Microsoft has updated its SkyDrive app for iOS. The updated app adds the option to automatically back up photos and videos to SkyDrive and has improved integration with the Office Mobile and OneNote apps.
The new SkyDrive app has been redesigned to fit in with iOS 7 and includes performance improvements and bug fixes. Download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Microsoft has also updated the SkyDrive web client. Users can now see a preview of what their photos will look like before they share on Facebook, and they can choose to upload to existing albums and set permissions before uploading.
Microsoft is currently in the process of changing the name of SkyDrive, in accordance to their settlement with BSkyB over the “Sky” trademark. There are reports they have internally renamed SkyDrive to NewDrive, similar to how they renamed Hotmail to NewMail, before deciding on the final name.
Apple has released iOS 7.0.4, which fixes an issue that caused FaceTime calls to fail for some users. The update also fixes other unspecified issues. Apple also redesigned iBooks for iOS 7 to fit in better, removing the wooden bookshelf. Download it here.
Apple has added new collaboration features to iWork for iCloud beta. Users can see cursors and selections for everyone in a document and watch images and shapes animate as they are moved around. Links can be used to instantly jump to a cursor.
There is also new options to print documents directly from the Tools menu and organise documents in folders. Numbers has new options to reorder sheets and create hyperlinks and Keynote has an option to skip slides during playback. Learn more on the Apple website here.
Microsoft and Xamarin have teamed up to bring iOS and Android development to Visual Studio 2013. C# developers can use Portable Class Libraries (PCLs) to share code across devices.
There is special pricing and a 90-day trial available for MSDN subscribers and free training through Xamarin University. Learn more on the Xamarin blog here.
Google has announced upcoming improvements to its image tools in Google+. Through deep learning, Google will be able to automatically add thousands more keywords to make untagged images easier to find.
Auto-enhance has finer controls that can be applied on an album-by-album basis. New HDR Scape and Analog Efex Pro settings can be used to apply various camera effects to images.
Auto Awesome has new options to merge multiple photos of an object in motion into a single photo and automatically create a video with background track using selected videos and images. Google+ for iOS will also be updated soon to automatically upload full-resolution images.
Google is also expanding the availability of custom URLs in Google+. Users who have a profile photo, at least 10 followers and an account that is at least 30 days old can apply for a custom URL. Learn more on the Google+ website here.
Twitter has announced it has added new Sessions and Time Travel features to its Vine app for Android and iOS. The Sessions feature adds a new button in the bottom-right corner that can be used to save drafts of up to ten posts to work on later.
The Time Travel feature can then be used to remove, reorganise or replace any shot in a draft before it is shared. Learn more on the Vine Blog here and download the updated app for iOS from the iTunes store here or for Android from Google Play here.
Microsoft has updated its Bing Sports and Bing Weather apps for Windows Phone 8. Bing Sports displays top headlines, scores, schedules, standings and stats for 30 new sports including tennis, rugby, NASCAR, LPGA, and Champions League soccer.
Bing Weather now displays information about weather conditions at ski resorts around the worlds. The live tile displays current conditions, wind speed and precipitation as well as a 5-day forecast.
There is also a new option to display weather information on the lock screen. Learn more on the Windows Phone Blog here. Using Windows Phone 8? Download Bing Sports here and Bing Weather here.
Microsoft has also released Remote Desktop apps that can be used to securely connect to a Windows PC from an iPhone, iPad or Android device using the Remove Desktop Protocol and RemoteFX. Download the iOS app here and Android app here.
Microsoft has updated its SkyDrive app for iOS. When viewing an Office document, a new Edit link can be used to open the document in Office Mobile. Learn more on the Office 365 Technology blog here and download the update on the iTunes store here.
Microsoft has announced Student Advantage. Starting in December, any institution worldwide that licenses Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for their staff can provide their students access to Office 365 ProPlus for free. Learn more here.
Yahoo has redesigned its Mail app for iOS, Android and Windows. The new design has transparency and parallax effects similar to those in iOS 7. Users can choose a theme with a solid colour or Flickr image that will be synced between their devices.
All the features of Mail Plus are now available for free to all users. This means every user now has 1TB of mail storage, disposable email addresses, POP email and mail forwarding. The cost to remove ads is now $49.99 a year or $19.99 for existing users.
The sidebar on the left can now be collapsed to icons without text, there are more shortcuts to ‘star’ emails, conversation threads can now be previewed using a downward chevron, the compose window has been redesigned and there are reply links at the bottom of threads. Learn more on the Yahoo Mail website here.
Yahoo has also updated its Flickr app for iOS 7. The updated app automatic uploads full-resolution copies of the camera roll to Yahoo’s servers with sharing set to private by default. Photos can also be automatically straightened using the Flickr Editor. Download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Apple has released iOS 7.0.2. The update fixes a bug that could be exploited to bypass the passcode and access the iPhone’s stored photos and the email and Web services used to share them. The update also brings back the Greek keyboard option for entering a passcode. Learn more on the 9to5 Mac blog here.
Apple has also announced they have expanded the available of AppleCare+ for iPhone 5 users. Previously, users could only get their iPhone repaired in the country of purchase. Now, users can get their iPhone repaired in any country that sells the same phone. Learn more on TechCrunch here.
Google has announced that it changed the underlying technology of its search engine to Hummingbird about a month ago. This change makes it possible for Google to answer more complex questions.
There is a new comparison feature in Knowledge Graph can be used to compare foods, dog breeds, planets and many other objects. A new filter feature can be used in search results to, for example, view only impressionist or abstract artists.
Google has also announced it will update its search app for iOS in the next couple of weeks. The update will add the new card-based UI that Google has been copying across its services. It will also add device-wide notifications and voice reminders. Learn more on the Inside Search blog here.
Recently, Google added hashtag support in the US and Canada. For example, when searching for #hashtags, the right side of search results may contain Google+ posts shared with the user or shared publicly with that tag. Learn more in the Google+ post here.
It is now 15 years since Google Search was released. To celebrate, Google has added a piñata game as the doodle and it has added an Easter egg to its search engine. Search for Google in 1998 to see what the search engine looked like.