Streets, Plex, Drafts

updated 11:37 am EDT, Wed May 29, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Streets 2.0 ($1) - Street View is a companion app for Apple Maps that allows users to see a street view of any location that has been documented by Google. Street View can be launched from directly within Maps for any location, and then navigated using standard swipe and pinch gestures. In v2.0 a blue overlay indicates the street view coverage to inform the user whether street view is available for a given location, and traffic conditions can now be displayed on the map. The software also now uses Google vector maps and high resolution satellite imagery instead of the standard Apple map offering. [Download - 7.9MB]

Plex 3.2 ($5) - Plex can be used to stream music, videos, and photos from any home computer running the Plex Media Server. Version 3.2 resolves numerous issues that were introduced after the most recent filtering changes, as well as a few bugs related to PlexSync. The update also now uses paging when requesting content from media services, which is said to result in much faster section loading and filtering. [Download - 13.2MB]

Drafts 3.0.5 ($3) - Drafts is a text editor that allows users to quickly take notes and choose where to send them later. New to this release is support for the BCC field in e-mail actions, as well as several new bug fixes for sync related issues. Additionally, selecting a row in the Action Manager should now scroll the row to be fully visible. [Download - 7.8MB]

Twittelator Pro 4.5.1 ($5) - Twittelator is a mobile Twitter client with offline features for creating tweets while no active connection is available. The client also features the ability to upload pictures to different image-hosting services such as yFrog, TwitPic, Moby, and TweetPhoto. A number of stability and speed enhancements are included in this release. [Download - 8.2MB]

Bookworm Heroes 1.0.4 (free) - Bookworm Heroes is a social game where players compete with friends to child words from letter tiles. Players can choose between a number of literary heroes and pets, each offering their own special power that can improve a scores. The v1.0.4 update resolves numerous bugs and improves the overall gameplay experience. [Download - 30.8MB]

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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014.

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Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket

The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]


Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera

Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement.

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Apple employees testing wheelchair features

New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps.

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SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards

SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200.

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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26

Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion.

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Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users

Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser.

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