Rovio’s Flappy Bird-inspired Retry launches globally

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

After soft-launching its retro-style arcade flying game inspired by the Flappy Bird craze in Canada, Finland and Poland, Retry by Rovio is now available internationally.

Released under Rovio’s LVL 11 experimental label for internal games which don’t quite fit the overall Rovio brand, the addictive free-to-play download will have you thinking that “you’ve stepped into an 8-bit time machine and gone back to 1986″. Read More

 

Amazon working to enable its Rewards Visa Card for use on Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

The online retail giant Amazon confirmed to GeekWire that it is in fact working to enable the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card offered by Chase for use on Apple Pay, as MacRumors first noted on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Seattle, Washington headquartered company did not specify when it would be available. This is a major development as Amazon is among the companies not supporting Apple Pay initially. Read More

 

MasterCard promotes Apple Pay in TV commercials

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

MasterCard, one of Apple’s launch partners for Apple Pay, has begun airing new television commercials during last night’s Game 1 highlighting Apple’s mobile payments service, which became available at more than 220,000 locations in the United States with the release of iOS 8.1 this Monday.

“Fans who use their MasterCard with Apple Pay are enjoying priceless surprises, even at the World Series,” the voiceover can be heard saying. And what exactly might those “priceless surprises” be?

How about tickets to the games and even “meeting a baseball legend” such as George Brett and other “once in a lifetime experiences”?

Jump past the fold to watch the ads now. Read More

 

Fantastical gains fantastic iOS 8 Today widget, Interactive Notifications, Share extension and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

Flexibits on Tuesday issued a major update to its calendar, reminder and to-do replacement app, Fantastical for the iPhone and iPad. Now an iOS 8-only download, the new Fantastical 2.2 is fully optimized for some of iOS 8’s headline new features.

It has an informative Today widget for your upcoming tasks, ability to create events in any application that supports iOS’s multi-purpose Share menu, notifications that can be interacted with on the Lock screen, within the Notification Center and from the banner alert, and more.

This update is free to existing users. And to celebrate this major new release, good folks over at Flexibits have slashed Fantastical for iOS: the iPhone edition is now $3, down from its regular price of five bucks, while the iPad edition will run you $7 for a limited time, down from its regular asking price of ten bucks a pop. Read More

 

Pangu v1.0.1 brings bug fixes to this limited iOS 8 jailbreak

By Sébastien Page on Oct 22, 2014

The Pangu Team has released an update  to their iOS 8 jailbreak tool which was released out of the blue earlier today. Although no clear changelog is available, Pangu v1.0.1 brings a few bug fixes, including one that might have caused users who successfully jailbroke their device with the initial version to lose their photos.

Although promising, Pangu v1.0.1 is still more of a tool for developers rather than end users. As we noted earlier today, the current version of Pangu doesn’t install Cydia, which hasn’t been updated to bring compatibility for iOS 8. It simply allows developers to test out their tweaks and update them for iOS 8. Read More

 

Cannot activate iOS 8’s Text Message Forwarding and iPhone Cellular Calls? Here’s a fix.

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

As soon as iOS 8.1 hit two days ago, I immediately went about checking out a pair of new features I care about the most, Text Message Forwarding and iPhone Cellular Calls.

As a quick reminder, Text Message Forwarding lets me mirror text messages sent to my iPhone in the Messages app on the Mac or iPad. With iPhone Cellular Calls turned on, I can finally make and receive phone calls on my other Mac and iOS devices through my iPhone’s cellular connection.

But something was amiss, or so I thought, because I just couldn’t get either feature to work. While attempting to enable Text Message Forwarding, the system prompted me to enter a confirmation code my Mac was supposed to generated, but didn’t.

Likewise, trying to enable iPhone Cellular Calls yielded a FaceTime error message saying my devices must use the same iCloud account, even though I was using FaceTime without any problems before.

Having spent a few hours restoring my devices as new, reseting network settings, changing settings on my router and checking the status of iCloud services, I eventually came to the same realization as did the other affected users: Text Message Forwarding requires you to use an email address and for iPhone Cellular Calls to work properly, FaceTime must be signed in with your Apple ID. Read More

 

Tim Cook flies to China in response to iCloud phishing allegations

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

Apple’s boss Tim Cook went to China to meet with a top Chinese government official in Beijing amid allegations of government-backed phishing attempts on users’ iCloud accounts, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency, relayed by Reuters Wednesday.

The meeting coincides with reports by GreatFire.org, a Chinese web monitoring group, alleging that the Chinese government sponsored man-in-the-middle attacks that redirected local users to a fake iCloud.com login page in an effort to harvest Apple ID user names and passwords. Read More

 

Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 released

By Sébastien Page on Oct 22, 2014

The Pangu team has released a jailbreak for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 devices today, just about 35 days after the launch of Apple’s latest mobile operating system. The download link for Pangu for iOS 8 was briefly available on the official Pangu website before being pulled a few minutes later.

Although this is great news for jailbreakers, it does come with a few strings attached that make this initial iOS 8 jailbreak release somewhat useless for the time being. Read More

 

QuickMusic provides quick access to music controls with a stylish interface

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 22, 2014

We’ve seen quite a number of tweaks on Cydia that provide system-wide access to music controls including Musiex and the popular MiniPlayer tweak. QuickMusic is yet another similar tweak by developer Gabriele Filipponi, but this one features a unique functionality and stylish interface that I’m quite fond of.

With QuickMusic, you can swipe up the Music icon to bring up an awesome looking interface containing the album artwork as well as the music controls including the play/pause button enclosed by a circular progress bar, skip and previous buttons. Read More

 

Skullduggery! digs into physics-based gaming in a special way

By Lory Gil on Oct 22, 2014

Physics-based games have really turned into something special. It was only a few years ago when games like Angry Birds were little more than the same game with a new skin. However, developers have found new ways to make the slingshot mechanics work in fun new ways and the category has taken on a life of its own.

Skullduggery! is a new game that features the familiar drag-to-launch mechanics that are so well known in physics-based games. But this title mixes in a bit of platform action to turn it into more than just a game of toss the birdy. Read More

 

Early iPad Air 2 reviews praise display, performance

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2014

Right after its iPad event on Thursday, Apple gave a select group of journalists early access to its two new tablets— the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3—for early review. Tonight, a number of those reviews hit the web, offering up initial feedback on the two devices.

Reviews for the new iPad mini seem pretty dull, given how similar it is to its predecessor, but reviewers had some interesting things to say about the iPad Air 2. So, as usual, we’ve rounded up some excerpts from Air 2 reviews to give you an idea of the consensus. Read More

 

Apple launches Maps Connect, a way for businesses to manage their Apple Maps listings

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Apple has launched a new self-service portal for US businesses to add or edit listings within Apple Maps. Dubbed Apple Maps Connect, the portal aims to allow small business owners to ensure that their listings are up-to-date and accurate.

According to Search Engine Land, who has used the service, Maps Connect is free, and listings appear in Apple Maps on both desktop and mobile versions. You simply login with your Apple ID, and either create or claim your business listing. Read More

 

GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, selling furnaces to pay debt

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

GT Advanced and Apple have reached a settlement that will allow the two companies to part ways amicably, reports The Wall Street Journal. Under the terms of the deal, GT will be paying Apple back for its $439 million loan by selling off its 2,000+ furnaces.

The news surfaced during GT Advanced’s bankruptcy hearing this afternoon—two weeks ago, the sapphire-maker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Low cash flow was cited as a reason for the filing, but few details are known about the circumstances. Read More

 

The iPad Air 2 is much faster than the iPhone 6 and the original iPad Air

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2014

No big shocker at first glance. Of course the iPad Air 2, a device that’s just now landing into the hands of rabid fans, is faster than the year-old device that it’s intended to replace. Yes, the iPad Air 2 is faster, but it’s the way that it’s faster that is truly noteworthy.

The A8X processor that’s nestled deep within the confines of the iPad Air 2’s new slim and trim body is, for the first time in the history of iOS devices, a 1.5Ghz triple-core processor. The iPad Air 2 also features a healthy 2GB of RAM. Coincidentally, the 2GB of RAM is also a first for any iOS device.

Needless to say, the iPad Air 2 is a beast on paper, but it’s no mere paper tiger. This thing screams, and the first benchmarks posted on MacRumors comparing it to previous iOS devices are proving that point.

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Another official Pokemon game has landed in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

The Pokemon Company today released its second official game for iOS called Camp Pokemon. Aimed at kids between 6 and 8 years of age, the title takes place on an immersive island filled with various mini games that teach players what it takes to become a Pokemon trainer.

Completing each of these activities will net players a pin, which they can view later in their Pin Book, allowing them to track their progress. They can also collect stickers, which can then be used to decorate photos taken with either iPhone or iPad cameras from within the game.

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IMDb app adds box office info, movie tech specs and a couple other features

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Amazon-owned IMDb, the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information, has a nicely done iPhone and iPad application available for free in the App Store that has just gotten a whole lot better in the latest version 4.5 release.

For starters, the software at last provides a bunch of useful technical specifications for movies such as the original aspect ratio, color, audio, runtime and what not.

Next, movie pages now include box office information giving you yet another indication of the movie’s popularity — that’s in addition to the previous data like review scores. Note that U.S. box office result data was previously available only via the app’s Popular Charts feature.

If you want to write a plot for an obscure movie that lacks descriptions, or maybe add interesting trivia to a television show, you can now do so directly in the mobile app, without visiting IMDb’s interface on the web. Read More

 

Be choosy, Apple Pay is limited to 8 credit cards at any one time

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2014

I generally keep a lot of credit cards, because I like to play the loyalty frequent flier bonus miles game. I’ve been able to take some amazing trips for next to nothing over the years as a result.

But telling you about my global travels isn’t the purpose of this post. The point of this post is to highlight a limit you’ll encounter if you add enough cards to Apple Pay.

It appears that Apple Pay limits its users to only eight credit and/or debit cards per device. I ran into this limit as I was adding as many of my credit cards into Passbook as I could. It’s nowhere near a deal breaker, but this is somewhat disappointing for me… Read More

 

You can now stream every episode of The Simpsons to iPhone and iPad

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

In line with expectations, FX has activated the Simpsons World portal in its FX Now application this afternoon. Authenticated users get access to a deep catalog of content, including, for the first time ever, on-demand access to all 552 episodes of The Simpsons television show.

Simpsons World will be available on various platforms, such as the FXNOW app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Xbox, Apple TV, and of course SimpsonsWorld.com. At the time of this writing, the portal was not showing up on Apple TV, but it did appear within the iOS FX Now app. Read More

 

Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac goes on pre-order with 15% discount, arriving this holiday

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will be hitting the Mac and Linux platforms this holiday season, with pre-orders now available through GameAgent.com with a fifteen percent discount for GameAgent members and the Exoplanets Map Pack thrown in as a free bonus, developer Firaxis announced Tuesday on the official Civilization website.

The Mac edition is being handled by Aspyr Media, a Texas-based company which specializes in porting Windows games to the Mac. The Mac and Linux editions of Beyond Earth include all of the features found in the Windows counterpart. The PC edition is set to launch this Friday, October 24. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite features a 2D Dock and a friendlier looking Finder icon

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2014

The Dock in OS X Yosemite has ditched the 3D look and has gone back to its 2D roots. This results in a much “flatter” appearance, which harkens back to the earlier versions of OS X. Icons now appear to be a part of the Dock instead of hovering it.

Check past the break as we break down this and other Dock changes on video. Read More