Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 18 July 2014

On July 18, 2014

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

Bill Campbell steps down from Apple board, replaced with BlackRock’s Sue Wagner – Apple announced today that longtime board member Bill Campbell is stepping down after 17 years of service. In his place steps in Susan Wagner, the co-founder of the global investment management company BlackRock.

Hours, the world’s simplest time-tracking app from former Apple Design Award winner Tapity – Anyone who has ever had the misfortune to have to use a corporate hours-tracking/billing system will know that they typically give every impression of being designed by an enraged gorilla working to a spec provided by a sadistic accountant.

Nine things everyone should know how to do with a spreadsheet – If your job (or even your personal life) requires you to do anything substantial with numbers, chances are you use a spreadsheet app to do it.

Buffer releases official app for Mac, lets you add to your queue from the menu bar – Buffer has released its first official app for the Mac today, bringing an easy way to add content to your Buffer queue right from the menu bar. Buffer already lets you share social media updates from multiple accounts at once via its web, iOS, and Android clients, but now you can do much the same via Mac OS X.

Facebook’s got a new app and you (probably) can’t have it – Though Facebook’s origins were in exclusivity, serving only college students for some time, the service has since expanded out to billions of people around the world. Today, Facebook’s launching a new approach to exclusivity.

30 Amazing and Best iPhone Wallpapers HD – The world becomes technical day by day. Every day, lots of new gadgets have been launched in the market by different gadget manufacturers.

Amazon readying $9.99 a month Kindle Unlimited service with 600,000+ e-books and audiobooks – Amazon has been testing a new subscription service dubbed “Kindle Unlimited,” said to bring unlimited access to 600,000 e-books and thousands of audiobooks on any device for a flat fee of just ten bucks per month.

Move over Siri and Cortana: BlackBerry’s, um, ‘Assistant’ is here – BlackBerry has formally unveiled a voice-powered assistant due to appear on its BB10 devices later this year. Imaginatively named er, “BlackBerry Assistant”, the speech software hooks into web searches, social media and basic phone functions, like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Now.

Apple boosts iCloud email encryption to keep out snoopers – Apple has added extra protection to iCloud’s outgoing email, making it harder for hackers, the NSA, or any other malicious spying groups to get their digits on your messages.

PayPal updates iOS app to version 5.5, now lets users add loyalty cards, plus more – Overtaking an entire market takes time, and PayPal has been at it for quite some time, but they are obviously not slowing down anytime soon. The company has just released a new version of their iOS-based app, and with it, a new way to pay for your favorite things.

Continuity Keypad adds a dialer to Yosemite for iPhone Handoff calls – Anyone testing iPhone Handoff calling on OS X Yosemite, Apple’s latest Mac operating system, have probably noticed one major detail missing: a dialer. Student developers Eytan Schulman and Harrison Weinerman have created a very useful utility called Continuity Keypad that solves that proble.

5 Wireframe Tools You Should Know About – Wireframe tools can be a life saver, and you know why? When starting off with creating an application or website you have an image in your head of how you’ll want it to look.

20 resources to help you design an iPhone app – When you’re a designer, ready made resources are fantastic to have at hand and available to be used when needed. Designing an app from scratch can be hard work, especially when you don’t have the basics.

Today’s apps gone free: Orderly, Scurvy Scallywags, SuperFoodsRX and more – Keep your life in order with Orderly. We also have a match-three RPG that will have you plundering to become the master of the seas, and a reference app that will teach you about superfoods.