Facebook rolling out new ‘Save’ read-it-later feature

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2014

Facebook today announced a new feature that will allow users to save interesting items on the social network for later viewing. Users will have the ability to save things like links, places, recipes and media, and go back and view them at a later time.

Similar to apps like Pocket or Instapaper, Facebook’s new Save feature allows users to consume content on their own time, making them less likely to skip over it. It also helps filter out annoying posts like quizzes, mobile game invites, and other fluff… Read More

 

The best email apps for iPad

By Lory Gil on Jul 20, 2014

Just like when we gave you a list of our favorite calendar apps for both iPhone and iPad separately, we decided to add a list of our favorite email apps for iPad. Sure, some of the same apps below are also on the iPhone list, but there are other apps that work better on one device than the other and we’ve separated them for your convenience.

If you have an iPhone and an iPad, you have probably already discovered that the screen’s size makes a big difference with different app features. Check out our list below of what we think are the best email apps for the iPadRead More

 

Gameloft posts new Modern Combat 5 trailer ahead of launch

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2014

After more than a year of waiting, Gameloft is finally ready to release Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The studio announced earlier this month that the game will launch for iOS and Android on July 24th, which is next Thursday.

To hold you over until then, Gameloft has posted an official Launch trailer for MC5. While we’ve seen videos before, this new clip is over a minute long and offers an entertaining look at the game’s graphics and gameplay… Read More

 

Celebrating 40 years of synthesizers, 8 Yamaha music apps go free

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2014

Good news for all of you aspiring musicians out there. In celebration of 40 years of Yamaha synthesizers, the company is offering a number of its iOS apps for free. This includes some smaller titles, like Set List Organizer, and more prominent ones like Cloud Audio Recorder.

We’ve listed 8 of the apps below (there may be others), which are normally priced between $1.99 and $15.99. Admittedly, many of them were built to compliment actual instruments, but some, like Mobile Music Sequencer, are fun to tinker with on their own as standalone apps… Read More

 

EU officials upset as Apple remains mum on proposed IAP policy changes

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2014

In-App Purchase, a way overused feature which provides a way for supposedly free games and apps to ask users for cash in order to enable advanced features or unlock virtual items, is increasingly drawing ire of regulators across the globe.

In-App Purchases are notorious for fooling less-informed adults and kids into downloading so-called freemium apps so it’s no wonder the European Union officials have repeatedly warned that companies like Apple and Google should stop labeling free-to-download apps that contain In-App Purchases as “Free”.

Companies could soon be forced to make the “true cost of apps” unambiguously clear before purchase, according to a complaint the European Commission filed today… Read More

 

Amazon launches $9.99 Kindle Unlimited e-book and audiobook subscription plan

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2014

As suspected, Amazon today formally introduced its brand new all-you-can-eat e-book plan, Kindle Unlimited.

Priced at $9.99 per month, the iOS-compatible service gives reading aficionados unlimited access to more than 600,000 books, including best-selling titles like the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hunger Games trilogy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

The subscription plan is available on Kindle devices, as well as free Kindle reading apps for iOS, Android and more… Read More

 

Gameloft releases endless jumper ‘Ninja UP!’

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Gameloft today released an interesting new game called Ninja UP! It’s not a first-person-shooter, movie tie-in, or anything else the studio is typically associated with—instead it’s an endless jumper, à la Line Jumper and others.

Gameplay is as addictive as you’d expect. Players are tasked with sending a ninja flying upward by drawing lines that simulate trampolines. The smaller the line, the bigger the bounce, and levels are littered with deadly obstacles… Read More

 

Hearthstone ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ expansion hitting iOS, Mac July 22

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Back in March, Blizzard launched its popular free-to-play collectible card game ‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ on the Mac. A month later, it brought the game to the iPad, and promised an expansion pack for both platforms.

Today, the studio made good on its promise, announcing that Hearthstone’s first expansion ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ will be landing on PCs, Macs and iPads on Tuesday, July 22nd. You’ll find all the details on the add-on pack below… Read More

 

Cinamatic goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Apple has named Hipstamatic’s just-released video-capturing app Cinamatic its App of the Week for this week. This means that through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the title for both your iPhone and iPad, for free—a modest savings of $1.

For those unfamiliar with the app, it essentially does for videos what Hipstamatic does for photos. Users can record short clips, between 3-15 seconds, and turn them into short films. Tools like lighting filters and social sharing are just one tap away… Read More

 

As of today, Amazon’s mobile ad network supports iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

Amazon today said that its mobile ad network is now available on iOS. Makers of iPhone and iPad apps can now take advantage of Amazon’s Mobile Ads API to make money by inject into their apps banner and interstitial ads from premium advertisers participating in the Amazon Mobile Ad Network.

Moreover, the online retailer will add support for its own Fire smartphone beginning July 25, when it’s scheduled to launch… Read More

 

Google Analytics app with Real Time reports now available for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

Google is definitely on a roll these days when it comes to its dedication to the Apple platform. One of the most prolific App Store publishers, the Internet giant in the past seven days alone has released or updated half a dozen apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Just a few examples: the company launched a new YouTube Creator Studio app for the iPhone, released another app to manage AdWords Express accounts for small businesses, updated Google Maps with Gmail appointments and mapped search results, posted the popular augmented reality game Ingress, updated Chrome for iOS with Cast support, refreshed Google Wallet with support for gift cards, free debit card transfers and more and started flagging Flash content in search results on iOS and Android.

And today, Google released a brand new Analytics for iPhone appRead More

 

App Recap: new apps for your iPhone and iPad, Pixelmator sale and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Mid-week is typically a waiting period as Apple preps to unleash of plethora of new apps, games and updates during Thursday.

As is our wont, we’ve dutifully consulted Twitter, RSS feeds, App Store, developers and other sources in search of new submissions and software deals we think you should definitely know about.

It’s our pleasure to keep you in the loop in terms of updates to important third-party apps and games.

We also get to provide you with at-a-glance overviews of new features and enhancements brought out by each individual app update. This is App Recap, iDownloadBlog’s popular daily column that celebrates the apps you can’t live without… Read More

 

Satellite subscription-free NFL Sunday Ticket coming to iOS, Mac this fall

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2014

NFL Sunday Ticket has announced today that it will be offered as a standalone subscription package for the first time this year. Access to the popular TV sports package, which was once exclusive to DirecTV subscribers, will be available to everyone in the 2014 NFL season for a 1-time subscription fee.

No official announcement has been made, but Sunday Ticket has put up a promotional page with details about the new service. It looks like subscription prices will start at $200, which again will not require DirecTV, and the content will be accessible from a number of devices, including iOS and Mac… Read More

 

App Recap: packed to the gills with great new apps, updates, freebies and discounts

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Following an extended weekend break, App Recap is back. For those unfamiliar with App Recap, it’s our daily column conceived to surface best new apps and games while keeping you in the loop regarding major app updates, price drops and promotions.

In today’s edition, we bring you beautiful new apps to enjoy Reddit and Pinboard, snap images with stunning fisheye barrel distortion in Instagram’s square format, create satanic videos with an eerie reverse slow-motion effect, check the UV index before hitting the beaches, apply tags to your photos and much more.

And let’s not forget about important updates to your favorite apps and not-to-be-missed deals rounding up this edition of App Recap… Read More

 

Google updates Chrome for iOS with Cast support

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Following a relatively quiet period when it comes to Chrome for iOS, Google is again demonstrating willingness to continue advancing its popular iPhone and iPad browser with useful new capabilities.

The new Google Chrome version 36.0.1985.49 is now available to download in the App Store, bringing out Cast support for websites that have implemented integration with Cast-enabled devices.

Furthermore, this edition also includes stability improvements and bug fixes and a slightly tweaked app icon for your Home screen… Read More

 

Apple’s fabled 12.9-inch iPad Pro rumored to launch before year-end

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Apple’s fabled large-screened iPad, dubbed by the press iPad Pro, is still on the table and should see a formal release before the end of this year, if you trust a report from the Economic Daily newspaper.

The Chinese publication also said earlier this morning that the iWatch will be launching during the third quarter of 2014 in three models and two sizes, with a high-end model ostensibly incorporating a screen with a sapphire-glass coating.

While we don’t put too much faith into reports by Chinese media, Economic Daily’s accuracy is better than that of most other Chinese and Taiwanese outlets… Read More

 

Apple launches iPhone and iPad trade-in program in Australia

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

As expected, Apple has officially launched its iPhone and iPad trade-in program in Australia today. The company made the announcement via a statement provided to an Australian MSN affiliate this morning.

Customers can receive a maximum of A$250 (or roughly $234 USD) for their iPhones, and A$215 ($202 USD) for iPad trade-ins. Newer devices like the iPhone 5s and 5c are not eligible, nor are first-gen models… Read More

 

Shazam for iOS updated with in-app track playback via Rdio

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

Shazam has updated its free and Encore iOS apps, bringing them both to version 7.7.0. The update brings about a new feature to both clients that allows users to play back recognized songs in-app, courtesy of Rdio.

While users have long been able to do this—play recognized tracks through Rdio—past functionality required them to switch out of Shazam and into Rdio. They can now playback [full] songs without switching apps… Read More

 

5 calculator apps Apple featured in App Store’s Productivity Monday section

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

To me, calculator apps are a lot like weather apps – I can never get enough of them. In an effort to help you increase your mobile productivity, Apple is now featuring several great third-party calculators in an App Store section titled Productivity Monday.

Featured iPhone and iPad software includes both paid and free calculators, including the gorgeously designed minimalist Digits app with the ability to edit complex calculations and get instantly updated results… Read More

 

Dropbox introduces Streaming Sync with up to 2x faster syncing of large files

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

Heavy Dropbox users may have noticed that large files sixteen megabytes in size and up won’t start downloading to their other devices until they’ve finished uploading fully to the Dropbox cloud on the device which has initiated sync.

A new Dropbox technology dubbed Streaming Sync promises to speed up sync times of large files by up to two times, by downloading small slices of a large file as it’s still being uploaded to the servers.

Before you can start taking advantage of this technology, you must update your desktop Dropbox client to the latest version… Read More