The Yahoo News Digest App has been updated this week and it is now a universal app for both iPhone and iPad. The news curation app brings you 7 news stories in various categories twice a day to keep you up to date with events in the world. It is the end product of Summly, the summary artificial intelligence developed by Australian teen Nick D’Aloisio. D’Aloisio reportedly sold Summly to Yahoo for $30m in March of last year, making him one of the youngest self made millionaires. The app, which until now has been for iPhone only, has now added a beautiful iPad version, bringing the multi-sourced news stories to your tablet in a touch friendly and easy to use format.
App Update Archive
The popular Expedia Hotels & Flights app for iOS has been updated this week and it now comes in a universal build for both iPhone and a new, beautiful iPad version. The Expedia app leverages the Expedia service you are likely familiar with and makes finding hotels and flights to destinations around the world quick and easy.
The new version has a completely revamped interface for both iPhone and iPad but it is the latter that is really eye popping. Now you can simply tap and swipe your way to finding hotels and flights and you don’t even necessarily have to put in travel dates.
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.
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!
We can debate on direction that Foursquare is trying to take but make no mistake: Foursquare wants to be the app you use to discover places and things no matter where you are in the world. The updated Foursquare app for iPhone reflects that in a dramatic, new user experience that will take long time Foursquare users a while to get use to using. In fact if you are anything like me, you may find it a bit frustrating.
When you update or install the new Foursquare app you will be prompted by the app to let it know your tastes and preferences. You do this by tapping provided keywords that reflect things around you or things that you have rated in the past. These keywords help Foursquare determine what discoveries to provide to you when you use the app. These can be very broad in nature (like “Spanish Food”) to very specific (“Chicken Paella”). Once you have tapped in these keywords, the Foursquare app then presents its new and radically different user experience.
The universal MyFitnessPal app has been updated with several improvements around navigation and entering food into your daily food diary. I am a big fan of MyFitnessPal (my current daily diary logging streak is now at day 510) and it is one of the apps that has helped me lose and keep off 100lbs (45kg) over the course of the last 4 years. If you want to follow me on MyFitnessPal, you will find me as ClintonAlliOSNews (original, I know).
The biggest change in this update of the MyFitnessPal app is around navigation. Gone are the menu driven entries and navigation and in comes a more icon-based menu with a large, in-the-centre, Add button so you can quickly and easily track food, exercise, weight and water consumption (did you know that you should consume 2L of water per day? Water consumption can aid weight loss and improve stamina). This change makes it far easier to add information to the app to help you keep track of things.
Facebook has updated their app for iOS today that brings with it overall improvements along with a new offline posting creating feature. Now the Facebook app will allow you to create a post when you are offline and post it later once you have connectivity.
eWeather HD for iOS has been updated with new animated effects, huge improvements to the weather maps and better performance. eWeather HD puts everything you need to know to prepare for a summer season – in the palm of your hand. It combines ten day and hourly weather forecasts from multiple sources with a beautiful radar and satellite images and unique “weather wheel” interface. eWeather HD also provides water temperature at beaches around the world, hour-by-hour UV levels, data from buoys, earthquakes, weather alerts for U.S.A. and Europe and much more.
MyFitnessPal has released an update that brings an even deeper level of integration between the diet and weight tracking app with fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Jawbone UP. Further, the health & fitness app now has even better integration into the iPhone 5S’ M7 processor to make your device your steps counter throughout your day with minimal battery impact.
Facebook has released a significant update to the Facebook Messenger app for iPhone. The new 5.0 version for iPhone brings a host of new features, mostly around instant photo and video sharing and keeping the sharing of that media right within the app itself.