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Bing Search for iPhone gets barcode scanner w/ price comparisons, deal finder feature, & 3D Touch

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Users of the Bing app for iPhone are getting some welcomed improvements today with the latest update bringing a new barcode scanner with price comparison functionality and a new deal finder feature.

With the barcode scanner, Bing notes on its blog that it will use scanned barcodes to automatically search its database and “return prices and customer ratings from major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Target, and others.”

For iPhone 6s and 6s+ users, the barcode scanner can quickly be accessed using new 3D Touch quick actions with a firm press of Bing app icon. Also available in quick actions is access to search and voice search (as pictured below). 

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For everyone else, it will be under the new Deals section that aggregates coupons and other discounts from around the web:

In addition to showing deals directly in search results (like when you search for a restaurant), we now make it easier to browse deals directly from the homepage of the Bing App for iPhone. This is a great companion when you’re shopping at a mall, or making dinner plans. We’ll automatically find the deals near you, and all you have to do is follow the instructions for how to redeem it from the deal/coupon provider.

And also included with version 6.3 of the Bing app, you’ll start to see weather data appearing in the “Today” feed, nearby gas stations including prices courtesy of GasBuddy, and popular dishes from participating restaurants.

Lastly, the update brings the ability to “pin your frequent and favorite bookmarks to the Today feed,” as Bing notes, “so you can navigate to your favorite sites faster.”

The updated Bing Search app for iPhone is available on the App Store now.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: Amazon, barcode scanner, Bing, coupons, deal finder, discounts, iPhone, price comparison, Shopping, update

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February 4th

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Pebble update adds support for Health-based watchfaces, custom message reply, more

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Apple Watch competitor Pebble has today announced a hefty update to its smartwatch experience. The update, which bumps the company’s Pebble Time smartphone app for iPhone to version 3.6 and the watch firmware to version 3.9, includes a variety of enhancements to Health, Messages, and more.

As far as Pebble Health goes, the company says that a new API is now available that allows watchfaces and apps to take advantage of Pebble Health stats. Watchfaces that use this new feature will be available on the Pebble app store “soon,” according to a blog post. Furthermore, Pebble says that Health tracking is “more accurate overall” and also now includes the ability to show step distance in kilometers.

In addition to the Pebble Health enhancements, version 3.9 of the firmware also adds the ability for iOS users to send custom responses to received messages, a feature that is already available to Apple Watch customers. Other enhancements include speed improvements for Pebble Time and Time Steel, as well as enhancements to the watch-only mode that stretches out battery life when your Pebble is about to die.

Furthermore, Pebble is running a sale for Valentines’s Day. The deal includes two Pebble Time watches for $359.99, which is 28 percent off the normal price of $499. A variety of color combinations are available as part of the sale, including various band and watch colors.

The full changelogs for Pebble Time version 3.9 and version 3.6 of Pebble’s iOS smartphone app can be seen below:

Pebble Time Firmware 3.9 Release Notes

  • Pebble Health tracking is now more accurate and can show distance in kilometers. Toggle settings from the Pebble Time smartphone app.
  • Support for apps and watchfaces showing activity data from the Pebble Health API.
  • Incoming MMS messages now show descriptive icons and any text included.
  • Speed improvements for Pebble Time and Time Steel, including snappier animations from Pebble Time Round.
  • Improved Watch-Only Mode: keep your Pebble functioning as a watch for a few more hours when the battery is critically low. Alarms, the backlight, and softer vibration remain while Bluetooth and activity tracking shut off to save power.
  • Improved low battery warnings based on time left with power instead of percentage remaining.
  • Ура, дождались! Cyrillic characters are now supported in notifications and alerts. Enable from the Pebble Timesmartphone app: Menu » Settings » Watch Language » Selected Language.
  • Under-the-hood fixes and stability improvements.
  • To update to the latest firmware, select Menu » Support » Update Your Pebble from the Pebble Time smartphone app.

Pebble Time App for iPhone 3.6 Release Notes

  • NEW Custom Text Replies: Send custom responses to received iOS Messages. Works on Pebble watches with text replies enabled from a compatible carrier.
  • NEW Toggle Pebble Health settings between miles or kilometers (requires a Time-series watch running Firmware 3.9 or higher).
  • Under-the-hood fixes and stability improvements
  • Download 3.6 from the iTunes App Store.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, Health, messages, Pebble, smartwatch, update

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February 3rd

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Apple releases Xcode 7.2.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements

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Apple this evening has pushed a small update to its developer software Xcode. The update bumps the app to version 7.2.1, following the initial release of version 7.2 late last year. Xcode 7.2.1 carries the build number 7C1002 and includes a handful of under-the-hood fixes and improvements.

Apple says that a variety of bugs have been fixed with this evening’s Xcode update. Hiccups relating to the command line and debugger have been fixed, while the certificate used to developer Wallet passes, Safari Push Notifications, and Safari Extensions has also been updated. As usual, the company says there are “additional bug fixes and stability improvements,” as well.

The full changelog is below:

Fixed in Xcode 7.2.1:

• Command line tool ‘xcodebuild test’ will no longer time out waiting for Simulator.app to launch • Resolved a debugger crash that could occur in code depending on a binary Swift library or framework • Updated the certificate used to develop Apple Wallet passes, Safari Push Notifications, and Safari Extensions • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

Xcode 7.2.1 is available now on the Mac App Store.

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February 3rd

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Apple Pay adds support for 50+ new banks and credit unions in the US

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Apple has been steadily adding more banks to its list of those officially supported for Apple Pay, and today it adds yet another 50+ for users of the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based payment service. The new additions include a mix of banks and credit unions across the US, but don’t bring any newly supported institutions to users internationally. Head below for the full list of new banks and credit unions. 

Apple Pay is officially live in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom in addition to the US, but the rollout of banks in other regions has lagged behind the US rollout considerably. While Apple supports hundreds of banks and credit unions in the US and adds another 50+ today, it only supports 15 in the UK and only non-bank issued American Express cards in Canada and the UK.

And in addition to almost every month rolling out support for the service to new banks in the US, Apple last month launched support for BJ’s Wholesale Club store cards. BJ’s is the second store card to be supported for the service following Kohl’s card launching back in October. Apple originally announced the feature back in June with partners Kohl’s and JCPenney, but it has yet to launch with additional retailers (or JCPenney).

A full list of the 50+ new banks getting Apple support this week is below:

  • 1st MidAmerica Credit Union
  • Achieve Financial Credit Union
  • Advantage Federal Credit Union
  • Alloy Federal Credit Union
  • Altoona First Savings Bank
  • Altura Credit Union
  • Amalgmated Bank of Chicago
  • Associated Credit Union of Texas
  • Bank of Ann Arbor
  • Beehive Federal Credit Union
  • Brand Banking Company
  • Business Bank of St. Louis
  • Capitol Credit Union
  • Charlotte State Bank & Trust
  • Citizens Bank (AL)
  • Citizens Savings Bank
  • Community Credit Union
  • Credit Union of Texas
  • Earthmover Credit Union
  • Employment Security Credit Union
  • Family Trust Federal Credit Union
  • First Community Bank of Beemer
  • First Interstate Bank
  • First Service Federal Credit Union
  • First Service Federal Credit Union
  • Fort Community Credit Union
  • Georgia Bank and Trust
  • HomeStar and Financial Services
  • Houston Highway Credit Union
  • IDB-IIC Federal Credit Union
  • Jefferson Financial Credit Union
  • Katahdin Federal Credit Union
  • Lion’s Share Federal Credit Union
  • Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida
  • Marine Bank & Trust
  • Marine Federal Credit Union
  • Monona State Bank
  • Navy Army Community Credit Union
  • Northway Bank
  • Oakworth Capital Bank
  • Plaza Park State Bank
  • Reliant Community Credit Union
  • Security Bank and Trust Company
  • Silver State Schools Credit Union
  • Spencer County Bank
  • Summit Community Bank
  • Sundance State Bank
  • The Commerce Bank of Washington
  • Tioga State Bank
  • Torrance Community Credit Union
  • Total Community Credit Union
  • Triangle Credit Union
  • United Community Bank
  • USNY Bank

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January 22nd

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NPR One for iOS updated with CarPlay support, bug fixes

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The NPR One app for iOS has been updated today with support for Apple’s in-car infotainment system CarPlay. The update bumps the app to version 1.6.1 and also includes a few bug fixes and the under-the-hood performance improvements.

With CarPlay support, NPR fans can now listen to their favorite shows seamlessly while on the road. The CarPlay interface for NPR One is relatively simple and in line with other CarPlay apps. On the main screen of the app, you have quick access to Up Next, Recommendations, Catch Up, and Followed. Catch Up shows you what’s next in the national and local newscasts you listen to, while Recommendations presents a curated list of stories and podcasts tailored just for you.

Introducing support for CarPlay. Listen to NPR One in vehicles that have support for CarPlay as part of the in-dash entertainment system, or with CarPlay-enabled aftermarket systems. Once you have connected NPR One to CarPlay you can tap on Catch Up to get started with your National and Local newscast followed by your recommended stories; Or simply tap on Recommendations to scroll through curated listed of stories and podcast episodes just for you.

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Today’s NPR One update also brings a few bug fixes relating to the auto-play feature of the app. NPR says the update fixes a bug that would unexpectedly start playing NPR One in the middle of the night. The update also turns off auto-play when you launch the app.

This update also brings a fix to a bug that would unexpectedly start playing NPR One overnight. Sorry about that! Together with this bug fix, we have also turned off auto-play when you launch the app, so you’ll never accidentally blast “This is NPR One!” in a quiet meeting room again… not that we would know anything about that.

The latest version of NPR One with CarPlay support os available on the App Store.


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January 21st

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Learn absolutely nothing from watching T-Pain use the new GarageBand

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Is this really one of Apple’s official spokespeople for GarageBand? That’s what The Verge says in this T-Painful tutorial that teaches us next to nothing about today’s Garageband update. An update that by the way actually introduces some interesting new features for users of the audio production suite Apple bundles with its iOS devices and Macs.

T-Pain says he’s using GarageBand for his latest recordings, which is notable considering the app is known as an amateur version of Apple’s professional Logic Pro audio suite. As for sharing his tips on the new Live Loops feature, T-Pain explains, “this makes when dealing with the loop sounds, it makes it easier… if you’re feeling a little bit randy and want to add some help… let’s say you can, uh, let’s say anyone of these randomly, and that’s already recording into GarageBand. And boom.”

And on the new Drummer feature, “…what I like to do… bam… basically, Drummer is effortless… didn’t have to do anything… he made the whole thing for me.” Helpful.

The headline feature for the app update today was the new support for Apple’s larger iPad Pro— it previewed a new UI that takes advantage of the increased screen real estate on the 12.9-inch tablet, but hadn’t until today made it available. And the update also introduced support for 3D Touch features on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But the features that T-Pain does a pretty horrible job of demoing in the video below are the new Live Loops and Drummer features.

Live Loops is a sampler with a familiar drumpad-like UI that allows for on-the-fly, live sampling and it comes with a library of stock Apple samples to start you off. While Drummer, a feature it previously introduced for GarageBand and Logic users on the Mac, is a feature that analyzes your song and intelligently adds drum tracks using a number of built-in and customizable presets. You’ll see both features briefly in T-Pain’s walkthrough above, which I can only imagine Apple had absolutely nothing to do with. 

Today’s Garageband update came alongside a brand new app release from Apple, a voice memos-like app called “Music Memos” that adds in features specifically for songwriters. 


Filed under: Apps Tagged: GarageBand, iPad, iPhone, live loops, T-Pain, tutorial, update

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January 20th

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Microsoft OneDrive for iOS updated w/ iPad Pro & Apple Pencil optimizations

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Microsoft today has updated its OneDrive cloud storage app with a handful of new features and capabilities. The update bumps the app to version 6.8 and includes additions like iPad Pro optimization, 3D Touch support, and more.

With iPad Pro optimization, PDF annotations are now pressure sensitive, meaning your writing and drawing will be darker the harder you press on the screen and lighter the softer you press. Furthermore, the Apple Pencil is now supported with improved optimization, as well.

The full changelog is below:

  • Your lines have never looked so smooth! PDF annotations are now pressure sensitive, including support for Apple Pencil and 3D Touch displays.
  • Plenty of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Microsoft OneDrive is available for free in the App Store.


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January 20th

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Apple releases iMovie for Mac 10.1.1 with YouTube sharing fix, stability improvements, more

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The same day as it released OS X 10.11.3 to the public, Apple has now pushed an update to its iMovie video editing software. The update bumps the app to version 10.1.1 and includes primarily under-the-hood bug fixes and performance updates, some of which will certainly be welcomed by users.

First off, Apple says the update fixes an issue with YouTube sharing that would prevent a user from signing in if they had multiple accounts. The update also fixes an issue relating to applying White Balance adjustments to clips, as well as one that caused an incorrect display of still images. Another change is that clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media area to the events area of the Library list.

The full changelog is below:

What’s New in Version 10.1.1

• Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign in for users with multiple accounts
• Fixes a problem that could prevent White Balance adjustments from being applied to clips
• Sony XAVC S clips captured at 100 fps or 120 fps now play correctly
• Resolves an issue that could lead to incorrect display of still images
• Clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media container to events in the Library list
• Stability improvements

Back in October, Apple introduced the much larger iMovie 10.1 update that brought 4k video support, as well as support for 1080p video at 60 frames per second. iMovie is available on the Mac App Store.


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January 19th

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Starbucks app now lets you save Spotify playlists you hear playing in its stores

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For me, coffee at Starbucks is secondary to the great music you discover courtesy of your twenty-something barista’s Spotify DJ skills. The good news is you can now easily save those Spotify playlists for listening later through an update to the Starbucks iPhone app today.

As a continuation of the partnership with Spotify that Starbucks first announced back in May of last year, today the company is rolling out an update to its mobile apps that will let users view and save Spotify playlists they hear playing in its stores.

In addition to saving Spotify playlists through the Starbucks apps, users will be able to “influence future Starbucks playlists” by liking songs from within the playlists they save. The company’s press release notes that the app will show users new playlists in rotation at Starbucks locations, “as well as Starbucks most popular music from the past 20 years on Spotify.” And the integration will be available to both free and paid Spotify subscribers.

This latest integration with Spotify is available at around 7,500 Starbucks locations across the US and follows an announcement last May that saw Starbucks employees get free access to Spotify Premium accounts for playing in-store music. At the time, we noted that Apple had long been a partner with Starbucks, offering free app content and music through iTunes. Starbucks continues to offer some content from Apple, but it remains to be seen if the companies plan to phase out iTunes freebies as Spotify features land for more users of the Starbucks apps.

And the Spotify integration won’t end with today’s roll out. The company will soon feature artists each week through the Starbucks app that will include links back to music on Spotify. Perhaps iTunes content will finally get the boot when that feature ultimately launches.

You can check out the new Spotify integrations in the updated Starbucks iOS app where available now.

What’s New in Version 3.4

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Now, you can discover music playing in participating U.S. Starbucks stores*, save songs to a playlist on Spotify and take the music with you when you leave. Location services must be enabled to use this feature.**

*This functionality and in-store overhead music experience provided by Starbucks.
**Continued use of GPS running in the background can decrease battery life.

Thank you for all of you feedback!


Filed under: Apple Music, Apps Tagged: Apple Music, free, integration, iPhone, iTunes, Music, playlists, save, Spotify, Starbucks, update

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January 19th

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2017 Hyundai Elantra latest vehicle with support for Apple’s CarPlay

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Hyundai today officially announced that its 2017 Elantra will be available this month and the next vehicle to receive support for Apple’s CarPlay platform:

Both smartphone integrations will be available on the 2017 Elantra’s seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera and Hyundai’s eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with voice texting, access to music stored on the phone and third-party audio apps.

Apple earlier this week published a master list for the first time of car makers and the vehicles confirmed to support CarPlay, its in-dash entertainment platform that provides an iPhone-like experience in vehicles. Some of the vehicles on the list, however, have yet to actually update with full support, Hyundai’s Sonata included.

Hyundai’s press release notes that Elantra “provides an available second USB port for charging because of this wired connection.”

And as for owners of other Hyundai vehicles, the company confirms that it will provide more information on how vehicles using its Fourth-generation navigation system or Display Audio system can upgrade.

Check out Apple’s’ master list of CarPlay partners here. For more information on CarPlay, check out our coverage of what’s coming soon with the latest iOS 9.3 software update.


Filed under: CarPlay Tagged: 2017, Apple CarPlay, CarPlay, elantra, Hyundai, support, update

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January 15th

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