Gamify your stand goals with Standland for iPhone and Apple Watch

By Steffen Reich on Dec 19, 2016

Filling all three activity rings at the close of day has become a proper ritual and incentive for many Apple Watch owners. Out of the three, the one most likely to botch your hard-earned, months long streak is going to be the blue circle gauging standing times per day. The reasons for it are manyfold, but it often comes down to the simple fact that you cannot pencil in a time slot before or after work to quickly fill up the blue one, as it is contrived to be an achievement realized over the course of 12 hours per day.

Standland, an app for iPhone and Apple Watch users, has identified that pitfall of Apple’s activity tracker and plays on it nicely, offering more control, analytics and motivation to get users standing up at least once per hour. Japan’s iPhone App of the Year 2016 achieves this by serving up a creative blend of pet collection (resemblant of the old tamagotchi days) and fitness curation. Standland can track your standing hours right from your wrist or the inside of your pocket (for iPhone-only users) and has recently been updated for the festive season that is upon us. Follow our review below to find out about the role of in-app purchases and whether or not the stripped-down version of Standland is worth your time. Read More

 

Tips for saving cellular data while playing Super Mario Run

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 19, 2016

Super Mario Run is one of the biggest hit games to launch on the App Store this year, and although it’s getting a lot of attention from both Nintendo and Super Mario fans, it also comes with a big caveat: it requires an active internet connection.

For anyone who plays the game at home on Wi-Fi, this isn’t a big deal. Unfortunately, if you’re relying on a cellular data network to play, then you might end up using more data than you’ve bargained for. Read More

 

How to bypass jailbreak detection in Super Mario Run

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 15, 2016

The highly anticipated Super Mario Run platformer game from Nintendo launched on the App Store Thursday afternoon, but anyone who has a jailbroken device is in for a surprise when they try to play, as it appears Nintendo built jailbreak detection into the game.

This is particularly common among a number of hit games from the App Store, including Pokémon GO, and causes the app in question to do nothing but crash whenever you attempt to launch it, but there is a way around it if you still want to play Super Mario Run on your jailbroken iOS devices, and we’ll show you how. Read More

 

First wave of second-gen Pokémon now hatch from eggs as wild Pikachus start wearing Santa hats

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 12, 2016

Pokémon GO players are in for some goodies this week as Niantic is rolling out some of the first of the game’s second-generation Pokémon to players, with more than 100 additional monsters coming within the next few months.

The introduction of these new Pokémon is expected to renew player interest and give existing players something new to hunt after. Read More

 

App and iTunes Stores down for some people [U: working again]

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2016

Some owners of iPhone and iPad devices may experience difficulty purchasing apps and media from Apple’s digital content stores because they’ve been experiencing issues since about 12:30pm Pacific / 3:30pm Eastern Time. According to Apple’s iCloud Status Page, some folks may be unable to make purchases in the iTunes Store, Mac App Store and App Store. We’ll update the post as soon as these problems have been resolved.

Update 3.15pm PT: everything is working again, according to Apple. Read More

 

Apple rejects Pay Mini app from Samsung

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2016

Apple has rejected the native Pay Mini app for iPhone from Samsung, ETNews reported Monday. The Cupertino company reportedly did not disclose why it had refused to host Samsung’s app on the App Store, but it’s fairly safe to speculate that it might have something to do with competition.

ETNews previously reported that Samsung was planning to release Samsung Pay, its mobile payments service, as a downloadable iPhone application. Read More

 

How to find out which third-party apps on your iPhone support Siri

By Steffen Reich on Dec 9, 2016

Since Apple introduced SiriKit with iOS10, a growing number of developers worldwide have worked out unique ways to intelligently embed Apple’s virtual assistant. When the likes of WhatsApp and Uber released their Siri compatible versions it was still hard to escape the flurry of news about it, but the novelty of Siri integration has certainly worn off a little in the interim.

With the newsworthiness of Siri-ready apps sinking, it is more likely than not that some of the apps on your iPhone have secretly acquired Siri capabilities that you are entirely oblivious of. If you want to bring yourself up to date on what you may have been missing out on, it only takes a few clicks within the Settings app to unveil which of your apps have lately taken to Siri. Read More

 

Pokémon GO update lets trainers transfer Pokémon in bulk and fixes bugs

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 9, 2016

Niantic has launched an update (version 1.19.1) for the popular Pokémon GO game on both the Android and iOS platforms on Thursday that addresses several bugs, as well as a highly-requested game improvement.

Those who catch many Pokémon know the struggle of having to transfer out the ones they don’t need to Professor Willow, one by one, but Thursday’s update now allows players to transfer a handful of unwanted Pokémon to the professor all at once. Read More

 

Starbucks teams up with Pokémon GO as an official partner and adds more Pokéstops and gyms

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

Just yesterday, Niantic announced a partnership with Sprint to bring as many as 10,500 more Pokéstops and gyms to Pokémon GO, and today a similar partnership appears to be expanding to Starbucks coffee shops.

The announcement is a move to give players more flexibility in collecting necessary items to play the game, as well as to battle other players. Starbucks benefits out of the deal because it attracts potential customers to their locations. Read More

 

How to convert any barcode into a pass for your Wallet with Pass2U Wallet

By Steffen Reich on Dec 8, 2016

Based on the continuous growth of Wallet for ticketing services and Apple Pay, Apple’s bid to render cards and printouts a memory of the past has come a long way. Wallet makes handling and storing any type of ticket considerably simpler, which is why it is easy to get irritated today when presented with no other delivery option but an old-school paper pass. Thankfully Apple and other retailers are increasingly swinging towards the digital platform, but there are still countless cases where you just cannot add a ticket or voucher to your Wallet – even though it would make life so much easier.

Pass2U Wallet, a free app for iOS, taps into that need and conveniently bridges the gap. Just like Wallet itself it offers to scan hard copy barcodes in order to convert them to Wallet passes, however contrary to Apple’s Wallet it will practically work with any piece of paper imaginable. As such, Pass2U Wallet complements and enriches the stock Wallet app nicely, making sure you will be able to add anything you like to your iPhone’s Wallet. Find out more about the app in our review below. Read More