Google Maps gains new voice controls in navigation, Street View tweaks and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Google’s native mapping application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was bumped to version 4.19 this morning, bringing out a few enhancements meant to improve your navigation and Street View experience.

For starters, a few new voice controls are now available in navigation to mute, unmute or turn on alerts only. You can also move around Street View by swiping, and more. Read More

 

Twitter confirms it’ll stop counting media and @names within the 140-character limit

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

In perhaps the biggest change to its service since its inception, Twitter on Tuesday announced a bunch of changes meant to distance itself from the controversial 140-character-per-tweet rule.

As previously rumored, media links generated by attaching photos, animated GIFs, videos, polls, quoted tweets and direct messages—along with @names in replies—will no longer count toward the limit.

Other changes include the addition of the retweet button on your own tweets and automatically exposing any tweets which begin with a username to all your followers. Read More

 

How did this movie streaming app get approved in the App Store? [update: it’s gone]

By Sébastien Page on May 24, 2016

We’ve seen our fair share of oddities when it comes to approval of apps in the App Store, but this one probably takes the cake for the most obvious reason: it lets you stream  movies directly from your iPhone or iPad at no cost. We’re not talking old movies that are in the public domain either. We’re talking recent movies, some of them still being played in theaters.

Update: Apple pulled this app from the App Store. It would have been nice to have an explanation about why and how it was approved in the first place, but I guess we’ll have to let our imagination run wild. Read More

 

iDB app update: you can now remove ads, get push notifications, and more

By Sébastien Page on May 23, 2016

Today I am very happy to introduce iDB app version 1.2, which besides the usual round of bug fixes and stability improvements, lets you remove ads, receive push notifications, and save articles for offline reading. This version is now available in the App Store. Read More

 

Airmail 3 for OS X is here, brings best features from its iOS edition to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Developer Bloop on Monday issued a major update to its excellent OS X email client on the Mac App Store, Airmail. Available as a free upgrade for existing users, Airmail 3 brings some of the best features from its iPhone and iPad edition to the Mac.

In addition to improved handling of your VIP contacts and the ability to quickly reply to emails from a notification, Airmail 3 includes a rich set of options for customizing your menus, gestures, keyboard shortcuts and folders.

The app now integrates with your calendar, has a lot faster message rendering engine, will sync more settings via iCloud between OS X and iOS editions (rules, VIP contacts and Smart Folders) and more. Read More

 

Best voice recording apps for iPhone and iPad

By Andrew O'Hara on May 22, 2016

Students who record lectures, business users who record meetings, or an aspiring artist who records ideas on the go. There are many different people use, or could use, a voice memo app. Apple does include a stock application, however its features are rather limited. To break through the crowded hodge podge that is the App Store, we went searching for some of the best apps around for taking audio recordings. Read More

 

Wonder, MuseCam, Rawr Messenger and other apps to check out this week

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2016

It’s been a long week, but now it’s time to kick back and relax. Let us help you enjoy your lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoons with some new app and game ideas in this week’s Apps of the Week roundup. We have a new app for helping you become more creative, a new 3D avatar chat app, and much more! Read More

 

Duo of tweaks enables round profile pictures in Facebook & Twitter apps

By Anthony Bouchard on May 20, 2016

As iOS moves forward in design, square profile pictures across the platform are becoming somewhat dated in terms of aesthetics.

A new free jailbreak tweak duo called Round Profile Pic (for Facebook) and (for Twitter) are available in Cydia that let you bring the round profile picture effect to Facebook and Twitter, an aesthetic that already exists throughout all modern iOS versions in various native apps. Read More

 

Build your own Mac apps bundle for $21.99 (and get your money back)

By Sébastien Page on May 19, 2016

If Vito Corleone was writing this post, he’d be saying “I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse.” And he’d be right because this has to be by far the best deal you’ll get on Mac apps this year.

The folks at BundleHunt have put together a deal where you get to chose 10 out of 38 Mac apps for the total price of $21.99. But there is a happy twist! For every dollar you spend, you actually get it back as credit in your BundleHunt account, meaning you can use that money on any future bundle or deal through their store. Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac updated with new Topics feature, Collections support and more

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2016

The Tapbots on Thursday issued an update for Tweetbot for Mac, bringing the popular Twitter client to version 2.4. The release brings the new Topics feature over from the recent iOS update, Collections support and other enhancements.

As you’ll recall, A Topic is a way to let you quickly Tweet a group of related Tweets without having to manually reply to yourself. You can activate Topics by tapping the gear menu in the Compose screen, and they sync across devices via iCloud. Read More

 

Physics puzzler Pull My Tongue goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Pull My Tongue. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to download the popular physics puzzler for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $1.

For those unfamiliar with the title, players are tasked with helping feed popcorn to a hungry chameleon named Greg. You do this by pulling his tongue through a series of fun puzzles that include zappers, spikes, chewing gum and balloons. Read More

 

Infuse 4.2 adds Library view on tvOS, trakt ratings sync, Spotlight search on iOS and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

The versatile Infuse media player for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV by aTV Flash Black developer FireCore today got bumped to version 4.2, bringing dozens of new features, enhancements and refinements to both the iOS and tvOS edition of the software.

Infuse 4.2 now surfaces your content in Spotlight search, lets you sync ratings for rate content on trakt.tv and has new Continuous Playback options.

On the fourth-generation Apple TV, Infuse gained a new Library mode and Smart Filters, an artwork picker for your Favorites and lots of other improvements. Plus, audiophiles will be pleased to learn that Infuse for Apple TV is now capable of reproducing 7.1 content. Read More

 

Rovio asks movie audiences to turn on their iPhones during the closing credits

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Rovio and Sony Pictures’ heavily promoted 3D animated comedy, “The Angry Birds Movie”, is hitting theaters tomorrow, Friday, May 20.

Working closely with Sony, Rovio created an innovative integration that lets movie-goers unlock a special game level, Piggy Island, along with an exclusive clip simply by turning on the Angry Birds Action mobile game during the closing credits. Read More

 

Alfred 3 for Mac is here with cool new features to boost your productivity

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Alfred, a productivity app used and loved by millions of people, today received a major update, bringing it to version 3.0. Alfred boosts your efficiency and productivity with time-saving features like hotkeys, keywords, text expansion, search and more.

Workflows in Alfred are now more flexible and come with some additional objects. Built-in clipboard now accepts multimedia files, a new snippet-expanding feature is an instant productivity boost, theming has been improved and the app runs faster thanks to under-the-hood improvements. Read More

 

Yahoo Esports now has an official iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Esports are the real deal, and with Yahoo’s brand new Esports for iPhone app following your favorite teams, keeping track of the scores and watching online events just got easier.

Available for free on the App Store, the official app has many of the features and functionality found on the web and in its Android counterpart, which launched last month. Read More

 

Readdle’s PDF Expert 5 gains Apple Pencil support and seamless Wi-Fi file transfer

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Now you can take the most from your Apple Pencil and iPad Pro with a new version of Readdle’s PDF Expert for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, which was pushed to the App Store this morning.

In addition to swiping with your finger and sketching with Apple Pencil, the application now permits you to transfer PDF documents from your Mac to the iPad, or vice versa, with a single tap, courtesy of Readdle’s all-new Transfer technology. Read More

 

New Google apps at I/O 2016: ‘Allo’ for messaging and ‘Duo’ for video calling

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

Google’s annual pilgrimage for developers kicked off earlier this morning with a keynote which was streamed live on YouTube in both regular and full 360-degree VR modes.

The keynote presentation saw some interesting announcements from the search giant, including a pair of new apps from Google for iOS and Android. Read More

 

Uber app now lets you track family members

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

Ride-sharing service Uber today announced an interesting new feature for its mobile application on the App Store, introducing a Find My Friends-like feature that permits you to track family members on the map. Called Trip Tracker, this new feature provides automatic notifications and the ability to follow along on the map whenever someone is riding under your Family Profile. Trip Tracker and Family Profile features are available worldwide starting today. Read More

 

Mekorama review—guide a tiny robot through mechanical dioramas

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

As promised, Odd Bot Out developer Martin Magni released his eagerly anticipated 3D puzzler for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Mekorama. Featuring M.C. Escher-style 3D architecture, Mekorama is this year’s Monument Valley.

In this addictive and remarkably well-executed game, you’re tasked with guiding a charming robot as he embarks on a journey through more than fifty mechanical dioramas.

As a great bonus, Mekorama comes with a full-blown level editor that lets anyone build their own dioramas and share them online via built-in QR code scanning, no additional downloads required whatsoever. Read More

 

New Mac extension simplifies opening and switching Terminal to the current folder

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

A new OS X extension from Hasbrang Productions, the prominent jailbreak community development team, makes it easy to open and switch a new Terminal window to the current working directory, right from the Finder’s contextual menu.

Available at no charge on the Mac App Store, the aptly named TermHere installs itself as a Finder file extension, readily accessible from the right-click menu. It works as advertised and is pretty convenient, more so if you use Terminal frequently. Read More

 
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