The check-in everywhere and become the mayor of it social networking service Foursquare has updated their iPhone app with a new look & feel along with some nice new features. The Foursquare app is now up to version 7 and the biggest change you will notice is the UI. Yes it has the flattened iOS 7 look but they have also redesigned the app’s overall look. Gone is the map on the front page when you start the Foursquare app for example and instead, a clean list of your friends and their latest check-ins. You will also see any photos they have taken with their latest check-in in this Twitter-esque
The other big change in the Foursquare app is a deeper level of location awareness of the app. Now when you arrive at a new location Foursquare will tell you things that you need to know about that location and you do not even have to have the app open for it to do so. It’s a great way to find out about a special going on at a venue or what the best drink is at the bar you just stepped into.
Finally, the What’s Nearby feature of the app has been updated to be a bit more random so you get a larger swath of tips, specials and the like.
Foursquare seems to be one of those social networks that people either love – I’m in the camp – or not so much. It is all about sharing – your location, your likes, your activities – amongst a group of friends. The more friends, the more fun and the more places you go the more opportunities you have to be the mayor of that location (i.e. you have checked in there the most). It’s a bit competitive, it is a bit social networking and it is a bit of business. Several businesses here in the London area offer big discounts to the Foursquare mayor when they arrive at a location & the app will tell you about those discounts when you arrive and check in (For you business owners out there, check out Foursquare for Business)
Foursquare is a free service but does require you have an account which is also free. The Foursquare app is for iPhone and this latest update is available now in the App Store.
Adikus Ltd, an established mobile game developer, has announced the successful launch of the newly updated version of Pool Adikus for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running on iOS 6.0 or later. Being the first Pool game ever released on the App Store Pool Adikus now features top of the line physics engine, new ball images, main social networks sharing options and much more. A unique new pool game that gives gamers the power of real pool action, challenging them to play in different game modes and lets them feel absolutely realistic pool atmosphere. Newly updated to fix some minor bugs, Pool Adikus offers a smoother, more immersive pool experience than ever before. Pool Adikus is currently available for download for Free on the App Store in the Games category.
Once in the app, users can choose one of three main game modes: Solo, 8-Ball, 9-Ball. Solo mode offers play on Time or
make the least number of shots during the game. 8-Ball, 9-Ball game modes offer various game options like Single Player, Two Player, Online, Invite. Every mode in the game presents players with a fresh new challenge. Pool Adikus features quite simple and informative Help section where gamers can learn more about the rules and game modes. Combined with various stages for gamers to strive towards it’s easy to see exactly how vast and immersive Pool Adikus is as a mobile game. Already an established hit with a huge number of active players, Pool Adikus is better than ever with enhanced game features and smoother overall gameplay!
A well rounded app, Pool Adikus is a vast digital gaming distraction, with three unique game modes each offer gamers a different experience. Meanwhile main social networks integration enables players to connect with friends, and race for win head to head! Global Daily and Overall Top 20 leaderboards and multiplayer matches against Game Center opponents are available as well. Pool Adikus is the cure for boredom and downtime on iOS, get ready to feel the burn and jump into the real pool action.
Pool Adikus is a free app and is a universal app for all iOS devices.
Web Information Solutions, today announces the release, and immediate availability of the latest update to their critically acclaimed application, Pocket Informant Pro. Pocket Informant is built with the simple premise of bringing everything about your day into one location, and making it beautifully simple to use. Your calendar, task list, notes and contacts all under one roof make it possible to streamline your day, thus allowing more time to do the important things of life. We realize that no two users are exactly the same, so we have made nearly everything within the app to be customizable, from how much information is shown each day to the colors of the calendars, and everything in between.
This latest update brings several exciting things to the table such as Quick Entry for events. Simply swipe down in any screen to bring up an event entry, making it easier than ever to add calendar data to Pocket Informant Pro.
Also added is greater capability within the Notes feature of Pocket Informant Pro with a “pause” button for voice recording, and drag and drop to arrange notes between folders. Sync your notes to Evernote and take full advantage of the Pocket Informant Pro features together with the Evernote function that you love.
It’s that time of the year! Turkey has been consumed, Christmas trees and Menorahs are being lit and a new update for Angry Birds Seasons is available in the app store for the holiday and winter seasons! That’s right, Rovio has just dropped version 4.0 of Angry Birds Seasons for iPhone and the HD version for iPad into the App Store and it brings us the Arctic “Eggspedition” for the winter 2013.
In this update of Angry Birds Seasons you have 25 new levels along with 4 bonus levels. These new levels take your bird-flingin-pig-poppin fun to the cold air and icy waters of the arctic. Like last year’s update, the 25 levels are arranged in an advent calendar meaning that you get one new level each day before Christmas in December. Yep, that means you have to
play Angry Birds Seasons Every. Single. Day. in December.
Everyone say “Awwww”…. I know, it’s a tough life….
Now if you are impatient and want to unlock all the levels at once, you can do so for an in-app purchase of .99 Cents.
Like previous versions of Seasons, you have the ability to launch birds into the water and have them come up from below to attack those piggies so it isn’t just a matter of working out the physics of the game in the air. You have to do it in the water as well.
Personally I love Angry Birds Seasons. It is one of my favourite version of the Angry Birds franchise and the updates each year make it just that much more fun. It is a constantly changing game and every update is free. Well worth the price of admission.
Angry Birds Seasons for iPhone and iPod Touch is .99 Cents while the HD version for iPad and iPad Mini is $2.99. There are multiple in-app purchases available but none are required to play the game to its completion.
Audiolio, the app by Escape Velocity Apps that introduced iPad users to the ability to add bookmarks, handwritten notes and freehand sketches to their audio recordings, has been updated with a fresh new look for iOS 7.0. The app is also even more accessible to all iPad users, as Audiolio is now available for free in the App Store. With new options for tagging and sharing audio recordings, support for iOS 7, and its free price, Audiolio is now available to any iPad owner could benefit from adding bookmarks to audio recordings.
Audiolio for iPad is ideal for annotating meeting minutes, interviews, podcasts, audio books, and more, enabling users to
easily bookmark locations in their recorded audio, and associate notes and images with the created bookmarks. With Audiolio, important sections of recordings can be tagged with timestamps, captions, notes and images, enabling users to quickly scan or search for specific parts of a recording.
The power of Audiolio for iPad is enhanced with two new in-app purchase options. The first, Media Library Access, allows Audiolio users to tag files in their iPad’s media libraries, including songs, podcasts, audiobooks, iTunes U, and more. The second option, Sharing, enables users to send their Audiolio files to anyone. Bookmarks may be shared in a variety of formats via Dropbox, Email, or iTunes File Sharing.
“With iOS 7 support, new options and no cost, we are confident Audiolio will become even more popular among college students and professionals, ” said Vince Oswalt of Escape Velocity Apps. “iPads are used in business meetings, workshops, conferences and classrooms to accurately capture notes, but until Audiolio there was no way to easily organize audio notes and add your own handwritten captions to help put the audio in context.”
The new version of Kingdom of Pirates made many new features available that players have been anticipating. The adventure continues with new scenes that have been unlocked. Amazing new world awaits players in this treasure-hunting journey. After the new update, another officer is able to join the united pirates’ team on their search for Captain Drake’s treasure. Relentless Captain Ingo is making his first appearance in version 1.3. Players can recruit him to strengthen their crew. The new scenes and the new officer are the most welcomed features of the new update.
The developer Toivon Studio has also announced the kicking off of a Fishing Contest. All participants will get prizes, but contest-toppers will receive the best ones! The Fishing feature has been adjusted and optimized. It will bring more fun and leisure. Success rate of fishing has been increased. It’s a good motivation for all players. In addition, interactions between players have been improved during fishing. Captains can randomly intrude each other’s fishing areas during fishing. Kraken might also inadvertently appear when pirates are fishing. When pirates defeat the Kraken, they can get Kraken Fragments. Those challenges will bring more fun!
For all of you AlliOSNews readers in the United States, Target stores has updated their app for iPhone that brings a lot of improvements and changes just in time for the holiday shopping seasons. The Target app for iPhone has been redesigned for iOS 7 and brings the familiar look and feel to the app that we have come to expect from these redesigns.
New features in this release include a Shopping List where you can build your lists faster that supports swipes to take
something off your list once you have picked it up. The Shopping List will also show you which items are on sale on your list. There is also a What’s in Store which will show you trending products and deals across the store you happen to be shopping in at the time. It will also offer you Cartwheel offers (a separate app from Target for exclusive deals – also free) and recipes. You can also add things to your Cartwheel app from the Target app with a single tap.
Interestingly the Target app for iPhone also includes some beta features that are only available in select stores. This includes a Find feature that allows you to find a particular product you are looking for within a store. This is very handy when you are trying to find that baby shampoo on the 2nd floor of a massive Target store. There is also a Decide function that allows you to tap on an item on your Shopping List and see if that product is available in your nearest Target store.
These new beta features are only available in select stores in Minneapolis and Seattle as well as all City Target locations.
The Target app for iPhone is free and available now in the App Store.
One of the best drawing/sketch apps for the iPad is Procreate. Procreate for iPad is a very savvy app that allows both professionals and not-so-professional artists draw, sketch and paint on the device. It is one of the best apps I’ve used as I stated in my review last year.
Now Savage Entertainment, the developer of Procreate, has released version 2 of the popular app. There are a huge
number of changes in this update both behind the scenes but also new features and functionality. The biggest change for Procreate for iPad from an under-the-hood perspective is support for iOS 7, 64-bit design and GPU accelerated filters adjustments. If you have an iPad Air and are using Procreate, the app feels incredibly fluid and fast. Those GPU accelerated filters include:
- Gaussian Blur
- Hue, saturation & brightness
- Color Balance (Highlights, Midtones, Shadows)
- Curves (Gamma, Red, Green, Blue)
Last week Dropbox teased a new look and feel of their app for iOS in a blog post. Today it is a reality. The Dropbox app for iOS has been updated to version 3.0 and there are a host of changes, fixes and improvements. The most obvious of those changes is the new look of iOS 7 in the app. The UI is light and airy to match the look & feel of the new OS and given this is a universal app, you get that same experience on your iPhone as well as your iPad. One thing that they did do on the iPad version was make it easy to view a file on that device. Just tap the file or photo and it will go into fullscreen viewing automagically. It is pretty slick!
Beyond this the Dropbox app for iOS has been updated performance and functionality that really address some issues they had with the app but also some improvements. Sharing and exporting of files from Dropbox has been made much easier
and much simpler to figure out (one of my personal complaints about the old app) and there is now support for AirDrop to make it super easy to share files or photos with those around you. Videos can now easily and seamlessly be saved to your library as well.
Performance speed has been a big focus for Dropbox in this release and the app, photo and video loading all are dramatically faster than in the previous release.
From a bug fixing perspective there were two main areas. First, Dropbox fixed an issue that would cause HTML to render as text when viewing a file in Dropbox. This is now gone (tested and verified myself and saw it was fixed) and some of the strange behaviours you would get viewing PDF files in Dropbox seem to have gone away as well. Overall it is must faster with PDF files but they don’t render the text weird anymore.
If you haven’t tried out Dropbox before and need cloud storage of your files that you can easily access from any device – Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android or web – Dropbox should be on your shortlist. I’ve tried many other services but always come back to Dropbox. Sure there are lesser expensive services out there but I’ve not found one yet that is as reliable as Dropbox.
The Dropbox app for iOS is free to download and available now in the App Store. A Dropbox account is required and you can get a 2GB account to try out with other plans ranging from $9.99 per month for 100GB of storage to $49.99 per month for 500GB of storage.
Tumblr, the popular blogging-meets-social-networking-meets-photo-sharing services has updated the iOS version of their app with a complete new look and feel. The Tumblr app update brings all the new look and feel of iOS 7 but it also brings several new features or improvements to the app.
The most obvious change is the new iOS 7 in the Tumblr app with a more flattened look and if there is one thing about all
these apps going with the iOS 7 look, it makes learning them much easier for everyone. All the menus are in the same place in every app… but I digress.
Tumblr has also thrown in several new features in this update including a new post compose screen, a new post chooser and a new fast reblog of something you found and like on Tumblr. Personally I think the last feature they have added, the Tag autocomplete, is the biggest win. Now when you tag a post, Tumblr will start making tag suggestions as you type, much like Twitter does in their app. It is a big timesaver and makes it easy to find a tag that might be trending rather than your version of a tag.
The updated Tumblr app is available now in the App Store. It is a free download and it is a universal app. Tumblr does come with an age warning when you download it from the App Store due to content being posted that may be objectionable for some, especially those under 17. It’s not an adult playground per se but you can run into things you didn’t expect. When you sign up for Tumblr (which is also free) you have the ability to filter NSFW (Not Safe For Work) material at the account level which will cut out 99% of objectionable posts.