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Chromecast iOS app updated w/ interface tweaks, backdrop enhancements, more

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The companion app to Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle received an update today with a handful of improvements and changes. Bumping the app to version 1.11.4116, the update brings several interface tweaks. First off, the devices view of the app has been redesigned with a card-like interface. The devices screen also now lists what backdrop is currently being displayed along with casting status.

The update also adds a new setting to change the speed of the backdrop rotation. You can also now browse through the history of backdrop images shown on the Chromecast via your phone. Google says the update improves the reliability of backdrop cards, multi-user support, and backdrop settings, as well. Finally, the update adds new background content in the form of Street Art from the Cultural institute.

The full list of changes can be seen below. The update is available now on the App Store for free.

What’s New in Version 1.11.4116

– Redesigned devices view, showing devices as cards with backdrop and casting status
– Added setting to change backdrop speed
– Browse through history of backdrop images recently shown on your Chromecasts
– Improved reliability and performance of backdrop cards
– Improved multi-user and multi-Chromecast backdrop settings
– New backdrop content: Street Art from Google Cultural Institute


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Apple Store app on iOS updated w/ support for Touch ID & two-step verification

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After being updated with support for Apple Watch last month, the Apple Store app on iOS has been updated today with a pair of highly requested features. With today’s update, which bumps the app to version 3.3, users can now use Touch ID to view orders, access EasyPay receipts, and make reservations at retail locations.

In addition to Touch ID integration, today’s update also adds support for two-step verification. This functionality appears to only apply when you place an order, however. Apple launched two-step verification more than two years ago, so it’s definitely nice to see the feature make its way to the Apple Store app on iOS.

Touch ID integration works as you would expect it to. The first time you launch the app after updating and try to view one of the protected sections, you’ll be prompted to enter your password. From there on out, however, you’ll have the ability to use Touch ID for tracking order status, viewing EasyPay receipts, and making in-store reservations.

Version 3.3 of the Apple Store app is available now for free.


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Apple begins adding Apple Watch support to its IBM enterprise apps

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Apple today updated its webpage for its enterprise app solutions to show that a few of the apps have been updated with Apple Watch support. Apple first launched the MobileFirst for iOS solutions last year through a partnership with IBM and most recently added 9 new apps in March bringing the total up to 22 across several industries.

The first three of Apple’s enterprise apps to receive Apple Watch support include: Hospital RN, Field Connect and Incident Aware.

Hospital RN (pictured above), Apple’s app that allows nurses to stay up-to-date on patients with notifications and iBeacon tech, now includes an Apple Watch companion experience:

Push notifications on iPhone and Apple Watch alert nurses to review newdisplay patient requests, changes in lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate actiondisposition. And Apple Watch letsHospital RN gives nurses quickly view notifications so they can staythe power to spend less time tracking down information and more focused on patient caretime caring for patients.

And here’s a look at Field Connect, Apple’s app for field technicians, on the Apple Watch:

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Apple says that Apple Watch users will get push notifications for “late-breaking news on severe weather, outages, hazards, and crew member information. And with Apple Watch, field technicians can view important alerts, without stopping what they’re doing.”

Lastly, Apple has added Apple Watch support to Incident Aware, its app for police officers and public safety officials. Like the other apps, Apple Watch will get alerts pushed from the app.

Here’s a look at the app on Apple Watch:

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Video On Demand content comes to mobile Twitch app in latest update

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Twitch announced today that its mobile application now supports video on demand content, a feature that has been requested by fans of the service for quite some time. While the app was previously limited to live streaming, users can now access “highlights and past broadcasts” from all Twitch partners and what Twitch says is a growing list of broadcasters whose videos are HTTP live streaming (HLS)-enabled.

Twitch says that the newly-available video on demand content can be found in an HLS-enabled channel’s activity feed. To access this, you need to tap the Activity Feed icon located at the top left of the player while watching a stream. Alternatively, the app will take you directly to the Activity Feed of a channel if you tap any offline channel from the Search page or a Following directory.

While the Android app was updated to version 4.0, it looks like the iOS counterpart is getting the same features in a bump to version 3.4. You can of course keep your eyes on the App Store app on your device for the update to roll out, or head over to the App Store web page now to view the app in iTunes.

As for the Android version, Twitch says that they encountered a security concern that required them to re-list the app on the Play Store, rather than simply providing a new version. So for Android users that already have the app, you’ll need to head over to the new app listing and download version 4.0.

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Video On Demand content comes to mobile Twitch app in latest update

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Twitch announced today that its mobile application now supports video on demand content, a feature that has been requested by fans of the service for quite some time. While the app was previously limited to live streaming, users can now access “highlights and past broadcasts” from all Twitch partners and what Twitch says is a growing list of broadcasters whose videos are HTTP live streaming (HLS)-enabled.

Twitch says that the newly-available video on demand content can be found in an HLS-enabled channel’s activity feed. To access this, you need to tap the Activity Feed icon located at the top left of the player while watching a stream. Alternatively, the app will take you directly to the Activity Feed of a channel if you tap any offline channel from the Search page or a Following directory.

While the Android app was updated to version 4.0, it looks like the iOS counterpart is getting the same features in a bump to version 3.4. You can of course keep your eyes on the App Store app on your device for the update to roll out, or head over to the App Store web page now to view the app in iTunes.

As for the Android version, Twitch says that they encountered a security concern that required them to re-list the app on the Play Store, rather than simply providing a new version. So for Android users that already have the app, you’ll need to head over to the new app listing and download version 4.0.


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Feedly updated with Apple Watch support

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Joining the growing list of apps that support Apple Watch, Feedly this evening has rolled out an update to its iOS client that adds support for the device. The update, which bumps the app to version 27.0.2, allows users to read their feed of stories, save stories for later reading, and mark articles as read.

Feedly is not supported in Glances on Apple Watch, but it does incorporate many of the design elements that Apple has asked developers to use. You can scroll horizontally through stories and save the ones that interest you. You can also mark stories as read and tag them with a description of your choosing. Those three options are all accessible by using Force Touch on an article.

Feedly for Apple Watch is available now for free in the App Store.


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Sunrise Calendar on iOS adds new “Meet” keyboard to quickly schedule meetings

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Sunrise, the company behind the popular Mac and iOS calendar apps, today launched a new feature called Meet. Meet is not integrated how might expect, though. It’s actually a keyboard designed by Sunrise for quickly scheduling one-to-one meetings.

Since Meet is a keyboard, it can be accessed from anywhere within iOS, including other apps. The process is relatively simple. With the keyboard, you can pick available spots within the week view of their calendar and schedule one-on-one meetings. After you choose a date to hold the meeting, you can simply send the date to anyone else using a shortlink. The person on the other side must then pick the date that works for them, and when you agree, the event is automatically added to both calendars.

Meet is a keyboard for iOS 8 that lets you schedule one-to-ones right from where you are, without having to reach out for your calendar. You get to pick available spots in your week from your keyboard and send them to anyone through one short link. When the person on the other side picks the time that works best for them, the event is automatically added to both your calendars. And voilà!

Meet is available in version 4.0 of Sunrise, which is available on the App Store now for free.


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