Apple asks ‘Neato’ to remove keyboard in ongoing war on widgets

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Apple is once again going after a Notification Center widget for overstepping its bounds. Neato, a popular note-taking widget with a built-in keyboard and share controls, says the Cupertino firm has threatened to remove the app for violating its App Review Guidelines.

More specifically, the developers behind Neato told Gizmodo that Apple has asked them to remove the keyboard from their widget, or else. The team tried to appeal, but Apple wasn’t going to budge, and gave them two weeks to submit an update to correct their issue. Read More

 

Final Fantasy 1-6 games go half price

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Publisher Square Enix has slashed six Final Fantasy games in the App Store by as much as fifty percent. The first five installment in the series are now available half price each, with the exception of Final Fantasy VI, now 30 percent off for a limited time.

Assuming you’ll be picking up all eight titles that are currently on sale, you’re looking at a cool $56 saving. Jump past the fold for the download links. Read More

 

Fleksy keyboard clocks in a new typing speed record

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Fleksy keyboard, among the first soft-keyboards for iOS 8, broke the Guinness World Record for fastest texting six months ago and now they’ve done it again.

As announced Tuesday, following September’s release of its iOS 8 keyboard Fleksy has now made the iPhone 6 Plus the fastest phone for typing by clocking in a new typing speed record on the device.

Brazilian teenager Marcel Fernandes Filho, who is seventeen years old, used Fleksy’s iOS keyboard to break his previous record of 18.19 seconds with a new time of 17.00 seconds.

Fleksy Keyboard is a 99-cent download from the App Store. Read More

 

Nokia is back with an iPad mini look-alike running Android

By Jake Smith on Nov 18, 2014

Nokia rejoined the world of consumer electronics on Monday, after selling its devices unit to Microsoft last year. The Finnish-based company announced the Nokia N1, an iPad mini-clone featuring a strikingly familiar 7.9-inch screen, 2048×1536 resolution, and aluminum design. The N1 will be released in China early next year for $250, undercutting the iPad mini prices heftily. Read More

 

Ubisoft releases ‘Arcade Poker’ tie-in game for Far Cry 4

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Ubisoft has launched a new tie-in title for the highly anticipated Far Cry 4, set to launch on consoles and PCs today, called Far Cry 4 Arcade Poker. It’s a standalone app, but players can sync it up with the new Far Cry to earn currency that can be used in the game.

Arcade Poker is an interesting game that plays like a mix of tetris, poker and something else. Cards fall from the top of the screen, and can be randomly shuffled until they hit the bottom to build a 5-card poker hand. The better the hand, the more coins you’ll be given. Read More

 

eBay app update allows you to create, pay for and print shipping labels

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Popular auction site eBay has updated its iOS client, bringing the app to version 3.5. The update brings about a handful of improvements, including performance and speed boosts and various new country-specific features.

The release adds new checkout features in Germany and Australia, and a new click and collect option for Argos in the UK. Users can now purchase something from Argos on eBay in-app, and choose to pick the item up locally. Read More

 

Chinese authorities shut down WireLurker site, suspects arrested

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2014

Chinese authorities arrested three individuals last Friday that are believed to have developed the “WireLurker” malware, according to a police post on Sina Weibo. The authorities were tipped off by Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. Additionally, the post says that authorities have also identified and shut down the website that was hosting and distributing the malware. Read More

 

AT&T bumps 10GB Mobile Share plan to 15GB in limited time promo

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2014

AT&T announced a new promotion today regarding its Mobile Share Value plans. The limited-time offer gives qualified customers 15GB of monthly shareable data, for the price of 10GB, which typically runs $100 per month plus device access charges.

The change puts AT&T’s 15GB plan on-par price-wise with Verizon’s 15GB More Everything share plan, which also runs $100 per month plus access charges. These access charges for both plans run $40 per device, unless you subscribe to Next or Edge. Read More

 

iOS 8.1.1 is out with bug fixes and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014

Apple on Monday started rolling out the latest iOS 8.1.1 software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. If you’re jailbroken, stay away from this update as it plugs the Pangu8 jailbreak.

iOS 8.1.1 build 12B435 contains a whole bunch of bug fixes and general performance enhancements aimed at improving the mobile operating system’s stability. You can apply the update over the air by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Read More

 

Dropbox app gains larger photo thumbnails and more in latest accessibility focused update

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014

Dropbox, the hot cloud-storage startup which a few years back turned down an acquisition offer from Steve Jobs, on Monday gave its mobile client for the iPhone and iPad significant new accessibility improvements to make sure it’s simple to get stuff done if your vision or hearing is impaired.

Based on both Dropbox’s own customer research and feedback from the AppleVis community, the improved software makes it easier for people with disabilities to use the app with Apple’s VoiceOver feature when logging in to Dropbox, navigating actions within the app and more.

The new accessibility features will be rolling out to users later today, the company said.

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

 

GBA4iOS 2.1 now available, no jailbreak required, hitting Cydia in a few days

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014

After developer Riley Testut saw its popular Gameboy Color and Game Boy Advanced emulator, GBA4iOS, removed from the App Store due to complaints from both Nintendo and Apple, a new version of the software is now available for download from iEmulators.com in an open beta form, no jailbreak required.

Furthermore, the app should be available on the Cydia store in the next few days, Testut wrote on Twitter.

That means all you jailbreakers out there will be able to enjoy your favorite Gameboy Color and Game Boy Advanced games on the best GBA emulator available on iOS. Read More

 

Spotify users can now control the tunes when in an Uber

By Jake Smith on Nov 17, 2014

Spotify has announced in a (now pulled) blog post that users can choose the music they hear when riding in an Uber, making the taxi-like service a bit more personalized. Now when you book a car with the ridesharing service, Spotify will be the soundtrack to your Uber ride and you’ll no longer have to sit through the driver’s taste in music. Read More

 

Report: Apple chooses Samsung to supply 80 percent of A-Series mobile processors

By Jake Smith on Nov 17, 2014

Apple and Samsung have struck a major deal, in which Samsung Electronics will supply Apple with the majority of the application processors used in the iPhone and iPad, according to the Korea Times. Apple has reportedly chosen Samsung over TSMC, in a deal worth billions. Read More

 

Team17 slashes all Worms games to 99 cents in 19th anniversary sale

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014

Team 17, a British video game developer behind the Worms series of games, has slashed all Worms games on the App Store to just 99 cents in celebration of the series’ 19th anniversary.

Older readers will remember Worms as one of the best games for the Amiga personal computer in 1995. Team17 continued development of the various Worms games with Worms: The Director’s Cut which arrived in 1997 with improved gameplay and graphics. The series has since made a jump to consoles and PCs.

Featuring cartoonish pixel art graphics, smooth multi-layered scrolling and an interesting mix of turn-based gameplay, humor and hilarious weaponry, the franchise has gone on to be very successful, selling over twelve million units worldwide to this date. Read More

 

Tales from the Borderlands premier trailer and first details surface

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2014

Entertainment Weekly on Friday shared first details concerning The Walking Dead creator Telltale’s upcoming game series, Tales from the Borderlands. Based on Gearbox and 2K’s Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands takes place on the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events seen in Borderlands 2.

The five-part episodic game series puts you in the shoes of Rhys, a Hyperion ‘suit’ with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a Pandoran con artist looking to score her biggest ever swindle, as you follow the adventurers “on their quest for greatness”. Read More

 

Staples discounting iPads, Apple TV and Beats headphones in Black Friday sale

By Cody Lee on Nov 14, 2014

Staples’ Black Friday circular has been released, showing what deals it will be offering during the infamous holiday shopping weekend at the end of the month. Like other retailers, it plans to discount a number of Apple and Beats products in hopes to reel in customers.

Among the promotions is a 16GB Wi-Fi original iPad Air for $319, which is a savings of $40 from where it’s currently priced. There will also be a $239 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini 2, which is $30 cheaper than its current sale price. We’ve listed all of the Apple-related deals below. Read More

 

Penultimate 6 is out with new UI design, improved search and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 14, 2014

Evernote updated its popular note-taking/sketch app Penultimate this morning, bringing it to version 6.0. As the build number implies, the update is significant, ushering in a complete UI redesign, new full screen and highlighting tools, and various improvements.

The new UI design is easily the most noticeable change in 6.0, and it makes for smoother writing and better organization. The new full screen mode is also a great addition, as it allows you to write continuously in full screen without stopping—eliminating distractions. Read More

 

Apple issues statement on Masque Attack, says it’s not aware of any affected users

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2014

Apple tonight broke its silence regarding Masque Attack, a recently discovered vulnerability in iOS. In a statement to iMore, the company says it encourages customers to only download apps from trusted sources and that it’s not currently aware of any users affected by the exploit.

Research security FireEye announced its discovery of Masque Attack on Monday. The malware installs itself through a phishing link disguised as a new app or game, and then masquerades as a legitimate app. Once installed, it can access login credentials, credit card info and more. Read More

 

GoodReader introduces advanced text-to-speech for PDF and TXT documents

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2014

I rely on GoodReader to manage files and documents on my iOS devices in one central location. Being a heavy reader, I mostly keep various documents and e-books stored in GoodReader.

Today’s update to GoodReader’s iOS app contains a whole bunch of new features, improvements and fixes, chiefly a cool text-to-speech capability that speaks passages of text in text files and PDF documents.

It’s customizable with different speeds, supports dozens of languages, has playback controls, highlights spoken words in real-time, lets you multitask while listening to spoken word and more. This update is being provided free of charge to existing GoodReader users.

Download GoodReader for the iPhone and iPad for $4.99. Read More

 

Halfbrick’s ‘Monster Dash’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2014

Apple has named Halfbrick’s ‘Monster Dash‘ its app of the week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the title for free in the App Store, saving yourself a healthy buck.

For those who haven’t played the game, Monster Dash is a survival platformer/runner that follows the familiar Barry Steakfries (of Jetpack Joyride fame) as he races through levels while avoiding and/or killing monsters. Read More