Every single Halfbrick Studios game is now free

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 17, 2014

Halfbrick Studios must be in a generous mood, because it has just discounted its entire game lineup on the App Store. Its complete collection of games for iPhone and iPad are now free, ranging from Monster Dash and Age of Zombies to Fruit Ninja and Colossatron. The award-winning developer has not confirmed if this is a limited time sale, or if the games will remain free on a permanent basis. There are over 10 apps ahead, many of which were 99 cents and others that were already free…  Read More

 

Apple cracking down on fake App Store ratings

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 13, 2014

The latest statistics reveal that there are over 1.1 million apps and counting on the App Store, making app discovery for small and large developers alike increasingly challenging. On top of that, Apple is known to have an algorithm that makes only apps with higher ratings more easily discoverable.

As a result, a significant number of developers manipulate the position of their app in the App Store charts by posting fake reviews with high ratings, often times five stars. But according to TechCrunch, Apple is aware of the rank manipulation and is now taking action against these fake ratings…

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‘ReadQuick’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 12, 2014

I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but what an eventful Thursday it has been on the App Store. Lory shared her thoughts on WordWildWest, Cody told us about Angry Birds Epic and Amazon’s new Prime Music service, Christian covered updates for Skitch, Flickr and Scanbot, and we’ve still got the App Recap coming later this evening…  Read More

 

App Store, iTunes and iBooks are down for some users [update: it's back to normal]

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 12, 2014

There are multiple reports on Twitter and elsewhere indicating that the App Store, iTunes and iBooks services are either down or functioning erratically. The downtime appears to be affecting users in the United States, Sweden and possibly other regions. On top of that, the App Store appears to be loading incorrectly for some users as well. Hit the break for the latest updates…  Read More

 

Automation favorite Launch Center Pro 2.3 released with IFTTT integration & more

By Oliver Haslam on Jun 11, 2014

In the burgeoning world of iOS automation, Launch Center Pro is king. What may initially look like just a grid of icons soon turns into a world of never-ending possibilities as soon as you scratch away the surface of an app that has become the center of many iOS users’ workflows. In short, Launch Center Pro is the app to install on your iPhone or indeed, iPad.

So when it was announced that a new version was in the works, Launch Center Pro 2.3, everyone took notice. Today, that update is finally in the App Store for all to enjoy and, if we’re being honest, they could have easily sold this as a 3.0 release, rather than the 2.3 moniker it has taken on.

If you crave new ways to make your iOS device the true center of your digital and online life, then you’re going to love the new Launch Center Pro, complete with IFTTT integration and more…

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Apple clamping down on music downloading apps, ones incentivizing ad watching and social sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2014

Apple appears to have been cracking down on iOS apps which enable users to download music and software making it possible to download other file types from file-sharing networks.

But that’s not all, as the Cupertino firm is seemingly asking developers to stop with the practice of incentivizing people to watch in-game ads and share promotional messages on social networks in exchange for in-game coins, virtual items, etc.

Although iOS 8 has relaxed the rules pertaining to third-party development by providing APIs to extend system functionality and create custom keyboards, custom actions in Share sheets, photo and video editing extensions for the Photos app and more, it’s obvious that Apple wants to bring order to its App Store and is now prohibiting iPhone and iPad applications that promote apps by other developers… Read More

 

Apple updates its App Store guidelines to allow for virtual currency apps

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2014

Good news for iPhone and iPad users that are into cryptocurrencies. Following the unveiling of iOS 8 during Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday, the company has updated its App Store review guidelines with a new section dedicated specifically to virtual currencies.

It seems that after pulling the Bitcoin wallet app Blockchain, and other crypto wallet-related titles from the App Store, Apple has had a change of heart. It’s now ready to accept applications that deal in the transmission of virtual currencies—at least to a limited degree… Read More

 

Apple announces much improved App Store with app bundles/previews, better search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2014

In addition to all the goodies outlined earlier, Apple during the WWDC 2014 keynote running at San Francisco’s Moscone West has announced a much announced App Store with the new Explore tab, Trending searches, making search faster with continuously scrolling search, the new Editor’s Choice label for highlighted apps, app previews with short videos right inside the App Store, app bundles and more… Read More

 

Apple giving WWDC attendees $25 App Store gift cards

By Cody Lee on Jun 1, 2014

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is a hodgepodge of long lines, major announcements, and free stuff. Those who are lucky enough to attend the event are usually greeted with a bag of promotional goodies.

This year, in addition to their usual WWDC badges and jackets, attendees are being given a free $25 App Store gift card. It’s in celebration of the Conference’s 25th year anniversary, and the card reads “25 years and coding.” Read More

 

App Store’s Top Charts now shows fewer apps for performance reasons

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2014

TechCrunch has spotted an interesting change under the popular Top Charts section in the App Store. The popular section now displays only half as much ranked apps as before.

Whereas previously you were able to scroll through the top 300 apps listed across Paid, Free and Top Grossing categories on the iPhone (or Top 1,500 on the iPad), Top Charts now shows only 150 results.

It’s a small but interesting change that shows Apple is still figuring out how to best surface noteworthy and trending apps among the more than million items it now carries in the App Store…. Read More

 

Apple now makes it clear you’re not allowed to update or redownload refunded apps

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2014

If you’ve ever asked for a refund on a Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad app you purchased in the Mac App Store or the App Store, Apple somewhat unexpectedly did allow you to update your existing installations – even reinstall previously refunded apps.

That’s no longer the case. According to multiple reports, users who try to update or reinstall refunded iOS and OS X applications are now greeted with a prompt informing them that Apple no longer supports the practice… Read More

 

App Recap: 12 apps for iOS on the docket

By Joe Rossignol on May 19, 2014

The first edition of App Recap this week kicks things off on a high note, with a number of new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone and iPad. Whether you’re looking to test your luck at TC Blackjack or play Canada’s national summer sport in Lacrosse Shot, this roundup is full of noteworthy apps and games to kickstart your week. Here are 12 apps to eliminate the Monday blues… 

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App Recap: 20 apps for iOS gamers and more

By Joe Rossignol on May 15, 2014

Thursday is always an extremely busy day on the App Store, and this week is no different. There are dozens of new apps and games that just hit the storefront, and we’ve rounded up all of the noteworthy ones in this column. App Recap promotes new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, extending upon the thorough app coverage provided by Christian, Cody, Lory and our team of writers throughout the week. Join us ahead as we run through 20 new must-have apps…  Read More

 

App Recap: over a dozen new, updated and discounted apps to look at

By Joe Rossignol on May 13, 2014

Tuesday’s edition of App Recap, which promotes new, updated and discounted apps on the App Store, highlights several productivity apps for making day-to-day tasks easier. Boximize takes note-taking to the next level, MovieLaLa helps you discover new movies, Logacal redefines your calendar, Quickminder simplifies reminders, Castro enhances your podcast experience and more. App Recap is posted mid-day and builds upon the more detailed app coverage that Lory, Christian, Cody and our other writers keep us informed with. We’ve got 14 apps on the docket today…  Read More

 

Reuters: Apple creating full-blown health and fitness services platform akin to App Store

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2014

We “know” from rumors that Apple with iOS 8 is planning to introduce a new application called Healthbook said to aggregate health and fitness data pulled from a variety of sources, be it third-party fitness/health apps found in the App Store, dedicated tracking accessories or more.

But that could be just the tip of the iceberg.

According to a mobile health executive who spoke to Reuters, the iPhone maker is looking to create a full-blown health and fitness ecosystem inspired by the App Store… Read More

 

How to screenshot Snapchat without sending notification

By Joe Rossignol on May 3, 2014

Snapchat is designed so that all photos, videos and chats disappear after a predetermined amount of time set by the sender, such as 5 or 10 seconds. The whole point of the social networking app is that anything sent between users is not considered permanent, unless of course the recipient decides to take a screenshot of that Snapchat. But when someone takes a screenshot of a snap, the sender is provided with a notification alongside the number of screenshots taken.

As you might expect, there are more than a few ways to take a screenshot of Snapchat in secret. A myriad of apps are available on the App Store for saving Snapchat photos and videos, plus two options for jailbroken users. Just keep in mind that none of these methods are guaranteed to be fail proof, and I imagine most people would be uncomfortable having their snaps saved without knowing. But if you must, here is how to screenshot Snapchat without the other person knowingRead More

 

App Recap: new, updated and on sale apps

By Joe Rossignol on May 2, 2014

We’re back with another edition of App Recap, a daily column that promotes new, updated and on sale apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. App Recap serves as an extension of the more detailed App Store coverage that Lory, Christian, Cody and our other writers post during the daytime, and the roundup is frequently updated during the day if needed. If you want to know about new must-have games or the latest sales, read ahead for a look at today’s featured apps…  Read More

 

How to get more matches on Tinder

By Joe Rossignol on May 2, 2014

Let’s face it. Life is busy these days, to the point that most of us don’t even have time to focus on meeting a significant other. The struggle is real. And while there still might be a negative stigma surrounding online dating platforms, Tinder has quickly emerged as one of the most popular platforms for meeting someone outside of a bar or club. The startup app has received numerous awards since launching over 18 months ago, helping to connect everyone from busy university undergraduate students to single adults for dates and casual encounters.

Tinder is essentially an anonymous “hot or not” app for iPhone and Android smartphones. If you find someone physically attractive, swipe right. If you don’t, swipe left. It is made to be incredibly simple — and shallow — in nature, yet you probably wouldn’t be reading this article if Tinder was as easy as it sounds. If you are not on the top of your game, don’t expect to be getting too many right swipes on Tinder. Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes and a little bit of effort to improve your results. Read ahead for tips and tricks on how to get more matches on Tinder…  Read More

 

Apple highlights “Best of April” in new App Store section

By Joe Rossignol on May 1, 2014

Apple has highlighted its favorite new apps and games from last month in a new Best of April section on the App Store. The best overall app was given to NYT Now, while the award for best overall game went to Leo’s Fortune. There are over a dozen other apps included in two categories for “amazing apps” and “great games,” many of which were released or significantly updated in April. A complete rundown of the apps that made the Best of April list in the United States follows…  Read More

 

App Recap: 10 apps to look at today

By Joe Rossignol on May 1, 2014

App Recap is a daily column that promotes new, updated and on sale apps in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It serves as an extension of the more detailed app coverage that Christian, Cody and others provide during the daytime, highlighting both popular and hidden gem apps with noteworthy changes. It could be a new app that you must absolutely have, or a longtime favorite that has seen a significant reduction in price. Take a look inside for a look at today’s featured apps…  Read More