Yes, the App Store has been down and out for a bit this morning and you’re not the only one to experience this oddity. Starting in the evening of October 2nd, 2014, the App Store for both of Apple’s main platforms, iOS and OS X, were sporadically out to dinner - then breakfast.
This week the folks at Evernote have let loose several major update features for their software, both mobile and non-mobile based. Two key features are Context and Work Chat, displaying info you need as you might need it and working between teams.
This week there’s little doubt the iPhone 6 hype continues as lines for stores around the United States continue - somehow - to exist. The image you see at the head of this article, for example, was shot at a mall in Las Vegas, Nevada - all in line for the iPhone 6 Plus well over a week after launch. Not that they’d been standing there that long, but a new shipment was set to arrive that day - you can’t make this up!
Protesters and activists these days have flocked to social media and mobile technology to circumvent censorship and blockades that prevent their message from reaching other people. But now the tables might have been turned on them. A new trojan malware called Xsser mRAT that infects iOS as well as Android devices has been discovered to be of Chinese origin and is seemingly targeting Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement.
The Netflix of Piracy is finally on the hallowed grounds of iOS. Well, sort of. Popcorn Time is indeed now available to be installed on iPhones and iPads but you will need a jailbroken device to do so, which is probably fitting given the murky legal waters that this streaming service sails through.
Path updated their Talk app today, and it brings in one striking feature that might have you using their messaging app. You can now text your questions to a business, and get an answer back in a few minutes. Well, on your end it looks like you’re texting a business — it’s a bit more complex than that, though.
Apple’s HealthKit continues to gain momentum, and Endomondo is now there to track yours. An update to their app now supports HealthKit, so you can begin working that into your Health app routine straight away. With as powerful as Endomondo is, though, you may not have to.
You might not even notice it happening. The transition might be so smooth, you don’t think about full-screen advertisements on your smartphone until you think back a few years. "Wait," you’ll think to yourself, "did I always have to watch several seconds of video advertisement in this app, or were they added more recently?"
Though iOS 8 was a good iteration of the mobile OS from Apple, building nicely on the aesthetic twist iOS 7 brought in, it lacks some punch. Certain aspects of iOS still go largely untouched, and the update itself can be a bit buggy. Now it seems three new updates to iOS are in the pipeline, and may be coming soon.