Refresh (www.refresh.io), the mobile app that makes it easy to discover common ground and build stronger relationships, announced today the launch of its new web app, along with a significant update for its existing iOS app. Both the web and iPhone app now feature email notifications, recent news and new data sources for insights. The iOS update also features a new swipeable interface that makes it easy to quickly find the right insights.
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.
The new Today I Feel app is a unique photo app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. This is the selfie taken up a notch. Now, in an instant, you can communicate your mood through your photo and a short caption and send it directly to friends or share on social media sites. There are more than 100 emotions to choose from.
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 Apple in Australia, Japan and The United States gave iTunes account holders the ability to add iTunes Gift Cards to their Passbook on their iPhone. It saves you from having to go to a store and purchase them and scan them in to iTunes in order to use them for app, books, movies and music purchases. Even better, you can go to your local Apple store and add money to your iTunes card in Passbook at any time. Adding an iTunes Gift Card to Passbook is not entirely intuitive so here is a step-by-step how to guide on how to get it added on your iPhone.
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.
Hurricane Pro is the standard in tracking applications that has spent the last six years helping people prepare for hurricane season and weather the storms with great tips, preparedness information and storm centered details. Hurricane Pro show where the storms are, in a beautifully detailed app that is quick and interactive.
Klaser is designed to easily collect, organize and quickly find your stuff in collections, places and tags. With Klaser, photos can be annotated with a text description, timestamp, and location mapping. Users can then save the photos for later in a tagged folder or collection. Collections can be viewed in either a grid or list format with a simple tap of the coordinating icon at the top of the screen. Tagged folders also show items from different collections to allow cross-matching by its meaning.
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 might seem that the App Store is already crowded with productivity apps. But the behavior of their users indicates that they are still not quite satisfied with them. They often tend to look for even better app that would help them to get their things finally done. That was the reason why two architects from Czech Republic decided to develop their own productivity app that would help them manage their busy schedule. This app is called EASY! and is now available for iPhone for $2.99.