Fleksy’s Valentine’s Day update brings Hotkey extensions, animated themes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2015

Yesterday, Fleksy announced a major Valentine’s Day themed update to its record-smashing software keyboard for the iPhone and iPad.

Fleksy Keboard 5.2, a free update for existing users, brings out a myriad of new features, including animated themes through an Energy Theme Pack, a slew of customizable Extensions, Valentine hearts animations upon each key press, custom phrases or email addresses and much more. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Feb 12, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have some major updates to a few high profile apps, some great new games, and of course some awesome deals. Read More

 

Apple enables two-step verification for FaceTime and iMessages

By Cody Lee on Feb 12, 2015

Apple has enabled two-step verification for its FaceTime and iMessage services, The Guardian reported on Thursday. The move will force users who have the authentication system enabled to input an app-specific password when logging into either of the two services.

For those unfamiliar with the term, two-step verification is an opt-in system that adds an additional layer of security to Apple ID accounts. It requires users to input authentication codes when logging into iCloud on new devices, the web, and now iMessage and FaceTime. Read More

 

Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 is App Store’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

Part of its ongoing weekly promotion, Apple’s App Store editorial team has now chosen a new Free App of the Week, Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 by TribePlay, giving you an instant saving of three bucks.

Optimized for iOS 8 and designed for ages 6-8, this iPhone and iPad game comes with a notable educational value attached to the download.

The app helps children understand life and the world around them by inviting them to become chefs and make the pizza of their dreams and other dishes while experimenting with various ingredients.

It’ll educate kids on the basic steps of making all sorts of different foods and help them familiarize themselves with how different recipes and kitchen tools work.

Who’s ready to cook the food of their dreams? Read More

 

Here’s what happens to your Facebook account when you die

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

Facebook wants to know who gets your account when you pass away so they’re introducing a new feature called Legacy Contact.

As explained Thursday, choosing someone to manage your account after you pass away goes way beyond  a basic memorialized account  Facebook has offered for quite some time now.

The new system helps the ones left behind experience loss with a greater sense of possibility, comfort and support as your account becomes a memorial of your life, friendships and experiences.

The person designated as your Legacy Contact will be able to pin a post on your Timeline, respond to new friend requests and update your profile picture, but they won’t be allowed to post as you nor will they be permitted to access and read your messages on the service. Read More

 

Alto’s Adventure is launching next Thursday and I can’t wait to play it!

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

I don’t have a clue about skiing and snowboarding, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a sucker for winter games in the App Store. Especially if they’re based on an endless running concept, incorporate artistic backdrops, have a somber soundtrack and delight with buttery-smooth execution.

That’s why I’m so much looking forward to Alto’s Adventure, an upcoming iPhone and iPad game set against a beautiful, procedurally generated alpine landscape. The game is releasing in the App Store next Thursday, February 19 and it stands poised to become a big hit. Read More

 

Meet Phorm, an iPad mini case that enhances your virtual keyboard with tactile keys

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

What if Apple’s virtual keyboard could give you tactical feedback on each key press? This very idea has led Tactus Technology to embark on a project that’d result in a special case that magically morphs into a tactile keyboard buttons which raise up directly on your iPad mini’s screen.

You’re still using your on-screen keyboard, it just has a tactile feel to it now. Based on microfluidic technology, the Phorm, as they’re calling it, consists of an iPad mini case and a screen protector which does all the magic.

A huge slider on the back of the case lets you dynamically add or remove fluid-filled keyboard buttons that give you tactile feedback. “The anxiety of auto-correct disappears, your productivity increases,” says Tactus.

So, is the Phorm but a gimmick? Read on. Read More

 

ESPN app gains iPad and iPhone 6 support, introduces ESPN Now and rebrands itself

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

A refreshed, rebranded, thoroughly revamped and much improved ESPN app is now available for download in the App Store.

ESPN 4.2 brings universal support for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, a thoroughly redesigned interface and long overdue support for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen resolutions.

The updated software now combines the ESPN SportsCenter app for the iPhone and ESPN ScoreCenter for the iPad into a single unified experience, now rebranded under the new ESPN App name. Read More

 

Cut the Rope creators release a challenging platformer, King of Thieves

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

ZeptoLab, a Russian entertainment and gaming company best known for developing the Cut the Rope mobile franchise, today released its latest iOS game in the App Store, King of Thieves.

King of Thieves is a challenging platformer with elements of asynchronous player-vs-player multiplayer games in which you must steal other player’s gold and gems undetected.

Game mechanics involve lots of leaping off walls, jumping, avoiding obstacles and what not. King of Thieves also incorporates some elements of tower defense games so give it a whirl if you’re a fan of the genre. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Feb 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 deals include some great entertainment and productivity apps. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 10

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have several great freebies including Mass Effect: Infiltrator, CameraBag 2 and more. Read More

 

IGN names EA’s ‘Mass Effect: Infiltrator’ its Free Game of the Month

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2015

Heads up gamers, IGN has just named EA’s “Mass Effect: Infiltrator” its Free Game of the Month for February. The title has a rating of 4 out of 5 stores in the App Store, on thousands of reviews, and it typically retails for $4.99.

In Infiltrator, you play as veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno who works at a secret facility that conducts illicit experiments on alien beings. But when those experiments go too far, Randall vows to bring the whole project down.  Read More

 

Members of ‘For Sale’ Facebook groups can now list and sell items more easily

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Facebook today announced that members of its “For Sale” Groups now have new features at their disposal for easier listing of their items, including the new Sell feature, the ability to see their catalogue of previously sold items, mark their posts as ‘Available’ or ‘Sold’.

Jump past the fold for the full breakdown. Read More

 

Kindle update brings eTextbooks and Book Browser to iPhone, and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Amazon’s free Kindle for iOS app has received a refresh this morning. Bumped to version 4.7, it lets students access Kindle eTextbooks from their iPhone and filter their notes by chapter for easy studying, thanks to an enhanced Notebook feature.

Book Browser, another new feature created with iPhone owners in mind, lets you tap on a book cover to reveal additional information like the book description and customer reviews. Read More

 

Flipboard is now available in a web browser

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Flipboard, a social-network aggregation news app delivered in a magazine-like format, today launched a web app that runs in any standards-compliant desktop web browser like Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome.

Available at flipboard.com, it lets you sign in with your Flipboard account and browse your Cover Stories, catch up on anything you’re interested in and collect and share articles with friends, all inside your favorite desktop browser and without installing anything. Read More

 

Infuse 3.2 rolls out with Google Cast support, direct web streaming and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Infuse, a versatile media player for the iPhone and iPad by jailbreak developer FireCore (the brains behind the aTV Flash Black software), has been infused this morning with more than a dozen new features, improvements and enhancements.

Among other items, Infuse 3.2 can stream/download video from direct web URLs and has beta support for Google Cast, the search giant’s version of AirPlay.

The freemium app is available at no cost in the App Store, with advanced features locked behind a Pro upgrade via the In-App Purchase mechanism. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 9

By Cody Lee on Feb 9, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the 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 several freebies and other deals on apps and games. Read More

 

Dish’s Sling TV launches live, adds AMC network

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015

Following a limited invite-only launch last month, Dish’s Sling TV service is now available to everyone in the United States, the company announced Monday.

In addition, the service has added AMC to the basic channel lineup so you’ll be able to watch Better Call Saul, Mad Men and Walking Dead, for example. Read More

 

New Apple video shows how artists can make music with iPad in radical new ways

By Sébastien Page on Feb 8, 2015

Apple published a new video to its website and YouTube channel Sunday, highlighting how some artists use iPad to make music. Featuring recording artist Elliphant, the one minute long video discretely showcases a few apps used by the musician to create music in a radical new way. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 6

By Cody Lee on Feb 6, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have some great selections that should help you get through the weekend. Read More