Hearthstone ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ expansion hitting iOS, Mac July 22

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Back in March, Blizzard launched its popular free-to-play collectible card game ‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ on the Mac. A month later, it brought the game to the iPad, and promised an expansion pack for both platforms.

Today, the studio made good on its promise, announcing that Hearthstone’s first expansion ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ will be landing on PCs, Macs and iPads on Tuesday, July 22nd. You’ll find all the details on the add-on pack below… Read More

 

App Recap: new apps for your iPhone and iPad, Pixelmator sale and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Mid-week is typically a waiting period as Apple preps to unleash of plethora of new apps, games and updates during Thursday.

As is our wont, we’ve dutifully consulted Twitter, RSS feeds, App Store, developers and other sources in search of new submissions and software deals we think you should definitely know about.

It’s our pleasure to keep you in the loop in terms of updates to important third-party apps and games.

We also get to provide you with at-a-glance overviews of new features and enhancements brought out by each individual app update. This is App Recap, iDownloadBlog’s popular daily column that celebrates the apps you can’t live without… Read More

 

Bungie launches companion app for upcoming console game ‘Destiny’

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2014

We are rapidly approaching the launch of hit-game-maker Bungie’s first major release since leaving the Halo franchise. The game is called Destiny, and it’s a combination action role-player and first-person shooter that’s landing on consoles in September.

Starting tomorrow, folks with a late-gen Sony or Microsoft console will be able to play a public beta of Destiny. And if you plan on checking it out, you’ll want to download the second screen app Bungie just released for iPhone called ‘Destiny Companion.’ Read More

 

Airbnb for iPhone receives thorough makeover, part of a controversial rebranding

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Airbnb, an online service for people to rent out lodging, has rolled out a major update to its iPhone application earlier today.

The software has been redesigned from the ground up for a much cleaner appearance so you’ll immediately notice richer colors and more vibrant photography “inspired by Airbnb experiences all around the world.

The app now uses Airbnb’s controversial new logo (more on that later) and the web interface has been overhauled, too, as part of the company’s larger rebranding effort. The refreshed Airbnb 4.0 is now live in the App StoreRead More

 

Google Wallet updated with support for gift cards, free debit card transfers and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2014

Google today announced a significant update for its Google Wallet service. The new version brings about support for gift cards, money requests, and the ability to send money with your debit card for free, and it should be rolling out to iOS and Android apps shortly.

With the new gift card support, users will be able to save their electronic cards to Google Wallet, redeem them in-store, and even check their balances [only at participating merchants]. The Wallet app can even remind you to use your card when you are near stores… Read More

 

Jawbone’s Up fitness band app gains weight management features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Jawbone, the maker of the Up fitness band, wireless Bluetooth headsets and a host of other mobile accessories, today pushed a major update to its iPhone and iPad app.

The refreshed software brings new calorie and nutrition tracking tools, food and restaurant logging, as well as comprehensive weight management features to the popular fitness tracker.

Other enhancements include a new food score and a redesigned food experience with brand new tools such as a dedicated water logger, restaurant menus, common pairings and frequent meals… Read More

 

App Recap: packed to the gills with great new apps, updates, freebies and discounts

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Following an extended weekend break, App Recap is back. For those unfamiliar with App Recap, it’s our daily column conceived to surface best new apps and games while keeping you in the loop regarding major app updates, price drops and promotions.

In today’s edition, we bring you beautiful new apps to enjoy Reddit and Pinboard, snap images with stunning fisheye barrel distortion in Instagram’s square format, create satanic videos with an eerie reverse slow-motion effect, check the UV index before hitting the beaches, apply tags to your photos and much more.

And let’s not forget about important updates to your favorite apps and not-to-be-missed deals rounding up this edition of App Recap… Read More

 

Google updates Chrome for iOS with Cast support

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Following a relatively quiet period when it comes to Chrome for iOS, Google is again demonstrating willingness to continue advancing its popular iPhone and iPad browser with useful new capabilities.

The new Google Chrome version 36.0.1985.49 is now available to download in the App Store, bringing out Cast support for websites that have implemented integration with Cast-enabled devices.

Furthermore, this edition also includes stability improvements and bug fixes and a slightly tweaked app icon for your Home screen… Read More

 

PayPal updated with loyalty card support, faster logins and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

PayPal pushed out an update to its iOS client last night, bringing the app to version 5.5. The update brings about the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, but it also adds a big new feature: support for loyalty cards.

This means PayPal users will be able to carry virtual versions of their favorite loyalty cards—such as Starbucks, CVS, and several other retailers—within the app, essentially making it a one-stop shop for payments and checkins… Read More

 

Shazam for iOS updated with in-app track playback via Rdio

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

Shazam has updated its free and Encore iOS apps, bringing them both to version 7.7.0. The update brings about a new feature to both clients that allows users to play back recognized songs in-app, courtesy of Rdio.

While users have long been able to do this—play recognized tracks through Rdio—past functionality required them to switch out of Shazam and into Rdio. They can now playback [full] songs without switching apps… Read More

 

Google Maps gains Gmail appointments and search results on map and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014

As Apple continues to decrease its dependency on Google for maps in products such as the Find My iPhone service, the Internet giant keeps on adding new features to the native Google Maps iOS app in an effort to widen the gap between its own service and Apple Maps.

Today’s version 3.2 update adds a couple new features to Google Maps, starting with a new Explore section acting as your local guide that highlights different places and activities, depending on your location and time of day… Read More

 

Photoshop Express can now remove blemishes, reduce fog and haze in photos and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014

Having received a major update in May adding features like new brushes, a Quick Selection tool and more, the past month or so has marked a relatively quiet period for Adobe’s Photoshop Express software for the iPhone and iPad.

But as Apple confirms ceasing development of its Mac photography software, Aperture, Adobe has renewed its commitment to the platform.

First, they’re helping Aperture customers migrate to its Lightroom software and now Adobe’s made the newly updated Photoshop Express 3.4 even more useful with such additions as blemish removal, a new DeFog tool and more… Read More

 

Wunderlist 3 previewed: fast sync, gorgeous UI and 60+ improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Berlin, Germany-based 6Wunderkinder, the makers of the popular Wunderlist to-do, task and list management app, is getting ready to release a major new version. The wait for Wunderlist 3 is almost over, developers told me via email.

Filed as “our biggest update ever,” Wunderlist 3 brings fast real-time sync engine, top-to-bottom makeover with a beautiful new design and over 60 various improvements to put the fun back into note-taking, task management and list creation and curation… Read More

 

LinkedIn reboots its Contacts for iPhone app as LinkedIn Connected

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

After retiring CardMunch, its standalone iPhone app for scanning business cards, in favor of Evernote’s business card scanning service last month, LinkedIn today rebranded another standalone iOS app – LinkedIn Contacts. The app shall be known henceforth as LinkedIn Connected.

The app has been reimagined and redesigned for a much cleaner appearance.

Aside from the name change, the free download has all the same features like its predecessor, but more advanced than before and with “much more focus on strengthening your relationships”… Read More

 

Tempo Smart Calendar 1.4: Reminders, Waze integration, events in natural language and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Available free of charge in the App Store, Tempo 1.4 adds several long-expected features like Waze integration for community-based traffic reports, native support for iOS Reminders, more timely notifications for flights and conference calls, updated contact details on Profile Cards and more.

Perhaps the biggest new feature, Tempo 1.4 now lets you add events in plain English. The app will parse your spoken query and recognize the days of the weeks, time, holidays, repeating events and more. Jump past the fold for the full list of changes… Read More

 

Minecraft – Pocket Edition 0.9.0 update brings infinite world size and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

With nearly sixty million copies sold across all platforms, Mojang’s Minecraft is quite a phenomenon. And now, the highly-anticipated update to the game has landed on the App Store.

Now available for $6.99 in the App Store, Minecraft – Pocket Edition version 0.9.0 for the iPhone and iPad vastly enhances the popular blocky sandbox game with the addition of infinite world size, new monsters and caves, a bunch of new blocks to work with, new places to explore and much more… Read More

 

App Recap: major game sales, new apps to keep you busy and updates to tell your Mom about

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2014

Welcome to today’s edition of App Recap, iDownloadBlog’s daily column that keeps you up to date on best new App Store apps, shiny new games, deep discounts and major content updates, all wrapped into a friendly, visually engaging format.

Among today’s highlights: a nice Apple Design Award Winners fire sale with premium games like Monument Valley, Blek and Threes all discounted heavily.

No matter if you’re a heavy app user or just browse the App Store occasionally, with so much going and with the App Store’s sixth anniversary upon us, App Recap is here to help you focus on stuff that matters … Read More

 

App Recap: action-packed day with deep discounts, must-try new apps and major updates

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

App Recap – your daily column that celebrates best new apps and not-to-be-missed discounts while informing you of major app updates you should know about – is back on this action-packed Tuesday with more than three dozen new apps and deals.

From new submissions like Listicle and ReplayCam to updates to Rdio, MapQuest and iTunes U to latest deals on iOS games and iTunes movies, App Recap has you covered and keeps you up-to-date on all things App Store.

Because a dollar saved is a dollar earned… Read More

 

Apple posts iTunes U 2.0 update with Discussions, creation tools and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

Keeping true to its promise to release a much-improved iTunes U version 2.0 on July 8, Apple today posted the update to the App Store. Now available free of charge for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, iTunes U 2.0 finally allows educators to create, edit and manage entire courses, directly on their iPad.

Enhancements for students include new ways to collaborate, with the ability to start class discussions and ask questions right within the app. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More

 

Rdio gains revamped station artwork and Station Pages

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

After receiving an update a little over a month ago that has enabled push notifications for various social activities going on in your stream, the popular Internet radio service Rdio today issued another minor update to its free iPhone and iPad client.

A pair of new features included in the new Rdio version 2.5.10 focus on improving the design of your radio stations: revamped station artwork for a cleaner look and all-new Pages for Rdio’s endless stations… Read More

 
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