Task-focused email app Mail Pilot 2 gets previewed

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

Following its iOS and OS X debut in April 2013 and January 2014, respectively, Mail Pilot, a powerful task-focused email application by Mindsense, is about to get a whole lot better and prettier.

Mail Pilot 2, currently in beta, looks really nice with its overhauled interface that was redesigned around getting you on your with your day even faster.

Just earlier this week, Mindsense, the brains behind Mail Pilot, has shared some of the upcoming enhancements in a brand new preview video. You may not necessarily need yet another email app in your life, but I urge you to give this clip a quick watch as it could make you reconsider your stance. Read More

 

Apple names unique puzzler ‘Mujo’ its free App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2015

Apple has just named Mujo, by Oink Games, its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the unique puzzler for both iPhone and iPad, for free—a nice little savings of $3.

In Mujo, players are tasked with fighting off monsters using power obtained through an on-screen puzzle. The gameplay feels like a mix of tile-stacking, similar to that in the hit game Threes!, and strategic character leveling of an RPG. Read More

 

Evernote launches ‘Scannable’ iOS app for automatic document scanning

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2015

Evernote today released a new app for scanning various types of documents called Evernote Scannable. The app, which has been in beta for several months, is capable of scanning and managing contracts, receipts, business cards, and virtually any other kind of paper item you can think of.

Scanning happens quickly and automatically. Simply load up the app and point your device’s camera at the document you want to scan in, and it will capture the image and make adjustments on the fly—such as rotating, cropping, sharpening, etc.—so your scans are clear and easy to read. Read More

 

BlueSkyMe for iPad debuts: manage your time, relationships and projects

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

The App Store has some tremendously useful apps to get the most out of your busy schedule, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a single app to manage your contacts, mails, reminders and calendars and activities instead of a fiddling with a multitude of different applications from multiple devs?

Now there is: BlueSkyMe by Dynamic Elements. The iPad productivity app gives you a comprehensive outlook of your time, relationships and projects in one place. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 8

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 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 (deals!), updates and new releases we think are worth checking out today. The latest picks include still-available discounts on popular titles like Grand Theft Auto: China Wars and Slated Keyboard for iOS 8, as well as some fresh new promotions. Read More

 

Claimed iPad Pro manufacturing mold shown in leaked photo

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

A photograph of a manufacturing mold for the rear shell of an ‘iPad Pro’ was posted Thursday to China’s Weibo microblogging service, indicating that Apple’s ostensibly larger iPad model could be entering mass production pretty soon.

As first reported by MacRumors, it wasn’t immediately clear whether the supposed mold is for an actual iPad Pro shell or for a dummy unit which was posted online back in May 2014. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 7

By Cody Lee on Jan 7, 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 (deals!), updates and new releases that we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include discounts on Grand Theft Auto: China Wars, multiple iOS 8 keyboards, new pet-themed apps, and more. Read More

 

CES 2015: upgraded Flir One thermal imager has 4x resolution, works with any Lightning iOS device

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2015

This time last year at at CES in Las Vegas, the world’s first private thermal imager, the Flir One, was announced and released six months later in the form of a case that slides onto an iPhone 5/5s. And now at CES 2015, a much improved version got unveiled which works with any Lightning-enabled iOS device and Android smartphones via USB.

Additionally, a Flir One software developer kit (SDK) was released in December for the iOS platform.

Android developers will gain access to the SDK in the Spring. Both iOS and Android editions of the Flir One SDK will let programmers write apps which access absolute temperature data for all pixels and control the camera’s shutter mode, in both manual and automatic settings. Read More

 

CES 2015: Incipio’s new Prompt Folio iPad case has a built-in display for notifications

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2015

Incipio announced a unique new case for Apple’s iPad Air tablet at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas today. The case, which it’s calling the Prompt Notification Folio, features a built-in OLED screen for discreetly delivering notifications from a connected device.

The Folio connects to “most smart devices” using Bluetooth Low Energy, and is capable of displaying incoming phone calls, emails, text messages, calendar appointments, low battery alerts, and more. Battery life for the case falls between 7-10 days per complete charge. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the exciting world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts (deals!), updates and new releases that we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include Line Runner 2, which has just gone free, as well as other well-known and not-so-well-known titles. Read More

 

ZAGG offering 20% off everything sitewide this week

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2015

Folks who picked up a new smartphone or tablet over the holidays, or are just in the market for some new accessories, will want to visit ZAGG’s online store this week. From now through January 9th, the manufacturer is offering 20% off of everything sitewide.

ZAGG makes a wide variety of products for both iOS and Android devices, including headphones, cases and of course the InvisibleShield screen protectors. It also has a line of highly regarded tablet keyboards, which will see significant discounts during this promo. Read More

 

Google Hangouts gains smart location sharing, statuses, deeper Voice integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015

Google on Tuesday added new features to its Hangouts app for the iPhone and iPad, namely deeper integration with its Voice telephony service, a pretty smart way to share your location with others, the ability to tell your friends what you’re up to via status messages and more.

Today’s refresh follows last month’s Android app update which introduced a similar set of enhancements. These newly introduced features are available on iOS right now so go ahead and download Hangouts free in the App Store and take the app for a spin. Read More

 

CES 2015: a true wireless charging system beams power to gadgets from 20 feet away

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015

At CES, Energous presented a true wireless charging system that beams power to devices through the air, from 20 feet away, Engadget reported.

They’re calling it WattUp and it uses a proprietary solution that got demoed at CES yesterday.

The technology is ready for seamless integration into a common residential setting, providing the ability to charge a multitude of devices free of any wired connection or charging pad. Read More

 

EA posts new trailer for upcoming game ‘Need for Speed: No Limits’

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2015

EA mobile today posted what it is calling the “Official Gameplay Teaser” for its upcoming Need for Speed: No Limits title. Like the previous teaser, it runs about 30 seconds long, but this time there’s a lot more in-game footage, and a lot less Ken Block.

Unsurprisingly, the new Need for Speed is being built by Firemonkeys, the combined teams of Firemint and IronMonkey Studios, who both have extensive backgrounds in racing. The game will have a heavy focus on street racing and vehicle customization. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 5

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of the most notable news from the fast-paced world of iOS software. Below you’ll find noteworthy updates and new releases for both apps and games, as well as discounts (deals!) on titles we think are worth checking out. Read More

 

Apple’s ‘Start Something New’ campaign extends to Apple Store walls

By Jake Smith on Jan 3, 2015

Apple has extended its “Start Something New” campaign, to highlight art and photography created on the iPhone and iPad, past the web and into its retail stores.

Twitter user Storeteller noted on Friday that the Regent Street Apple Store in London began displaying the art Apple began showing on the “Start Something New” webpage earlier this week. Read More

 

App Recap: kicking off 2015 with app goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2015

Welcome to the first edition of App Recap in 2015. Fans who frequent iDownloadBlog have grown accustomed to App Recap, our daily column that provides a summation of the most important updates to your favorite apps.

As if that weren’t enough, App Recap strives to inform you of upcoming apps we think deserve your attention and surface quality apps you may have missed because they haven’t made it to the App Store charts yet.

Rounding it all off, we point you to notable app sales, freebies, not-to-be-missed discounts and interesting software focused news items which otherwise wouldn’t warrant standalone posts. Read More

 

Official mobile game of the FIA World Rally Championship hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2015

Fans of racing games, listen up! The official mobile game of the FIA World Rally Championship has been released in the App Store.

Developed by Firebrand Games and published by Bigben Interactive, WRC The Official Game for the iPhone and iPad includes official content of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, including eighteen licensed cars, and lets you play as any of the seventeen official drivers to win a total of thirteen official events of the 2014 WRC calendar.

While previous official titles have been something of a disappointment, WRC The Official Game looks promising, at least graphics-wise, so here’s hoping it doesn’t ruin the fun with inaccurate and unresponsive controls. Read More

 

Waterlogue color paint app offered at no cost inside Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2015

If Apple’s latest Free App of the Week, the hilarious platformer Icycle: On Thin Ice, isn’t your cup of tea, how about a nicely done water color paint app that was recently featured in Apple’s new “Start Something New” webpage which highlights the iPad as a way of creating art through drawings and photographs?

Waterlogue by Tinrocket normally sells for three bucks a pop in the App Store but is now available at no cost through the official Apple Store application (not to be confused with the App Store).

Here’s how you can redeem your free copy of Waterlogue. Read More

 

Apple quietly increases pricing of Apple Developer Programs in UK, Germany

By Jake Smith on Jan 1, 2015

Apple has raised the price of the iOS and Mac Developer Programs in the UK and Germany on Thursday, probably not a coincidence on the first of the year. In Germany, Apple has raised price to €99/year ($120) from €80/year ($97) in 2014, and in the UK pricing has been adjusted from £60/year ($93) to £79/year ($123). Read More

 
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