Independent developer, Jordan Carney has announced the release and immediate availability of FitPRO – Workout Automator 1.0 for iOS, his new app designed to automate the workout process and make routines easier to follow. FitPRO promotes complete focus during your workout by automating your workout workflow. Put in your exercise routine, or have FitPRO intelligently create a workout for you, and put on your headphones. FitPRO will provide voice notifications for the exercise and set, you should be on. You will not need to unlock your phone and see what you should be doing next. The app is your own personal trainer.
FitPro features include:
- Automated workout workflow using timed notifications
- Create completely custom workouts
- Generate workouts using FitPRO’s intelligent algorithm
- Customizable database of exercises
- Complete control of sets, reps, and rest durations
The generic idea of the app is to get rid of the need to look at your iPhone or a sheet of paper (if you’re truly barbaric) for details about the workout you are doing. The app does this by first allowing the user to create a workout. This workout can be created through intelligent generation by FitPRO or entering a completely custom workout. After creating the workout and assigning preferences for sets, reps, and duration, the user can tap start and begin the workout. The app then provides notifications for the beginning of each set and, the best part, synthesized text to speech so you don’t need to look at your phone at all. Through timed notifications, you will also have completely consistent rest durations. Consistency is key for success in just about everything.
“FitPRO is the first app in a line of fitness apps I will be releasing that will automate workout workflow. I have much more planned to evolve FitPRO into part of an all-encompassing workout system,” says Jordan Carney, developer of FitPRO.
FitPRO requires your iPhone be running iOS 7.0 or later and the app is .99 Cents in the App Store
Back to the future time. According to Kara Swisher over at Re/code, Yahoo is courting Apple in an effort to replace Google as the default search engine in iOS, possibly as soon as iOS 8. The report outlines the full-court press that Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Mayer and Adam Cahan (SVP of Mobile & Emerging Products) are putting on Apple in an effort to swoon Cupertino to move to Yahoo.
The report comes out after Yahoo has posted a stellar quarter with their search revenues up by 1%. It isn’t much – certainly when compared to other Silicon Valley companies like Google and Facebook – but it is an increase and the first that Yahoo has seen in many quarters. In the Re/code article, it appears that at the very senior levels Yahoo! and
Apple, conversations are happening to move the default search to Yahoo!.
A number of Yahoo insiders I have talked to said her plan to pitch Apple on the idea as its marquee mobile search partner is far along. The company has prepared detailed decks, including images of what such a search product would look like, and hopes to present them to Apple execs.
If Yahoo! were able to convince Apple to make the move, it could happen as soon as iOS 8 as the default. Likewise, it could go into a “dot” update of iOS 7 if they make the deal retroactive. In either scenario, Google is the one that suffers the most. With hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads in the world, all set to Google as the default search engine, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there are millions if not billions of dollars at stake for Google.
Don’t expect them to go down without a fight.
To be clear with AlliOSNews readers, it is possible today to change your default search engine to Yahoo on your iPhone or iPad. Just go to Settings>Safari and the top setting is Search Engine. Tap it and choose Yahoo.
If you haven’t tried Yahoo search in a long time it may be worth your time to give it a go once again. The company has significantly improved their backend technologies and continues to improve their search results. Couple this with the impressive lineup of iOS apps like Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports, you have the little company everyone wrote off a few years ago coming back at an impressive rate of knots.
With WWDC 2014 only weeks away, the rumour mill is in full swing on iOS 8. The latest rumour comes from a pretty reliable source, Bloomberg, which is reporting that Apple is in negotiations with Shazam to bring quick & easy song identification to Siri in iOS 8. This could bolster iTunes Radio but also could easily be tied back into iTunes for song purchases.
The report from Bloomberg came out today states:
The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is partnering with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database.
The idea makes a lot of sense for Apple and certainly would bring yet more power to Siri which has matured nicely over the course of the past few iOS releases. Having Siri identify a song playing on the radio then making the song immediately available for purchase in iTunes could add up to a lot of impulse buys from users. It could however also deal a death blow to the Shazam app itself. Shazam is London based and has a user base of over 90 million monthly and already steers song purchases to iTunes in their native app.
Apple is expected to preview iOS 8 at WWDC which starts in San Francisco on 2 June.
If you have not tried out Shazam, download it and give it a try with a song playing on the radio. It is an impressive app and easy to use.
Apple has seeded the 6th beta of OS X 10.9.3 to their developer community this week. The build 13D43 is available now to registered developers through the Apple Developer site or through the Mac App Store. This latest build comes six days after Beta 5 was released to the community on the 10th April.
The instructions for this beta of OS X 10.9.3 remains the same as previous builds according to our in-house developer:
- Graphics performance (particularly Retina display “pixel-doubling”)
- iTunes Contacts & Calendar synchronisation (Requires developers have the iTunes 11.1 beta as well)
As I indicated on the Beta 5 release, there are really no significant changes in this beta when you compare it to the previous 2 or 3. All indications are that the release appears to be in final touch-up mode including the fact that there were no known issues mentioned in the release notes for the beta.
So when does that mean that AlliOSNews readers will be able to download OS X 10.9.3? Good question and I can confidently tell you that nobody has a clue other than Apple themselves. The general thinking here and other Apple centric sites is that it will be this month but that is an educated guess based on previous beta cycles for previous releases.
I will of course post here on the site when OS X 10.9.3 is available to everyone. The good news is that once it is available, the update will be done through the Mac App Store so it will be super easy to do.
Independent developer Attila Hegedus announced the release and immediate availability of Stroop effect!, his new logic puzzle app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Stroop effect! can serve as both an entertaining and educational app.
Stroop effect! is a fun and effective tool for measuring how quickly the player’s brain responds to conflicting information. There are 3 words displayed on the screen. One word is placed centered at the top of the screen and the other two words are placed in the bottom left and right corners. Each word displays the name of a color. However, the word is not necessarily tinted in the color it denotes. The player needs to select the option whose text denotes the color of the word at the top of the screen. The challenge lies in that the bottom text is not necessarily colored in the hue in which it is represented.
For example, the word at the top of the screen says ‘Green’ and is colored green. The choices at the bottom of the screen are ‘Red’ and ‘Green.’ However, the word ‘Red’ is colored green and the word ‘Green’ is colored red. Despite it being colored red, the correct choice at the bottom of the screen is the word ‘Green’ because it is the color of the word at the top of the screen. Basically, the player is required to indicate the color of the word – not what the word says.
Hunter Research and Technology is excited to offer its flagship augmented reality navigation app Theodolite for 50% during a special spring sale. Theodolite is great for outdoor enthusiasts, professionals, students, teachers, explorers, and high-tech gadget lovers.
Theodolite is a multi-function viewfinder for iPhone and iPad that combines a compass, two-axis inclinometer, rangefinder, GPS, map, nav calculator, tracker, and geo-tag photo/movie camera into one indispensable app. Uses are endless, and the app is great for hiking, boating, hunting, golf, outdoor sports, sightseeing, navigation, and finding
your way around. Theodolite also has professional grade features, and is used extensively by surveyors, geologists, architects, engineers, competitive sportsmen, first responders, military personnel, and search and rescue workers around the world.
Theodolite was recently featured at Apple’s October 2013 Special Event, where Apple CEO Tim Cook showed “all of the amazing ways our customers are using iPads”. Theodolite was shown being used atop the Great Wall of China, as an iPad user surveyed the amazing mountain scenery and ancient architecture around him.
Theodolite (iPhone, iPod touch) and Theodolite HD (iPad, iPad mini) are available on the iTunes App Store for a 50%-off spring sale price of $3.99 (USD). Theodolite runs on any camera-equipped iPhone or iPod touch. Theodolite HD runs on any camera-equipped iPad or iPad mini. More information, including screenshots, is available on the Hunter Research and Technology website.
Theme Inn, a graphic design company that specializes in creating themes, templates, and illustrations for OS X and iOS, has expanded its assortment of productivity templates with the release of the iOS version of Bundle for MS Office. The brand new pack of designs complements the newly released Microsoft Office Mobile with 200 assorted designs for Word, 20 matching template lines for Word, 40 spreadsheet templates for Excel, and 40 slideshow themes for PowerPoint. The new collection of templates helps users of iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch save time and effort creating quality content with the new Microsoft Office Mobile app.
“We have been offering templates for the Mac version of MS Office for some time, so the release of Microsoft Office Mobile allowed as to offer the same designs for iOS users,” says Jolita Unguvaitiene, Theme Inn’s general manager. “As
with our other products, we will keep expanding this set with new content.”
Bundle for MS Office carries an impressive selection of designs: 200 unique designs for Word documents, 20 matching template lines for Word, 40 spreadsheet templates for Excel, and 40 slideshow themes for PowerPoint. They cover everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to modern presentations. All templates have been streamlined to make the best use of the iOS environment and are available in the US and international paper sizes.
Bundle for MS Office is available now in the App Store for $10.99. It requires you have Office for iPad and that your iPad be running iOS 7.0 or later.
Launching Free for a limited time, the iPad game is available on the Apple App Store now. Meqanic is a cerebral game that is inspired by physics.
Meqanic is all about placing blocks in the right order to make a match. Each block has intricate rules, which depend on what other blocks are nearby. To master each level, you will need to build intuition as you go. Beating the entire collection of levels will be almost impossible.
Meqanic redefines puzzle game play: Five years in the making and designed by a PhD physicist, Meqanic will change how you think about puzzle games. It will change how you think, period. Unlike other physics-based games, Meqanic is based on the crazy rules that govern the universe.
The TechTots and I recently loaded up the TechMom Mobile and headed south for a long weekend celebrating my father’s 70th birthday.
(We’ll call him PapaStavo – he doesn’t get a Tech moniker because he is clueless when it comes to all the newfangled gizmos and gadgets. You know, like the concept of computing. But I digress…)
In honor of seven decades gone by, I whipped up a video slideshow of the guest list in days of yore reminiscing key moments with the birthday boy. (I’ll give you an easy tutorial in the near future.) It was funny and tear jerking, sweet and tearful, all at the perfect moments. (Indulge me here, ok?) Alas, our beloved hosts did not own an Apple TV. And as it turns out, the latest and greatest entertainment systems do not hold a lot of love for DVD-Rs.
So it was off to the mall to procure an HDMI adaptor.
I remember this mall. I spent a good number of hours there as a teenager. (Native San Fernando Valley Girl at your service – like, omigawd totally.) Once upon a time it was a two-story shopping center; it was a giant oval. You’d walk the length, then ascend/descend to the other floor and walk back. Done and done.
Apparently in the decades I’ve been gone, immersing myself in the geekdom of Silicon Valley, Westfield Architects took to the structure and transformed it into Pan’s Labyrinth of shops. It is now big and scary – a million stores – none of which carry what I want.
You’ve likely heard the term “showrooming.” This is when people wander through a brick and mortar store before heading online to find the best deal. In turn, stores have reduced the number of goods actually available.
245 stores (minus the 25 “fine watch and jewelry establishments” – seriously, why are mall’s so obsessed with overpriced baubles). Most are now focused on clothing – either boutique-y throwbacks (Betsey Johnson the 80s have passed, let them rest in peace), or super high-end designers where the store features a maximum of two ensembles.
However, I realize, all too often I’m frustrated by the lack of items I’m immediately searching for when in a physical environment. Customer service has gone by the wayside as knowledgeable individuals no longer staff big box stores – so any search is a crapshoot. And even if you do find what you’re looking for, no guarantee it’s the right size or color.
If you’re lucky, you’ll hear, “We can order that for you.”
But I can do that myself now. Because there’s an app for that. A quick peek at my iPhone shows a whole folder dedicated to shopping. (Although to be fair, when you have twin TechTots you never want to go anywhere ever again – see the Great Target Tantrum for proof.)
I have apps for (as found in alphabetical order on my phone):
Nordstrom – The latest looks are always at your fingertips
ModCloth – Your go-to source for unique fashion, decor, & inspiration.
Zappos – Shoe shopping app does its darndest to deliver that WOW service customers have come to know and love.
AMC Theatres – The amazing place where movies want to play.
LiveNation – Brings you concerts, festivals, and tickets in one app, personalized just for you.
Ticketmaster – Get the tickets you want on the go with the Ticketmaster app.
Instacart – Groceries delivered in an hour without a trip to the store.
Munchery – Reinventing the weeknight dinner, and making it ridiculously easy to put a delicious, high-quality meal on the table in just a few minutes.
Starbucks – Keeps you connected to your card, so you can just scan to pay.
Casa.com – From everyday must-haves to specialty collections, Casa has over 45,000 products for every room in your home.
Soap.com – Remember that awesome time waiting in line at the drugstore? Yeah, we don’t either.
AfterSchool.com – Gear up your little star from head to toe with thousands of products for kids’ sports & activities.
At the Ballpark – Your favorite mobile companion when visiting your any Major League Baseball ballpark.
Diapers.com – Get everything your baby needs in just 1-2 days.
Additionally, along with instant access has come “instant buying.” I remember a time in the days of my youth when I would go to Blockbuster or Tower Records. I would meander, browse and mull my options. I would deeply consider whether or not I wanted to spend that $3.47 for a night with Titanic. I would hem and haw over how badly I liked the entirety of Filter’s album just to obtain the single “Take A Picture.”
These days? Shoes, coffee, movies or music, just to name a few – “That looks interesting” <click> – and you own it.
In our tricked-out tech world, what role do you think the physical store will continue to play?
PS. I acquired my cable at the Apple Store, promptly lost my cable at the birthday party and had to order a new one via my Apple Store app after I got home. Because the mall scares me.
HipSoft has released of Zombie Virus Survival 1.0, its new fast-paced action game title developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The zombie plague is upon you. You’re running for your life, but adrenaline isn’t the only thing pumping through your veins: the zombie virus has been detected!
You must eliminate the virus before you become infected. Keep your blood healthy – it’s your only hope for survival. Players must crush the oncoming green zombie virus cells before they reach the bottom of the screen and cause
zombie infection. Players have unlimited rounds to try and top their highest score.
Zombie Virus Survival is rated 9+ for the following: Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes. HipSoft’s recent releases for iOS include Trivia Machine for iPhone, and Trivia Machine HD for iPad. HipSoft plans to release many more titles for the mobile market in 2014, including its best-selling word game, Flip Words for iPhone and Flip Words HD for iPad.
The game is a classic drop-style game where the virus cells drop from the top of the display along with healthy red blood cells and virus fighting white blood cells. You have to crush the green virus cells before they reach the bottom of the display on your iPhone or iPad. Simple in principle but with each passing phase, more of the virus drops and the faster it goes. If it drops to the bottom, congratulations! You are now a Zombie.
The game is free now in the App Store and it is a universal build for all iOS devices. You will need to make sure that you are running iOS 6.0 or later to play the game. Zombie Virus Survival is free and is advert supported. If you want to play the game ad-free, there is an in-app purchase of .99 Cent to eliminate the ads in the game.