Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 23 May 2014

On May 23, 2014

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

Scanbot goes free for 24 hours – Our favorite iPhone scanner app, Scanbot, can now be downloaded free of charge for a limited time. The PDF creator and annotator is optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch, and usually carries a price tag of $1.99.

Apple offering free shipping – Apple has just launched a new special offer through its online store for Fathers Day offering free shipping on all purchases through Thursday, May 29th. While the company typically provides free shipping for orders $50 and up, this limited-time special covers everything that may not reach that price point, such as cases or other accessories.

Marco Polo, find your iPhone by shouting at it – If you’re like me, you spend a fair amount of time looking for your iPhone. Did it fall between the couch cushions, or is it still in a pants pocket? Marco Polo (US$0.99) can solve that problem and find your iPhone in a jiffy.

Boba Fett Star Wars movie will be written by Mac & iPad game writer – Disney has announced the screenwriter-director combo who will helm the new Star Wars standalone film. The writer will be Gary Whitta, a tech nerd turned screenwriter who has written the dialogue to some of the best adventure games on the Mac and iPad. As for the director? He’s behind the number one movie at the box office right now, Godzilla.

Pixelmator 3.2 is out – After previewing Pixelmator 3.2 a little more than a month ago, the team on Thursday released the updated software for public consumption. Bumped to version 3.2, Pixelmator’s ‘Sandstone’ update is now available free in the Mac App Store to those who own this popular Photoshop alternative for the Mac. The headline new feature: a much improved Repair tool.

MIT creates Camouflage generator – Designed to hide urban eyesores like electrical boxes in lush green parks, or an air conditioner sitting outside a historic building, the algorithm uses a series of images—taken at various angles around the object—to generate a camouflage pattern that can be turned into a covering.

Office for iPad Design Manager Talks About Design Process – Microsoft’s design manager for Office for iPad has posted an interesting piece discussing the company’s design philosophy behind the software. The software, released back in March, has been well received by both users and critics. It’s seen more than 27 million downloads and has already seen a significant update to add features that weren’t ready for launch.

Top Five Free Mac Screen recorders – If you spend lots of time conducting tutorials, it can get a bit frustrating when you have difficulty in getting your point across to your audience. After all, certain things just can’t be explained through images and text.