iOS 9 adoption jumps to 79 percent of devices

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2016

After being stuck at the 77 percent mark for a full four weeks, Apple on Monday updated its App Store dashboard for developers with the latest stats on iOS 9 adoption. As per the newest device logs captured on March 7, 2016, iOS 9 is installed on 79 percent of devices that recently accessed the App Store.

The two-point increase versus the 77 percent adoption rate recorded a month ago came at the expense of iOS 8 and earlier versions that have lost ground to iOS 9. Read More

 

Apple acknowledges App Store algorithm problems

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2016

Responding to a number of complaints on social media that disgruntled third-party developers posted over the weekend, Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, has acknowledged that Apple is aware of the problem and has confirmed that the company is working on a solution.

“Shouldn’t happen,” reads Schiller’s response on Twitter to complaints by Mozilla’s Lisa Brester and Screenshot++ developer Wesley Dyson.

”We’ll look into it. Thank you,” Schiller wrote. Read More

 

‘Ask to Buy’ lets you control what your kids buy in iTunes, iBooks, or App Store

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 10, 2016

After a period of Apple being under fire because kids were running up their parents’ credit card bills with App Store and in-app purchases, Apple decided to do something about it. Apple’s answer was to create a parental control system for the App Store so parents could approve or deny purchases that would otherwise have an impact on their credit card.

This parental control system is known as ‘Ask to Buy’ and it’s available on both iOS and OS X in the latest releases of the operating systems, and in this tutorial, we’ll tell you a little bit about how to configure and use Ask to Buy. Read More

 

Hound voice assistant launches in the App Store, but how does it compare to Siri?

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 1, 2016

There are numerous companies competing to be the top dog in voice assistant software, but the makers of sound-tagging service SoundHound have made another alternative called Hound that promises an excellent voice assistant experience. Many initial reports suggest it’s even more capable than the voice assistants you’re used to using already, such as Siri, Google Now, and Cortana.

So just how capable is Hound? In this piece, we’ll walk you through the new free-to-download Hound voice assistant for iOS and find out if it’s as good as everyone says. Read More

 

Extensify soft launches, lets you install ‘tweaks’ without a jailbreak

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 29, 2016

Last August, we showed you a really cool project known as Extensify, which is a third-party extension store that allows you to install ‘tweaks’ for App Store apps on your device without a jailbreak.

Created by iOS developers Majd Alfhaily and Kevin Ko, who are both well-known in the jailbreak community, this extension store works on iOS 9 devices and is side-loaded through Safari.

As of Monday, you can now apply to be a part of the app’s soft-launch program via the Extensify website. Read More

 

Delayd lets you schedule text messages, social media posts, & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 29, 2016

When you have lots of Birthdays and holidays coming up and you want to wish all your friends and family the best, it can be hard to keep track of these dates on a day-to-day basis.

Fortunately, a useful utility app called Delayd is available for free in the iOS App Store that will allow you to schedule messages to your loved ones so you don’t have to remember to send those special messages when the day finally comes.

In this piece, we’ll talk about how Delayd works and show you how you can use it to schedule messages to people, but keep in mind the app can also be used for scheduling emails, Facebook posts, and Tweets in addition to SMS messages. Read More

 

tvOS App Store now lists four times more Apple TV apps in Top Paid, Free and Grossing categories

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2016

In addition to a dozen new categories, including Catalogs and Utilities, that have been added to the App Store on the fourth-generation Apple TV earlier this week, Apple has made another change to the store that should make app discovery easier.

As reported by German blog iTopnews.de, now each Top Charts section available on the tvOS App Store includes 200 apps instead of just 50 like before. Read More

 

tvOS App Store gains ‘Not on This Apple TV’ listing in Purchased section

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2016

Apple has quietly issued a backend update to the tvOS App Store, adding a new ‘Not on This Apple TV’ option to the Purchased section, making it easier to spot apps that users previously purchased on their iPhone and iPad which have since been updated to support the fourth-generation Apple TV.

As mentioned, the new option should appear on users’ fourth-generation Apple TV boxes without requiring a software update. Read More

 

PayPal app redesign adds new start screen, ‘one-click’ cash request, & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 18, 2016

The PayPal app for iOS, which has been long over-due for an update, has finally received its much-needed update on Thursday that adds official support for the retina HD displays of Apple’s 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handsets.

The app, which is still a free download from the App Store, has been completely redesigned with a slew of changes to make using the app not only feel better, but look better. Read More

 

App preview videos coming to Apple TV

By Sébastien Page on Feb 17, 2016

Apple just announced that developers of tvOS apps are now able to upload a short video demo to be previewed along their apps’ description and screenshots in the Apple TV App Store. Similar to what we’ve seen for some time in the iOS App Store, these short previews are usually more helpful than a screenshot as they can show the game or application in action. Read More

 

Private Internet Access: a great VPN at a great price

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 16, 2016

The quest for internet privacy and security is no game these days; hackers with malicious intent are really out there and they want your valuable personal information.

One way to protect yourself is with a virtual private network (VPN), but there are lots of VPN options out there to choose from – both free and paid. Picking a VPN that’s right for you can be tough, and many people are concerned about their privacy while online.

In this piece, we’ll be giving you our opinion on the Private Internet Access VPN; a paid VPN service that holds a solid reputation among its many users. Read More

 

MiniStats shows detailed iPhone stats directly on your Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 15, 2016

If you’re looking for the next cool app to install on your Apple Watch, look no further than MiniStats, a useful utility and statistics app for the iOS platform that’s usually $0.99, but is currently free in the App Store.

This app lets you see various statistics about your iPhone usage on your handset itself, and even right from your wrist on your Apple Watch. Read More

 

Final Fantasy IX hits iOS with 20% launch sale

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

In a surprise launch this morning, publisher Square Enix unleashed Final Fantasy IX upon the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. This classic role-playing game, which originally released for Sony’s PlayStation console back in 2000, is now available in the App Store with a special 20 percent launch sale for $16.99.

Designed to let players relive the adventures of Zidane and his crew in the palm of their hands, Final Fantasy IX brings Game Center achievements, autosave, crisp graphics with high-def movies and character models, seven game boosters like high-speed and no-encounter modes and other perks. Read More

 

Managing multiple accounts in Instagram

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 9, 2016

Instagram officially announced support for logging into more than one Instagram account at a time in its free iOS and Android apps on Monday, and many of you that use Instagram on a daily basis are probably wondering how you can get your hands dirty with the feature.

Although signing in with multiple Instagram accounts is a feature that is still currently rolling out to all users, it’s possible to force your app to allow you to sign in with multiple accounts right now.

Once you get your Instagram app updated to the latest version and are ready to get started with using multiple user accounts in the app, you can follow this tutorial on how to manage all your Instagram accounts from the app. Read More

 

Instagram officially announces support for account switching

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 8, 2016

Instagram has announced on Monday that its users can start logging in to its free mobile app with multiple user accounts, a feature that will be particularly useful for any companies who manage more than one account for social media purposes, or for individuals who have multiple accounts for various interests. Read More

 

Viewing your download history in the Mac App Store is as easy as that

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 8, 2016

Heavy Mac App Store users will download, install, and delete apps from their Mac all the time. It may be because you’re interested in experimenting with new utility releases, downloading games to get a thrill, or checking out the productivity apps that developers claim to be the “best” out there.

Through all this downloading, installing, and deleting, you may want to check out one of the apps you remember using from a long time ago to see if it got any cool new updates, and sometimes you don’t particularly remember what the name of said app might be.

Fortunately, the Mac App Store comes with a way to see your purchase history, allowing you to see all of the apps you’ve ever downloaded from the Mac App Store whether they were free or paid ones. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to see your Mac App Store’s download history. Read More

 

AppRecs: a search engine that filters out apps with fake or questionable reviews

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 5, 2016

One of the things that can be annoying when using the App Store is when you are trying to find a good app and dozens of fake reviews push junk apps to the top of the search results when all you want is to find the best of the best. Since not all reviews are honest, it can be difficult to filter the good from the bad on your own.

To help combat this problem, a new web app called AppRecs has been created that claims to be able to filter good reviews from the bad. This way, you can skip everyone’s junk reviews and junk apps and just see the best apps in the App Store that are truly worth checking out based off of honest reviews. Read More

 

Preregistration for Nintendo’s Miitomo smartphone app begins Feb 17

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Nintendo’s first official smartphone-only title will launch in March for both the iOS and Android platforms, but the Japanese gaming company announced on Wednesday it will let users preregister for the app starting February 17th so they’re ready to go when the app officially launches. Read More

 

How to turn any photo scene into a snowy one with Snow Daze

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Winter may be coming to an end next month, making room for the Spring season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying the snow!

Snow Daze is a wonderful app that can be had from the App Store for $1.99. The app can turn any photograph scene into a snowy wonderland. With all of the different filters, configurable snow settings, and color options, you can make even the least suspecting photograph look like it was taken in the middle of a blizzard storm.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how the app works. Read More

 

Rototo: a challenging space survival game, now free in the App Store

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Are you looking for a fun new App Store game to install on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to entertain your inner gamer? Look no further than Rototo: Space Survival, which is survival game where you actively defend yourself from incoming threats using a rotating shield.

Rototo is normally $1.99, but it’s currently free in the App Store for an unknown period of time, and we’d recommend taking advantage of that awesome deal! Read More