Scanbot 4.0 rolls out with Quick-Actions, Workflows, FTP & OneNote support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Scanbot, a powerful document and QR code scanner for iOS which sports optical character recognition and a slew of other cool features, was bumped to version 4.0 today.

Available on a freemium basis with optional paid upgrades, Scanbot 4.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad introduces Workflows and Quick-Actions, a pair of major new features aimed at increasing your productivity by automating repeating tasks such as uploading scans to cloud services. Read More

 

Facebook testing new ‘M’ digital assistant feature within Messenger

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Facebook on Wednesday began testing a new digital assistant feature called ‘M.’ As explained by Facebook Messenger lead David Marcus, the feature, which lives inside Messenger, is powered by artificial intelligence that can complete tasks and find information on a user’s behalf.

The artificial intelligence is both trained and supervised by real live humans, and unlike other AI-based services available today, it can do things like purchase items and deliver gifts. Of course it can handle normal chores too, such as booking restaurants and logging appointments. Read More

 

Google’s new YouTube Gaming app is now available in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

As expected, Google’s YouTube Gaming app has begun rolling out in the App Store. Earlier this morning, Google launched a new website which sits at gaming.youtube.com, dedicated to watching and live-streaming gameplay videos.

The free of charge companion mobile app should be now available for download in your local App Store. Featuring a selection of live-streaming and on-demand content, the app acts as your one-stop shop for not just gameplay videos but video how-tos and walkthroughs as well. Read More

 

Portal for iOS: wireless file transfers from your computer to iPhone made easy

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Portal, an Android app that launched earlier this summer, is now available on your iPhone free of charge in the App Store.

Created by a company called Pushbullet which makes a namesake cross-platform notification mirroring utility, Portal for iPhone uses QR codes and takes advantage of peer-to-peer connectivity to transfer very large files and folders between your devices in a snap.

With Portal, you can transfer files from your computer to an iOS device via a simple interface that can be accessed through any web browser. The app lets you transfer as many files as you’d like and imposes no file size limits.

Here’s a quick review of Portal based on my brief hands-on time with the app. Read More

 

Read-later app Pocket rolls out personalized Recommendations feed

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

You can now check out the most interesting articles and videos you might have missed using Pocket’s newly launched Recommendations feature. Available in Pocket’s latest 6.0 update in the App Store, Recommendations takes “the absolute best content being saved across Pocket” and tailors it to your own saving and reading habit, based on what you save, read and watch in Pocket. Read More

 

Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes turns killing Pygmies into a strategy game

By Lory Gil on Aug 26, 2015

Fans of the popular Pocket God franchise should take note; the company that created the pygmy killing game has teamed up with Desert Ashes to make a game starring the former with the mechanics of the latter.

Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes is exactly as it sounds. The crossover game features the familiar family of worshipers fighting a turn-based strategy battle against the Landians. When those pesky land thieves invade the Island, the Pygmies prepare to fight. Read More

 

Facebook Moments is now available outside US with new features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Moments, a Facebook-made app that lets you “get the photos you didn’t take”, is no longer confined to the United States, thanks to a 2.0 update that went live in the App Store earlier this morning.

For starters, Moments is now available in a total of 34 different markets such as Japan, Russia, China, Germany and Italy, to name just a few.

The app also comes with an interesting new feature that appears to be borrowed from Google Photos, which automatically creates a movie from your photos, while providing bug fixes, performance improvements and improved upload performance. Read More

 

Viber gains improved spam handling and reporting in latest iPhone update

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Viber for iPhone was refreshed this morning in the App Store with improved spam handling. I’ve noticed an increase of spam messages on Viber lately as I’ve been regularly getting spam messages from seemingly random people telling me I’ve won a free iPhone or some fishy contest prize.

While Viber offers the ability to block unwanted contacts from messaging you, this update should help sort out the influx of spam on the service.

No other changes are mentioned for Viber 5.5.1, a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

Check out The Amazing Bernard, a gorgeously done platformer hitting iOS soon

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2015

The Amazing Bernard by Kumkwat Entertainment is arriving on iOS devices in the coming weeks and boy does it look beautiful. I’m a huge sucker for adventure/platform games such as Leo’s Adventure and can’t wait to put my hands on The Amazing Bernard.

The game appears to offer a unique blend of action and exploration as you’ll be overcoming obstacles, jumping on platforms and running around like there’s no tomorrow. You play as a cartoonish character named Bernie O’Tag but the game packs in even crazier characters to meet and many mysteries to be revealed.

We have a full preview ready for your reading pleasure further below. Read More

 

Easily post to Twitter and Facebook from your Apple Watch with Social Action

By Sébastien Page on Aug 24, 2015

Social Action is a new app that allows you to easily and quickly update your Facebook status or post to Twitter directly from your Apple Watch. Read More

 

Apps of the week: Disneyland, Pac-Man 265, Final Fantasy VII, and more

By Lory Gil on Aug 22, 2015

It is the weekend again. But, not everyone will have the joy of sitting on the porch with friends, cracking a cold one and a joke as the hours slowly tick by. Some of us will be pulling weeds in the hot sun, or driving hundreds of miles to visit family, or even working.

No matter what you are doing this weekend, try to make time for relaxing. If you are looking for some new apps and games, check out our list below. You might find just what you need to make your weekend perfect. Read More

 

Leaderboards and more added to Foursquare’s location check-in app Swarm

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2015

Foursquare’s dedicated check-in app, Swarm, has been adding missing features ever since the startup split the main mobile app’s functionality into dedicated place discovery and check-in apps.

The new Swarm 3.0 for iOS, which released earlier this morning, brings back leaderboards after gaining mayorships early in the summer. In addition, messages and notifications have been unified under a single inbox view.

Your worldwide and nearby views are now folded into a single Friends tab and a revamped Here Now section is now located under the Nearby section. Read More

 

Google Photos gains Timehop-like blasts from the past, new sharing options and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2015

Google’s standalone Photos application for the iPhone and iPad today received an update in the App Store, bringing a few new sharing options and other enhancements to your on the go photo-management experience.

Google Photos 1.2 for iOS, a free download in the App Store, will also show you photos and videos from the past so you can take a brief walk down memory lane, a new feature provided in the form of cards in the Assistant view. Read More

 

I’ve become addicted to this game, and so will you

By Sébastien Page on Aug 21, 2015

I’m not much of a gamer, but every once in a while, I come across a little gem that gets me hooked for a short period of time. Circlestances is one of those games.

The concept of the game is pretty simple. Two circles are moving in random directions on your screen. Your goal is to tap the screen every time they overlap. The more they overlap, the more you score. Sounds too simple?  Read More

 

Puzzler Quell Memento+ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2015

Apple has just named Fallen Tree Games’ “Quell Memento+” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the critically-acclaimed puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—saving you $2.99.

If you’ve never played Quell Memento+, it’s a zen-like puzzler set in an old abandoned house. Players are tasked with solving puzzles to restore order to the jumbled memories of the last occupant, which then leads them on a haunting journey of self-discovery. Read More

 

Yahoo Weather now pings your iPhone 15 minutes before rain or snow is expected

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

You’ll never get caught in the rain or snow again no matter where you live, provided you use Yahoo’s gorgeously designed mobile Weather app which in its most recent update has added near-term weather alerts.

In addition, Yahoo Weather for iPhone and iPad, now bumped to version 1.8, is even more accurate than before and zooms in smartly on microclimates. Read More

 

As Apple News launch draws nearer, Flipboard rolls out new personalization features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

After iOS 9 launches this fall, reading aficionados and news junkies will have a field day consolidating their reading experience via a brand new Flipboard-like app.

Called News, it basically aggregates news stories and popular blog posts from around the web and presents them in a beautifully decluttered view with smooth layouts made possible by the new Apple News format.

But Flipboard isn’t standing still either.

Today, the social news aggregator service began rolling out some changes to its mobile app which it designed to help users fine-tune their Cover Stories view using an all-new thumbs-up and thumbs-down system. Read More

 

1Password for iOS gains quick vault switcher, Touch ID and Apple Watch updates and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

1Password, the popular password manager for iOS, OS X and Windows by developer AgileBits, today received a nice little update in the App Store which bumped the app to version 5.5 and brought out a couple notable improvements.

In addition to a brand new quick vault switcher, 1Password 5.5 contains improvements to TouchID authentication, shared lock settings, browsing Credit Card items on your Apple Watch and other tidibts. Read More

 

Final Fantasy VII is now available for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

Final Fantasy VII, the legendary Japanese RPG that first launched on the original PlayStation back in 1997, is now available for download from the App Store for $15.99. It’s been called one of the most influential RPGs of all time, and now it’s available in handheld form as a universal app for iPhone and the iPad.

It’s been a long time coming for this release. Back in October 2013, Square Enix director Takashi Tokita stated that such a release could be “years away” citing storage space limitations. Well, it’s August 2015, and the game is just now arriving, so he wasn’t too far off the mark… Read More

 

iTranslate updated with keyboard extension and Apple Watch support

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

Sonico pushed out an update for its iTranslate app today, bringing the iOS client to version 8.4. The software, which is regarded as one of the best translation apps in the App Store, now comes with a keyboard extension and proper Apple Watch Glance.

The keyboard extension is particularly significant, since it can be used in most iOS 8-compatible apps. So now, instead of having to open the iTranslate app to make a translation, you can do it on the fly in WhatsApp, Mail or your favorite Twitter client. Read More