Microsoft continues to show they are serious about being a mobile and cloud centric company through their nearly universally supported OneDrive service. The OneDrive for iOS app is no exception and yesterday received a healthy update that brings a new photo viewer to the application for your iPhone and iPad. Now you can have a timeline-like view of all the photos that you have stored in OncDrive in one, easy-to-navigate page.
In case you missed it somehow, Apple has sent out the invitations for the next big Apple event. September 9, 2014, 9 September 2014 or 9.9.2014. However you want to put it, this could very well be one of the single biggest launch events Apple has had in a long time – perhaps since the original iPhone. Why? Two reasons.
First, Apple hasn’t had a major product release since October. That’s a long, long time. Given that Samsung is seemingly coming out with a new Android device every-other week, Apple’s once a year cycle is making these events bigger and more important all the time. Frankly a year between these is too long in my opinion and while Apple can innovate, the cycles are just to long in this rapid, mobile world we live in. So that makes the 9.9.2014 event even more important because Apple basically has to hit it out of the park with Every. Single. Thing. they announce.
OpenSignal, the app and service that helps locate the best areas for signal coverage for various network providers, has published a great visual report on just how significant a problem fragmentation is for Android when you compare it to iOS fragmentation. Effectively, for iOS, there isn’t any.
Take a look at this chart from the OpenSignal report:
It is a pretty amazing view of how little iOS fragmentation there actually is today. An amazing 91% of iOS users that OpenSignal has tracked through their app are using iOS 7.x.. And in fact, if you take in consideration iOS 6, an astonishing 99% of users are in the last two versions of iOS. Part of this of course is the fact that Apple pushes, for free, iOS updates and does so to a very wide swath of the devices that are out there.
This is in stark contrast to Android who by every measure, have a significant problem when it comes to fragmentation. I’ve said before that this will ultimately spell trouble for Google and Android. The question, in my mind is when. It may be sooner than I think.
Star Wars Commander is the latest in the Star Wars franchise of apps from Lucas Arts that brings a tower defence style game to the Rebellion versus Empire universe. Like many such games, the object is to keep your own base safe and secure while also leading attacks on your enemy bases to collect currency and materials to further upgrade and build your own base.
This is where the game takes a twist. In Star Wars Commander you can choose if you want to fight for the Rebel Alliance or if you want to take up arms for the Galactic Empire. Depending on the site you select will determine the weapons at hand and your mission objectives.
I have to say that personally I’ve grown a bit tired of the tower defence style games as there are so many of them. But Star Wars Commander, while certainly in the genre, has been a great amount of fun to play partly because it is in the Star Wars universe (and really, what’s not to love about that?) and the fact I can pick my side in the game. It’s kinda nice being on the Empire side and commanding TIE Fighters.
I love wine but I fully admit that I’m a bit of a neanderthal when it comes to being able to pick a good wine from a not-so-good wine. As I have discovered, price isn’t necessarily a reflection of a wine that is good and there is certainly an element of personal tastes that come into the picture. Compounding my problem is when I go to my local grocer or “bottle store” (AKA Liquor Store), there is a dizzying number of wines of all times and all price ranges. Regardless of your wine selecting skills, there is a great app that can help you find that perfect wine as you stand there looking at a wall of bottles. The Vivino Wine Scanner app allows you to scan the label of any wine and instantly get peer ratings, price ranges and reviews of that wine. It helps eliminate the guess work so you can find wines you like at a price that is right.
The Vivino Wine Scanner app is one of those apps that just makes life easier. It works amazingly well and I’ve yet to find a bottle of wine that it didn’t recognise. Literally all you do is snap a photo of the label of the wine bottle and it does all the work of giving you information about that wine. It has become my favourite app to use while I’m stood in my grocer trying to find that bottle of wine that goes with that meal.
Apple has released the 2.0 version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta to those who have joined the program. It appears to mirror the Developer Preview 6 release that was made to the developer community earlier in the week and it is evident that Apple is nearing completion of the OS as it appears to be stable and fully functional. I’m personally at the point where I have loaded the beta onto one of my Macs which I use heavily to put it through it’s paces and so far, so good.
I’ll remind everyone that it is still beta code so you do use it at your own risk but I think the risks are lower than ever at this point.
For those interested in joining the beta, go to the OS X Beta Program page from Apple.
Confession time: I have never really gotten Vine. Yeah, I get the idea behind it and all that but its just one of those social networks that I’ve just never really got my head around. That’s fine, my life doesn’t feel any less complete. When I did try out the Vine app for iOS a few times there was one really annoying issue with the app which was that I could not create a Vine post from any videos that happen to be residing on my iPhone at the time. I had to shot the Vine video right then, right there and if I didn’t or couldn’t, it couldn’t be published. Seemed pretty limiting to me.
That seems to have gone away now in the latest update for the Vine app for iOS. The update, which of course is free and available now in the App Store, allows you to import a video from your iPhone, edit it down to the 6 seconds and post it on Vine. Finally!
Tekton Technologies today is thrilled to announce the release of Orderly – Tasks and To-Do Lists 2.5, a major update to their productivity app exclusively designed for iOS7, with nice simple gestures, and auto adjustment of fonts based on the amount of content, adding even more convenience and ease of use for users of this App. Featuring awesome themes and location based reminders, the Orderly for iOS app makes sure that a task never goes unnoticed.
Once a to-do is created, it is displayed on one of three shelves using Apple’s bookshelf metaphor: High Priority, Medium, and Low. Users can instantly view all their To-Dos, expand and contract them with pinch gestures, edit items, change their priority, mark them as complete, or swipe them to delete. The Orderly for iOS app includes two full-screen bookshelves, Home and Work, allowing users to keep To-Dos posted according to priority and location.
Mirage Labs today is pleased to announce a major update version 3.0 to MoviePro for iOS. This update leverages powerful iPhone 5s 64 bit hardware and supports recording at 3072×1728 resolution & capture full resolution images at the same time. This is the only app that supports Bluetooth headset input when recording video on all compatible iOS devices.
This update makes MoviePro for iOS super powerful video recording and film making app for amateurs as well as professional videographers, and is a universal binary supporting all iOS devices. The app interface is simple and powerful enough for all classes of users, whether a professional videographer looking to capture stunning colours and detail in the scene in 3K resolution, or an amateur videographer who records his kids soccer match, or a musician or journalist who uses bluetooth microphone for audio input while recording video.
There was a point not so many years ago that there were data plans from mobile providers that were unlimited data consumption. Then the Internet got big and apps came into being and suddenly the mobile providers were having their networks crushed under the onslaught of data being pushed to mobile devices. The solution was to limit the amount of included data or, in some cases, cap at a certain level. That is where an app like My Data Manager for iOS comes in handy for iPhone or iPad users.
My Data Manager is an app that allows you to set your weekly or monthly thresholds on your data plan and keeps track of how much data you are using. But it even smart enough to monitor how much WiFi you are using (because there are places you still have to pay for that for some reason – you reading this airports and hotels of the world?) and even your roaming amounts which can be really expensive if you over use while abroad. It’s an impressive little app that is easy to use and configure and gives you alerts when you are getting close to your data limit. If you have a limited amount of data you can use each month, My Data Manager for iOS should be an app on your iPhone.