Facebook, Fantastical, Mail Pilot

updated 11:52 am EDT, Wed May 15, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Facebook 6.1.1 (free) - Facebook is a mobile client that allows users to access a Facebook account. Support is include for viewing profiles and the news feed, updating a personal status, sending messages, and more. Version 6.1.1 adds the ability to save or share images posted by other users, as well as use these images as a profile picture. Places editing when checking in on an iPhone has also been improved [Download - 32MB]

Fantastical 1.1.1 ($4) - Fantastical is a calendar utility that allows users to create events by explaining events in basic English. For example, a user can enter "Lunch with John at 123 Main Street on Tuesday," and the software will add all of the relevant information to a new event. The v1.1.2 update now allows users to duplicate events from read-only calendars to writeable calends, and has added 45 minutes to the default event duration settings. A bug where some events would appear incorrectly after changing time zones has also been fixed. [Download - 7.7MB]

Mail Pilot 1.2 ($15) - Mail Pilot is a mobile e-mail client that sorts a users inbox into a to-do list in which messages can be marked as complete, assigned a due date, or organized to fit into a workflow. A crash related to custom accounts has been fixed in this release, and both the quick reply and forward functions have been completely rewritten. In addition, the update also includes a number of minor bug fixes and tweaks. [Download - 14.8MB]

Pinterest 2.4 (free) - Pinterest is a bare-bones blogging tool that allows users to create a virtual bulletin boards of their favorite things. Users can browse through pinboards created by others, as well as repin, comment, and like others pins. Version 2.4 adds support for push notifications, as well as for mentioning other users in a pin from within the app. Various improvements have also been made to the search experience, including text-completion suggestions and the ability to save searches. [Download - 26.6MB]

Puffin Web Browser 3.0.1 ($3) - Puffin Web Browser is an alternative mobile browser that performs all processing on the company's servers. Because content is processed before being delivered to the device, Puffin can include Flash content as well as prevent any mobile restrictions imposed by some sites. The v3.0.1 update adds support for file uploads in Flash, along with improved Flash plug-in stability. [Download - 10.7MB]

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