Category Archives: update

Yahoo iOS app adds local news, comments, & new side-swipe navigation

Yahoo-iPhone-app-01 Yahoo-iPhone-app-02

Yahoo announced an update to its Yahoo iOS app today that adds local news, commenting, and UI tweaks to the company’s app for accessing news and other Yahoo services.

Want to know more about what’s going on around you? Today we’re bringing local news to your fingertips with the Yahoo App. As you move around the country, you’ll be able to see what’s going on in your area.

In addition to local news stories for users in the US, readers now have the ability to comment on articles:

Now, you can engage with other Yahoo App readers and react directly to the content that interests you. Participate in the conversation and share your opinion with others, vote on people’s comments to let them know how you feel, or just read them to get a sense for what other users are saying about a topic. Comments let you really explore all aspects of a category.”

Today’s update also adds a new side-swipe navigation for swiping left and right through categories, magazines and more.

What’s New in Version 5.4.0

- Local News
– Yahoo article Comments
– New side-swipe navigation

The updated Yahoo app, version 5.4.0, is available on the App Store now for iPhone and iPad.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, comments, local news, side-swipe navigation, update, version 5.4.0, Yahoo

Check out 9to5Mac for more breaking coverage of Apps, App Store, and update.

What do you think? Discuss "Yahoo iOS app adds local news, comments, & new side-swipe navigation" with our community.

Pixelmator for Mac gets pinch-to-zoom support and a bevy of other improvements

screen800x500

Popular image editor Pixelmator has been updated today with a whole host of new features, fixes, and improvements. First on the list is something many users (myself included!) have been hoping to see for quite a while now: full support for Apple’s pinch-to-zoom gesture. The update also makes the Shapes, Gradients, and Styles palettes capable of scrolling and being resized.

There are also a ton of smaller improvements in the update, such as fixes for missing scrollbars, control-click functionality, minimizing by double-clicking the title bar, and more. Speed improvements have also been made to allow for more responsive resizing of palettes.

iCloud Drive bug fixes have been applied, memory leaks in some tools have been plugged, and a glitch affecting the coordinates displayed in the info bar has been fixed. Additionally, the app no longer crashes when exporting JPEGs and PNGs, exporting slices, or using several other key features.

You can grab Pixelmator for Mac for $29.99 on the Mac App Store. It also has an iPad counterpart, which is available for $9.99. The full change log for today’s Mac update can be found below.

What’s New in Version 3.3.1

New features

• Pinch to zoom support
• Resize and scroll features added to Shapes, Gradients, and Styles palettes.

Fixes and improvements

• The horizontal scrollbar is now properly visible, as is the document’s bottom side.
• The Info bar now displays X and Y coordinates properly.
• Fixed an issue where Control-clicking the canvas doesn’t bring up the shortcut menu.
• Double-clicking the title bar now minimizes the app when “Double-click a window’s title bar to minimize” is selected in System Preferences.
• Changing palettes’ size is now way faster and more responsive.
• The Zoom Tool’s slider is now more responsive.
• Pixelmator folder didn’t always appear on iCloud Drive. We’ve fixed it.
• No more memory leaks with Magic Wand and Paint Bucket, which means they work faster now.
• Fixed effects’ rope glitches while moving the rope handle.
• Clicking the Close All option no longer corrupts the palettes.

Stability and reliability

Fixes related to stability and reliability, including issues that could cause Pixelmator to quit unexpectedly or hang in these situations:

• When using Pixelmator actions in Automator. Also, we’ve improved the Fit Images action output quality.
• When exporting image to JPEG and PNG file formats.
• When exporting slices.
• When copying or pasting grouped layers with other than an sRGB color profile.

Some more exciting news! An awesomely delicious newsletter is getting ready for show. If you want to join the news list, subscribe here: pixelmator.com/newsletter.

Want to share some feedback, need help, or want to give us some praise? Email us at support@pixelmator.com or give a shout out to @pixelmator.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: Image Editing, Pixelmator, update

Visit 9to5Mac to find more special coverage of Apps, update, and Pixelmator.

What do you think? Discuss "Pixelmator for Mac gets pinch-to-zoom support and a bevy of other improvements" with our community.

Waze mapping app updated with iOS 8 widget, improved traffic data, and more

screen568x568-1 screen568x568

Popular mapping application Waze was updated today to version 3.9.2. According to the app’s change log (below), it’s gotten several design tweaks to areas, including the location sharing interface and quick-messaging screen, which allows you to quickly notify friends that you’re on the way.

The app also gained a Today view widget that displays the estimated travel time to your home or work addresses, and allows you to quickly get directions to either location by tapping on them. You can also send your ETA to friends from the widget while navigating to your destination.

Traffic data is now improved when changing a route to avoid slowdowns, and a new setting allows the map to automatically swap between 2D and 3D styles. Of course, the usual miscellaneous bug fixes are also included.

You can grab the updated Waze app for free on the App Store.

What’s New in Version 3.9.2

- Sending “I’m on my way” message is simpler than ever! With a new design and layout, you can easily keep your friends & family posted on the progress of your drive.
– New Waze Today Widget for iOS 8! Quickly view your ETA for Home or Work, navigate with one tap, and easily send your current drive & ETA (when navigating). Pull down your Notification Center and tap Edit to add the extension.
– Updated look and function for sending a location.
– ETA & route changes now include richer traffic information.
– New map display setting automatically switches between 2D and 3D view.
– Bug fixes and performance enhancements.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: mapping, update, Waze

For more information about Apps, update, and Waze continue reading at 9to5Mac.

What do you think? Discuss "Waze mapping app updated with iOS 8 widget, improved traffic data, and more" with our community.

Waze mapping app updated with iOS 8 widget, improved traffic data, and more

screen568x568-1 screen568x568

Popular mapping application Waze was updated today to version 3.9.2. According to the app’s change log (below), it’s gotten several design tweaks to areas, including the location sharing interface and quick-messaging screen, which allows you to quickly notify friends that you’re on the way.

The app also gained a Today view widget that displays the estimated travel time to your home or work addresses, and allows you to quickly get directions to either location by tapping on them. You can also send your ETA to friends from the widget while navigating to your destination.

Traffic data is now improved when changing a route to avoid slowdowns, and a new setting allows the map to automatically swap between 2D and 3D styles. Of course, the usual miscellaneous bug fixes are also included.

You can grab the updated Waze app for free on the App Store.

What’s New in Version 3.9.2

- Sending “I’m on my way” message is simpler than ever! With a new design and layout, you can easily keep your friends & family posted on the progress of your drive.
– New Waze Today Widget for iOS 8! Quickly view your ETA for Home or Work, navigate with one tap, and easily send your current drive & ETA (when navigating). Pull down your Notification Center and tap Edit to add the extension.
– Updated look and function for sending a location.
– ETA & route changes now include richer traffic information.
– New map display setting automatically switches between 2D and 3D view.
– Bug fixes and performance enhancements.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: mapping, update, Waze

For more information about Apps, update, and Waze continue reading at 9to5Mac.

What do you think? Discuss "Waze mapping app updated with iOS 8 widget, improved traffic data, and more" with our community.

Gartner: iPhone sees growth while Samsung continues to slow, Apple to have record Q4

iPhone 6

Gartner today published its third quarter numbers, showing overall growth in the smartphone market and a strong quarter for Apple. Mobile devices overall saw as many as 456 million sold with smartphones taking a 301 million slice of that pie, which comes out to a solid 66% (up 20% from last year). This shift in the market seems to be hurting Samsung and Nokia the most, because while the Korean giant is still leading the pack, this year smaller companies with slimmer margins seem to be taking some of its foothold.

While the number of devices that ship with Android continues to surpass iOS by leaps and bounds, the report for this quarter shows a strong increase in iPhone sales for Apple thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6. Sales were up 26% quarter over quarter, but market share didn’t see the same growth (up .6% vs. Q3 2013). Gartner expects that during this fourth quarter Apple will see its largest quarter ever, citing the fact that both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have seen demand exceed supply to some degree.

2014-12-15 13_06_46-Gartner Says Sales of Smartphones Grew 20 Percent in Third Quarter of 2014

While still the market leader, Samsung saw a decline in market share year-over-year, selling 73 million smartphones and landing a 24.4% market share this quarter (an 8 point drop vs. Q3 2013). But the biggest problem for the Korean giant isn’t Apple as much as it seems to be the ever-encroaching Xiaomi, which saw massive growth, especially in emerging markets. While the company only sold 16 million smartphones in Q3 2014 (accounting for just 5.2% market share), this number is almost 4% more than 2013, when it sold only 3.6 million units.

As noted by Gartner:

From a regional perspective, emerging markets exhibited some of the highest growths ever recorded with Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa achieving the highest increase in the third quarter of 2014, with sales of smartphones growing almost 50 percent year-over-year. Among the mature markets, the U.S. achieved the highest growth, with an 18.9 percent increase in the third quarter of 2014, fostered by the launch of the iPhones 6 and 6 Plus. Western Europe saw a decline of 5.2 percent, the third consecutive decline this year.

Xiaomi saw a $56 million profit in 2013 as was reported this morning, and for the first time landed a spot in the top 5 smartphone manufacturers in today’s analysis from Gartner. Now, the company is market leader in China, where Samsung is clearly feeling the weight of that where it saw what was its steepest decline of 28.6 percent.

2014-12-15 13_06_58-Gartner Says Sales of Smartphones Grew 20 Percent in Third Quarter of 2014

As for the mobile operating system numbers, Android saw an increase of 1.1% over the same quarter in 2013 (holding its spot at more than 80% market share), while iOS saw a little bit more than half of 1% increase. The other three operating systems in the top five—Windows, Blackberry, and others—saw declines across the board from their already straggling numbers.


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: analysis, Android, Apple, Gartner, iOS, Numbers, report, Samsung, update

For more news on Apple, Tech Industry, and iOS continue reading at 9to5Mac.

What do you think? Discuss "Gartner: iPhone sees growth while Samsung continues to slow, Apple to have record Q4" with our community.

Shazam for iOS updated w/ redesigned music player, deeper Spotify integration & more

Shazam Mobile Apps

Shazam for iOS received a major update on Wednesday with a redesigned home screen and music player for more conveniently keeping up to date with the latest artists you have identified, finding out what songs friends are listening to and accessing the latest Shazam charts. A brand new Shazam.com was also launched with a Hall of Fame for artists and other new features.

Shazam’s revamped mobile app has an all-new “Play All” button that lets you listen to full playlists across Shazam, including Charts, your Shazams and Recommended songs. Moreover, the apps have gained deeper Spotify integration with the ability for subscribers of the streaming music service to listen to full tracks directly in the Shazam app. The functionality is available today on iOS, and in the coming weeks for Android.

A redesigned music player allows you to easily browse through the Shazam charts and discover what is trending in your city, with the ability to quickly identify, rate and save the tracks you want to hear again. Tapping “Play All” under Trending Shazams, Top Charts, Recommendations, and previous Shazams opens the new Shazam music player.

“We want Shazam to continue to serve as a destination for music fans, increasingly becoming the center of their music world,” said Daniel Danker, Chief Product Officer, Shazam. “For years Shazam has identified music with just one tap. Now it’s just as easy to open Shazam and tap once to discover and listen to great music.”

Shazam is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

Today’s update revamps Shazam’s mobile apps and launches a brand new Shazam.com:

  • New App Experience – Shazam welcomes users with personalized music news and real time trending songs from your friends and artists you have previously Shazamed as well as exclusive Shazam Sessions, interviews and more. Users can also check out Shazam’s expanded charts, which visualize rising hits across genres and countries worldwide.
  • Music player – Rapidly surf the Shazam charts, from what’s trending right now to what’s popular in your city, quickly identifying, rating and saving the tracks you want to hear again. Shazam users who subscribe to premium streaming music services (including Rdio and now Spotify) can listen to their curated playlists and top charts in their full, uninterrupted glory.
  • Spotify integration – subscribers can connect to Spotify to listen to full tracks right from Shazam, have all their Shazams automatically added to a Spotify playlist, or choose a specific playlist to add tracks to. The service is available immediately for Spotify subscribers using iOS. Android users will have the functionality in the coming weeks.
  • Shazam also partnered with Rdio to launch this same functionality earlier this year on both iOS and Android.
  • Hall of Fame – now on Shazam.com, the Hall of Fame celebrates artists who have had outstanding success on Shazam, with 4 artists whose tracks have already gone Platinum with over 15 million Shazams
  • Shazam Counts – for the first time, Shazam now publishes the number of Shazams each track has had on Shazam.com

Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, iOS, iPhone, Shazam, update

For more news on iPhone, Apps, and iOS continue reading at 9to5Mac.

What do you think? Discuss "Shazam for iOS updated w/ redesigned music player, deeper Spotify integration & more" with our community.

Snapchat finally updated with iPhone 6/6 Plus support

SnapchatWhile the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released nearly three months ago, some high-profile developers have taken incredibly long to update their apps with native resolution for the larger screens. Look no further than Snapchat, which has finally been updated with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support in an update released today.

The latest version of the popular ephemeral messaging app, in which users can share photos, videos and instant messages with others that disappear after a customizable length of time, also received enhancements in other areas, including improved captions, the ability to change the color of, pinch to resize and drag around special text and stacked filters.

Snapchat was bumped to version 8.1.0. The update is available as a free download on the App Store for iPhone.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus, Resolution, Snapchat, support, update, Version 8.1.0

For more news on Apps, App Store, and iPhone 6 continue reading at 9to5Mac.

What do you think? Discuss "Snapchat finally updated with iPhone 6/6 Plus support" with our community.