regularly in the future.

Still on our list is a universal version to add iPad compatibility. Also, we still plan to add the ability to view your friends’ lists and easier methods to discover new friends and their recommended apps.

Of course, AppShopper Social is still free to download and will automatically notify you when apps on your Wish List go on sale (see this article for an overview of how to use our Wish List feature). Following the user appshopper will show you the most popular apps among our users as well as apps featured on our blog.

(If you’re looking for new friends, my AppShopper user name is Marianne and the site’s founder’s user name is arn. Our sister sites are under the user names macrumors and toucharcade.)

If you like AppShopper, please recommend AppShopper Social to your friends to help support future updates and new features.

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‘Instagram’ Gets Video Recording Capability

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Facebook held a press event today to announce the addition of video recording and sharing to Instagram, the photo sharing social networking service it acquired last year. Videos of up to 15 seconds in duration can now be captured with the latest versions of the app for iOS and Android devices. Several new filters are also available explicitly for editing captured videos.

Version 4.0 of Instagram for the iPhone is live now in the App Store and can be downloaded for free. A new video recording button is accessible in the capture screen and similar to Twitter’s Vine app, you press and hold this button to record. You can record a single continuous video or stop and start as you please to capture different scenes or angles within the same video using either the rear or front-facing camera.

When it comes to editing your videos, you can delete clips on the capture screen. Once you’ve captured the clips you want to keep in your video, you can apply one of 13 available filters and smooth out movement with the press of a virtual button that does some image stabilization magic. Before sharing a video, you can select a single scene that will act as the cover frame in the Instagram stream.

Here’s a promo video showcasing the new features:

Instagram for iPhone debuted in 2010 and it’s been a regular in the Top 200 Free iPhone Apps list since then. Earlier this year, the service surpassed 100 million users and the addition of video puts it up against Twitter’s own Vine video recording and sharing app that allows users to share up to six seconds of video.

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‘Pixelmator’ for Mac Gets New Editing Tools in Major Update

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Today London-based Pixelmator Team announced the release of version 2.2 of its image editing Mac app, Pixelmator, that offers more than 100 new features and improvements over its predecessor. Dubbed “Blueberry,” Pixelmator offers improved shape tools and palettes, new move and selection tools, and a new light leak effect among many other changes and additions.

We’re excited to deliver even more, easy-to-use, advanced features to our Pixelmator fans and continue to create the best and most enjoyable image editing experience,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “With new state-of-the-art Smart Shape Tools, people can fully enhance their images, create logos, Web layouts, posters, and much more, all easier than ever before.

Here’s just one of a few videos highlighting a new feature in Pixelmator 2.2 (you can find more along with tutorials on the company’s YouTube channel):

Pixelmator was first released in 2007 and debuted in the Mac App Store in 2011, when it was selected by Apple as the Mac App of the Year. At the time of this post, it has over 2,200 ratings with an average of 4.5 stars.

Pixelmator currently costs $14.99, a price point it’s been at since November 2012. In today’s announcement, this is described as a promotional price, which makes it sound like it will increase soon. Pixelmator debuted in the Mac App Store at $29.99 and even spent a few months at $59.99 in 2011. If you’re even remotely interested in Pixelmator you should buy it now since $14.99 is probably as cheap as it’s going to get. I purchased Pixelmator for personal use when it was $29.99 and it’s been worth every penny and I prefer it by a wide margin over Adobe’s Photoshop Elements for its ease of use and overall value.

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‘RunKeeper’ for iPhone Gets Pebble Smartwatch Compatibility

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

If you’re a runner or cyclist and the lucky owner of a Pebble smartwatch, today’s announcement by RunKeeper should make you happy. RunKeeper version 3.3 was released today and it includes support for the Pebble smartwatch to display your current pace and distance stats so you can keep your precious iPhone tucked away safely while you’re out getting your fitness on.

The Pebble smartwatch made headlines last year when its funding campaign on Kickstarter blew past its original goal to hit $10 million. Following some manufacturing delays, Pebble smartwatches began shipping to Kickstarter backers in January just after the Pebble Smartwatch manager app debuted in the App Store.

Here’s a promotional video RunKeeper created to show the app in action with the Pebble:

RunKeeper has been a mainstay in the App Store since 2010 with over 19,000 ratings and an average of 4.5 stars to date. If you run or cycle and want to keep track of your workouts, fitness goals, and more, RunKeeper is worth a look, especially if you own a Pebble smartwatch.

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‘Reeder’ for iPhone Gets Feedbin and Standalone RSS Support

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Following the announcement last month that Google will be shutting down its Google Reader RSS service in July, developer Silvio Rizzi promised updates to his popular Reeder app earlier this month to make it usable after the shutdown and dropped the prices of the Mac and iPad versions to $0 until these updates hit. The first of these updates has arrived for the iPhone version of Reeder with the addition of Feedbin support and the ability for the app to act as a standalone RSS reader.

Feedbin is a paid RSS service that works similarly to Google Reader. But if you don’t want to pony up the $2.00 per month to get a Feedbin account, you can just use Reeder as a standalone RSS reader. If you take the latter route, you can add your subscriptions manually or import your existing subscriptions from your Google Reader account. Easy peasy.

The Mac and iPad versions of Reeder are still free and will remain so until Rizzi releases updates to them that add the same new features that just made it the iPhone version so get to downloading them now if you haven’t already. The iPhone version of Reeder is just $2.99 and it’s an excellent app to stay on top of your RSS feeds while on the go.

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Google Now Personal Assistant Added to ‘Google Search’ for iPhone and iPad

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Google Now, a personal assistant service that first debuted for Android devices last year, has arrived for the iPhone and iPad through an update to the Google Search app.

Google Now provides users with relevant information based on individual search history, Gmail account contents, and current location. This information, including local weather and traffic details, upcoming appointments, events, and birthdays, flight statuses, and more, is shown to users unprompted in the form of virtual cards in the main view in Google Search.

Here’s a promotional video showing how Google Now works within the Google Search app:

Google Search is free to download and requires iOS 5.0 or later on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. To use Google Now, you’ll need to log in with your Google account since that’s how Google accesses your information to populate what Google Now shows you.

I like what Google Now can do but it’s not as robust as it could be (more thanks to Apple and its limitations on what apps are allowed to do than any failure on Google’s part). And it’s a little bit creepy as well.

Google Now lacks any sort of push notification option so you have to open the app to see what Google Now has to tell you. Google Search isn’t an app I use regularly so opening it just to see this information isn’t particularly appealing to me. Also, though I’ve had a Gmail account for years now and I know that part of the terms of service I agreed to when opening it states that Google will essentially read through my emails, it feels a little creepy that Google will “snoop” through my email, contacts, and calendar, and parse through my Google searches to bring me all of this information.

This aside, Google Now could be incredibly useful to those who make full use of Google’s suite of services. Now if only Apple would let Google and other developers integrate apps more closely with iOS so getting this kind of information is seamless and more fluid…

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‘Mailbox’ for iPhone Loses the Wait

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Orchestra’s mail management app, Mailbox, debuted in the App Store in February and while it impressed many, there was a long virtual line before most people could actually use it. Yesterday, Orchestra announced that the virtual line to use the app has been eliminated.

Good news! Mailbox is now available without having to wait in line. After 10 weeks of around-the-clock hard work, our engineering team has scaled the Mailbox service to deliver over 100 million messages per day (and growing). We believe we can now confidently handle new users as they sign up, so we’ve pulled down the reservation system.

If you missed the hubbub around Mailbox, the app lets you manage your email inbox with gestures to re-order, delete, archive, and even snooze your emails for later handling. Here’s the promo video so you can see it in action:

It works only with Gmail accounts at the moment and the app is free to download and use. I was able to start using Mailbox a couple of weeks or so after it was released and while I like the concept, it doesn’t help me be more productive for work though if it gets the ability to handle IMAP accounts outside of Gmail, I’d definitely use it for my personal email.

If you’ve been waiting patiently to give Mailbox a whirl or are just hearing about it for the first time, now is the time to get it. If you’re already using Mailbox, you’ll be happy to know that it got some smarter snooze options, interface improvements, and bug fixes in version 1.2.0 that was released earlier this week.

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