The Incipio Focal case will turn your iPhone into a point-and-shoot camera

By Jim Gresham on Aug 27, 2014

Despite smart devices replacing point-and-shoot cameras in the mainstream, there still seems to be many people confused by the transition to an app-based camera. Every time I am out and ask someone to take a picture of my wife and me, it seems to be a shot in the dark, so to speak. People always fumble around with the screen, trying to zoom, or change the flash, or even take the picture.

I run into people that push the software button to take the picture instead of using the volume button. Either way, there always seems to still be an unfamiliarity with the way an iPhone takes pictures. Unless you were born in 2007 when the iPhone launched, there is a transition from point-and-shoot cameras to the iPhone, and it continues to be a struggle for some.

In that light, Incipio developed an app and hardware combination bringing point-and-shoot characteristics to iPhone. Focal is a camera case providing easy snap picture taking. Dedicated shutter and zoom buttons prevent screen pecking while trying to setup the perfect shot. Read More

 

Bik – A Space Adventure is a fun point-and-click game for iOS

By Lory Gil on Aug 27, 2014

Director Steven Spielberg made such magical sci-fi movies as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T. The Extraterrestrial,” and “War of the Worlds.” Thanks to films like these, I am always looking to the stars, wondering whether there really is something out there.

Bik – A Space Adventure has the perfect plot for a Spielberg movie. Boy goes camping. Boy gets abducted by aliens. Boy saves the world. Help Bik survive with the aid of his new alien buddy Ammut. Read More

 

‘Madden NFL Mobile’ is now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2014

Just in time for NFL season, EA Sports has released a mobile version of its latest Madden NFL game, aptly-named ‘Madden NFL Mobile.’ The release coincides with the game’s highly-anticipated console release, which began hitting store shelves early this morning.

The good news is, it appears that EA has really improved graphics and animations over last year’s mobile Madden title. The bad news, however, is that not much else has changed. The game still requires an Internet connection, and it’s littered with in-app purchases. Read More

 

This is NOT the iPhone 6, or is it?

By Jake Smith on Aug 26, 2014

We have to interrupt original programming this afternoon with a breaking exclusive mega scoop from YouTuber Doldo411. Likely from a covert mission into Apple’s Cupertino campus, the scoop master has gotten his hands on the iPhone 6 before the rest of the world – and it looks like a doozie.  Read More

 

New ad formats coming to iAd: pre-roll video and full-screen interstitials

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2014

Apple announced to iOS developers today that it has enabled new ad formats that could help them generate more revenue. Developers can now add pre-roll video and full-screen advertisements to their apps, via iAd.

The news makes good on a report from back in March, which said the ads would be capable of interrupting a user in-app. It’s more likely, however, that the ads will play at moments of transition, such as at the end of a level. Read More

 

Stop typing so much: QuickBoard for iOS 8 will save text you’ve been typing over and over

By Jake Smith on Aug 26, 2014

A new third-party keyboard called QuickBoard wants to stop you from drone-lessly typing out the same information over and over. These iPhones have tiny screens, after all!

Set to launch this fall with iOS 8′s new third-party keyboard support, QuickBoard has three separate keyboard entities, TextBoard, MeBoard, and LocationBoard, that allows you to store snippets of text instead of typing it out over and over again. Read More

 

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch review: control home appliances and electronics from your iPhone

By Jim Gresham on Aug 26, 2014

Growing up as a child, anytime my family would venture out of town for more than a couple days, my father would run around the house trying to locate “the timers.” The timers, with which anyone is familiar, were the timer switches for the lamps in the house. They were old brown boxes with a beige turn wheel and a little switch, think I/O, for each of 24 hours. After manually selecting each switch to either turn on or off the receptacle, off you go for vacation. Now your lights magically turn on while you are away.

Even in the late ’80′s, I remember those timers looking dated, even acting dated. But, they worked and continue to be the same technology most people use today. Thankfully, Belkin is putting a stop to this archaic fumbling system with a modern appeal. The WeMo line of home automated devices gives you the power, literally, in a carefully crafted app and hardware unit. Read More

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks slow down in iPad sales is just a ‘speed bump’

By Jake Smith on Aug 26, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t worried about the company’s tablet sales, even when industry analysts and consumers have been yammering on about it being a slowing market. Words from the Apple boss came in a brief interview with ReCode’s Walt Mossberg,   moments before a report went live detailing plans for a larger iPad out of Cupertino.  Read More

 

You can now send money via text message for free with Square Cash

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2014

Square has released a big update for its Cash app this afternoon, bringing it to version 2.0. The app, first released in October of last year, facilitates the quick transfer of money from one user to another via e-mail, and today’s update makes the process even faster.

The UI for sending and contact screens has been optimized in Square Cash 2.0, making it easier to send money, and you can also now add notes to your payments. But perhaps the biggest addition in today’s update is the ability to send cash to anyone via text message. Read More

 

Minneapolis school district deploys iPads for 40,000 students, as LA schools suspend rollout

By Jake Smith on Aug 26, 2014

The St. Paul School District in Minneapolis has announced plans to rollout iPads to 40,000 students in its district, all payed for by taxpayer dollars. The school district has chosen a suite of apps that will be used by students, teachers, and administrators for enhanced learning in the classroom, including an app called Nearpod that can project images and videos, and gather instant responses from students to enhance engagement.  Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple preparing 12.9-inch iPad for early 2015

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2014

Bloomberg is reporting this afternoon that Apple is preparing a larger 12.9-inch iPad for early next year. Citing people with “knowledge of the matter,” the outlet says that the company’s suppliers are gearing up now, with production of the tablet scheduled to begin by the first quarter of next year.

The report revives a theory that has been bouncing around the rumor mill for more than a year now. Apple was originally expected to launch the 13-inch “iPad Pro” this fall, but is believed to have pushed back the project due to resources being used on the so-called ‘iWatch,’ and the new iPhone 6.
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Quickly turn flashlight on and off from the Lock screen with Lumos

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 26, 2014

The Lock screen on iOS comes with a tiny camera grabber that is located in the bottom right corner of the screen. Swiping it up will open the camera directly from the Lock screen without requiring you to unlock your device first. If you use flashlight on your iPhone frequently, you might be interested to check out a new jailbreak tweak known as Lumos, which brings a similar feature to the Lock screen, enabling you to quickly start the flashlight.

By default, the quickest way to turn on the flashlight on your iPhone is through Control Center. Lumos goes a step further and provides a much quicker way by adding a tiny icon to the bottom left corner of the Lock screen dedicated to flashlight. Unlike the camera grabber, you’ll have to tap on the flashlight icon in order to turn it on, instead of swiping it up. Tapping on the icon again will switch it off. Read More

 

Yahoo Mail for iPad now lets you minimize compose window like in iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

Yahoo today issued an interesting update to its native Mail application for the iPhone and iPad which replicates a handy feature we first saw in the stock Mail app in iOS 8.

Now available in the App Store, the refreshed Yahoo Mail version 3.3.2 includes the obligatory bug fixes and performance improvements, in addition to an iPad-specific feature which allows you to minimize the compose window when you need to look something up, just like Mail in iOS 8. Read More

 

Tumblr for iOS updated with nicer blogs in Explore, filtering by tagging and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

The popular blogging platform, Tumblr, which Yahoo acquired for $1.1 billion in May of last year, has a decent iOS app available — and it’s been getting a lot better post-acquisition. Today, the team pushed another update bringing out several new features and enhancements.

If you’re new to Tumblr, the signup experience is now prettier and “a lot more educational,” as the team put it. More importantly, a pair of changes outlined after the jump make finding and following blogs a lot easier and more enjoyable. Read More

 

T-Mobile will double your data if you add a tablet to your smartphone plan

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest wireless provider, on Tuesday announced it’s doubling LTE data when you add a tablet to your smartphone plan.

Moreover, the firm said it’s increased the number of lines supported by its family plan accounts to ten.

These changes arrive just as the Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier yesterday unveiled a new $5 per month option quadrupling the amount of high-speed LTE data included in the Simple Starter plan from 512 megabytes to two gigabytes. Read More

 
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