Google's invite only Inbox app is now available for the iPad. The email client was originally launched for the iPhone in 2014. Inbox was created by the same people who created Gmail, but it's an entirely different service, according to Google. The app aims to simplify your email experience by offering several unique features, such as bundling similar types of mail.
The "Highlights" feature allows you to "get the most important information without opening the message." For example, photos are displayed as thumbnails and the most relevant information contained in an email, like flight times, is displayed underneath the subject. The app also includes the ability to set reminders with an "Assists" feature that will remember and display important information.
Microsoft today updated its OneNote app to version 2.9. The refresh includes handwriting support and optical character recognition (OCR). The handwriting feature allows users to use their iPad to jot down, highlight and color-code notes, sketch or just doodle. Users can just tap the new Draw tab to access the new handwriting option which includes 3 digital writing tools (pen, marker, or highlighter), four classic pen colors and a color wheel for an additional 16 colors. The OneNote app also now features stylus support with palm rejection.
OCR allows users to search for scanned documents or images with text within any version of OneNote. For example, if you scan a receipt into OneNote using the online version you will then be able to search for it later using your iPad. Microsoft says any image will "start showing up in search results typically within a few minutes" of being added. OCR can also recognize "printed text in many languages," according to the official Office Blog.
NBC on Wednesday updated its iOS app to include its TV Everywhere live streaming option. People with a cable/satellite subscription can now stream NBC content to their iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. The service is only available in select markets, so it's not available to everyone just yet. The app also supports AirPlay so users can stream content to their Apple TV.
NBC also added a classics section to its on-demand section. The new section includes older episodes of television shows like The A-Team, Miami Vice, Kojak, Battlestar Galactica, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider and more!
Apple Pay isn't all about waving your iPhone to pay for food at McDonalds. The service can also be used for making in-app and online purchases on devices that have Touch ID but no NFC technology, like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. This is why a recent rumor claiming that both Touch ID and Apple Pay will eventually make their way to other Apple products, like the MacBook Air, is not all that crazy.
The rumor was posted on the Taiwanese blog Apple.club.tw on Tuesday. The report says sources have confirmed that future versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad will ship with built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensors. If true, this would allow Mac users to make online payments, log-in to their accounts and authenticate other actions with a simple touch of their finger. This also doesn't seem like much a stretch since Apple has been trying to add continuity between devices with the launch of Handoff and other features found in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.
Game developer Proletariat has launched a gameplay trailer for its upcoming MMO World Zombination. The real-time strategy game allows players to play as either humans or zombies in a post-apocalyptic world. Players who choose to be human will need to defend the city and its inhabitants from a zombie invasion in a tower defense style game. The zombie side of the game allows players to spawn hundreds of undead and mutate them to take over the world.
The game promises to include fun characters like the shotgun wielding Scattershot and plenty of nasty zombies including "Spitters" and "Harbingers." Players will be able to collect, manage and upgrade the human units and zombie drones as they play the game. World Zombination also features a third Clash of Clans-like element where players can compete in head-to-head battles, faction wars and guild raids in over 50 cities on a shared world map.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in Feb. that apps will make the Apple Watch essential and that users will be shocked to learn what it can do. Apple Watch owners will be able to use device to interact with apps in three ways: WatchKit Apps will allow users the ability to interact with apps directly on their Apple Watch, just like they do on their iPhone or iPad. Glances will provide "timely read-only information" when users glance at their watch display, and Actionable Notifications will allow users to "take action right from their wrists".
Apple released WatchKit and the first iOS 8.2 beta in November 2014 to let developers get started building their upcoming Apple Watch apps. iOS 8.2 will give users access to these apps from their iPhone when the update is released in April. You will need one of these iPhone models for your Apple Watch to interact with any apps.
Several news outlets reported this week that Apple is secretly working on creating some type of an electric vehicle. The Financial Times really got the Apple Car rumors rolling when it reported that the iPhone maker was hiring experts in the automotive industry including former CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth. The Wall Street Journal also filed a report claiming hundreds of Apple employees are working on creating a "minivan like vehicle," and an inside tipster told Business Insider that Tesla employees were “jumping ship” to work on the project.
ESPN's SportsCenter app received a major overhaul this week. The app not only received a name change to just ESPN, but it also now features iPad support. Version 4.2 of the app is available now as an OTA update or as a free download on the Apple App Store.
Apple on Thursday added a "Pay Once & Play" section to the App Store as part of its weekly refresh. The new category highlights "great games with no in-app purchases," for those who are tired of freemium titles. Apple also doubled the download size of apps from 2GB to 4GB, so developers can "include more media" in their submissions and "provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation," according to the official announcement.
ESPN has rebranded its mobile app again, this time dropping SportsCenter from the name and adding iPad support for the first time. The SportsCenter app was retitled ESPN SportsCenter in 2013, but it is now just being called "ESPN." The update also adds optimization for the larger iPhone 6 models.
The new version of the app is basically the same as the previous version but now it takes advantage of the iPad's larger display. Users can still easily access the Scores and News categories plus ESPN NOW, which was added in version 4.0. The NOW section offers more breaking news than the News section which includes the day's top stories in a more classic long article format.
A new free-to-play RPG called Starship Captain: Adventure In Alpha Sector for the iPad is set to land on the App Store tonight. The strategy title was originally launched in 1995 as a web-based game called Space Pirate, before going through a few changes over the years. The latest version is a strategy game where players can travel from planet to planet to trade goods and seek adventure. Players can also take on missions, mine asteroids and plunder other ships to build their own space fortune.
The game features "arcade-like battles and short stories told through mission text, according to the developer's blog. The short stories will mostly be told at spaceport bars where players can talk to other characters from the game and hire crew. Players will also be able to upgrade their ship and will have to manage resources such as fuel.