No Brakes: it’s like driving therapy for your mind

By Jake Underwood on Jul 19, 2014

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a game that sports a cute hero. Whether it’s a small animal or an abstract shape with a cute face, I can’t seem to resist helping the little guy to victory. So when I stumbled by the app icon of the game No Brakes (and heard Sebastien mention the game on the last episode of Let’s Talk iOS), I knew I just had to give the game a chance. Read on for my full review… Read More

 

Apps of the week: Red Ball 4, Dragon Raiders, Ninja Up!, and more

By Lory Gil on Jul 19, 2014

As summer starts to heat up, we try our best to stay cool. One way to beat the heat is to keep out of the sun. Stay indoors, play some mobile games, and veg out with your various gadgets.

Whether you need help with tracking your freelance work, are getting excited about Marvel’s new movie, or just want to dig into some good old-fashioned fun, we’ve got a list of apps and games to keep you sheltered indoors this weekend… Read More

 

Gameloft posts new Modern Combat 5 trailer ahead of launch

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2014

After more than a year of waiting, Gameloft is finally ready to release Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The studio announced earlier this month that the game will launch for iOS and Android on July 24th, which is next Thursday.

To hold you over until then, Gameloft has posted an official Launch trailer for MC5. While we’ve seen videos before, this new clip is over a minute long and offers an entertaining look at the game’s graphics and gameplay… Read More

 

Ultratext is a fun app that will spice up your iMessages

By Sébastien Page on Jul 18, 2014

I’m not big on messaging. I don’t do Snapchat. I don’t do Whatsapp. I barely use Twitter DMs. However, I’m a pretty big iMessage user, the messaging platform introduced by Apple along iOS 5 in 2011.

iMessage is great because it allows you to communicate with any iOS user in a very simple way. There is no app to download, no account to create, and no password to remember. Oh, and yes, it works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac too.

While trawling the App Store earlier today, I found Ultratext, a fun app that lets you send GIF messages to your contacts, giving iMessage a little more spice and colors… Read More

 

Square Enix announces ‘Final Fantasy Record Keeper’

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2014

Square Enix and developer partner DeNA have announced a new game for the mobile Final Fantasy franchise. It’s called Final Fantasy Record Keeper, and you play as Deci, a bright student to Dr. Mog in the history department.

Dr. Mog serves as the record keeper for all previous Final Fantasy games, and his department is filled with paintings of famous battles and other scenes. And if you happen to see one you like, Dr. Mog can use magic to send you in… Read More

 

Celebrating 40 years of synthesizers, 8 Yamaha music apps go free

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2014

Good news for all of you aspiring musicians out there. In celebration of 40 years of Yamaha synthesizers, the company is offering a number of its iOS apps for free. This includes some smaller titles, like Set List Organizer, and more prominent ones like Cloud Audio Recorder.

We’ve listed 8 of the apps below (there may be others), which are normally priced between $1.99 and $15.99. Admittedly, many of them were built to compliment actual instruments, but some, like Mobile Music Sequencer, are fun to tinker with on their own as standalone apps… Read More

 

RideScout will get you around your city fast

By Andrew Kunesh on Jul 18, 2014

From bike share to rail to ride sharing, if you live in a big city, chances are there is a ton of transportation options to choose from. And with so many options come different pricing, routes, and timing, so it can be tough to pick what works best in each situation. That’s where RideScout comes in.

RideScout is a relatively new app that takes multiple forms of transportation into account when searching for directions. The app compares cycling, driving, taxis, ride share, and public transportation to give you the best options in regards to timelines, cost, and health. Read my full Ridescout review to learn more. Read More

 

Novation Launchpad is a simple but powerful music maker

By Jake Underwood on Jul 18, 2014

Let’s cut to the chase: creating music on an iPhone or iPad isn’t as easy as it should be. The gold standard, GarageBand, almost requires some knowledge of an instrument, which drastically whittles down the amount of users that can create on the platform. However, the complexity of the music-making process isn’t specifically limited to GarageBand, as it is something music-creating apps have struggled with throughout the history of the App Store. Wouldn’t it be nice to just press buttons and watch a creation form in front of your very eyes?

Novation Launchpad sure would seem to think so. The app, created by developers Novation, is as simple as it can get, but the results don’t suffer from the ease-of-use. Read on for a full Novation Launchpad review… Read More

 

Gameloft releases endless jumper ‘Ninja UP!’

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Gameloft today released an interesting new game called Ninja UP! It’s not a first-person-shooter, movie tie-in, or anything else the studio is typically associated with—instead it’s an endless jumper, à la Line Jumper and others.

Gameplay is as addictive as you’d expect. Players are tasked with sending a ninja flying upward by drawing lines that simulate trampolines. The smaller the line, the bigger the bounce, and levels are littered with deadly obstacles… Read More

 

Hours for iPhone: gorgeous time-tracking app by Apple Design Award winner Tapity

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

I don’t use time-tracking software because it’s a huge pain in the you-know-what. Part of the reason is that I don’t have enough time to keep track of how I spend my day.

On the flip side, I’ll be the first to admit there’s something inherently fun and appealing about the concept of monitoring when I work and how I spend/waste my day.

Realizing as much that most time-tracking apps suck anyway, Tapity — an Apple Design Award-winning studio behind Languages, a beautiful offline translator, and the popular student organizer and GPA calculator Grades — has spent the past three years bringing Hours for iPhone to life.

Now available as a $4.99 download, Hours takes the pain out of time tracking by letting you visualize how you spend your precious time… Read More

 

Hearthstone ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ expansion hitting iOS, Mac July 22

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Back in March, Blizzard launched its popular free-to-play collectible card game ‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ on the Mac. A month later, it brought the game to the iPad, and promised an expansion pack for both platforms.

Today, the studio made good on its promise, announcing that Hearthstone’s first expansion ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ will be landing on PCs, Macs and iPads on Tuesday, July 22nd. You’ll find all the details on the add-on pack below… Read More

 

Cinamatic goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Apple has named Hipstamatic’s just-released video-capturing app Cinamatic its App of the Week for this week. This means that through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the title for both your iPhone and iPad, for free—a modest savings of $1.

For those unfamiliar with the app, it essentially does for videos what Hipstamatic does for photos. Users can record short clips, between 3-15 seconds, and turn them into short films. Tools like lighting filters and social sharing are just one tap away… Read More

 

Facebook releases Mentions, new iPhone app you probably can’t use

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

The social networking behemoth, Facebook, today launched a brand new iPhone application: Mentions.

Although you can download it – the app is currently rolling out to the U.S. App Store as we speak – chances are you probably won’t be able to use it.

That is, unless you’re a verified public figure such as an actor, athlete, musician or other influencer, in which case Mentions is right for you.

In a nutshell, Mentions allows celebrities to see what fans are saying, engage in conversations with people and influencers who are talking about them, tell their own story by sharing updates, photos and videos – and even host live Q&As directly from their iPhone… Read More

 

HBO launches Game of Thrones Ascent on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

HBO, the premium cable and satellite television network owned by Time Warner (which itself could get acquired by Rupert Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox) today has enabled iPhone owners to enjoy the worlds from the successful Game of Thrones book and television series.

Having originally launched on the iPad in time for Season 4 debut in late-March, developer Disruptor Beam once again teamed up with Kongregate, having bumped the game to version 2.0 and adding native support for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Jump past the fold for the specifics… Read More

 

Google Analytics app with Real Time reports now available for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

Google is definitely on a roll these days when it comes to its dedication to the Apple platform. One of the most prolific App Store publishers, the Internet giant in the past seven days alone has released or updated half a dozen apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Just a few examples: the company launched a new YouTube Creator Studio app for the iPhone, released another app to manage AdWords Express accounts for small businesses, updated Google Maps with Gmail appointments and mapped search results, posted the popular augmented reality game Ingress, updated Chrome for iOS with Cast support, refreshed Google Wallet with support for gift cards, free debit card transfers and more and started flagging Flash content in search results on iOS and Android.

And today, Google released a brand new Analytics for iPhone appRead More

 

App Recap: new apps for your iPhone and iPad, Pixelmator sale and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Mid-week is typically a waiting period as Apple preps to unleash of plethora of new apps, games and updates during Thursday.

As is our wont, we’ve dutifully consulted Twitter, RSS feeds, App Store, developers and other sources in search of new submissions and software deals we think you should definitely know about.

It’s our pleasure to keep you in the loop in terms of updates to important third-party apps and games.

We also get to provide you with at-a-glance overviews of new features and enhancements brought out by each individual app update. This is App Recap, iDownloadBlog’s popular daily column that celebrates the apps you can’t live without… Read More

 

Alphabeats review: make music with words

By Lory Gil on Jul 16, 2014

I like games that are music themed. When bands put out weird, trippy apps starring their tunes, I get a kick out of what they dream up. I don’t particularly like rhythm games, though. They never seem to hit the beat right, and I can’t shake my pre-existing knowledge of real-life music experiences. I’m always thinking, “That’s not how that solo is played.”

Alphabeats is a music themed game that uses electronica tunes to set the atmosphere, but doesn’t ask you to tap to the beat in order to win. We’ve got a hands-on game review of Alphabeats for you today… Read More

 

Bungie launches companion app for upcoming console game ‘Destiny’

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2014

We are rapidly approaching the launch of hit-game-maker Bungie’s first major release since leaving the Halo franchise. The game is called Destiny, and it’s a combination action role-player and first-person shooter that’s landing on consoles in September.

Starting tomorrow, folks with a late-gen Sony or Microsoft console will be able to play a public beta of Destiny. And if you plan on checking it out, you’ll want to download the second screen app Bungie just released for iPhone called ‘Destiny Companion.’ Read More

 

Airbnb for iPhone receives thorough makeover, part of a controversial rebranding

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Airbnb, an online service for people to rent out lodging, has rolled out a major update to its iPhone application earlier today.

The software has been redesigned from the ground up for a much cleaner appearance so you’ll immediately notice richer colors and more vibrant photography “inspired by Airbnb experiences all around the world.

The app now uses Airbnb’s controversial new logo (more on that later) and the web interface has been overhauled, too, as part of the company’s larger rebranding effort. The refreshed Airbnb 4.0 is now live in the App StoreRead More

 

Google Wallet updated with support for gift cards, free debit card transfers and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2014

Google today announced a significant update for its Google Wallet service. The new version brings about support for gift cards, money requests, and the ability to send money with your debit card for free, and it should be rolling out to iOS and Android apps shortly.

With the new gift card support, users will be able to save their electronic cards to Google Wallet, redeem them in-store, and even check their balances [only at participating merchants]. The Wallet app can even remind you to use your card when you are near stores… Read More