New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: HealthKit Apps Finally Arrive on App Store

Apple has finally gotten HealthKit up and rolling after delaying its launch a little over a week due to a bug in iOS 8.0. The first HealthKit-enabled apps starting appearing on the App Store on Friday after Apple released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the issues plaguing the new health platform. One of the first HealthKit-compatible apps spotted in the wild was FitPort. The app promises to deliver a "simple dashboard for your daily fitness stats" by recording steps, cycling distance, active and dietary calories, plus more to Apple's Health app. FitPort is available now for $1.99.

HealthkKit iOS 8

Other HealthKit friendly apps include:

- WebMD (Free) Connect Healthy Target to the Apple Health app to receive actionable insights on your health data.
- Yummly (Free) - Recipe app. Allows you to send nutrition information to the Health app.
- Carrot Fit ($2.99) Allows you to sync your weight and workout data with the Health app.
- MyFitnessPal (Free)

• Add your meal summaries to HealthKit – You can now share meal data with HealthKit-connected apps every time you add food to your diary.
• Sync your weight with HealthKit – If you have an app that records your weight in HealthKit, we can automatically sync that with your MyFitnessPal account. Likewise, if you track your weight in MyFitnessPal we’ll keep your HealthKit data updated.
• Add exercises from other HealthKit apps to your diary – When you exercise with an app that saves workout data to HealthKit, we can adjust your daily calorie goal for you.

How to Add Widgets to Your Notification Center in iOS 8

Prior to iOS 8, Apple only allowed its native apps like Calendar, Reminders, and Stocks to push data to your Notification Center. To be sure, there were jailbreak tweaks such as NCWeather that would let you add widgets, but that was not sanctioned by Apple and could've nullified your warranty. With the latest iOS, however, Apple has opened up the Notification Center to third party developers and there are already a bunch of apps with widgets available. For example, if you have the Sports Center app, it now has a widget available that you can add to your NC, which will show you updated scores, news, etc.

If you have updated to iOS 8 and want to add a widget to your iPhone's Notification Center, here's how:

1. Make sure you have an updated version of your app that includes iOS 8 widgets.

How to add widgets to Notification Center in iOS 8

2. Open your Notification Center by swiping down from the top of your screen.

Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 to Fix iPhone 6

Apple released iOS 8.0.2 on Thursday to fix the bugs created by iOS 8.0.1. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users complained that they lost their cellular signal and couldn't use Touch ID after downloading iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday. Apple quickly pulled the update after it was released and announced they were working on a fix. Apple told CNBC that "less than 40,000" users were impacted by the problems caused by iOS 8.0.1.

iOS 8.0.2

iOS 8.0.1 was originally released to fix an issue with HealthKit and other small problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users. A bug in Apple's HealthKit SDK has delayed developers from releasing HeathKit-enabled apps to the App Store, which was a major selling point of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. The update also resolved an issue affecting 3rd party keyboards and squashed a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari. iOS 8.0.2 also fixes these bugs plus adds improvements to the Reachability feature found only on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and it brings better support for the "Ask To Buy" option in Family Sharing. You can see the full changelog below.

Apple Says Only Nine People Have Complained About Bendgate

It has been a bad week for Apple, on Wednesday the company was forced to pull iOS 8.0.1 because it was disabling people's Touch ID and cellular service, and on Thursday a noted security researcher told The Daily Dot that the company knew before Celebgate about a security hole that left iCloud users vulnerable. Apple has also been dealing with a few users complaints that have gone viral under the name "Bendgate".

Samsung Bendgate

The hastag #Bendgate started trending on Twitter after a few users claimed that their iPhone 6 had become bent after being in their pocket. The various forum and blog posts prompted some people to conduct their own "bend" tests which revealed the obvious, the iPhone 6 can be bent and damaged if you apply enough pressure to it.

iOS 8 Tips: The Benefits of Sending a Voice Message

The evolution of the mobile phone is odd when you think about it. We went from wanting smaller phones to wanting larger displays, and we chose text as our preferred means of communication over video and voice calls. So why did Apple add the ability to send voice messages in iOS 8 if people are just going text each other anyway? Some would argue that Apple added voice messages because it is a popular feature on WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger and other third-party messaging services, but I like to think of it as the end of the dinosaur known as Voice Mail.

iOS 8.0 Voice Message

How many times have you had a text conversation where you said, "I can't explain this in text... I'm going to call you". Or how many times have you wanted to leave someone a message but didn't want to deal with the long process of calling them and leaving a voice mail? This is where a voice messages comes in. Thanks to iOS 8, iPhone users can now quickly record and send a voice message without the need to call someone.

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