Highly, Bangers, Tinycards, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2016

We’re back with another edition of our Apps of the Week post. This is a weekly roundup of a handful of new and unique apps and games we think are worth checking out this weekend. Today’s selections include new apps for highlighting and sharing interesting quotes from around the web, making music, and learning more about new topics, and of course we have two new games for you to try. Read More

 

Daily Deals: 9.7-inch iPad Pro $475, 12-inch MacBook $1,000, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 22, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

iOS 9 adoption jumps to 86 percent mark ahead of iOS 10 release

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Earlier in the week, Apple updated iOS adoption numbers via its App Store dashboard for developers. According to the refreshed stats, the various iOS 9 editions now power 86 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, a two-point gain versus the 84 percent adoption rate that iOS 9 hit on April 20. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $50 off UE Megaboom speaker, $200 off iPhone 6s, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Super Arc Light

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Super Arc Light.  This means that for the next 7 days you’ll be able to pick up the popular arcade shooter for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $2.

For those who haven’t played Super Arc Light, it’s a minimalistic radial shooter, in which you must defend your base to the death against waves of challenging enemies. The developer describes it as Super Hexagon meets Geometry Wars. Read More

 

Periscope introduces Replay Highlights, Live Autoplay and Tweet Embeds

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Periscope, Twitter’s live-broadcasting app, was updated in the App Store with a few new features, among them Replay Highlights, Live Autoplay and Tweet Embeds. Highlights automatically generates a short trailer for every Periscope broadcast of your home feed, making it easier to catch up on broadcasts you missed from the last day.

Periscope is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

BBC’s iPlayer Radio hits US App Store as new BBC+ app goes live in UK

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

The British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) iPlayer Radio mobile app, which used to be limited to customers in the United Kingdom, has expanded stateside today, TechCrunch just announced. Now customers in the United States can download iPlayer Radio from the US App Store and tune in to BBC’s high-quality radio stations and content.

Earlier in the week, BBC announced launch of a brand new personalized content portal with a new BBC+ app on the UK App Store. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger hits a major milestone—one billion monthly users

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Facebook yesterday announced that its Messenger service has hit a major milestone: the software is now being used by more than one billion people every month to message their friends and family. Messenger saw a major surge in popularity after it was decoupled from the main Facebook mobile client, and especially since becoming a software platform in its own right with chat bots, apps, money payments, expanded emojis and other features.

Facebook Messenger is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Smart LED light bulb $50, Xbox One console $170, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

iOS 10 Public Beta 2 now available to testers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

Two days following the developer-only release of iOS 10 beta 3, Apple today released iOS 10 Public Beta 2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The software is now available to public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program.

For those wondering, iOS 10 Public Beta 2 and developer beta 3 offer the same features.

Folks on the first public beta with an appropriate configuration profile installed on their device should see an over-the-air download in Settings → General → Software Update. Read More

 

Meet Swiftmoji, SwiftKey’s new emoji-predicting keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

A new emoji-predicting keyboard from Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, called Swiftmoji, launched on the App Store.

Available at no charge on the App Store, it boosts your emoji game by predicting a wall of suggested emojis based on crowdsourced data, the user’s own preferences and the actual text written in any of the user’s keyboards.

This ability to get perfect emoji predictions based on what you’ve just typed is similar to Apple’s much-improved QuickType keyboard on iOS 10. Read More

 

Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

If you write books, manuals or lengthy manuscripts for a living, chances are you rely on Scrivener for Mac for your work. If so, you’ll be delighted to learn that the app’s creator, British developer Literature & Latte Ltd., has released Scrivener for iOS following a long period of thorough beta testing. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app costs $19.99 and provides the full range of features writers need to create, edit and update their work on the go with full-screen mode on the iPad and other perks. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: auto-playing full-screen effects in Messages for texts like “Happy Birthday”

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2016

iOS 10’s Messages app offers a number of new features and meaningful improvements, such as bubble effects, smarter emoji, full-screen animations and so forth. Moreover, iOS 10 turns Messages into a software platform of its own with support for third-party iMessage Apps, stickers and other downloadable items via the App Store.

We previously covered various Messages capabilities on iOS 10, like Spotlight Suggestions in chats, using Digital Touch to send animated kisses and broken hearts, managing read-receipts on a per-chat basis, to mention just a few. Today, we take a look at another cool Messages feature: the ability to automatically play appropriate full-screen effects based on certain messages. Read More

 

Thanks to Pokémon GO, Nintendo is now worth more than Sony

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2016

This morning, Nintendo shares finished trading another fourteen percent higher following the release of its crazy popular augmented-reality game, Pokémon GO, which launched on the App Store on July 6. Put simply, Nintendo shares have doubled in value since the launch of Pokémon GO, BBC said.

The report adds that thanks to the game, Nintendo’s market capitalization has now surpassed that of another Japanese giant, Sony. Read More

 

Pixelmator 2.3 for iOS brings out Magnetic Selection, Quick Selection & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2016

The popular Photoshop alternative, Pixelmator, on Tuesday refreshed its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch application on the App Store, bringing out two desktop-class tools—Magnetic Selection and Quick Selection—along with numerous selection improvements and a bunch of fixes for the Apple Pencil, the iPhone version of the app and more. The Smart Selection and Magnetic Selection tools first appeared in Pixelmator for Mac in May 2016. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: everything new in iOS 10 beta 3

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Apple this morning released a third beta of iOS 10 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The latest build is available right now to developers registered with Apple Developer Program and public beta testers signed on Apple Beta Software Program. Like prior iOS 10 beta releases, beta 3 packs in about a dozen or so tweaks, refinements and some new features. Without further ado, here’s our overview of everything new in iOS 10 beta 3. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $100 iTunes gift card $85, Logitech Bluetooth keyboard $22, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

iOS 9.3.3 released with bug fixes and performance improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Apple is releasing minor OS updates to its install base today, starting with a bug-fix focused watchOS 2.2.2 update for the Apple Watch and continuing with iOS 9.3.3, which appears to include a bunch of bug fixes and unspecified performance improvements. The update can be applied on your device over-the-air in Settings → General → Software Update or downloaded through desktop iTunes. Read More

 

Nintendo delays Pokémon Go launch in France “as a sign of respect” for Nice victims

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Last Thursday’s deadly terrorist attack in France’s Nice left eighty-four people dead when an attacker ploughed a lorry into people celebrating the national Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais. In the aftermath of the attack, Nintendo is postponing the planned release of Pokémon Go in the country out of respect for the French people “in this time of national mourning,” a Pokémon Company spokesperson told IGN France. Read More

 

Facebook SDK for Swift beta now available to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

This past weekend, the social networking giant Facebook announced that a beta version of its brand new software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s Swift programming language is available for download. The new SDK integrates Facebook buttons into iOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS apps written in Swift, and integrates such features like Facebook Login, Analytics for Apps, Graph API and Share to Facebook sheets. The Facebook SDK source code is available via GitHub on an open-source basis. Read More

 
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