Finally, the official Google Calendar app has arrived on the iOS App Store. Users of Google Calendar for work or pleasure will enjoy the fact that Google has released its own take on calendar functionality for iPhone and iPad users. The app has a pleasant user interface and facilitates interaction with a Google Calendar account on iOS without complicating the process.
The native iOS app streamlines what was previously available only as a mobile website on the iPhone. Various third-party apps made it possible to view and interact with Google Calendar, but the official Calendar app found on Android devices was not available for Apple users until now. Google Calendar meshes with Exchange calendars as well, and plays nice with Gmail events. This means emailed event details can automatically be converted into calendar events.
Accessories have always flooded the iPhone and iPad markets, and the Apple Watch will be no different. Two Apple Watch charging stands have already been announced, which will kickstart many other options for Apple fans. Nomad has announced its Stand for Apple Watch in silver and space grey, hitting the market on April 30 for $59.95.
The Apple Watch charging cable threads into a hidden groove in the back of the Nomad Stand, which keeps the look of the accessory minimalist and clean. The actual MagSafe inductive charging plate rests inside the stand, awaiting the Apple Watch for docking. Apple Watch along with the band easily slips on and off of the Nomad stand for easy charging and a visually stunning display.
One of the longer running jailbreak tweaks in iPhone history is LockInfo. For several versions of iOS, this tweak has brought an improved level of information and interaction directly to the iPhone lock screen. In fact, LockInfo actually brought Notification Center to iOS 4, before the feature was officially launched with iOS 5 in 2011.
LockInfo 8 now brings all of this functionality and customization to jailbroken iOS 8 devices. Bringing the Notification Center to the lock screen is the tip of the iceberg. Not only does LockInfo make swiping down to reveal what's going on unnecessary, it provides access to additional information with a swipe or tap. For example, swiping left on the lock screen will reveal the weather forecast, right on the iPhone lock screen.
Looking to temporarily hide conversation threads in the iOS Messages app? The jailbreak tweak HiddenConvos has you covered. Once installed, HiddenConvos adds new swipe functionality directly to Messages, with no options or settings to configure.
Simply swipe to the left on a message thread, and a blue Hide button appears right next to the standard Delete option. Tapping Hide will make the conversation thread disappear without deleting the thread entirely. Not only this, but when hidden, the conversation will automatically be put into Do Not Disturb mode. This means incoming alerts will be silenced, hiding all incoming messages.
Last month developer @MohammadAG showed the world it was possible to receive iPhone notifications on the Motorola Moto 360 smart watch. The work has continued, with his Android Wear device now able to answer calls from the iPhone. But that's not all.
His latest tweets show the Moto 360 is capable of delivering low battery alerts, time syncing, and even controlling music when paired with an iPhone. Many have been wondering if and when this capability would be made public, or how difficult it might be to implement. Now thanks to a major discovery, it looks as though Android Wear will get official iOS support in the near future.
The number of iOS 8 installations continues its upward march towards the 80 percent threshold. This magic number represents the iOS 7 adoption rate at roughly this time last year. While iOS 8 lags slightly behind according to Apple's Developer page, other reports show that the 80 percent level has already been reached.
In any case, iOS 8.2 was released on March 9 and is the first version to include Apple Watch support. In addition to stability enhancements and bug fixes, iOS 8.2 also includes several improvements to the Health App. iOS devices still running iOS 7 has dropped to 20 percent, with older versions comprising just 3 percent of the total. As always, these statistics from Apple only include devices compatible with iOS 8.
Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple to Launch Streaming TV Service, Nintendo Enters Mobile Gaming and More
It hasn't been officially announced yet, but it came to light last week that Apple plans to launch a streaming TV service sometime this fall, likely in September. Details are scarce at the moment, but it is clear that Apple is negotiating with content providers including Disney/ABC, CBS, 21st Century Fox, Viacom and Discovery. Analysts believe the service will include around 25 channels and cost between $30 and $40 a month. Talks with Comcast (the parent company of NBCUniversal) have stalled, which some pundits believe could be problematic for launching the new service.
However, due to concessions it made during its acquisition of NBCUniversal, Comcast may be obligated to offer content to Apple. Under the terms, online video services are considered equal to cable companies; as such, Comcast is
Nintendo announced on Tuesday that the company had teamed up with Japanese game developer DeNA to develop games specifically for mobile devices. CEO Satoru Iwata told Time that Nintendo would develop most of the games in-house while DeNA would handle the “service side of things." Iwata also said Nintendo is leaning towards releasing freemium titles, but the company is considering all options and pricing may be decided on a game-by-basis. You can read Iwata's entire interview with Time here.
Apple is reportedly removing anti-virus and anti-malware apps from the App Store, according to security firm Intego. The company said on its blog that "Apple has elected to eliminate the category of anti-virus and anti-malware products from their iOS App Store," and pulled their iOS app VirusBarrier iOS. Apple has not released any statement confirming that anti-virus apps are no longer welcome on the App Store.
The developers behind the suite of sarcastic apps such as CARROT Fit and CARROT Alarm have released a new weather app for iOS devices. CARROT Weather promises to deliver "eerily accurate" weather forecasts with a "twisted" sense of humor, according to the official App Store description.
For those not familiar with CARROT, she is a mean spirited A.I. who enjoys insulting her "meat bags" when they fail to meet their daily calorie goals or when they won't get out of bed in the morning. For the new weather app CARROT uses forecast.io's weather data and more than 2,000 spoken lines to deliver 24-hour and 7-day forecasts. The app also features over 100 fun weather animations, different weather themes, 21 secret locations to unlock and a Today view widget.
The Safari web browser on iPhone will identify itself as a mobile browser by default. As iOS users already know, this means many websites will deliver a mobile version of content to the device. Sometimes the mobile site is lacking in functionality or abbreviates information that is needed on the go.
The built-in Safari browser includes a simple way to see full sites on the iPhone, by requesting the desktop version. Here are instructions on how to view a full site in Safari:
1. Launch Safari and navigate to the website displaying a mobile version.