Nickelodeon’s ‘SpongeBob Moves In’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2015

Apple has just named “SpongeBob Moves In” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download Nickelodeon’s popular city-builder for both iPhone and iPad for free—saving you a solid $4.

On Day 1, players help SpongeBob move into his Pineapple house, get a job at the Krusty Krab and begin building their own Bikini Bottom. As your town begins to thrive, you’ll unlock new characters, buildings, decorations and areas like Jellyfish Fields. Read More

 

Save links for later with Pinterest’s much improved Share extension

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015

Pinterest’s Share extension on iPhones, iPod touches and iPads has gotten a whole lot more useful in the latest update which just landed on the App Store.

The free of charge application was among the first on the App Store to have rolled out a native Share sheet extension on iOS 8, albeit sporting a very limited set of features.

With the new, much improved Pinterest button for iPhone, you can now save links for later in a more visual way than before, with customizable Pin descriptions and more. Read More

 

Office for iOS gains Outlook integration, easier sharing, viewing protected files and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015

Software giant Microsoft on Thursday issued a set of updates adding several new features to its Office mobile apps on the iOS platform. For starters, the refreshed editions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad can finally open and view protected documents.

Next, users can now easily invite others to collaborate on documents and grant permissions from within the apps, another important productivity boost. Read More

 

Google Maps gaining a cool new feature to revisit all the places you’ve explored

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

Google yesterday announced a new feature for users of its mapping service which makes it easy and fun to reminisce about the places you’ve explored with Google Maps.

Currently available on desktop and Android, the “Your Timeline” feature lets you revisit any place you’ve been on a given day, month or year.

Your Timeline is private and visible only to you.

As a bonus, if you use Google’s new Photos mobile app, available free of charge in the App Store, it’ll show you the photos you took when viewing a specific day. Read More

 

Google finally updates Chrome for iOS with swipe to navigate

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

File this one under the “better late than never” drawer. It only took like nearly two years since iOS 7’s debut but Google has at long last given users of its Chrome for iOS browser the ability to swipe right or left to navigate backward or forward.

The iPhone and iPad browser, now bumped to version 44.0.2403.65, also brings stability improvements and bug fixes while laying the groundwork for another major feature addition: Physical Web integration in the Notification Center’s Today view.

Physical what? Read More

 

Hands-on with iOS 9 beta 4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 21, 2015

I’ve been playing with iOS 9 beta 4 on my iPod touch, iPhone and iPad for the last few hours, and I’d like to share my thoughts on the beta release.

First and foremost, this is the first beta firmware to work on the iPod touch 6th generation, and as expected, it runs like a champ. The iOS 9 beta on the old iPod touch 5th generation was barely usable due to the device’s lack of power, but this new iPod touch handles things with no issues.

Another big feature is the return of Home Sharing. As promised by Apple executive Eddy Cue, Home Sharing is now back where it belongs in the Music section of the Settings app.

I’ve created a video walkthrough to showcase many of the new features found in iOS 9 beta 4. Have a look and let me know what you think about this latest beta release. Read More

 

iOS 8 adoption rate grows to 85% of devices

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2015

As measured by the App Store on July 20, 2015, iOS 8 is now powering 85 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild.

iOS 7 has dropped from fourteen percent of devices a month ago to thirteen percent of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in the wild. Earlier iOS releases continue to comprise a meager 2 percent of installed hardware.

We’ve been tracking iOS 8 adoption rates for months now and to call this an impressive achievement would be an understatement given iOS 8 hit a mere ten months ago. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 9 beta 4 to developers, here’s what’s new

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2015

Following the release of iOS 9 beta 3 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad two weeks ago which gave developers access to Apple Music on their development devices while bringing out the News app and a host of refinements, Apple today released iOS 9 beta 4 (build 13A4305g) to registered members of the Apple Developer Program. Read More

 

Google Play Books gains revamped Read Now, notes and highlights syncing, new font and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2015

Google on Tuesday issued an update to its Play Books application in the App Store, adding a few new features and enhancements designed to elevate your reading experience on the iPhone and iPad.

The new Google Play Books 2.5 for iOS now features a revamped Read Now view, a new default font, the ability to sync notes and highlights to Google Drive and more. Read More

 

Spotify delivers ‘Discover Weekly’ personalized playlists and deep Nike+ Running integration

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2015

Following Apple Music introduction, Spotify has doubled down on music discovery and third-party integration, the two areas where it hopes to outsmart competition, with Monday’s announcement of a Discover Weekly feature and deep integration with the Nike+ Running mobile app.

Unlike Apple’s human-curated playlists for various activity types, Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists are entirely driven by algorithms and personalized to each user’s listening habits, as per Re/code on Monday. Read More

 

Samsung takes on Apple’s iPad Air 2 with ultra-slim Galaxy Tab S2

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2015

Samsung on Monday announced a next-generation Galaxy tablet to take on Apple’s iPad Air 2. The Galaxy Tab S2, driven by Android 5.0 Lollipop, is even thinner than Apple’s device: it measures an impressive 5.6mm thin and includes Samsung’s exceptionally bright and vivid Super AMOLED display in 7.9 and eight-inch flavors.

Regardless of the screen size, the new Tab S matches the resolution of full-size iPads at 2,048-by-1,536 pixels though last year’s Tab S came outfitted with a sharper 2,560-by-1,600 pixel resolution displays. Read More

 

This app injects your Instagram feed inside Notification Center’s Today view

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2015

There’s no shortage of apps on the App Store for browsing Instagram using your iPhone and iPad, and most let you enjoy snaps from people you follow far more elegantly that on Instagram’s official iPhone app. But wouldn’t it be great if you could check out the latest Instagram photos anywhere in iOS, with a simple pull-down gesture?

That’s what Feeday, a new Today Widget for the iPhone and iPad by developer Arcangelo Fiore, does.

With this app you can easily keep track of your latest Instagram feed right within the Today view of iOS’s Notification Center, and it’s free! Read More

 

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation now available for download in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2015

The officially licensed game of the Mission Impossible film series has arrived in the App Store ahead of the movie’s worldwide release by Paramount Pictures.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation for iPhone and iPad, available now in the App Store at no charge, offers a combination of first and third-person action.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to infiltrate secure locations and eliminate high-profile targets, perform lethal strikes and confront the Syndicate across the globe. Read More

 

Google’s Inbox app gains enhanced snoozing features for certain types of emails

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2015

Inbox, a gesture-driven email app for the iPhone and iPad by the Gmail team which was born out of Google’s acquisition of Sparrow, was updated on the App Store today with enhanced snooze options for package tracking updates, restaurant and event reservations, calendar invites and a couple other types of emails.

The feature makes it easy to snooze an email message to the day before the event, knowing your email will come back at just the right time. These enhanced snoozing capability is in addition to custom snooze times which were introduced back in March. Read More

 

Telltale announces penultimate Game of Thrones episode launching next Thursday

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2015

Telltale’s iOS game based on HBO’s award-winning Game of Thrones TV show has been available in an episodic format on the App Store for several months now. Today, they shared info pertaining to the penultimate episode titled “A Nest of Vipers,” scheduled for release on next Thursday, July 23.

I don’t want to spoil any surprises so let me just briefly mention that actions you take of every Forrester in this episode are vital to the survival of the house. And of course, Tyrion and Cersei continue to manipulate one another. Read More

 

Angry Birds 2 coming July 30, Rovio confirms

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2015

There’s still life left in the Angry Birds franchise as developer Rovio today announced that the official sequel to the original bird-flinging game that started it all will be releasing across mobile platforms in a fortnight, on Thursday, July 30.

A promotional artwork teases a “bigger, badder, birdier” Angry Birds than the original. Read More

 

Google Play Newsstand now supports magazines, adds improvements to Highlights and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2015

Google has updated it Newsstand iOS client (formerly Google Currents) in the App Store with much-needed support for digital magazines available on the Play Store.

The new version has arrived shortly after Apple released the iOS 8.4 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which, among other perks, brings out support for Made for iBooks content on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Google Play Newsstand 3.2 also includes improvements to the Highlights feature and the usual performance and bug fixes. Read More

 

Rovio puts a bunch of Angry Birds games on sale

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2015

Do you still care about Angry Birds? I myself think the series has run its course but am nonetheless eager to fling a few birds every now and then as I continue to find these physics-based games pretty darn addictive and charming. Developer Rovio has now put a number of Angry Birds titles on sale in the App Store and some of them have gone free for the first time in a long time.

Grab them all now and your kids will thank you later! Read More

 

Logitech announces three new ‘Logi BLOK’ protective cases for iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2015

Accessory maker Logitech on Wednesday introduced the world to its all-new family of protective case, shell and keyboard cases for Apple’s iPad. Called Logi BLOK, the latest accessories offer protection from drops up to six feet high and onto surfaces as hard as concrete. The lineup is comprised of the Logi BLOK Protective Shell, the Logi BLOK Protective Case and the Logi BLOK Protective Keyboard Case.

After announcing a new branding strategy earlier this month, today marks first Logitech products to have been released under the new Logi brand. All three accessories will be available for purchase in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and across select European markets in August. Read More

 

Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad discounted to just 99 cents

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2015

Pixelmator, a powerful image editing software for the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has received a substantial price cut in the App Store in a limited-time promotion following yesterday’s update which brought out the new Dynamic Touch feature, a much improved and 5x faster Repair tool and more.

Going from $4.99 to just 99 cents, Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad is now a steal.

Keep in mind that’s 99 cents to download the universal Pixelmator app to all your iOS devices. I wholeheartedly recommend you pick up this awesome app right now, especially if you’ve been holding out for a sale. By the way, this is the first Pixelmator’s iOS edition has received such a deep price cut following its October 2014 App Store debut. Read More