Check out this endless runner game you can play from Notification Center

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 19, 2016

Knowing that Apple has been restrictive in the past on what is and what isn’t allowed to pass in the App Store for a Notification Center widget, it can be fun when little gems find their way into the top charts section and you stumble upon them.

While looking through them, I discovered a free endless runner game called Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur, but unlike other endless runners you’ve played before, this game is played inside of a Notification Center widget rather than from the app itself. Read More


Quickly and easily record animated GIFs with Giphy Cam

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Animated GIFs are fun, the only thing is, creating them generally requires a computer and either some fancy GIF-making software, or a website that can convert video files to animated GIFs.

Fortunately, for those of you that spend most of your time mobile, rather than at a computer, the free GiphyCam app from the App Store provides an all-in-one experience for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.

We’ll talk about GiphyCam in this piece and show you how you can use it to record your own animated GIFs right from your mobile device. Read More


Apple working on paid search results and other App Store changes

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

Apple has a “secret team” exploring various changes to the App Store, reports Bloomberg. Citing people familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says among the ideas being pursued is paid search results, where developers pay to have their apps more prominently displayed.

Such a move would drastically impact search results, as a developer with a word puzzle game in the App Store could essentially pay to have their game listed among the top search results—similar to It would also give Apple a new way to make money from the App Store. Read More


‘Apps for Earth’ App Store promo sends 100% of proceeds from select App Store purchases to WWF

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Apple has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on a brand new App Store initiative that will have the world’s leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species receive 100 percent of the proceeds from select App Store purchases until April 24, just in time for Earth Day.

Descriptions of participating apps were updated this morning to reflect that “Apple and WWF are working together to protect life on our planet”. Read More


How to prevent apps on your iPhone and iPad from being installed or deleted

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

With iOS’s built-in Restrictions control, parents can impose limits on what their kids can do with their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It’s also a great place to restrict certain features on your own device.

For instance, after setting up my Mom’s iPad Air with her favorite apps I then disabled the ability for her to delete or download them from the App Store.

Our tutorial will teach you how you to do just that on your own iOS device in order to prevent accidental app deletions and stop your kids, or other people using your device, from downloading apps. Read More


How to convert images to different file types on iPhone or iPad with The Image Converter

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 7, 2016

It comes up every so often where you may want to convert the file type of an image file stored on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

For example, screenshots are saved as .png files, while photographs taken with the camera are saved as .jpg files. Because .jpg files are typically smaller in size due to the lesser-quality detail, you could save some storage space by converting screenshots to .jpg rather than storing .png alternatives.

In this review, we’ll walk you through how to convert the file type of an image file on your iPhone with The Image Converter, a useful conversion all for iOS that can be had from the App Store for just $2.99. Read More


Apple may soon permit users to hide unwanted stock apps on iOS, iTunes metadata suggests

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

Strings discovered in iTunes metadata suggest that the ability to remove Apple’s stock iPhone and iPad apps such as Compass, Voice Memos, Find My Friends, Tips and Stocks is coming very soon.

For those wondering, iTunes metadata provides information about iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps that can be found on the App Store, such as the date an app was released, its size, the store category it’s in and so forth.

As explained by AppAdvice, a pair of new keys—labeled “isFirstParty” and “isFirstPartyHideableApp”—started showing up in iTunes metadata a few weeks ago on every app in the App Store. Read More


MacID price drops 75% in the App Store for a limited time

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

MacID, the popular app for iPhone and iPad that lets you use Touch ID or your Apple Watch (and yes, even your Pebble) to unlock your Mac over a Bluetooth connection, is on sale in the App Store this week for 75% off the usual price.

The app received an important update over the weekend with support for new features found in iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, giving users the ability to configure multiple Apple Watches with MacID and use them to unlock their Mac.

Marked at just $0.99 for a limited time, you can grab MacID and start using your iOS device’s Touch ID sensor or Apple Watch to unlock your Mac instead of typing in a password each time it locks itself. Read More


FreeChat for WhatsApp brings a free native desktop app for WhatsApp to Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

Anyone who uses WhatsApp Messenger who has been looking for a truly free native-style desktop app experience on their Mac has been hard-pressed to find a really good client that didn’t have hidden costs and worked extremely well in the same package.

Fortunately, FreeChat for WhatsApp is an app on the Mac App Store that you can download on your Mac at no cost whatsoever, and it will work exactly how you would expect a WhatsApp Messenger client to work on your Mac without any hidden costs, ads, or caveats Read More


MacID update adds multi-Apple Watch support, improved battery life, pairing reliability, & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 25, 2016

The popular MacID app for iOS and OS X has received an update on Friday that adds support for new features in the newly-released watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3 firmware.

MacID has been made popular for its ability to unlock Mac computers with Touch ID or from an interactive notification on the wrist of the app’s user by way of their Apple Watch, rather than having to type a pasword to unlock the Mac from a sleep.

Version 1.3.3 of MacID is now available in the App Store for iOS devices and Apple Watches, and version 1.3.3 of MacID for the Mac is available from the developer’s website. Read More


iOS 9 adoption hits 80 percent mark

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2016

In less than two weeks since iOS 9 was powering a reported 79 percent of devices, that figure has now climbed by one percentage point to eighty percent of devices, a significant milestone. While the new iOS 9 adoption numbers are yet to be publicized on Apple’s App Store dashboard for developers, the freshest figure was mentioned on stage at yesterday’s ‘Let us loop you in’ media event by Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Vice President of iPhone Marketing. Read More


tvOS 9.2 is here: Dictation, folders, Live Photos, wireless keyboards, iCloud Photo Library & more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

tvOS 9.2, a new update for the operating system which powers the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for public consumption. The new firmware, released alongside iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 and watchOS 2.2, is a very interesting update for the cool new features it brings to the table.

tvOS 9.2 enables several features missing from the initial tvOS release, including long-awaited support for wireless keyboards, dictation, Siri support for App Store searches, app folders on the Home screen, a revamped app switcher, Siri Remote improvements, support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Library and more. Read More


What to do if an App Store app you downloaded isn’t working or won’t open

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 18, 2016

Have you ever downloaded an app from the App Store only to find that it wouldn’t launch, crashed, or didn’t work every time you opened it?

It can be annoying when you can’t open your apps, especially when you may have just paid good money to purchase it from the App Store, so in this piece, we’ll go over a few troubleshooting steps you can take to try and get the app to work correctly. Read More


Apple Events app launches on tvOS App Store ahead of Monday’s ‘Let us loop you in’ media event

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

Apple has scheduled its ‘Let us loop you in’ media event on Monday, March 21. Ahead of the invite-only press conference, the company has released a native application, aptly named Apple Events, for the fourth-generation Apple TV in the tvOS App Store.

The app makes it easier for Apple fans to stream the company’s media events live and watch replays of previous broadcasts on their box. Read More


What you need to know about the AceDeceiver trojan that’s affecting some iOS devices

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 16, 2016

Stock, non-jailbroken iOS devices appear to be vulnerable to a new security threat; a trojan known as AceDeceiver, which can be installed on an iOS device without the user’s knowledge and without the help of an enterprise certificate. Once installed, it will spread malware and unwanted software to the user’s device.

AceDeceiver only seems to be affecting those located in China at this point in time, but because that could change on the fly, you need to know how to protect yourself so similar threats don’t affect users across the globe in the future. Read More


Cannot connect to iTunes Store Errors? Try these troubleshooting steps

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 16, 2016

Whether you’re using your iOS device, Mac, or Windows PC to connect to one of Apple’s digital content stores, you may have been plagued by the “Cannot Connect to iTunes Store” or “Cannot connect to the App Store” alert. It can happen while you’re trying to use the App Store, the iBooks store, and even the iTunes store.

If you’re being plagued by these problems, chances are it’s an easy fix. In this piece, we’ll go over the steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem so you can get back up and running. Read More


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

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