App Store gets dozens of awesome new iOS games in massive refresh

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 26, 2014

Thursday is always expected to be a busier day on the App Store each week, as several developers release new apps for iPhone and iPad. But when I awoke this morning, I was pretty shell-shocked to realize just how many new high-quality games are now available. While I would normally resort to throwing most of these new titles into App Recap, our daily app roundup, the sheer number of awesome new games merits a separate post this afternoon.

Aerena: Clash of Champions, Supernauts and Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake are among the new games in this massive App Store refresh, which is something that usually only happens around the holidays. We’ve provided game trailers for some of the exciting new games ahead, and we’ll be highlighting even more of the releases in App Recap later tonight. So grab your iPhone or iPad and check out a dozen must-have games ahead…

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Google Drive for iOS updated with activity stream, incoming view, faster uploading and more

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 25, 2014

The official Google Drive app for iPhone and iPad has been updated to version 3.1 with several added features. An all-new incoming view displays files that have been shared with you as they arrive, alongside an activity stream for viewing changes to files and folders made by you and others from the details panel. We’ve recapped some of the other changes and have the official release notes after the break…  Read More

 

Facebook’s Snapchat lookalike Slingshot now available worldwide

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 25, 2014

After launching in the United States last week, Facebook’s new Snapchat competitor Slingshot is now available for international users. I can confirm that the app is available in the Canadian version of the App Store, and it appears to be available in most other countries as well. If you haven’t downloaded Slingshot yet, the app is free on the App Store for iPhone…  Read More

 

Path jumps on the private messaging bus, releases new Talk for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014

Path, the private social network for families and close friends, is jumping on the messaging bandwagon with launch of a new privacy-focused, standalone messaging software for the iPhone.

Available free in the App Store, Path Talk is basically a spin-off of Path’s in-app messenger. For starters, your message exchanges get automatically wiped out from the servers after 24 hours.

And, Path Talk has a nice Ambient Status feature that automatically lets your friends know when you’re in transit, in the neighborhood and even low on battery, possibly helping reduce some misunderstandings in online communication… Read More

 

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