App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 28

By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have a number of high profile apps, such as Duet Display and Workflow, on sale courtesy of Apple’s Get Productive promotion. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 27

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have some great discounts for you, as well as some interesting new apps and games. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 26

By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have a number of game discounts and freebies you won’t want to miss. Read More

 

Apple names ‘Shades’ puzzler its free App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2015

Apple has just named UOVO’s ‘Shades: A Simple Puzzle Game‘ its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the zen-like puzzler for both iPhone and iPad for free—which will save you a solid $1.99.

Released in September of last year, Shades is one of those puzzle games that’s easy to pick up and play, but tough to master. The premise should sound familiar to Tetris fans: move falling blocks into position to combine blocks, clearing rows as quick as possible. Read More

 

Apple names ‘Marvel Pinball’ its free App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2015

Apple has just named ZEN Studios’ ‘Marvel Pinball‘ its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the popular arcade game for both iPhone and iPad for free—saving you a buck.

Marvel Pinball combines your favorite super heroes with a fast-paced arcade experience. In the game, players are tasked with using they’re pinball skills to help the legendary Marvel heroes rid their universe of a horde of notorious super villains. Read More

 

Microsoft now gives you first month free when you sign up for an Office 365 subscription

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2015

Microsoft’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and iPad allow anyone to edit, create and view Office files on the go at no cost, but advanced features such as a more powerful editing capability, Dropbox integration and more is locked behind a paid for Office 365 subscription.

In the hope of encouraging as many Office for iOS users as possible to move up to the subscription model, the software maker on Thursday said it’s now treating you to the first month free if you sign up for an Office 365 subscription. Read More

 

Looks like Apple stopped running ‘Single of the Week’ free song promo on iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015

We’re nearly halfway into the first month of 2015 and yet no free songs have appeared on iTunes, leading Business Insider to wonder whether Apple has killed off the promotion for good.

Conceived as a promotional vehicle to drive sales of music downloads and expose music lovers to new songs, Apple’s “Single of the Week” promoting launched a decade ago, back in 2004 (three years after the launch of the iTunes Store).

The promotion has been running ever since, giving out free music every week on iTunes up until the start of 2015. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 12

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the fast-paced world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts (deals!), updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include great free games, a new app from Google and more. Read More

 

IGN names ‘Valiant Hearts: The Great War’ its Free Game of the Month

By Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2015

Great news gamers, IGN has named Ubisoft’s ‘Valiant Hearts: The Great War’ its Free Game of the Month for January. The game has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in the App Store, from thousands of reviews, and it typically retails for $4.99.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Valiant Hearts is a popular puzzle adventure game that offers up an engaging storyline and unique mix of puzzle-explore-action gameplay. It first landed on consoles last summer, and then hit iOS in the fall. Read More

 

Apple names unique puzzler ‘Mujo’ its free App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2015

Apple has just named Mujo, by Oink Games, its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the unique puzzler for both iPhone and iPad, for free—a nice little savings of $3.

In Mujo, players are tasked with fighting off monsters using power obtained through an on-screen puzzle. The gameplay feels like a mix of tile-stacking, similar to that in the hit game Threes!, and strategic character leveling of an RPG. Read More

 

Waterlogue color paint app offered at no cost inside Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2015

If Apple’s latest Free App of the Week, the hilarious platformer Icycle: On Thin Ice, isn’t your cup of tea, how about a nicely done water color paint app that was recently featured in Apple’s new “Start Something New” webpage which highlights the iPad as a way of creating art through drawings and photographs?

Waterlogue by Tinrocket normally sells for three bucks a pop in the App Store but is now available at no cost through the official Apple Store application (not to be confused with the App Store).

Here’s how you can redeem your free copy of Waterlogue. Read More

 

Apple names hilarious platformer Icycle: On Thin Ice its new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2014

Apple’s promotion that makes hand-picked apps and games available at no cost for a week typically falls on Thursday.

Given the holiday iTunes freeze, which ended on Sunday, Apple’s editors couldn’t make changes to the App Store so they haven’t gotten around cherry-picking another Free App of the Week until yesterday evening.

A cool adventure platformer called Icycle: On Thin Ice by UK-based published Chillingo, now a division of Electronic Arts, is available at no cost until next Thursday, normally a $2.99 value. Regardless of the fact that it includes optional In-App Purchases, Icycle scored some rather favorable reviews and it fits the holiday theme perfectly so you should give it a whirl. Read More

 

Apple not running free 12 Days of Christmas promotion this year

By Jake Smith on Dec 28, 2014

For the last six years Apple has been running its “12 Days of Christmas” promotion in the UK, and did so last year in both the UK and US “12 Days of Gifts”. It joyed customers by giving away iOS apps, music, films and books over the twelve days following Christmas Day. However as noticed first by MacWorld, it appears Apple is discontinuing its holiday tradition in 2014/2015.

We’re now three days out of Christmas, and any type of promotion can’t be found. MacWorld reports from a reliable source that we’re definitely not seeing the “12 Days of Christmas” app this year. Read More

 

A huge list of apps and games on sale right now

By Cody Lee on Dec 24, 2014

As many of you are aware of by now, there are tons of apps and games on sale in the App Store. It’s Christmas time, so developers know there are going to be a lot of new iOS devices activated, and people are going to have an unusual amount of free time.

Thus, a number of apps and games have been significantly discounted or made free for a limited time. These titles come from both high profile studios like 2K Games, as well as indie devs, and iDB has compiled them all into a single list for your convenience. Read More

 

Brushstroke is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

It’s Thursday and those of you who frequent iDB know what that means: Apple’s editors get to discount and highlight another app as part of the App Store’s ongoing promotion marketed under the ‘Free App of the Week’ banner.

With last week’s free app, the popular retro-futuristic 3D shooter Space Qube, soon going back up to its regular price of three bucks, we now turn our attention to Brushstroke, a photography app available to you at no cost for a week.

Created by Code Organa, the developer behind the amazing ToonCamera app which turns your video and photos into a live cartoon, Brushstroke transforms your photos into beautiful paintings in seconds. Brushstroke made its App Store debut back in March, has an average rating of 4.5 stars based on 285 reviews and was never free before. Read More

 

Fruit Ninja and all other Halfbrick Studio games are free right now

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

The folks over at Halfbrick Studios must be getting in the holiday spirt, because they just discounted their entire library of iOS games down to free. That’s right, for a limited time, you can pick up any one of their popular apps for iPhone and iPad, at absolutely 0 cost.

Even if you’re not familiar with the Halfbrick name, there’s a good chance you’ve played one of their titles. The studio is responsible for a number of iOS hits including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride and more. Full list of games and App Store links below. Read More

 

‘Space Qube’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2014

Apple has named the retro-futuristic 3D shooter ‘Space Qube‘ its App of the Week for this week. This means that you’ll be able to pick up the title for both your iPhone and iPad, for free through next Thursday—a solid savings of $2.99.

In Space Qube, players are tasked with helping Space Jack in his campaign to save the universe. They are given the opportunity to build their own custom spaceship, and then must blast their way through levels of dangerous monsters. Read More

 

Scanbot goes free for the holidays, adds new features and gorgeous winter theme

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

Scanbot, a comprehensive, well-designed document scanner and QR reader for the iPhone and iPad, has gone free in a time-limited holiday promotion. You can now grab the $1.99 universal application free in the App Store.

Those who’ve upgraded to Scanbot Pro via a $4.99 In-App Purchase can send Scanbot Pro as a holiday gift to a friend during the duration of this promotion.

Just tap the Gift button at the top right corner and share the Christmas coupon with that special someone. Haven’t upgraded yet? Not to worry, you can gift Scanbot Pro at a discount of up to 60 percent. Last but not least, both editions of Scanbot have received several new features listed below the fold. Read More

 

IGN names ‘Kingdom Rush Frontiers’ its free Game of the Month

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2014

Good news gamers, IGN has named Ironhide Game Studio’s ‘Kingdom Rush Frontiers’ its Free Game of the Month for December. The game is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in the App Store, from over 5,000 reviews, and it typically retails for $2.99.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Kingdom Rush Frontiers is the second installment in Ironhide’s highly regarded tower defense series. In it, players are tasked with defending their buildings in exotic lands from dragons and other enemies. Read More

 

Apple names excellent God of Light puzzler its new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

God of Light, an addictive and unique physics puzzler by Playmous Games, has gone free until next Thursday week courtesy of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion, marking the first time the game’s gone free since its February 2014 debut.

This attractive puzzler employs a simple concept where you use mirrors, prisms, splitters, collectors, black holes and filters to control rays of light energy that must be projected through the darkness in order to light up crystals.

I wholeheartedly recommend taking advantage of the discount because God of Light is packed with addictive levels and definitely worth its normal asking price of $1.99. Read More

 
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