PCalc for Apple Watch released with Glance, Send to iPhone, tip calc, RPN support and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

Thanks to independent iOS and Mac developer James Thomson, you can now wear PCalc on your $400+ Apple Watch. The award-winning $9.99 calculator app for the iPhone and iPad was updated today with WatchKit support.

The app is very nicely done and feels native. It puts the full calculator with RPN Support on your wrist, along with a Glance to see the result of your most recent calculations from your watch face, a tip calculator and other goodies. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 18

By Cody Lee on May 18, 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 some great app and game deals, as well updates for SoundCloud and Audible. Read More

 

Audible audiobooks service gains support for Apple’s CarPlay in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015

Audible, an audiobooks service owned by Amazon, pushed a major update to its iPhone and iPad application this morning which added CarPlay functionality along with a couple nice-to-have improvements in the app’s iOS edition.

After downloading today’s update, the Audible app will automatically appear on the dashboard of CarPlay-enabled vehicles and those supporting CarPlay via aftermarket solutions from Pioneer, Alpine and other companies. Read More

 

Touch ID could gain new gaming features, scrolling and more

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2015

Touch ID could get significantly more useful in future iOS devices, according to an Apple patent filing revealed this week. The filing, first spotted by Patently Apple, is extremely lengthy (combines several patents) and offers an overview of where Apple thinks fingerprint technology is headed.

One of the more interesting inventions is a portable touch display with integrated fingerprint sensors. So instead of touching the Home button, you could simply touch a designated part of the display to unlock your device or authenticate something. Apple says it could even offer tactile feedback. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on May 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 we’ve highlighted a number of great new games and great deals to help get you through the weekend. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on May 14, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wild world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we are featuring some new games for you to try, and a number of great app and game deals, both old and new. Read More

 

Hit puzzler ‘Quetzalcoatl’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on May 14, 2015

Apple has just named “ Quetzalcoatl” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pickup the popular puzzler for both the iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $1.99.

Quetzalcoatl features 180 carefully designed puzzles, which will provide you with dozens of hours of addictive gameplay. You beat the puzzles by maneuvering game pieces to match like-colored tiles, before the walls close in on you. Read More

 

Sunrise Calendar update introduces Meet, the fastest way to schedule one-to-one meetings

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Sunrise, a powerful cross-platform calendar application, on Thursday launched Meet, a companion iOS 8 keyboard specifically designed to make scheduling one-to-one meetings ridiculously easy.

Available as a free update to the Sunrise app in the App Store, Meet lets you schedule one-to-ones with another party like a pro, without having to leave the context of the app you’re currently in or switch to Sunrise for that matter. Read More

 

How to add images to Google Docs and Slides documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Pictures play an important part in putting together a compelling business presentation, a detailed school report and what not. As much as I like Google’s DocsSlides and Sheets mobile productivity apps, their non-existent support for adding images to documents directly from an iOS device has been something of a deal breaker for me.

But not anymore. As announced on the official Google Docs blog, users of Google Docs and Slides application can now add images directly from their iPhone or iPad, here’s how. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on May 13, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wild world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today, we’re featuring a number of deals on great apps like Pinnacle Studio and Duet Display, and great apps like Cut the Rope 2 and Shadowgun. Read More

 

Facebook launches quick-loading, interactive ‘Instant Articles’ as an iPhone-exclusive feature

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2015

Facebook today announced a new ‘Instant Articles’ feature which is rolling out to its iPhone application later today. As the name implies, this iPhone-exclusive capability lets cherry-picked publishers craft versions of news stories for mobile screens that load in a fraction of a second.

The new, mobile-optimized reading experience includes interactive features from Facebook’s Paper app, with support for rich media such as photos and video and other embeddable content types like multitouch maps and more. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 12

By Cody Lee on May 12, 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 we’ve picked out a handful of great freebies, and highlighted some significant updates to some solid apps. Read More

 

FileMaker 14 released with Launch Center and other Mac enhancements, revamped iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, on Tuesday announced a brand new version of its Mac productivity app along with a redesigned iPhone and iPad application. FileMaker 14 is the first major update since FileMaker 13, which released in December of 2013. Read More

 

Paper by FiftyThree now lets you create diagrams, charts and wireframes

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

Keeping true to its promise, developer FiftyThree today updated its iPad drawing application Paper with support for a new set of drawing tools collectively dubbed the Think Kit.

With Think Kit, Paper users can take advantage of brand new Diagram, Cut, and Fill tools to create diagrams, charts and wireframes with ease. Think Kit is entirely free and comes as an automatic update for existing users of the Paper app. Read More

 

Microsoft Office apps for iPhone and iPad gain iCloud document support and other perks

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

Microsoft’s free of charge Word, Excel and PowerPoint productivity applications for the iPhone and iPad have been updated with the ability to open, edit and save your documents to iCloud, expanding on the previously available storage options such as Microsoft’s own OneDrive cloud storage and Dropbox integration. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 11

By Cody Lee on May 11, 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 some solid updates to apps like Periscope and NYT Now, and other goodies. Read More

 

Rumor: 12.9-inch iPad Pro debuting in 2016 with force sensing nanowire touchscreen

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad, informally dubbed the ‘iPad Pro,’ should use a new screen technology which should deliver a more responsive, more sensitive touch performance while being cheaper to mass-produce, according to a report Monday by ETNews.

Apparently, the company is planning to replace ITO-based clear film used on current iPads with a new silver nanowire (AgNW) panel. The report pegs a nanowire-based iPad Pro for 2016 instead of late 2015.

This exceptionally clear material should improve sense of touch, enable force sensing and decrease cost as it doesn’t require rare materials such as indium and the screens could be assembled by removing one post-cell process. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 8

By Cody Lee on May 8, 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 app deals and some great new games to help get you through the weekend. Read More

 

T-Mobile taking over $100 off all iPads for Mother’s Day

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2015

Folks still scrambling to find a Mother’s Day gift before Sunday may be interested to know that T-Mobile is currently running a promotion on iPads. For a limited time, the carrier is taking more than $100 off all iPad models including the Air 2, mini 3, and second-gen mini.

As always, there are a few stipulations. You can’t just buy the tablet outright and receive the $100+ credit—you have to purchase it on an Equipment Installment Plan, and you must keep a 1GB+ Simple Choice Mobile Internet plan active and in good standing for 24 months. Read More

 

Nintendo to release first smartphone game this year, 5 games by 2017

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2015

After years of waiting, we could see Nintendo’s first smartphone game within the next 6 months. The Verge passes along comments made by CEO Satoru Iwata during a shareholders meeting, in which he stated the company is aiming to debut the game before the end of the year.

Additionally, Iwata explained that Nintendo plans to release 5 mobile titles between now and March 2017. “You may think it is a small number,” he said. “But when we aim to make each title a hit, this is not a small number and should demonstrate our commitment to smart devices.” Read More