Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 28 February 2014

On February 28, 2014

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

Stunning iOS 8 Mission Control Concept – Just as we have seen many concepts and redesign ideas before the launch of iOS 7, designers and developers have started thinking about iOS 8. With Apple’s WWDC getting closer, more concepts and designs of Apple products and softwares are appearing on various sites.

Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5 with compatibility improvements and bug fixes – Apple has released an update for iTunes this afternoon, bringing the software to version 11.1.5. Don’t get too excited though, it appears to just be a maintenance release with only a handful of improvements.

Apple releases update to fix security flaw – IF you own an Apple computer, you need to download this security patch. Now. After security experts spent the past few days warning Apple was being slow to move on a potential dangerous security flaw, Apple has released a security patch for Mac OS computers

Great Brands Sweat the Small Stuff – Great brands may think big, but they sweat the small stuff. They know that all the little things they do or fail to do in person shape brand perceptions far more than the big things they claim through mass media. So they design their customer experiences down to last detail, and usually appeal to as many of the five human senses as possible, since they know those experiences are so much more impactful, distinctive, and memorable than any advertising or marketing program they could run.

Tips on Getting Featured in the iTunes App Store – Every designer/developer that ever worked with an app dreams of getting featured in the iTunes App Store. It doesn’t matter if you are launching a small app you developed over winter to solve a simple problem or if you are launching the app you believe it will change the world, you certainly already pictured the magical moment where you would see your dear app featured on iTunes, under Apple’s spotlight, receiving a lot of attention and being seen by a lot more people.

Even after OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks update, users still complaining about Mail issues – It’s safe to say that Mail in OS X Mavericks has been the new operating system’s least impressive point. Since launch, users have been complaining about issues relating to Gmail accounts, stability, and overall synchronization.

8 Companies Apple Should Buy Next (If They Have Any Sense) – But seriously, folks, nothing makes you feel like you’re living the 2000 dotcom bubble all over again than by waking up to hear Facebook bought a free messaging app for more cheddar than most companies could ever dream of making in 100 years.

5 gorgeous iPhone apps you need to check out right now – The perfect app. It serves its purpose and does its job well, but it also features a user interface that it unique, intuitive and beautiful. Too many software developers forget (or ignore) good design in their apps, so I want to make sure that we reward the developers who make the extra effort to dazzle users.

11 Inspiring Mobile App Websites – I always like when I find beautiful and well designed mobile app websites. To me, delivering a beautiful site for an app shows that the designer/developer cares about its users and product, so much so that besides developing the app, they go the extra mile in promoting the app and spreading the word about it.

Google Hangouts 2.0 For iOS 7 Released, Adds Full Support For iPad And More – The official Google Hangouts app for iOS has been around for quite a while, and has received a ton of changes since its very inception. And today sees the app being updated to version 2.0, bringing with it a bunch of new cool features and changes.

Gestr: The coolest way to launch apps on your jailbroken iPhone, iPad – Mathew Husskov, developer of Gestr, the Mac app that lets you open applications or bookmarks with gestures, has recently released a jailbreak tweak by the same name for iOS devices on Cydia.

ABC to live stream the Oscars via its iOS ‘Watch’ app this Sunday – ABC has said that it is going to stream the complete Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday to mobile phones. The network has long offered highlights of the event on mobile, but this is the first time it’ll stream the event live.

ESPN brings 15 new college sports channels to Roku and the Apple TV – ESPN is adding 15 new college sports channels to its WatchESPN service and bringing them to the Apple TV and Roku devices, reports Variety. The channels will debut with live men’s and women’s basketball and will  continue throughout the year with other sports, including college football in the fall.

Apple Missing February Ship Date on Some Early Mac Pro Orders – The new Mac Pro has apparently been a huge success — to the point that some customers still haven’t received units that they ordered way back in January and December. As you might recall, Apple said at the time that orders wouldn’t ship until February, and that’s a problem since we only have a few hours left in the month.