Starbucks offering free month of Lumosity Premium as its ‘Pick of the Week’

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2014

Heads up US-based readers, Starbucks is currently offering a free month of Lumosity’s Premium service as its App Store ‘Pick of the Week.’ The promotion is worth a solid savings of $15, and opens up additional games and features for an already extremely popular app.

For those unfamiliar with Lumosity, it’s essentially “sophisticated, scientifically designed brain training for anyone.” The iOS app, which currently has a 5-star rating on 85K+ reviews, offers games that help improve skills in the areas of memory, problem-solving and more. Read More

 

Amazon overhauls Audible app, improves search, adds Discover tab and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

The online retail giant Amazon, which just purchased the gameplay streaming platform Twitch for nearly $1 billion, has given its Audible for iOS app a little love earlier this morning.

Now sitting at version 2.1 and featuring a revamped user interface — along with the minimalistic new app icon — the app does away with the outdated design in favor of a more modern iOS 7-friendly appearance.

Audible is an audiobook service owned by Amazon.
In addition to the brighter UI, the refreshed software offers a few new features such as an improved search, an all-new Discover tab, a 30-second forward button in the built-in player and more.

Audible for the iPhone and iPad is available free of charge. Read More

 

TextExpander shows off its iOS 8 keyboard with snippet expansion coming this fall

By Jake Smith on Aug 27, 2014

TextExpander has posted details about its upcoming “touch 3″ update, that will add a TextExpander keyboard within iOS 8 that will allow users to expand snippets of text in any app on the iPhone or iPad. This marks yet another app developer taking advantage of Apple’s new third-party keyboard API made available in iOS 8. Prior to the big update, only apps which implemented the TextExpander touch SDK could expand snippets directly. Read More

 

The Walking Dead Pinball hits Mac and iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

Telltale Games, the creator of the episodic Walking Dead game (itself based on the “The Walking Dead” comic book series by the Eisner Award-winning creator Robert Kirkman), has partnered with Skybound Entertainment and Zen Studios on a Walking Dead-themed pinball game for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac.

The game is available now as a standalone download in the App Store for $1.99.

The Walking Dead Pinball offers a table based on the most iconic locations from the Game of the Year-winning series, including the St. John’s Dairy Farm, Travelier Motel, Bell Tower and Train & Level Crossing.

3D versions of the zombies and famous characters such as Lee and Clementine, along with the original lines and voice acting, round up this nicely done pinball game. Read More

 

Apple once again denied US sales ban on select Samsung devices

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2014

Apple has once again been shot down by US District Judge Lucy Koh in its ongoing effort to win a sales ban on Samsung devices. In San Jose, California today, Koh denied the Cupertino company’s latest bid to ban select Samsung smartphones.

Despite two US juries finding multiple Samsung products to be infringing on its patents, Apple has seen little success in its injunction attempts. This time, the company had hoped to make its request more viable, asking for a “narrowly tailored” ban. Read More

 

The Journey Down: Chapter Two finally makes it to the App Store

By Lory Gil on Aug 27, 2014

In 2012, SkyGoblin launched the first part of an incredible new episodic adventure game that swept iOS users off their feet. The hand painted graphics in The Journey Down: Chapter One are artistic and perfectly suited for the mobile gaming environment. The story is interesting and the characters are funny. The game is great, but is only the first in what is supposed to be a four-chapter story.

Today, The Journey Down: Chapter Two has finally landed in the App Store. For fans of the original, you’ll be happy to know this is just as fun as the first. For those who have never heard of the game, you can download the first chapter for free to celebrate the launch of chapter two. Read More

 

CiRCA6 is a minimalist game about reflexes, strategy and circles

By Lory Gil on Aug 27, 2014

Sometimes, the best games are the simplest ones. I don’t necessarily mean minimalistic, either. Games that only have one or two goals or only one control mechanism are great for distracting you while not requiring too much of your attention.

CiRCA6 is a simple arcade game where players move a dot around on the screen, destroying other dots. There isn’t much to it, but it has just enough of a challenge to keep you coming back for more. Read More

 

Apple reportedly debuting wearable alongside two new iPhones in September

By Jake Smith on Aug 27, 2014

Apple has plans to launch a wearable, presumably the iWatch, at its September media event alongside two new versions of the iPhone, according to John Paczowski at ReCode. The iWatch was thought to be delayed until an October event, giving Apple more time to finalize its plans, however well plugged-in Paczowski claims the Cupertino-based company has moved up its timeline. Read More

 

Another purported iPad Air 2 rear panel leaks out showing minor design changes

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

A pair of photographs of excellent quality were published Wednesday morning by the increasingly reliable French blog NowhereElse.fr, seemingly picturing a purported rear shell of a sixth-generation full-size iPad. The device, which Apple will probably call the iPad Air 2, should be unveiled in October.

The rumor-mill hasn’t leaked many iPad Air 2 parts so this particular component offers an insight into some of the minor design tweaks.

For starters, the volume buttons are said to be inset in a recess. Also, a hole for the microphone on the back is now positioned alongside the camera rather than being centered on the top.

The device’s interior appears to be revised slightly, too. Read More

 

Infinity Blade series ending on September 4 with final ‘Kingdom Come’ update

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

The iOS-exclusive Infinity Blade series will conclude on September 4, the video game production company ChAIR Entertainment, the brains behind the game, confirmed in a blog post.

The elegiac masterpiece and one of my favorite games on the iOS platform is set to come to its inevitable conclusion in the final content update, dubbed ‘Kingdom Come.’

Free to all Infinity Blade III players, ‘Kingdom Come’ will reveal some new secrets, answer more questions and “set you on a quest to defeat one very pissed off dragon,” as ChAIR put it. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 71: Don’t download from strangers

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2014

Episode 71: A discussion about the best tweaks for Control Center and the best tweaks for Touch ID. We talk about how to protect yourself from iOS malware, and the best new jailbreak tweaks from the past week.

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Leaked iPhone 6 logic board has likely place for NFC chip

By Jake Smith on Aug 27, 2014

There have been rumors swirling for years that Apple will finally bring NFC to the iPhone, and if the schematics of a leak from last week hold true, the iPhone 6 may be the first to hold the communications technology. A MacRumors forum member examined bare logic boards claimed to ship with the iPhone 6, and have found leaked NFC chips fit perfectly. Read More

 

Asphalt 8 updated with new tracks in Dubai, Twitch improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

French games maker Gameloft today issued a nice update to its popular arcade racing game, Asphalt 8: Airborne, available as a free-to-play download for the iPhone and iPad in the App Store.

The update invites you to “discover the treasures of the Middle East” and “tear up the asphalt” with the brand new Dubai location, five new cars, a brand new season and gameplay streaming via the Twitch platform (now owned by Amazon) on previous-generation devices like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and fourth-generation iPad. Read More

 

Minimalistic puzzle game Bicolor goes temporarily free via Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

Concluding its four-week promotion celebrating the life of a college student, the beautiful minimalistic puzzle game Bicolor has gone free for a week inside Apple’s official Apple Store client for the iPhone and iPad (not to be confused with the App Store).

Created by 1Button and released on May 1, Bicolor includes 180 handmade levels, each consisting of just two colors. Bicolor tasks you with completing various patterns in order to clear the board and progress to the next level.

Priced at 99 cents in the App Store, Bicolor is free for the next seven days exclusively through the Apple Store app. Read More

 

US Online Apple Store starts offering iPhones on AT&T’s Next installment plans

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

As previously rumored, Apple’s started offering the iPhone on AT&T’s Next program on its webstore in the United States, 9to5Mac reported this morning.

The much-needed change allows cash-strapped customers who prefer buying their devices full price to spread the cost of hardware with fixed monthly payments. This marks the first time the Cupertino firm has supported any carrier’s installment plan online.

After the nation’s #4 carrier, T-Mobile, last year killed contracts and unbundled the cost of hardware from the wireless service, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint followed suit by unveiling their own financing and early upgrade offers.

As we doubt this offer is exclusive to AT&T, we’re expecting the firm to start offering the popular smartphone on Verizon’s and T-Mobile’s installment plans sooner than later. Read More

 
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