Video: Sid Meier’s Starships gameplay

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Earlier this month, publisher 2K Games and developer Firaxis announced that Sid Meier’s Starships, a brand new tactical strategy game in the Beyond Earth universe, will be coming to the Mac, iPad and Windows platforms this Spring.

And now, the first ever gameplay footage of Starships went live on YouTube, with Sid Meier himself demoing the game as part of the Firaxis Games Megapanel at PAX South. Read More

 

Revamped Yahoo for iPhone brings interactive magazines, Weather and News Digest

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Ever since Marissa Mayer took the CEO job in the summer of 2012, mobile software and digital magazines have been a big part of her turnaround efforts at Yahoo.

Having released new apps like News Digest and revamped key ones such as Mail, Search and Weather, the pioneering Internet company’s focus now sharpens on its namesake mobile app.

Now available in the App Store, the new Yahoo 6.0 sports a redesigned appearance with fresh new features that make it more in line with Yahoo’s new digital strategy while resembling Flipboard in certain functional aspects. Read More

 

TL;DR wants to keep your emails short, and your inbox shorter

By Sébastien Page on Jan 29, 2015

TL;DR Email is a new app that aims to keep your emails short and your inbox shorter at the same time. By default, the app will display only the first 30 words of incoming emails in a card-lie format, giving you enough of an overview to figure out what you want to do with the message. Swipe right to archive, swipe left to postpone it to later, or you can of course see the full message, reply to it, or even put it in a folder if needed. Read More

 

While Apple is reaching new heights, Samsung is hitting new lows

By Sébastien Page on Jan 29, 2015

Apple and Samsung might be sharing the crown for top smartphone maker, with both companies reportedly shipping 74.5 million units in the last quarter, there are still wide discrepancies between the financials of the two giants. While Apple is reaching new heights following the record-smashing financial results for the last quarter it reported on Tuesday, Samsung is reaching new lows as its mobile division is crumbling to turn a profit, a situation that is the result of two very different strategies. Read More

 

Tim Cook: switchers are buying iPhones in droves

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Though massive, the iPhone business has plenty of room to grow because only a small fraction of Apple’s installed base upgraded to the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 models. Fewer than fifteen percent of recent Apple buyers had an iPhone, with the remaining 85 percent of sales coming from switchers who used to own a non-Apple handset, in most cases Android.

That’s the gist of an interview Apple CEO Tim Cook gave to the Wall Street Journal’s last evening. In other words, the vast majority of new iPhones were purchased by former Android users. Read More

 

Anchor lets you place spaces between Home screen app icons

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 29, 2015

If you’ve been around jailbreaking for any decent amount of time, then you’re no doubt familiar with Gridlock—a jailbreak tweak that allowed you to arrange Home screen icons with spaces in between them. Anchor, a new jailbreak tweak that just recently appeared on Cydia, takes this basic premise and brings it to iOS 8. Read More

 

AirWeb turns your Apple TV into a web browser

By Lory Gil on Jan 29, 2015

I use my Apple TV for just about everything, except browsing the Internet. Using my iPhone to mirror the images to my set-top box is a bit confusing and I tend to spend more time looking at my device than I do my television set.

AirWeb – Web Browser for Apple TV hopes to make your browsing experience a little bit easier with a specially designed display that basically turns your iPhone into a touch pad. Read More

 

Claimed protective case mold hints how massive iPad Pro might be

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Aside from an alleged manufacturing mold and Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction of a creative stylus accessory for Apple’s purported pro tablet, it’s been a few weeks now without a newsworthy iPad Pro rumor in sight. Courtesy of the French blog NowhereElse.fr on Thursday, we now have a better idea of the large form-factor iPad’s massiveness.

The publication has ostensibly managed to get hold of a manufacturing mold for an assumed iPad Pro protective case said to have been designed according to the genuine device dimensions. For context: rumors have mentioned two possible screen sizes for the iPad Pro, twelve inches and 12.9 inches. I’ve included the photo right after the break so check it out and feel free to chime in with your thoughts in comments. Read More

 

Annual Back to School promo launches in New Zealand and Australia with $25-$100 gift cards

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Apple’s annual Back to School promotion launched today in Australia and New Zealand, as noted by 9to5Mac. Unlike last year when the promo included iTunes gift cards, this time around Apple Store gift cards are being offered to university students, students accepted to a university and parents buying for a university student.

A qualifying Mac, iPad or iPhone purchased is required.

The sale runs from January 30 through March 19. Read More

 

Apple also becomes China’s #1 luxury gift provider

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

In addition to becoming the top smartphone seller in China (based on the 70 percent annual sales uptick in Greater China), Apple is now the top luxury gift provider in the country, knocking Hermès off the top spot, Reuters reported Thursday.

This is interesting because Hermès is a French manufacturer that was established back in 1837 and today specializes in a plethora of luxury products, ranging from leather and lifestyle accessories to perfumery and other luxury goods. Read More

 

SoundCloud for iPad finally gets its facelift, but drops the audio recording feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

SoundCloud, an online audio distribution platform hailing from Berlin, Germany, has finally refreshed its user interface on iPads, following a major revamp on the iPhone and iPod touch side last summer.

And just like the iPhone revamp, the more visual iPad experience with an emphasis on album art in the new SoundCloud 3.7.1 comes with a major disappointment as the audio recording feature has now been killed. Read More

 

Scanbot updated with reminders, endless scanning and 1Password integration

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Scanbot, the popular document scanner and QR reader that Apple listed among its Best Apps in 2014, has received an update which allows you to add smart reminders and tasks via iOS Reminders and Evernote to your scanned documents, with alerts delivered via Push Notifications to the Lock screen.

Secondly, Scanbot 3.5.1 brings out support for the login and password management app 1Password, making possible adding cloud services to Scanbot using data stored in 1Password. And thirdly, developers have implemented endless scanning by removing any limitations in terms of the amount of pages you can scan, allowing you to literally scan full books now. Read More

 

China’s ludicrous new cybersecurity rules aimed at Western companies could hurt Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

The Chinese government has adopted new cybersecurity rules targeted at Western technology companies that are bound to give firms like Apple a major headache.

According to The New York Times on Thursday, the new rules require vendors that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code.

The Chinese government also requires that Western technology providers submit to “invasive audits” and even build backdoors into hardware and software. As a result, the Apples, Dells and HPs of this world are going to need to jump through more hoops to do business in China.  Read More

 

Apple ties Samsung for the world’s top smartphone maker crown

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Driven by phenomenal iPhone sales during the holiday quarter, Apple has now tied Samsung for the title of the world’s top smartphone maker. According to latest numbers from research firm Strategy Analytics relayed by Bloomberg, both companies sold about 74.5 million smartphones during the fourth quarter of last year.

Both companies took an equal 19.6 percent market share in the global market for smartphones. Motorola owner Lenovo was a distant third with a 6.5 percent share, followed by Chinese vendor Huawei, which took a 5.7 percent share. Lenovo and Huawei shipper about 24 million smartphones each. Read More

 

Microsoft releases native Outlook app for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Microsoft on Thursday released the official Outlook email client in the App Store (not to be confused with the native Outlook Web App for the iPhone). Optimized for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, the iOS 8-only app is based on Microsoft’s $200 million purchase of the popular mobile email app Acompli.

Featuring a built-in calendar, comprehensive search features, gesture-based interface akin to Dropbox-owned Mailbox and support for popular cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s own OneDrive service, it brings together the core tools you need to get things done in one sweet package. Read More

 

‘Hook’ review: a puzzle game you’ll get hooked on

By Lory Gil on Jan 29, 2015

Relaxation puzzle games are great for winding down at the end of a long and taxing day. They can put you into a Zen-like mood and help you wash the stress of the day out of your mind.

“Hook” is one of the most relaxing puzzle games I’ve ever played. It features complex challenges, but has no time restrictions or scoring, so you don’t feel any pressure, just levelheaded enjoyment. We’ve got a game review of “Hook” for you today. Read More

 

Rocket Cars drives its way into the App Store

By Lory Gil on Jan 29, 2015

Racing games are a lot of fun, but there are so many of them that it is difficult to find ones that really stand out. Some companies make hyper realistic graphics. Others hope to win you over with popular licensing.

Rocket Cars features miniature RC style racers that have the ability to get maximum levels of speed thanks to rocket power. Play through a career campaign to become the top racer in Game Center. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 92: Jailbreaking accessibility

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 28, 2015

Episode 92: Sebastien interviews visually impaired jailbreaker, Justin Wack, to talk about what it’s like to use an iOS device without sight, how Apple devices are the best for those with disabilities, and how jailbreaking has benefited him.

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App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 28

By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 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 we have a number of high profile apps, such as Duet Display and Workflow, on sale courtesy of Apple’s Get Productive promotion. Read More

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 won’t be using Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip due to overheating

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

News broke today that Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the fabled Galaxy S6, won’t be using Qualcomm’s new mobile system-on-a-chip, the Snapdragon 810.

As Re/code noted, the revelation came indirectly, via Qualcomm’s earnings call today, as the firm had to tell investors “a large customer’s flagship device” won’t be shipping with the Snapdragon 810 inside.

Lost business has forced Qualcomm to cut its outlook for the fiscal year slightly. The semiconductor maker did not say which client, and why, has dropped the Snapdragon 810.

However, a week ago Bloomberg learned that Samsung had opted to drop the 810 from its upcoming flagship due to overheating problems. Read More