Microsoft’s Halo: Spartan Strike and Halo: Spartan Assault hit iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Thursday, Microsoft Studios unleashed a pair of new triple-A games for the iPhone and iPad unto the App Store. Both Halo: Spartan Strike and Halo: Spartan Assault pit you against an insurmountable Covenant force and are now available at $5.99 each.

Spartan Strike files as a top-down shooter which makes you a Spartan supersoldier tasked with battling evil forces.

Spartan Assault is the original Halo top-down shooter that plays through the historic first missions of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4 as Commander Palmer. Read More

 

Search images faster without typing in Bing

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Windows maker Microsoft today announced that Bing for iPhone and Android now makes it easy to find images faster than before, without typing or by typing less.

The new search experience is now live on iPhone and Android devices in mobile browsers and lets you search images with “no typing required to discover more”. Read More

 

Astropad now works with FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Astropad, an awesome iPad application which turns your Apple tablet into a professional-grade graphics tablet for your Mac, now works with the Pencil stylus by FiftyThree.

A major update, Astropad 1.1 includes major accuracy and wavy line improvements for the Jot Touch Pixelpoint stylus, improved palm rejection for Adonit styluses, support for Adobe Ink (choose Adonit when pairing), new settings and built-in help. Read More

 

Google launches new features in Docs, Sheets and Slides mobile productivity apps

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Google’s suite of free of charge productivity services and applications, collectively marketed under the Google Docs brand, has been refreshed Thursday with new features.

As announced Thursday on the official Google Apps Updates blog, new versions of document editor Docs, presentation software Slides and spreadsheet application Sheets are now available in the App Store.

Among other changes, these applications now include such enhancements as object reordering on a slide, table editing in spreadsheets, tracking changes and accepting suggestions in Docs, faster loading and scrolling of PowerPoint documents and more. Read More

 

Alleged 12.9-inch iPad Pro case surfaces

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 15, 2015

Today, Sonny Dickson, the man responsible for several accurate hardware leaks of Apple devices, posted images of purported iPad Pro cases which indicate several features unique to Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch tablet. The case design is similar to the 9.7-inch iPad Air in shape, but shows what appear to be two Lightning connector ports, one on the bottom and another on the left of the device.

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App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 15

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include a handful of great app deals, and some new apps and games you won’t want to miss.  Read More

 

Tumblr 4.0 for iOS gains blog creation, adds Today widget for trending tags and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2015

Yahoo-owned Tumblr today released a major update to its free iPhone and iPad client in the App Store. Tumblr 4.0 for iOS sports a number of new features, enhancements and nice-to-haves that make blogging from the palm of your hand a frictionless and more enjoyable experience than before.

For starters, you can now create new blogs (previously available through the web interface only), as well as delete entire blogs from inside the app. Video embedding has been made as easy as pasting a URL from YouTube or Vimeo or another such site. Read More

 

VOX Music Player brings high-definition lossless audio to iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2015

VOX Music Player for Mac by Coppertino Inc. has gone iPhone. Available at no cost in the App Store, the application lets you enjoy high-quality music encoded in the lossless FLAC format on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Of course, you can play the usual assortment of lossy audio files, too, including MP3, AAC and just about any type of audio file format you could think of. For example, the app is capable of rendering music formats like APE, WMA and CUE which are not supported by iTunes natively.

Your music can also be cached for playing offline. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 14

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 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’s picks include great deals, and some awesome new apps and games. Read More

 

You can now play Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on iPhone

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2015

Fans of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be happy to hear that you can now play the game on your iPhone. Blizzard pushed out an update today for the popular card battler that, among other improvements, brings about support for Apple’s handset.

Blizzard says the new iPhone version features an all-new intuitive interface, handcrafted specifically for smaller mobile devices. Those devices, however, are limited to the iPhone 4s, or later models, or the fifth-generation iPod touch (iPad 2 for tablets). Read More

 

Activision bringing new Guitar Hero game to mobile this year

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2015

Gamers rejoice, Activision Blizzard Inc. has confirmed that it’s reviving its Guitar Hero franchise this year, and it’s bringing it to mobile. Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that, after a five-year hiatus, the California-based publisher has begun work on a new version of the popular video game for consoles, tablets and smartphones.

“Now fans can unleash their inner rock star anytime, anyplace using a phone or a game console,” Activision Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick said in a statement. The new product is said to cost $99, and will follow tradition in allowing players to jam on a toy guitar to music from artists such as the Black Keys and Fall Out Boy. Read More

 

FiftyThree’s Paper gains cloud journals, centralized social interactions and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

FiftyThree’s iPad drawing app, Paper, has been refreshed Tuesday with a pair of new features (among other enhancements) — Backup and Activity Center.

The former lets you back up private copies of your journals in the cloud so you don’t lose your Paper data in case your iPad is stolen or damaged (and you didn’t have enough space on iCloud for full device backup via iOS).

The Activity Center is a new place in Paper’s Mix service that collates all your social activity in one place. For those wondering, Mix is an online repository of Paper content posted by creative users from around the world. Read More

 

Fleksy Keyboard goes free for a week, gains millions of GIFs via partnership with Riffsy

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

Fleksy Keyboard, one of the first and most popular software keyboards for iOS 8 devices, has gone free for a week. The app usually retails for 99 cents a pop and has never gone free since its App Store debut as an iOS 8-compatible downloadable software keyboard in September of last year.

In addition, Fleksy’s latest update has rechristened the app as ‘Fleksy + GiF Keyboard’ to reflect its newly gained integration with Riffsy’s GIF Keyboard for iOS. The resulting app now gives you access to millions of GIFs on top of Fleksy’s existing emoji support and perks like advanced keyboard capabilities with gestures and much more. Read More

 

Here’s 1Password for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

Developer AgileBits on Tuesday announced an update to its freemium password-management app for the iPhone and iPad, 1Password, which now includes Apple Watch compatibility.

So, what’s managing passwords, secure notes and other confidential information is like on your wrist? According to developers, “it only takes a couple of taps” to retrieve your stored items such as a combination for your gym locker or garage door, look up your credit card number or even retrieve a one-time password on websites that use two-factor authentication for stronger security. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 13

By Cody Lee on Apr 13, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some great updates for your favorite apps and a handful of app deals you don’t want to miss. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 10

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include some great deals, and a solid selection of new games to help get you through the weekend. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 9

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include a few solid freebies and some great new games. Read More

 

Apple names popular puzzler ‘Twisty Hollow’ its free App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2015

Apple has named Twisty Hollow 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 puzzler for both iPhone and iPad, for free—saving you a solid $3.

In the game, you must support the imputation citizens of Twisty Hollow by fulfilling their increasingly eccentric needs. You do this by combining items to make requested goods, so for example, Bessie + cow + bucket = milk. Read More

 

Google’s Snapseed photo editor goes 2.0 with major redesign, new filters and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2015

Google on Thursday pushed out an update for its mobile photo editor Snapseed, bringing the app to version 2.0. The new build is a significant one, as it brings about a number of changes including a brand new design, new features, additional filters and more.

Those fond of Snapseed’s simple, gesture-based interface may not like the new design. Google’s really moved things around here, so it’s certainly going to take some getting used to. New features like spot repair and brush tool, however, are welcome additions. Read More

 

Twitter folding Discover and Activity tabs on mobile into enhanced Search

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

Twitter giveth, Twitter taketh away. Twitter first said this morning that iPhone users can now upload and share their gorgeous 120FPS and 240FPS slow-motion videos through its mobile app and now we’re receiving word that the startup will soon axe the Discover and Activity tabs from Twitter for iPhone and iPad.

The change, apparently a result of lack of interest, will be rolling out to mobile users over the next few days. Read More