Amazon Game Studios announces four new mobile games coming to iOS platform

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

Amazon Game Studios, a games-publishing arm of the online retail giant, announced it will soon be bringing four new iPhone and iPad games to the iOS platform.

“We’re excited to share that two new games, Lost Within and Til Morning’s Light along with customer favorites Tales From Deep Space and To-Fu Fury, will be coming soon to iOS and more Fire devices,” said the studio in a media release Friday. Read More


How to invoke a specific Notification Center View using keyboard shortcuts on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 6, 2015

Earlier this week, I showed you how to mate Notification Center to a keyboard shortcut. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could designate which View you’d like to see when invoking Notification Center from a keyboard shortcut? In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to open directly to the Today View or the Notifications View using keyboard shortcuts. Read More


Apple to replace AT&T on the Dow on March 18

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

Apple of California will replace AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close of trading on March 18, Reuters reported this morning. The famed Dow Jones Industrial Average is indicative of the overall market health so Apple joining and replacing the nation’s second-largest carrier on the index is certainly an encouraging sign for the economy.

Because the Dow is a weighted average of absolute stock price (unlike other indices), Apple was unable to join the Dow until its seven-to-one stock split, which took place in June of last year. Read More


Jony Ive discusses Apple Watch in another fascinating interview ahead of April launch

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

The Apple Watch is just around the corner and Apple’s PR department is in full swing. In addition to a series of fashion magazine covers featuring the device and a wide-ranging interview with Jony Ive in The New Yorker, London’s Financial Times newspaper has now been given access to Apple’s design czar.

Billed as “the man behind the Apple Watch”, Ive shares a few interesting details with FT’s Nick Foulkes regarding crafting Apple’s first wearable device.

He also touched upon other related topics such as the team’s meticulous attention to detail, the myopic approach to designing the Watch, how the device differs from the iPhone in terms of usage patterns and much more. Read More


Good Deal: Power Vault 18,000 mAh Battery Pack

By iDB Deals on Mar 6, 2015

Running multiple apps, maintaining Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and just staying connected on the move can drain your phone or tablet battery in a few hours. If you ever find yourself struggling for a charge, you need a portable battery pack – the Power Vault from iDownloadBlog Deals is a great option that will give you a ton of power on a tight budget: 18,000 mAh for just $30 (and $35 for international customers). Read More


Words U makes you smarter while you text

By Lory Gil on Mar 6, 2015

You might call me a word nerd. One of my favorite things to do while writing is looking up synonyms. I absolutely hate seeing a sentence with the same noun in it more than once. When it comes to reviewing apps, you’d be surprised how hard it is to come up with a new word for “game.”

Words U is a messaging app that translates your conversation into sentences with alternate words. Instead of “Hi,” you’ll be saying “Salutations” to your friends. You don’t have to worry about your friends thinking you are being pretentious either. The conversations all take place within the app, so everyone is being a smarty-pants. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 5

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some great new apps and games you won’t want to miss. Read More


Using TextExpander to quickly insert keyboard symbols on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 5, 2015

You may have noticed how I like to use keyboard symbols in my posts. You know, things like ⇧, or ⌃, or ⌘, or even ⌥. I use → a lot too, which is helpful when laying out a certain order of steps in my tutorials.

Some of you may think that I’ve memorized the code for these symbols (I haven’t), or that I copy and paste them from a document or keep them on my clipboard somehow (I don’t). Instead, I use the venerable TextExpander utility to make inserting these symbols a totally effortless affair. Read More


Rochade: invert Twitter handles with full names in the stock Twitter app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 5, 2015

Rochade is a new jailbreak tweak that aims to invert the appearance of full names and Twitter handles within the stock Twitter app. Its aim is to provide more weight to the Twitter handle, and less such weight to the names of users associated with said handles.

Although other notable Twitter apps, like Tweetbot, have support for managing the display of names and handles within the UI, the official Twitter app is more strict in its approach. Read More


Apple giving Facebook and others early access to Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2015

Apple is giving select companies early access to the Apple Watch, reports Bloomberg. The outlet says that Facebook, airliner United Continental Holdings Inc. and others have “spent weeks” at Apple’s Cupertino campus working hands-on with the smartwatch to test and fine-tune their apps ahead of next month’s launch.

Citing people familiar with the process, Bloomberg says software engineers for the companies are being allowed to work with the Apple Watch in a top secret lab at Apple’s headquarters. All who enter must sign non-disclosure agreements, and must follow a set of extreme guidelines to keep unknown Watch details from leaking. Read More


Extended: The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle

By iDB Deals on Mar 5, 2015

One of our most popular deals at the iDownloadBlog Deals store so far, the Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle features 8 top mac apps at 90% off. Plus, with the coupon code ULTRAMAC5, you can get an additional $5 off the bundle, bringing the price down to $39.99. The bundle was initially only supposed to run for two weeks (ending last night), but it’s so popular that it’s been extended for another week.

Get it while you can! Full list of apps included below. Read More


Apple Watch: a mysterious 6-pin port opens up many possibilities

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2015

There is a mysterious port on the Apple Watch that could be used to connect accessories such as a smart band or battery, reports TechCrunch. The outlet says that multiple sources have confirmed the wearable features a secret 6-dot brass contact used for diagnostics and direct access to the operating system.

Apparently the port is very similar to the Lightning port found on larger iOS devices, and is located inside the groove of the “bottom” strap connector slot. It’s believed that this portal is “absolutely necessary” to install the Watch OS during manufacturing, and thus it will be present on shipping versions of the wearable. Read More


Barclays: Apple could sell 54 million iPhones this quarter

By Jake Smith on Mar 5, 2015

Barclays is out with a research note on Thursday indicating Apple’s most profitable business is nowhere close to slowing down. Analyst Ben Reitzes, citing supply chain sources, says the Cupertino-based company is on pace to sell 54 million units in the March quarter, a year-over-year increase of 24 percent.
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Apple names Temple Run: Oz its new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

The exhilarating sequel to the classic endless runner with a Disney movie tie-in throw in for good measure, Temple Run: Oz is now available at no cost until next Thursday as part of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion.

Released precisely on this day a year ago, this marks the first time Temple Run: Oz has been marked down to zero bucks on the App Store (regularly $1.99).

The game is based on the 2013 film ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ and features the same great gameplay as the original infinite runner, with an Oz twist to it. Read More


5 new indie iPhone and iPad games worth playing

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Like any Thursday, last evening the App Store was refreshed with a myriad of new game releases. Rather than highlight juicy games like Real Steel Champions, Warhammer: Snotling Fling and other new arrivals from big name publishers, this time around I’ve decided to do something entirely different.

Therefore: introducing a list of new game releases by independent publishers that I think deserve additional exposure and your attention.

Without further ado, here are five indie games that I think you should definitely check out and hopefully put on your Home screen. Read More


Google updates Sheets, Slides and Docs for iOS with doc copying, accessibility improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Thursday, Google issued updates to its trio of cloud-powered productivity apps in the App Store: Sheets, Slides and Docs. These apps let you create, edit and collaborate with others on spreadsheets, documents and presentations and now include the ability to make a copy of a document, a feature previously reserved for the web UI.

Moreover, a new accessibility settings menu appears within Slides and Sheets when VoiceOver is enabled in Settings. Read More


Apple reportedly planning thinner Apple TV with App Store

By Jake Smith on Mar 5, 2015

9to5mac reports Apple is working on a new version of its Apple TV set-top box, which will feature a slimmer profile and finally bring the most sought-after Apple TV feature – the App Store.

The publication, who is often correct in its reporting on Apple, reports that Apple had originally hoped to ship the redesigned Apple TV this month, however it could be delayed until later this year. Apple is said to be working on new content partnerships, like the reported HBO Now, and it could be the company wants to secure a few more before bringing the redesign to market. Read More


Apple reminds users it’s pulling Aperture from the Mac App Store this spring

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2015

Apple on Thursday began sending out emails to Aperture users, reminding them that the software has been discontinued. When the new Photos app for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store.

Users will still be able to use the popular photo editor in OS X Yosemite, but when the removal occurs, you will no longer be able to buy additional copies. Apple also notes that Aperture libraries can by migrated into Photos OS X. Read More


Apple’s Beats-based music streaming service reportedly delayed until WWDC

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Apple’s rumored subscription music service based on Beats Music and with stock iOS Music app integration will be formally announced at this year’s summer developers conference rather than in March, as previously reported.

Although some have hoped Monday’s “Spring Forward” media event might serve as a launchpad for the service, Apple is now reportedly planning on introducing it in beta form at its Worldwide Developers Conference in early June, 9to5Mac said Thursday. Read More


Create your perfect Apple Watch with this web tool

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2015

Apple’s Watch release is still at least a month away, but thanks to ‘mix your watch,’ you can start building one now. The interactive web tool allows you to create your perfect Apple Watch by customizing the case color, band color and band material.

It uses stock images from Apple’s website, and an image-based UI that allows you to customize each element. So if you want to see what a dark aluminum case would look like with a black leather band, simply select them, and watch the colors change. Read More

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