Facebook launches its own Find My Friends feature

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

Social networking giant Facebook is bound to stir controversy all over again as it’s just introduced a new friend-tracking feature. Similar to Apple’s free Find My Friends iOS app, Facebook’s Nearby Friends basically notifies you when your friends are nearby.

It’s a rather radical idea, one Facebook said Thursday was designed to encourage people to “meet up and spend time together” in real life. Go figure. Learn more about Facebook’s Find My Friends right below the fold… Read More

 

Fantastical 2 for iPad giveaway

By Sébastien Page on Apr 17, 2014

When someone asks me what the best calendar app is, I usually don’t think twice about recommending Fantastical 2. It’s simple, elegant, and very easy to use, making it the de facto choice for me.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, Fantastical 2 was only available on iPhone, but after several years, the fine folks at Flexibits have finally graced us with Fantastical 2 for iPad, which we reviewed and loved when it first came out.

If you haven’t already pulled the trigger on this app, then you’re in luck, because we’ve joined forces with Flexibits to offer you a chance to win one of ten promo codes for Fantastical 2 for iPadRead More

 

RunKeeper launches Breeze, fitness/activity tracking iPhone 5s app with eye-candy UI

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

RunKeeper has released a new iOS application that counts steps taken and tracks your activity. I know there are now dozens of apps in the App Store.

That being said, RunKeeper is a huge player in fitness and Breeze is brilliantly designed, gamified and available totally free of charge, no in-app purchases required whatsoever.

The software takes advantage of Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor inside the iPhone 5s to track up to seven days worth of activity, even when the app isn’t running and without taking any noticeable hit on your battery life.

Breeze is a free download from the App Store. I’ve included nearly a dozen pretty screenshots and more information right after the break so give the app a whirl and let us know what you think in the comments… Read More

 

Hitman Go arrives in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

As promised, Square Enix Montréal has brought its console-only Hitman franchise to iOS with today’s release of Hitman Go. Like past Hitman titles, this game puts you in the shoes of the franchise’s main hitman character, Agent 47.

But unlike previous releases, Hitman Go is turn-based and involves stealth elements coupled with puzzle solving and requires a strong focus on strategy planning.

The game features diorama-style set pieces and its turn-based approach dictates game mechanics where you navigate fixed spaces on a grid in order to avoid enemies and infiltrate well guarded locations. Your ultimate goal: taking out your target.

The iPhone and iPad game is now available for five bucks a pop. Jump past the fold for more info… Read More

 

QuickWeather: Easily access current weather info from anywhere

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 17, 2014

QuickWeather is a recently released tweak that allows users to access current weather information from anywhere on the iPhone. By means of a handy Activator gesture, users can invoke QuickWeather from the Home screen, or while within an app.

QuickWeather a simple tweak with no settings to configure outside of its Activator gesture. Have a look at our video review after the break. Read More

 

Flickr 3.0 for iOS: revamped UI, HD video capture, auto-tagging, detailed metadata and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

Yahoo-owned Flickr is a great photography service – I’ve been using it for years as my default companion photo storage solution.

It’s not just the fact that everyone gets a whopping one terabyte of free cloud storage for their photos, Flickr features a bunch of advanced options and keeps your photos backed up in the cloud in their full resolution.

Flickr’s iOS app has been nice, albeit a bit rudimentary in terms of features. This changes with today’s release of an all-new Flickr version 3.0.

Some of the many new features iPhone photography fans will surely fall in love with include the ability to record, edit and upload high-definition video, photo auto-tagging, comb through your photos using complex search criteria, access detailed photo data, share easily and quickly to Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook and lots more… Read More

 

Bug-fix iOS 7.1.1 update now appearing in web logs

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

It’s been nearly a month since Apple released iOS 7.1 and now the firm is seemingly prepping the first bug fix update, iOS 7.1.1. As you know, iOS 7.1, the first major update to Apple’s revamped mobile operating system, debuted last September.

It’s brought out built-in CarPlay support, Siri and Touch ID improvements, UI tweaks, major bug fixes, improved performance (especially on older devices like the iPhone 4) and a bunch of nice-to-haves.

According to online reports, iOS 7.1.1 is now appearing in web analytics tools, indicating Apple has now started testing the software with a wider group of employees ahead of the official release… Read More

 

Pixelmator 3.2 ‘Sandstone’ coming with Repair tool, app goes half price for entire week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

As Peter Cohen put it, Pixelmator is to Photoshop as Sketch 3 is to Adobe Illustrator and I couldn’t agree more.

I don’t use the most advanced Photoshop features and Pixelmator ($29.99 in the Mac App Store) has served me well as more than a very capable alternative to Adobe’s image editing application. I use Pixelmator on a daily basis to edit press photographs, optimize images for web distribution, touch up snaps taken on my iPhone, create various compositions, convert between different formats and what not.

After issuing a major 3.1 update back in January with Mac Pro GPU acceleration and other goodies, the team is now teasing another forthcoming update, this one code-named Sandstone… Read More

 

Direct mobile app installs coming to your Twitter timeline soon

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

Micro-blogging platform Twitter on Thursday announced a full suite of targeting, creative and measurement tools that enable Twitter advertisers to promote their mobile apps, both on and off-Twitter.

One particular native ad unit takes advantage of Twitter Cards and Promoted Tweets technologies to allow users to easily install and engage with apps, directly from their Twitter timeline.

Currently, tapping an App Store link in a tweet in Twitter’s free iPhone and iPad application opens the link in an in-app browser which then redirects the request to the App Store app. Direct app installs from Twitter timelines is limited to this new ad unit and it’s not clear if Twitter plans on enabling the feature for common app store links in people’s tweets… Read More

 

Apple Stores and corporate campus to celebrate 2014 Earth Day

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores in the United States and around the world will celebrate the upcoming Earth Day next Tuesday, April 22. According to a new report Thursday, Apple’s Cupertino, California campus will also join the celebration with a major internal event on April 22 focused on 2014 Earth Day.

This year’s Earth Day, prefixed with Green Cities, is focused on environment-friendly buildings, transportation and cities. Apple Stores will change their logo color to green to mark the occasion. More info right after the break… Read More

 

Twitterrific for iOS now lets you edit tweets after they’ve been published

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

What if you could edit a tweet that’s already been tweeted out? A new Twitterrific for iOS update by Iconfactory lets you do just that! Now available free in the App Store, Twitterrific for the iPhone and iPad now lets you edit previously published tweet in your timeline.

This is a rather interesting development as even Twitter’s own iOS app won’t let you edit a tweet after it’s been posted. So, how did Iconfactory accomplish this? Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 

Upcoming ‘Castaway Paradise’ is an Animal Crossing-like game for iPad

By Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2014

It doesn’t look like Nintendo is going be bringing any of its games over to iOS anytime soon—despite pleas from both fans and critics—so iPhone and iPad gamers are going to have to make do with the titles they have. Fortunately, that list will soon include Castaway Paradise, which looks and plays a lot like Animal Crossing.

For those unfamiliar with Animal Crossing, it’s a cluster of community simulation games developed by Nintendo. Set in a village of talking animals, players are tasked with carrying out a variety of activities in an open-ended storyline. And if you consider yourself a fan, you should check out Stolen Couch’s ‘Castaway Paradise.’ Read More

 

Apple reportedly building song-identification feature for iOS, partnering with Shazam

By Jake Smith on Apr 16, 2014

Apple is working on a song-identification feature within its iOS software, in an effort to continue building out its Music offering to combat streaming services and declining iTunes sales, according to Bloomberg.

Apple is said to be partnering with Shazam, a third-party service on the App Store that allows users to press a button and recognize music and media playing around them. On the iPhone and iPad in a future iOS update, users will be able to identify songs and artists without having to download an app, the report says. Read More

 

Apple’s incoming SVP of Retail can leave Burberry this month, but may stay until June for bonus

By Jake Smith on Apr 16, 2014

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s incoming SVP of Retail, may not be in her new position as quickly as once thought.

The Guardian first noted that Ahrendts can leave her gig as the CEO of Burberry during April, but may stay for a bit longer to collect an £8 million share bonus that will be awarded from the fashion giant in June. Read More

 

Analyst says Apple plans to increase stock buyback plan by $30 billion next week

By Jake Smith on Apr 16, 2014

Apple plans to impress investors on its earnings call next week with an announcement to increase its stock buyback to return more cash to shareholders, according to Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconagh.

Sacconagh believes Apple will add $30 billion to its current stock repurchase plan, where it has already said $60 billion will be repurchased by the end of 2015.  Read More

 

Yahoo wants to be Apple’s default iOS search engine, prepares to sway execs

By Jake Smith on Apr 16, 2014

Yahoo wants to increase its presence on mobile by convincing Apple to ditch Google for Yahoo as the default search service on  iOS devices, according to Recode.

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, has been preparing several staffers within the company to begin a big offensive against Google and sway Apple to adopt its search engine.  Read More

 

SideSwype mixes the mechanics of ‘Threes’ and the match-three genre

By Lory Gil on Apr 16, 2014

When you look at the picture above, your first thought may be, “this looks like another clone of Threes.” I know that I thought so when I took my first glance at the game. Although the basic mechanics are the same, the game is not a clone.

SideSwype is a match-three game that doesn’t act like it. Unlike traditional gem matching puzzles, players don’t have nearly as much control over what matches are made or when… Read More

 

Knights of Pen & Paper turns an RPG into a tabletop adventure

By Lory Gil on Apr 16, 2014

Have I told you yet that I play Dungeons & Dragons? I have a group of friends that introduced me to the game back in 2002 and we’ve managed to keep the group together for 12 years through moves, marriages, kids, and everything else that might normally destroy a good gaming group.

Knights of Pen & Paper is a satirical role-playing game that lets you play a tabletop adventure, complete with dungeon master and unhealthy snacks. In this version, you want the cat to jump on the table. You’ll get a power buff… Read More

 

‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ for iPad now available worldwide

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2014

Back in March, Blizzard launched its digital card trading game ‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ on the Mac, and as promised, it has brought the game to iOS. The title soft-launched for iPad earlier this month, and now it’s available in App Stores worldwide.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, for those unfamiliar with it, is a strategy card game set in the Warcraft universe. Players compete in 1v1 battles—either against the computer or via Battle.net—in an effort to grow the size and power of their card collections… Read More

 

Google using Apple’s PrimeSense in ‘Project Tango’ smartphone, beating Apple to the punch

By Jake Smith on Apr 16, 2014

Google has beat Apple to the punch by using PrimeSense’s Capri PS1200 3D imaging system-on-a-chip in the Project Tango smartphone, before Apple could in its iPhone line-up, the teardown specialists over at iFixit found.

PrimeSense is the 3D technology sensing company Apple acquired for $350 million late-November 2013, and its chips weren’t expected to be found in Google’s Project Tango smartphone given the fierce competition between the two companies. Only Movidius Myriad 1 3D-sensing chips were expected, but Apple’s PrimeSense showed up as well… Read More

 
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