Your spare iOS device can be turned into a home security camera with Manything

By Lory Gil on Jan 24, 2015

Most of us have at least one extra iOS device lying around somewhere that doesn’t get used as much as the others. Instead of letting it sit around, slowly losing battery life, why not set it up to be a home security monitor?

Manything is a free app that you can download onto two iOS devices. One device acts as the camera to record everything, while the other acts as the remote viewer so you can check in to see what your cat is up to while you are away. Read More


Apps of the Week: Dragon Quest V, Yak Dash, the LEGO Movie Video Game, and more

By Lory Gil on Jan 24, 2015

Now that we are nearly a full month into 2015, how many of you have stuck to your New Year’s resolutions? If any of them are to stop playing with your iPhone so much, you are in big trouble.

This week, a bunch of great apps and games launched in the App Store and we’ve got a list of some we think you’ll find hard to resist. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 23

By Cody Lee on Jan 23, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today, we’ve got some great apps and games that should help you get through the weekend. Read More


Getting things done all in one app is an easy task with Handle

By Lory Gil on Jan 23, 2015

Yes, there are dozens of apps out there that feature any number of different ways to keep your productivity levels at their maximum. Some of them catch my attention because they offer some new action to help speed up the workload.

Handle: To-Dos + Email + Calendar is a productivity app that features a section for Gmail, to-do lists, and access to your Google Calendar. We’ve got a quick app review of Handle for your reading pleasure. Read More


Build your own platformer levels with Adventure Time Game Wizard

By Lory Gil on Jan 23, 2015

If you’ve ever had a secret wish to be a game designer, you are not alone. Many of us wish we were creative enough to make a game that could bring the world together, but just don’t have the talent or time.

Adventure Time Game Wizard is a platformer based on the popular Cartoon Network series that lets you actually draw your own levels and then import them into the game and play them. Read More


Timeline helps you make better sense of the subject matter

By Lory Gil on Jan 23, 2015

Sometimes, I’ll read an article about some subject and wonder what the history is behind it. If I have time, I might even perform a search to track down more useful information. However, most of the time, I just think about it and move on.

Timeline is much more than a news reader. It takes headline news and adds historical context to help you understand the content much deeper. We’ve got an in-depth app review of Timeline for you today. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 22

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include a number of app and game releases you won’t want to miss. Read More


Official mobile game of The LEGO Movie hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2015

Hey kids, if you loved The LEGO Movie now is your chance to enjoy the same fun characters and environments in an interactive iPhone and iPad game.

Released today in the App Store, the LEGO Movie Video Game contains more than 90 characters from the film and over 40 missions. It’s a classic LEGO fun so you’ll get to build your own virtual LEGO creations using the Master Builders. Read More


Apple names ‘Shades’ puzzler its free App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2015

Apple has just named UOVO’s ‘Shades: A Simple Puzzle Game‘ its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the zen-like puzzler for both iPhone and iPad for free—which will save you a solid $1.99.

Released in September of last year, Shades is one of those puzzle games that’s easy to pick up and play, but tough to master. The premise should sound familiar to Tetris fans: move falling blocks into position to combine blocks, clearing rows as quick as possible. Read More


Get your weather and jokes all in one place with Funny Or Die Weather

By Lory Gil on Jan 22, 2015

The first time I had heard of the comedy website Funny or Die was after discovering Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s short film “The Landlord.” I’ve been a fan of the site ever since.

Today, the team that made famous such web series as Between Two Ferns and Drunk History has launched a weather app to bring a smile to your face, even on the cloudiest of days. Read More


This widget lets you play Minesweeper directly from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Jan 22, 2015

Minesweeper Widget Edition is a new app launching in the App Store today that, as you might have guessed, brings a playable Minesweeper widget to the Today tab of Notification Center. Developed by the same guy who made Overglide, another playable Notification Center widget, Minesweeper Widget Edition promises to offer short and quick gaming to make your wait in line at the grocery store ever so enjoyable. Read More


Facebook Groups adds member search and three new admin features

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2015

Facebook’s dedicated Groups app received a major refresh Thursday, bumping the groups-management mobile software to version 5.0 while enabling several new features for members and administrators.

Both group members and administrators can now search for other members in groups. Additionally, members can now manage notifications more easily.

Admins can now take advantage of a trio of new features for better management of their own groups, including the ability to block users requesting to join. Read More


Twitter’s ‘while you were away’ feature rolls out to all mobile users, due soon on the web

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2015

First revealed as part of Twitter’s November 2014 platform update and formally announced on January 1, a new ‘while you were away’ feature is now officially available to all users of Twitter’s mobile app for iOS and Android, appearing at the top of users’ timelines.

The micro-blogging startup explained in a blog post Wednesday that the feature surfaces a few of the best tweets “you probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise,” as determined by engagement and “other factors.” Read More


Spotify introduces Touch Preview for songs, albums, artists and playlists

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2015

The leading music-streaming startup Spotify on Thursday announced a better way to preview music using new gestures in its iOS app. Dubbed Touch Preview, the feature allows music lovers to get a sneak peek of any playlist, song, album or artist by holding down their finger to start the music playing instantly.

“It means less time looking for the perfect music, and more time actually listening to it,” wrote the company. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 21

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the crazy world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts (deals!), updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today our selections include several major app updates and some great game discounts. Read More


Rdio app updated with New Music Weekly station, smarter sharing and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2015

Popular streaming music service Rdio posted an update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 3.1. The update brings about a new station for hot, just-released music, enhanced sharing capabilities and various other new features and improvements.

The New Music Weekly Station is a handpicked selection of the week’s hottest tracks from Rdio’s New Releases section. And as for the enhanced sharing, users can now quickly share music with a press-and-hold while listening to any track, album, playlist or station. Read More


Shadowmatic review: turn abstract shapes into familiar objects

By Lory Gil on Jan 21, 2015

When it comes to puzzle games, spatial reasoning 3-D titles will always grab my attention, especially if they have great graphics and plenty of puzzles to challenge my brainpower.

Shadowmatic is a puzzle game that asks players to think about the world in 360 degrees in order to turn shapes into objects. We’ve got a full game review of Shadowmatic for you today. Read More


Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gain Touch ID support and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2015

After adding a new Incoming section to Docs, Sheets and Slides iOS apps which lets you see all of the files that have been shared with you, Google on Wednesday issued another refresh to its trio of productivity applications for the iPhone and iPad.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides now feature Touch ID support for passcode lock to keep your documents, app settings and more safe from prying eyes.

In addition to that, each app has gained a few noteworthy enhancements such as a brand new spell-checker in Docs, mentioned after the break. Read More


BBC previews revamped iOS app with personalized coverage, due later this week

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2015

The British Broadcasting Corporation announced Wednesday that its revamped BBC News app will be rolling out later this week to iOS and Android platforms. The refreshed software offers a lot more video content and local news and also includes a brand new personalized coverage feature.

Users will be able to follow specific topics via an all-new tagging system that makes it easy to create custom feeds for, say, topics like Apps, Taylor Swift, Genetics and what not. Read More


Gameloft previews Dungeon Hunter 5 with a new multiplayer system, launching later this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2015

French mobile games maker Gameloft has formally announced Dungeon Hunter 5, the latest installment in its role-playing series that invites you to rediscover the thrill of dungeon crawling.

Launching soon on the iPhone, iPad and Android, Dungeon Hunter 5 will be “the most immersive, accomplished and addictive chapter of the acclaimed action RPG saga,” promises the blurb. Read More

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