Google Releases its Google Fit App for iOS Devices

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Google wants to help its users become more health conscious through exercise. That’s why the company has introduced its Google Fit app to a wider audience, this time bringing it to iOS devices. Launched last year, Google Fit’s mission stands to help change lives for the better, helping more and more people become active, get better sleep, and improve their mental health.

The app essentially keeps track of two goals: Move Minutes and Heart Points. Move Minutes logs your daily movement through walking or other motion activities. Heart Points can be earned through more intense movement from activities such as biking, running, and hiking.

The app keeps in mind the American Heart Association and World Health Organization’s weekly recommendations on exercise which consists of 150 minutes – or 2.5 hours – of “moderately intense” physical activity or 75 minutes of “vigorous aerobic activity”.

Google Fit can be paired to function with the Apple Watch and works with Apple Health as well. The application is now available in the App Store.

Apple Apologized for Their Bug that Allowed Others to Overhear on Group FaceTime

This past week, Apple notified the public that their Group FaceTime application had issues when people were added into a FaceTime call. Due to this issue, users were able to overhear and see others while the call was still going through, even if the the call had not been accepted yet.

The bug affected many people, and the consequences of this seem to be quite severe, as investigations were called upon Apple’s significant privacy flaw. This comes at a relatively humiliating time, especially after Apple had recently lobbied their privacy credentials.

Soon after the bug was discovered, the company released a statement saying:”We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process.”

Apple officials announced a new software update release for iPhones, which will enable the Group FaceTime feature again. The iOS update–version 12.1.4–was released today, and can easily be downloaded through the General tab under the Settings application.

When the bug was first publicized, Apple removed FaceTime’s Group feature until the issue was resolved. According to the public, the bug was there long before the issue was announced.

Apple lastly stated, “We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us.”

12 Apps You Should Download on Your iPhone in 2019

Choosing which applications to download from Apple’s App Store could be a frustrating and daunting task since there are about two million apps available. Luckily, we’ve narrowed it down to a list of 12 useful applications you can download for free today on your Apple iPhone!

1. Citizen: Ever wanted to know what’s going on around your neighborhood? This app shows you where there are crimes near you. It alerts you with emergencies and keeps you informed with crime and safety notification updates.

2. Duolingo: Ever wanted to learn a new language? Duolingo makes it fun and easy! Every lesson is personalized to your level of mastery, and you can even have a conversation with a brainy bot. 

3. Google Duo: Always wanted to FaceTime a friend, but they don’t have an iPhone to do so? The Google Duo app allows you to video chat with non-iPhone users.

 

4. Foursquare City Guide: This application helps you find the best places to eat, drink, and shop nearby. You can keep track of all the places you’ve visited or bookmark them for later!

 

5. Google Keep: Ever had something on your mind and wanted to jot it down really quickly? Google Keep helps you jot down notes and make lists. It provides many types of note-taking tools without the need for pen and paper.

6. Google Photos: Need more storage for your photos? This app provides unlimited space to upload your photos. It also offers automatic backup and sync for your photos.

7. Libby: Need help finding and renting books? With this app, you are able to rent books from a library nearby.

8. Marco Polo: Marco Polo is an entertaining video chat application that allows you to use filters and doodles. It makes video chatting amusing!

9. Mindbody: If you’re ever looking for fitness classes near you, Mindbody can help you find classes for yoga, boxing, cycling, etc. This app can also help you locate any wellness services–like spas and salons–nearby!

10. MTB Project: For those who need to find more biking trails to explore on, this app helps you both locate and navigate on trails while you are either hiking or biking. MTB Project works even when you’re offline.

11. MyFitnessPal: This app helps count daily calorie intake. It tracks your diet and motivates its application users to exercise.

12. Shazam: Have you ever heard a song in a department store and wanted to find out what song it is? This application helps you identify the song that you are hearing. Just click on the Shazam homepage, and the app will identify the song in about 10 seconds.

Facebook Messenger Will Allow 10 Minutes for its ‘Unsend’ Feature

Ever been in that situation where you mistakenly send a message to the wrong person? Well, fear not! Facebook Messenger has created an Unsend feature on its iOS app for the new 191.0 version.

According to notes from the app update, Messenger will soon implement the feature, giving its users 10 minutes to delete messages sent over its app, so you can rest easy knowing those messages can be resent to the right person.

The app notes are mentioned as follows:

Coming soon: Remove a message from a chat thread after it’s been sent. If you accidentally send the wrong photo, incorrect information, or message the wrong thread, you can easily correct it by removing the message within 10 minutes of sending it.”

The feature was revealed back in October as just a prototype, but is well on its way for use in the next available app update.

As of now, Facebook-owned platforms Instagram and WhatsApp both include their own Unsend feature.

Just Launched: iOS 10. Our Tips, Tricks and Thoughts!

Apple launched iOS 10 on September 13th, 2 days before the iPhone 7 was officially released. This release was chock-full of updates and new features; we saw a huge reliance on 3D touch (6s and on). Like most updates, there were some changes that many of us might even deem unnecessary. If you’re wavering between updating and hanging on to iOS 9 for as long as you can, I would definitely recommend reading up on new features. Today, we’ll go through some of our favorite (and least favorite) iOS 10 changes.

iMessage

Where do we start with this one?

After doing quite a bit of research on this update, it appears that the developers really wanted to enhance the overall iMessage experience. It appears that Apple is playing catch-up to other messaging apps but by adding the in-message app store, they’re just scratching the surface of possibilities within iMessage. Soon enough, our guess is that anything you might need to send someone will be centralized within the app. Maps, locations, sending money, etc. (Think Facebook Messenger).img_4696

As for changes, get ready.

  1. You can now add animations
    1. Using force touch, hold the send button down. A list of options will appear for either ‘bubble’ texts or full screen animations. 
    2. You are also given the option to heart, like, dislike, laugh, show excitement or confusion for individual text messages. While I don’t see it being entirely beneficial via individual texts, I see this working very well in group messages.fullsizerender-22fullsizerender-20
  2. Camera, Digital Touch, App Store Buttons
    1. Camera – Sending pictures will now be different, but is pretty straight forward. You can now ‘mark up’ a photo with drawings, magnification, or text.img_4698
    2. Digital Touch – You can now send animated messages using your fingers! Send kisses, heartbeats using your pulse, and even draw over a video. To be honest, I’m not too sure what the purpose of this is for, but it’s fun to play around with.img_4697
    3. App Store – There is now a GIF keyboard that allows you to search and send GIFs right from your keyboard. I’m guilty of downloading Google Keyboard weeks ago in search of the swipe-text feature, so I’ve been spoiled with a pre-installed GIF keyboard anyways, but it’s nice to see that Apple has caught up on that part. You can send things via your managed app lists. I can see app developers getting creative with in-messaging-apps in the near future.img_4699
  3. Handwritten Notes
    1. This feature is somewhat hidden until you rotate your device to be viewed in landscape mode. You can now personalize a handwritten note or select pre-written ones to send to the recipient.img_4695
  4. Emojis
    1. Emojis have been added and changed. Now, if you type in a word that has a correlating emoji while on the emoji keyboard, it will light up in yellow and give you the option to replace it with the proper emoticon.fullsizerender-18
  5. Read Receipts
    1. You now have the option to turn on read receipts for individual text messages. This works well for parent-child dynamics – or for those “bad texters.” *insert proper emoji here*

While we’re probably missing others, these are the few  that stood out the most in the new iMessage. These new updates have added a whole new level of complexity, and I’m not too fond of the changes.

My teenage sister said it best: “It’s more like a game. It’s not even texting anymore.”

Lock/Home Screen

This is a change I can’t seem to get used to: no more swipe to open. I may be the only one left who actually enjoyed the swipe to open feature of iOS9, but that may be because it was too much of an inconvenience for me to use Touch ID or a passcode. However, swipe to open no longer exists.

  1. In place of swipe to open, you now must physically click the home button to unlock your phone. While many of you are already used to Touch ID, there is a quick fix to get it back to normal.

Settings → General → Accessibility → Home Button → Switch the toggle for ‘Rest Finger to Open’ (Open iPhone with Touch ID, without having to press the Home button)img_4701

     2.   Swipe Right to see a page of customizable widgets. Here, you can choose if you’d like to see weather, third-party app notifications or tasks. You have the ability to customize this page with what would be most helpful to you.img_4702

     3. Swipe Left to gain access to your camera. Unlike the older version where you were able to access the camera by sliding up, you can now just swipe to the left. Your phone does not need to be unlocked to access it. In addition to easy access, you no longer need to worry about your music being shut off when the camera is opened. Phew.

     4. You can now delete unwanted pre-installed apps! This is something I’m very excited about. Don’t use those ‘Find my Friends’ or ‘Videos’ apps? Get rid of ‘em.

     5. Also, prioritizing app installs is also an option. If you decided to update all of your apps at one time just to realize that you actually needed to use one, drag it up to the top of the list. Just long press any app that’s awaiting download and you’ll be prompted with a ‘Prioritize Downloads’ list.

      6. New flashlight modes! This one is pretty cool. Using force touch, hold the flashlight button down in the control center and select between low, medium or bright light.img_4700

Photos

  1. Facial Recognition tools make me nervous, no matter where they are. Facebook did it, so naturally, Apple does too. You can now search categories by face. I tested it out and it even separated pictures of myself: one category with sunglasses, one without. While this may come in handy while searching your camera roll for a birthday picture, I find it mildly creepy and invasive. But there’s just not much we can do about that…

While there are plenty of other updates and features, those are some we thought you should know about. If I had my choice, I would probably revert back to iOS 9. I’m not too fond of major changes like this – call me a creature of habit, but I enjoyed the simplicity of the lock screen and iMessage. Now, it all feels very game-like and quite honestly makes me feel child-like. However, there are some that I see being quite handy. Don’t take my word for it and try it out for yourself. If you’ve upgraded to iOS 10, let us know your thoughts!

The happiest thing to come of all this is that I can still say I have my headphone jack… #iPhone6Plus #RIPHeadphoneJack

Meet Charlie, your (free) new meeting assistant

Have you ever spent a significant amount of time researching exactly who you’ll be speaking with at your next big meeting? Perhaps you Googled them or maybe even combed through Facebook or LinkedIn for hours with little to no avail. If this is you, Charlie might just be your answer. Charlie, a newly designed website/iOS app, may save you from face-palming at your next meeting while you think “I should’ve known that.” By helping you stay well informed, you’re sure to make a killer impression at the next meeting.charlie-logo-blue-on-transparent-vertical-e3de7fb52c2ac77d20b52dd9a435c410c39f9943672d905441dc08574d4eedea

Acting as your personal assistant, Charlie syncs with your Google Calendar and researches fellow meeting members on your behalf. This minimally invasive searching technique doesn’t dig too deep but provides you with key information such as who they are, what company they work for, if they’ve been in the news recently, and anything you might need to congratulate them on. The information that Charlie provides is the same info that you would find yourself if you had searched them on the web, but Charlie’s goal is to save you a few hours and provide it all in one place.

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Pictured above is Charlie’s free iOS app. This gives you access to Briefs, LinkedIn profiles, Twitter, Companies, etc.

 

By syncing your calendar to your account, your meetings are logged ahead of time and Charlie is able to do his research and email you key information before you’re set to walk in. Mimicking a true personal assistant, Charlie is able to provide you information (names, news, and even analytics) either through the app or via email.Capture1

Capture We gave Charlie a try and were very impressed by what he could do. If you’ve got a meeting coming up that you plan on crushing, you might want to bring on a new handy dandy helper (for free!). You’ll be sure begin building that professional relationship and leave a lasting impression on those you meet.

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