TiVo updates iOS app with AirPlay streaming of recorded content to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

TiVo on Tuesday refreshed its iOS app in the App Store with the ability to stream content to the Apple TV via AirPlay. The development marks a major U-degree turn for TiVo, which for a long time has deliberately blocked AirPlay to prevent users from streaming video content to Apple’s $69 box.

With support for the AirPlay mirroring feature now official, users of TiVo’s iOS app can use AirPlay to stream content recorded on a TiVo box using the iPhone and iPad application to a user’s Apple TV.

The refreshed app with the new AirPlay functionality is rolling out later today. Read More

 

iPad Pro rumored to arrive first in mid-November, but in limited quantities

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2015

Apple’s rumored jumbo-sized iPad may be available in limited quantities when it first ships in mid-November as the Cupertino company has been “rather cautious” with build orders for the device, according to DigiTimes, a hit-and-miss outlet.

Supply chain sources who spoke with the Taiwanese trade publication said that initial shipment volume for the 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ is “much lower” than what most people expect. While DigiTimes is a pretty accurate source of supply chain talk, they’ve had their fair share of misses regarding the timing of Apple product launches.

Back in 2013, DigiTimes incorrectly said an iPad Pro would release in the second half of 2014, for example. Read More

 

How to disable Apple Music Connect

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

After you enable Apple Music on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.4 or later, the Music app gains the following five tabs alongside the bottom: For You, New, Radio, Connect and My Music.

Described by Apple as a place where “musicians give their fans a closer look at their work, their inspirations, and their world,”Apple Music Connect permits music lovers to view and follow an artist’s stream, like and comment on their posts and more.

Apple Music Connect is basically Ping 2.0. The feature is a tad crude in appearance and feels rough around the edges so little wonder that some folks don’t view Connect as valuable enough for it to deserve its own tab.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of the Connect tab? Thankfully, there is.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Connect feature couldn’t be disabled: Apple has made sure to burry and hide it in an obscure place. In this post, I’m going to explain precisely how you can disconnect from Connect in Apple Music on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac and replace it with the infinitely more useful Playlists functionality. Read More

 

Google releases Ivy, an experimental big number calculator for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

Google on Friday released a brand new iOS application in the App Store. Called Ivy and available free of charge, the app is being described as an experimental big number calculator for the iPhone and iPad.

Dedicated calculator apps are a dime a dozen these days so what’s so special about Ivy, you might ask?

According to Google, Ivy takes advantage of what’s referred to as exact rational arithmetic, basically a precision math technique which lets the app handle arbitrary precision with ease. Read More

 

SoundCloud update adds more functionality to playlists and new ‘related tracks’ feature

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2015

SoundCloud updated its iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 3.10.1. The company says the update “significantly upgrades the listening experience,” bringing about more functionality for playlists, the ability to shuffle your Likes, and a new ‘related tracks’ feature.

With the new playlist capabilities, you can now shuffle and edit your playlist within the mobile app. When SoundCloud redesigned its iPhone app last summer, it removed these and several other features, and it has since been re-adding them through a series of iterative updates. Read More

 

Vine updated with new HD upload setting and improved discovery

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2015

Twitter updated its 6-second video sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.4.2. The update brings about two major improvements: suggestions for popular Viners to follow, and a new quality setting that lets you post your Vines in HD.

The former should help Vine with its discovery problem, something its parent company Twitter particularly struggles with. It’s nearly impossible to convince new users to stick around when it’s difficult to quickly find interesting and entertaining content. Read More

 

‘Card Wars – Adventure Time Card Game’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2015

Apple has just named Cartoon Network’s “Card Wars – Adventure Time Card Game” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the card combat game for free—a solid savings of $4.

In Card Wars, players are tasked with commanding an army of awesome warriors to destroy their opponent’s forces. You can collect new cards to level up your creatures, spells and towers, or choose to fuse them together to make them more powerful. Read More

 

Readdle’s excellent Spark email client gains bulk actions, setting for remote images and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Readdle’s Spark, my new favorite go-to mobile email client, received a big update in the App Store today. Although you couldn’t tell it from a minor version number change (1.0.1), the new version does make the app much better while fixing a plethora of user-reported issues.

For starters, you can now delete and archive emails in bulk, a tremendous productivity boost. Next, Spark now consumes less energy, which is always a good thing.

You can now empty your Trash with a single tap, as opposed to selecting multiple messages before hitting the Delete button, like before.

Security advocates will definitely appreciate a new setting to disable loading of remote images, which protects you from spammers while keeping data usage under control.

On the downside, today’s update has removed a pair of useful features due to mixed reviews, though Readdle assures us it may bring them back “someday.” Read More

 

Facebook rolls out richer News Feed controls with a new ‘See First’ option and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Facebook on Thursday introduced and updated set of controls letting you finally tell the service precisely what you want to see in your News Feed, as opposed to relying to Facebook’s mysterious algorithm which surfaces posts its servers think you want to see while demoting others it flagged as uninteresting.

The reworked controls now permit you to actively shape and improve your personalized News Feed experience.

You also get more control over what you see in your News Feed via a brand new ‘See First’ option designed to help you prioritize whose posts you don’t want to miss to ensure you’ll always find them at the top of your News Feed. Read More

 

Endless snowboarding odyssey Alto’s Adventure receives its first major content update

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Alto’s Adventure, an endless snowboarding odyssey for iOS unlike any other, has received its first major content update after making its App Store debut in February of this year.

Available free to existing users, the ‘Workshop’ update includes support for Apple’s 64-bit processors, iOS’s low-level graphics frameworks called Metal, along with a bunch of other new things.

Alto’s Adventure 1.1 also packs in six new languages and a bunch of fun new items available via the in-game workshop, such as helmets, llama horn, wingsuit timer and more. Read More

 

Streaming music service Tidal launches pricey new family plans

By Cody Lee on Jul 8, 2015

In response to Apple Music and other competitors, Tidal on Wednesday announced new family plans for its streaming music service. The new plans will allow up to 5 users to enjoy Tidal’s Premium and HiFi service tiers at a significant discount from standalone rates.

It works like this: a standalone account for Tidal Premium costs $9.99 per month, and a HiFi account costs $19.99 per month. With family plans, users can add up to 4 additional users to their account at 50% off—$4.99/month for Premium, and $9.99/month for HiFi. Read More

 

Magic Duels, a new Magic the Gathering game, hits App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

Wizards of the Coast, a U.S.-based publisher of games primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes, today released a brand new iOS game set in the Magic the Gathering universe.

Magic Duels, a free-to-play download for the iPhone and iPad, is now available worldwide following a recent soft-launch on the New Zealand App Store.

This strategy card game challenge you to arm yourself with a deck of dazzling spells and fearsome creatures in order to win battles and unlock more powerful cards to add to your ever-growing collection. Read More

 

Star Wars: Uprising gameplay shown in new trailer

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

As Cody told you a month ago, there’s a new Star Wars mobile game in the works. It’s called Star Wars: Uprising and set between the events of Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.

Wednesday, publisher Kablam shared a new video giving us a good overview of Uprising’s mechanics and overall gameplay.

Basically an action role-playing game, Uprising  should release in a few weeks as a free-to-play download. Read More

 

Fleksy Keyboard goes free forever, now auto-suggests themes, extensions and more as you type

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

Fleksy Keyboard, one of the first and arguably the most popular third-party keyboards available in the App Store, has been slashed to zero bucks permanently. The iPhone and iPad app used to retail for 99 cents a pop and went free briefly just twice following its App Store debut last fall.

What’s more, the new price point is valid forever moving forward. Those who have previously bought the app will be treated to new themes and extension slots worth $8 as a gift. In addition to the price cut, developers have refreshed Fleksy Keyboard with some notable personal assistant-like features. Read More

 

Standalone ‘Showtime’ streaming service debuts on Apple TV for $10.99 per month

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2015

After CBS announced a month ago that it would soon appease cord-cutters by rolling out a standalone video-streaming service over the Internet, Re/code revealed Tuesday that the network’s premium cable television service called Showtime is now available through the Apple TV, no cable subscription required.

The standalone video-streaming service is available on Apple’s $69 media-streaming box in exchange for a flat monthly fee of $10.99 with iTunes billing. A free 30-day free trial is available provided you have set up a valid payment method in iTunes.

A matching iOS app is coming at a later stage. Read More

 

Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone and iPad named IGN’s Free Game of the Month

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2015

IGN has partnered with Ninja Kiwi to name Bloons Tower Defense 5 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad its free game for the month of July. This popular tower defense download is available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make sure to redeem your copy following the instructions provided below.

This promotion is only available through IGN so don’t bother visiting the App Store, where Tower Defense 5 for iPhone and iPod touch currently sells for $2.99, with the iPad edition fetching an additional $4.99, so you’re looking at a cool $8 saved. Read More

 

Infuse 3.4 is live with folders, background audio, landscape lock on iPhone and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Infuse 3, an elegant and versatile player for virtually any video file format you can think of created by jailbreak developer FireCore, has picked up a slew of new features and improvements in Monday’s version 3.4 update.

Infuse 3.4 makes it easy to organize your videos using folders, delete ones you no longer need from the ticket view, continue playing audio in the background after leaving the app to quickly check your email, and more. Read More

 

Microsoft’s new opinion-gathering app removes the friction around event planning

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Microsoft has released a brand new iPhone and iPad application in the App Store. Called Tossup, it was designed to make event planning and opinion-gathering a cinch by basically collecting answers from your friends to any questions you pose to them.

You can present people with a quick Yes/No poll, ask them to find and pick a restaurant, to agree on when to meet, invite them to extend the opinion about any topic and more. Read More

 

Amazon launches dedicated iOS app for its Cloud Drive service

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Online retail giant Amazon on Monday launched a brand new application in the App Store to give iPhone and iPad owners a quick way to access their documents, spreadsheets, music, photos and videos stored in Cloud Drive, Amazon’s storage locker in the cloud.

The new app, called Amazon Cloud Drive, is available at no charge in the App Store. For the uninitiated, Amazon’s Cloud Drive service offers you a choice between unlimited storage for your photos in exchange for twelve bucks per year, or $60 per year for an Unlimited Everything plan.

A free 90-day trial of Cloud Drive is available here. Read More

 

Skype for iPhone updated with location sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Skype for iPhone has picked up the ability to share a location with others in its latest update in the App Store.

The Microsoft-owned VoIP program was bumped to version 5.14 Monday to make it trivial to share your current geographical location, or your favorite place, with friends and family using the paperclip icon in the chat window. Moreover, this edition of Skype introduces unspecified improvements.

The new version of Skype arrived hot on the heels of a recent update which brought out handy web link previews in the chat window and replying with dictation on Apple Watch. Read More