8th in patents, Twitterific, Adobe Slate, Windows Phone, Scanbot, Microsoft Outlook

Apple ranks 8th on list of companies granted mobile device patents for 2014 — Apple last year placed eighth in a list of companies granted the most mobile patents, above most of the industry but below some of its chief rivals, a new market report revealed on Thursday.

Twitterrific 5.10 for iPhone adds muting, muffling, drafts and more — Iconfactory has released Twitterrific 5.10 for iPhone (free with in-app purchases) with some very nice new features, including drafts, muffle and mute.

Adobe Slate takes another stab at ‘visual stories’ — Adobe just launched a new iPad app that aims to make anyone feel like a magazine editor. Slate is available now as a free app for iPad.

An iPhone user’s (surprisingly positive) experience with Windows Phone — Kirk McElhearn is pleasantly surprised. [And not April Fooled?]

Update to popular Scanbot app adds two powerful integrations — The app just received an update to version 3.7, and the developers added some extremely powerful integrations to the mix.

Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS with new address book, calendar improvements — The busy iOS developers at Microsoft have released an update to Outlook that features a new address book and improvements to calendar.