One of the best new features in iOS 8 is Extensions – which allow 3rd party apps to interact and hook into each other to a degree never seen before in iOS. This has been available in Android for years, and it’s a huge time-saver and productivity boost to now have it on iOS.
Plenty of apps have been updated to use iOS 8 extensions, but one of those that I find most useful is Pocket – the excellent ‘read it later’ app – because there are numerous things I want to save to Pocket on a daily basis. Before iOS 8 extensions you could only save things to Pocket in apps that connected to your Pocket account for authorization, and there was a very limited number of such apps.
Now sharing to Pocket is widely available in iOS 8. You can share to it directly from Safari, one of the ideal places for read it later type content.
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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.
Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s pick is Pimp Your Screen, a long-time favorite here that offers custom themes, backgrounds and wallpapers for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
There are lots of places you can find good iPad wallpapers, but the Pimp Your Screen app is one of the most frequently updated sources, and has been for years.
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Microsoft has announced some very good news for iPad and iOS fans of their Office suite – you can now use free versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint to create and edit Office documents on iOS devices, with no more requirement to have an Office 365 subscription.
As Apple Insider reports, there are still some substantial benefits for Office 365 users though:
Of course, not all editing functions are available without an Office 365 subscription. Upgrading gives users more advanced functions, including more change tracking features, unlimited OneDrive storage, unlimited paragraph styles, improved chart, table and picture formatting tools, advanced collaboration capabilities, and more.
The updated Office for iOS suite also gives Office 365 subscribers the ability to open, edit and save their documents from popular cloud storage service Dropbox. The basic Office 365 Home subscription costs $9.99 per month.
Apart from being great news for iOS users, I think this a smart move by Microsoft. They were very late in making Office available on the iPad and there are a number of good alternative apps around for working with Office type documents – some of them free or lower-priced than Office for iPad originally was. I like a lot of the moves Microsoft has made since their new CEO, Satya Nadella, took over.
You can see more detail on Microsoft’s plans for Office on mobile devices at this Office Blogs post.
As Gizmodo and a slew of others have noted on mid-term election night CNN found a special purpose for their Microsoft Surface tablets on their anchor desks:
Last night, CNN wasn’t just covering the mid-term elections. It was also pimping the Surface Pro 3, conspicuously placing a kickstand-ed unit in front of a bunch of its commentators. The catch? They were actually just being used as iPad stands.
You couldn’t make this stuff up. Too funny.