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iTunes’ curated Best of 2014 apps list emerges, Elevate rises to the top

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Date: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 13:36
Category: iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized


On Tuesday, Apple released its iTunes’ curated “Best of 2014” list, featuring some of the most popular and best grossing apps of the year.

The list, which included titles such as SwiftKey, Uber, Spring and AppStore, also included 26 different apps and games including Facebook Messenger and Clash of Clans.


NinType debuts on App Store, promises typing speeds over 100 words per minute

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Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 13:18
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software


It’ll be interesting to see if it lives up to its claims.

Per MacRumors, NinType, created by app developer Yose Widjaja, has surfaced on the App Store. The program, which focuses on dual thumb use, incorporates a combination of taps and swipes to write words and insert punctuation quickly.

The NinType typing experience is significantly different from the standard iOS typing experience, so it does take some time to adjust to the two-handed swipe and tap input. Users are advised to use the keyboard as a standard keyboard to begin with, inserting swipe-based words gradually to adjust to the difference.

NinType has a built-in game-like tutorial that’s designed to walk users through all of the app’s features, and it is deeply customizable with a top bar that can be arranged to a user’s liking, different visual effects, extensive shortcut options, and settings for nearly every aspect of the keyboard. There are a number of handy gestures in NinType, including a swipe on the spacebar to move the cursor, a swipe on the backspace key to quickly delete words, edge slides for inserting punctuation, and flick to autocomplete. NinType does not require users to enable full access.


Firefox could be headed to iOS devices in the near future

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Date: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 09:49
Category: iOS, News, Software


At long last, Firefox may be headed to your iOS device.

Per 9to5Mac and TechCrunch, Mozilla, the developers of the Firefox web browser, may be headed in a new direction under the leadership of new chief executive Chris Beard.

With rapidly declining market share in the web browser race since Google Chrome was released in late 2008, Mozilla appears set on capturing the hundreds of millions of iOS users with a Mobile Safari alternative. “We need to be where our users are,” Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk tweeted this afternoon. “So we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”


Marvel app allows developers to turn sketches into prototypes

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Date: Monday, December 1st, 2014, 18:35
Category: iOS, News, Software


This could turn into something nifty.

Per TechCrunch, UK startup Marvel, which created an app that lets you turn sketches into app “prototypes” — had just one and a half month’s runway left after burning through the majority of a £60,000 investment from Haatch, has raised a £525,000 seed round from Connect Ventures, app studio ustwo (makers of iOS game Monument Valley, amongst other endeavours), and various angel investors, including Roberto Bonanzinga, Andy McLoughlin, Richard Fearn, and Jeremy Yap.

To that end, Marvel co-founder Murat Mutlu has stated that the startup’s mission going forward is to “lower the barrier” to prototyping.


Dropbox apps updated, add Microsoft Office integration

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Date: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, 09:11
Category: iOS, News, Software


This is going to be an interesting tie-in.

And potentially useful.

Per 9to5Mac, following an announcement earlier this month that Microsoft was adding Dropbox integration for syncing and sharing to the Office for iOS apps, Dropbox announced today that the feature is now available in its latest app updates for iOS and Android.


Sources cite “deep organizational issues” as reason for slow iCloud development

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Date: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 08:22
Category: iCloud, iOS, News, Software


This could be the reason you’re not seeing iCloud develop as quickly as it could be.

Per 9to5Mac, The Information has published a report that claims “deep organizational issues” within Apple are holding up iCloud development and complicating products. The cloud-based service, which helps keep data in sync between iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs, reportedly lacks from a centralized iCloud team at the Cupertino-based company.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was particularly keen on the idea of iCloud, a platform that he introduced shortly before his death in late 2011. Jobs had a particular interest in keeping photos, one of the most highly shared forms of media, in sync between devices. Yet, over three years later, Apple has not reached the full potential it envisioned with iCloud.


Apple adds 10 new providers to help feed Apple Maps data to users

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Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 11:08
Category: iOS, News, Software


It’s been two years since Apple Maps first launched.

You may have mixed feelings about it, but the general consensus is that it’s gotten better over time.

Per 9to5Mac and Apple Maps Marketing, Apple has continued its recent efforts to improve its mapping service by partnering with several new data providers, according to Apple Maps Marketing. The company has historically partnered with companies like TomTom, as well as its own in-house mapping data and others for its information.

These new companies don’t yet appear on the list of map data attributions, Apple is recommending businesses who wish to submit bulk locations to be listed in its Maps app instead go through one of the company’s partners, including these ten new names:

DAC Group

Location3 Media

Marquette Group



Apple releases iOS 8.2 SDK, includes WatchKit tools

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Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 16:57
Category: iOS, News, Software


The Apple Watch and its associated apps are becoming very real, as a set of just-released development tools have just indicated.

Per 9to5Mac, alongside a release of Xcode 6.2 with WatchKit tools for the upcoming Apple Watch, Apple today posted its iOS 8.2 beta for developers. The release, build 12D436, follows the release of iOS 8.1.1 to all users yesterday with fixes and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S users.


Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 update

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 18:50
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


It’s a minor update, but it might make a difference.

Per MacRumors, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3.

iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download or through iTunes and includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system.


Rumor: Apple beginning to court enterprise markets via dedicated sales team

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Date: Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 10:12
Category: Finance, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor


Remember how Apple seemed like a second class citizen in the business and enterprise world?

That might be about to change.

According to Reuters, Apple is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup and working in concert with a dozen or so developers, two sources familiar with its plans say.

Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth – highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters – by expanding its footprint in the workplace.

Three months after unveiling a partnership with IBM to develop apps for corporate clients and sell them on devices, the iPhone maker’s plans to challenge sector leaders Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Oracle and SAP are starting to take shape.

Details remain scant, but some industry experts say that the tie-up with Big Blue gives Apple an opportunity to begin to challenge Hewlett Packard’s and Dell’s dominance of office IT, and Oracle and SAP’s command of work applications. Depending on its progress, it may hamper Microsoft, Samsung’s or Google’s own efforts in the nascent market for mobile work applications.