Apple removes New York Times apps from Chinese App Store

By Cody Lee on Jan 4, 2017

Apple removed news apps created by The New York Times from the App Store in China late last month. The Times itself says that it spoke with the iPhone-maker, and it was told that the removal was in response to a request from Chinese authorities.

The Chinese government began blocking NYT websites in 2012, following a series of articles on the wealth amassed by the family of then-prime minister Wen Jiabao. This latest move limits access to one of its few remaining channels in the country. Read More


This app helps you find your lost AirPods

By Cody Lee on Jan 4, 2017

Finder for Airpods is a new iPhone app that aims to ease user concerns of losing their new wireless earbuds. Using your AirPod’s wireless signature, the app can search for your missing earbuds and even tell you if you are getting closer or further away.

How does it work? Well once you’ve noticed you’ve misplaced an AirPod, just fire up the Finder app on your iPhone, close the lid of your charging case and move about the area you suspect you lost it. The app’s meter will tell you when or if you get close.

Update: Apple has pulled this app from the App Store. The developer explains “they didn’t find anything wrong with the app itself, but rather they they didn’t like the ‘concept’ of people finding their Airpods and hence was deemed ‘not appropriate for the App Store.” Check out LightBlue Explorer in the App Store for similar functionality.

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The best VR apps and games available on the App Store right now

By Steffen Reich on Jan 2, 2017

For years, techy gifts have been on an unstoppable rise and these holidays more than ever, new VR headsets of all kinds were added to the mix. If you are one of the lucky receivers of a Cardboard or any other generic pair of VR goggles compatible with your iPhone, your first address to go for VR-ready apps should of course be the App Store.

To help you get on top the bulk of apps available and break the tedious ‘download, try and delete’ chain, we have been weeding through the vast app-scape and given VR-ready apps a hard look. If you want to put your new toys to good use, here is a list of some of the best VR games and apps we believe you will want to embark on first. Read More


Picky, Dashpop, Timebomb Messenger, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Dec 31, 2016

Happy holidays everyone! It’s been kind of a slow week in terms of news and app releases, but don’t worry, we were still able to put together a solid list of apps and games for you to check out this weekend. The roundup includes an app that uses AI to pick out your best photos, a new todo list app with a fun twist, and a messaging client that lets you decide when your messages can be opened. Read More


Apple’s free app of the week: Warp Shift

By Cody Lee on Dec 30, 2016

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

Warp Shift is a unique puzzle game set in a mysterious world. Players are tasked with guiding a little girl named Pi and her magical companion through beautifully-rendered, maze-like confines to freedom. Read More


Friendly Run event launches in Super Mario Run, earn Rally Tickets no matter if you win or lose

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 27, 2016

After launching a new Friendly Run mode in Super Mario Run six days ago, Nintendo today announced a limited-time Friendly Run event that gives you a little bonus for playing Friendly Run. No matter if you win or lose, playing Friendly Run during the event earns you some free Rally Tickets.

The event is running from December 27, 2016 8:00am to January 11, 2017 07:59am. Read More


Partly Sunny, RAW+, Momento GIFs, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Dec 24, 2016

Looking for some new apps and games to check out this holiday weekend? iDB has you covered. In this week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we have some great selections including a good-looking weather app, a manual camera app, a GIF-making app, and of course two great new games for you to try. Read More


Nintendo celebrates 50 million Super Mario Run downloads by giving you 10 free Rally Tickets

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2016

Super Mario Run has cleared fifty million downloads in only seven days following its December 15 debut on the App Store, Nintendo Japan announced on Twitter Friday. In celebration of the latest achievement, Nintendo is giving all Super Mario Run players ten Rally Tickets for free. Read More


Here’s what Super Mario Run would look like as a free-to-play game

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2016

A recent Nintendo survey asked a subset of Super Mario Run players who linked the game with their My Nintendo account how much they’d be willing to pay for the full game.

As you know, Super Mario Run can be downloaded at no charge, but a $9.99 upgrade is required to remove the restrictions from the three game modes and unlock its content beyond the first four levels of World 1.

Some people were so disgruntled with the high upgrade price that they wrote poor reviews on App Store, causing Nintendo’s share price to fall. Wouldn’t it be great if Super Mario Run was a free to play title like Pokémon GO is? Well, PocketGamer took it upon itself to create some very illustrative mockups that imagine the parallel universe where Super Mario Run is free to play. Read More


Have any Health information at a glance with HealthFace for Apple Watch

By Steffen Reich on Dec 23, 2016

The developer team at Crunchy Bagel has taken the wraps of HealthFace, a product designed to assist regulars of Apple’s Health app in monitoring their vital data on the fly. HealthFace is capable of reaching deep into your personal Health catalogue and displaying virtually any data point in form of a complication on your wrist.

For users constrained to keeping a close eye on their vitals, food intake or other health related parameters, the app sets out to become a quasi extension of Apple’s Health app.

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Nintendo wants to know how much Super Mario Run should cost

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2016

Japanese video games giant Nintendo is surveying Super Mario Run players via email about various aspects of the game, MacRumors reported Thursday. The company wants to know how much players would be willing to pay for a premium experience like Super Mario Run and if they would be interested in playing a sequel. The ten-minute survey was sent via email to a subset of Super Mario Run players who have linked the game with their My Nintendo account. Read More


Infuse 5 gains collections, 3D Touch actions, video deinterlacing, searching on Apple TV & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2016

Infuse 5 for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV [review] launched in the App Store a month ago with features like iCloud settings sync, Up Next, streaming from cloud-storage services, Split View and Picture in Picture multitasking support on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and other compatible iPad models and much more.

aTV Flash Black developer Firecore, the brains behind this versatile media player app, has now released 5.1 update for Infuse with support for a new Collections feature, search and video deinterlacing on Apple TV, 3D Touch shortcuts on iOS Home screen and more. Read More


RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic hits iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2016

Games maker Atari today released RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the App Store. Not to be confused with Atari’s earlier release RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, the $5.99 iOS title includes the best features found in the 1999 RollerCoaster Tycoon PC game and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 for Xbox, which released in 2002. The new RollerCoaster Tycoon mobile experience includes 95 classic park scenarios from PC/Xbox titles.

There’s also a built-in park designer, Retina-optimized graphics based on the visual style in Chris Sawyer’s original RollerCoaster Tycoon PC games, three downloadable content packs and much more. Read More


SnapchatNoClickbait removes the clickbaity links from the Stories tab in Snapchat

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 22, 2016

Snapchat is one of the world’s most popular ways to send photos and short video clips to friends, but it also comes with additional clutter inside the app that many users feel they could really do without. Among said clutter are the clickbait-like links in the Stories Tab.

A new free jailbreak tweak called SnapchatNoClickbait will help clean up the Snapchat app of all that junk for anyone who’s tired of looking at uninteresting links and information. Read More


Super Mario Run: 40 million downloads, Friendly Run mode added

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2016

Nintendo Japan said in a press release today that Super Mario Run for iPhone has been downloaded more than forty million times in the four days following its debut on the App Store six days ago.

The game topped the App Store’s Free charts in 140 countries and is among the top 10 paid items in more than a hundred App Stores worldwide. Today, Super Mario Run gained a brand new Friendly Run gameplay mode, but with a daily cap. Read More


djay Pro for iPhone is out: 4-deck mixing, waveform haptics, 3D Touch cue points & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2016

German developer Algoriddim today completed its lineup of apps for DJs by releasing djay Pro for iPhone following the launch of djay Pro for iPad a year ago and djay Pro for Mac two years ago.

The app puts the complete djay experience in the palm of your hand and provides some iPhone 7-specific features, like unique haptic feedback that lets you literally feel the beats while scratching and scrubbing the music, support for 3D Touch so you can quickly set a cue point by pressing and more.

djay Pro for iPhone is available on the App Store at the introductory sale price of $4.99. Read More


Instagram enhances Stories with stickers, Save Story option, hands-free shooting & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Instagram is on a roll: hot on the heels of enabling a bookmarking feature, Boomerang montagescommenting improvements and disappearing media attachments in Direct, the popular photo-sharing service today announced additional features for your Stories. These include regular and holiday-themed stickers, text enhancements, hands-free video mode, the ability to save a Story video to iOS’s Camera roll and more. Read More


Duet Display update brings Touch Bar to your iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Duet Display, an app from ex-Apple engineers that turns your iPad into an extra display for your Mac or Windows PC, was updated today on the App Store with an interesting new feature that adds a Touch Bar to your tablet. Simply use Duet Display’s free of charge iOS app to connect to Duet Display running on a Mac with Sierra 10.12.2 or later and enable the new feature in Duet’s menu bar settings. Read More


Releasing today: $20 Minecraft for Apple TV & big “Ender” update for iOS version

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016

Highlighted at the “Hello again” Mac event in October, Minecraft for Apple TV is currently rolling out on the tvOS App Store. Developer Mojang also announced that Minecraft: Pocket Edition for iOS just received a big “Ender” update. Bringing the app’s version number to 1.0, the “Ender” update enables a bunch of cool features and perks.

Some of them include the ultimate boss battle, Ender Dragon, new locations like The End, additional items such as the Dragon’s Breath potion and this year’s Festive Mash-Up Pack with all kinds of holiday themed looks. Read More


FlixEnhancer adds handy new features to the Netflix app

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 17, 2016

Netflix is one of the world’s most popular media streaming services in terms of movies and TV shows, and their mobile app is no exception to the service’s popularity.

On the other hand, that doesn’t mean the app is perfect, and that’s why a developer has made a new jailbreak tweak called FlixEnhancer, which brings a slew of new features and improvements to the native Netflix app for iOS. Read More