Sequel to exquisite stargazing tool Star Walk now available in App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

Yours truly used to be an amateur astronomer during his education years. And while I’m saddened because no longer do I have the time to set out to stargazing trips, my love for the stars has never waned.

And who could blame me?

Even nowadays, I’d sneak outside on a clear night whenever I feel like reliving the excitement of spotting breathtaking comets or gazing up at the shimmering Milky Way.

But instead of lugging around astronomy binoculars, compact telescopes and other heavy gear, you can see me exploring the night skies using just my iPhone and specialized astronomy apps such as Night Sky 2 and Star Walk.

The latter, by Vito Technology, is one of the best stargazing apps in business. Used used by over ten million people and the winner of Apple Design Award, Star Walk is beyond doubt among the best astronomy apps in the App Store.

As of today, a sequel to Star Walk, predictably called Star Walk 2, is now available on iOS as a $2.99 download for the iPhone and iPadRead More

 

Disney’s iOS-exclusive combat strategy game Star Wars: Commander launches globally

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

After soft-launching in Australia nearly two months ago, Disney Interactive on Thursday released its real-time strategy game for iOS, Star Wars: Commander, on a worldwide basis.

Available as a free-to-play download for the iPhone and iPad, Star Wars: Commander lets you play on the side of the Empire or the Rebellion and “lead epic battles with your favorite heroes”.

You’ll be challenged to invade other players’ bases, charge into battle on distant planets, command your troops and lead machines of war like AT-ATs and TIE fighters into battle, while rising through the ranks as a powerful battlefield commander.

The premium game is set in the period of Galactic Civil War when the Rebellion rallied for justice and freedom while the Empire — as is its wont — sought control of the galaxy.

So, where does your allegiance lie?… Read More

 

Claimed iPad Air 2 GPS antenna, mic and Wi-Fi module leak in photos

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

Joining today’s batch of leaks ahead of Apple’s big reveal in Fall are some components apparently belonging to a second-generation iPad Air model.

An alleged iPad Air 2 GPS module, a Wi-Fi component and a microphone were shown off on a series of claimed photographs highlighted by a French website Thursday.

We’ve already seen photos that purportedly picture a number of the various internal components of the iPad Air 2 and today’s leak reinforces the notion that Apple is getting ready to refresh the iPad lineup soon.

Among other hardware improvements, flagship iPad models could bring a thinner design, a faster A8 chip with 2GB of RAM, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, anti-reflective screen coating and more… Read More

 

Latest technical drawings hint at 128GB iPhone 6

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

If a purported iPhone 6 schematics that leaked out of China Thursday are anything to go by, there may be truth to the rumor that the next iPhone(s) will double storage capacity by introducing a new model with 128 gigabytes of NAND flash storage.

The rumor first appeared two months ago, suggesting that Apple would keep the 128GB option exclusive to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model along with other premium features (and possibly a premium pricing).

This time around, there’s some hard (dubious?) evidence to back up the claim… Read More

 

This puzzle game is incredibly simple, but deceptively hard

By Lory Gil on Aug 21, 2014

I wonder if there is any study, which shows that playing logic puzzle games improves your brain function. If that were the case, then I would be a genius by now.

Squares: Puzzle Game is one of those titles that make you feel a little bit smarter than you were before you started playing. All you have to do is move some squares around, but the complexity is in its simplicity. We’ve got a game review of Squares: Puzzle Game for you today… Read More

 

Walmart discounts 16GB iPhone 5c to $0.97, 5s to $79 for limited time

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2014

Folks looking to score a new iPhone, who aren’t interested in waiting for the new one to be unveiled next month, may want to head to their local Walmart. It seems the retailer is offering some staggering discounts on current models of the handset.

According to a new report from Engadget, Walmart is hosting a fire sale over the next three months on select iPhone 5c and 5s models. With the promotion, you’ll be able to pick up a 16GB iPhone 5c for as little as $0.97 (with a two-year agreement)… Read More

 

Judge denies Apple’s bid to recover $16M in legal fees from Samsung

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2014

Judge Lucy Koh handed down dual orders late last night, in regards to the 2012 trial between Apple and Samsung in northern California. The first has to do with Apple’s bid to recover some $16 million in legal fees from Samsung, and the second releases a $2.6 million bond back to Apple… Read More

 

New game from Flappy Bird developer ‘Swing Copters’ now available

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

As promised, ‘Swing Copters,’ the latest game from Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen is now available in the App Store. It’s free, with a single $1.29 in-app purchase to remove ads, and it supports both the iPhone and iPad.

The premise of the game is actually quite similar to Flappy Bird—navigate your character through obstacles as you scroll through a level. You’re going upward this time, instead of side to side, but you’re still furiously tapping… Read More

 

WatchESPN Apple TV channel gains SEC and Longhorn Network programming

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

College football fans will be happy to hear that WatchESPN has expanded its NCAA coverage on Apple TV. The sports-focused streaming video channel now features programming from the SEC Network and The Longhorn Network.

The SEC Network is a joint venture between the Southeastern Conference and ESPN, and it will cover over 1000 live sporting events per year. And of course, The Longhorn Network is centered around the University of Texas athletics… Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 70: Britta Gustafson, Cydia’s community manager

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 20, 2014

Episode 70: We talk with Cydia’s community manager, Britta Gustafson, about the day-to-day operations involved with managing the community that surrounds Cydia. In this episode, Britta tells the story of how she became involved with saurik, and her active role in the tech community. Britta also shares what it’s like to be a woman in an industry dominated by males, her favorite jailbreak tweaks and themes, and more.

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Photos show possible rear shell for 5.5-inch iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

New photos have surfaced this afternoon, of what is said to be the rear shell of the 5.5-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6 (referred to as the iPhone 6L by some). The part is positioned next to the shell of its 4.7-inch counterpart, giving us an idea of scale.

While component leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 have been plentiful, leaks for the larger 5.5-inch model have been fairly scarce So, if they’re legit, these photos could be placed in just a small stack of evidence we’ve seen thus far that a 5.5-inch iPhone exists… Read More

 

Samsung, Barnes & Noble team up to create ‘Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK’ tablet

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

About a year ago,  Barnes & Noble announced that it was going to put an end to most of its Nook tablet offerings. Acknowledging that the battle with Apple, Google and Amazon was too tough to fight alone, it said it would be interested in taking on a partner to share the work.

Apparently it found that partner in Samsung. The two companies jointly announced a new device today dubbed the ‘Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK.’ The pair say the 7-inch tablet combines Samsung’s leading technology and NOOK’s content to create an extraordinary reading experience… Read More

 

Truth lets you send anonymous text messages to your contacts

By Lory Gil on Aug 20, 2014

You know that friend you’ve been hanging out with for the past few months? The one you are too shy to ask out? You’ve probably gone home alone after a group get-together, kicking yourself for not pulling that friend aside and asking for a date.

Truth – Just Say It is an anonymous way for you to tell that friend you are interested without having to expose your vulnerability. If you are rejected, your friend won’t even know it was you… Read More

 

New report claims second-gen iPad Air may feature 2GB of RAM

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

A new report is out this afternoon from Asian site TechNews.tw, claiming that it has received intel from Apple’s supply chain suggesting that the second generation iPad Air could feature 2GB of RAM—double that of the current model.

According to the site, which doesn’t have much of a track record when it comes to Apple rumors, the increase in RAM will be limited to the new iPad Air. The second-generation Retina iPad mini is expected to once again feature 1 GB of RAM… Read More

 

Vine finally lets you upload clips from your Camera roll

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

Vine has announced a significant update for its iOS client today, which will add a number of new features to the popular video-sharing app. The release includes a wide range of new editing  tools, as well as the long-requested ability to upload clips from your device’s Camera Roll.

A majority of today’s changes fall within the app’s new camera section, which aims to make it faster and easier to get your Vines just the way you want them. And with new Preview and Undo buttons, you can quickly screen your last clip, and decide whether you want to keep it or not… Read More

 

Quick tip: clean up your Downloads folder to regain storage space on your Mac

By Sébastien Page on Aug 20, 2014

Sometimes, the most simple and obvious tips are the best. Everybody knows about them because they’re usually based on good old common sense, yet, we usually forget about them. One such tip is to periodically clean up the Downloads folder of your Mac, which, depending on your setup and habits, could quickly go out of control.

The Downloads folder is the default location where any file you download from the internet is saved. Downloading the PDF of your bank statement? It’s downloaded to the Downloads folder. Downloading a song from an unofficial source? It’s most likely going to the Downloads folder. Read More

 

‘NFL Now’ lands on Apple TV with news and highlights

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

As expected, the National Football League launched the Apple TV client for its new ‘NFL Now’ service this morning. The service went live earlier this month on mobile and various streaming devices, and today it comes to Apple’s set top box.

While the NFL Now channel won’t deliver streams of live games (see NFL Sunday Ticket for that), it will provide a plethora of content for football fans. That content includes classic and recent highlights, breaking news, press events and more… Read More

 

NCMemo: a quick way to create notes from Notification Center

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 20, 2014

Just like iOS 6, iOS 7 has seen no shortage of Notification Center tweaks and widgets. One such example is NCMemo, a brand new tweak that debuted in Cydia recently and provides a convenient way of taking notes and memos.

NCMemo adds a resizable text box to Notification Center, under the ‘Today’ tab, allowing you to create notes and memos conveniently from anywhere within iOS. Read More

 

Download media and files on your iPhone with Media Downloader

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 20, 2014

While Safari is a powerful web browser for iOS, it still lacks some essential features which can be found in other third-party web browsers. To overcome this problem, Media Downloader is a new web browser tweak that brings a host of new features to enhance your browsing experience.

Instead of integrating the new features into Safari, Media Downloader acts as a standalone web browser app like other third-party apps available on the App Store. With Media Downloader, you can easily download files, photos, videos, web pages etc. from the internet directly on your jailbroken iOS device as well as open the files in a different app, share it via Mail or compress it to a zip file. Read More

 

Beautiful iOS calculator Tydlig goes temporarily free in official Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2014

Apple is celebrating the life of a college student so they’re giving away one education-themed app each week via the official Apple Store client for the iPhone and iPad.

Although some other promo offers are available only to Apple Store visitors, anyone who has downloaded the free shopping app to their device and has a U.S.-based iTunes account can now download Tydlig for free.

Note that these promos are separate from Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week so iOS apps which go temporarily free in the Apple Store app still cost money when accessed regularly in the App Store via their iTunes links.

In the past two weeks, two high-quality apps have gone temporarily via the Apple Store app (not to be confused with the App Store): the gorgeous Rise Alarm Clock and Runtastic Pro, a premium version of the popular fitness tracking software.

If you love calculators, the advanced Tydlig for the iPhone and iPad will be free until next Wednesday, a $2.99 saving.

Here’s how you can redeem your free copy of Tydlig… Read More

 
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