The Chrome browser app for iPad and iPhone has been updated today, to Version 25.0.1364.86 – using Google’s hilarious update numbering scheme.
The update brings just a small number of enhancements and a some unspecified bug fixes. Here’s the full change list for it:
Long press on the back button to quickly access any page in your tab history
Share a web page via Messages
And of course: stability / security improvements and bug fixes
There’s also said to be some search improvements on the way, though not all the way rolled out yet:
If you’re using Chrome on your iPhone or iPad, searching with Google just got even easier. Now you can see your search term in the omnibox, instead of the long search URL. This will help you refine search queries and view more content on the results page. This feature will roll out in the coming weeks, so you may not see it right away after upgrading.
I quite like the new quick access to tab history. It works well for me on my iPad 3. I’m having no such luck in testing it on my iPad mini – where the app just continually crashes to the home screen. I’ve rebooted the iPad after installing it and deleted and reinstalled the app – but it still does nothing but nosedive.
My iPad mini is currently jailbroken, so perhaps that’s the cause – though I have had zero issues with any other apps since jailbreaking it. Anyone else with a jailbroken iPad seeing issues with Chrome for iPad?
1Password, leading password manager app for the iPad and iPhone, is on sale today and tomorrow for 50% off. It’s available right now for $8.99 – down from its standard $17.99.
This is by far the best app for handling your passwords and confidential information on the iPad, iOS, and the Mac (and there’s a Windows app too). In December 1Password 4 (this version) was released – and I posted about it being new, improved, and better than ever. It was a repeat selection in our list of the Best iPad Apps of 2012.
If you’re looking for a great app to manage you passwords and keep your information secure, you’d be hard pressed to find a better choice than 1Password. This sale is listed as 50% off during Macworld/iWorld 2013, which runs from January 31 to February 2.
Here’s an App Store link for 1Password.
FreshBooks – Cloud Accounting has just been updated today to support the iPad. It’s now a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
FreshBooks is an online service that provides invoicing, billing, and accounting services for small businesses. It seems like just the sort of service that needs a really good iPad app.
Here’s some background on the app, via its App Store page:
FreshBooks – The Fastest Way To Track Time, Organize Expenses & Invoice Your Clients, Anytime, Anywhere.
Cloud accounting puts your business in the palm of your hand. Never miss a second of billable time by using the time tracker. Easily capture expenses with your device’s built-in camera from a coffee shop or send an invoice right from a client’s office – all from your iPhone or iPad. Join over 5 million people using FreshBooks to make billing painless.
The FreshBooks iOS app has all the key features of the web version, including:
- Get paid online
- Attach expenses directly to invoices
- Invite staff and sub-contractors to projects to log hours as you work
- See hours from a single, combined calendar view as well as timesheets you can filter by specific project
- A full dashboard on the homepage screen to offer a full account overview (iPad only)
I haven’t used FreshBooks myself as yet, but I have worked with several freelance consultants who use it – and it’s certainly makes payments easy and looks like quite a slick service.
Here’s an App Store link for FreshBooks – Cloud Accounting; it’s a free app.
The excellent Band of The Day app for iPad has had a major update this week, to Version 3.0.
This is a great free app for discovering new music, with a gorgeous interface. It’s a past pick for Best Free iPad App of the Week here, and still a big favorite on my iPad. And this update sounds great:
After a fantastic year this is a major new release of the award winning Band of the Day!
- Mix Tape – listen to hours of our fantastic bands
- Similar bands – when you’ve finished listening to a band we’ll play related bands from our back catalog
- Improved music player – the music player is always available and at your fingertips
- Improved reading experience – we take you straight to the review and biography of the band of the day
- We’ve improved our menu system to make it easier for you to access various features with just one tap anywhere in the app
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River of News, the excellent RSS app for the iPad, has been updated again this weekend – to Version 1.6. Here’s the change list for this latest update:
Press the couch icon or two-finger tap an article to convert it to Readability view. This works even for feeds with partial text!
New sharing services Readability and Diigo.
New preferences in the app. Choose your font, change title sizes and be sure to try out the gestures.
Bugs were harmed in the production of this release.
The easy access to Readability view should be a popular new feature. My favorite new feature is the gestures though. I’ve assigned a double-tap to star an item and a two-finger tap to keep an item unread, and I’ll likely assign more of the available gestures soon. I’d love to see options to assign a gesture to ‘Send to Instapaper / Pocket’ or similar apps.
Update: My bad. The developer of River of News has just pointed out to me that you absolutely can assign a gesture to send an article to Instapaper, Pocket and a number of other good services. Very nice.
River of News has been one of my favorite RSS apps for the iPad for a long time. It’s great to see it get another useful update.
Here’s an App Store link for River of News; it’s priced at $2.99.