iOS: One of the best parts of any science-fiction game or movie are those ominous tones that suggest a conversation or discovery is about to head south—a quintessential part of the soundtrack that adds a lot of atmosphere (and tension) to an experience. And now, thanks to an open-source iOS app, you can make your own…
iOS: We all get a lot of stuff in the mail these days. While you can sign up for all kinds of package-tracking services from the major shipping carriers, including individual tracking updates if you only care about an occasional package that’s on the way, I find it easiest to use an app like Arrive to keep track of…
Battery issues are one of the more headache-inducing problems you’ll ever deal with as an iPhone owner. Whether it’s Apple’s alleged planned obsolescence or just the simple physics of your iPhone’s battery—it won’t last forever—there will come a time when you can’t make it through the day on a single charge. But…
iOS: Throughout the day, I always know I should be doing things to better my health and overall disposition: standing at regular intervals, drinking lots of water, telling my friends they are great and we should hang out, et cetera. And while these thoughts hit me on occasion, they’re never enough to create a regular…
Back in February, the audio social network Anchor relaunched as a one-stop podcast-making shop. Now it's introducing an iPad app that's designed for the larger device's touch interface. Best of all, it includes editing tools, enabling users to trim, cut and drop in segments and effects at their whim. Get it now for free in the App Store.
Gmail on your iPhone can now help you settle a tab with a friend. A quiet update to the iOS app has introduced the ability to send and receive money using Google Pay. As on Android devices, Gmail sends the payment as an attachment -- the recipient only needs an email address to receive their money. The feature might not be as simple on iOS given that you need to download an app to use it, but it's easier than some third-party apps and more widely available than Apple Pay Cash.
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Marco Arment's Overcast has a reputation as the podcast connoisseur's iOS app of choice thanks to its inclusion of features you don't even find in Apple's official client, such as the automatic removal of dead air. That trend is continuing with the newly released Overcast 4.1, whose improvements might be extra-helpful if you find yourself lost whenever you return to a podcast. The new version adds a Smart Resume feature that not only skips back a few seconds when you hit play, but tweaks resumes and seeks so that they land on silences. You'll ideally remember the context of what was being said before you paused, and won't be as likely to resume playback in mid-sentence.
This is the year every voice assistant adds native iPad support, it seems. Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Cortana update, Google has released an iPad-friendly version of Assistant. The updated app takes full advantage of the tablet's larger screen, of course, but that also includes multitasking support in iOS 11 -- you can send commands to the AI companion while you're chatting with a friend or planning your day. The app is available now in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portugese and Spanish.
Drone videos can be spectacular, but editing them? Not so much -- don't be surprised if you spend hours cutting 10 minutes of footage into something worth watching. Parrot thinks there's a better way. It's adding a Flight Director feature to its FreeFlight Pro mobile app (for Android and iOS) that automatically edits your drone footage. Algorithms study the drone's behavior and produce videos up to 3 minutes in length based on a handful of criteria, including the style (chronological, cinematic or trailer), pre-made themes and other existing footage. The biggest dilemma may be choosing your soundtrack.
Pioneer's DJ mix recording app is now available for your iPhone and iPad. Cleverly named DJM-REC, the free-to-download app connects to any mixer with a USB send/return channel to record, archive and even livestream your mixes. The app gives you a 30-day trial, after which you'll need to purchase the full app for $10.
Reddit launched its mobile app last year and today it's getting a major update. The iOS and Android versions are getting a bunch of new features for both users and moderators that will more closely align the app's functionality with that of the web version.
Dungeon Masters can rest a bit easier now that the library of Dungeons and Dragons core rulebooks will soon be available in an easy-to-lug digital edition. Instead of a stack of heavy paper-bound volumes, you'll be able to take your iPad or Android tablet to your next gaming session loaded up with the upcoming D&D Reader app, which should be available this fall.
Now that Apple's augmented reality platform is nearly here, developers are ready to show off what it can do... and one of the first examples will be particularly handy if you're updating your living room. IKEA has unveiled IKEA Place, an iOS app that uses ARKit to preview how furniture will look at home. As hinted at back in June, the software is smart enough to not only show off furniture at the proper scale (98 percent accuracy, IKEA says), but with the right kind of lighting and shadows. You'll know if that couch is too large for your apartment, or whether or not that reading chair would be too gauche for the room. Naturally, you can share images to ask for your friends' advice and jump straight to the IKEA website to buy your selections.
Korg has a habit of reviving old synths via an app for iPad and iPhone, and this week the audio company revealed its latest creation. Korg claims the new, $20 iMono/Poly app for iOS reproduces every feature of the original Mono/Poly analog synth, first released in 1981. The mobile app recreates the original's 4 voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) that let you dial in a seemingly endless variety of harmonic and melodic sounds. The app also adds a couple of modern additions, including two multi-effects units and eight virtual patches for even more functionality.
There are plenty of apps that can turn your phone or tablet into a synthesizer, but they tend to fall into two camps: they're either affordable and simple or pricey and robust. While that's sometimes due to the nature of the instruments they're replicating, it can frustrating if you want an app that covers all the bases. However, music app developer Bram Bos may have managed just that. He recently released Ripplemaker, a patch-based modular synth for iOS that's designed to ease you into the West Coast synth method (where you add harmonics to a waveform to produce an effect) while still giving you room to grow.
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<img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/e9a6b6003fff86c83bfbf14c52bd2076/205103402/google-calendar-ipad.jpg" /><a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/03/10/google-calendar-for-iphone/">Google Calendar for iOS</a> can be exceptionally useful if you're tired of Apple's stock scheduler, but there has always been one inescapable catch: it's only designed for iPhones... or rather, it was. Two years later, Google has <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/google-calendar-make-the-most-of-every-day/id909319292?mt=8">updated</a> Calendar to add iPad support. Yes, you can finally jot down appointments and set goals while taking advantage of your <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/31/ipad-pro-9-7-review/">Apple tablet's</a> larger canvas. That's the only major update on deck right now, but there are promises of more in the pipeline. <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/google-calendar-make-the-most-of-every-day/id909319292?mt=8">App Store</a><!--//-->
<img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3500x2333+0+0/resize/1600x1067!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/2ab35639a85734095582f892285993c7/204766889/RTX14IZN.jpeg" />Last year, Netflix used its CES keynote speech to <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/01/06/netflix-teams-with-lg-for-prepaid-streaming-worldwide/">announce the launch</a> of (nearly) worldwide access to streaming. This year it won't take the stage directly, but ahead of the show it's <a href="http://blog.dvd.netflix.com/new-dvd-releases/new-year-new-app">highlighting</a> something a little more limited in appeal: an app built for its 4.2 million or so remaining DVD rental customers. These days the disc side of the business is <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2011/07/12/netflix-dvd-only-unlimited-plan-appears-price-for-streaming-and/">billed separately</a> and segmented <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2012/03/30/netflix-dvd-com-domain/">over on DVD.com</a>, but it's reportedly <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/business/while-its-streaming-service-booms-netflix-streamlines-old-business.html">still profitable</a>. Managing your queue of discs (which often includes movies and TV shows that have left streaming, or never show up there at all), has been missing from official apps since it <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2011/03/03/netflix-for-ipad-updated-with-a-new-custom-ui-but-loses-feature/">disappeared after an update back in 2011.</a> <strong>Source: </strong><a href="http://blog.dvd.netflix.com/new-dvd-releases/new-year-new-app">Netflix DVD Blog</a><!--//-->, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=1169772776&mt=8">iTunes</a><!--//-->
<img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/e5f7ce402c20a6d5d4cc50b0c6c26cf9/204696068/s.aolcdn.jpg" />Apple is making good on its promise of giving you a <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/27/the-new-apple-tv-app-is-tv/">unified video streaming experience</a>. The company has released iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1, both of which include the company's centerpiece TV app. So long as a given service supports the feature, you no longer have to jump into and out of apps to catch up on your viewing -- you can resume your favorite show or check out recommendations from a single place. Netflix isn't included in TV at the moment, alas, but this and the recently launched <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/06/apples-tv-single-sign-on-feature-goes-live-in-the-us/">single sign-on</a> should save you a lot of hassle. <strong>Source: </strong><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2016/12/12/apple-releases-ios-10-2/">MacRumors</a><!--//-->
<img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/f99699ea1af173440f38453552599993/204149677/apple-tv-remote-app-siri.jpg" /><a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/13/apple-tv-slingtv-single-sign-on-remote-app/">As promised</a>, you no longer need to use the new <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/11/06/apple-tv-review-2015/">Apple TV's</a> standard remote control to take advantage of all the media hub's features. Apple has <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-tv-remote/id1096834193?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4">released</a> a brand new Apple TV Remote app that drags its iOS interface into the modern era. You can not only use the same touch-based control as on the hardware remote, but talk to Siri -- handy if you lost the physical controller between the couch cushions. It also supports motion controls for games, and there's even a Game Mode that strips things down. <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-01/apple-releases-iphone-app-to-control-apple-tv-using-siri" >Bloomberg</a><!--//--> <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-tv-remote/id1096834193?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4" >App Store</a><!--//-->