Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 13 June 2014

On June 13, 2014

Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news!

Developing iOS8 Apps Using Swift – Create a To-Do Application – In this iOS8 Swift Tutorial, I will show you how to create a To-Do like application using Swift, the new programming language from Apple. This tutorial is based on the Objective-C Counterpart over on the Apple Website

5 underrated iPhone apps with hidden functions you need to know about – What: It isn’t just a one-trick pony for outdoorsy types only. Nah, homeowners will find the Compass app useful too. How: Open up the app, do the 5-second roll around calibration and you get the usual compass. But there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Huge iPad Mini Deals for Father’s Day – The iPad mini deals keep rolling in ahead of Father’s Day as another retailer offers an iPad mini price cut to those in the hunt for a brand new Apple tablet. Deals on Apple products are few and far between which means that when they happen, consumers would be wise to at least give them a look.

Siri has some cool new tricks in iOS 8 – Siri has come a long way from its overwhelming debut video to its underwhelming actual debut, but it got better. As time has gone by, Siri has become a useful tool for iOS, able to find you information and be charming all at the same time.

iOS 8 is hiding a split-screen app mode in its code – WWDC came and went without a single breath mentioning the split-screen multitasking mode in iOS 8 that was rumored to be on the way, but iPad users hoping for more productivity features might be in luck after all.

Skype 5.0 for iPhone available now…for real this time – We showed you an early behind-the-scenes look at Skype’s major update to its iPhone app including an interview earlier this week, and today Microsoft says that update will officially roll out to users.

Tado smart thermostat adds HomeKit, SmartThings, hue & more – Smart thermostat Tado is reinventing itself as a smart home hub, adding Apple HomeKit support among other things, and taking on Nest and Honeywell’s new Lyric in the process. Finishing its Kickstarter campaign today with $54k more than it hoped for, Tado started out as a way to easily control aftermarket AC units, but has already evolved into something that can connect with lighting, A/V equipment, and the cloud.

Cydia Updated to v1.1.10 Released By Saurik – Cydia version 1.1.10 : Today saurik has released an updated version of Cydia that is easier and faster to use, with new features, a better-organized user interface, bug fixes, an iOS 7 styled icon, translations for additional languages, and more.

Where to for Dropbox after the iCloud bombshell? -It’s no surprise that Dropbox has been frantically working to ship products that aren’t a commodity cloud syncing service.

How to watch FIFA World Cup 2014 live on Apple TV – With just a day left for the FIFA World Cup 2014 to kick off, everyone is busy buying popcorn and coke and figuring out the best way to enjoy the game. For Apple TV users, seeing the clash of legs on their HDTVs is a tempting option.

Uber sees App Store Success As Taxi Drivers Begin to Protest in Europe – Earlier today thousands of cab drivers took to the streets for large-scale protests over the famous ride sharing company, Uber. Protests in London, Madrid, and Berlin over the use of a mobile app to handle payments have forced a gridlocked stop. With all the commotion, however, Uber is seeing substantial gains in the App Store.

Apple Expanding Curation To More European App Store Categories – As first reported by The Guardian today, Apple has expanded human curation on the European App Store to seven additional categories, adopting the same custom layout with curated sections and recommendations that was first introduced in the US Store in late 2012.

Ringly introduces new iPhone-connected smart ring – New startup Ringly seeks to help solve a problem that many busy women have: missing important phone calls, texts or notifications because they cannot hear their phone go off in their purse, or find the phone quickly enough to get to it. Personally, I’ve run into this problem several times.