In this week’s New App Recap, we take a look at a slick new video camera and editing app, discover a couple ways to learn a new language and type Spanish, share a moment each day with loved ones, take better notes on iPad, get advice on good books, track steps, and have a better calendar and reminders experience on Apple Watch. Let’s dive in!
After months of waiting, the class action lawsuit alleging that Apple played foul with its iBooks customers by fixing the price of e-books may at least be coming to an end. Today U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote accepted Apple's $450 million proposal to settle the suit, although she expressed concern regarding the timing of the proposal.
Last week was relatively quiet for new apps, presumably as developers got their hands on the gold master of iOS 8 and started preparing for an avalanche of updates ahead of the new iPhone. But don't worry: There's still plenty of cool stuff to be found, including a recent Disney storybook app, updates to your favorite Google apps, and even a Microsoft entertainment app for keeping tabs on your favorite celebrities. Be sure to come back next week for our roundup of the best iOS 8 apps!
At least two very different kinds of development studios are having great sales on their apps. One will make you more productive, making tasks simpler, keeping you on schedule, turning paper into PDFs, while the other will give you some fun for all the time you've freed up. It's a win-win scenario for you, dear reader.
Audiobooks are great because they mean you can enjoy a book while doing something else — or just because it’s always nice to have a book read to you! Though Siri on the iPad offers voice control and dictation, it can't “convert” your books into audio books — however, all is not lost. There is a great app available called Natural Reader that reads out the text from all kinds of documents, including Word files, PDF documents, and ePub digital books — you can even use it with web pages.
In case you haven't heard, there's a currently a major legal battle being fought between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group. While the battle wages on, Amazon is refusing to sell books by the popular publishing company. Apple isn't, however, and Re/code reports that the Cupertino company is even taking advantage of the situation by offering a sale on digital copies of Hachette titles.
After what feels like forever, Apple is finally giving us the chance to send books as gifts from the iBookstoe. As Macworld notes, the book section is the one spot in the iTunes store where users couldn't send gifts to their loved ones, as the feature could be find in the neighboring sections for music, movies, and television programs.
2013 is winding down (and quickly!), so we can expect to see an awful lot of "best of" lists making the rounds over the next two weeks -- and Apple is getting a jump on that tradition with one of its own.
Winter is upon us, and with it comes the holiday traditions. We come back to our routine year after year because it's comfortable and we've created a precedent for it, but there comes a time to update those customs. We can help you bring the old holiday tales you’ve come to know, love, and learn by heart into today's technologically-powered world with the help of eight great apps. These apps put the classics on display in fresh ways on a new platform that’s perfect for reliving the stories, or even introducing them to a new generation. Hit the App Store and make your iOS device part of your holiday tradition.