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Google Drive for iOS gets improved sharing experience w/ notifications & more

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Google Drive updates arriving today include new features for the service’s iOS app including sharing notifications and what Google promises will be a ‘consistent sharing experience across platforms.”

As part of its Drive mobile app updates today, both users of the iOS and Android apps can now enable notifications for when files are shared with them. Not only is it a notification, but it also acts as a quick link to jump right into the file or folder. And in addition, Google notes that “If a file/folder owner has notifications turned on and someone requests access to their content, the owner will be notified of the request instantly on their mobile device so they can quickly grant access.”

Another feature in the update for the Google Drive iOS app is what Google describes as a new consistent sharing experience, which essentially means the iOS app sharing experience is now on par with the Drive app on other platforms. You’ll notice the addition of an option to add a custom message when sharing:

We’re implementing a more consistent sharing experience in Drive (and the Docs editor apps too!) across platforms, including the ability for people using the Drive iOS app to add custom messages to recipients directly from the app when sharing a file.

The updated Google Drive app for iPhone and iPad is available now.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, Google Drive, notifications, sharing, update

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Jordan Kahn

November 4th

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Facebook bolstering iOS Notifications tab with sports scores, birthdays, more

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If you’re a Facebook user, you’re definitely familiar with the Notifications tab in the company’s iOS app. Although it has barely evolved from being a simple stream of your notifications since its introduction many years ago, Facebook has today come out to outline some changes on the way to make it more useful and personalized.

Assumably since most of us rarely use or view notifications that are more than a day old, Facebook has decided to use the space in the Notifications tab in other, more useful, ways. With the new version, you’ll find the 5 or so most recent activity notifications at the top, with handfuls of additional — and hopefully useful — information below.

Among the things that Facebook says it is adding to the Notifications tab are friends and family “milestones” (which include birthdays, major life events, and the like), sports scores and television notifications based on the pages you have already liked, as well as events that are around the corner (but, seemingly, only those that you’ve already joined).

Facebook says that if you head into the app settings and allow it to see your location history (which many users already have), you can see things like local events based on your physical location, as well as weather updates, movies that are playing at nearby theaters, and even places to eat. Unsurprisingly, most of these features will connect you with many locations’ Facebook pages.

Facebook says that the update is rolling out “gradually,” so it should appear on your device sometime in the next few days.


Filed under: AAPL Company, Apps, iOS Tagged: Android, app, Apple, Facebook, Google, iOS, iPhone, notifications, update

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Stephen Hall

October 26th

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PSA: Here’s how to keep seeing iPhone 6s Lock Screen notifications + wallpaper despite super-fast Touch ID

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“Faster” is almost always “better” with new iPhones, but the iPhone 6s’s lightning-quick Touch ID fingerprint scanner has created a small new issue: if you touch the Home Button to look at your Lock Screen, you’ll see that it disappears within a split-second. At a minimum, this is visually jarring, but it also impacts historic iPhone functionality — users have been customizing their Lock Screens with photos (most recently, Live Photos) and checking the date/time there since the first iPhone launched in 2007, and it subsequently became an easy place to view notifications and activate the camera.

If you want to continue using the Lock Screen for any of these reasons, there are a couple of workarounds:

  1. Start using the Sleep/Wake Button on the iPhone’s right side for all screen activations and deactivations. This is the easiest way to do a quick turn on and off of the display for notifications.
  2. Go into the Settings app, select Touch ID & Passcode, and remove your most commonly used finger scan from the list of stored Fingerprints. This will let you continue to activate the screen using the Home Button’s Touch ID sensor, without immediately moving to the Home Screen.

The choice between 1 or 2 will come down to personal preference, the way you hold your iPhone, and how you use your iPhone when it’s docked or car-mounted. For example, if you want to quickly check notifications when your iPhone is car-mounted (and your car is stopped), you may find that the Sleep/Wake Button is out of reach or inconvenient to press inward, making the Home Button a better choice. Removing your index finger from the Touch ID list will let you naturally use one finger for screen and Home Button interactions.

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Filed under: How-To, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: alerts, iPhone 6s, notifications, Touch ID, Wallpaper

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Jeremy Horwitz

October 22nd

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Apple now sending iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus shipping notifications for Friday delivery

Apple has started sending out shipping notifications for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, right on schedule for Friday delivery. The shipment notifications are likely rolling out over the next few hours so don’t worry if you haven’t gotten your dispatched notification just yet. Unless your iPhone is delayed by the Pope, you should be just fine getting […]

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Benjamin Mayo

September 23rd

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New interview with Kevin Lynch reveals more Watch details, early prototypes used timeline UI

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WIRED has posted a new story on the Apple Watch, which revolves around interviews with Apple human interface designer Alan Dye and Apple’s VP Technology Kevin Lynch, who heads Apple Watch software. The piece shines new light on the foundation of the smartwatch project at Apple as well as some new details about the product — which ships later this month.

Amusingly, Lynch did not know what he would be working on when he accepted the Apple job. He walked into the role with the project already underway; early ‘experiments’ from the iPod team with click-wheels and such. Dye says that the idea for a watch blossomed during design meetings for iOS 7, Apple’s major software overhaul.

Naturally, Apple reworked the iPhone software to fit the new form factor. Early prototypes used a top-to-bottom timeline interface apparently, reminiscent of what Pebble is showing with the Time. However, this idea was dropped. Lynch says that long interactions with the Watch were simply uncomfortable.

“It was all very understandable, but using it took way too long,” Lynch says. Also, it hurt. Seriously: Try holding up your arm as if you’re looking at your watch. Now count to 30. It was the opposite of a good user experience. “We didn’t want people walking around and doing that,” Dye says.

The software was refined in three main iterations to focus on actions that could be completed within a matter of seconds. Some features were cut completely because they didn’t fit this paradigm. The Short Look, Long Look user experience is a clear example of how this philosophy transpired into the final product.

For hardware, the Taptic Engine was a particular focus with engineers refining the haptic feedback for over a year under Ive’s command. Weekly meetings would review the feelings a user felt from an incoming phone call, for instance.

Apple tested many prototypes, each with a slightly different feel. “Some were too annoying,” Lynch says. “Some were too subtle; some felt like a bug on your wrist.” When they had the engine dialed in, they started experimenting with a Watch-specific synesthesia, translating specific digital experiences into taps and sounds. What does a tweet feel like? What about an important text? To answer these questions, designers and engineers sampled the sounds of everything from bell clappers and birds to lightsabers and then began to turn sounds into physical sensations.

The WIRED piece also highlights that the customizability options, variety of bands and screen sizes, were an important focus from the start of the project. Unlike Apple’s usual practice, Dye says ‘personalization and beauty are everything’ when it comes to watches. The combination of interchangeable straps, body materials and software complications (widget-like additions that feature on watch faces) allow users to have ‘millions’ of possible variations of the Apple Watch.

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The WIRED interview also includes some new imagery provided by Apple which show off Watch assets. This includes a look at some of the watch face options, like the different clocks, solar visualizations and iconic jellyfish. You can also see a glimpse of further animated emoji and Mickey Mouse artwork. You can also see an overview of every achievement from the Activity app.

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The interview concludes with Lynch reveling how the Watch has changed his own life: ‘about how grateful he is to be able to simply glance at his Watch, realize that the latest text message isn’t immediately important, and then go right back to family time; about how that doesn’t feel disruptive to him—or them.’

You can read the full story over at WIRED.


Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Watch Tagged: Activity, Alan Dye, Apple watch, designer, fitness, iOS 7, Jony Ive, KEvin Lynch, notifications, Pebble, pebble time, Taptic Engine, Technology, Technology VP, timeline, UI, Wired

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Benjamin Mayo

April 2nd

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Just Turn Off Your Notifications Already

I see you, internet-connected person, complaining that you're a slave to your phone and to the notifications that won't stop coming. It seems like every day, an app finds a new reason it needs to disturb the few moments of quiet you've got left. You did this to yourself . But you can be saved.

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Mario Aguilar

March 13th

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Developer hacks Android Wear to show iPhone notifications (Video)

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Android Wear is great, but if you’re an iOS user, it looks like the Apple Watch is going to be your only option for a while. Google has yet to make any of Android Wear’s functionality compatible with Apple’s operating system, and it doesn’t look like they plan to do so any time soon. But that’s not stopping one developer, Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh, from hacking Android Wear to at least support notifications from iOS devices.

While one might presume that this requires a jailbroken device to work, that’s actually not true. According to the video description, it works the same way a Pebble does, using Apple’s official APIs to send notifications over Bluetooth LE.  But while this wouldn’t require any modifications on the iOS side, there’s almost surely a modified version of Android Wear running on the watch. The developer posted a video of the hack in action, and there’s no reason not to believe it’s legitimate considering this guy is known for his modules made for the Xposed framework:

Notably, getting notifications to show up on an Android Wear device is only the first step toward these watches working with iOS. Getting other things to work, like apps, syncing of health data, and Google Now, would require a lot more tinkering—and likely wouldn’t be possible without a jailbreak. So even if this modification was readily available, I wouldn’t run out to the store and buy a Moto 360 just yet.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: Android, Android Wear, Apple watch, Bluetooth LE, hack, iOS, iPhone, notifications, smartwatch

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Stephen Hall

February 22nd

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The Fantastic Pebble Smartwatch Is Now Better Than Ever

A few days ago Pebble's wonderful smartwatches got updated with the power of Android Wear notifications when the feature rolled out to all users. I've been using it for a few days now, and while it's definitely not a perfect implementation, it does make one of the best smartwatches out there even better.

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Eric Limer

February 19th

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Skype for iPhone updates the dialer, reintroduces URI support for other apps

Skype for iPhone 5.10 keypadMicrosoft is out today with its latest version of Skype for iPhone, version 5.10, as it continues to add refinements and features to the overhauled version of its app first released last year.

The new version of Skype for iPhone highlights the ability to save contacts from the app’s phone dialer just like the native Phone app on iOS. You can also save contacts to Skype from the recent call list starting with this version, and Microsoft touts improved chat notification reliability as well.

Finally, Microsoft is reintroducing support for Skype URIs which let other developers include interactions with Skype directly in their own apps including features like calling and messaging.

As long as the Skype app is installed on an iPhone, when a user taps on a Skype name or phone number, the URI will open the Skype app to connect a call or send a message*, making it faster than ever to reach friends, family or businesses.

For example, if you’re browsing restaurant options on an app or mobile website that utilizes Skype URIs, tapping on the phone number would launch Skype so you could call and make a reservation.

If you heavily rely on communicating with Skype frequently, this means you should see deeper Skype integration in other third-party apps in the future.

Skype for iPhone version 5.10 is available now for free on the App Store.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: call, calling, chat, chatting, Communication, dialer, Instant messaging, iOS, iPhone, Microsoft, notifications, Phone Number, Skype, Skype for iPhone, Skype URIs, social, URI, User interface, username

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Zac Hall

February 9th

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Incipio debuts Prompt Notification Folio, first iPad folio with OLED screen for watch-style notifications

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As a particularly interesting addition to its very wide new range of cases, Incipio today debuted Prompt Notification Folio for iPad Air 2 ($90) — the first iPad case with an integrated OLED screen capable of displaying phone-style notifications, shared either from an always-connected iPhone or the iPad inside. Head below for a closer look. 

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Part of the company’s earlier Prompt series of at-a-glance notification accessories, Notification Folio was built for users who want at-a-glance access to emails, text messages, and other data in bite-sized notification form without wearing a “smart watch,” but while still fully protecting the iPad inside. A rechargeable battery powers it for 7-10 days per charge.

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: folio, Incipio, iPad Air 2, notifications, OLED

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Jeremy Horwitz

January 6th

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