Blend, Quicky, Bynd and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Sep 24, 2016

This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features some great apps and games for you to check out this weekend. We have an easy wallpaper-maker, a productivity app for shortcuts, a one-stop-shop for all of your news and social feeds, and of course two awesome new games that you won’t want to miss. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: AG Drive

By Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game AG Drive. This means from now through next Thursday, you can pick up the popular futuristic racing title for free—a solid savings of $4.

AG Drive puts you behind the wheel of a blazing fast anti-gravity craft and up against opponents on gorgeous tracks. It features amazing graphics, easy-to-learn controls, and it works on both iOS and Apple TV. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger gains iOS 10 integration on the Lock screen and in Phone app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Facebook just pushed a major update to its Messenger software in the App Store. On iPhones with iOS 10, the app now takes advantage of Apple’s new CallKit framework to make audio (VoIP) calls from Messenger look and behave like normal cellular calls with full support for Lock screen and Phone integration.

Bumped to version 89.0, the app now shows incoming VoIP calls from Messenger contacts right on your Lock screen complete with fullscreen contact images, standard controls like the Mute, Keypad, Speaker, Add Call and Video buttons and more. Read More

 

Snapchat rolls out Sticker Search

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Snapchat recently rolled out a minor refresh to its iPhone application in the App Store, bumping version number to 9.39.3.0 and bringing out a new Sticker Search feature. As the feature’s name suggests, this lets you find precisely the sticker you want simply by typing its description. A previous Snapchat update introduced a few tweaks, including support for caption styling with the new bold, underline and italic options. Read More

 

Google’s Allo messaging app hits the App Store and it logs all your chats

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

At the annual I/O developer conference in April 2016, Google previewed two new mobile apps: a one-to-one video calling app called Duo, which released in mid-August, and a messaging software called Allo, which surfaced on the App Store this morning as a free download.

It sports features commonly found in messaging apps and includes a built-in Assistant, Google’s conversational artificial intelligence helper, an Incognito mode and more.

While Google originally promised Allo would only store messages transiently and in non-identifiable form, the firm’s had a change of heart as Allo logs all chats by default. Read More

 

How to save Instagram posts as drafts

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2016

Instagram has been testing a Drafts feature with a subset of its users since this summer. Today, the company has rolled out Drafts to everyone. With Instagram Drafts, you can save any half-finished photo edits and work on them later, which is handy for those times you get too busy to pos right away. And if you run an Instagram account for your business, letting your social media manager save a post as a draft makes it easy for you to review it in advance of publishing. Read More

 

Apple updates Mac iWork apps with support for real-time collaboration

By Cody Lee on Sep 20, 2016

In addition to macOS Sierra, Apple on Tuesday also released updates for its Mac iWork apps to support real-time collaboration. The feature was announced at the iPhone 7 event earlier this month, and was added to iOS apps last week.

Real-time collaboration is exactly what it sounds like. With it, users can work simultaneously in any iWork app regardless of device. A list is displayed of all current document editors, and users see the others’ cursor activity in real time. Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac updated with support for macOS Sierra, extended Tweets and more

By Cody Lee on Sep 20, 2016

Tweetbot users will be happy to hear that the Tapbots have updated their popular Twitter client today to support the just-released macOS Sierra software. The release brings the app to version 2.4.2, and it includes several improvements.

Among these improvements is support for extended Tweets—a change Twitter made to its service this week that prevents media URLs and Quote Tweets from counting against your 140 character limit. It also now supports extended videos.
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Media, polls and quoted tweets no longer count against Twitter’s 140-character limit

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2016

In May of this year, Twitter promised it would be stopping counting media and other non-text content against its 140-character limit. Today, the company announced that embedded photos, videos, GIFs, polls and quoted tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters.

Twitter originally promised to also stop counting user mentions like @iDownloadBlog, but didn’t specify today when it’ll drop @usernames from the character count. Read More

 

Hardbound, Couchy, RAW and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Sep 17, 2016

It’s been a crazy week, what with the iPhone 7 launch and all. So we know everyone is ready to kick back and relax this weekend with some fun new apps and games. The latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup includes a unique reading app, a TV series manager, and a new raw camera app. Plus we have a couple of new games for you to check out. Read More

 

Minor Pokémon GO update improves stability of GO Plus accessory, adds bug fixes

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 17, 2016

Game publisher Niantic has launched a minor update for the popular GPS-based Pokémon GO game for the iOS platform bug fixes.

Version 1.7.1 can now be downloaded from the App Store and comes just three days after the update that enabled buddy Pokémon in the game. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Super Phantom Cat

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Super Phantom Cat. This means that for the next 7 days, you can download this popular retro platformer for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $2.

This charming side scroller is beloved for its beautiful retro graphics and whimsical character design, retro styling, and easy Mario-esque controls. It also features an awesome chip tune soundtrack, unlockable characters, and bonus levels. Read More

 

Here are some apps to try out third-party Siri support in iOS 10

By Cody Lee on Sep 14, 2016

In addition to a new App Store for iMessages, the just-released iOS 10 update brings third-party app support to Siri. This means you can now instruct the digital assistant to do things like “show Dallas Cowboys tweets in Twitter” and “send money using Venmo.”

This obviously only works with apps that have been updated for iOS 10, and thus far only a handful of well-known titles have confirmed they’ve done so. But to help you get acquainted with the new feature, we’ve created a list of 10 apps that support Siri commands. Read More

 

How to filter and block spam phone calls in iOS 10 using third-party apps

By Sébastien Page on Sep 14, 2016

Starting with iOS 10, Apple is allowing a new type of applications in the App Store: apps that can detect and block spam phone calls from telemarketers, debt collectors, scammers, and automated systems. These apps act as an extension of the Phone application, and in theory, they can help you filter out those calls from people you don’t want to talk to.

In this post, we will have a look at how these applications work and how to use them. Read More

 

15 iMessage apps and sticker packs to download on iOS 10

By Cody Lee on Sep 13, 2016

One of the headlining features in the just-released iOS 10 update is the new Messages app. It now includes support for iMessage animations, sketches, enhanced emoji, and third-party apps and sticker packs.

As such, there has been a number of app updates and new releases today with a focus on the new iMessage platform. And we thought it’d be handy for our readers if we rounded up 15 of our favorite downloads.  Read More

 

Pokémon GO update adds buddy Pokémon, GO Plus support, & bug fixes

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 13, 2016

Niantic has begun rolling out an update for both Android (version 0.37.0) and iOS (version 1.7.0) for its popular GPS-based exploration game known as Pokémon GO.

The latest update brings to the table an all-new buddy Pokémon system for players, as well as a variety of in-game improvements. Read More

 

How to filter comments in Instagram based on keywords

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 13, 2016

Instagram rolled out an anti-harassment update for its mobile app on Monday that now enables users to filter comments from their photos and videos based on specific keywords.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use it. Read More

 

Super Mario Run stickers now available on the iMessage App Store

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2016

Nintendo on Monday released its Super Mario Run sticker pack for iMessage. The company announced the move during its surprise appearance at Apple’s keynote last week, promising the stickers would be available on day 1 of the iOS 10 launch.

Folks running iOS 10 beta on their device can install the sticker pack for free via the iMessage App Store. Simply open the iMessage App Drawer, tap on the Store icon, and search for ‘Mario.’ The pack includes 12 fun Mario-themed sticker images. Read More

 

Instagram rolls out keyword-based comment filtering

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2016

Instagram today announced it has rolled out a new anti-harrasment comment moderation tool in its refreshed mobile app for iOS and Android. This feature requires Instagram 9.3 for iOS, available at no charge from the App Store. In addition to comment moderation, Instagram 9.3 includes an enhancement for Stories where you can add color to your text by swiping the colors above the keyboard to revel more. Or, simply tap and hold a circle to select a custom color. Read More

 

Bubo, Café Wifi, Odio and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2016

It’s been a long week here at iDB, with Apple unveiling the long-awaited iPhone 7, and pre-orders going live on Friday. So now that it’s the weekend, we’re ready to kick back and relax, and what better way to do that than checking out some new apps and games? Read More

 
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