The SmartStyle case gives a notebook feel to your iPad Air

By Jim Gresham on Sep 1, 2014

X-Doria is a relatively new comer to the Apple accessory arena. While they have been around for a couple years, they are still making a name for themselves. One of their key product features is a puffing ink that raises as it is heated in the production process. Almost any design you see in their product lineup, utilizes the 3D puffing ink, making it standout among other simply screen-printed competitors. The ink provides tactile feedback, offering an easier to handle case and a good looking stark color pattern.

The SmartStyle Patterns for iPad Air gets its name from the stylized printed patter and the Smart Cover technology. Using exactly placed magnets, SmartStyle behaves similarly to an Apple Smart Cover, waking or sleeping iPad as the cover is either opened or closed. Read More

 

The Tylt Ruggd case is built for style and damage protection

By Jim Gresham on Aug 31, 2014

If you are prone to dropping, abusing, and misusing your iPad Air, hopefully you are shopping around for a solid case. You are going to need something with a shockproof design, corner protection, rubberized absorbing base layer, and a little bit of flexibility. All of those features are built neatly into the TYLT RUGGD iPad Air case.

Making no bones about design, the RUGGD forgoes any eye candy design and goes straight for protection. With bulky corner cushioning and what appear to be four leg-like bumpers on the back, RUGGD should have you safe and sound, unless you drop it face down. Read More

 

Facebook testing Graph Search on mobile with ability to resurface old content by keyword

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2014

The social networking behemoth, Facebook, in a bid to help folks resurface content that may otherwise be buried is reportedly testing a new feature that would let people using its mobile apps search through old posts from friends by keyword, Bloomberg reported Friday.

There’s no word on when Facebook’s 1+ billion users who predominantly access the service on smartphones and tablets can expect to use Graph Search on mobile, though the report makes it clear the feature’s been in closed testing for quite some time now. Read More

 

Poll: would you consider a larger iPad?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2014

Tuesday, unnamed sources told Bloomberg that Apple has been gearing up to introduce a larger 12.9-inch iPad early next year.

For what it’s worth, the story contradicts a March report by the mostly unreliable DigiTimes which claimed the project had been put on hold over various developmental issues.

Compared to the 9.7-inch iPad Air, the rumored device — dubbed by the press the ‘iPad Pro’ — would offer a significantly bigger canvas for your apps, media and content. At the same time, a 12.9-inch iPad would be just a hair smaller than the 13.3-inch MacBook Air and significantly bigger — 3 inches bigger to be exact — than the iPad Air.

So, who wants a giant iPad? 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

 

IMDb pulls ‘On DVD/Blu-ray’ pages and external links, adds showtimes refinements

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

IMDb, an Amazon-owned online database of information related to films, television programs and video games, has a nice iPhone and iPad app. As of today, it’s become a tad more useful while also retiring a pair of handy features.

Now bumped to version 4.4, the refreshed software makes a few unexpected changes to the experience. First up, the ‘On DVD/Blu-ray’ pages have been removed completely because the data source the app was using “wasn’t up to snuff”.

Moreover, outgoing IMDb.com links from the app’s title and name pages have fallen victim of Apple’s app submission guidelines and will be no longer available within the app going forward.

Other changes in this version are outlined after the break. Read More

 

Quora releases iPad app, introduces rich-text editor and revamped look

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

Quora this morning refreshed its useful iPhone app with some new features while revamping its look and adding the native iPad interface to the experience.

Previously an iPhone and iPod touch only affair, the new Quora 4.0, available free in the App Store, is at last a universal binary so it supports natively any iPhone, iPod touch and iPad compatible with iOS 7.0 or later.

Quora, for those unfamiliar with it, is a popular question-and-answer website where folks submit questions on a wide range of topics and get answers from like-minded users. Read More

 

No going back: Walking Dead: The Game — Season 2 finale now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

Nearly nine months following its December 2013 debut, The Walking Dead: The Game — Season 2 by Telltale Games has reached its gripping conclusion with the release of the final chapter in the five-episode series.

It’s titled “No Going Back” and available right now as a $4.99 In-App Purchase within the Walking Dead game, itself priced at $4.99.

For those unfamiliar with Walking Dead: The Game, it’s based on the namesake comic book series by the Eisner Award-winning writer Robert Kirkman. The iOS title follows the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse.

The penultimate episode titled “Amid the Ruins” became available a month ago, introducing new twists to the story of Clementine (with a cliffhanger ending). Read More

 

Latest Wunderlist update enhances mobile editing of your to-dos and tasks

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

Wunderlist, the beautiful cross-platform to-do and task list application by German developer 6Wunderkinder, has received its second update following the release of the major version 3.0 edition which brought out an overhauled appearance and more than sixty new features.

Today’s update focuses on mobile editing of your items. Wunderlist 3.0.2, which is free in the App Store and Mac App Store, now finally allows iPhone, iPod touch and iPhone owners to move, complete and delete multiple items on the go.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal. Read More

 

Xbox One SmartGlass app now lets you record game clips and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

Less than two weeks following an update which has enabled Xbox One owners to install games on their console remotely, using their iOS device, the Windows giant Microsoft today pushed another update adding nearly a dozen cool new features.

For starters, the free iPhone and iPad application now allows you to record game clips remotely, too.

And in a series of social improvements, the app now lets players share and post activity feed items and post status updates to their activity feed, as well as browse through their activity feed directly on their profile page. Read More

 

Incipio Lexington folio gives professional flare to your iPad Air

By Jim Gresham on Aug 28, 2014

iPad Air cases abound, as is expected with any Apple product. Flooded markets of parts, pieces, cases, and accessories define the smart device realm. Incipio being a standard in the Apple accessory market is always quick to offer several solutions for all devices. Today, we take a closer look at the Lexington hard shell folio case. The Lexington is a rigid case that will keep you protected just about anywhere, but still look classy in the office. The rigid Plextonium back offers necessary support, but keeps things minimal and crisp. Read More

 

Bioshock now available in the App Store for $14.99

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2014

Heads up gamers, a major new title has landed on iOS this evening. The official mobile port of 2K Game’s Bioshock—thought by some to be one of the best first person shooters of all time—is now available in the App Store, for both the iPhone and iPad, for $15.

For those unfamiliar with the game, it’s set in an underwater Utopia in the midst of a civil war. You play as Jack, a cast-away from an airplane crash who finds himself trapped in this mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. Read More

 

Amazon overhauls Audible app, improves search, adds Discover tab and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

The online retail giant Amazon, which just purchased the gameplay streaming platform Twitch for nearly $1 billion, has given its Audible for iOS app a little love earlier this morning.

Now sitting at version 2.1 and featuring a revamped user interface — along with the minimalistic new app icon — the app does away with the outdated design in favor of a more modern iOS 7-friendly appearance.

Audible is an audiobook service owned by Amazon.
In addition to the brighter UI, the refreshed software offers a few new features such as an improved search, an all-new Discover tab, a 30-second forward button in the built-in player and more.

Audible for the iPhone and iPad is available free of charge. Read More

 

The Walking Dead Pinball hits Mac and iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

Telltale Games, the creator of the episodic Walking Dead game (itself based on the “The Walking Dead” comic book series by the Eisner Award-winning creator Robert Kirkman), has partnered with Skybound Entertainment and Zen Studios on a Walking Dead-themed pinball game for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac.

The game is available now as a standalone download in the App Store for $1.99.

The Walking Dead Pinball offers a table based on the most iconic locations from the Game of the Year-winning series, including the St. John’s Dairy Farm, Travelier Motel, Bell Tower and Train & Level Crossing.

3D versions of the zombies and famous characters such as Lee and Clementine, along with the original lines and voice acting, round up this nicely done pinball game. Read More

 

Another purported iPad Air 2 rear panel leaks out showing minor design changes

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

A pair of photographs of excellent quality were published Wednesday morning by the increasingly reliable French blog NowhereElse.fr, seemingly picturing a purported rear shell of a sixth-generation full-size iPad. The device, which Apple will probably call the iPad Air 2, should be unveiled in October.

The rumor-mill hasn’t leaked many iPad Air 2 parts so this particular component offers an insight into some of the minor design tweaks.

For starters, the volume buttons are said to be inset in a recess. Also, a hole for the microphone on the back is now positioned alongside the camera rather than being centered on the top.

The device’s interior appears to be revised slightly, too. Read More

 
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