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Wunderlist updated with new layout and real-time list syncing

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6Wunderkinder released a new version of its Wunderlist productivity app today and according to the company this is the software’s biggest revision yet. Wunderlist 3 ships with over 60 improvements, however its standout changes are a retooled design and real-time sync which keeps your lists up to date across multiple devices.

There’s also the addition of public lists that makes sharing easier across the board, as well as other features from Wunderlist Pro, like commenting and file uploads with some restrictions. So if a new to-do list is on your to-do list, Wunderlist 3 is now available to download from the App Store.


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Mark Hearn

July 31st

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Meet EVO, San Francisco’s Answer To The Ultimate Urban Utility Bike

EVO Every couple of years, the Oregon Manifest launches a contest designed to surface new ideas in bike design from teams across the country. The project this year has tasked designers from five cities to build what they believe is the “ultimate urban utility bike.” San Francisco’s entry into the contest is EVO, a collaboration between HUGE Design, 4130 Cycle Works, and PCH… Read More

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Ryan Lawler

July 31st

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Facebook’s photo messaging app Slingshot updated w/ easier reactions, My People tab, more

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After first launching earlier this month, Facebook has today released a feature update to its new photo messaging app Slingshot.

The new version allows users to reply with a reaction to photos without having to first reply with another photo. The launch version structure was a bit more convoluted as it required you to respond with a new photo as well. The new version allows you to respond with a photo, video, or just text.

The update also allows you to connect with your contacts and Facebook friends with inviting more people to use the app, and a new My People section shows you other Slingshot users. The update also features the following under-the-hood improvements:

• Shoot crisp, clear videos even faster than before
• Improved reliability for sign-up confirmation codes
• Plus, a bunch of bug fixes and other tweaks to keep things running smoothly

In addition to launching Slingshot earlier this month, Facebook-owned Instagram released a quick-photo messaging app called Bolt in a select few countries earlier this week.

The latest version of Slingshot is rolling out now in the App Store.


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Zac Hall

July 31st

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Wikipedia app re-launches on App Store ahead of iOS 8 integration

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The popular online service Wikipedia has re-launched its iOS app with a new native version that features editing and an offline mode. The free app has some unique features other than browsing through Wikipedia entires, as Wikipedia tells us:

  • Fastest way to get into the content. Other highly-rated unofficial free iOS apps have hurdles to access the content. Either downloading some content, or just simply not being able to dive right in to it. That doesn’t happen with the official app.
  • You can edit with this app, unlike other unofficial apps. And you can do it logged out, if you choose.
  • Wikipedia Zero for developing and emerging countries. If you’re on one of the participating operators, you can use Wikipedia free of data charges.

Wikipedia also shared some other important features:

- Speed – Our new native app allows users to browse and edit Wikipedia
faster than ever before on mobile devices.
- Editing – You can edit Wikipedia on the app! Logged in or logged out,
we thank everyone for their contributions to the sum of human
knowledge.
- Recent pages – We provide readers with a reading history, tap as many
links as you like without ever getting lost.
- Saved pages – Save select pages for offline reading and browse them on
a plane trip, on the road, or anywhere without an Internet connection.
- Language support – The app allows seamless transition to reading
Wikipedia written in another language.
- Wikipedia Zero – We’ve partnered with mobile network operators around
the world to provide Wikipedia free of data charges to users in many
developing and emerging economies.

This new Wikipedia app is a native re-launch as the foundation behind Wikipedia has offered a basic app for a number of years. The revamp comes just ahead of deep Wikipedia integration for Spotlight and Siri in iOS 8 and via Spotlight and Safari in OS X Yosemite this fall.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, Apple, iOS, OS X, Safari, Siri, Spotlight, Wikipedia

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Mark Gurman

July 31st

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Facebook’s now required Messenger gets full screen videos and images

Facebook Messenger iconFacebook released version 9.0 of its Messenger app for iOS today bringing an improvement to how photos and videos are viewed. Previously trapped to a smaller section when shared, photos and videos in messages can now be viewed full screen like you would expect.

It’s a small improvement to Facebook Messenger, but now that the social network is stripping messaging functionality out of its primary Facebook for iPhone app, you can expect to see even more focus in this space in the future. For example, Facebook recently released a dedicated version of Messenger for iPad after years without it.

You can grab the latest version of Facebook Messenger for iOS on the App Store.


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Zac Hall

July 31st

Apple

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Windows Phone browser resorts to masquerading as iOS Safari to fix website issues

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In a rather amusing change, Microsoft has decided to make their Windows Phone user-agent identify as Apple’s iPhone Safari browser. Essentially, browser communicate with webpages using a special identifier to tell the servers what kind of browser they are using. This is how websites distinguish between desktop and mobile versions of sites. However, because Microsoft’s browser is so insignificant in terms of market share, most websites simply ignore their specific user-agent entirely, and serve unoptimised desktop pages.

As a result, in Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft will fake its user agent as iPhone Safari, so that webpages return mobile friendly copies to Windows Phone users. The tables have certainly turned from a decade ago, when developers would go out of their way to support Internet Explorer’s non-standard way of doing things.


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Benjamin Mayo

July 31st

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Microsoft releases Office for iPad update with PDF exporting, presenter view, third party fonts, more

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Earlier this week Microsoft introduced an updated version of its OneNote app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and today new versions of its Office for iPad suite have been released. Version 1.1 of Office for iPad introduces a list of new features in the first major update to the tablet productivity apps. Included in the update is the ability to send files from Word and Excel as a PDF file, a new Presenter View for PowerPoint, and a list of several more features. Check below for the breakdown of new features for Excel, PowerPoint, and Word for iPad.

Microsoft Excel for iPad 1.1

What’s New in Version 1.1
•Send PDFs: You asked, we listened. Now you can send Excel files as PDFs.
•Flick to Select: Flick a cell’s selection handle in any direction to quickly and easily select all the data in a row or column.
•External Keyboard Support: Using an external keyboard is even easier. Use the same keys to input data and move around a worksheet as you would on your PC or Mac.
•PivotTables: Interact with PivotTables that have source data in the same workbook.
•Print Options: More paper sizes and scaling options give you more control over the layout when printing your workbooks.
•Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of the photo, or reset to undo your changes.
•Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad 1.1

What’s New in Version 1.1
•Presenter View: View and edit speaker notes, see your next slide, or jump to other slides while presenting.
•Play Media: Play videos, sound effects, and background music while presenting.
•Insert Video: Insert videos from your Camera Roll.
•Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of the photo, or reset to undo your changes.
•Presenter Tools: Now you can erase highlights and drawings on your presentation.
•Send PDFs: Send PowerPoint files as PDFs.
•Hyperlinks: Add links to your presentation or edit existing ones.
•Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.

Microsoft Word for iPad 1.1

What’s New in Version 1.1
• Send PDFs: You asked, we listened. Now you can send Word files as PDFs.
• Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of a photo, or reset to undo your changes.
• Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.

Microsoft Office for iPad was first released on the App Store earlier this year in March. Each app in the suite is available as a free download from the App Store, but requires a subscription to Microsoft’s service to unlock full features.


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Zac Hall

July 31st

Apple

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The NFL Gets Quantified Intelligence, Courtesy Of Shoulder Pad-Mounted Motion Trackers

Seperation The NFL is making a move to integrate RFID-based activity-tracking tech to give fans, coaches and players more information about what exactly athletes go through during each game. The Zebra Technologies tracker systems will mount to player shoulder pads and communicate with receivers installed in 17 stadiums during the 2014 season. They will provide information about each player’s… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

July 31st

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Apple’s CDN reportedly goes live w/ 10x current capacity, deals in place w/ Comcast, others

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A report today from Streamingmedia.com points to evidence that Apple’s new Content Delivery Network is now live in at least the U.S. and Europe. The news follows a report in May that Apple was negotiating with ISPs in order to build out its own Content Delivery Network to move away from the third-party services it currently uses to distribute iTunes content, iCloud data, and software to customers. While the CDN isn’t yet delivering all of Apple’s content, the report notes OS X downloads are now coming from the new content delivery network and that Apple has made deals with Comcast and others to have 10x its current capacity:

In addition, Apple has interconnect deals in place with multiple ISPs, including Comcast and others, and has paid to get direct access to their networks. Doing trace routes on OS X downloads from multiple ISPs now shows them coming from directly from Apple’s CDN, as you can see with the example below.

- te-0-7-0-9-sur02.lowell.ma.boston.comcast.net (68.87.159.37)
– be-21-ar01.needham.ma.boston.comcast.net (68.85.106.45)
– he-1-12-0-0-cr01.newyork.ny.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.90.253)
– he-4-15-0-0-cr01.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.87.197)
– he-0-11-0-1-pe04.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.82.222)
– as714-2-c.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net (66.208.228.214)
– usqas1-vip-sx-003.aaplimg.com (17.253.0.223)

The report continues by claiming sources at ISPs say Apple has a “massive amount of capacity in place” with approximately 10x the amount of capacity it has currently.  While the OS X downloads shown above are proof Apple is already rolling out its own CDN, the company is reportedly continuing to use Akamai and Level 3′s CDN services for iTunes, iTunes Radio and App Store downloads. Streamingmedia, which has been tracking the development of Apple’s CDN over the last 12 months, notes that Apple has invested a lot in the project and achieved a surprisingly fast roll out:

It’s too early to know how much traffic will come over and when, but Apple’s already started using their own CDN much faster than I expected. The pace of their build out and amount of money they are spending on infrastructure is incredible. Based on my calculations, Apple has already put in place multiple terabits per second of capacity and by the end of this year, will have invested well more than $100M in their CDN build out..

While Apple already controls most aspects of the experience it delivers to end users, the roll out of its own CDN will allow it to increase its capacity and have more control over the infrastructure that delivers content to its users.


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Jordan Kahn

July 31st

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LG G3 Review: Ultra-thin Bezels And A Quad HD Display Brings A New King

LG G3 The last LG phone I owned was the LG Shine in 2008 and I never thought I would want an LG phone after that. Since then I’ve owned mostly Samsung devices, but after using LG’s new flagship phone for about a week, I’m ready to switch back. Read More

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Julian Chokkattu

July 31st

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