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Friday, September 06, 2013, 01:59 pm PT (04:59 pm ET)

Microsoft's OneNote for iOS gets notebook creation, 'Dots' gets new game mode

Microsoft has released an update to its OneNote app for iPad that further frees it from from the desktop, and popular time-waster game Dots is going to receive a new play mode for just one week.

Microsoft OneNote





The newest version of Microsoft's OneNote app for iPad allows users to create new notebooks within SkyDrive from the app itself. This frees users from having to rely on their desktops or notebooks in order to create new notebooks or to edit sections. The iPhone version of the app also received an update on Friday, but the new features aren't available there.

In addition to creating new notebooks, iPad users can also create, rename, and delete sections within notes. This will enable greater specificity when creating and maintaining notes.

The update also brought a number of bug fixes and smaller enhancements. The app now has automatic list detection and improved Japanese typing responsiveness.

The app also cautions that users upgrading from a version earlier than 2.0 should sync their existing application data before following through with the update.

Version 2.1 of Microsoft OneNote for iPad is available as a free download in the App Store. The 267MB download requires an iPad running iOS 6.0 or later.

Dots gets new Gravity mode in collaboration with GE



Popular iOS game Dots will be seeing an update early next week, one that will give it yet another play mode, this one involving gravity. According to The Verge, the new mode is due to a promotion with GE, which is sponsoring "Gravity Day" on Sept. 8.

Dots


Dots' new gravity mode will give users the ability to collect as many dots as they want, with no time limit and no restrictions. When users get stuck, they can click the gravity button, which reshuffles the dots after gravity pulls them to the bottom of the screen. The Dots team implemented a physics engine for the game in order to make the dots look like they were falling depending on the angle of the device.

The new version will become available in the App Store on Sunday, Sept. 8 (9.8 m/s² is the force of gravitational acceleration). It will be available for one week. Dots itself is a free, 5.6MB download, but it does feature in-app purchases. It requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod running iOS 5.0 or later.