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Any.do gets a massive update to version 2.0 with a focus on collaboration

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Any.do, the popular to-do list management application for iOS, has received a huge update to version 2.0, which introduces a new focus on collaboration among teams and families. All of the app’s previous functions still work the way they did in previous versions, so existing users won’t need to re-learn anything, but those who want better support for groups and sharing will find a lot of useful enhancements in this update.

A new chat function allows members of a project to talk with each other, share files from Dropbox, add and remove group members, and more. Shared lists and tasks make it easy to quickly assign work, update the group’s progress, or just add something to a shared grocery list.

A few new features for premium users include custom background colors across the app, support for adding unlimited members to a group (limited to 2 for free users), or unlimited file sizes (where free users are limited to 5 MB). Premium users can also get highly-customizable repeating tasks and location-based reminders.

The Any.do app is free on the App Store. For the next two weeks, premium subscriptions can be purchased in-app for a special rate of $3 for a month or $27 for a year. After that the price returns to normal ($5/month, $45/year).


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Microsoft outs upcoming fitness ‘Band’ with premature Mac and iPhone app releases (updated)

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Update: Microsoft has now announced the Microsoft Band, a $199 fitness band that does everything described below. It goes on sale Thursday.

Microsoft hasn’t officially announced its wearable device, but it seems the company has accidentally published its desktop syncing client to the Mac App Store early. Whoops. The device is called the Microsoft Band (possibly Lumia Band, according to some currently non-functional support URLs) and sports a 310 x 102 resolution display.

The Microsoft privacy policy for the app lists some of the Band’s features: “Microsoft Band sensors help you keep track of things like your heart rate, steps, calories burned, and sleep.” Links in the document claiming to lead to a page with additional data, such as a list of sensors, currently lead to a 404 page.

Other key feature include the ability to get phone notifications on the Band, create reminders using Cortana, and more:

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The free app allows you to “Sync faster than with your phone while your device is charging over USB” and update or restore the operating system on the fitness-focused Band. The Band will apparently feature over 132 different backgrounds to choose from, according to users who tracked them down:

There also appears to be some sort of Starbucks integration:

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Similar iPhone and Android apps have also been released, presumably by accident. The Microsoft Health app description, as it’s called, can track health and fitness data like steps taken, heart rate, and sleep quality, likely by leveraging the Band hardware.

Live healthier and be more productive with the Microsoft Health app for iPhone®. Achieve wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality. Maximize your fitness with Guided Workouts, 24-hour heart rate monitoring and automatic activity counting. Be more productive with email previews and calendar alerts at a glance. Personalize your Microsoft Band and get new features as they roll out.

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Microsoft declined to comment on the release, but did tweet that the company is planning some sort of fitness events in its stores tomorrow…


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Microsoft outs upcoming fitness ‘Band’ with premature Mac App Store release

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Microsoft hasn’t officially announced its wearable device, but it seems the company has accidentally published its desktop syncing client to the Mac App Store early. Whoops.

The free app allows you to “Sync faster than with your phone while your device is charging over USB” and update or restore the operating system on the fitness-focused Band. More images of the app and the Band are below.

Microsoft declined to comment on the release.

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Skype updated to version 7.1 with support for OS X Yosemite and bug fixes

9to5-image 2014-10-29 at 8.18.09 PMSkype has been updated to support the newly released OS X Yosemite and fix several issues. It is now easier to copy a link in a group chat, or leave the conversation. A few crashes related to video calls and searching have been addressed as well. You can grab the update from the Skype website.

Version 7 was recently released with a redesigned interface and other changes.

 


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Skype updated to version 7.1 with support for OS X Yosemite and bug fixes

9to5-image 2014-10-29 at 8.18.09 PMSkype has been updated to support the newly released OS X Yosemite and fix several issues. It is now easier to copy a link in a group chat, or leave the conversation. A few crashes related to video calls and searching have been addressed as well. You can grab the update from the Skype website.

Version 7 was recently released with a redesigned interface and other changes.

 


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‘WatchSpring’ tweak brings functional Apple Watch-style layout to jailbroken iOS devices

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Last week 9to5Mac‘s own Michael Steeber wrote about his idea for an Apple Watch-inspired home screen interface for the iPhone. Within a few days a developer had created a standalone app that simulated the interface, but due to Apple’s restrictions on iOS, there was no way to make it work as a true home screen replacement.

Now, a new jailbreak tweak called WatchSpring has actually brought this functionality to the iPhone. The modification replaces the current iPhone home screen with a fluid grid of circular icons that can be zoomed in or out to show as many apps as you’d like. It can also open apps natively (no need for URL schemes or anything like that), though it doesn’t seem to support folders just yet…

In the video above you can see the tweak in action. It’s not currently available on Cydia, but can instead be installed manually by following directions posted on Reddit by the developer. The tweak is still very much in beta, and as mentioned above, still lacks certain functions like folders. There are also plenty of incompatible tweaks, including any tweak that modifies SpringBoard in any way according to some Reddit users.

To use WatchSpring, you’ll need a jailbroken iOS 8 device. You can use the recently-released Pangu jailbreak to achieve that, though there are still some issues being addressed with that software. You can also find the source code for the tweak on Github.


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Microsoft OneNote for iPhone and iPad updated with iOS 8 support, iPhone 6 design, and more

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Microsoft has pushed out updates for its OneNote client on both iPhone and iPad, adding support for new features added in iOS 8 and a design that’s optimized for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Users can now password protect sections of documents directly from mobile devices (a feature that used to require a Windows PC). Those with an iPhone 5s or newer will also find that they can now unlock password-protected sections of documents using Touch ID. That feature isn’t mentioned in the iPad change log, so users on the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 might need to wait for a future update to enable it.

iCloud Drive support is now present as well, allowing users to access files stored in Apple’s storage solution or in other third-party apps that have registered as document servers. Other additions, such as the ability to rearrange pages in the iPhone version or open notebooks stored on a self-hosted SharePoint Server round out the update’s feature set.

You can grab the iPhone or iPad version of OneNote for free on the App Store. Some features require an Office 365 subscription.


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