While much of the initial excitement around iOS 8’s new extensibility features surrounded widgets and the potential for third-party keyboards, there’s another type of app that will greatly benefit from these changes: password managers.
AgileBits, the company behind the 1Password software, showed off the extension for iOS 8 that they are calling the “holy grail” of password managers.
With the extension, third-party developers will be able to integrate 1Password into their own apps so users can access passwords stored in their 1Password vault from within those apps. The app will also support Apple’s TouchID so users will be able to autofill their login information with a single tap.
“Thanks to Apple’s incredible new developer features in iOS 8, third-party apps can let 1Password fill Logins without the user ever leaving the app,” the company wrote in a blog post. “Yep, complete with Touch ID for unlocking the vault. Yep, it’s this awesome.”
While this functionality won’t debut until iOS 8 officially rolls out later this year, the company posted a copy of the code on GitHub so other developers can begin incorporating the 1Password extension into their own apps.
1Password isn’t the only password-storing app to benefit from iOS 8’s new extensibility features. Safari will also be able to autofill passwords stored in its keychain into third-party apps when the app is updated for iOS 8.
Why It’s Hot: With the number of apps we have on our phones and devices today, it becomes a struggle to have a username and password to each. We like to have things easily accessible. Having to put in a login and password each time makes us more unlikely to use the application. This new “Holy Grail” of passwords has made life easier for just about everyone with the touch of a button.
Here’s a lovely little packaging idea from Nike, and we do mean little.
The Nike Free 5.0 is one of the most flexible sneakers ever made. And that’s clear right from looking at the box, which was designed to be one-third the size of a regular shoebox.
As you can see from the video below, the sneakers easily fold up and fit inside. It’s a cool idea for a few reasons—it uses less cardboard, it cuts down on shipping space, and of course, it communicates a product benefit right in the packaging. A great example of thinking outside the box—about the box.
Unfortunately, it was only promotional packaging for the launch, and wasn’t used on a mass scale. Still, it earned Publicis Impetu a silver Lion in Design at Cannes last month.
Why It’s Hot: Everyone’s always trying to find new ways to be the “Go Green” company with less plastic on water bottles to now folded sneakers in smaller cardboard boxes. Plus it’s less room in the closet for those people who keep shoe boxes! The flexibility of folding the shoe for a smaller box doesn’t only apply to using less cardboard. Those who wear the new Nike sneakers can feel the flexibility in the shoe when they wear it, making for a lighter, comfier fit.
Snapchat added a collection of geo-filters to its popular app that allow users to add fun labels and drawings based on their location.
Snapchat users can now add specific art and labels to snaps take in certain cities and destinations. For example, if you’re taking a photo at Disneyland, you’ll be able to swipe right to see art related to the amusement park; if you’re passing through a particular area of New York City such as the Flatiron District, you can add an overlay label to your picture based on that neighborhood.
It’s also possible to add a drawing of a roller coaster and ferris wheel while visiting the Santa Monica Pier; a SoulCycle lemon logo when you’re at one of its cycling studios; or TV, movie and theater marks near the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
While the feature officially launched on Tuesday, the company has quietly been testing geo-location filters for some time. The first collection of new filters for special locations include neighborhoods in Los Angeles and New York.
The news comes just a few days after Snapchat users received a surprise collection of curated snaps from Brazil, revealing a glimpse at what it was like to be in the country for the World Cupfinal. Snapchatters in the region could send their photos and videos to “Rio Live,” an account that appeared automatically under contacts for all users.
It’s one thing to drive at breakneck speeds around a barren salt flat or abandoned airport, but the pucker factor goes up a few notches when you’re teetering on the edge of an aircraft carrier.
In BMW’s questionably real “Ultimate Racetrack” ad for the BMW M4, we see the typical anonymous, black-gloved stunt driver fishtailing and drifting around a course built on what looks like the redesigned deck of an aircraft carrier.
The campaign, by AKQA, is in line with the technology company’s work to encourage children to become interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the Verizon Foundation.
AKQA also serves up an online site featuring a Choose Your Own Adventure edge: If you swipe right on the young girls’ pictures, you can see choices that inspire them to take the initiative and work in their chosen field; if you swipe left, you see how pressure to stick to the gender norms (read: girly) had them abandon those pursuits.
Maybe the most powerful feature on the site are the testimonials from real women who work in STEM fields. They are open and honest about their own struggles with what it means to be a woman and how they were motivated to pursue their dreams.
While currently exclusive to AT&T, Amazon revealed its first smartphone earlier this week, which is home to a multitude of new capabilities. For starters, it has a new function known as an “auto-tilt” which allows users to tilt the phone on an angle for an easier, faster scroll. It also has “dynamic perspective” which adjusts according to how the user is looking at the phone. The smartphone has four cameras installed on the front that allow for the phone to register the movement and angling of the viewer. One of its most interesting features is known as “Firefly” because of the numerous little fireflies that appear on the screen when this application is turned on. The application allows users to scan products for more information (without having to use QR Codes or bar codes). Not only can users find more information about products, but the application searches for the product on Amazon to buy!
Why Its Hot: This is Amazon’s first smartphone that competes with brands such as Apple and Android, and may even outdo them. We are in a generation where simplicity is key. Users can now do just about everything with the swipe or click of a finger. It has applications already installed in it that accommodate to users everyday functions with ease. “The ability to tilt the device on way or another to reveal this information works seamlessly and adds to Amazon’s vision of making it easier for users to get what they want without trying as hard.” It’s also called the Fire phone. Doesn’t get much hotter than that!