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eBay has done some serious updates to their iPhone and iPad apps to give you a better user experience both using the app as well as purchasing through the app. The updates come to the two separate eBay apps in the App Store, one for iPhone and iPod Touch while the other is for the iPad and iPad Mini.
The new 3.0.0 version of eBay for iPhone brings a new look and feel to the UI including the ability to tap on a photo to see a larger view of the item you are bidding on through the service. Users can now also make multiple item purchases at once – if you are in the United States or the United Kingdom. Selling support has also come to Spain for the first time.
Here is a run down of all the changes:
- New and improved look and feel
- Checkout multiple items at a time with the new eBay Shopping Cart (US and UK only)
- Tap the grid icon at the top of search results to see larger photos (iOS 6 required)*
- Scan your drivers license for fast and easy eBay registration (available in select US states)
- Improved last minute bidding
- Selling support for Spain
- Many bug fixes and enhancements
It is important to note that this update does require you to be running iOS 5 or greater on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
For iPad users, the eBay for iPad app was bumped up to version 2.3.0 and it includes many of the same features but also brings some significant updates for sellers on the service. Effectively, with the changes made in this update, a seller on eBay could almost exclusively use their iPad to create and start an auction. It’s pretty impressive and most definitely Post-PC!
- Buy multiple items with Shopping Cart
- Improved photo picker in selling flow
- Faster checkout remembers your PayPal ID
- Photos in search results look even better
New for Sellers:
- Attach multiple photos at once from your photo library
- Easily crop and adjust photos
- Buyer’s name now shown in grid view for quick reference
- Easier to select shipping options in SYI
- “Sell One Like This” button easier to find
- Access your listing drafts right from your homescreen
- View your feedback received on View Item
Improvements for Buyers:
- Easily filter seller feedback by positive, neutral, and negative
- New “Search By Best Offer” items option
- Your Max Bid now included on View Item
- Always want New items with Free shipping? Set your default “Search Preferences” options in settings
Both eBay for iPhone and eBay for iPad are free apps and are available in the App Store.
My personal favourite version of Angry Birds is Angry Birds Seasons and it has been updated for the Spring. The new update brings 36 all new levels along with all new power ups and portals. The release notes cover all of the changes and updates you get with the release:
Abra-Ca-Bacon! It’s a beautiful spring night, and the bad piggies have learned some magic tricks — and the first one is making the eggs disappear! Not to worry, the Angry Birds have something up their sleeve… like the all new MAGIC
- 36 all new magical levels!
- PORTALS: introducing new gameplay that lets you magically transport within the level!
- New power-up: AllakaBAM – the exploding magic box!
- Brand new topsy-turvy carnival theme filled with clown pigs, magic hats, and plenty of surprises!
Angry Birds Seasons is not a universal app so you if you haven’t purchased it yet, it is .99 Cents for the iPhone version and $1.99 for the iPad HD version. If you have downloaded it, the update is now in the App Store. There are a lot of in-app purchases but fortunately they are not required to solve all the levels.
Apple has released a minor update to their movie editing app iMovie for Mac to address some issues and to improve some functionality. The new version, 9.0.9 for those keeping score at home, addresses an issue where the app would not recognise a video camera connected to your Mac. The release notes do not cover any specific video cameras impacted so it is safe to assume that for a “bug fix” release it was likely several different makes and models.
For iMovie iOS users there is an update in this release for you. The import process from your iPad or iPhone to iMovie on your Mac has been improved with better compatibility between the two platforms. This is good news for those who want to edit on-the-go on your iPhone then do final edits on your Mac.
The release notes also have the usual “stability improvements” which are usually smaller, less impacting issues with the app.
The update is free in the Mac App Store and is available for download now. For those who have not purchased iMovie, the update is included in the latest version you can purchase which is also in the Mac App Store for $14.99. iMovie for iOS is $9.99 and available in the iTunes App Store.
Global Delight today released a major update to their iPhone camera app, Camera Plus Pro. The update has a number of new exciting additions in the photo and video sharing options, instant saving to the device’s default library and user interface changes.
Camera Plus Pro has great photo capture controls and photo editing features to make everyday photos look beautiful and professional. With this new update, Camera Plus Pro users can share their photos to Instagram and Tumblr. The app allows users to share their filtered and creative time-lapse videos on Tumblr.
Camera Plus Pro excels over the stock camera on the iPhone and iPod touch because of its great photo & video shooting
controls like anti-shake for non-blurry photos, countdown timer, touch-to-snap, separate exposure and white balance lock, video zoom and more. These beautiful photos and videos can now be saved directly to Camera Roll, previewed or shared instantly.
The app now sports a new share user interface. The videos can be uploaded at 640×480 (480p) resolution to YouTube, Facebook and Tumblr.
Camera Plus Pro is a simple yet professional quality camera app for shooting, beautifying and sharing great photos & videos on the iPhone and iPod touch. Camera Plus Pro has great photo & video shooting controls, photo editing features, gorgeous collection of photo filters, some unique features like password protection of photos and videos, and time-lapse videos and instant sharing to the popular sites.
Camera Plus Pro 4.6 can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for just $1.99 (USD), and all the features can be enjoyed on an iPhone 5, 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 5 and iPod touch with camera.
Northrup Consulting Inc., an innovative new mobile web portal developer, is excited today to announce the launch of LifeSaver Web Browser 1.0 onto the App Store. Compatible across all iPad devices, this unique new web browsing solution provides seniors and the special needs community alike with access to a mobile web browser that’s designed to work around their limitations, offering a practical mobile web browsing experience created with their unique needs at the forefront. While the mobile browsing market is saturated with over a thousand different titles, there are only a few browsers dedicated to the senior/special needs community – and none on par with LifeSaver Web Browser.
LifeSaver Web Browser strives for simplicity and an eloquently straightforward web browsing experience in a world of
cluttered, feature frenzied browsers options. The app brings an intuitive browsing platform to the fingertips of users who may need a little extra help to navigate the web without losing the flexibility or functionality needed to make a great experience. LifeSaver Web Browser features vibrant, clearly labeled, and oversized navigation controls and icons to help the visually challenged and larger buttons with increased touch-sensitivity geared to enable those with dexterity issues to utilize the browser effectively. Special features geared to help those with memory impairments are included as well such as ‘how to’ reminders, a ‘LifeSaver’ icon that instantly reminds users what every function in the app is, and an innovative ‘return to home’ setting which reverts users’ browser windows to their home page every time they re-enter the browser.
As focused on the greater good as it is on providing the best mobile web browsing solutions for seniors, LifeSaver Web Browser has elected to donate a percentage of the apps profits to the Alzheimer’s Society in order to bring heightened awareness of the issues and hardships facing seniors today. Luckily, LifeSaver Web Browser is geared to alleviate some of these obstacles – at least on the digital front. Far from a niche platform though, the app is forecasted to become the leading choice for any mobile consumer eager for a simplified browsing platform accessible to those facing memory, dexterity and visual challenges regardless of age as well. The LiveSaver Browser revolution is just beginning too as Window 8 and Android compatible versions of this groundbreaking browsing platform are due to launch in the near future as well.
LifeSaver Web Browser for iPad is .99 Cents in the App Store
Elecont LLC today announces Weather Map HD 1.2 for iOS, an update to their universal app for travelers, weather enthusiasts, fishers and virtually everyone. New version provides useful information for planning beach activities such as swimming or fishing.
Planning a day at the beach or a boating trip? Are you curious about what the water temperature is at your favorite place to
swim? Weather Map HD is the fastest, easiest-to-use, weather application that displays current weather conditions and sea surface temperature directly on the map. Additional information, presented in pop-up window, includes “feels like temperature”, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, local time, sunset/sunrise time and ten-day weather forecast.
* Provides current weather conditions and a weather forecast up to 10 days ahead for cities all over the world
* Provides sea surface temperature based on buoys and satellite maps
* Provides zoom and pan functionality
* Supports Fahrenheit and Celsius
Weather Map HD provides useful information for Fisherman, Divers, Surfers, Sailors, Lifeguards, boaters, and anyone that needs to know the weather and water temperatures near them.
For a limited time, Weather Map HD 1.2 is offered at an introductory one-time fee of $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category. There are no subscription fees or hidden costs.
Microsoft has released a hefty update to Office for Mac this morning that brings several key improvements and features, most notably around SkyDrive, and paves the way for Office 365 for Mac. The update is version 14.3.4 and it is about 138MB in size. The list of updates is pretty impressive:
This update provides the latest fixes for Office for Mac 2011. These include the following:
- Coauthoring session with Microsoft PowerPoint Web App and Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
Fixes an issue in which all updates during a coauthoring session with the PowerPoint Web App client come through as conflicts.
- After token expires, does not prompt for credentials in Microsoft Outlook for Mac
Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac not to prompt for credentials after the Kerberos token expires.
- Calibri Light font not included in Office for Mac
Fixes an issue in which Mac users experienced poor rendering of Office 2013 shared documents. The Calibri Light font resources are now included with the latest update.
- SetupUI is shown to user on start after Office for Mac is already activated
Fixes an issue in which, upon startup, the user is prompted to reactivate the subscription when multiple Office for Mac applications start.
- Saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word for Mac
Fixes an issue that causes an incorrect name to be suggested when you save a Word for Mac document to SkyDrive or SharePoint.
- Folder contains excess white space: Error 1025 in Outlook for Mac
Fixes an issue in which folder names with leading white-space characters are not accepted for Gmail accounts.
- XLIST command that is used by Gmail is deprecated in Outlook for Mac
Fixes an issue in which the discontinued XLIST command for Gmail uses the IMAP List Extension for Special User Mailboxes to detect special-use folders.
- Local group mail cannot be sent in Outlook for Mac
Fixes an issues in which messages that are addressed to local contact groups in Outlook for Mac cannot be sent.
- Remote devices lose control while in Presentation Mode in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
Fixes an issue in which keyboards and remotes may lose control in a PowerPoint for Mac slide show.
- File format extension support in PowerPoint for Mac
Fixes an issue in which Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 content may be lost when it is saved in PowerPoint for Mac 2011.
- Searching continues after user cancels in Outlook for Mac
Fixes an issue in which item searches in Outlook for Mac continue in the background after the user cancels the searches within the application.
- Items go into Junk Mail in Outlook for Mac
Fixes an issue in which messages that are sent from an account that is present in the Blocked Sender list in Outlook for Mac are displayed in Junk Mail instead of in Sent Items.
- Blocked Senders List under Junk Email Protection in Outlook for Mac
Fixes an issue in which the wrong senders are blocked for certain kinds of accounts and account formatting in the Blocked Senders list under Junk Email Protection.
The biggest problem I have with Office for Mac is Outlook. It still is the only Office for Mac app that does not support Full Screen Mode in Lion and Mountain Lion. Seriously? I’m happy to see all the other changes but this is continues to be a big miss for me and one of the key reasons why I stay away from Outlook.
The update is free and is available by going to this link or by using the Auto Update function.
Tweetbot, the popular Twitter app from Tapbots, has been updated with a new Media Timeline view that makes finding Tweets with photos or videos attached quick and easy. The new 2.8 version is in the App Store now and both the iPhone and iPad versions have been updated with this new feature. The new Media Timeline essentially acts as a filter, bringing you only the Tweets of those you follow which have images or videos attached to them. Is kinda Instagram-ish in a way
but it makes finding media Tweets far easier.
Speaking of Instagram, Tweetbot has also had a fix in this release where Instagram posts are displayed correctly. This is a big win for me personally as I love Instagram.
Here are the other updates in this build according to the Release Notes:
- New media timeline. Scroll to the top of a timeline and switch to the new media view (next to the search box). This view displays only supported image and video tweets.
- Completely redesigned image viewer
- Tweet/status detail view now displays the number of Favs and Retweets
- Fixed Instagram Previews
- Various other bug fixes
Tweetbot for iPhone or iPad is $2.99 each. This isn’t a universal app so you have to buy it for each platform you want to use it for Tweeting.
There was a time not so long ago – less than a year – that most had written off Yahoo! for dead. What a difference a few months and a new CEO can make for a company. It seems as if Yahoo! under Marissa Mayer has made some great strides as a company and if their iOS apps are any indication, it seems the company is starting to get their sexy back.
The flagship app from Yahoo!, bearing the company name, was updated yesterday to version 3.0 and it is impressive. Leveraging a completely new user interface, Yahoo! brings you topical news and information based on your interests, a new search experience and a heavy emphasis on visual information. In fact you can set up the new Yahoo! app to be
essentially photo driven instead of text driven as you look for news stories.
Have used the new Yahoo! app for a few hours now I have to say that the new app is fantastic, taking after the awesome
update the company did to their Flickr app and the new Yahoo! Weather app.
In the Release Notes, there is a good summary of what is new in the Yahoo! app with this release.
- Personalized stories based on your interests
- Beautiful article pages
- Endless visual stream of stories
- Summaries by Yahoo!
- Ability to select topics you want more stories about
- Revamped web search experience
The Yahoo! app is free and available in the App Store. Unfortunately it is not a universal app and is aimed at the iPhone and iPod Touch. It would be great to see Yahoo! come out with an iPad version as it seems this release would work great n the larger display.