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iPhone 5 battery replacement, Healthkit, free writer apps, Vine’s new tools, Secret, Fudget, iOS 7, Max Gentleman


Apple activates iPhone 5 battery replacement program, to swap out affected parts for free — Apple on Friday announced a free replacement program for iPhone 5 batteries after discovering certain units sold during a five-month period after the product’s launch in 2012 contain faulty components.

HealthKit is expanding the program
HealthKit is expanding the program

Apple Adds Humana, UnitedHealth to HealthKit Discussions — Apple is continuing to expand its circle of potential HealthKit partners with dialogs now happening with both Humana and UnitedHealth Group. Both companies are big-name health insurance providers, and the talks could mean Apple is hoping HealthKit will be part of the incentive programs carriers offer for subscribers who actively work to stay healthy.

Two free iOS writing and note apps — Vern Seward found his default writing app on iPad, WriteRoom, is no longer supported on that platform. So he went looking for other writing apps to fill that void.

Vine adds new editing tools and imported camera roll videos to iOS app — Vine for iOS has just received a massive new update the finally gives the video app equal footing with its rival Instagram. For the first time on Vine you can now create posts using video clips from your device’s camera roll, and then edit them to make your clip into the short film of your dreams.

Secret app to restrict photo uploads, block posts with real names in update — Anonymous social networking app Secret on Friday announced a number of changes to be introduced in its next update, including photo upload limitations and more aggressive restrictions on using real names in posts. The app has just been banned in Brazil over concerns of cyber-bullying. [It’s a digital anonymous confessional.]

Fudget uncomplicates money management — Fudget, currently free in the App Store and available for both the iPhone and the iPad running iOS 7.0 or later, is built for simplicity. This isn’t an app that’s loaded with features. It’s streamlined and focused on taking the complications out of managing your money.

While 91% of Apple users run iOS 7, five different versions of Android hold 10%+ share — The latest mobile operating system statistics show that Google’s Android is more fragmented than ever, with three different versions of the platform representing two-thirds of all devices, while Apple’s latest version of iOS runs on 91% of iPhones and iPads.

Max Gentlemen — The game Max Gentlemen has charted an odd, winding path to the App Store. Its creation was prompted by the subject line of a spam email before the game’s makers even had a proper studio formed, then took the form of a dating sim of sorts (that was put on hold), and was later turned into a hat-stacking game for a drinking-themed game jam, which led the game to be hosted in an arcade cabinet in a busy Chicago bar. It’s free and Universal.

New and interesting apps


NodeBeat visual music
NodeBeat visual music

NodeBeat’s stunning visual music creation — NodeBeat describes itself as “the intuitive and fun visual music app for all ages.” The app, available on iPhone for NZ$1.29 and separately on iPad as NodeBeat HD for $3.79, uses visual “nodes” to build rhythms. Generator nodes send a pulse to its connected notes and the notes then emit sound. The more nodes you drag onto the screen, the more complex your rhythm will be. It sounds advanced, but the learning curve is delightfully minimal.

Timeful for iOS helps you make time for the things you want to do — Timeful for iOS is an innovative app for managing your time, tasks lists, and habits in one place. Where most apps tackle one of the three or provide a task list feature within a calendar app, Timeful actively works to integrate all of those in a way that helps ensure you make the time for the things you want and need to do, for free.

Qwingle is a calendar app built for families and teens — Qwingle, requires iOS 7 and is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s a family focused calendar app that might be just the thing you need to manage back to school schedules.
First off, this app is designed to be basic, fun and visually appealing. Its main focus is tracking social events. Think of Qwingle like one of those family planning wall calendars with cute stickers and brightly colored labels.

Brazil tries to ban Secret — A Brazilian judge has ordered Apple and Google to not only remove anonymous social networking app Secret from their app stores, but also remotely wipe the software from devices in the country. The app lets you anonymously publish secret things you did, and apparently the interest is anti-bullying.

Overcast is an excellent podcast app with one big problem — It doesn’t handle streaming. But the sound quality is excellent.

Guest Pass for iOS 7 allows access to your wi-fi network without revealing the password — The way it works is that a special, encrypted configuration file is sent to the recipient who must be using iOS 5 or later or iOS 10.7 or later.

Google’s Photo Sphere app now on iOS and not just Android — Photo Sphere is no longer an Android exclusive. Google released the app for iOS users today, calling it Photo Sphere Camera. It’s free, and a nice way to create immersive 360 degree photos.

Sentinel 4: Dark Star is a tower defense star — Strategy and upgrades are at the forefront in Sentinel 4: Dark Star, a tower defence game that challenges players to think on their feet in campaigns. There are 26 maps in the game, each with their own interesting challenges. Some of these challenges include limited locations to set turrets up at and other unique strategy requirements. Sentinel 4 is compatible with iOS devices running 5.1.1 or later.