Who wants some free apps? While not everything in this week's New App Recap qualifies, we've got a pretty great assortment of freebies to brighten up your Monday, starting with the updated Microsoft Office apps, now optimized for iPhone. There's also a new app for tipping anyone you can take a photo of; fresh updates for Google Maps, weather, and mobile image retouching apps; and even a way to control lighting while on the go with just a few taps. Our weekly gallery awaits!
Nokia might not have won many hearts in the smartphone space, but the Wall Street Journal reports that the Finnish company is now hoping it can attract your attention with its soon-to-be-released revamped HERE maps application. That's a tough gambit, especially considering how thoroughly Apple Maps and Google Maps dominate the space, but Nokia might be able to pull it off on the basis of one feature alone — it'll support offline maps without the need to download them beforehand.
We're still groggy from Labor Day weekend, but that hasn't stopped us from lining up a spectacular recap of all the cool new apps that hit the App Store last week. In just a few clicks, you can be creating cooler time-lapse videos than ever before, making presentations on the go, and even sending or receiving money within seconds. Without further ado, let's dive into this week's New App Recap!
Apple has been attempting to distance itself from Google for some time now, and the latest service destined to be cut appears to be the maps for the iCloud version of Find My iPhone. Google has always provided the maps for the service until now, but iPhoneBlog.de noticed earlier today that Apple has started using its own navigation service for the beta version of the browser-based utility.
It's been a week since Apple unloaded many of its plans for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but very little was actually said about one of Cupertino's more controversial software efforts — and there may be a good reason for that.
If you thought Apple was done with acquisitions for a while after putting down $3 billion for Beats, think again. A new report from TechCrunch claims that the Cupertino company has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine offering personalized recommendations on places you should visit.
Google is showing a bit more attention on the iOS side of things lately. Last week, it split off Docs and Sheets apps (with Slides incoming) from Google Drive for increased visibility, and now today, the company updated its Google Maps app to a 3.0.0 version with several new and upgraded features. Chief among them is an official offline maps option, which lets you save them for network-free browsing — ideal for international travel or when exploring areas with minimal reception.
Sooo, just the biggest internet security problem in EVER this week, but no biggie. Lucky for Apple users, many of their services were safe, though it's not like you can't have been affected. Plus, iWatch rumors heating up this week, so we're moving into higher gear on the rumor front. And if you love LEGO, we've got a treat for you.
Have you ever bothered to report an incorrect location found on Apple Maps? Soon, Cupertino may actually notify users when those fixes have been implemented using push notifications right to your device.
We're still not completely sold on this whole Google Hangouts thing, but the search giant continues to make improvements, including a big update this week that brings the app in line with the rest of iOS 7.