June 22, 2015 Last Updated 3:55 pm

Gannett updates USA Today for iPad to improve sharing; Microsoft and Google updates

The end of June can’t come quick enough for me, I want that iOS 8.4 update to be released, and then see if Apple is also going to update iBooks Author. (If you have been following this, iOS 8.4 will bring iPhone support for iBooks created using iBooks Author.)

Meanwhile, while we wait for iOS 8.4, the release of iOS 9 is not that far off (my guess is 84 days). That often means emergency app updates. So, for now, most app updates involve minor bug fixes or small feature add-ons.

USAT-iPadGannett today updated its USA Today for iPad app. The update has “improved Facebook sharing stability” as well as other bug fixes.

The interesting thing about the USA Today app is that it has always been a stand-alone app, rather than a Newsstand. The reason for this is that the app is a news app (like the NYT’s iPad app) rather than one presenting a digital edition of the print newspaper. This means readers who use the app regularly won’t suddenly find somewhere new when Apple gets rid of the Newsstand with the release of iOS 9.

(I keep the USA Today app in a folder called ‘News’, which means it still is in a folder, just not the Newsstand folder.)

Other updates: Microsoft updated a number of its iOS apps within the past few days (Excel today) that includesa new feature for the iPad:

Browse our Add-in Catalog for tools that can increase your productivity in Word and enhance your document authoring experience. iPad only. Requires iOS 8.2 or newer.

Google has updated its main iOS app, though I now see that it is no longer there (it happens sometimes). But the company had previously issued an update for its new Google Photos app. The update brings the app up to version 1.0.3 and is strictly performance update.

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