It's still several months until the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but you can get your midichlorians flowing right now thanks to the official Star Wars app released last week by Disney and Lucasfilm. This week's New App Recap also checks in on the cord-cutting Showtime app, updates to Linky and Xbox Music, a Google calculator for crunching big numbers, an app for viewing files stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, a virtual time machine for movie and TV show locations, and a new way to bring together your favorite social networks and cloud services to make slideshows from all those photos you've been taking. Take a load off and dig into the latest new and updated apps!
In case you missed it a few days ago, the cord-cutting moment finally arrived for HBO fans with the release of the HBO Now app, which untethers the service from cable or satellite subscriptions at long last. We've also rounded up big updates to Adobe Acrobat DC, myMail, and iTranslate Voice, as well as new apps for quick dialing from Notification Center, party planning, calendar scheduling with a contact twist, and a new way to make fashion choices from the palm of your hand. There's plenty to download this week, so let's dive right in!
Our final edition of the New App Recap for the month of February has a little something for everyone: A look at the rebranded IFTTT and a trio of new apps that hook into the service, how to turn three photos into a cool little video, better ways to track your footsteps and calculate math, plenty of classic television, soccer chat with others around the world, and a way to track your cellular data usage. It's all right here in our weekly roundup of the best new and updated apps from last week!
If you're a dual Apple and Modern Family fan, be sure to tune into the show on February 25 to see an episode that was filmed entirely with iPhones and iPads. In other news, Apple reportedly ordered between five and six million Apple Watches in preparation for the device's upcoming launch.
We're still waiting on Apple to start implementing its own motion controls into Apple TV (if they ever come at all), but in the meantime, other companies are already stepping in to fill the gap with third-party devices. Among the most notable is Onecue, which will let you control your Apple TV and other devices with simple gestures of your hands when it's released in early 2015.
Adobe launched a trio of new Creative Cloud-connected mobile apps last week that bookend this week's edition of the New App Recap, along with other selections to make us more productive, keep tabs on finances, stay up-to-date with news and weather, and even communicate with groups of colleagues or friends. There's so much new to see, we won't waste any more time talking about it and just get on with the show!
The big update to Apple TV may still be in the works, but in the meantime, everyone's favorite Cupertino company has expanded the device's current offerings with the addition of a Showtime Anytime channel. Notably, the channel acts as both an on-demand channel and way to view subscription content if you already have the channel through a cable provider.
We've delivered a heap of news centered on the Apple TV over the last few months, and if you'd like to see what all the fuss is about for yourself, now's a good time to jump in. In celebration of next month's iTunes Festival in London, Apple is a reviving its offer of a $25 iTunes gift card with the purchase of a new Apple TV.
An app store for Apple TV might still be the stuff of myth and rumor, but today's update for the diminutive entertainment device demonstrates that Apple's still attempting to improve it. Log in today, and you'll see new channels for ABC News, PBS Kids, and AOL On. You'll even find Willow, a channel dedicated to the sport of cricket.
Back in March, United Airlines announced that it would be updating both its iOS app and fleet to allow travelers to view free movies and television shows while connected to its Wi-Fi network. Today, the app update went through to complete that process. Using United’s app, passengers will be able to view more than 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows in the air when on planes that offer Wi-Fi access.