Category Archives: Apple

Macs at the Top in Reliability!

Rescuecom of Syracuse, NY has released its “Annual Computer Reliability Report“. Rescuecom, which was founded in 1997, provides computer repair and support services for PC’s, MAC’s, Tablets, Phones, hardware and software. Their estimated annual revenue is $18.2 million.

As we who have used Macs for years could predict, Apple tops the list of computer vendors in terms of hardware reliability. As they state in the report “The annual RESCUECOM 2017 Computer Reliability Report shows that Apple is leading the pack for computer reliability, while continuing to hold a large U.S. market share.” They go on to quote Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM “Every Mac we buy is in fact continuing to make and save IBM money.

Good information to keep in mind when you are contemplating your next computer purchase or when a friend is about to make a purchase. Macs to cost more, but there is value to the product.

iOS Tip – Signing PDFs

A few weeks ago my wife and I were out of town when we were contacted by someone who needed us to sign documents. My first thought was that we would have to have them sent by email, print them, sign them, then Fax them back. I found, however, that I had a much more elegant solution already on my iOS 10 iPad.

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The solution was to use Quick Look. This is a built in capability to your iOS device. NO additional Apps are needed to ‘sign’ a PDF document. Let’s say you received a document by email that you need to sign and return. Open the document in Mail and wait for the document to download. In the example above on my Mac I created a simple form using TextEdit, exported it as a PDF, then emailed it to myself. I opened the email on my iPad and the PDF attachment was displayed in the body of the email as soon as it was downloaded.

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(1) To electronically apply my signature I touched and held the body of the form on the iPad which caused the menu shown above to pop up. Note that Quick Look is shown to the right in the second row of icons. Touching the Quick Look icon opens the PDF.

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(2) Now if you click on the toolbox icon shown in the top right hand corner, this will open the Markup editor.

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(3) At the bottom center of the Markup editor screen is an icon that looks like script writing. Click it.

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(4) This will bring up a list of previously created signatures, as well as the ability to add or remove signatures from the list. If you click on the “Add or Remove Signature” button a box will open and you can use your finger to create a signature.

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(5) When you hit “Done” the newly created signature will be added to the list and you will be returned to the Markup editor page with the signature ready to be positioned in the document. If you just want to reuse a previously created signature, just select it from the list shown in (4).

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(6) Resize the signature image as needed by touching a corner (the blue dots) and dragging the signature image to resize.

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(7) Position where needed by placing your finger on the signature image and dragging it to where you want it in the document. When you are satisfied, click on the “Done” button in the upper right hand corner. This will close the Markup editor and you will be ready to email the modified document.

This same process works much the same way on your iPhone as well.

This process allowed my wife and I to both sign documents and return them from our room in a Houston hotel. This isn’t something that comes up every day, but it is nice to know that Apple has the capability built in if it is needed.


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macOS, iOS Tip – Recovering a Deleted Note File

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I logged onto my Mac this morning and discovered that I had accidentally deleted one of my Notes files. After a bit of searching, I found that the recovery was easy.

  1. Go to https://iCloud.com and log in
  2. Select Notes
  3. At the left, there is a folder named “Recently Deleted”, open it
  4. I simply then drag-and-dropped the file I had accidentally deleted back to the Notes folder
  5. My file was recovered!

Now the missing Notes file is visible both on my Mac and my iOS devices. This works because Apple retains deleted files in iCloud for 30 days before finally deleting them. THANK GOODNESS that Apple realizes that we sometimes do foolish things!


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Art, Music, Space – Visions of Harmony

I came across this video from Apple Music this morning. As it says, it is inspired by Nasa’s Juno Mission and merges music, art and space science. It is less than 9 minutes, but a nice video.

If you are interested in space, you will enjoy it. I am really glad to see that Apple has produced this video. I think it is another way to connect K-12 students with science and technology.

macOS, iOS Tip – Use Notes for Travel Checklist

I do not travel often since I am now retired. When I do, I have always worried that I forgot something, and sometimes that proves to be the case.

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In an effort to solve this, I have been using Apple’s Notes App for the last year to develop a checklist for when I travel. I use the recently added ‘Checklist’ feature of Notes so that things can be checked off as I handle them. To make something a ‘Checklist’ within Notes, highlight the items, then hit the keys Shift-Command-L. A click in the ‘circle’ will change it to a checked off item.

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I like using Notes as the list is available for updating on my Mac, my iPad or my iPhone. With the new document sharing feature of Notes, I can also share the checklist with my wife.

Our recent travel abroad found my list incomplete as I had not traveled with it internationally (I had forgotten to add a power adapter). Fortunately it was an easy thing to make updates to the Note on my iPad while on the trip.

I have shared an image of my checklist (above) to give you an idea, but each of us has our own requirements. If you travel, creating a checklist like this will save you time and frustration.  But don’t wait until you are ready to travel to make out your list. Start now, then review when you are about to travel.


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Another Source of Tech Information

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I saw a article about How-To Geek, an online tech magazine, and thought that it might be something of interest to my readers.  It includes articles targeted at both the technical and general readers.

The site was founded in 2006. Articles are divided into the categories of Windows, Linux, Office, Gadgets, Mobile, Hardware, Apple, and Geek School. This might be a good addition to your ‘tech’ leisure reading.

I have subscribed to their RSS feed so that I get all of their articles in my RSS reader (I use the FOSS program Vienna).

Preparing for iOS 10

iOS 10 was released last week. I have upgraded both my iPhone 6 (last Friday) and iPad Air2 (Yesterday) without any problems. While the user experience is a little different (I like what I have seen so far) I have had no surprises.

Are you thinking about upgrading? Follow these recommendations

Check your device compatibility [1, 2, 3, 5, 6]

  • iPhones – 5, 5s, 5c, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPads – 9.7″ Pro, 12.9″ Pro, Air 2, Air, 4, Mini 4, Mini 3 and Mini 2
  • iPod Touch – 6

 

Free Space on your device [1, 5, 8]

  • Remove any unused Apps
  • Remove any media
  • You need at least 2GB of free space

 

Backup the Device

  • If you use iTunes to back up to your computer, update to latest iTunes first
  • Make sure you can recover all passwords from the backup by encrypting the backup [8]

 

Install the Update

  • You will need to know your Apple ID & password
  • Find a location with a strong Wi-Fi signal, preferable not at a free Wi-Fi location being shared by many users
  • I prefer to do it locally on the device rather than to use iTunes [7]
  • My iPhone took about 90 minutes to update last Friday, while my iPad seemed to go faster yesterday
  • I have heard that some take longer, be patient
  • Update all of your Apps

 

References:

  1. 9 Tips to Prepare for iOS 10 Update on iPhone or iPad
  2. How to prepare your iPhone or iPad for iOS 10
  3. iOS 10 compatibility list
  4. How and When You Can Download iOS 10
  5. How to prepare your iPhone for iOS 10
  6. Which iPhones, iPads, and iPods support iOS 10?
  7. iOS 10 has arrived: here’s how to update
  8. How to get ready for iOS 10 and watchOS 3

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Apple watchOS 3

New watchOS is loaded with new features, though none seem to be earth shattering. I updated my Apple Watch late last week (I always give a new release a couple of days to settle down before I download) and have experienced no problems. Nor have I found any significant (though Apple says version 3 is up to 70 time faster) performance improvements [8, 12]. Apple has promised improved performance with this release, but I have not used any Apps yet that reflect that. I do agree that Apps do load much faster than before.

 

Some New Features:

  1. Breathe App added to health and fitness
  2. Heart Rate App added
  3. Home App – for HomeKit connected devices added
  4. Emergency one-touch calling  by holding the side button [5, 6] – This is set up through the Apple Watch App on your iPhone
  5. Sharing of health and fitness progress [5]
  6. Watch faces manage by Watch App on iPhone [5, 10, 12, 13]
  7. Use scribbled handwritten responses to messages [5]
  8. Improved Reminders App with Siri integration [3]
  9. Digital Crown – double-click to return to last App, Single-click to return to the home screen; turning the crown uses Time Travel, zooms, scrolls [4]

 

Significant changes:

What are the significant changes I see?

  1. Glances are gone, control center added [5]
  2. Dock for frequently used Apps – Used this a couple of times, but for me it is not a major change [5, 10, 12]
  3. Ability to unlock Mac running Sierra  – I hope to use this everyday as soon as I get Sierra installed [5, 12]

 

Should You Upgrade?

At this point I say that you should definitely upgrade! Operation of the watch is snappier so that alone is worth it.

 

How to Upgrade

First, upgrade your iPhone to iOS 10. When that has been completed, place your watch in the charging cradle (it needs to already be at least 50% charged). The iPhone and Apple Watch should be in close proximity for the software download by Bluetooth. On the iPhone go to Apple Watch App >> My Watch >> General >> Software Update [8, 9, 10]. This will begin the 561MB update. It took me about 90 minutes when I updated my Apple Watch, but I have heard that the update for some users took much longer.

References

  1. 65+ new Apple Watch features in watchOS 3
  2. How to use watchOS 3: Tips, tricks and hidden tweaks
  3. Using the all-new Reminders app on Apple Watch
  4. How to use the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown in watchOS 3
  5. Apple Watch: 11 new features in WatchOS 3
  6. How to add an emergency contact to your Apple Watch
  7. WatchOS 3 Is Here
  8. Your old Apple Watch will feel brand new with watchOS 3, out now
  9. watchOS 3 Update Released for Apple Watch
  10. Three Tips for watchOS 3
  11. watchOS 3 touches down for the Apple Watch; here’s how to upgrade
  12. watchOS 3 update for Apple Watch now available
  13. Top 15 watchOS 3 Features and Interface Changes

 

Free iOS, tvOS and macOS Software 08/2016

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I have been maintaining a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X. You may find some of these programs of interest. I have also attempted to mark which Apple OS the title is targeted at (iOS, OS X, tvOS) as well as the category of the App.

This is NOT a curated list. All I know about these titles is what you see below. None have been tried or tested by me.

August 2016

  1. iOS/Games – Lilith Games is proud to announce the release of Heroes Tactics 1.5.2, the important update to their Turn-Based Strategy Action RPG for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, and Windows Phone devices. PvP mode looks to establish Heroes Tactics as a mobile eSports presence that expands the game’s reach and appeal to an even broader audience, while the new Bonus Stages mode offers fresh challenges to the game’s current fan base. Heroes Tactics is currently available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices, and was previously featured on the App Store and Google Play as a “Best Update” selection. Heroes Tactics 1.5.2 is free, and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  2. iOS/Productivity – Scala Web Ltd is proud to announce the availability of NO.Tify.ME 1.4, their task manager app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. NO.Tify.ME is an app that has been designed with the sole purpose of making sure that you don’t end up missing a deadline or overlook a task to be completed in the course of your too-bust schedule! As the name suggests, the app will send you notifications and reminders until you complete your work – you’re never again going to forget a deadline or a due date.  NO.Tify.ME 1.4 is free, and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Productivity category.  Download from iTunes
  3. iOS/Social Networking – Pokemon Go, the social game that took the world by storm has paved the way for many other companies to follow. Dine, the dating app that isn’t about superficial love at first sight, but an opportunity to experience someone’s company and a new culinary adventure has hopped on the Pokemon Go mania bandwagon just this week by adding a “Let’s catch Pokemon” feature. This new feature allows Dine users to notify potential matches that catching Pokemon as an idea for a first date is an option. In other words, how about meeting up for a Poke Date? Dine 1.1.0 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from iTunes
  4. iOS/Games – Vichitra Games brings you the never seen before concept of Road Juliet. Romi and Road Juliet 1.2 is a platformer adventure game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. We’ve witnessed a lot of Road Romeos, but have you seen Road Juliet yet? In this game, Road Juliet has madly fallen in love with Romi. User’s task is to keep Romi safe from the Road Juliet. Don’t let Romi fall in love with her. Romi and Road Juliet 1.2 is free, and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  5. iOS/Health and fitness – PeqApps today announces X Factor 3.9 for iOS devices, almost certainly the best weight management app in the world. If you’re serious about managing your weight, you know that being mindful of what you eat and how much you move is the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Ultimately, this boils down to your daily calorie balance: how many calories you consume versus how many calories you expend. X Factor is designed to quickly and easily track your daily calorie balance. With X Factor, it takes only a few seconds to record weight, calories eaten, and activity calories. And with an Apple Watch and Health Integration enabled, activity calories are updated automatically. X Factor 3.9 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category. Download from iTunes
  6. iOS/Games – Digital World Studio today is proud to announce the release of Army Antz(TM) 2.0, the most ultimate realtime strategic game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Inspired by the 90’s classic General Chaos by Electronic Arts, Army Antz brings you the classic gaming memories to mobile. The game comprises high definition graphics and a super engaging gameplay providing hours of fun for both hardcore and casual gamers. Army Antz(TM) 2.0 is available for free (with in-app purchases) worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  7. iOS/News – Fairwinds Software is proud to announce the initial public release of myPolitics 1.2, their new political and social issues opinion app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. myPolitics offers users the opportunity to express their opinions about the issues of the day via an easy-to-use polling system. Anyone can express their opinions on such subjects as politics, gun control, healthcare, taxes, abortion and hundreds more.  myPolitics 1.2 is free, and is available in the United States exclusively through the App Store in the News category. Download from iTunes
  8. iOS/Travel – Anawiki Games is expanding its horizons with the release of a new app that’s part game, part travel companion. World Uncovered aims to take users to places they’ve never been, all while encouraging them to examine their daily routines. World Uncovered 1.0 is free to download and use for the first 270 miles/500 kilometers of travel and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category. Unlimited use is a one-time unlock for $1.99 (USD) during launch promotion period. Download from iTunes
  9. iOS/Sports – Fuzzies LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Smashbook Tennis Tracker 1.2, an important update to their tennis statistics tracking app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Smashbook is a data-driven social cloud app that offers a convenient way for tennis players to track live or completed tennis matches, (including singles and doubles matches). The app allows players to view professional-level statistics collected over time. Users can also connect to other players to discover possible future tennis partners or opponents. Smashbook Tennis Tracker 1.2 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Sports category.  Download from iTunes
  10. iOS/Education – Bluewave Solutions today is proud to announce the release of Educatia 1.0, the company’s new education app developed exclusively for iPad devices. Educatia 1.0 aims to be the new digital platform for Education, cutting all obstacles for learning. Educatia 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Download from iTunes
  11. iOS/Social Networking – Country by country, Pokemon Go is taking over the mobile gaming world – and crashing more than a few overloaded servers along the way! And now, the clever minds at afewguys Apps have launched PokeChat 1.2.1, an outstanding new app that is taking the frenzy and fun to a whole new level. Available at no-cost, PokeChat adds a trio of much-needed social and discovery features to Pokemon Go: chat, lure and find. PokeChat 1.2.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from iTunes
  12. iOS/Games – Neon Play, developers of hits like Traffic Panic London and Paper Glider, introduce Tip Tap Rio 1.1 for iOS and Android. Join over 250,000 players enjoying Tip Tap games! Can you become the next Tip Tap tycoon? Starting with a small athletics track in the middle of Rio, you are set to host the biggest summer sports event and make as much money as you possibly can. Tap, tap, tap to start earning cash from visiting fans. Tip Tap Rio 1.1 is free and available worldwide in the Games category on the App Store.  Tip Tap Rio 1.1
  13. iOS/Social Networking – Spontime, a new app changing how millennials interact, has officially been picked up for usage in 82 countries only one month after its official launch. Spontime is aimed at sparking real-life interactions and is the first startup in history that has created a global community of National Representatives from 75 different countries. Spontime 1.09 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Social Networking category.  Download from iTunes
  14. iOS/Games – iVoxBytes is proud to announce the release of Air Adventure 2.0: Go on an adventure journey to save Sherly from evil on a plane, a new update on their easy, addictive tap and dodge game for iOS devices. The evil Dr. Loon has kidnapped Sherly. Fight your way to Dr. Loon’s lab and face off against his evil mercenaries that will go all their way out to stop you. Air Adventure 2.0: Go on an adventure journey to save Sherly from evil on a plane is free with the optional of In-App Purchases of $0.99 (USD) to unlock Spooky City at Stage 2. Air Adventure 2.0 available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Air Adventure 2.0
  15. iOS/Games – The newly launched ultimate cross-platform artillery and strategy game Martial Towers is noted by industry insiders as a winner-takes-all trek poised to make its players “king.” This cartoon-style physics shooter crosses platforms for realfr-time play on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Marital Towers 1.4 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  16. iOS/Games – Gamification of Twitter has worked successfully! Spain based developer, Zen Brains Studio is pleased to announce the release of Trending Topic 1.0, the first Twitter game developed for iOS devices. The developers are happy to have created an app, which turns the access of the information into a facilitating and enjoyable process and gives the possibility to keep up with the latest social media trends. Trending Topic 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Trending Topic 1.0
  17. iOS/Games – Michael Cozzolino, DBA Big Monk Games, today is very proud to announce the release of TNT Fred 1.0, his new game title for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. You are in control of Fred, a mechanic who got caught up in some sick game show where he is locked in an arena filled with turrets that are trying to shoot him. The longer you survive, the better your score. Not exactly a good outcome in the end for Fred, but at least you can have fun keeping him around as long as possible. TNT Fred 1.0 is Free (no in-app purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games/Arcade/Racing categories. Download from iTunes
  18. iOS/Health & Fitness – Introducing the new Mevo – Weight Loss and Fitness app, that lets you boost your health and fitness all in one place while rewarding you as you progress, and aspires you to do more. Mevo offers a comprehensive approach to fitness that helps users achieve their nutrition, exercise and health goals with a holistic unity that other medtech products simply aren’t designed to do. It’s that smart design that makes a real difference for Mevo users, who are delighted with its integrated features – and with their results! Mevo 1.1 is Free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category.  Download from iTunes
  19. iOS/Education – lurnanet today is pleased to announce the release of their debut product, Blessed – Learn to be more grateful 1.0.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Blessed helps you learn to be more grateful. It makes thinking pleasant thoughts of gratitude everyday as easy as possible to make you feel happier by providing an interface to create ‘blessings’ (things to be grateful for) paired with images. Blessed is designed to promote habit-formation by recording people’s daily activity and rewarding the user with awards. Blessed – Learn to be more grateful 1.0.2 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Download from iTunes
  20. iOS/Games – Full Fat, a leading games developer for mobile devices, today is pleased to announce the worldwide release of Flick Soccer 17 v1.0, a flick sports game for iOS and Android. Featuring five game modes including nail-biting free kicks, arcade style target practice and crossbar challenge, the game has innovative controls and realistic ball physics. Flick Soccer 17 (v1.0) is free to play, available worldwide on the App Store in the both Games and Arcade categories Download from iTunes
  21. iOS/Utilities – Design Luscinia is pleased to announce the release of Fonteer 1.2.0, their font utility app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. A new feature in the recent update of Fonteer allows users to install fonts without having to send an email to themselves. More than a useful improvement, over 80% of customer support cases were caused by issues with email, this feature is now available for download on any device supporting iOS 8 or higher. Fonteer gives users the option to use any font in a growing list of apps including Keynote, Pages, Numbers, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Pixelmator, Autodesk Graphic, Cute CUT, Sign It!, Phoetic and Word Dance.Fonteer 1.2.0 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. The free version is full functional, with the limitation of only allowing three font installs. A premium version of the app is available for $1.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) in the App Store. Download from iTunes
  22. iOS/Reference – Hi-Voltage is today proud to announce the release of Random-Apps 1.0, their app discovery solution for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Random-Apps makes it easy for iOS users to discover cool and exciting apps that they might normally not encounter via the App Store. The app presents a random listing of quality 4 and 5-star apps directly from the App Store, and because the apps are presented randomly, there’s no bias towards displaying apps from developers that have the deepest pockets. Random-Apps 1.0 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. Download from iTunes
  23. iOS/Social Networking – Isarti Obaida is proud to announce the release of TimeShare 1.7 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Whether you are a social butterfly who enjoys meeting new people or you just do not like attending an event alone, TimeShare is a brilliant app for you to make new friends just based on your location, hobbies and activities. An app that has been designed exclusively as a platform for people to meet other people, this is where you can come across like-minded individuals who will accompany you to wherever you want to go.  TimeShare 1.7 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from iTunes
  24. iOS/Games – Flowmotion Entertainment, one of the world’s leading producers and publishers of time management cooking games, is proud to announce the availability of its latest game, Cooking Scramble: BBQ! 2 – Version 1.0, their restaurant simulation game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. This new game is incredibly interactive and offers the best BBQ cooking experience. Cook vegetable, chicken, beef and much more on the barbecue grill. The rules of the game is simple and straightforward: cook the correct order, serve customers fast and earn as much money as you can before the timer runs out!  Cooking Scramble: BBQ! 2 – Version 1.0 is free, and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  25. macOS, iOS/Utilities – Independent development house Rayner Software is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of KeyShade 1.0, an important new entry in the field of personal password and information managers. KeyShade is a free app, with optional KeyShade Sync service for $19/year (USD). KeyShade Sync includes a 30 day free trial. After the trial expires, the sync subscription is optional. KeyShade will never lock a user out of their password database because of an expired subscription. Download (Mac)
  26. iOS/Games – Neon Play, developers of hits like Traffic Panic London and Paper Glider, is pleased to announce the release of Tip Tap Rio 1.2 for iOS and Android. Rio’s summer of sport is in full swing and we’ve found the perfect game to go with it. Tip Tap Rio isn’t just the prettiest game in Rio, it also brings an exciting twist to its genre. Tap, tap, tap to earn big bucks from fans visiting your stadium. Invest your cash in bigger and better stadiums. You can even upgrade the famous green pool! Tip Tap Rio 1.2 is Free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store, Google Play and Amazon in the Games category.Tip Tap Rio 1.2
  27. macOS/Utilities – Feingeist Software is thrilled to announce the release of a new addition to MailButler, the add-on for Apple Mail for macOS. Among the various functionalities of MailButler 6407 is now the new time-saving, productivity-boosting feature Unsubscribe.  MailButler (v6407) is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Feingeist Software website. Two service plans are offered. The Free Plan allows access to all features for one user, 30+ Actions per month, and 1 email avatar. The Professional Plan is $8.95 (USD) per month, allowing access to all features for one user, unlimited Actions, and 3 email avatars. (An “action” is defined as whenever a user makes use of one of MailButler’s convenient features.) For more information, visit the Feingeist Software website. Download MailButler
  28. iOS/Games – Rasterzone Entertainment, LLC today announced the release of Gallery Hero(TM) for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. In the game, something has taken over the art gallery, and all the paintings have mysteriously disappeared from their frames. In their place is a series of puzzles that must be solved in order to recover the artwork. Gallery Hero features 60 puzzles, six paintings to rescue, and an eclectic soundtrack to play along to. Gallery Hero 1.02 is now available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and in Google Play for Android phones and tablets. There are no ads in the game. The first 20 levels are completely free, and the full 60-level game can be purchased from within the app. The full game is on sale for $0.99 during the game’s initial launch, which will last through August 24th. After that, the normal price will be $2.99. Download from iTunes
  29. iOS, macOS/Utilities – Coradine Aviation Systems announced today the launch of LogTen Pro X 7.3.3 Bandeirante, the latest version of the world’s most advanced electronic pilot logbook including hundreds of updates, performance improvements and new features. LogTen Pro X Pilot Logbook 7.3.3 is Free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Utilities category. LogTen Pro X is also available for Mac OS X.  Download from iTunes
  30. iOS/Productivity – Badger Maps, Inc. is proud to announce the release of Badger Maps 2.1, an update of their sales routing tool for the iPhone and iPad. Badger’s Lasso tool was previously only available on the desktop version of their application, now the users can use it on the iPhone and iPad as well. This tool lets them build or adjust their route in a matter of seconds and get insights into their customers directly on their mobile device. Badger has gotten very positive feedback from its customers regarding the lasso tool, it saves users a considerable amount of time – especially when large numbers of accounts are involved. It helps them group locations, optimize routes, or mass update customer details on the go. Badger Maps 2.1 is free, and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Productivity category.  Download from iTunes
  31. iOS/Games – Conceptis today introduces Conceptis Sym-a-Pix 1.0 for iOS, a new symmetry puzzle game that lets you reveal hidden pixel-art pictures by pure logic deduction. Sym-a-Pix, also known as Tentai Show, Galaxies and Artist Block, is a fun and addictive rotational symmetry puzzle from Japan. Each puzzle consists of a grid containing dots in various places. The object is to reveal a hidden picture by drawing a block around each dot according to the rules. Find the symmetry, discover the picture! Conceptis Sym-a-Pix 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  32. iOS/Productivity – Gstarsoft is proud to announce the release of DWG FastView 2.2 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices, the important upgrade to their app designed for CAD users to view, edit, and save DWG drawings on mobile devices. It’s no doubt a good choice for industries like engineering, construction, building, mechanical, manufacturing, surveying and mapping etc, in which working environment is always changing.  DWG FastView 2.2 is free, and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Productivity category.  Download from iTunes
  33. iOS/Photo and Video – Lakehorn AG is pleased to announce the new release of PixCompare for iOS version 1.1.2. With PixCompare, users can easily search for duplicate and similar photos on their iPhones and iPads. Photos can then be selected for batch deletion. PixCompare will save actual space on the user’s device. PixCompare 1.1.2 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo and Video category. There is only a one-time in-app purchase of $0.99 to activate the delete function. Download from iTunes
  34. iOS/Travel – NIX Solutions is proud to announce the release of uPackingList free 4.0.1, the important update of their packing organization app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Everyone has gone through this: you need to quickly get ready for that unexpected business trip, that last-minute weekend getaway or that long-awaited grand vacation. There are so many things you need to bring and chores you need to do that you try to juggle these lists in your head. You get mad, irritated and tired. Fortunately, the uPackingList application from NIX Solutions can help you through it all. uPackingList free 4.0.1 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category. Download from iTunes
  35. macOS/Photography – VeprIT today is very pleased to announce the release of Photo Sense 2.0.0 for Mac, a major upgrade of its flagship product. Photo Sense is an easy and efficient batch photo enhancement tool for Mac and iOS devices. Photo Sense 2.0.0 is Free (with in-app purchases) on the Mac App Store, available worldwide in the Photography category. Advanced features can be enabled with in-app purchases. Licenses including all features may be purchased on the VeprIT website for $24.99 (USD). A free full-feature trial version (which adds a watermark to exported images) is available on the website. Download from Mac App Store
  36. iOS/Games – When Angularis was released in 2014, the one-of-a-kind game was an instant smash hit that earned glowing reviews worldwide, including some professional reviewers who compared it to Tetris. Well, fast-forward a couple of years, and the magicians at Owleet Entertainment have managed to raise the bar and make a phenomenal app even more fun, visually appealing and insanely addictive with the release of Angularis 2. Angularis 2 (v2.9.3) is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  37. iOS/Games – Zach DeStefano, a senior at Malvern Prep in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Founder of Z-Licious Games, LLC recently sold the title rights to his mobile game, Tiny Miner, to Serbian design and development studio, Qube 3D. The deal is a combination cash and advertising partnership and is the first of its kind for Z-Licious Games. Tiny Miner was originally created and released by DeStefano in 2014 and was his first experience incorporating in-app purchases and advertising into mobile games. Since its release, Tiny Miner and has been downloaded over 50,000 times in more than 100 countries across Android and iOS platforms.  Retro Miner 1.2 is free, and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  38. iOS/Health & fitness – Dr. Anna Cabeca is proud to announce the release of Keto pH 1.1.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, an app which helps you record your urine Ketones and pH to become Keto Alkaline! This will give you an easy interface to record your daily Ketones and pH level. It provides easy to understand line graphs that help taking appropriate measures to become Keto Alkaline.  Kept pH 1.1.2 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category. Download from iTunes
  39. iOS/Games – When Ovilex Soft launches a new 3D driving simulation app, it is literally a global event – just ask the company’s nearly 450,000 Facebook fans who’ve come to expect something impressive with each release. Well, their high expectations certainly won’t be disappointed when they get behind the virtual wheel of Taxi Sim 2016. Taxi Sim 2016 (v1.2.0) is Free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  40. iOS/Games – Dreamr today is pleased to announce the release of Word Planet 1.1.2, an update to their additive and enjoyable word game for iOS and Android devices. A refreshingly simple idea, Word Planet is one of those games which can be played one-handed whilst eating lunch, leaning out of the shower, or on the train into work. It’s no less an addiction than the current Pokemon Go phenomenon but it’s a deceptively gentle addiction – more like a soothing cup of tea than a can of energy drink. Word Planet 1.1.2 is Free (with optional in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  41. iOS/Social Networking – Bubbl is proud to announce the launch of its local event discovery app for iPhone. Bubbl is a fresh take on local event discovery that’s built for the spontaneous and the ephemeral. It’s a live local activity map with crowd-sourced events to address the problem of “what do I do now?” The app is focusing on San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area for the time being and plans to expand to other cities, soon providing access to difficult-to-discover happenings worldwide. Bubbl will begin displaying UC San Diego events this Fall as it aims to resonate with the ephemeral generation.  Bubbl 1.0 is Free and available exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from iTunes
  42. iOS/Games – Mobile game developer and publisher, Solverlabs today is proud to announce the release of the new version v3.1 of the highly popular multi-platform game “Planet Of Cubes” with the ability to play Minecraft style Survival Massive Multiplayer mode with thousands of other players online globally. Planet Of Cubes is the first Massive Multiplayer Survival and Creative block-building game to feature one global infinite world. The entire game environment is cube-based and shared among players within the world. Planet of Cubes 3.1 is Free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Planet of Cubes 3.1
  43. iOS/Social Networking – Social media makes connections matter all over the world, but the new Graffitier app takes that social sharing to a new, more precise level for travelers exploring the same location. With Graffitier, whether you’re in Bangkok or Berlin, you’ll find a community of trailblazers whose posts are specific to your location – and you add your own photos, video and text with a simple tap and a tag! Graffitier 1.1 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download on iTunes
  44. iOS/Lifestyle – Hashs Technolgies IVS is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Hashs 1.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The app helps people understand each other through simple words called hashs. A user signs up through their Facebook login and invites friends to hashtag their profile. Invited friends who download hashs app start appearing in user’s dashboard. Friends can hashtag user using pre­defined words or write any word of own choice including emoji. If a lot of friends hashtag user with the same word, they get silver tags followed by golden. Hashs 1.2 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Download from iTunes
  45. macOS/Photos & Video – MacDaddy is pleased to announce the beta release of Style 1.0, their new app for Mac OS X machines that can take any image or video file and create an artistic interpretation of the original. Style offers nine different styling models to choose from, each creating a decidedly different version of the original file, rendered in a creatively produced final image. Style 1.0 is free during its beta testing phase, and is available worldwide exclusively through the MacDaddy website. Style 1.0 Beta
  46. iOS/Education – ATi Studios, creator of Mondly, a popular free language-learning app with over 10 million downloads, has today released a new version of their flagship mobile app “Learn languages Free – Mondly.” Mondly helps anyone practice speaking and writing while learning a new language by focusing on full sentence communication rather than isolated words. This helps users communicate faster. The new version features a language-learning Conversational Chatbot to help users practice speaking and writing while learning a new language, the first of its kind. Mondly 5.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category. Download from iTunes
  47. iOS/Games – Full Fat, a leading games developer for mobile devices, today is pleased to announce the worldwide release of Blocky Football v2.0, an update to their popular sports arcade game for iOS and Android devices. Grab your cleats and run like a beast in a fresh, fun football runner! Blocky Football is a fresh new take on football, with an innovative multi-stage arcade game incorporating elements of endless runner and traditional arcade genres. Dodge the D, score a TD, kick the PAT. How high can you score? Blocky Football 2.0 is free to play, available worldwide on the App Store in the both Games and Arcade categories. Download from iTunes
  48. macOS/Utilities – MacDaddy is pleased to announce the release of File Extractor 1.0, their powerful file extraction utility for Mac OS X. File Extractor can scan any selected file, folder, or browser cache, and find and extract the files that are contained in them. The app can extract text, graphics, video, and other types of files with just a few clicks of the mouse. File Extractor 1.1 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. A convenient in-app purchase is available for $0.99 USD, (or an equivalent amount in other currencies), that enables recovery of discovered files. Download from Mac App Store
  49. iPS/Games – Candy Crush killer wannabe Tiny Bombs Boom takes Match-3 to a whole new level of game play madness on iOS. Fusing action and match-3 puzzle elements with mini-games, Tiny Bombs Boom aims for a more edge-of-your-seat style game play. With 10 great mini-games thrown into the mix, Tiny Bombs Boom offers the player amazing replay value. Tiny Bombs Boom! 1.0.2 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes