Apple introduces new ‘Change’ iPad Air 2 ads

By Cody Lee on Dec 7, 2014

Apple today introduced two new iPad Air 2 ads. The two clips began airing today during NFL broadcasts, and are both variations of a one minute video Apple posted on its website this weekend as part of its new ‘Change’ iPad campaign.

The new commercials differ from the previous ‘Your Verse‘ spots, which each told stories of how various people used their iPads. Instead, the ‘Change’ ads each demonstrate how a variety of people use their tablets in unconventional ways. Read More

 

Apple adds 9 new Flyover locations to Maps

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2014

Apple this week added a handful of new locations to the 3D Flyover feature in its iOS and OS X Maps applications. The new locations include areas in France, landmarks in Arizona, and other popular spots in the US, New Zealand and Sweden.

First introduced in Apple Maps when it launched alongside iOS 6 in 2012, the Flyover feature allows users to take close-up, 3-dimensional looks at buildings, landmarks and other areas. With today’s additions, there are over 100 Flyover locations. Read More

 

App Recap: apps, games, movies, holiday tunes and more to enjoy this weekend

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2014

As we head into the weekend, spare a few minutes and check out what’s been making round on iTunes today. App Recap, our daily column that highlights new apps, discounts, media and entertainment, is here to help you make sense of it all so you can focus on stuff that matters.

In today’s edition, we bring you a few new apps and games that we think are worth your attention, some notable discounts on popular and lesser known apps and games, some nice Christmas tunes, low-priced iTunes movies and some of the blockbuster flicks hitting the silver screen in the coming months.

And for the first time since its inception, App Recap now features a laundry list of jailbreak tweaks and news. Read More

 

IGN names ‘Kingdom Rush Frontiers’ its free Game of the Month

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2014

Good news gamers, IGN has named Ironhide Game Studio’s ‘Kingdom Rush Frontiers’ its Free Game of the Month for December. The game is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in the App Store, from over 5,000 reviews, and it typically retails for $2.99.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Kingdom Rush Frontiers is the second installment in Ironhide’s highly regarded tower defense series. In it, players are tasked with defending their buildings in exotic lands from dragons and other enemies. Read More

 

Night at the Museum: Hidden Treasures hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third and final installment in the “Night at the Museum” movie series, is premiering later this month and an official tie-in iOS game is now available for download in the App Store.

Night at the Museum: Hidden Treasures for the iPhone and iPad is a hidden object adventure game that puts you in the shoes of Larry, a night guard from the movie who gets to explore the museum’s hidden secrets, exhibits from Camelot, ancient Egypt, imperial China and more.

In his quest, Larry will team up with some of the most significant figures in human history such as Teddy Roosevelt, Atilla the Hun and Joan of Arc. If you’re a fan of the movie, this tie-in game should be a no-brainer. Read More

 

Square Enix’s Dragon Quest III launches worldwide

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2014

Fans of the classic RPG ‘Dragon Quest III’ will be happy to hear that Square Enix has delivered on its promise to launch an English version of the game. After spending a few months in Japan, the title is now available in the US App Store.

Dragon Quest III is the third installment in Square Enix’s popular turn-based RPG series from the early 90s. And as with other ports, the iOS version of DQ III features the same great gameplay as the original, with updated touch controls. Read More

 

App Recap: app-packed Thursday

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Welcome to this action-packed edition of App Recap, iDownloadBlog’s daily column which highlights some of the best new apps, games, updates, media and other digital goodies found on iTunes. Most developers release major new apps on Thursdays and today was no exception.

From noteworthy discounts and Facebook’s Slingshot update to Square’s food ordering app, a new and fully-themable iOS 8 keyboard, Tomb Raider II, the official Game of Thrones game and more, App Recap helps you make sense of it all via an easily digestible form so you don’t need to waste your precious time finding that needle in the haystack in the App Store. Read More

 

Facebook’s Slingshot goes 2.0, hopes you’ll use it

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Remember Slingshot? Yeah, me neither. If it’s been a while since you last fired up Facebook’s app that many folks deem pointless, you may want to give it another try as the social networking giant on Thursday pushed a major 2.0 update, bringing out half a dozen new features.

The app’s been rebuilt from the ground up to be “simpler, faster and more fun to share life as it happens”, bringing out private reactions, photo filters, drawings and emojis.

There are also instant notifications on a per-contact basis and you can now share fav shots out to other apps, among other new additions. Read More

 

Apple names excellent God of Light puzzler its new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

God of Light, an addictive and unique physics puzzler by Playmous Games, has gone free until next Thursday week courtesy of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion, marking the first time the game’s gone free since its February 2014 debut.

This attractive puzzler employs a simple concept where you use mirrors, prisms, splitters, collectors, black holes and filters to control rays of light energy that must be projected through the darkness in order to light up crystals.

I wholeheartedly recommend taking advantage of the discount because God of Light is packed with addictive levels and definitely worth its normal asking price of $1.99. Read More

 

Themeboard review: iOS 8 keyboard with gorgeous themes, unique Emoji bar, auto-correct and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

There most certainly is no shortage of downloadable iOS 8 keyboards in the App Store, so much so that the proliferation of soft-keyboards makes it virtually impossible for us to cover each and every one that hits the Apple platform.

On the other hand, themable keyboards like CoolKey, a keyboard for the colorful, are few and far between.

Customization matters to an awful lot of people and there’s admittedly a void here than needs filling. That’s where Themeboard jumps in.

Created by Germany-based Taphive, the brains behind such apps as TodoMovies that we reviewed back in March, this app is an advanced iPhone and iPad keyboard with a built-in repository of wonderfully designed themes by some of the best designers around.

Theme board sports a unique Emoji/Kaomoji bar and has plenty of features that users have come to expect from Apple’s default keyboard like auto-correction, Caps lock, slide-shift to capitalize, quick delete with three speeds, text predictions, custom shortcuts and more.

Read on for the full review of this feature-packed keyboard. Read More

 

Winter is coming: Telltale’s Game of Thrones arrives in App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Telltale Games last month posted a teaser trailer and a few scant details about an upcoming game based on HBO’s hugely popular, award-winning fantasy drama television series, itself adapted from of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, George R. R. Martin’s series of epic fantasy novels.

I’m pleased to report that on Thursday, the Game of Thrones interactive action adventure game officially surfaced on the App Store and is now available in an episodic format akin to Telltale’s The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series and The Wolf Among Us.

The narratively driven, six-episode game puts you in the shoes of different members of the Forrester household. The decisions you take have consequences and will change the story around you and determine your characters’ fate. Read More

 

Lara Croft is back: Tomb Raider II hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Good news, Lara Croft fans! Tomb Raider, the classic 1990s action-adventure game, is back: a successor to the original Tomb Raider game (which hit iOS last year) surfaced in the App Store on Thursday.

Costing $1.99 a pop, the iPhone and iPad game was created by Square Enix and features updated graphics, grand new locations, over 50 achievements and more.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal. Read More

 

App Recap is back and it’s better than ever!

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2014

After a longer than expected hiatus, App Recap is back! For those unfamiliar with it, App Recap is iDownloadBlog’s daily column that strives to surface the best new Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps you should focus on, notable updates to your favorite apps you should care about, not-to-be-missed deals and freebies in the App Store and Mac App Store, and interesting accessories, software announcements and other tidbits of interest to our readers. Without further ado, here’s what’s in store for you today. Read More

 

Mozilla planning to develop Firefox for iOS to ‘be where our users are’

By Jake Smith on Dec 2, 2014

Mozilla has long stayed away from bringing its Firefox web browser to iOS, however it’s looking to change its plans to “be where our users are”.

The company’s release manager, Lukas Bakk, took to Twitter on Tuesday announcing the company will develop Firefox for iOS. He didn’t provide word on when it may be released, or if it’s even in development yet, but it’s definitely comforting words for the Firefox fans out there – which includes our own Sebastien Page.  Read More

 

Pandora previews UI redesign with emphasis on thumbing, new Station Personalization and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

Pandora, the popular U.S. based music streaming and automated music recommendation service, on Tuesday showed off an upcoming iPhone app update sporting a revamped interface with new Station Personalization features, greater focus on thumbing and more.

Though still a few weeks away, developers were kind enough to share a few screenshots showing the streamlined interface featuring a thumbs-up icon on the Now Playing screen for rating songs, personalized genre and artist suggestions at the top of your list of stations and more. Read More

 

Video mockup gives a feel of iPad Pro size

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

Thanks to YouTube user Canoopsy (via Nowhereelse.fr), we now have a good sense of the size of Apple’s allegedly upcoming ‘iPad Pro’. The mockup video depicts how a 12.2-inch iPad would stack up against the current-generation current iPads, iPhones and 13-inch MacBook Pro in terms of size. The video is included after the break so give it a quick watch and meet us in comments. Read More

 

Google revamps Play Books for iOS with Material Design, adds new features

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2014

Google on Monday issued a major update to its Play Books client in the App Store, introducing a thorough Material Design rethinking of the somewhat neglected iPhone and iPad software. The app now includes a host of much welcomed new features.

For starters, the ability to read the previously uploaded PDF and EPUB files is now available in the new Play Books 2.0.

Next, you can now access the books you’ve read most recently in a new Read Now view, where you can also tap to read free samples of e-books carried on Google’s store.

Jump past the fold for the full list of changes in Play Books 2.0. Read More

 

Dropbox for iOS now lets you rename files and folders in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2014

Dropbox on Monday issued a small refresh to its iPhone and iPad client, bringing out the notably missing ability to rename files and folders on the go to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Bumped to version 3.6, Dropbox has also gained a new more actions button when viewing files which on iPhones includes additional item details such as the full file name, size and more.

A new swipe gestured has been added as well, with the recently announced ability to Edit Office documents and save them back to your Dropbox now being added for everyone. Read More

 

Grab Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon for free

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2014

Lost in the sea of Black Friday holiday deals and discounts on tons of Mac, iPhone and iPad apps and accessories, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is now available at no cost through Thursday, courtesy of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion. That’s a savings of $4.99 for the iPhone and iPad download.

In this action-role playing extravaganza, Marvel’s cosmic antiheroes face Roman, Nebula and other familiar foes.

The game features cartoonish visuals, familiar characters like Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax, in addition to piles of unlockable ones such as Beta Ray Bill, a story co-written by comic-book scribe Dan Abnett and much more.

I know what you’re thinking so I’m happy to report that there are no In-App Purchases in this game and no Internet connection is required to play. Read More

 

MacPhun’s Cyber Monday: 40% off Mac photography suite and a $25 gift card

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2014

Like many other companies, MacPhun, a prolific developer of Mac, iPhone and iPad photography software, is having their Cyber Monday sale today which comes with notable discounts on some of its most popular photography apps.

You can now pick up MacPhun’s Mac photography suite for $129.99 instead of $210, that’s a cool 40 percent discount on Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro, Focus Pro and Tonality Pro. Plus, they’ll treat you to a $25 iTunes/Amazon Gift Card. Read More