There have been many tragedies in the last week – including the loss of the HMS Bounty, her captain and one member of the crew. Our prayers and donations can help those suffering from the devastation this storm has brought. You can help the Salvation Army and Red Cross help storm victims through your donations.
Apple released iOS 6.0.1 yesterday with several bug fixes for issues with iPhone 5 and Passbook. Most iOS devices can be updated via the Settings > General panel, however, iPhone 5 users must first install the iOS Updater utility.
Apple desktops get a couple of updates – Safari gets security updates and iPhoto’s update improves several things related to sharing photos and using Photo Stream.
Evernote has released a public beta of their new Mac desktop app with a complete overhaul of the user interface and it is beautiful. Adventurous users can download the beta from Evernote, but it’s not available if you got your app from Apple’s App Store. Readwrite has the details and lots of screenshots.
Waze [iOS and Android - free] – the navigation app with crowd-sourced traffic updates has released version 3.5 with several new features. You can now see estimated arrival times for you and your friends to a destination. There’s a new pickup feature to coordinate car-pooling efforts. Also added are private messaging and privacy controls that let you go invisible on the maps. The maps and interface have gotten some design love too making it an even more impressive application.
WordPress.com bloggers can now embed Instagram images in their blog posts. All you need to do is copy the URL to the Instagram image and paste it on its own line in your post or page. WordPress will automatically embed the largest size for your blog’s content area. As with other embded media, you can use the Instagram shortcode to customize the image options. Currently this capability only works on WordPress.com blogs.
Paper by Fifty-Three, the gorgeous sketching app for iPad, has just released an update that adds more colors along with a color mixer to the app’s many drawing tools. This component – called Colors – is a $1.99 in-app purchase. The update also adds support for Pogo’s new pressure-sensitive stylus which unfortunately has a $80 price tag.
Roku has added a new search tool that will help you find a specific movie or show across the growing number of media channels served through Roku. Roku Search works with Roku 2, Roku LT, new Roku HD players and the Roku Streaming Stick. You can even search with the keyboard in the Remote tab of the Roku iOS and Android mobile apps!
Tips & Tricks
Did you know that iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 devices with iOS 6 installed can now take panoramic photos? TechHive shows you how.
Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac has added a transcription feature that lets you dictate to a portable device then import the recording and transcribe it with the desktop app. There are limits to how this feature works and MacWorld has an very nice article with all the details.
A new Chrome extension – the Flickr CC Attribution Helper – adds a panel on Flickr photo pages to help provide the proper citation when using photos licensed with a Creative Commons license. MakeUseOf has the details on the extension and how to use it.
That’s the news for this week. Please vote so we can put all this political madness behind us and get on with the business of living.