App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 19

By Cody Lee on May 19, 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 selections include some great deals on games like Boshi and Rapture, and a few impressive new games.  Read More

 

PCalc for Apple Watch released with Glance, Send to iPhone, tip calc, RPN support and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

Thanks to independent iOS and Mac developer James Thomson, you can now wear PCalc on your $400+ Apple Watch. The award-winning $9.99 calculator app for the iPhone and iPad was updated today with WatchKit support.

The app is very nicely done and feels native. It puts the full calculator with RPN Support on your wrist, along with a Glance to see the result of your most recent calculations from your watch face, a tip calculator and other goodies. Read More

 

Noodles! review: a complex puzzle game (with absolutely no heptagons)

By Lory Gil on May 19, 2015

When you are relaxing with a nice, simple puzzle game, do you prefer it to be mindless and easy, or are you the type of gamer that likes things that are hard to solve?

Noodles! is a simple puzzle game with a nice, solid challenge. It isn’t so hard that you give up, but it is hard enough to make you feel smart when you finally solve a puzzle. Check out our game review of Noodles! below. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 18

By Cody Lee on May 18, 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 some great app and game deals, as well updates for SoundCloud and Audible. Read More

 

Click Wheel Keyboard offers a funny bit of nostalgia for iPod fans

By Lory Gil on May 18, 2015

There is no keyboard on Apple Watch. That is probably a good thing. There is just no room for one. But, what if there were a click wheel similar to what Apple used on iPod devices?

Click Wheel Keyboard for iPhone is not compatible with Apple Watch, but if it were, it could make typing on the wrist worn device possible because you don’t have to tap tiny letters. Instead, you scroll through the alphabet using a wheel control. Read More

 

Audible audiobooks service gains support for Apple’s CarPlay in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015

Audible, an audiobooks service owned by Amazon, pushed a major update to its iPhone and iPad application this morning which added CarPlay functionality along with a couple nice-to-have improvements in the app’s iOS edition.

After downloading today’s update, the Audible app will automatically appear on the dashboard of CarPlay-enabled vehicles and those supporting CarPlay via aftermarket solutions from Pioneer, Alpine and other companies. Read More

 

SoundCloud for Apple Watch is here

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015

An update Monday to SoundCloud’s free of charge iPhone and iPad application has added an Apple Watch component allowing you to listen to user-submitted music and audio right from your wrist, identify songs playing from your iPhone and more.

“The new app makes it even easier for you to hear the freshest tracks when you’re out and about, from your daily to commute to going out for a run,” Germand developers noted. Read More

 

Galactic Nemesis review: a retro arcade space shooter that Galaga fans will love

By Lory Gil on May 18, 2015

One of my earliest video game memories are of playing Galaga in my local arcade. It was the first game that I could actually play for more than five minutes without dying.

So you can imagine how happy I was to discover Galactic Nemesis, which pays loving homage to such space-themed shooters that I grew up on. We’ve got a game game review of Galactic Nemesis for you today. Read More

 

App Watch: artificial intelligence

By Timothy Reavis on May 17, 2015

Artificial intelligence may very well take over the world one day, but I find it absolutely fascinating, regardless. The concept of teaching computers how to “think” brings an entirely new level to technology, not only in relation to programming, but in how we interact with it as well. The issue is that, once they become sentient, computers will in theory no longer be content doing as we command, but instead turn on humanity and kill us all.

Anyway, the App Store has yet to feature an app for controlling a maniacal robot from your Apple Watch, but there are some apps that utilize a form of artificial intelligence, and we’re looking at a couple of them today. Read More

 

How to check your iPhone’s battery percentage from Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 16, 2015

Although there are quite a few complications that come bundled with the various watch faces on Watch OS 1.0, there a still many features that I’d enjoy that aren’t yet there. One that I would like to see in particular is a readout of your iPhone’s current battery life.

Checking my iPhone’s battery without having to pull the phone out of my pocket would be swell. Fortunately, there is a way to do this now, although it involves a third-party app and not a complication.

MacID for iOS, an app that’s generally associated with making it possible to unlock your Mac remotely via Bluetooth, includes such a feature. In fact, you don’t even have to launch the full app to see your iPhone’s battery life, as it’s included in the app’s glance. Read More

 

Tallowmere, Hardboiled, MacID, and more apps to check out this weekend

By Lory Gil on May 16, 2015

This week has been a great one for app updates. Sunrise got a new meeting feature, NYT Now went free, and plenty of apps have been updated with Apple Watch compatibility.

If you are looking for a fun title to play this weekend, or if you need to make your productivity a bit better, check out our list of apps and games for your weekend enjoyment. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 15

By Cody Lee on May 15, 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 we’ve highlighted a number of great new games and great deals to help get you through the weekend. Read More

 

Feedly for Apple Watch has arrived: browse your favorite stories right from the wrist

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2015

Feedly, the popular feed aggregation service, is now available for the Apple Watch. The app allows you to browse the stories right on your wrist-worn device.

Available as a free update to the existing Feedly for iPhone application, the Watch component selects the best stories from your Feedly account and presents them with a headline, the accompanying image, an excerpt of the full text and more.

It supports other features via a hidden menu accessible through force-touching the screen such as tagging, saving a story for later, marking a story as read, continuing reading on your iPhone and more. Read More

 

Battle Camp review: raise a pet on Apple Watch, battle it on iPhone

By Lory Gil on May 15, 2015

Being an app reviewer, I am most interested in the type of content available to me on Apple Watch. Sure, there are dozens of great productivity apps to help keep you connected. But what about games?

Battle Camp has been a battle pet RPG game for a couple of years. But, shortly after the first run of Apple Watches were on the wrists of early adopters, the game was updated to include a mini game that allows you to raise a pet to adulthood for a special prize. We’ve got a game review of Battle Camp for our Apple Watch fans out there. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 14

By Cody Lee on May 14, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wild world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we are featuring some new games for you to try, and a number of great app and game deals, both old and new. Read More

 

Hit puzzler ‘Quetzalcoatl’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on May 14, 2015

Apple has just named “ Quetzalcoatl” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pickup the popular puzzler for both the iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $1.99.

Quetzalcoatl features 180 carefully designed puzzles, which will provide you with dozens of hours of addictive gameplay. You beat the puzzles by maneuvering game pieces to match like-colored tiles, before the walls close in on you. Read More

 

YouTube testing iOS app redesign with small subset of users

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Google has been testing a revamped version of its YouTube application for the iPhone and iPad with a small subset of users, Abdiel Ortiz and Sebastien Debaenst noted on Twitter. This isn’t necessarily new as some folks have been talking about YouTube’s iOS overhaul for over a month now.

What is new, however, is a detailed hands-on video put together by Tech Invasion which gives us a first look at the new software centered on Material Design, Google’s design language guiding software development across mobile, desktop and the web. Read More

 

Sunrise Calendar update introduces Meet, the fastest way to schedule one-to-one meetings

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Sunrise, a powerful cross-platform calendar application, on Thursday launched Meet, a companion iOS 8 keyboard specifically designed to make scheduling one-to-one meetings ridiculously easy.

Available as a free update to the Sunrise app in the App Store, Meet lets you schedule one-to-ones with another party like a pro, without having to leave the context of the app you’re currently in or switch to Sunrise for that matter. Read More

 

Hackers find easy way to steal large sums of money through Starbucks app

By Jake Smith on May 14, 2015

Hackers are stealing money from users’ credit cards, banks, and PayPal accounts through the Starbucks mobile app, the coffee giant confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

The app, which lets users pay at checkout and reload Starbucks gift cards, has an auto-reload function that makes it easy for hackers to take from users, not needing any account numbers. Read More

 

How to add images to Google Docs and Slides documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Pictures play an important part in putting together a compelling business presentation, a detailed school report and what not. As much as I like Google’s DocsSlides and Sheets mobile productivity apps, their non-existent support for adding images to documents directly from an iOS device has been something of a deal breaker for me.

But not anymore. As announced on the official Google Docs blog, users of Google Docs and Slides application can now add images directly from their iPhone or iPad, here’s how. Read More