US government warns iOS users about new ‘Masque Attack’ threat

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2014

The United States government issued a warning for iPhone and iPad users today regarding the recently-discovered ‘Masque Attack’ vulnerability, reports Reuters. The security flaw, which began circulating the web earlier this week, allows malicious third-party apps to be installed to a device using enterprise provision profiles.

Today’s bulletin was issued by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, and it warns users of how Masque Attack can spread and what it’s capable of doing. The malware installs itself through a phishing link disguised as a new app or game, and then it can masquerade as a well-known app like Gmail. Read More

 

Sprint launching ‘iPad for Life’ lease plan tomorrow

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2014

After unveiling its ‘iPhone for Life’ annual upgrade plan last month, Sprint, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier on Thursday announced a similar ‘iPad for Life’ plan for the latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

With this plan, customers can get the latest iPads for $0 down and 24 monthly payments that will vary depending on your chosen storage capacity.

And like the iPhone for Life plan, the new offering helps customers upgrade to the latest iPad model provided they bring in their existing device in good condition and their lease period has expired. Read More

 

SanDisk unveils Lightning-enabled flash drive for iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2014

SanDisk, an American maker of flash memory storage solutions, on Thursday announced an external flash drive that connects to iPhones and iPads via Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. The iXpand Flash Drive along with an accompanying iOS app makes it easy to transfer media and documents between an iOS device and a computer through a USB port.

Available in 16 and 64-gigabyte varieties for $59.99 and $119.99, respectively, the accessory is now available through the SanDisk webstore. The $79.99 32-gigabyte edition will be offered exclusively at Best Buy starting Sunday, November 16. Read More

 

Numerical, a beautiful iPhone and iPad calculator without the equal button, goes free

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2014

As something of a calculator nut, I can never get enough of gorgeously designed calculator experiences. For most people, the stock Calculator is more than enough to run a quick calculation here and there.

Apple, sadly, isn’t shipping its Calculator on iPads, forcing you to search the App Store for a third-party solution. But you don’t have to be a calculator nut or part with your cash to enjoy doing math on your Apple devices.

That’s because developer Andrew J Clark of Very Tiny Machines has just slashed his beautifully done Numerical: Calculator Without Equal app from $2.99 to zero bucks.

Download Numerical at no cost from the App Store. Read More

 

VSCO Cam 4.0 drops with iOS 8 and iPhone 6 support, iPad UI, Sync, Journal and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2014

If you needed an excuse to make VSCO Cam part of your iPhone photographer‘s toolkit, here’s one. On Thursday, developers issued a substantial update to the free iOS app which brings a thoroughly redesigned user interface.

Now a universal app for all form factor iOS devices, VSCO Cam runs natively on iPads and brings out full support for iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus resolutions.

This release is packed with half a dozen interesting new features, among them integration with VSCO’ new mobile publishing platform dubbed Journal.

Download VSCO Cam free in the App Store. Read More

 

Call of Duty: Heroes launches globally on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2014

Following an August soft-launch in select markets, publisher Activison on Thursday released its free-to-play Call of Duty: Heroes in App Stores around the globe.

Seemingly inspired by Clash of Clans, the iPhone and iPad combat strategy game features nice 3D graphics and lets you command an army of elite soldiers, heroes, drones and more.

You begin as a commander of a small outpost and as the game progresses you must conquer new territories, customize and build up your base, lead your heroes into battle and even take direct control of weapons such as the first-person chopper gunner.

Download Call of Duty: Heroes free from the App Store. Read More

 

2K releases ‘XCOM: Enemy Within’ expansion as standalone game

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2014

2K games this morning released XCOM: Enemy Within for iOS, an expansion for its popular turn-based military sim XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Fans of the franchise will recognize the title, as it was released to PCs and consoles around this time last year.

2K is calling Enemy Within a “standalone expansion” due to the fact that it features the core gameplay of Enemy Unknown, and builds on its storyline, but it’s a completely separate app. You do not need one of the games installed in order to play the other. Read More

 

Scanbot for iOS goes free, Pro edition 40% cheaper

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2014

Scanbot, a PDF scanning utility with built-in QR code scanner, hit a major milestone as its users have scanned over five million documents to date. To celebrate this achievement, German developer Doo GmbH is giving away the basic edition of Scanbot for the next 24 hours, a $1.99 saving.

Moreover, Scanbot Pro is marked down 40 percent and now sells for $2.99 instead of the regular asking price of $4.99 a pop, representing a cool saving of two bucks.

This is the first time Scanbot Pro has been made available at a discounted price in the App Store. Grab Scanbot at no cost for the next 24 hours and upgrade to Scanbot Pro via a one-time In-App Purchase at 40 percent reduced price. Read More

 

YouTube app update adds new music homepage with YouTube Mix

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2014

Google updated its iOS YouTube client this morning, bringing the universal app to version 2.16.11441. The update is fairly minimal, but it does include a new music homepage and YouTube Mix integration, making the music listening experience on YouTube “better than ever.”

The new music homepage allows you to do things like play albums right from search, and it will now offer you song recommendations based on your previous listening habits. It also allows you to listen to an endless YouTube Mix playlist, built using your favorite songs and artists. Read More

 

Manufacturing issues may push ‘iPad Pro’ back to Q2 2015

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2014

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch tablet may get pushed back again. In a new note to investors tonight, the oft-accurate analyst said manufacturing issues may delay the so-called ‘iPad Pro,’ which was originally expected to debut this fall, until spring next year.

More specifically, Kuo says he believes Apple will use oxide LCD technology for the device’s high-res display, which will give it quick response times and high color saturation. And due to the time needed for component yield and assembly, the iPad Pro may not enter production until Q2 of 2015. Read More

 

Target app updated with support for Apple Pay, reviews and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2014

Following Staples’ lead earlier today, Target has updated its mobile app with support for Apple Pay payments. Those with compatible devices can now pay for everything in their carts with a single tap of Touch ID without having to signup for a Target account or enter credit card info.

The update also brings about in-app product reviews, so you can see what customers think of their purchases. This is something every retailer needs to implement, if they haven’t already. as shopping trends continue to indicate that more consumers are researching before buying. Read More

 

Rdio lowers family subscription plans to $5 for each extra member

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2014

In a move designed to match Spotify, which last month launched all-new pricing scheme for family accounts, Rdio on Wednesday announced that up to four family members can be added to a single Rdio account at $5 per month per extra member.

Each additional Rdio listened on a Family Plan can stream more than 30 million songs and enjoy features like radio stations, You FM, playlists on a per-user basis and more.

The new pricing scheme for Rdio’s Family Plans goes in effect across the globe starting today, said the firm. Read More

 

Big fingers? ThickButtons enlarges keys you’ll most likely tap next

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2014

Lviv, Ukraine based custom software development company N-iX, founded by Andrew Pavliv, has created a nice keyboard for iPhones, iPads and iPods running iOS 8 through its spin-off firm.

Named ThickButtons, it helps big-fingered users type more efficiently by using patented technology which enlarges and highlights keys you’ll most likely press next while shrinking the remaining ones to reduce the chance of making an error.

Such an input method arguably makes typing with one finger more accurate, especially on four-inch iPhones. The software doesn’t require additional training and doesn’t depend on dictionary.

ThickButtons is $1.99 in the App Store. Read More

 

Business Card Reader Pro gains vCard and Salesforce exporting [bonus: giveaway]

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2014

Business Card Reader Pro by German developer Shape allows you to quickly add contacts to iOS by scanning their business card with your iPhone’s or iPad’s back camera.

Featuring an accurate text recognition engine supporting fifteen languages, background image processing, LinkedIn search and integration with CRM systems, Business Card Reader Pro gets the job done whether you’re scanning a few business cards or adding hundreds of new contacts to your shared company address book.

Released Wednesday, the new Business Card Reader Pro version 3.3 allows you to export your entries in the industry-standard vCard format for hassle-free importing to a myriad of online and desktop address book apps and PIM tools.

The new version also fixes crashes on iOS 8 and enables exporting to Salesforce. Best of all, Shape has kindly provided us with a few promo codes that we’re giving away to you guys at the bottom of this article.

Business Card Reader Pro is $6.99 in the App Store. Read More

 

Monument Valley ‘Forgotten Shores’ expansion arrives with 8 new levels

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2014

As promised, a ‘Forgotten Shores’ expansion for the acclaimed puzzler Monument Valley, an Apple Design Award winner, is now available in the App Store, delivering eight brand new levels on top of the original ten levels.

The new levels have been added between the penultimate and final levels of the game. Unfortunately, this isn’t a free update as developer Ustwo Games is providing Forgotten Shores as a $1.99 In-App Purchase.

Download Monument Valley for $3.99. Read More

 

Dispatch iOS email client gains Touch ID and 1Password support, WhatsApp actions and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2014

Dispatch, a third-party email client for the iPhone and iPad by Clean Shaven Apps, has received an update Wednesday morning adding support for Touch ID authentication and the new Drafts 4 app, in addition to 1Password integration in the in-app browser, new actions allowing you to send content to WhatsApp and more.

The action-based application permits you to triage your emails and get rid of unwanted ones by swiping, respond faster with snippets and process your mails with other apps.

Dispatch is a $4.99 download. Read More

 

Walmart discounting iPads, iPhones and more in Black Friday sale

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2014

Following Target and Best Buy, Walmart today released its Black Friday circular, showing what deals it will be offering during the holiday shopping weekend at the end of the month. As usual, it plans to discount a number of items, including several Apple products.

Among the promotions is an original 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini for $199 with a free $30 gift card, essentially knocking the tablet’s price tag down $80. The retailer is also offering original 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Airs for $397 with a $100 gift card, pushing the price under $300. Read More

 

Box updated with Touch ID support and Notification Center widget

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2014

Dropbox competitor Box updated its iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 3.5. The update is a big one, bringing about a number of improvements and new features, including some that are specific to users with devices running iOS 8.

The Box app now features a widget in the Notification Center that allows you to quickly and easily create Box notes and view recent documents. The update also adds support for Touch ID, so you can use your fingerprint to lock and unlock the app. Read More

 

Apple says iOS 8 adoption nearing 60%

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2014

The adoption rate for iOS 8 is slowly starting to pick up, according to Apple. As noted by MacRumors, the company tonight updated its developer portal with a new graph showing that the latest major revision of its mobile software is now on 56% of compatible devices.

This is good news for Apple, as the initial adoption rate for iOS 8 was embarrassingly low for a company that likes to tout the figure. In October, iOS 8 was believed to be installed on just 47% of compatible devices, compared to 70% for iOS 7 in the same time a year ago. Read More

 

Overcast podcast app updated with iPad and CarPlay support

By Cody Lee on Nov 11, 2014

Overcast, the popular iOS podcast client by Instapaper creator Marco Arment, has been updated this evening, bringing the app to version 1.1. The update includes a handful of great features such as native iPad and rotation support.

The app looks just as good on the iPad as it does the iPhone, regardless of whether your device is in portrait or landscape mode. Speaking of, the iPhone version also now supports landscape mode, which looks great on the 6 and 6 Plus. Read More