Refresh (www.refresh.io), the mobile app that makes it easy to discover common ground and build stronger relationships, announced today the launch of its new web app, along with a significant update for its existing iOS app. Both the web and iPhone app now feature email notifications, recent news and new data sources for insights. The iOS update also features a new swipeable interface that makes it easy to quickly find the right insights.
The popular music discovery service Shazam has launched an all new Shazam app for Mac today, bringing easy music discovery to your Mac running OS X Mavericks. The new app listens for music playing around you and pops up a notification when the artist and song are identified. It’s a free app and resides on your Mac’s menu bar, working in the background.
The Yahoo Finance app is the latest app from Yahoo to get updated, now with a lighter and brighter look and an improved Home tab that makes it easier for your to track your stocks at a glance. The update, v2.2 for those keeping score, is a universal app and available now in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
The Russian Communications Minister has asked for Apple source code to be handed over to the government in an effort to determine if spying is happening on their citizens with the use of Apple software and hardware. The request, which has been requested of other companies like Microsoft (in 2003) and SAP and comes in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden revelations about the US government along with public statements made about strengthening intelligence gathering on Russia. Interestingly, the statement from the Russian government comes on day that the US and Europe consider further sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.
In what will likely be its last significant update, Apple has seeded OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Beta 1 to their developer community today. The beta is available exclusively through the Apple Developer portal and is accompanied by a beta version of Safari 7.0.6. As we all know, OS X Yosemite will supersede Mavericks in the October timeframe so this final update is to push forth any minor issues remaining and do any last minute prep work required for a Yosemite upgrade.
I like Flickr Actually, I love Flickr. The photo app and storage service is outstanding and now that you give me 1TB of storage for my photos, I have a lot of photos to take before I run out of storage. So thanks for that.
But there is one thing that you could do to make Flickr better. That is a Flickr for iPad app. Sure there are a few batting about in the App Store but none of them are official apps. Call me strange but I don’t want to put my Yahoo credentials into a 3rd party app that has access to my photos. But if it was your app, I’d trust it and know that everything was safe (well, as reasonably safe as one can be these days).
This week Facebook has announced that going forward, if you want to use Facebook Messenger to communicate with your friends and family from your iPhone or iPad, you will need to use the Facebook Messenger app. It is another example of companies separating functionality and services they have into multiple apps that sit on your device. However, unlike Foursquare and their Swarm app, the splitting out of Facebook Messenger into its own separate app makes sense and I’m okay with it.
WaterField Designs, a leading San Francisco manufacturer of custom-fitted laptop sleeves, bags and cases for digital gear, unveils a new 15-inch Outback Solo to fit the larger upgraded MacBook Pro Retina and a new 13-inch Indy leather satchel to fit the smaller Retina. The Outback Solo sports a rugged look, combining waxed canvas with premium leather. The Indy’s soft high-grade leather develops a rich patina over time. Both look professional enough for business meetings and fashionable enough for anywhere else.
The Apple enterprise push from the consumer realm quietly but steadily continues as evidenced by their latest patent application. Over the course of the last few months I’ve pointed out that the Apple has started to move the enterprise telephony goalposts with the introduction of a new mobile security tool along, video and voice integration into Messages and the ability to place and receive calls on your Mac from your nearby iPhone without actually having to touch your iPhone.
Then a couple of weeks ago Apple announced a relationship with IBM in which the two tech giants would work collaboratively to bring IBM enterprise level applications to iOS. It was a huge step towards the enterprise for Apple as working with IBM to develop some of their 120 applications to the iPad will naturally drive them into places that Apple has struggled to get them into up to now.
Today we see yet more evidence of the Apple enterprise push with United States Patent 8791978 that outlines, by using FaceTime, a multi-person conference room video system.
The latest version of the #1 Doctor Who news app includes a brand new user interface with website previews, dynamic backgrounds and new iPad newspaper-like layout. WhoNews collates the latest news on Doctor Who from over 140 of the top Doctor Who websites, blogs, podcasts and artists every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day.