September 1, 2015 Last Updated 5:08 pm

App updates: NYT continues to add recipe features to its NYT Cooking app; eBook platforms Glose and Oyster get updates

Google updated its logo today (you knew that) but they also issued update for Google Maps, adding support for six languages (and updating the logo, of course)

There were a number of media and platform app updates released today, somewhat contradicting my own prediction that things would slow down now that we are so close to the release of iOS 9 (so much for predictions).

Two involve eBook platforms.

Glose-iPad-featureGlose has released version 1.6 of its social eBook reading iOS app of the same name. The update is all about… love. Well, that’s what they say:

Find books you will love with books you already love. (Glose law makes it legal to love more than one book).

  • A wall of love : You can now long tap on any book cover to open a beautiful wall of book recommendations!
  • Family love : You can now touch the author name on any book profile to see their full list of books.
  • Tinder love : You can now swipe through book covers to browse through our giant library and build your bookshelf (of love).
  • Love for you : We worked really hard to optimize the reading experience. We’ve made it faster than ever to download and open books. By the time you read this sentence you could have opened tens of them.
  • Break-up love : You can now delete a book from your bookshelf by long tapping the cover and hitting the cross.

Oyster has also updated its app, fixing some bugs and improving performance. The update, which brings its iOS app up to version 2.3, also adds some discovery features:

Now when you’re looking at a book, you can easily save it to a List, mark it to read later, or share on social, right from the book detail page. Convenience!

Google-newlogoGoogle, as you probably know, has updated its logo today. The new animation on their home page is a very nice animated GIF, one of the most efficient I’ve seen.

Google also updated its Google Maps app for iOS, adding some useful features… and most importantly, I guess, updating the logo in the app!

The update also adds six new languages – it would have been nice for the app description to let us know what they are.

What’s New in Version 4.10.0

  • See where you’re going before you leave with a Street View thumbnail on the map (for address search or tap-and-hold on map)
  • View the custom maps you created using Google My Maps
  • Easily share your opinion about places you’ve been with an improved review-writing flow
  • New Google Maps logo
  • Added support for six new languages
  • Bug fixes

The New York Times has updated its NYT Cooking app, which is now at version 2.5. I think it is safe to say that the Times team is probably more regularly updating this app than any others in its portfolio. The reason is that they are constantly adding new features to the app, taking advantage of some of the things apps can do that websites cannot.

For instance, this update now allows users to save recipes from other websites into the NYT Cooking Recipe Box, encouraging users to make the app their one place for recipes – very smart. Users can not access those recipes on all their iOS devices – assuming, of course, that they have other devices and have installed the app there.

The update also allows users to link their Evernote account with the app, as well – again, in order to share recipes. has update the At Bat app. Many previous updates have been solely for performance issues, but as a regular user I can say that the app now performs very well. Any problems with the app generally involve issues with streaming of games, but my guess is those issues have less to do with the app than with the original streams.

This update is all about September, the time of the year when the teams expand their rosters. This one helps you keep track of all the new names.

September is also the time of year when many sports fans turn to football because their teams are out of the race. As a Giants fan I am already looking forward to 2016 – it is an even numbered year, so we have a chance.

Here is the app description:

What’s New in Version 8.4.0

  • Expanded rosters to also include all players on each team’s 40-man roster (iPhone only)
  • Ford Sync 3.0 support (iPhone only)
  • Live scoreboard notifications for in-progress no-hitters and perfect games (iPhone/iPad)
  • General improvements

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