OmniFocus for iPhone, Dictionary.com Premium, Call of Mini: Zombies

updated 11:48 am EDT, Tue July 16, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

OmniFocus for iPhone 1.16 ($20) - OmniFocus is a task management tool that can help users stay organized. The software allows users to build to-do lists directly on their handheld and sync them with the OmniFocus desktop application. Version 1.16 adds a new Background Sync option that lets users schedule the app to perform a sync when arriving or leaving specific locations. The ability to send actions via e-mail has also been added. [Download - 16.1MB]

Dictionary.com Premium 4.2 ($1) - Dictionary.com Premium provides users with all of the sites Dictionary and Thesaurus information in a downloadable format. The app stores all of the necessary data locally and does not require an active internet connection for use. In v4.2 users can now access daily content, including word slideshows and Hot Word, directly from the home screen. Hundreds of new words have also been added to the dictionary, and a new Rhyming Dictionary has been added as a premium upgrade. [Download - 47.6MB]

Call of Mini: Zombies 4.3.1 (free) - In Call of Mini: Zombies players must fight off an endless hoard of zombies for as long as possible. The game offers players 14 different maps to play on, as well as more than 20 unique weapons. Players also get to choose between 16 varying avatars each with their own special strengths. This release makes several interface changes and addresses a number of known issues. [Download - 115MB]

MobileFamilyTree 7 7.0.1 ($8) - MobileFamilyTree is a genealogy app that can help users create and edit a family tree. An issue with playing back audio files has been resolved in this release. Improvements have also been made to localizations and support for downloading large person records from FamilySearch. [Download - 18.1MB]

Weather Live 2.2 ($2) - Weather Live provides users with the current weather conditions as well as the forecast for locations around the world. An animated weather radar also lets users track weather systems, and severe weather warnings can be sent directly to the user as push notifications. Version 2.2 adds the Beaufort wind scale and knots to the list of wind speed units. Various performance and stability improvements are also featured. [Download - 40.4MB]

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Trade-up program expands in Europe

Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD

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NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV

NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea

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Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com

Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM

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Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop

Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu

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Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files

Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t

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PopChar X 7.5 arrives

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]

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Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives

Apple has released the latest, and fifth, version of its Safari Technology Preview. The latest version arrives two weeks after the Preview release 4. As with the previous releases, the STP does not replace the gold candidate release of Safari, but can reside alongside it, though it is primarily aimed at developers to utilize for testing purposes. The latest release brings fixes to JavaScript, CSS, Web APIs, Web Inspector, Media, Security, Networking, Accessibility, and bugs fixes for large animated GIFs and zooming in and out of PDF documents. Users running a previous version of the preview can update it via the Mac App Store. http://apple.co/1qLpSk8

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