The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and we've got a bevy of new and updated apps coming to the rescue in this week's edition of the New App Recap. We'll kick things off with a personal shopping assistant, a new way to communicate with friends, and fast mobile food orders, then round things out with updates to favorite apps like PDFpen, Instapaper, and Amex Mobile. There's not a single Grinch in the bunch, so read on and get downloading!
If you’ve used any reasonably recent Apple gear along with iCloud, you’ll know how valuable and convenient cloud-based data syncing can be. Instead of manually copying contacts and calendar appointments to individual devices, for example, everything’s up to date within seconds of you opening the relevant app. The main problem with iCloud is that it’s not (yet) universal. Many apps and games lack any kind of cloud sync at all. There are, however, ways around this.
With only two days to go before Apple's media event on Thursday, there's a bit of a "calm before the storm" in the air — but that hasn't stopped us from digging up details on how Apple Pay will work at the McDonald's drive-thru, a potential Dropbox security breach (which the service denies), and why Finland thinks Apple has screwed them on two economic fronts. It's all here in our Tuesday Morning Report.
There's a good chunk of the world that still hasn't bought a Mac for various reasons despite their love of iOS devices, but Apple is taking steps to make sure they remain connected to their Apple files regardless of which machines they're forced to use. Today, the Cupertino company sent out invitations to members of AppleSeed to try out the beta iCloud for Windows, which includes access to iCloud Drive.
We hope you like the existing iPhone color options, because Apple appears to be continuing that tradition with this year's iPhone 6 — that is, if a new set of leaked components can be believed. Thursday's Morning Report also has details on a patent for Apple's iconic glass cube store, along with Dropbox going on the offensive with its cheapest cloud storage yet. What are you waiting for? Click and read on for more!
Developers received a pleasant surprise last Friday as Apple launched a blog dedicated to its new Swift programming language for iOS and OS X. Offering a "behind-the-scenes look" into Swift "by the engineers who created it," the open blog appears to be yet another indication of a more friendly, more open Cupertino. And there's plenty more Apple news in our weekend recap, so keep reading, won't you...?
The Dropbox service lets you store and access your files remotely, but that's just the beginning. Once your files are uploaded, the service lets you do a whole lot more, particularly when it comes to sharing and collaboration. Read on to find out how.
Microsoft served up its latest Surface Pro on Tuesday, sidestepping the tablet wars by going straight for the throat of MacBook Air owners. But the move couldn't come at a worse time, as The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that China has now banned Windows 8 from new government computers, effectively slamming the door on any potential big contract shipments there. But hey, they still have plenty of consumers to sell them to... right?
Online security is on the minds of all internet users right now in the wake of Heartbleed, so there's no better time than the present to unleash one of the biggest updates yet for the iOS version of user favorite 1Password.