Periscope update brings camera and sharing improvements & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Periscope, Twitter’s live video-streaming app, has been refreshed in the App Store this morning with a few new features related to in-app camera, sharing and more. For starters, you’ll notice improved tap-to-focus while broadcasting live video, plus you can now follow a broadcaster from the viewers list with one tap. There are also improvements to Persicope’s VIP Program and more. Read More


Google Photos for iOS gains new features that suggest rotations, resurface images & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Google yesterday announced a pretty interesting update to its free of charge Photos application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch which brings out four features driven by artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm.

The new version will be rolling out today in the App Store, making it easier to fix some of the pesky sideways photos in your library by suggesting rotations, resurface your forgotten photos for you and more. Read More


Pokémon GO updated with catch bonuses, easier gym training, improvements to gameplay

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 12, 2016

A new update for the hit multi-platform game Pokémon GO is now available for avid Pokémon trainers to download. The update is out for iOS users, as well as Android users in their respective application stores. Read More


Snapchat launches Story Playlist, no longer automatically loads the next Story

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

Snapchat is removing the Auto Advance feature to give users control of their Story viewing experience once again. It was about goddam time, if I might add. Shortly after Auto Advance debuted in March of this year, folks began complaining that Auto Advance made it impossible to individually choose Stories to watch. The updated app has now replaced Auto Advance with an all-new feature they’re calling Story Playlist. Read More


Dropbox for iOS gains iMessage app, PDF signing, iOS 10 widget, PiP video & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

Cloud storage startup Dropbox today announced a major update to its mobile application for the iPhone and iPad, bringing new iOS 10-focused features that will make you more productive. Dropbox 18.2 for iOS packs in a brand new iMessage app for sharing Dropbox files through Apple’s Messages app.

You can now sign legal PDF documents with your finger, and see newly updated Dropbox files on your Lock screen via a new Today widget, and much more. Read More


Facebook targets Slack, Google Apps and others with new Workplace for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

Facebook yesterday announced a new Workplace mobile app which it has used to run its own company “for many years”. Available at no charge from the App Store, Workplace for iPhone (formerly known as Facebook at Work) is now available to any company or organization that wants to use it. In a nutshell, Workplace puts the best of Facebook at your fingertips while packing in a few notable productivity features businesses may like. Read More


Facebook launches standalone Events for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2016

Events, one of the more popular features on Facebook, this past weekend received its own standalone app that aims to replace Eventbrite, Sunrise, Fantastical and other third-party calendar software on your iPhone.

Events for iPhone, a free download from the App Store, lets you RSVP to your friends’ events, find interesting things to do in your area that match your interests, manage your calendar and much more. Read More


Skype for iOS picks up new contact notifications & iOS 10 CallKit toggle

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2016

Two weeks ago, Microsoft-owned Skype launched a major update with Siri, Phone, Contacts and Lock screen integration, courtesy of iOS 10’s new CallKit framework which allows calls from VoIP apps to behave like normal phone calls.

Today, both Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad received a minor refresh which brings out a toggle for enabling or disabling CallKit integration, the ability to get new contact requests as a notification and under-the-hood fixes and improvements to make the app run more reliably on iOS 10 devices. Read More


8 great iPhone and iPad games to get you in the Halloween spirit

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 10, 2016

It’s October, and that means Halloween is just around the corner!

Keeping everyone in the spooky spirit of Halloween, we’ve got a list of fun and thrilling games you can download from the App Store and play on your iPhone or iPad to prepare yourself for the onslaught of zombies and monsters that are sure to be ringing your doorbell this year. Read More


Fllike, Chordify, Hive Social, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2016

We are back with another edition of our Apps of the Week roundup. This week we have some great apps and games for you to check out over the weekend, including an app for grading your airline experiences, an app for learning musical chords for your favorite songs, and a new mafia-based RPG. Read More


Google Maps gains redesigned iOS 10 widgets for “Nearby Transit” and “Travel Times”

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2016

Google yesterday bumped its mapping application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to version 4.23, adding a few new features including revamped widgets for “Nearby Transit” and “Travel Times” that now adhere to iOS 10’s new design style for widgets.

In Google Maps 4.23 for iOS, you can now upload photos along with your reviews of places and see descriptions of places including features, atmosphere and amenities. Read More


Apple’s free app of the week: Impossible Road

By Cody Lee on Oct 6, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Impossible Road. This means that for the next 7 days, you can pick up the popular arcade racer for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $3.

In Impossible Road, you must guide your vessel down the roller coaster-like track at high speeds, scoring through each gate you make it through. Navigate hair-pin turns, jumps and banked curves in a quest for the perfect line. Read More


Search Ads are now live in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Oct 5, 2016

As promised, Apple on Wednesday officially launched Search Ads in the App Store. You’ll notice them at the top of select App Store search results, denoted by a light blue background and a clear ‘Ad’ placed just below the app’s name.

In our few quick tests, we saw Search Ads for generic terms like ’email,’ ‘weather,’ and ‘calendar,’ as well as for specific app names like ‘Uber.’ Sometimes the ad matched our search term, and sometimes it showed a competing product. Read More


How to enable and use Secret Conversations in Facebook Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2016

Facebook Messenger supports end-to-end encryption, giving you a piece of mind knowing that any sensitive messages with friends and family cannot be deciphered by a third-party. Facebook kicked off a limited trial of this feature in July 2016 before rolling it out to everyone in October 2016. These Secret Conversations, as Facebook is calling encrypted chats, rely on a device key that ensures only you and the recipient can see the message.

You can verify the device key to confirm that the messages are end-to-end encrypted, set a timer to have secret messages disappear from the conversation and so forth.

Here’s how to set up and use Secret Conversations in Facebook Messenger. Read More


Dropbox Paper app now available in the EU

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 4, 2016

Paper, a new productivity app from cloud storage experts over at Dropbox, launched in public beta in the United States a month ago. After a slight delay, Paper is now available to customers in the European Union. With the free Paper app (not to be confused with Facebook’s experimental Paper app), you can collaborate on projects, get updates, make edits and respond to feedback right from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Read More


Yahoo releases Newsroom for iOS app with curated stories, personalized feeds & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 4, 2016

It’s business as usual for the struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo which today released a brand new free of charge iPhone and iPad application, called Newsroom. The app provides curated stories and news content relevant to you and sports built-in social sharing features, personalized feeds and more. The 96.9-megabyte download requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later and is available at no charge from the App Store. Read More


Apple TV gets its first ticketing app: StubHub

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 3, 2016

StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, is launching today on the fourth-generation Apple TV as a free download in the tvOS App Store, according to an announcement this morning. With StubHub, you can browse, search and purchase tickets for various events from the comfort of your sofa. Owned by eBay, StubHub is an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of tickets for sports, concerts, theater and other live entertainment events. Read More


Loop by Seedling, Houseparty, Lisn, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Oct 1, 2016

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means: it’s time for another edition of our Apps of the Week roundup. This week we have some awesome selections, including a video editing app that makes stop-animation a breeze, a fun new group video chat platform, a new app for listening to music with friends, and two great new games. Read More


Apple threatens pulling an app for pranking friends with stickers that mimic iMessage bubbles

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 30, 2016

Apple on Friday threatened to pull Phoneys, a 99-cent sticker pack which lets you prank friends by putting words in their mouth. The #1 Top Paid item in the Messages App Store, Phoneys employs a simple trick to make the illusion work: it provides stickers that look exactly like the blue iMessage bubbles. Phoneys developer Adam Howell says Apple told him it would be pulling the app next Thursday unless it’s fundamentally changed so that the stickers looked nothing like iMessage bubbles. Read More


Apple’s free app of the week: Flowing

By Cody Lee on Sep 29, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Flowing. This means that for the next 7 days, you can get the popular meditation and mindfulness app for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.

For those who aren’t familiar with Flowing, it’s a health and fitness app that promises to help you upgrade your sleep, focus, and productivity. Its features include guided meditation, 3D parallax scenes, and customizable white noise. Read More