Apple has updated their Apple Store app to offer a free iBook to its customers. The download of the e-book, Away in My Airplane by Margaret Wise Brown, is meant to give employees a reason to discuss and promote the iBooks app and the iBookstore to their customers.
If you reside in California, you may have been awakened earlier this week by an alarm going off on your iPhone sometime around 4 AM. What was that God-awful noise? And why did it go off?
Earlier this week, Twitter unleashed a significant update to their iOS app, bringing two-step verification – an important security measure to prevent unauthorized access – to their iOS app. Previously, Twitter’s two-step verification required SMS messaging, but the in-app solution provides a much simpler and more effective alternative.
Apple continues to dominate as the top smartphone OEM in the U.S., with a 39.9% share of the market in the second quarter of 2013. However, Samsung continues to make gains, more quickly than Apple.
Instagram has announced an update to their popular iOS app. The new version 4.1 of the app now allows users to import video from their device’s camera roll. Previously, users were restricted to using video they captured from within the app. The update also includes a new automatic straightening tool, which automatically straightens photos taken within the app.
An totally unscientific online poll conducted by Polar offers comparisons of key user interface elements of both iOS 6 and iOS 7, asking poll participants to select which set of components they prefer. Respondents seem to prefer the iOS 7 elements by a LARGE margin.
Popular chat app WhatsApp has pushed out a new feature to its iPhone users: voice messages with push-to-talk functionality. The feature is also being pushed out to all of the app’s other platforms, including: Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Phone.
Apple made a rare landmark change to their iTunes terms and conditions late last week, finally allowing children under 13 to have their own iTunes accounts. The change comes as part of a larger thrust to better support the education market – including a host of changes and improvements made to iOS 7 with education in mind.
Another new study shows that when it comes to actually using their devices, iPhone owners definitely get more of their money’s worth out of their devices than Android owners do.
Twitter for iOS Updated With Two-Step Verification, Improved Photo Search, Faster Start Times & More
Twitter has released a significant update to their iOS app today, enabling two-step verification within the mobile app. Earlier this year, Twitter unveiled their two-step verification feature, which initially relied on SMS text messages. The new mobile app is now able to stand in place of a text message to help you log into your account.
Philips is adding new products to its Hue lineup of iOS controlled LED lighting. The new products are “LightStrips”, 6.6-foot strips of LED tape that can be used to go around and highlight fixtures in the home, and “Bloom”, a portable lamp powered by an LED bulb.
Apple seeded the fifth beta of iOS 7 to developers this morning, breaking from their typical 2-week release cycle by launching it just over a week following iOS 7 Beta 4. The updated is available now via OTA update on devices running the first beta (through Settings, General, Software Update), as well as through Apple’s Developer Center.
A recent survey of 575 iOS App Store developers dominantly shows them seeing iOS 7 as important to support, with 95% saying they are updating their apps to support the new iOS version, and 52% of them as saying their new apps will require iOS 7 to run.
Two weeks ago it was first reported by 9to5Mac that Apple would update their Apple Store iOS app to offer free content to users of the app. Today the free content has begun flowing. The first paid app, which normally goes for $0.99, is Color Zen. Apple is set to provide a new piece of content every week. Freebie content will include apps, ebooks, and iTunes content.
Sony introduces the “Breaking Bad” Book interactive experience, available exclusively on iBooks. This eight chapter book is an innovative way to experience the ground breaking evolution of the show and provides an immersive ‘catch up’ heightening the anticipation level for the debut of the final episodes August 11 on AMC.
The beta version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has reportedly started rolling out for Android and iOS devices. The beta will require iOS 6.0 or later. BBM is expected to hit Google Play and the App Store sometime next month.