eBay gains Now feature, in-app alerts, better search, bonus offers, charity donations and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

eBay, an e-commerce website, has a nice iPhone and iPad app which has just gotten a whole lot more useful. Now available as an iOS 7.0-only download from the App Store, the new eBay version 3.4 offers a plethora of new features, refinements and improvements that advance the experience.

For starters, the software now delivers important alerts inside itself when using the app.

Moreover, the eBay Now feature for finding and buying products from local stores is now integrated and you can check a buyer’s location when reviewing a Best Offer. You can also explore bonus offers from eBay sellers, donate a percentage of your sales toward charity purposes and more. Read More

 

Amazon updates Cloud Drive Photos with AirPlay, photo/video metadata, cache settings and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

The online retail giant Amazon on Tuesday refreshed its Cloud Drive Photos application for the iPhone and iPad with some much-needed new features.

Used to synchronize and protect your photos and personal videos on your iOS device with Amazon’s cloud-based storage dubbed Cloud Drive, the free application now supports AirPlay, a media-streaming technology from Apple, so you can stream your photos and videos wirelessly to the big screen TV through the Apple TV box.

Also, you can finally rename albums and easily change an album’s cover photo by swiping left/right on the album artwork. Most importantly, the app finally applies proper metadata to your photos and videos, including date taken, resolution, image type and file name. Read More

 

Microsoft updates Office for iPad apps with more affordable monthly subscriptions

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

Windows maker Microsoft has just refreshed its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad with support for month-to-month Office 365 subscriptions, the team announced today in a blog post.

Before, users were only able to buy a yearly Office 365 subscription within the Office for iPad apps.

Starting today, the refreshed Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications allow you to take advantage of Apple’s In-App Subscription feature to buy recurring monthly subscriptions for Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home. Read More

 

Netflix Recommend with Facebook-enabled private video sharing now available

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

Netflix for the iPhone and iPad now allows you to privately recommend movies and television shows to a cherry-picked selection of Facebook friends who have connected their Facebook account with Netflix, but fortunately without spamming their News Feed, wrote the firm Tuesday in a post over at the official blog.

The social recommendation feature is available to Netflix users in the United States and Canada starting today.

Dubbed Netflix Recommend, it’s “another great way to discover your next favorite show,” as the popular on-demand streaming service put it. Read More

 

Official ‘Ask Me Anything’ app from Reddit now available on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

Reddit, the popular social and news website where users themselves submit content, today released a native iPhone application solely dedicated to its popular ‘Ask Me Anything’ interviews with everyone from movie stars to astronauts to artists and more.

The app lets Reddit fans browse the latest and best interviews from the popular service (both current and archived ones), ask a question when someone is marked as active, discover new personalities in any field or subject, vote for your favorite interviews (and share them with friends) and much more.

The free of charge software is now available to download in the App Store. Read More

 

This app lets you track your kids Fitbit activity and reward them for reaching goals

By Lory Gil on Sep 1, 2014

Sure, you are doing a great job of staying fit. You eat right, exercise everyday, and have all the latest gadgets from Fitbit to track your activities. But, what about your kids? Fitcubs is a tracking app that lets you monitor your children’s activity via Fitbit and lets you reward them for meeting goals. You don’t have to fight with your kids to get them to stay fit. Read More

 

Good deal: 50% off TextExpander for Mac

By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2014

Heads up folks, Stack Social is offering an incredible deal right now for a popular Mac productivity app. For a limited time, you can grab Smile Software’s TextExpander 4 for 50% off from the deal site, saving you a cool $17.

For those unfamiliar with the application, TextExpander allows you to save frequently used text and photos as keyboard shortcuts. This includes everything from an email address, to a canned response that’s paragraphs long. Read More

 

Apps of the week: Bioshock, 8bit Doves, Walking Dead Pinball, and more

By Lory Gil on Aug 30, 2014

This has been the biggest week in new apps and games I’ve seen in a while. It also came around just at the same time we found out about the upcoming iPhone event. The world is coming up Apple. If you are ready for a weekend full of epic games, retro fun, and sweet beats, we’ve got a list of apps and games that will fill you your restful hours. Read More

 

New Snapchat update allows you to follow live events via Stories

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

Snapchat pushed out an interesting update for its mobile apps today, bringing the iOS client to version 7.0.6. Though the change log in the App Store only mentions ‘improvements and bug fixes,’ what went on behind the scenes is actually fairly significant.

Users will notice a new ‘Live’ section in the app, courtesy of Our Stories, a product Snapchat introduced during the summer that lets anyone contribute snaps to a single story. With Live, users will be able to follow events as they unfold, from various angles. Read More

 

MZR combines music and puzzles into one intense game

By Lory Gil on Aug 29, 2014

Anytime you download a game that comes with a seizure warning, it’s gotta be worth a look. That is, unless you suffer from seizures. Then, you should avoid it altogether. MZR is a Dubstep-themed puzzle game that features blinking white lights, shaky awkward camera angles, and puzzle mazes that challenge your skills in spatial recognition. Read More

 

Invaders! From Outer Space is a highly stylized arcade shooter

By Lory Gil on Aug 29, 2014

I love the idea of taking a popular video game from decades ago and giving it a twenty-first century makeover. Turn flat, pixelated programs into fully realized creations and see what it looks like under today’s graphics.

Invaders! From Outer Space is an arcade shooter that uses the benefit of today’s technology on one of our most beloved sci-fi games. Stop the alien invasion before they steal all of our cows. Read More

 

Instagram is down, it’s not just you! [update: it's back]

By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2014

If you’ve noticed that Instagram isn’t working properly this afternoon, it’s not just you. Several users have taken to Twitter to complain that the popular image-sharing service is down, and a few of us here at iDB have confirmed the outage.

While parts of the app are still working for some folks, it seems that the Explore tab isn’t loading for most users, and many are having issues getting their personal feeds to load. We’re also seeing ’503 Service Unavailable’ in the News tab. Read More

 

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2014

Apple has named Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage it’s App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the popular game for both iPhone and iPad for free—a decent savings of $1.

For those who aren’t familiar with the game, it was created by Angry Birds hit-maker Rovio Entertainment and Nitrome. It’s essentially a Cut The Rope-style physics-based puzzler, which has you rescuing vikings from blocks of ice. Read More

 

Notability finally arrives to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

Notability by Ginger Labs, the powerful iPhone and iPad note-taker to annotate documents, record lectures, sketch illustrations and more, has leaped to the Mac.

Now available in the Mac App Store for $9.99, the Mac edition completes the experience by extending functionality found in the iOS app to your desktop.

The app makes it easy to create notes by dragging PDFs, photos or audio files from your desktop to Notability.

Handwriting and sketches can be scaled, transformed, rotated, nudged and restyled to your liking. Most crucially, your notes will look the same on your Mac, iPad and iPhone and of course sync seamlessly between devices through iCloud. Read More

 

Minuum previews its height-changing keyboard for iOS 8

By Jake Smith on Aug 28, 2014

Popular Android keyboard developer Minuum has finally previewed its keyboard coming to iOS 8 this fall. It’s not like other third-party keyboards we’ve seen thus far, instead, it transforms from a standard full-scale QWERTY keyboard with autocorrect and then fades away to take up only half of your visible screen. Read More

 
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