Readdle’s PDF Expert 5 for Mac picks up new features for easier document manipulation

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle launched the Mac edition of PDF Expert, its popular PDF viewer app for iOS, in mid-November. Today marks the first major feature-focused refresh of the app in the Mac App Store.

The app now lets you mail a flattened copy of your PDF and rotate a page without entering the Pages mode. It will remember on what page you’ve left your document so that the next time you open the same file you can continue right where you left off. Read More


Chrome for iOS gains 3D Touch shortcuts and support for more Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Google today updated its Chrome browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in the App Store with two new feature additions: 3D Touch shortcuts on the Home screen via the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and expanded support for shortcuts when the app is used with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Pressing firmly on Chrome’s Home screen icon on your iPhone 6s will now bring up a 3D Touch menu with Voice Search, New Incognito Tab and New Tab options. Read More


Apple honors World AIDS Day with (RED) apps, products, accessories and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Apple logos on the company’s retail stores around the world have turned bright red today, and that means one thing: it’s honoring the World AIDS Day. In the App Store, Apple and (RED) joined forces with developer Supercell, with 100 percent of proceeds from customers who buy (RED) packs for Supercell’s games going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

And via its homepage at, the company is inviting customers to help the initiative by purchasing (RED)-branded products like Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Watches and accessories such as Beats headphones, the Smart Cover for the iPad Air and the Smart Case for the iPad Air 2. Read More


Hangouts for iOS now supports Apple Watch, gains quick-replying from notifications and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Google Hangouts, the search giant’s instant messaging and VoIP mobile client, was updated in the App Store last evening with several new features and refinements.

For starters, Apple Watch owners can now respond to instant messages received from other Hangout users directly on their wrist and also from the notification banner on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (provided they use iOS 9.1). Read More


Google Docs and Play Books gain new features

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Several of Google’s applications in the App Store—including Docs, Slides, Sheets, Play Books and YouTube—have gained new features or bug fixes in a barrage of updates this morning. The company’s productivity and Office replacement app, Docs, will now render your comments and suggestions in Print layout, show line spacing and strikethrough in Office’s Compatibility mode and let you control paragraph directionality for right-to-left languages. Read More


Microsoft rolling out Cortana for iOS to beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Following its announcement earlier in the month that Cortana for iOS would soon launch for a limited number of beta testers, Microsoft has now made good on that promise and started rolling out the beta software, TechCrunch reported this past weekend.

Cortana for iOS looks just like the Windows 10 Mobile and Android equivalents, and works in a very similar way, with a few exceptions stemming from Apple-imposed restrictions on third-party iOS app development. Read More


Ticket to Ride gets major update, new maps, better multiplayer, and more

By Lory Gil on Nov 30, 2015

Board game fans already know about Days of Wonder’s decade-old train ride adventure game. They probably already know that the company published a digital version of it in the App Store a few years ago.

Ticket to Ride recently received an update that brings with it new content for the first time in years. Additionally, the game is now cross-platform compatible with asynchronous multiplayer mode, so you can play multiple games at the same time. Read More


Impending Instagram update will let you seamlessly manage multiple accounts

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2015

Mobile photography service Instagram is testing a new feature with a subset of its users that was designed to permit users to seamlessly manage multiple accounts and switch between them, without having to sign out of their current account, AndroidPolice said two days ago.

The feature is now being tested with some users who are enrolled in the company’s official Android beta testing program, and should come to the iOS app soon. Read More


Amazon allegedly confirms that Instant Video is hitting Apple TV before year-end

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2015

Online retail giant Amazon is bringing its Instant Video service to the new Apple TV after all. As a quick refresher, Amazon recently pulled both Google’s Chromecast HDMI dongle and Apple’s Apple TV from sale because the two set-top boxes, in Amazon’s own words, don’t “interact well” with its video subscription service. Confirmation of a tvOS version of Instant Video was inadvertently leaked by Amazon itself in response to a question on Twitter.

The app should hit the Apple TV App Store by the end of the year. Read More


Puzzle platformer To-Fu Fury is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2015

To-Fu Fury from Amazon Game Studios, regularly $1.99, is available at no charge until next Thursday as Apple’s new Free App of the Week via the App Store’s weekly promotion.

Released in July 2015, this puzzle platformer challenges you to save the Fortune Kitty playing as To-Fu, a stretchy, sticky, flingy and combative cube of bean-curd. Expect a lot of puzzle solving and physics-based action in this game. Read More


Sidefari, Ubongo, Remember, and more apps to check out this weekend

By Lory Gil on Nov 28, 2015

If you are reading this, then you made it through Thanksgiving and Black Friday. After surviving the biggest shopping day of the year, you deserve a treat. It’s time to relax and enjoy an afternoon without the family (unless the family is still visiting).

We’ve got a list of apps and games that you can treat yourself with this weekend. Treat yourself while you can. Christmas is around the corner and all of your free time and money will be spent on someone else soon enough. Read More


How to delete your Vine account

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2015

I think you’ll agree with me that Vine has become quite a phenomenon. A short-form video sharing service owned by Twitter, Vine is the place where many people go to share and watch six-second looping video clips, some of which are quite amusing and engaging.

But if you’ve watched one too many vines and have decided that you won’t be active on the service going forward, it might be a good idea to deactivate your account.

In this post, you’ll learn how to deactivate your Vine profile through the mobile app and permanently delete all its underlying data. Read More


The best Black Friday deals on apps and games

By Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2015

In addition to deals on electronics and other consumer products, a number of developers have placed their apps and games on sale for the Black Friday weekend. Everything from hit apps like Fantastical, to games like Hitman Sniper are currently available at deep discounts.

Once again we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the noise—hundreds of titles are seeing price drops for the holidays—to present you with a list of the top app and game deals for both Mac and iOS. We’ve even included a few of our favorite Mac productivity software bundles. Read More


How to hide revines from users you follow

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

If you use Vine, sooner than later your feed will become polluted with reposts (revines, in Vine talk) from those you follow on the service. Besides, it’s really annoying having to scroll through a hundred or more revines from a user before getting to one of their own clips.

Thankfully, reducing information overload on Vine isn’t as hard as it sounds as the app lets you block revines from a person and show only their original posts.

In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to hide revines from anyone you follow on the service with just a few taps. This should help make your Vine experience a little more focused and less cluttered. Read More


Lara Croft GO gets its first expansion

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Square Enix’s Lara Croft GO for iOS has received its first expansion pack following the game’s August 2015 debut in the App Store. Titled “The Shard of Life” and available at no charge to those who have purchased the game, the update packs in more than two-dozen additional levels and a bunch of new monsters to defeat, costumes to unlock and gemstones and artifacts to discover. Read More


Preview: Infuse for Apple TV + developer interview

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

As an Apple TV believer since its inception, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never jailbroken my device even though the lack of downloadable media player apps that would let me play “foreign” video file types has been driving me nuts.

When the latest Apple TV launched, I immediately got in touch with James Abeler, better known as prominent jailbreak developer FireCore, who happens to be the brains behind the ultimate Apple TV jailbreak, aTV Flash Black, and the creator of a versatile iOS media player, called Infuse.

As someone who has been pretty much cheerleading Infuse since its April 2013 debut, I was extremely impatient to find out if an Apple TV edition of Infuse would be on par with its iOS counterpart.

James was kind enough to add me as a beta tester so I was able to play with Infuse for Apple TV for about a week, and here’s what I was able to gather. Read More


How to save Vine videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Who knew 6-second-long looping video clips would turn out to be so much fun? If you’re into short-form entertainment, there’s probably no better place to get your daily fix of user-posted clips, some of which are quite interesting—I’ve seen whole how-tos compressed into six seconds—than Vine.

The problem is, both Vine the website and mobile app prohibit you from saving your favorite clips to your computer or mobile device. Thankfully, there are apps for that, too.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to save Vine videos to your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac using a nifty little utility and a free of charge web app. Read More


Gorgeous platformer Leo’s Fortune hits the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Leo’s Fortune, a gorgeous action platformer with beautiful artwork that debuted on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in April of 2014, is now available on the Mac.

A $6.99 download from the Mac App Store, this premium title is free of advertisements and In-App Purchases. Leo’s Fortune has won numerous awards and is one of the best platform games available on any platform.

Our own Lory Gill called it arguably the most gorgeous iOS platformer she has played in a while, writing in her review that fans of platform games should pick up Leo’s Fortune in a heartbeat. Read More


Pixelmator for Mac goes half price, iOS version discounted to $1.99

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Pixelmator for OS X, the Mac edition of the powerful image editing application which debuted on iOS in October 2014, has gone half price in the Mac App Store today. In addition, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad edition of the software has been discounted to just $1.99 in the App Store.

Selling regularly for $29.99, Pixelmator for Mac can now be downloaded for just $14.99, a steal given the app’s rich set of powerful image editing features, tools, brushes and more. Read More


Reeder 3 is out: Safari View Controller, 3D Touch, Split View multitasking, iPad Pro support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

It feels like yesterday, but it’s actually been more than two year since Reeder 2, the second major version of a popular RSS client for iOS and OS X by Italian developer Silvio Rizzi, was released in the App Store.

And while the Mac edition of Reeder was bumped to version 3.0 in September 2015, it left us wondering whether a major update to the iOS version might be in tow.

Well, today Reeder 3 hit the App Store and it’s a free update for everyone who already owns the app. There’s a lot to look forward to in Reeder 3, here’s a quick overview of major new features. Read More

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