apps & updates Stories October 31, 2012

Borderlands Legends: We knew it was coming and today 2K has finally released the iOS version of the Borderlands franchise. It’s not exactly the full Borderlands you’re familiar with from consoles, but first impressions seem to be strong.

Borderlands Legends is the latest addition to the Borderland franchise, specifically designed for mobile and tablet. Control Mordecai, Lilith, Brick and Roland and take out the oncoming waves of enemies. Collect in-game cash by destroying enemies and purchase new weapons. Earn experience and level up your characters, unlocking new skills and abilities! Each character has their own set of unique skills and abilities, use them wisely to survive!

Cards version 2.0.1: Apple has updated its Cards app for creating and sending physical, personalized greeting cards on iPhone and iPad. One new feature in the update is the ability to “Easily swap photos in cards containing multiple photos.” There are also a few fixes to common issues:

• Easily swap photos in cards containing multiple photos • Fixes an issue that caused previously mailed cards to display as drafts in Card History • Fixes several issues that caused the app to quit unexpectedly

Paper by FiftyThree: If you look closely, a few of the features added to the popular “Paper” app today were actually leaked by Phil Schiller on stage during the iPad mini event earlier this month. New features include a Mixer for playing with shades, a new color palette, and and pressure input via the Expressive Ink Engine: expand full story

apps & updates Stories August 13, 2012

Aside from our full list of interesting apps and updates hitting the App Store this morning, Hulu is making “Kill Bill: Volume 1” available to stream free (you can get Hulu Plus free for two months here). We will continue to update the list of apps below throughout the day:

BBC iPlayer version 1.3.2: BBC’s streaming app for its TV and radio networks received a nice update today that brings updated graphics for Retina iPads, improved video playback performance, enhanced Voice Over controls, and the usual bug fixes and performance updates.

imo instant messenger version 3.2: The popular instant messaging app with more than 700,000 users and 50 million messages sent daily was updated this morning with one big new feature previously only available to Android users: voice calling over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G. All users running iOS 3.1 and up can now make free calls to their imo contacts with no usage of cell minutes and no data usage over Wi-Fi.

TweetBot version 0.7.0: TweetBot for Mac beta has been given a nice update, adding the ability to edit your Twitter profile within the app, animated .gif support, and Storify support among even more features. Due to Sandboxing issues, you will need to manually install the update.

MOG version 2.1.33: Online music subscription service MOG, home to roughly 16 million songs and 500,000 paid subscribers, was recently acquired by Beats Electronics. Its iOS app received a decent update today, with the ability to create and edit playlists, as well as a new album reviews section, and a “better, stronger, faster interface.”

Adobe Proto version 1.5: Adobe’s prototyping app for creating wireframe prototypes of apps and websites was updated today with a few notable features. A full list of what’s new in the update including email and Dropbox sharing, navigation improvements, and more is below:

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apps & updates Stories August 6, 2012

Our usual list of apps and updates is below kicking off with a couple notable updates from over the weekend to the Instapaper and vjay apps:

vjay version 1.0.1: One of the biggest updates today goes to algoriddim’s video-mixing vjay app that we introduced you to a couple of months ago. Included in version 1.0.1 is support for 1080p videos up to 30 FPS, new settings like Auto Repeat and Play Automatically, and improved MIDI support for both the ION iDJ 2 Go MIDI controller and Numark Mixdeck Quad.

Instapaper version 4.2.4: The iPhone and iPad Instapaper app received an update that includes improvements to dark-mode and link colors, pagination performance, and support for Chrome, Buffer, and iCab Reading List in the Share panel. A full list of what’s new is below:

– Improved pagination performance. – Improved dark-mode colors and link colors. (More on that front soon.) – Removed instapaper.com/z short URLs from all remaining Twitter sharing methods. Now that t.co URLs are supported by nearly all apps, custom short URLs are unnecessary and they only inconvenience Twitter readers, so they’re gone. Your links are yours and should have as few intermediaries as possible. – Removed rarely-used “Print” feature. – Added Buffer, Chrome, and the upcoming iCab Reading List to the Share panel. – Added “Report a text problem” to article footers so customers can help improve Instapaper’s parsing of certain pages. – Improved Pinboard login security to use their new token system instead of storing passwords. – Made syncing even faster. – Fixed bugs from the future.

Discovery Channel HD version 1.9: In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of Shark Week, the Discovery Channel app was just updated with an “interactive second screen experience, synchronized to select shows from Shark Week.”

Using ACR (automatic content recognition) technology, this deeper dive into Shark Week features exclusive photos, behind-the-scenes information, revealing production shots, interactive infographics, shark trivia and much more! 

Discovery Channel is offering Shark Week Plus exclusivity to iPad users each night of Shark Week from 9 to 10PM e/p, and Shark Week Bingo from 10-11PM e/p. Shark Week’s 25th anniversary begins Sunday, August 12.

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apps & updates Stories July 19, 2012

Apps & updates: Bolt!, PDF Expert for iPad, Vyclone, and more

We already had some app news today with the release of Gameloft’s official The Dark Knight Rises iOS game/movie tie-in, but the rest of the notable apps and updates hitting App Stores worldwide are below:

Bolt!: The free game, featuring the World’s Fastest Man and Jamaican track star Usain Bolt, was released by Rock Live a couple of days ago, but it is getting a ton of attention for its addictive gameplay. You might notice a few celebs playing this one (as you can see in the tweets above), and Mike Tyson is even accepting challenges. An iPad version is coming soon.

PDF Expert version 4.1: The iPad version of Readdle’s PDF Expert app was updated today to version 4.1 with a number of new features including:

– Faster PDF rendering

– AutoSync for Dropbox and other storages

– Support for Microsoft SkyDrive

– Recording audio notes into PDFs

– Ability to move opened notes

– Network connectivity fixes (FTP, SFTP, Dropbox)

Vyclone: Released as a free iPhone app on the App Store today, Vyclone takes video shots on several iPhones and stitches it together into the perfect video clip with multiple viewing angles. You can also take all the raw footage and make your own cuts.

Tango Video Calls: The Tango Video Calls app received a decent update today, including the ability to send and receive free text messages to Tango contacts, share videos in text conversations, and more.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies: Activision’s Black Ops Zombies app received a huge update today brining the “dark and ice-covered isles of Siberia” as Call of Dead: Director’s Cut content. The updated also includes new V-R11 and Semtex mine weapons, new achievements, and a new perk called “Deadshot Daquiri”.

apps & updates Stories July 18, 2012

Apps & updates: Pixelmator 2.1, Adobe Reader, Sony Music Unlimited, Evernote, more

Pixelmator 2.1: We get a quick look today at some new features coming to Pixelmator 2.1 in a new video focusing on the Vintage Effect (via TheLoop). The upcoming app will also include Retina support and a ton of new features, some of which the developer has highlighted in a blog post.

Adobe Reader version 10.3: Adobe updated its free Reader iOS app today with a number of new features that are listed below:

• Add text to your PDFs with the Add Text tool

• Use forms that have Field Validation, Calculation, and Formatting

• Organize and manage your documents in Reader’s improved file organizer. Create folders, copy, move, rename, and delete files.

• Help us make Reader better by optionally sharing anonymous usage data with us

• Look up definitions with our new Dictionary Support (requires iOS 5 or later)

• Fixed several bugs and performance issues

Music Unlimited version 1.1: Sony’s Music Unlimited streaming app was also updated today, adding a number of enhancements including the ability to delete login information and fixes to several commonly reported issues.

Facebook Pages Manager version 1.2:  Included in version 1.2 of Facebook’s standalone Pages manager app is the ability to upload photos to your Page’s albums, view photos attached to messages, and the app is now available in a total of 11 languages.

PayPal Here version 1.2: While noting it is aware of an issue with the display of refunded transactions, PayPal updated its PayPal Here app for accepting credit card and PayPal payments on the iPhone. Improvements in the update include longer time allowed between login, multiuser support (setup on paypal.com), improved Star printer, AirPrint, HP ePrint support, and a number of other new features and fixes.

Evernote for Mac version 3.2: Evernote announced in a blog post that it is releasing an updated version of its Mac client today that includes Retina support for the new MacBook Pros, a new Activity Stream feature, faster sharing, and “more reliable sync.” The update is currently only available through the developer’s site, but Mac App Store users can follow these instructions to complete the update.

1Password version 3.9.6: 1Password’s Mac App Store app was updated with two important features including support for high-resolution MacBook Pro Retina displays and support for the Chrome Web Store 1Password extension.

apps & updates Stories May 24, 2012

Other than the launch of the new Instagram clone “Facebook Camera” app, the biggest update today goes to the popular Tweetbot Twitter client for iPhone that is now at version 2.4. Included in the massive update is a new search view, as well as access to Trends, Top Tweets, and People that are now together in a single browse section. Nearby tweets were added with an option to change the location, and a ton of improvements to search, including location-based keywords and the ability to change trends’ location from within search view. And, that is only some of the features and fixes included Tweetbot 2.4.

Below is a complete list of features included in the update, with other notable apps and updates to hit the App Store today including the Infinity Blade II: Vault of Tears content pack.

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