Cinamatic goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Apple has named Hipstamatic’s just-released video-capturing app Cinamatic its App of the Week for this week. This means that through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the title for both your iPhone and iPad, for free—a modest savings of $1.

For those unfamiliar with the app, it essentially does for videos what Hipstamatic does for photos. Users can record short clips, between 3-15 seconds, and turn them into short films. Tools like lighting filters and social sharing are just one tap away… Read More

 

As of today, Amazon’s mobile ad network supports iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

Amazon today said that its mobile ad network is now available on iOS. Makers of iPhone and iPad apps can now take advantage of Amazon’s Mobile Ads API to make money by inject into their apps banner and interstitial ads from premium advertisers participating in the Amazon Mobile Ad Network.

Moreover, the online retailer will add support for its own Fire smartphone beginning July 25, when it’s scheduled to launch… Read More

 

Google Analytics app with Real Time reports now available for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

Google is definitely on a roll these days when it comes to its dedication to the Apple platform. One of the most prolific App Store publishers, the Internet giant in the past seven days alone has released or updated half a dozen apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Just a few examples: the company launched a new YouTube Creator Studio app for the iPhone, released another app to manage AdWords Express accounts for small businesses, updated Google Maps with Gmail appointments and mapped search results, posted the popular augmented reality game Ingress, updated Chrome for iOS with Cast support, refreshed Google Wallet with support for gift cards, free debit card transfers and more and started flagging Flash content in search results on iOS and Android.

And today, Google released a brand new Analytics for iPhone appRead More

 

App Recap: new apps for your iPhone and iPad, Pixelmator sale and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Mid-week is typically a waiting period as Apple preps to unleash of plethora of new apps, games and updates during Thursday.

As is our wont, we’ve dutifully consulted Twitter, RSS feeds, App Store, developers and other sources in search of new submissions and software deals we think you should definitely know about.

It’s our pleasure to keep you in the loop in terms of updates to important third-party apps and games.

We also get to provide you with at-a-glance overviews of new features and enhancements brought out by each individual app update. This is App Recap, iDownloadBlog’s popular daily column that celebrates the apps you can’t live without… Read More

 

Satellite subscription-free NFL Sunday Ticket coming to iOS, Mac this fall

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2014

NFL Sunday Ticket has announced today that it will be offered as a standalone subscription package for the first time this year. Access to the popular TV sports package, which was once exclusive to DirecTV subscribers, will be available to everyone in the 2014 NFL season for a 1-time subscription fee.

No official announcement has been made, but Sunday Ticket has put up a promotional page with details about the new service. It looks like subscription prices will start at $200, which again will not require DirecTV, and the content will be accessible from a number of devices, including iOS and Mac… Read More

 

App Recap: packed to the gills with great new apps, updates, freebies and discounts

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Following an extended weekend break, App Recap is back. For those unfamiliar with App Recap, it’s our daily column conceived to surface best new apps and games while keeping you in the loop regarding major app updates, price drops and promotions.

In today’s edition, we bring you beautiful new apps to enjoy Reddit and Pinboard, snap images with stunning fisheye barrel distortion in Instagram’s square format, create satanic videos with an eerie reverse slow-motion effect, check the UV index before hitting the beaches, apply tags to your photos and much more.

And let’s not forget about important updates to your favorite apps and not-to-be-missed deals rounding up this edition of App Recap… Read More

 

Google updates Chrome for iOS with Cast support

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Following a relatively quiet period when it comes to Chrome for iOS, Google is again demonstrating willingness to continue advancing its popular iPhone and iPad browser with useful new capabilities.

The new Google Chrome version 36.0.1985.49 is now available to download in the App Store, bringing out Cast support for websites that have implemented integration with Cast-enabled devices.

Furthermore, this edition also includes stability improvements and bug fixes and a slightly tweaked app icon for your Home screen… Read More

 

Apple’s fabled 12.9-inch iPad Pro rumored to launch before year-end

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Apple’s fabled large-screened iPad, dubbed by the press iPad Pro, is still on the table and should see a formal release before the end of this year, if you trust a report from the Economic Daily newspaper.

The Chinese publication also said earlier this morning that the iWatch will be launching during the third quarter of 2014 in three models and two sizes, with a high-end model ostensibly incorporating a screen with a sapphire-glass coating.

While we don’t put too much faith into reports by Chinese media, Economic Daily’s accuracy is better than that of most other Chinese and Taiwanese outlets… Read More

 

Apple launches iPhone and iPad trade-in program in Australia

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

As expected, Apple has officially launched its iPhone and iPad trade-in program in Australia today. The company made the announcement via a statement provided to an Australian MSN affiliate this morning.

Customers can receive a maximum of A$250 (or roughly $234 USD) for their iPhones, and A$215 ($202 USD) for iPad trade-ins. Newer devices like the iPhone 5s and 5c are not eligible, nor are first-gen models… Read More

 

Shazam for iOS updated with in-app track playback via Rdio

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

Shazam has updated its free and Encore iOS apps, bringing them both to version 7.7.0. The update brings about a new feature to both clients that allows users to play back recognized songs in-app, courtesy of Rdio.

While users have long been able to do this—play recognized tracks through Rdio—past functionality required them to switch out of Shazam and into Rdio. They can now playback [full] songs without switching apps… Read More

 

5 calculator apps Apple featured in App Store’s Productivity Monday section

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

To me, calculator apps are a lot like weather apps – I can never get enough of them. In an effort to help you increase your mobile productivity, Apple is now featuring several great third-party calculators in an App Store section titled Productivity Monday.

Featured iPhone and iPad software includes both paid and free calculators, including the gorgeously designed minimalist Digits app with the ability to edit complex calculations and get instantly updated results… Read More

 

Dropbox introduces Streaming Sync with up to 2x faster syncing of large files

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

Heavy Dropbox users may have noticed that large files sixteen megabytes in size and up won’t start downloading to their other devices until they’ve finished uploading fully to the Dropbox cloud on the device which has initiated sync.

A new Dropbox technology dubbed Streaming Sync promises to speed up sync times of large files by up to two times, by downloading small slices of a large file as it’s still being uploaded to the servers.

Before you can start taking advantage of this technology, you must update your desktop Dropbox client to the latest version… Read More

 

Google launches augmented reality game Ingress on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

The Internet giant Google earlier in the year ported its near-real time augmented reality massively multiplayer online pervasive game, Ingress, to Android and now the app is available on iOS as well.

The free iPhone and iPad game uses your location and real-world objects in your near vicinity to provide various clues and transform your world into the landscape for a “global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition”Read More

 

The best iPad calendar apps

By Lory Gil on Jul 13, 2014

A few months ago, we shared our favorite calendar apps for the iPhone. We are big on making lists, organizing, and planning out our lives around here. One list is just not enough, especially if you use your iPad and iPhone for very different things.

This time around, we compiled a list of what we think are the best calendar apps for iPad in the App Store. Check out our list below and feel free to let us know what your favorites are in the comment section… Read More

 

New Samsung Galaxy Tab S ad pans iPad for lack of multitasking

By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 2014

The iPad is no stranger to getting bashed in TV commercials—both Amazon and Microsoft have attacked the tablet over price, display quality, and productivity capabilities. And today, Samsung joins the party with its new Galaxy Tab S ad.

The spot, which went up on the Samsung Mobile YouTube channel this afternoon, is titled: ‘Do more with Samsung GALAXY Tab S – Multitasking.’ And unsurprisingly, it pans the iPad for its inability to run multiple applications at once… Read More

 

Wunderlist 3 previewed: fast sync, gorgeous UI and 60+ improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Berlin, Germany-based 6Wunderkinder, the makers of the popular Wunderlist to-do, task and list management app, is getting ready to release a major new version. The wait for Wunderlist 3 is almost over, developers told me via email.

Filed as “our biggest update ever,” Wunderlist 3 brings fast real-time sync engine, top-to-bottom makeover with a beautiful new design and over 60 various improvements to put the fun back into note-taking, task management and list creation and curation… Read More

 

The season finale of ‘The Wolf Among Us’ now available

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2014

Fans of Telltale’s hit game ‘The Wolf Among Us‘ will be happy to hear that the fifth episode, which also happens to be the season finale, is now available for download. It’s called ‘Cry Wolf,’ and it can be found within the game or in the App Store.

For those unfamiliar with the title, The Wolf Among Us is a violent, mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic books. It’s made by the same team behind The Walking Dead, and features similar graphics and gameplay mechanics… Read More

 

Angry Birds Star Wars II goes free, adds 30 new ‘Master Your Destiny’ levels

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Finnish games maker Rovio Mobile, best-known for its Angry Birds franchise, today released a “Master Your Destiny” update adding an additional thirty new levels to Angry Birds Star Wars 2. And for the third time since it launched late last year, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 has switched from paid to free.

What are you waiting for? Grab Angry Birds Star Wars 2 free of charge in the App Store now…. Read More

 

Tempo Smart Calendar 1.4: Reminders, Waze integration, events in natural language and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Available free of charge in the App Store, Tempo 1.4 adds several long-expected features like Waze integration for community-based traffic reports, native support for iOS Reminders, more timely notifications for flights and conference calls, updated contact details on Profile Cards and more.

Perhaps the biggest new feature, Tempo 1.4 now lets you add events in plain English. The app will parse your spoken query and recognize the days of the weeks, time, holidays, repeating events and more. Jump past the fold for the full list of changes… Read More

 

Apple releases iTunes 11.3, including all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies for Mac and Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Apple has just released a brand new iTunes 11.3 update which enables iTunes Extras for HD movies on Mac computers. Moreover, iTunes 11.3 finally brings back iTunes Extras to the $99 Apple TV media-streaming box after Apple killed support for this useful content-enhancing feature back in 2010.

As if that wasn’t enough, the company confirmed that these interactive menus with featurettes, behind-the-scenes videos, director’s commentary and other interactive assets will be coming to iOS 8 in Fall… Read More