Google launches Ingress for Apple iPhones and iPads

Google today announced the launch of their location based gaming app Ingress for Apple iOS devices.

Ingress has been available on Android devices for a long time now. The company said:

Today, we’re welcoming a new group of Agents into the community with the launch of Ingress for the iPhone & iPad: Ingress is now a true cross-platform mobile experience, with Agents across the world playing together in the same shared, global game. For everyone who has been playing Ingress on Android, we hope this finally gives you a reason to reconnect with your iPhone friends :-)

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The game is incredibly popular around the world with people collaborating together to compete against each other by picking up one of the two sides.

IFTTT now has an app optimized for the Apple iPad

IFTTT this week updated their mobile app to support Apple iPad natively. The company said:

The power of IFTTT is now available in all sizes. Download the update to enjoy a redesigned browsing experience on both big and small screens.


+ iOS Notifications Channel
+ iOS Photos Trigger that works when you’re in a specific area
+ New Recipe Collections to inspire how you IFTTT
+ Did we mention the iOS Notifications Channel? Control your Notification Center!
+ We bought a bug zapper and it works real good

Read more: IFTTT on the App Store on iTunes

Some popular recipes using the iOS Notifications Channel:

IFTTT Recipe: Share photos you take while in a specific area with friends via Gmail connects ios-photos to gmail
IFTTT Recipe: Get an iOS Notification ~15 minutes before your next GCal event starts connects google-calendar to ios-notifications
IFTTT Recipe: Get in-game updates via iOS Notification connects espn to ios-notifications
IFTTT Recipe: Rain tomorrow? Get an iOS Notification connects weather to ios-notifications

Microsoft Office now available for Apple iPads

Microsoft this week launched their much talked about iOS app for Apple iPads.

The app is available as a free download. Users can use it to read Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

Microsoft Office 365 subscription is needed to get write and create rights. The company said:

The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. Your documents will look as good as they do on your PC and Mac®, and better than ever on your iPad. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. When you edit a document, you can be sure that content and formatting will be maintained across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone. And, you always have access to your up-to-date documents in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

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Google Hangouts 2.0 for iOS is a major update

Google last week released a major update of their Hangouts app for Apple iOS devices. This is a significant update that brings some new features and an improved user interface.


– Stickers: express your mood with fun animated stickers. Think of them as emoji, but even more awesome.
– Video Messages: record and send short videos to everyone in the conversation. Now you can really say what you need to say.
– Location sharing: send a map of your current location with a few simple taps. Great for coordinating the whole gang when you’re ready to hangout IRL.
– Optimized for the iPad: enjoy big, beautiful video calls, and a two-pane conversation view. Perfect for the iPad’s larger screen.

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Checkout: Hangouts on the App Store on iTunes

SwiftKey launches their SwiftKey Note app for Apple iOS devices

SwiftKey is not allowed to develop a version of their software keyboard for Apple iOS devices. The company has done the next best thing. SwiftKey Note offers you note taking capabilities using a custom keyboard powered by the same technologies that power their Android keyboard.

Checkout: SwiftKey Note

SwiftKey said:

SwiftKey Note is the fastest way to take notes on iPhone and iPad. Using magical prediction technology, it intelligently autocorrects words as you type and offers next-word predictions based on the unique way you use words together. It gets smarter the more you use it, and adapts with you over time. A quick and intuitive notebook to store and share your thoughts, SwiftKey Note lets you type as you think in a faster and more powerful way.


Easy formatting – just swipe the word suggestion bar to the left to reveal options including Bold, Italic, Underline, Indent and Bullet Points
Organize your thoughts: group related notes together in Notebooks
Label and categorize your notes with tags for easy searching
Share your notes with other apps using AirDrop, Messages, Mail or Copy To Clipboard
Track your stats: get up to date analysis of your productivity including Efficiency, Keystrokes Saved, Typos Corrected, Words Predicted and Words Completed
Easy Tutorial: A fun and engaging tutorial introduces new users to SwiftKey prediction technology
Languages supported are: English (US), English (UK), Spanish (ES), Spanish (US), German, French (FR), French (CA), Italian.

Box offering 50GB of free storage for life to celebrate their new Apple iOS app

Box announced this week their brand new app for Apple iOS devices. The company is celebrating the launch by offering 50GB of free storage for life to all users.

The company said:

We’ve just released our completely rebuilt Box for iPhone® and iPad® app. The new app is fast and simple, with an immersive content experience.

Box for iPhone and iPad

Coast by Opera 2 comes with a range of new features

Opera Software released the second edition of their Coast browser for Apple iPad.

The update comes with a bunch of new features:

Tap and hold on the home screen to customize the visual background and swipe through a gallery of backgrounds provided by Opera or select one of the pictures from your photo stream as background.

Music and audio visualization: Sites with sound (music or video) have a visual indication that looks like a graphic waveform on the Speed Dial on home screen to make it easier to know where the music is playing.

Users can directly open PDFs from the web in iBooks or other PDF readers, which has been a frequently requested feature enhancement.

It’s faster to go back to the previous page. 80% of the time you can go back instantly, making for less waiting time and frustration.

Better “app detection”: correctly displays the right graphics for users’ favorite sites that are added to the Speed Dial.

Smoother UI performance flows naturally + a lot of small changes based on user feedback.

For the geeks:
The security engine has been updated to better recognize attacks.

Default sites can now be dynamically updated (with more relevant ones).