This week Facebook has announced that going forward, if you want to use Facebook Messenger to communicate with your friends and family from your iPhone or iPad, you will need to use the Facebook Messenger app. It is another example of companies separating functionality and services they have into multiple apps that sit on your device. However, unlike Foursquare and their Swarm app, the splitting out of Facebook Messenger into its own separate app makes sense and I’m okay with it.
One of the great features of iOS is the ability to quickly and easily close apps to save battery power and processing power. Although the platform is good at multitasking, closing down apps does have its benefits. It was introduced in iOS 6 and in iOS 7 it was improved with a more gestures-based way of closing apps simply by swiping up on your screen after you double-tap the Home button. But did you know you can close multiple apps on iOS 7 at once?
Neither did I until I stumbled upon it last week. It was, as they say, one of those “Where have you been all my life” moments!
This week’s App of the Week is the great Assassin’s Creed Pirates from Ubisoft. The game allows you to fight real-time battles all of the Caribbean as you play the character of Alonzo barilla, a fierce, young and ambitious pirate. Normally the game is $2.99 but it is free this week only.
Apple has released iOS 8 Beta 3 to their developer community with several significant improvements and tweaks. Beta 3 is only available to those in the Apple Developer community and it still has a fair way to go before consumers will see it this fall. However with this beta you can start to see the pieces coming together on the next generation mobile OS.
It has taken well over a year but Facebook has finally launched Facebook Messenger for iPad. The update to the instant messaging app came today as an update to the app already in the App Store, making it a universal build for both your iPhone and iPad. Even better, Facebook Messenger for iPad has all the features and fun you have had on your iPhone to this point.
AweSoft has released their first app, AweNote, an all-in-one note taking application for iPad. AweNote for iPad supports a rich set of features that you need for a note taking application. From basic features such as stylus note, text note, audio and video note, plus a wide range of built-in library of basic figures and more. With all of that an unlimited number of applications can be created with AweNote, not just note taking.
As I Tweeted earlier this evening, Apple has dropped iOS 7.1.2 on the world and like most faithful Apple users, I immediately hit the Software Update on my iPhone and iPad to get the newest bits. And then things went off the rails. For an hour I was looking at the black screen with the white Apple logo and a partially completed progress bar. Not good and the first time in 6 years of using an iPhone that this has happened to me. But fortunately there is a way to quickly back to normal.
Power APP has released an update of Wrap Camera HD, an update to their very popular picture editing app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. With the previous major jump to version 3.0.0, a new user interface was introduced. Version 3.1.0 introduced new functions like face tune and smoothing filters. The newest update contains free rotation control for images and improved crop functions with simplified use while extending the functionability of the app in general.
Delicion has declared that everyone in the company, aka its owner, is sick of seeing “gluten-free” everywhere only to find that “gluten-free” generally means “disgusting.” With recipes that are truly delicious, Abby Berger hopes to bring a new light to gluten-free with simple, wholesome recipes and ingredients with Gluten-Free Interactive.
The Weather Channel for iPad app has received a much overdue update that brings it more inline with the look and feel of iOS 7. The update, which is free and in the app store now, gives the iPad version a similar look to the recently updated iPhone version of the app.