iOS Archive

Yahoo Finance App Gets New Home Tab in its Latest Update

The Yahoo Finance app is the latest app from Yahoo to get updated, now with a lighter and brighter look and an improved Home tab that makes it easier for your to track your stocks at a glance.  The update, v2.2 for those keeping score, is a universal app and available now in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Yahoo Finance (Universal App) – Free – Download Now

System Monitor Utility for iOS Gives Detailed System Info on your Device

System Monitor Utility for iOS is an app that is designed to grant a quick overview not only of the hardware of iOS devices, but as well as detailed information about running processes or memory distribution. System Monitor Utility delivers all the informations about the hardware and software that users probably would pay more attention if they didn’t have to dig deep to collect these data.

System Monitor Utility (Universal App) – .99 Cents – Download Now 

How To Use The Compass App To Mark A Bearing

One of the built-in apps of iOS is the compass.  It is often overlooked but is actually quite a powerful tool as it is not only a compass but is a level (both horizontal and vertical) as well.  One of the key things you can do with an analog (in-other-words, the old handheld versions) compass is to mark a bearing then navigate your way towards that bearing.  You would often have an indicator on the compass dial that would tell you the bearing you marked then by using the compass needle you could figure out your direction and if you were heading towards that bearing.  Did you know the compass on your iPhone can do the same?  In this How To I will show you how to use the compass app on your iPhone to mark a bearing and navigate your way towards it.

Review of Evernote Jot Script Stylus – The Ultimate Stylus

Looking back over the last 16 years that I have been writing reviews of mobile products and solutions, I’ve reviewed dozens of stylus’ in that time.  Most have been pretty good.  Some have been great.  Then comes along the Evernote Jot Script.  This Evernote-branded-built-by-Adonit is simply the best, most accurate stylus I’ve ever reviewed.  While the price will put some readers off to trying it, if you are looking for the ultimate performance for handwriting or drawing on your iPad or iPhone look no further than the Jot Script.

Review of 2048 – Highly Addictive and Challenging Maths Puzzle Game

There are puzzle games.  There are maths games.  There are puzzle maths games.  Then there is 2048.  2048 is a relative new game to the App Store and it already has a cult-like following.  The premise is simple:  Move tiles on the play board to add them up until you reach the magical 2048 tile.  Sounds easy right?

Good Luck.

2048 (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

Apple Releases Updates to iWork Apps for Mac and iOS

With the release a week ago of Microsoft’s Office for iPad, it wasn’t a question of if Apple updated iWork apps but only a matter of when.  That when is today with the Cupertino company releasing updates for all three of the iWork apps – Keynote, Numbers and Pages – for both Mac OS X and iOS as well as the iCloud based versions.

Perhaps the biggest new features for all three apps on all three platforms is the new View Only function.  This allows you to share a file but those whom you share it with are unable to edit the app.  You can initiate this feature from your iOS device, iCloud or your Mac.  Almost as important, you can now search all three for files by their name which will dramatically improve searching if you have dozens of files.

In Keynote on iOS, you can now tap-and-hold while you are presenting to illuminate on a slide.  Like PowerPoint for

Keynote for iCloud New Features

Keynote for iCloud New Features

iPad, Keynote now has a laser pointer but also gives you an array of colour markers to highlight on a slide as you are presenting.  It is provided in a small tray that pops up at the bottom of Keynote when you are in Presentation mode.

Finally there is also Retina display support now in all three of the apps for iCloud.

I have been an exclusive iWork apps user for nearly a year now and while there are still elements that the Microsoft apps do better – particularly when comparing Numbers and Excel – it works for me.

The iWork apps are either free or $9.99 each depending on if you were new to iPhone or iPad with the release of iOS 7. For Mac users, the apps are $19.99 each.  That means, worst case, you are paying $89.94 for all them, $10 less than a year of Office 365.  Plus the iOS versions are universal apps that work equally as well on your iPhone or iPad.

Keynote for iOS – $9.99 (Free to new iOS users) – Download Now

Keynote for Mac – $19.99 – Download Now

Numbers for iOS – $9.99 (Free to new iOS users) – Download Now

Numbers for Mac – $19.99 – Download Now

Pages for iOS – $9.99 (Free to new iOS users – Download Now)

Pages for Mac – $19.99 – Download Now

iOS 7.1 Beta 5 Released to Developers

Apple continues to tweak and improve on the next version of iOS with their release of iOS 7.1 Beta 5 to their developer community yesterday.  The latest beta comes 15 days after the release of Beta 4 and continues to focus on user experience improvements in the UI and functionality of iOS.

One of the changes for example are changes to how the Shift button looks when it is enabled, disabled and in Cap Lock.  These updates are designed to give you a better visual indicator at a glance the setting of your shift key.  Mac Rumors posted a great comparison shot which I’ve linked here showing you the different modes.

Keyboard Changes in iOS 7.1 Beta 5 to the Shift Key (Enabled, Disabled, Caps Lock) – Courtesy of Mac Rumors



Timewinder for iOS May Be The Ultimate Timer App

It’s the end of January and you might be wondering, “How am I going to keep my resolutions and make this year better?” In the middle of winter, you might want an extra hour to sleep rather than packing up for the gym and the rest of your day. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. It is reported that up to 88% of people who make resolutions are challenged to keep them. What if an app could help you keep your commitments to yourself?

Timewinder is designed to help you keep your fitness, study and productivity goals. It’s the ultimate interval timer app for Android and iOS. “We wrote Timewinder so I could stay committed to my yoga practice everyday,” says Shannon White, product creator and Widget Revolt co-founder. “I was too busy to make it down to the studio and I wanted to practice at home with the focus I had at the studio. My practice is solid. I can design my own yoga routines. I wanted to run them whenever I had downtime. That’s exactly what I have with Timewinder today. What’s exciting is that we have customers that are finding the same benefits for a wider variety of activities than I could have ever imagined.”

Take a look at a YouTube video of Timewinder to get a flavour for what it can do for you

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Timewinder (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

Twitter App Update Focuses on Improved Photo Tweeting

Twitter has released a nice update to the Twitter app for iOS that almost exclusively focus’ on your ability to share photos on the social networking service.  The company has provided several new features and tools within the app that make finding photos on your iPhone or iPad quicker and easier.

The most notable change in the Twitter app is the new gallery icon when you are composing a Tweet or replying to a tweet.  Now when you reply to a Tweet you have a gallery icon at the bottom of the reply page which with one tap allows you to share a photo from your camera roll.  Twitter has also made it easier to mention other users when you Tweet a photo.

Twitter (Universal App) – Free – Download Now

How To Show All Purchases in iBooks for iOS

Like many of you, I have been making purchases in iBooks for several years now and have built up quite a collection.  The free eReader app from Apple has continued to improve and the selection in the iBooks store is outstanding.  One of the side effects of building such a reading collection however is, like in the real world, organisation of my virtual bookshelves.  In a previous AlliOSNews How To we showed you how to organise your iBooks books using Collections.  In this How To we are going to show you how to show or hide your purchases in iBooks for iOS so that you can further organise your collection.  By enabling or disabling this feature, you will either see or hid the Purchased collection in iBooks for iOS.  It is a simple thing but it can make swiping between your different collections quicker on your iPhone or iPad.

For this How To I am assuming that you have iBooks for iOS installed on your iPhone or iPad.  If you do not, you can get it free in the App Store.

iBooks for iOS (Universal App) – Free – Download Now

If this is your first time to use iBooks, take a look around.  You will see a lot of free books available, especially literary classics.