The latest from Google, MSN, and more
Some of the biggest names in the computer industry have new or fresh iOS apps available this week. Read on!
This $3 app is supposed to make email on your iOS device a frictionless experience—if you don’t sign in, the app will automatically use your iOS email address for sending and receiving. It integrates with other apps, letting you send information from Maps and Safari, and even lets you attach GIFs with a built-in Giphy search. It bundles together with the new Group Text+ app for just $4.
We’re old-fashioned sorts. If we want people to know we’re happy, we will send them a text telling them we’re happy—no smiley faces needed. But the kids these days are different. Thus, we have Emoji Type, a $1 custom keyboard for iOS 8 that actually predicts the emojis you’ll want to use while typing.
If for some reason you haven’t taken a clear side in the Apple-Google wars, the update to Google Wallet might appeal to you. Yes, Apple’s making a splash with its new Apple Pay system, but this older pay-with-your-phone app is still around, and making moves to keep up with the competition. You can now use Touch ID to set up access to the app; other updates include the ability to divide the cost of a transaction with other users, and access to loyalty and gift cards even when you’re offline.
Lots of new features in the latest update to Kindle on iOS, but we'll just highlight a couple. First is Goodreads integration, letting you share your progress, quotes, and other information on the book-reading service. Another feature lets you find out about other books in a series once you’ve finished one volume of a multi-volume set; you can add it to your Amazon wish list directly from the app. And Audible integration has improved, letting you play audiobooks while they’re still downloading.
Microsoft is making a stronger show on the iOS platform, and MSN News’ debut is one of the results. “Read the day’s top stories and breaking news from the industry’s best sources, hand-picked by our editors. Plus, easily stay updated on any topic you care about, from global events to your local news.”
Running for Weight Loss
This free couch-to-jogging app has been updated with iOS 8 in mind—it includes integration with Apple Health, but also includes a redesign, a new icon, and graphics created to properly fit the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Step Buy Step: A Pedometer Adventure
If you’d rather walk, though, this $2 fitness app helps make a game of it: Every step you take moves you closer to purchasing animal companions—you’ll accrue a menagerie to accompany you as you stride around the world.
A nice design of this $2 app lets you see a wide array of data: “Wthr Complete does not only give you current conditions for selected locations but also provides unique combination of the most important data at one place including eight-days forecasts, Air Quality, UV, Sunrise/sunset, Moon phase, last years average of selected day, NOAA Weather Radio and beautiful graphical representation of hourly temperature for today, tomorrow, and yesterday.”