Instacast 5 is out with new design, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support, and more

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Vemedio has released version 5 of its popular Instacast podcast client this morning, and it is absolutely packed with new features and improvements. Perhaps the most obvious change is the new design, which gives the app a much more modern look.

And as you’d hope, the new UI looks great on the new iPhones, as it includes full support for their larger displays. The app also includes support for iOS 8 extensions, which allows you to share episode show notes, links and more via the iOS share sheet.... Read the rest of this post here


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Google Unveils ‘Google Inbox’

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In a bit of a surprise announcement today, Google decided to announce a new product of theirs’. “Years in the making”, Google says that Inboxthough developed by the Gmail team, is a whole new way to send and receive emails.

For many of us, dealing with email has become a daily chore that distracts from what we really need to do—rather than helping us get those things done.

Along with a fresh UI that doesn’t look anything like an email client, Inbox boasts three innovating features: Bundles, Highlights, and Reminders.

It is worth noting first that Inbox is currently in invite-only mode. People using the service are given invites that they can send out to friends, but those who cannot wait are able to email Google and will receive invites upon availability.

As oppose to just giving you your emails, Inbox calculates the information you need from them and presents it to you. With Bundles, similar emails are grouped together (i.e. your bank statements), allowing a brief overview that allows you to quickly dismiss unwanted content. Over time Inbox can adapt and determine which emails you want grouped.

Next are Highlights. Inbox is able to “highlight” important info from your emails like flight itineraries or event information and displays them in a simple way. Additionally, information not included in the email from the web is also pulled up to give you everything you could want to know. Highlights and Bundles are described to work together to “give you just the information you need at a glance.”

Finally, Inbox allows you to set different kinds of reminders. Sure, you can add things like “walk the dog” to it, but Inbox takes these a step further. With “assets”, Inbox will pull in information about your task for you. Say you want to go to the hardware store. Assets tells you if the store is open and will give you the contact information. Additionally, using its intelligence, assets are also placed within emails. A map to the restaurant you reserved will appear in your confirmation email, and a link to checkin will appear next to your flight ticket. However, for those times when you’re in a time crunch and aren’t able to process your emails, snooze options are available for emails and reminders.

Overall, Inbox is a great improvement over Gmail. It’s available on the web, Android (With that fantastic Material Design look), and iOS. Just keep in mind that for the meantime it’s invite only.

Update – If you can’t wait and want to take the risk, you can find the APK floating around on the internet, however it looks like Google are checking the invites, so you may not be able to use it.

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Google launches a different take on email: introducing Inbox by Gmail

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Writing on the Official Gmail Blog Wednesday, Google announced immediate availability of a new email app for iOS and Android, Inbox. Available free of charge in the App Store on an invite-only basis, Inbox represents “a completely different type of inbox”. The app strives to surface the most relevant stuff that often gets buried and forgotten due to an avalanche of unwanted emails we get bombarded with.

Built by the Gmail team and “years in the making”, Inbox has been conceived to fit your life by keeping your emails organized to “help you get back to what matters”. That sounds much like Mailbox.

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Google’s Hangouts app is now iPhone 6-ready

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Continuing its string of app updates adding native support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes, Google on Wednesday issued a small update to its Hangouts messaging software for the iPhone and iPad, which now looks as you’d expect on the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 screens.

In addition to UI support for the new Apple smartphones, Hangouts 2.3 contains no other additions or improvements. The app is available free of charge in the App Store and requires iOS 6.0 or later.... Read the rest of this post here


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Fantastical gains fantastic iOS 8 Today widget, Interactive Notifications, Share extension and more

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Flexibits on Tuesday issued a major update to its calendar, reminder and to-do replacement app, Fantastical for the iPhone and iPad. Now an iOS 8-only download, the new Fantastical 2.2 is fully optimized for some of iOS 8’s headline new features.

It has an informative Today widget for your upcoming tasks, ability to create events in any application that supports iOS’s multi-purpose Share menu, notifications that can be interacted with on the Lock screen, within the Notification Center and from the banner alert, and more.

This update is free to existing users. And to celebrate this major new release, good folks over at Flexibits have slashed Fantastical for iOS: the iPhone edition is now $3, down from its regular price of five bucks, while the iPad edition will run you $7 for a limited time, down from its regular asking price of ten bucks a pop.... Read the rest of this post here


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Another official Pokemon game has landed in the App Store

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The Pokemon Company today released its second official game for iOS called Camp Pokemon. Aimed at kids between 6 and 8 years of age, the title takes place on an immersive island filled with various mini games that teach players what it takes to become a Pokemon trainer.

Completing each of these activities will net players a pin, which they can view later in their Pin Book, allowing them to track their progress. They can also collect stickers, which can then be used to decorate photos taken with either iPhone or iPad cameras from within the game.

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IMDb app adds box office info, movie tech specs and a couple other features

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Amazon-owned IMDb, the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information, has a nicely done iPhone and iPad application available for free in the App Store that has just gotten a whole lot better in the latest version 4.5 release.

For starters, the software at last provides a bunch of useful technical specifications for movies such as the original aspect ratio, color, audio, runtime and what not.

Next, movie pages now include box office information giving you yet another indication of the movie’s popularity — that’s in addition to the previous data like review scores. Note that U.S. box office result data was previously available only via the app’s Popular Charts feature.

If you want to write a plot for an obscure movie that lacks descriptions, or maybe add interesting trivia to a television show, you can now do so directly in the mobile app, without visiting IMDb’s interface on the web.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple updates iTunes Connect app with iPhone 6, Touch ID support

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Apple has this afternoon pushed out an update for its iTunes Connect app for iOS. The app offers registered iTunes developers a handful of management tools, including the ability to access sales data for their apps and e-books, for their iPhones and iPads.

Today’s update brings the app to version 3.0.1, and while Apple suggests that it’s a minor one, it adds support for some significant new features. The app now utilizes iOS 8 sign-in with Touch ID, and it supports the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.... Read the rest of this post here


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Google adds ‘Incoming’ view and more to Docs, Sheets and Slides for iPhone and iPad

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Google is on a roll today.

Minutes after issuing an updated Play Music client for iOS with a revamped Listen Now interface, mood or activity based radio station search and other goodies, the search monster announced Tuesday that updates to its Docs, Sheets and Slides trio of mobile productivity applications are now available in the App Store, featuring an all-new “Incoming” view to see all of the files that have been shared with you and a few other enhancements.

For example, the Docs editor now plays nice with external keyboards.

“We also know that it’s important to you to be able to make documents look as polished as possible, wherever you’re editing, so in Docs you can now apply headings and use shortcuts when you’re typing with Bluetooth keyboards,” the team noted.... Read the rest of this post here


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Google Play Music updated with revamped Listen Now, mood or activity based search and more

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After refreshing Google Plays Newsstand for iOS yesterday with native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Internet giant Google on Tuesday pushed an update to another app, its Play Music client for the iPhone and iPad.

Taking a page from Betas Music’s book, the new version of Google Play Music, available free in the App Store, enables mood or activity based search for radio stations. Jogging? Good, use the ‘Running’ tag to find music that matches your activity. Holding a party? The related ‘Partying’ should come in handy.

And because this is Google, they even let you search for ‘Feeling Happy’ radio stations. Other new features and enhancements are briefly mentioned right after the break.... Read the rest of this post here


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