July 8, 2015 Last Updated 8:37 am

Greek drama moves to the European Parliament; Apple and Google update major mobile apps

Morning Brief: Open Table updates its mobile app, adding profile information as the app becomes more social in focus

The Greek debt crisis is making such good copy that it appears to be extending its run, at least until Sunday. Meanwhile, the center of attention shifted to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France where MPs often blasted, sometimes supported the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Europe “is sleepwalking towards a Grexit” said Guy Verhofstadt, who blasted the leader of the Greek government for not making serious reforms such as ending party cronyism or downsizing the government. Some of his criticisms seemed to have hit home, though some really made more sense if applied to previous Greek governments (Syriza, after all, only came to owner in January).


Later this afternoon (local time) the Greek government submitted a letter that formerly requested new debt assistance, committing itself to both tax and pension reforms. (See letter here.) This drama continues through the weekend.

Apple today released a series of iOS app updates for its iWork programs (Pages, Numbers, Kenote), as well as one for Beats Music.

beatsiconAll the updates for the iWork programs are the same and bring the apps up to the same version numbers:

What’s New in Version 2.5.4

  • Resolves an issue that prevented proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver

The update for the Beats Music app is says it is for “minor stability and performance improvements.” Beats Music forms the basis for the Apple Music service, of course, and will go away eventually as Apple moves users to its new service.

Google, too, has been busy – updating both its YouTube and Google Maps apps (yesterday it issued an update for Google Calendar).

The update for YouTube is a regularly scheduled bug fix update and so the app description is worthless, telling the user nothing. But the update for Google Maps is more substantial, as Google has upgraded its transit directions – likely knowing that Apple is doing the same:

What’s New in Version 4.8.0

  • Redesigned and improved Transit directions improve the experience in cities, giving you more route choice and real-time arrival information where available
  • Additional app options for sharing a place (including Facebook and Facebook Messenger)
  • Introduced an Image Gallery for a quick visual understanding of a place through a grid view
  • Bug fixes

Finally, Open Table has also been updated and its update, though is numbered like a minor update, does have some interesting improvements.

The app update centers on restaurant and user profiles, an attempt to make the app both more useful, and more social in nature.

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