It has been an interesting week for updates in the AppStore as four applications released major changes in them. Whether its making some of their services free or updating their user interfaces, this post has it covered.
This application has been a staple on my iOS devices because of its simple interface and minimalist look. Even though I'm always online now, I still keep some articles offline to read the content in detail. The application offers premium subscription in the past but that has been updated this week. You can now use the application's premium services which include Full-Text Search, Unlimited Notes, Text-to-Speech Playlists and Speed Reading. According to the update as well, existing Instapaper Premium users, will be offered prorated refunds for their current subscription. They will no longer be billed for Instapaper Premium.
Another application that I've downloaded before on my iOS devices is LastPass. I tried this before since its one of the recommended password managers that is free. It's also a nice application to use since its cross platform. I use the LastPass extension in Google Chrome on my Windows machine. Unfortunately, syncing across platforms is only offered as a premium service and that has monthly cost before. Now, with the latest update, LastPass is now free on all your devices in any platform. This app is highly recommended.
If you want to automate frequently used tasks on your connected devices, IFTTT is the go to app for it. For example, I've setup this application to share photos seamlessly from Instagram to my other social media accounts, monitor price drops to Mac applications and post Twitter updates of my Fitbit stats online, that's just how convenient this app is once you start using it. You can try it out for free on your iOS device. You can also check out their site for commonly used applets you can try on.
Uber has been updated with a new look this week and making the app experience faster, smarter and more personal. The app has been rebuilt for speed and simplicity. Here's a quick overview from the AppStore:
- Start with your destination: now, when you open the app, we ask you one question first – Where to? Because where you’re going is the most crucial thing – especially when you’re in a hurry.
- Save time with smart shortcuts: to speed up your pickup, the new app takes into account your ride history and makes suggestions based on where you are and the time of day.
- Know before you go: with upfront fares for most trips, you can compare the total cost of each option. Enabling you to always pick the right ride for the occasion.
- Manage your trip in one place: your trip feed shows you everything you need to know about the ride, including driver details and arrival time. You can also split the cost of the ride with friends. Or share your trip live with loved ones so they can follow your journey.