App Development

Enlight for iOS review; a great photo editor for most

Enlight for iOS review; a great photo editor for most

Photo editors for mobile devices are fast becoming both powerful and easy to find. The competitive market that once had a few standouts controlling things now has a seemingly endless array of apps, all claiming to do something special or unique. That’s where Enlight comes in. Currently available for the iPhone, the photo editing app wants to make photo editing much easier and more intuitive. Does it do as much, or is Enlight another also-ran in mobile photo editing?

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TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

Twitter users, especially those who track multiple accounts for business purposes, are likely aware of TweetDeck. The homegrown Twitter app is handy for keeping tabs on multiple items, and is now seeing an important update for the Mac client. After a succession of updates on other platforms, the OS X version of TweetDeck is now getting the service’s ‘Teams’ feature. TweetDeck users on Mac will also see GIFs animated within the app, in-line video, and group DMs — handy for use with Teams.

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Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Cover bands sometime make a living copying the work of others. Their ability to mimic a chosen group is often what makes them desirable to see live. Some big-name artists cover each other’s songs, and it’s typically a nod of admiration. In the app economy, we can’t say the same is true. Rather than a tribute to an art form, ‘copied’ apps pile onto the original, burying it. Facebook might be the best at this practice. With Rooms, they came under fire for copying an eerily similar app named Room. Now, Facebook-owned Instagram seems to have followed suit with Layout.

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Wunderlist details ‘hyper-relevant’ Apple Watch app

Wunderlist details ‘hyper-relevant’ Apple Watch app

Of all the things a wearable can accomplish for you, checklists may be your fork in the road. A good one will light up with timely notifications, then slip off into nowhere. A bad one will either linger on the wrist, or be unreliably faulty. With the Apple Watch, we’ll likely see a series of to-do apps meant to get you accomplishing stuff. Wunderlist, one of the better options for simple task management, is announcing their foray into iOS wearables, and giving us all a closer look at what makes their Apple Watch app tick.

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Facebook opens React Native for building cross-platform apps

Facebook opens React Native for building cross-platform apps

If you’ve considered developing your own app, you’ve likely found yourself at a crossroads with many avenues for success. Should you develop a native web app, or a web app? Which language should you learn? With so many decisions to make, Facebook is now trying to simplify things for you. Their React Native Library, which they use to develop many of their own apps, is now available on Github. According to Facebook, the library will let you build native Android and iOS apps using Javascript.

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Tempo for iOS brings speed-sensitive video editing

Tempo for iOS brings speed-sensitive video editing

Every once in a while, you’d like to have a timelapse video that suddenly does something else. Maybe a bird flew dangerously close to a friend, or somebody was giving you a hilarious stink-eye as they walked by. If that’s ever been your experience, you’re probably left taking to a desktop movie editing app to get the results you want. Now you don’t have to. A new iOS app named Tempo is here to bring you easy video editing based on the speed you want your video to play.

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Fantastical 2 arrives on OS X with new look, more features

Fantastical 2 arrives on OS X with new look, more features

The stock Calendar for OS X isn’t bad by any means, but there’s one third party app that seems to have snatched the crown away from the bundled offering. Fantastical is, like any calendar app before it, handy for tracking your goings on in life. The difference with Fantastical is that it also makes a home in your menubar, and has a full pull-down widget. Even better, you can use real language for making appointments. To round things out handsomely, Fantastical 2 has arrived, and brings in a host of new features.

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Gone intros ‘Gone Lite’ with UPS shipping to declutter your life

Gone intros ‘Gone Lite’ with UPS shipping to declutter your life

When you want to sell something, Craigslist is probably the easiest way to do that. Unfortunately, Craigslist is also terrible. What if something that easy to use weren’t full of people trying to lowball you? Gone, a startup that launched out of Austin to help sell the junk you’ve got lying around, has come full circle. Initially launched in limited markets, Gone is now partnering with UPS to get your stuff out the door, and introducing a new service to make the process of unloading your clutter simpler for everyone.

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Instagram’s new Layout app arrives for your collages

Instagram’s new Layout app arrives for your collages

Instagram is great for scrolling through a seemingly endless array of pics from folks all over the globe, but single snaps sometimes fail to tell the entire narrative. Collages can do a much better job of that, which is probably why Instagram is introducing Layout. The new app lets you cobble together multiple shots into one image, taken from your camera roll. Instagram has some custom layouts ready for you, and a facial detection algorithm that will make piecing pics of friends together much easier.

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Atari Fit lets you play games like Centipede if you exercise enough

Atari Fit lets you play games like Centipede if you exercise enough

Do you want to play Centipede? Of course you want to play Centipede; everyone wants to play Centipede. You could download the Atari Greatest Hits app, but that offers in-app purchases for games. If you don’t want to spend a few bucks, but do want to play Centipede (remember, everyone wants that), Atari will let you earn your games the old fashioned way. With Atari Fit, you get a pretty standard fitness app, but the more you work out, the more games you get!

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