Vinculum brings a Nexus-inspired app drawer to jailbroken devices

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 29, 2016

Vinculum is a new jailbreak tweak that brings to jailbroken iOS devices an app drawer inspired by Android 7.0 Nougat on the Google Nexus phones.

Not only can you use this app drawer to get to any of your apps in a pinch, but you can even customize the way it looks to get the appearance you’re going for. Read More


Apple Music for Android tops 10 million downloads in less than a year

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 6, 2016

Apple Music for Android has passed ten million downloads, according to meta data from Google’s Play Store. Apple Music’s Android app was last updated on August 25, bumping version number to 1.1.1 and bringing out various app and performance improvements. The app made its debut on Google’s ubiquitous mobile platform as a public beta in November 2015, six months following Apple Music unveiling at WWDC 2015. In August 2016, it exited beta and is now for the most part on par with its iOS counterpart in terms of features. Read More


The best tips for saving battery power while playing Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 15, 2016

Without a doubt, many who are reading this post right now are huge Pokémon GO fans. The game took the mobile device market by storm and it became an instant hit, topping the application stores on two of the largest competitors on the market today: iOS and Android.

One of the things that can’t be avoided while playing Pokémon GO is the battery drain you’re going to suffer, and this is because it’s a GPS-based game, but there are still some pointers you can follow to help reduce battery drain so you can play as long as possible. Read More


Pokémon GO update fixes Pokéball throws, re-adds battery saver, and more

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 9, 2016

Game developer Niantic has launched an updated version of Pokémon GO for iOS and Android users on Monday that resolves a lot of bugs that were introduced in the previous update and improves the game in various aspects.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Pokémon GO update without adding something tedious, as it would seem. Read More


Apple Music for Android exits beta, gains equalizer settings and performance improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Apple Music for Android has dropped the beta flag, reveals the app’s official description on Google’s Play store. Today, Apple Music for Android was updated to version 1.0 as the app is no longer in beta, signaling Apple’s confidence that it enables experiences its iOS counterpart has provided since launch. The app made its surprising debut in November of 2015 as Apple’s first-ever Android software because the company wanted to make it easy for music lovers to allow people to enjoy music “no matter where you were and what products you were using”. Read More


Many Pokémon-tracking apps shutting down following Pokémon GO update

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 1, 2016

Pokémon GO, the popular new GPS-based Pokémon-catching app for mobile devices, received an update over the weekend that made many changes in the game, both big and small.

One of the biggest changes was the removal of the Footsteps feature, which made tracking Pokémon easier. But in addition to the removal of Footsteps, it seems that Niantic is working to end real-time Pokémon tracking tools to prevent cheating. Read More


Pokémon GO update adds avatar customization, UI tweaks, & performance improvements

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 30, 2016

Pokémon GO is one of the most popular free apps in the App Store today, and it has received a free app update on Saturday for both the iOS and Android platforms.

The iOS version has been brought up to version 1.1.0 and packs a decent list of changes that will appeal to all players. In this piece, we’ll talk about the new changes you’ll find in the latest version of the game. Read More


Tap to Translate tweak brings Android-style text translation to iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 29, 2016

Google Translate is a very useful tool when you deal with pages or people that may write in different languages than your own. With it, you can immediately translate text from one language to another.

One of the great features of the Android platform is the Tap to Translate feature that lets you translate text from anywhere, and with a new free jailbreak tweak called Tap to Translate, you can now have this feature on your iOS devices as well. Read More


Collecting, Powering-up, and Evolving Pokémon in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 26, 2016

Pokémon GO is one of the most used free apps in the App Store, and even in the Google Play Store right now. The game provides an augmented reality experience of the real world, complimented with the presence of virtual Pokémon, and it’s an understatement to say that people are loving it.

In this piece, we’ll talk about maintaining your Pokémon, whether it’s collecting, leveling up, or evolving them. Read More


The importance of PokéStops in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 22, 2016

Pokémon GO took the mobile device nation by storm. The game has already been downloaded so many times that it’s hit the top free app charts on both the iOS and Android platform, and it seems you can’t go anywhere anymore without seeing amateur Pokémon trainers wandering about.

In this piece, we’ll discuss the importance of PokéStops in the game, and what you can do to utilize them to their fullest potential. Read More


Google wants to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Apple is opening a new facility in India early next year, aimed at improving the skills and success of Indian developers building iOS applications, and now Google hopes to do the same for Android. In introducing a new initiative this morning, called Android Skilling, Google hopes to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent to Android. Read More


Rumor: Google developing two Wear smartwatches with circular displays

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2016

Android Police ran a story two days ago, that’s now picking up traction, learning from supposedly reliable sources that Google is secretly developing a pair of smartwatches—code-named “Angelfish” and “Swordfish”—that will run its latest Android Wear software, have circular displays and more.

One of the devices, ”Angelfish”, is said to have a subdued but sporty look and include a built-in heart rate sensor, embedded LTE cellular connectivity and GPS for truly standalone operation. Read More


Say hello to Android Nougat

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2016

When Google officially announced Android N at its annual Google I/O developers conference in May, they ran a contest asking fans to submit their suggestions for the official name of the next major revision to the world’s most-used mobile operating system. Yesterday, Google announced they’ve chosen “Nougat” as the official code-name of Android 7.0. Read More


Long exposure and time-lapse photography made easy with updated Pocket Tripod

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

Pocket Tripod, a credit card sized phone holder that started as a Kickstarter project in 2013, has been updated to accommodate iPhones and Android smartphones of all sizes, with or without a case. Created by Geometrical Inc.‘s Rambod Radmard, this tremendously useful accessory fits in your wallet and unfolds into a phone stand.

More importantly, it doubles as a mini-tripod for times when you need your iPhone’s camera to be steady. The updated version is expected to ship in October. Read More


Google-made smartphone designed to take on the iPhone allegedly due this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Although Google’s Android software is on four in five phones sold worldwide, the iPhone remains the king of the hill when it comes to the lucrative premium segment of the handset market. The Telegraph is now reporting that Google will step up smartphone wars with release of its own handset later this year, a move that’d see it compete directly with the iPhone. Read More


Apple executive explains why iMessage isn’t on other platforms

By Cody Lee on Jun 16, 2016

In a broad reflective piece on Apple’s WWDC keynote, noted tech journalist Walt Mossberg made some interesting comments regarding a recent rumor that Apple was considering bringing its iMessage service to Android. Turns out that isn’t happening, and won’t be in the near future.

Speaking to a “senior Apple executive,” Mossberg says Apple is happy with the 1 billion+ active devices it currently caters to, so it doesn’t feel an immediate need to grow its user base by expanding to other platforms. It also still considers its iMessage service a major iOS-exclusive feature. Read More


Pre-orders begin for the incredibly sexy BatteryBox Slim

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 10, 2016

BatteryBox is launching a new pre-order special for its updated line of external batteries for Mac laptops and mobile devices that use a USB charger, such as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and various other types of devices.

Dubbed BatteryBox Slim, the new battery not only looks better with its color-matched aluminum external finish, but it comes with a slew of new features that are going to make this one of the best options on the market to date. Read More


Rumor: Apple will introduce iMessage for Android at WWDC

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2016

Apple is planning to bring its encrypted messaging service iMessage to Android, reports MacDailyNews. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the site says that the company plans to announce the move at its WWDC keynote next week.

If true—and that’s a big if—the move would push Apple further into the messaging space as it tries to grow its ‘Services’ category on the back of dwindling iPhone sales. Note that the Cupertino firm already offers Apple Music on Android. Read More


Google copies Apple’s 85/15 revenue split for subscriptions, without 1-year requirement

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2016

Google surely didn’t waste any time yesterday. Just a few hours into Apple’s App Store announcements which revealed a new 85/15 revenue split for In-App Subscriptions, the Internet giant told Re/code that it, too, will be making a similar change concerning Android app subscriptions on the Play store.

But unlike Apple, which stipulates that devs will see the 70/30 revenue split turn into a 85/15 deal one after one full year of subscription, Google’s Play Store 85/15 split would take effect immediately, without the one-year requirement. Read More


iOS continues bleeding share to Android as smartphone market slows considerably

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends Report is a treasure trove of surveys and predictions on the global trends concerning our industry. I found out this morning that half of the searches will be either through images or speech by 2020 and that Siri was handling more than one billion requests per week through speech as of June 2015.

I’ve now compiled the report’s most interesting tidbits regarding Internet usage around the world, the iOS vs. Android battle and more. Read More

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