iPhone 5 owners and iOS YouTube app users, might be pleased to learn that a new update has been released by YouTube for its iOS application this week.
Bringing with it a number of new features including support for Apple’s new iPhone 5 device and its larger screen, and adding enhanced AirPlay support.
Other new features include a re-designed user interface tailored to the iPad and iPhone 5. Together with new tweaks and performance enhancements to enable videos that start faster, play more smoothly, and improved accessibility with VoiceOver.
The neatest YouTube iOS app is now available to download from the iTunes app stores for free for all iSO devices now.
When Apple released the first versions of their new iOS 6 operating system for their devices, which revealed Apple had removed the dedicated YouTube application, many users were a little disappointed.
If you were one of those disappointed iOS users, you will be pleased to learn that YouTube has this week announced the creation and release of a new standalone YouTube iOS app. Together with a tablet tailored iOS app specifically for Apple’s range of iPad tablets.
“The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience. “-”Swipe your finger from the left edge of the screen to reveal a guide with your subscribed channels on YouTube, giving you instant access to everything from Alli Sports to YOMYOMF.”
The first YouTube iOS app has been designed for iPhone and iPod touch users and s available from today with the iPad version arriving in the Apple iTunes Store in the coming months. For more information jump over to the YouTube Blogspot for details.
First ooVoo opened up four-way video chats on Facebook, and now the video calling service is doing the same for its Android and iOS apps. The company just updates both applications so that you can view up to four video streams at once, though you can carry on text chats with as many as 12 people. That’s true of both platforms, though the Android version is admittedly getting a few more changes. The newest version of the app brings deeper integration with Google services, plugging into the native Android address book to show missed calls, as well as a list of which friends are available to chat. To that end, Android users get not just the app, but also a widget that displays these tidbits at a glance. Rounding out the list of improvements, the updates introduce push notifications as well as the ability to text chat in the middle of a video call.
As expected and unveiled to be in the works during their Google I/O event last month, Google has just rolled out a new update for its Google iOS application which now includes full support for Apple’s iPad tablet.
The new Google+ iPad application is virtually the same in design as the Android version of the Google+ app and provides a much more comfortable environment to catch up on your Google+ activity.
With iPad stream styles being content based on popularity, type and orientation, as well as the ability to now start a Hangout from your iPad and stream it directly to your TV using Apple’s AirPlay service.
Other new features making their arrival in the latest Google+ iOS application include Google+ Events and the ability to attach instant upload photos to posts. You can now download the new Google+ iPad app from the iTunes App Store for free.
We’ve had some indication that podcasts would be receiving an app of their own with iOS 6, but it looks like we won’t have to wait that long after all. Apple has just released a new standalone app dubbed simply “Podcasts,” which is available for iOS devices running version 5.1 or later. It expectedly offers a variety of ways to browse and discover podcasts among the thousands available (including a new Top Stations feature that groups select podcasts by category), as well as the ability to either stream episodes or download them for offline use. The app is also optimized for the iPad in addition to the iPhone, and it’s thankfully able to sync podcasts with iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC (just be sure to upgrade to iTunes 10.6.3 first). No charge for this one, either.
Scalado has today launched a new photo photo application called PhotoBeamer that allows you to project images from your iPhone directly to a HDTV. Allowing you an alternative way to view images when Airplay may not be available. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
PhotoBeamer uses progressive beaming with patented Scalado imaging technology to pass over the images to your HDTV, Scalado explains:
“Scalado PhotoBeamer is a new innovative and easy way to show your photos on any screen. Just point your iPhone at any screen displaying http://www.photobeamer.com and you’ll be able to enjoy your photos anywhere with family and friends. It’s a modern era slide projector available anytime, anywhere!”
The Scalado PhotoBeamer application is currently available for just $0.99.
Yahoo! has this week launched a new browser app for mobile devices which its hopes will turn its luck around, and help it regain a little confidence with Internet users.
The new browser dubbed Axis has been created by Yahoo to provide users with a more visual and intuitive service. With dedicated applications being created for Apple’s iPad and iPhone.
Yahoo! has also created Axis plugins for popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari on PCs and Macs. Once installed provides you with a search bar and trending topics to view.
As well as links to social networks allowing you to send your finds to the likes of Twitter and Pinterest to name a few. Yahoo! says that an Android application is currently in development and should be available shortly. But can now be downloaded for iOS devices from the iTunes App store for free.
A new update has been rolled out for the popular Tweetbot iOS application this week, which has brought with it support for iCloud based syncing of account settings, timeline position, DMs and Mute filters.
Allowing users to transfer from one iOS device to another without missing out on any of the latest tweets. Currently the iPhone and iPad applications are available to purchase separately, and cost $2.99 each.
“Tweetbot is a full-featured iPhone (and iPod touch) Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.”
The great Sparrow Mail application which launched last month for iPhone, has today received a new update taking it to version 1.1 and adding a number of great new features.
New features include a new built-in web browser, together with features that allow you to now show/hide dock badge per account, send and archive, empty trash and empty spam, and only show specific labels and folders.
The update also includes a couple of bug fixes for the issues some users experienced while authenticating with some Google apps account, as well as an issue with custom SMTP for alias.
The development team are wasting no time on update their new iPhone mail application and say that updates will “evolve fast and integrate feature requests and bug fixes” just like the Mac application did when it was released.
With regards Push functionality for Sparrow Mail, here is an update from the Sparrow team:
“Thanks to your amazing support, we feel confident that Apple might revise its position on the Push API. We’ll submit a first version of Sparrow 1.2 including it. This might delay Sparrow 1.2 validation but we’re already working with some partners to include Push in future versions of Sparrow without needing Apple clearance.”
Agile Partners developers and creators of AmpKit have this week rolled out a new update to their guitar amp application for iOS devices. Bringing with it a raft of new graphics all now beautifully rendered with the new iPad Retina Display in mind.
The Ampkit app offers the largest guitar and bass gear selection of any iOS amp simulation application. Providing you with 36 amp channels, 24 effects, 21 cabinets, and 8 mics. 114 presets in total.
Ampkit is available to download for free and via in-app purchases offers plenty of effects to choose from. Including 20 amps with 36 separate amp channels, each modelled after the actual circuitry of amplifiers from leading manufacturers.
Together with 24 effects pedals, including advanced noise reduction, tremolo, distortion, fuzz, reverb, delay, 10-band EQ, octaver, flanger, phaser, vibrato, chorus, boost, compressor, overdrive, and an all-in-one envelope filter + auto-wah + manual wah with accelerometer tilt support. With more currently in development says Agile Partners.
A new iOS application has been created called InstaGamer which is a small Instagram companion application, that provides you with a game to discover new content on Instagram.
InstaGamer has both a single and double player mode. To start game simply select a search term featured feed, or photos from either your or your friends Instagram photo album.
Then to start playing simply place the images face down and your are away. With access to 400+ million photos from over 15 million users, you are sure not to get bored with all the new photos available.
The new InstaGamer application has just been made available to download from the Apple iTunes App store for free. So if you enjoy Instagram don’t delay jump over to iTunes now and start playing.
Mass Effect fans looking forward to the launch of the new Mass Effect 3 and own an iPad or iOS device might be pleased to know that the iOS companion app for Mass Effect 3 is now available in the iTunes App Store.
By playing Mass Effect Infiltrator and gathering Cerberus intel and rescuing prisoners in the iOS game, you will alter your Galactic Readiness Rating within the Mass Effect 3 game.
The new Mass Effect Infiltrator game allows you to play a rogue Cerberus agent, procuring aliens for illicit experiments at a secret facility. But when the facility Director goes too far you fight back and vow to bring Cerberus down.
Within the game you are alb to harness the fury of high-tech armour, weapons, biotic powers, stealth cloak abilities and devastating melee attacks. Mass Effect Infiltrator has been created by the team of developers that brought you the acclaimed iOS Dead Space game.
Mass Effect Infiltrator is now available to purchase from the iTunes App Store for $6.99 Enjoy!
QuasiDisk has rolled out a new update to its iOS application, which landed in the Apple iTunes app store on January 28th, and has sneakily enabled tethering via proxy. In the past Apple has been quick to remove any such application from its store, so if you think you could benefit from the new feature rolled out. Don’t’ waste any time jumping over to the iTunes Store. If Apple has its way it won’t be there for long.
In the video below you can see the QuasiDisk and its new hidden feature, that allows you to tether 3G internet with it. To use simply start QuasiDisk’s FTP server on port 5100, connect it adhoc to mac or PC, and add SOCKS and HTTP proxy settings to the computer on ports 5050 for SOCKS and 6666 for HTTP proxy. Enjoy! QuasiDisk is priced at $1.99 in the Apple iTunes store so don’t delay.
Google has updated its iOS app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and the latest version brings a range of new features to the Google+ application for Apple’s iOS devices.
The new Google+ app lets you upload full resolution photos direct from your iOS device to Google+, and Google has also added in a photo+1 feature and updated the search for the app as well as some bug fixes.
You can find out more information about the Google+ app for iOS over at iTunes, and the app is available as a free download.
Kazaa may not have exactly caught fire since it ditched its shady past and went the legit route back in 2009, but the company is still around, and it’s now finally released its first mobile app. That comes on the form of an iOS app initially (compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch), which itself is completely free and includes a seven-day trial of the Kazaa music service (including unlimited streaming and downloads of “millions and millions of songs”). Once that’s up, however, you’ll have to fork over $9.99 a month to keep the service (US-only, for now), which places it in direction competition with the likes of Spotify and Rdio. Hit the link below to try it out for yourself.
Google curiously chose not to make its iOS app for Google+ a universal app when it first released it last month, but it’s now finally letting iPad and iPod touch users in on the act as well. Unfortunately, the iPad part of the equation comes in the form of a blown-up iPhone app rather than a properly optimized version, although that’s not exactly surprising considering it’s much same situation that Honeycomb users still find themselves stuck with. Also included in the update are additional Huddle settings, aggregated circle add notifications to cut down on some of the noise, and the usual performance and stability improvements. You know what to do to get your hands on it.
Were you excited to try Spotify, only to be dismayed by the lack of native iPad support? Enter Rdio’s latest update to its iOS app, now with gratuitous support for Cupertino’s sweetheart. Just like its iPhone and iPod touch forebearer, slate fans can now stream music, cache songs, futz with playlists, all while being “social” with friends on the service. Like the company’s other mobile apps (on iOS, Android or Blackberry) — and its cross-Atlantic Swedish rival — one has to spring for the pricier $9 monthly sub to unshackle from web-only streaming and enjoy portable bliss. In our quick run-through, we found the app to be slick and fast, and searching for obscure music was painless. With most of our friends strewn across other streaming platforms, the community features fell on deaf ears — so clearly your mileage will vary. Rdio’s offering a week-long trial gratis, so go-on and give it a whirl yourself.
With nearly 350,000 apps and counting, the iPhone’s maximum capacity of 32GB doesn’t allow you to even scratch the surface of the App Store’s catalog. Throw in an HD movie, some TV episodes, hundreds of tracks and a few thousand photos, and you’ll be chewing through those available bytes in no time. Most manufacturers compensate this limitation by including a microSD slot for additional storage, but not Apple — you’re stuck with that original capacity until you’re ready to upgrade to a new device. Luckily, for those who need more storage now and don’t mind paying for it, AirStash, Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite, and now Kingston’s ultra-slim Wi-Drive allow you to boost gigs without upgrading, or switching to another platform. None of these pocket servers come without compromise, however — you’ll be spending over $100 for even the most basic option, while adding yet another device to your portable mix.
Apple’s iOS is great at displaying content already on a device, but transferring documents from your computer to your iPhone or iPad has traditionally been a tedious, inefficient process. SugarSync’s new mobile device management sets out to help change that, allowing you to send files directly to your smartphone or tablet using a simple web interface. After selecting a connected device from the sidebar, you can click to upload content, booting it directly to your handheld. A push notification will appear, prompting you to download any or all of the files you uploaded, which will also remain in the cloud — so you’ll be able to access files synched with the SugarSync app from the Web, even when your device is offline. The feature is rolling out for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch this week, and will be available for Android and BlackBerry soon. It looks like the concept of emailing documents to yourself just to access them on the go is about to follow iTunes sync and tethered updates to a permanent group home in the sky.
Thinking about upgrading your iPad or iPhone just to add more storage for videos, photos and music? Kingston hopes to save the day with its Wi-Drive, a WiFi-enabled battery-powered storage device designed exclusively for use with iOS. Several factors make the pocket-sized device a tough sell, however, including its cost ($130 for 16GB, $175 for 32GB), and the fact that this otherwise clever content sharing contraption adds yet another gadget to your already crowded portable mix. We’d probably save up for a new, higher-capacity device before accessorizing our old gadgets, but a compact media server does seem like the perfect companion for a road trip, serving up HD videos and other content simultaneously to multiple devices using the free iOS app. This is strictly a content server — while you can move move content off the drive and later transfer it back, there’s no backup tool included, and Kingston says we shouldn’t expect one in the future, either. Click past the break for our impressions of Kingston’s flash-based server, due to hit stores later this month.