With a new female CEO from Google, Yahoo is spending more money into developing mobile apps as people spend more time consuming content on smartphones and tablets. The latest Yahoo Weather iPhone app looks quite good with the ability to show Flickr photo of weather locations. Although iPhone already has a default Yahoo default app, the standalone new app from Yahoo looks better with improved UI and functionality. Check it out and download on iTunes Store for free.
Microsoft has launched a Windows Phone 8 syncing app for Windows 8 and Windows RT today. The app is now available to download for free from the Windows Store. The app allows user to do easy syncing between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. The app will be useful when Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8 OS soon.
Features listed on Windows App Store:
Get your music, photos, and videos from your computer to your phone (and vice versa).
Quickly share things from your phone with Windows 8 apps (like Photos, or Search). You don’t even have to open the Windows Phone app to move things around.
Automatically save photos and videos you take with your phone to your PC.
See at a glance how much space you’re using for each type of content, so it’s easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
Get to WindowsPhone.com to download apps, learn more about your phone, or find it if it’s lost.
Apple has released a new standalone app for Podcast which is available for iOS devices running version 5.1 or later. It is a universal app for both iPad and iPhone.
Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.
Google has just updated its Google+ iPhone app that features crisper fonts, larger profile pics and a friendlier home-screen. In addition, Google make the stream easier to scan and easier on the eyes, with overlays, gradients and other visual elements.
- Turn on Instant Upload to sync photos from your phone to a private Google+ album
- Video chat with up to 9 friends with mobile Hangouts in Messenger
- Chat with a friend or all your friends at once with Messenger
- Check out the What’s Hot stream to see trending topics
- View the Nearby stream to see what people near your location are saying
Download the app from iTunes here.
Apple now requires all in-app purchases would now go through Apple. This would effectively cut off Amazon and Sony from selling their products through the app. The recent Sony app for their e-Reader has been rejected because of this.
Apple wanted to have a cut of the sales from Amazon and any other ebook sellers. Apple wants its 30 percent share of content sales whenever possible.