Notable new and updated apps for November 16, 2012
It was a busy day in the App Store with a bunch of updates for popular apps such as Google's Blogger App. There were also several new apps for iOS and OS X that are worth a mention. You can check out our comprehensive list of new apps and notable updates below.
iOS and OS X Updates
Letterpress [iOS Universal, Category: Games, Free] Find words, steal tiles, color the board! Letterpress is a fresh new word game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Play against your friends using Game Center.
- Rematch! (requires iOS 6 or newer)
- Option to silence sounds. FYI I worked really hard on those sounds. No, no, go ahead, turn off the sounds if you want.
- Added words to the dictionary (and removed a few goofs).
- Fixed "Tell a Friend" via Facebook. People use Facebook?
- Clearer instructions. Yes, days of the week are proper nouns. No, they are not allowed.
- Handle servers errors a bit better. CROSS YOUR FINGERS THAT'S SOME GNARLY CODE.
- Less bugs! Not that I'm saying there were any bugs before. But there are definitely fewer now.
- Fixed syncing deleted games across devices.
- Tiles are now tappier when you tap tiles fast. Tap tappity tap tap.
- I like cookies.
- Send Game Center friend requests right from the app! Holy moly! So cool! Friend your friends with the friendlier friender!
- In-app purchases are less forgetful.
- Does anybody read these? Helloooooo?
Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $2.99] Air combat game with single player campaigns and multiplayer modes.
- Added new campaign
- Added Party mode
The Magazine [iOS Universal, Category: News, Free] A magazine for people who love technology, especially the internet, mobile, truly great personal computers, and related fields influenced by technology such as photography, publishing, music, and even coffee.
- Improved legibility on iPad mini
- Better in-app-purchase flow
- Many small bugfixes and improvements
- Share links within articles or send them to Instapaper
- Share selected text from articles
- Post to App.net with Netbot if you have Netbot installed
- New Settings screen: manage your subscription, choose from installed web browsers for opening links (supports Safari, Chrome, Opera Mini, iCab Mobile, Grazing, Mercury, Dolphin, and Terra)
WhatsApp [iPhone, Category: Social Networking, $0.99] WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone and all other smartphones.
- iPhone 5 and iOS 6 improvements
Weber's On the Grill [iPhone, Category: Food & Drink, $4.99] Weber's On the Grill features 280 classic Weber recipes plus 40 recipes for rubs, marinades, and sauces.
- Updated for iOS 5.1 support
- 25 new recipes
- International support
Weather for iPad [iPad, Category: Weather, $0.99] Visual weather and temperature information wherever you find yourself in the world.
- Sunrise / Sunset times now showing on iOS6.
Open Table [iPhone, Category: Food & Drink, Free] With OpenTable for iPhone you can make free restaurant reservations at more than 20,000 OpenTable-enabled restaurants in the United States and Canada.
- Now you can log in with your Facebook account for an even easier way to book a table!
- Improved default locations when you're searching for a specific restaurant
- Bigger photos on search results
- And other bug fixes and performance enhancements
I Learn With Boing: Ocean Adventures! [iOS Universal, Category: Education, Free] Your child will learn and practice key language skills such as vocabulary, listening comprehension and sentence formation while playing with lovely underwater animals!
- Some modifications to better help your children in the games
Coach's Eye [iOS Universal, Category: Sports, $2.99] Coach's Eye provides the most effective way for anyone to coach or learn form and technique. Improve your pitcher's fastball, straighten your golf swing, easily break down a volleyball serve, improve soccer skills, or even demonstrate weightlifting form.
- Record, Import and Analyze HD video.
- Zoom video up to 5x during analysis. Drawing line size is proportional to zoom level.
- Double tap to zoom in / out. Pinch to zoom for maximum zoom level control. Single finger pan while zoomed in.
- Export crystal clear zoomed videos (pixel for pixel). New 360p, 16:9 export aspect ratio.
- Video loops while scrubbing with the flywheel.
- New upload progress bar for video shares.
- iOS 6 Facebook support. Share to individuals, groups or your wall. Facebook sharing reliability is greatly improved.
- Misc. optimizations and bug fixes.
Amplitube [iPhone, Category: Music, $19.99] Turn your iPhone and iPod touch into a mobile guitar and bass multi-effect processor and mobile recording studio.
- Enhanced user interface for iPhone 5
Fantastical [OS X, Category: Productivity, $19.99] Presenting the calendar app you'll actually enjoy using on your Mac.
- Fixed crash when using Outlook
- Fixed crash when editing tasks
- Fixed "Last selected calendar" preference not sticking
- Improved handling of quoted text when entering sentences
- Darker calendar colors are now more visible in the event list
- Various fixes and improvements
Call of Duty: Black Ops [OS X, Category: Games, $49.99] Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Mac takes players to conflicts across the globe as elite Black Ops forces fight in the deniable operations and secret wars that occurred under the veil of the Cold War.
- **IMPORTANT: Starting 11/15/2012, in order to play multiplayer, users MUST upgrade to version 1.16. Users will NOT lose their multiplayer stats when upgrading.**
- Access to the new Annihilation & Escalation DLC Bundle via in-app purchase.
New iOS and OS X apps
Blux Camera for iPad [iPad, Category: Photo & Video, $0.99] Blux Camera for iPad allows you to unlock the iPad's powerful photographic capability.
Cooking with Paula Deen [iOS Universal, Category: Lifestyle, Free (Magazine subscription required)] Cooking with Paula Deen magazine gives readers more of what they love from the queen of southern cooking, Paula Deen.
PicsPlay Pro [iOS Universal, Category: Photo & Video, $0.99] PicsPlay Pro is a universal photo editor with optimized user interfaces for both iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch devices.
Software Updatesmore updates
- Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support
- OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 updates now available
- Sports Illustrated 120 SPORTS channel comes to Apple TV
- Logic Pro X update brings AirDrop support, new effects, tools, and more
- Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager, computer-to-computer remote access
- The Google Translate iOS app is about to get a lot smarter