Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest games discounted in Square Enix holiday sale

By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2014

Joining Halfbrick and others, Square Enix has launched a holiday promotional sale for all of its iOS games. So for a limited time, you can pickup some of the studio’s biggest titles for iPhone and iPad at a significant discount.

The Square Enix library contains a number of popular console ports, including Final Fantasy 1-6, and Final Fantasy Tactics, as well as multiple Chaos Rings and Dragon Quest games. We’ve listed all of the discounted titles below. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger gains read receipts, fresh holiday content and a huge speed boost

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

Facebook-owned WhatsApp quietly introduced blue-ticked read confirmations in its mobile iPhone app a month and a half ago and now the social networking behemoth has refreshed its backend to bring read receipts to Messenger for iOS and Android.

And with Christmas around the corner, the company is helping us celebrate the upcoming festivities by adding holiday-themed content to Messenger like fresh sticker packs, a new festive frame and more.

As if that wasn’t enough, Facebook’s engineers have done a lot of work under the hood to make the app more fluid and responsive than ever before. Read More

 

Facebook launches Stickered, a Messenger companion app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

There’s a brand new app from Facebook in town and it’s hitting iOS real soon. Having launched on Android today, Stickered is a companion app for Messenger which allows you to add some fun stickers to a photo before sending it to a friend on Messenger.

The first companion app for Messenger, the lightweight Stickered app should make it easy and fun to pick a photo and then resize and slap a sticker on top. Read More

 

Apps get pricier in Russia over collapsing ruble

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

Apple is increasing App Store prices in Russia over the plummeting ruble, the basic monetary unit of the 145 million people country and some other former republics of the USSR, reports 9to5Mac.

So after halting online sales due to the fluctuating currency, now Apple’s virtual store is feeling the repercussions of Russia’s troubled economy.

Russian ruble, and consequentially the country’s economy as a whole, have stagnated for months now due to the falling price of oil and economic sanctions imposed by EU and USA over President Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Read More

 

Top Farm, a FarmVille-like game from Fruit Ninja creators, now available globally

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

As Fruit Ninja and the rest of Halfbrick’s lineup of paid iOS games has gone free for a limited time, the company on Friday released a brand new iPhone and iPad game in the App Store. Top Farm, a would-be FarmVille killer, actually soft-launched in select markets a year ago and it’s now available worldwide.

A free-to-play download, Top Farm is a farm simulation game created by Brazil-based studio Vostu in which you must harvest crops, craft goods and explore new colorful and vibrant lands. Read More

 

Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut review

By Lory Gil on Dec 19, 2014

Fans of tactical military turn-based strategy games can step into a future where humans merge with technology to become superhuman. Sprinkle a little magic into the equation and you’ve got a tactical game for every walk of life.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut is such a game and features a dystopian future where tech and magic collide, creating the kinds of criminal element you would never wish to encounter in real life. We’ve got a full game review of Shadowrun: Dragonfall for you right now. Read More

 

bit Dungeon II is a classic roguelike inspired by Zelda

By Lory Gil on Dec 19, 2014

No one ever said that crawling through dungeons was easy. But the payoff makes it worth the effort. In roguelike games, permadeath is what makes the work so hard. What’s the point of looting all of those treasure chests if you’re just going to lose them when you die anyway?

Adventure, that’s the point. bit Dungeon II has it in spades. Head out into the ethereal world where spirits and demons collide in epic and dangerous battles. Explore dark dungeons and fight major bosses in this traditional roguelike game. Read More

 

iPhone version of Procreate now available in the App Store

By Lory Gil on Dec 19, 2014

Procreate is arguably one of the most advanced artist apps in the App Store. With it, users can create incredibly detailed digital paintings using a vast array of tools and brushes, huge canvas sizes, and unlimited color options. The app has only been available for the iPad since its launch in 2011.

Procreate Pocket, which just launched in the App Store this week, is the iPhone version of its larger, more advanced counterpart. Now, you can create artwork on the go and easily transfer it to your iPad to add the finishing touches. Read More

 

Watch ABC Apple TV app updated with full-length episodes one week after air

By Jake Smith on Dec 18, 2014

ABC announced on Thursday its Watch ABC app on the Apple TV has been updated with full-length episodes after they air, along with a new bolder, immersive look and feel, more short form video, and a continuous play mode. Read More

 

The best Weather apps of 2014

By Lory Gil on Dec 18, 2014

The weather may be getting crazier each year, but the apps that tell us about conditions, both local and across the globe, are getting more reliable. With the update to iOS 8 just a few short months ago, we’ve seen an influx of weather related services that we are glad to add to our Home screen (and Lock screen too).

We rounded up what we think are the best weather apps to have released in 2014. Then, we voted on which ones we liked the best. The winner and runner-ups are listed below; along with the weather app we think takes the cake for all-time. Read More

 

Amazon Instant Video updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

Amazon updated its Instant Video streaming app today, bringing it to version 2.9.5. As the build number indicates, it’s a fairly small update, but it should make users happy with its improved support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

This means that streaming videos should look better on the larger, higher resolution displays of Apple’s newer handsets, as should the app’s menu system. You can now see more content in a single glance, making navigation easier. Read More

 

Brushstroke is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

It’s Thursday and those of you who frequent iDB know what that means: Apple’s editors get to discount and highlight another app as part of the App Store’s ongoing promotion marketed under the ‘Free App of the Week’ banner.

With last week’s free app, the popular retro-futuristic 3D shooter Space Qube, soon going back up to its regular price of three bucks, we now turn our attention to Brushstroke, a photography app available to you at no cost for a week.

Created by Code Organa, the developer behind the amazing ToonCamera app which turns your video and photos into a live cartoon, Brushstroke transforms your photos into beautiful paintings in seconds. Brushstroke made its App Store debut back in March, has an average rating of 4.5 stars based on 285 reviews and was never free before. Read More

 

Amazon’s Prime Now app featuring one-hour delivery released for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Online retailer Amazon today launched Prime Now, a shopping and ordering app for iOS and Android with one-hour delivery directly to a customer’s doorstep in select markets.

Available exclusively to Amazon’s $99 per year Prime members, the software allows you to shop for tens of thousands of daily essentials such as diapers, toys, paper towels, shampoo, batteries and mor, plus gifts like consumer electronics, wearables, books, toys, clothing and other items.

One-hour delivery will set you back eight bucks per order while two-hour delivery is available at no cost.

For the time being, Prime Now is available from 6am to midnight, seven days a week, in select areas of Manhattan, with more markets to be added at a later stage. The app will even ping you when the new delivery services launches in your area. Read More

 

Fruit Ninja and all other Halfbrick Studio games are free right now

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

The folks over at Halfbrick Studios must be getting in the holiday spirt, because they just discounted their entire library of iOS games down to free. That’s right, for a limited time, you can pick up any one of their popular apps for iPhone and iPad, at absolutely 0 cost.

Even if you’re not familiar with the Halfbrick name, there’s a good chance you’ve played one of their titles. The studio is responsible for a number of iOS hits including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride and more. Full list of games and App Store links below. Read More

 

Glimpse lets you check your favorite webpages from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Dec 18, 2014

Glimpse is a new app that lets you pin one or more favorite webpages to the Today tab of Notification Center, allowing to have a quick glance at your most visited websites, without having to launch Safari. The Notification Center extension is particularly handy to check news-focused websites where information is often time sensitive, and where a quick look is usually enough to get an idea of what is going on, without necessarily unlocking the device and opening up the full web browser. Read More

 

Shift review: randomize filter effects with precision adjustments

By Lory Gil on Dec 18, 2014

By now, you probably have your favorite go-to filter app. There are enough of them in the App Store that, no matter what your preference is, there is probably an app that suits your needs.

Shift is a photo filter app that may make you rethink whether or not you’ve found the right one. First, you shuffle premade filters in a random selection. Then, tweak the filter you like best to make it perfect. We’ve got a full app review of Shift for you today. Read More

 

Major 500px app update adds built-in camera, iPhone 6 support and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

Popular photo sharing service 500px has posted a monster update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 2.9. The update brings about a number of significant improvements, including support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the 1Password iOS 8 login extension.

Perhaps most noteworthy, though, is that 500px has added a built-in camera to the app, with the option to control focus and exposure manually. So the app once only served as a browser/manager tool for the service, it now competes directly with Instagram, Flickr and others. Read More

 

Yahoo’s Search iOS app gains comments, local news and improved navigation

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Yahoo’s main search-focused iPhone and iPad application has received a refresh today. In addition to an improved navigation system focused on the new side panel accessible by swiping, Yahoo 5.4 for iOS now integrates latest local news headlines and finally lets you comment on stories within the app.

“Today we’re bringing local news to your fingertips with the Yahoo App,” writes the Internet company. “As you move around the country, you’ll be able to see what’s going on in your area.” Read More

 

Bing’s iOS apps get a facelift, translate extension now available on iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Microsoft’s mobile Bing apps for the iPhone and iPad are getting a major makeover today, with the translate extension that debuted in the iPhone app two months ago at last available on iPads.

On the iPhone, you can now tap anywhere underneath the search box to check out Bing’s image of the day in uncluttered full-screen view. You can also swipe from the left to see yesterday’s image of the day.

Another handy addition: weather information, trending news and images of the day zoom to full screen smoothly when swiping from the bottom of Bing’s Home screen. Read More

 

Duet Display lets you use iPhone or iPad as an extra display for your Mac, without lag

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Although Duet Display is not the first app to allow your iOS device to act as an extra display for your Mac (Shape’s $10 iDisplay comes to mind), it’s the first app to have done screen extending right.

Built by ex-Apple engineers who worked at the company for three years on the iPad and iMac, the software delivers a Retina display at a smooth sixty frames per second with no lag whatsoever.

Featuring touch control, Duet Display makes interactions with your Mac fun and smooth while taking advantage of the fact that an additional display increases productivity by giving you up to 48 percent more pixels to work with. Read More

 
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