Prune review: yard work has never been so beautiful

By Lory Gil on Aug 3, 2015

There truly is an art form in pruning. Trees of all shapes and sizes act differently based on the way you manipulate their growth. The art of the Bonsai is the perfect example of how a perfectly trimmed tree can become whatever you want it to be.

Prune is a game about trees. In it, players trim branches to grow their foliage until they reach the sun. We’ve got a hands-on game review of Prune for you today. Read More

 

Apps of the week: Tap Delay, Gallery Doctor, Domino Drop, and more

By Lory Gil on Aug 1, 2015

On some weekends, there is nowhere I’d rather be than sitting in a chair, drinking a cold one around a campfire with my friends. On other weekends, all I want to do is drop out of reality and sink into a good game. This weekend, if you are of the latter group, we have a list of apps and games that might give you something to get into. Read More

 

SwiftKey previews upcoming ‘Your Signature Emoji’ feature in iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2015

Have you ever wondered which emoji symbols you use the most as your unique writing style? Well, the popular smartphone keyboard, SwiftKey, is previewing a new feature called ‘Your Signature Emoji’ which was designed to help you find out precisely which emoji characters you use more than other people.

Available as a beta for SwiftKey’s iPhone users, and coming soon for everyone, this feature takes advantage of SwiftKey’s knowledge base which gets continually updated as you’re typing away. Read More

 

Create colorful keyboards that match your mood in an instant with Photokeys

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2015

Photokeys by developer Appyfurious was released in the App Store last evening. This quite interesting application makes it easy and fun to create your own colorful keyboards in seconds, from any photo in your library.

Just take or import a picture, adjust color themes as you like and your keyboard is ready for use in any application.

If you’re unhappy with the results, refine your custom designs with manual controls to mix and match your own colors and achieve the keyboard nirvana. But wait, there’s much more to Photokeys, a 99-cent download from the App Store, than meets the eye. Read More

 

OneDrive for iOS brings back file downloading, adds VoiceOver and Single Sign-On improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2015

Microsoft’s excellent mobile client for its cloud-storage service, OneDrive for iOS, was updated with three new features today, among them the ability to download photos and videos to your Camera roll after a brief hiatus following the app’s recent redesign. Available free of charge in the App Store, OneDrive 5.5 for iOS also contains VoiceOver improvements for hearing-impaired users and support for Single Sign-On. Read More

 

Worms3 goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 30, 2015

Apple has just named Team17’s “Worms3” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the popular artillery strategy game for both iPhone and iPad for free—saving you $5.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Worms franchise, players are tasked with eliminating the opposing team(s) of worms using an assortment of weapons. There are various game modes, including an asynchronous multiplayer battle. Read More

 

The saga continues as Angry Birds 2 hits the App Store as a free-to-play download

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2015

As promised, Finnish mobile games maker Rovio today released Angry Birds 2, the official sequel to its original bird-flinging franchise. Available on a free-to-play basis, Angry Birds 2 for iPhone and iPad isn’t a radical departure from the proven formula which made the original games such a rage.

In Angry Birds 2, your favorite feathered heroes embark on a brand new adventure as they storm Piggy Island to rescue their poor stolen eggs, all over again.

The sequel introduces some fun new elements to the gameplay experience such as all-new bird characters to choose from, spells, multi-stage levels, scheming boss piggies and much more. Read More

 

Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition is so engaging you might forget to eat in real life

By Lory Gil on Jul 30, 2015

Sometimes, there are games that are so engrossing that you don’t even realize that time has passed. They can sometimes get you into trouble, especially if you suddenly find yourself still at home in your slippers when you should have been at work 10 minutes ago.

Don’t Starve is an action survival game for the iPad that might cause you to forget to eat dinner while trying to keep your character well fed and safe from things that go bump in the night. We’ve got a full game review of Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition for you today. Read More

 

Yahoo unveils LiveText, its new Snapchat-esque messaging app with text and silent video

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

As vaguely hinted yesterday, Yahoo held a press conference in New York City this morning to announce its brand new mobile product: a messaging app called LiveText.

The app recently soft-launched in HongKong, Taiwan and Ireland and is scheduled to roll out in more markets tomorrow, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated as soon as it hits the US App Store.

LiveText promises to transform simple conversations into rich, fun and memorable experiences with text and live video, but without sound. It’s very Snapchat-esque and you might be willing to give it a try. Read More

 

Fantastical for iPhone gains drafts feature [bonus: promo codes giveaway]

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Developer Flexibits has issued an update to Fantastical’s iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps this morning. This premium calendar and reminder replacement software for iOS, watchOS and OS X now includes complete support for Japanese users across its iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch editions.

More importantly, Fantastical 2.4 for iPhone now includes drafts, a handy new feature addition that makes it possible to multitask while adding new items quickly and easily. The update is rolling out as we speak and should be available in the App Store shortly.

As a nice bonus, the fine folk at Flexibits have kindly provided more than a dozen promo codes for you, our readers, to redeem so read on to potentially grab your free copy of Fantastical. Read More

 

This app lets you transfer your Spotify and Rdio playlists to Apple Music with a single click

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Our own Jeff Benjamin told you about an Apple Script for exporting your Spotify playlists into Apple Music. Now there’s now an even easier method to migrate your music to Apple Music as someone has built a dedicated app to transfer Spotify and Rdio playlists to Apple Music with a single click.

Created by two guys from California who call themselves Move To Apple, their new app aptly named Move to Apple Music automates the process of migrating all your music and playlists from Spotify or Rdio to Apple Music, in exchange for $4.99. Read More

 

Lead Them review: help the microcosm grow by pointing the way

By Lory Gil on Jul 28, 2015

As far as simple mobile games go, there are an uncountable number of them, so many that it is difficult to search through them to find the interesting ones.

That’s where I come in. One game that was recently introduced to me is called Lead Them. While at first glance, it may seem like a vertical scroll game with a pretty skin, it turns out that it has a few tricks that make it stand out. We’ve got a full game review of Lead Them for your reading enjoyment today. Read More

 

Periscope for iPhone refreshed with muting, Handoff support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

In addition to refreshing its main application for the iPhone and iPad with drafts support and interactive notifications on iOS 8, the micro-blogging startup Twitter today issued a noteworthy refresh to its live-broadcasting app, Periscope.

Available at no cost in the App Store, the new Periscope 1.1.3 implements support for Handoff, a new technology in iOS 8 which lets you seamlessly move tasks across devices.

In addition, the app has gained other perks like a new notification setting for people you follow, viewer statistics when browsing past broadcasts and more. Plus, it now tailors your global list of recommended broadcasts to your geographical location. Read More

 

Chrome for iOS gains a cool tab-switching gesture

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

Just days after updating Chrome for iOS with the ability to swipe right or left to navigate backward or forward, the search giant issued another app refresh this morning.

Bumped to version 44.0.2403.67, Chrome’s added a handy shortcut to switch between open tabs without having to reach for an icon in the upper right corner with your thumb.

Google’s mobile browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available at no cost in the App Store. Read More

 

eBay folding Valet, Fashion and Motors apps into its main client for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

eBay’s bidding application for the iPhone and iPad is about to get a whole lot better as the e-commerce service announced plans to streamline its App Store offering.

As part of the restructuring effort, eBay will shutter its Valet, Fashion and Motors apps and fold some of their functionality into the main iPhone and iPad client, available free of charge in the App Store. Read More

 

Here are 5 new features coming soon to Google’s YouTube app for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

Google is doubling down on its mobile YouTube client. The most recent update, for instance, has at last brought push notifications to YouTube for iOS and support for fullscreen playback of vertical videos.

Prior updates have brought out such enhancements as the Cards feature and more perks and we also know that Google’s been testing a major YouTube redesign with a subset of its users since May.

Moreover, at the beginning of this year Google finally ditched Adobe’s Flash Player and switched to an HTML5-based player for YouTube’s desktop interface.

But the fine folks at Google aren’t standing still: yet another redesign effort is about to adorn YouTube’s iOS app and with it come a few major feature additions to make it easier than ever to find videos and create them, too. Read More

 

Obscura simplifies taking the perfect picture

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 26, 2015

Photography is the capture of emotion for reuse. I’m particularly fond of art – photography or otherwise – that makes me feel something on an emotional level, because if art doesn’t induce emotions, what is its point?

Obscura is a new camera app for iPhone that simplifies the art of taking meaningful pictures. The first real shot I took with this app made an onlooker want to download the app immediately, because she looked at the image and felt something. Even Obscura’s flat, black and white interface leaves the user with a feeling of simplicity that, while decidedly modern, somehow connects back to the original colorless photograph. Read More

 

This War of Mine review: a brutal look at war from the civilians’ side

By Lory Gil on Jul 25, 2015

In the video game industry, most war-related titles involve soldiers on the front line and put players onto the battlefield, fighting for a cause. Most are shooter games that let you test your sniper skills.

This War of Mine works from a completely different perspective. Instead of rescuing hostages in an airport, players act as civilians trying to survive in a war torn city. We’ve got a full game review of This War of Mine today. Read More

 

Best apps of the week: Etch Keyboard, Audiobus Remote, incurve, and more

By Lory Gil on Jul 25, 2015

As the summer gets into full swing and the days are actually starting to get just a little shorter, you may find yourself restless for a little less outdoor activity and a little more screen time.

If you are looking for something new to pass the time as you forget your troubles this weekend, check out our list of apps and games that might just give you the distraction you are looking for. Read More

 

TurboScan puts the power of a high quality mobile scanner in the palm of your hand

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

TurboScan by Piksoft Inc., a small Bay Area company, has been available on the App Store for more than five years. Yesterday, they finally launched a free version which leaves no features behind so anyone can now experience the power of a high quality scanner in the palm of their hand, at zero cost.

Ranked #1 business app in the US App Store and with over three million existing users, this document and receipt scanner includes powerful features wrapped around an engaging interface. Read More

 
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