Next iOS might go Public Beta, OneNote gets OCR, 25 years of Photoshop, FitBit Surge, Audio puzzler

Adobe reckons its future is mobile.
Adobe reckons its future is mobile.

Apple looking at public beta for iOS 8.3, iOS 9 — Apple’s public beta program for OS X Yosemite was quite successful, providing many Mac users who aren’t developers with the opportunity to try out the latest desktop operating system while increasing the size of the pool of testers. 9to5Mac is reporting Apple’s considering a similar public test of the upcoming iOS 8.3 beta (due in another month or so) and iOS 9, which will presumably arrive later this year.

Microsoft OneNote gets handwriting support on the iPad, OCR everywhere — Microsoft recently announced a major feature update to OneNote for Apple’s slate, adding a standard feature found on OneNote’s other platforms: digital pen support. The latest version of OneNote for iPad brings handwriting and drawing, allowing you to make sketches on your slate.

At its 25th birthday for Photoshop, Adobe looks to mobile as key for the next 25 years — Photoshop starting shipping for Macs this week 25 years ago. After changing the world (and becoming a verb), what’s next? Mobile
Meanwhile, Photoshop is toasting its achievement with a 60-second spot that will air during this Sunday’s Academy Awards. The ad spotlights works of art from Behance, Adobe’s collective of Photoshop creators, and also shows which tools were used to create certain effects.

Fitbit Surge, an iPhone-connected health & fitness tracker —  Neil Hughes  writes “For iPhone users seeking a wrist-worn fitness tracker with GPS, heart rate monitoring, and multiple-day battery life, the Fitbit Surge is a good tweener’ device — not quite a smartwatch, but much more functional than a basic wearable.

Audio puzzler for iOS, Dark Echo, is all sorts of creepy — You can’t see anything. You take a step. You hear the sound travel through a long hallway, and come back to you … this is a very interesting take on a game that will have you straining your ears. It’s NZ$2.59.