Read this if you just switched Apple ID to download Pokémon Go

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

In less than a week, Pokémon Go has become the biggest mobile game in the US history, however, the app is currently limited to App Stores in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

Eager to get their hands on some pokémon, some of the tech-savvier international users have resorted to switching their Apple ID in order to download the game only to find their Apple Music libraries wiped as a result, reports The Telegraph. Read More


Lightroom for iOS gains direct RAW imports

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

iPhone photography fans who use Adobe’s Lightroom application to manage and synchronize their photos across the iPhone, iPad, Mac and other devices will be delighted to learn that the latest updates to Lightroom for iPhone and Lightroom for iPad have enabled the ability to import images in the RAW file format. iOS 9 currently lacks RAW support, but iOS 10’s been confirmed to bring RAW photo editing to latest iPhones and iPads when it hits this fall. Read More


Camera+ 2.0 for iPad hits: Apple Pencil support, selective brushing, overhauled UI & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

iPhone photography fans, rejoice! Developer taptaptap on Wednesday released a long-awaited iPad-focused update to its popular camera and photo editing application, aptly named Camera+. Camera+ 2.0 for iPad, a free update for those who already own the app, replaces its hopelessly outdated user interface with a thoroughly overhauled, modern-looking one. For starters, the refreshed software supports iOS 9’s iPad-only multitasking modes.

More importantly, Camera+ 2.0 for iPad features selective brushing of the various edits and filters and comes with full support for Apple Pencil, enabling you to get very fine, precise control over brushing with the stylus. Read More


At long last, Facebook Messenger implements 3D Touch Peek and Pop

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

Better late than never: 3D Touch gestures are now available within the free mobile Messenger app from Facebook. The latest Messenger update on the App Store increases the app’s version number to 79.0, with Peek/Pop support on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus being the only change mentioned in release notes accompanying the 109-megabyte download. Read More


In terms of daily active users, Pokémon GO is the biggest mobile game in US history

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

The runaway success of Nintendo’s Pokémon GO continues to take the Internet by storm, with a new Survey Monkey study indicating that in terms of daily active users the augmented-reality title has officially become the biggest mobile game in the United States’s history, just a week following its launch on iOS and Android. After initially launching in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, Pokémon GO is now available on the German App Store ahead of its expected launch across Europe. Read More


ABC revamps its iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps, adds throwback shows

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC), a broadcast television network owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group, announced today that its Watch ABC app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV shall be known going forward as just ABC. In addition to rebranding, the new ABC app now packs in an overhauled user interface and more content, including exclusive digital series for users who download the app as well as 38 full seasons of “throwback” TV shows. Read More


Tip: Disable additional Mac App Store password prompts for 15 minutes after a purchase

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 13, 2016

Have you ever went on an app downloading spree in the Mac App Store only to find that it was going to ask for your password every time you wanted to download a paid app on your Mac?

If you’re the only user on your Mac, then you probably don’t want to or need to be bothered with having to enter your password each and every time.

Instead, OS X includes a feature that lets you disable password prompts for additional purchases for up to 15 minutes following your first Mac App Store purchase in a succession. We’ll show you how to configure this feature in this tutorial. Read More


Developer casting call posted for Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

By Cody Lee on Jul 13, 2016

Television production company Propagate on Tuesday posted an open casting call for its upcoming ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show, which it is co-producing with Apple. Developers working on an iOS, macOS, tvOS or watchOS app can apply via the show’s website through August 26.

As explained by SVP Eddy Cue back in March, Planet of the Apps will be a nonscripted series about app design and development exclusive to Apple’s platforms. Also working on the show are musical artist, and noted TV executives Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. Read More


First Pokémon GO update squashes bugs, no longer requires full Google Account access

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

Nearly a week following its official launch in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, Nintendo’s incredibly successful Pokémon GO on Tuesday received its first update on the App Store. The freemium app was bumped to version 1.0.1, bringing out much-needed bug fixes whilst resolving an issue which caused the app to crash after attempting to catch any discovered pokémon. More importantly, full Google Account access is no longer needed for those who use this sign-in option.

Pokémon GO is a free download from the App Store. Read More


Scrambled: a new fun anagram puzzle game for all ages

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 12, 2016

If you’re looking for the next fun word game that you can play to challenge your intellect and pass the time, then you should really give a new App Store game dubbed Scrambled a try.

Scrambled includes three game modes, all of which allow people of all ages to sit back and relax, all while doing their best to recognize words out of a bunch of scrambled letters; these are better known as anagrams. Read More


The runaway success of Pokémon GO highlights safety issues of augmented-reality gaming

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

The runaway success of Pokémon GO is undeniable. In a few short days since its debut last week, the freemium title has become the top free app on the US App Store and the most downloaded and highest-grossing app in the countries where it is available. It sent Nintendo shares up 25 percent, adding $7.5 billion to the company’s market capitalization. Furthermore, the game is about to surpass Twitter among Android users in the United States in terms of daily active users.

But there’s a darker side to its success as widespread media coverage combined with pent-up interest and the power of the Nintendo and Pokémon brands in some cases seem to be resulting in a string of thefts, burglaries and even car accidents and other injuries. Read More


Nintendo shares post massive gains following Pokémon GO launch

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Since releasing its augmented-reality game Pokémon GO five days ago on the App Store in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, Nintendo stock has jumped 25 percent, gaining a cool $7.5 billion and posting a record since it began trading in Tokyo in 1983, Reuters reported Monday. Read More


What’s on your Home screen: Cody Lee

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2016

I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to join the rest of my colleagues in sharing my iPhone Home screen. I love looking at others’ setups, and getting inspiration from their apps and wallpapers, so I’m happy to post mine in the same vein.

I’ll start off by saying that my Home screen changes fairly frequently. I’m always installing beta versions of iOS, jailbreaking, and doing other things to my iPhone that prompt complete restores, so I don’t get to enjoy any particular setup for very long. And that’s ok with me, as I like rebuilding my Home screen—it’s like rearranging furniture in a room to find a more optimal layout. It’s sort of cathartic.

My current setup I’ve had for a little over a month now. Knowing that the first iOS 10 beta was coming, I decided to get rid of my jailbreak and update to iOS 9.3.2. Not being jailbroken definitely affects how my Home screen looks—I use tweaks like Springtomize to customize the status bar, remove icon labels and make other small, but noticeable changes—but I don’t regret moving on to iOS 10. It’s been a joy to use thus far. Read More


Buno, Folioscope, Instaread, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2016

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means: it’s time for another edition of our Apps of the Week post. For those who aren’t familiar with the column, this is where we put together a small list of apps and games that we think are worth checking out, and we think we’ve really made some awesome selections this week. Read More


Facebook Messenger starts testing end-to-end encryption with Secret Conversations

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2016

The Guardian reported more than a month ago that Facebook would be rolling out end-to-end encryption for chats in Messenger. Friday, the social networking firm announced that it’s begun testing the new feature, dubbed Secret Conversations.

An opt-in feature, the new option within the mobile Messenger app for iOS and Android was designed to better support conversations about sensitive topics with end-to-end encryption. Read More


Apple should to do something about useless App Store “change logs”

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 8, 2016

The App Store is the best way to download and use apps on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and every so often, you get an update for one of your apps that is supposed to fix problems or add new features.

Of course, what are you supposed to make of app updates that don’t really give you any information about what you’re downloading? Read More


iOS 10 tidbit: warning message when launching apps that aren’t 64-bit compliant

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

In April 2015, Apple reminded developers that as of June 2015 all apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support. After more than a year, some apps are still stuck on 32 bits and lack support for 64-bit devices. iOS 10 takes a naming and shaming approach by including a brand new warning message that appears when you open a 32-bit app on a 64-bit iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Read More


Apple’s free app of the week: Loopimal

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Loopimal by Yatatoy. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pick up the critically acclaimed children’s title for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $3.

Loopimal is essentially a building kit of handcrafted animations and sounds that teaches kids about music. The graphics are both sharp and charming, and the rhythmic/melodic content makes for endless possibilities of creations and compositions. Read More


Capture, organize and share real-world objects with Microsoft’s experimental Thinga.Me app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

Coming straight from Microsoft Garage, which “turns fresh ideas into real projects”, Thinga.Me for iPhone allows you to capture, organize and share real-world objects. Currently available as an invite-only closed beta, the app uses object recognition algorithm to detect and separate various objects on your photos. Read More


Updated myAT&T app brings Touch ID login, summary page, new color scheme

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 6, 2016

AT&T has launched a new version (5.0) of the myAT&T app for iPhone on Wednesday with added features that have been long overdue.

With improvements to usability, as well as ease of access, the re-branded myAT&T app is a new sight for sore eyes. Read More