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!
Apple's big media event is almost upon us, but before you get distracted by shiny new toys, we've got another great roundup of new and updated apps that started touching down in the App Store over the last week. There's a little something for everyone including a few search and travel apps, plus a great new way to make photo collages from any iOS device. It's all ahead in this week's New App Recap!
ComiXology has long been considered king of digital comics, having created the technology that powers Marvel and DC's own apps. But with Amazon now in charge, the service appears to be changing for the worse.
When the App Store first launched, many developers made their dubious mark with tip calculators and fart apps, which eventually paved the way for more useful (but no less ubiquitous) to-do list apps ranging from utterly useless to absolutely awesome. The paid follow-up to a popular original, Checkmark 2 falls on the higher end of that scale, mostly because of how it intelligently uses geolocation data to create more useful reminders. The sequel also debuts a new Lists feature for organizing to-do items in a more traditional fashion.
Looks like the age of the iBeacon may finally be upon us, or so Shopkick hopes, anyway. After an apparently successful trial with stores like Macy's, other retailers such as Safeway and Giant Eagle grocery stores plan to use the technology at around 200 locations, and today American Eagle Outfitters announced that it'd try it out at 100 stores throughout the country.
While most people spend Thanksgiving thinking about the things in their life that they're grateful for, some see it simply as the pre-game before the real holiday: Black Friday. Those who are willing to brave the early morning haze and long lines — warmed by the still-digesting feast in their stomachs — are rewarded with the chance to save (and spend) tons of money at stores of all sorts. But you can't go out unprepared into the shopping wilderness that is Black Friday. Arm yourself with your iOS device and let these eight apps be the compass that guides you happily to ultimate savings.
We noted earlier this week that Apple Stores would be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States partly out of Tim Cook's desire that Apple be "a force for good," but as MacRumors reports, that isn't stopping the tech giant from opening early for Black Friday sales.
Back in July I wrote about a controversial piece of tech used by Nordstrom that tracked the movements of customers throughout its stores to help management make decisions about product placements. At the time, it seemed like something of a scandal. But now, as AppleInsider reports, Apple has launched its own pilot version of the program called 'iBeacon," which follows you throughout a store and shows you deals around you.
To make a great task manager, three criteria need to be met: Simple list creation, easy gestures, and effortless syncing. With a clean, flat design and versatile text options, Listacular for Dropbox hits every note and then some. Listacular sports a minimal interface subtly influenced by a sheet of loose-leaf paper, but what it lacks in color and pizzazz, it makes up for in intuitiveness.