Angry Birds Fight! arrives worldwide: challenge others to real-time puzzle battles

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2015

For those wondering, Rovio Mobile isn’t done with its Angry Birds franchise yet. Quite the contrary, the Espoo, Finland headquartered developer, publisher and distributor of video games is now known as Rovio Entertainment Ltd. to reflect its broadened scope on entertainment in general.

Thursday, Rovio added another Angry Birds game to its roster. Called Angry Birds Fight! and releasing worldwide today following a recent soft-launch in Japan, it’s basically a match-3 frenzy that challenges you to join some pretty crazy real-time battles of strategic, bird swapping agility with other players. Read More


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

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 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 picks include some great deals on games like Hardboiled and apps like Cycloramic.

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iOS 9 includes support for Continuity over cellular

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2015

Soon, it looks like your iPhone won’t need Wi-Fi to use Apple’s awesome Continuity feature. As noted by the Verge, the iOS 9 beta seeded to developers earlier this week includes support for the feature over a cellular connection.

For those not familiar with it, Continuity was introduced in iOS 8 and it allows you to answer calls and messages on your Mac or iPad as long as they are on the same network as your iPhone. In iOS 9, that’s no longer a requirement. Read More


How to downgrade iOS 9 beta to iOS 8.3

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 10, 2015

Although it’s not currently possible to downgrade watchOS 2 back to watchOS 1.01, I’m happy to report that iOS 9 beta 1 can be downgraded back to iOS 8.3 if you so desire.

Upgraded to iOS 9 and now regret it? Apple indicates that it’s not possible to downgrade an iOS beta firmware, but thankfully, that’s never been exactly true. In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to downgrade your iOS 9 device in mere minutes. Read More


Flaw in Mail for iPhone and iPad can be used to hijack your iCloud password

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2015

A serious bug in Apple’s stock Mail application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad permits attackers to fool users into providing their iCloud credentials.

Such phishing attacks can be devastating as iCloud increasingly becomes home for our digital life in the Apple universe, including our photo libraries, notes, contacts and other personal data.

The scam takes advantage of an exploit in the Mail application that makes it easy to deliver convincing-looking pop-ups resembling iCloud password prompts through a simple email message, The Register reported Wednesday.

While such emails look like they’re coming from a real company, they’re spoofed and once an unsuspecting user opens them on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 8.3, the operating system will execute malicious HTML content embedded inside. Read More


How to send any place in Google Maps from your desktop to iPhone, iPod touch or iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2015

Google’s native Maps application for the iPhone and iPad now includes a handy option to send a place you search for on desktop to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Before you can use this handy feature, you must update to Google Maps 4.7 for iOS or later, and enable this option in settings. In this post, I’m going to teach you how to set up and use this feature so you can easily send any place from Google Maps on your desktop to your iOS device. Read More


New iOS 9 features Apple didn’t mention today

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

During Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, it offered up a preview of iOS 9. It discussed a number of major new features in the upcoming OS update, including a smarter Siri, improved Maps and better battery life.

But as usual, there are a number of new features in iOS 9 that Apple didn’t really talk about today. The slide you see above gives you an idea of what some of those features might be. Read More


The big keyboard refinements in iOS 9

By Timothy Reavis on Jun 8, 2015

During its WWDC presentation today, Apple introduced several new enhancements for its keyboard in iOS on iPhone and iPad. These changes include a redesigned shift key for distinguishing capital letters, lowercase, and caps lock. Additionally, key lettering now switches between upper and lowercase depending on which variation of a letter will be typed, which is another tool Apple is using to more clearly define what letter case mode the shift key is in, and adds ShowCase to the list of jailbreak tweaks Apple has turned into stock features with iOS 9.

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iOS 9 includes a standalone iCloud Drive app

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

Since Apple’s WWDC keynote ended a few hours ago, we’ve installed the iOS 9 beta and begun digging for new stuff. Apple previewed a handful of the software’s features at the event, but as usual, there are a number of additions and improvements it didn’t talk about.

One of those features is a standalone iCloud Drive app. It’s not immediately apparent, but while launching an app we received a pop-up asking us if we wanted to install it. We were also able to access it via the Settings app iCloud > iCloud Drive > Show on Home Screen. Read More


A new multitasking experience comes to iPad in iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 8, 2015

True multitasking is now a reality on the iPad! With iOS 9, you can view two apps at the same time and interact with them using multitouch at the same time.

You can also adjust the Split View between the two apps on the fly, and access additional apps by means of a brand new App Switcher. You’ll even be able to watch videos via a brand new Picture in Picture mode.

Needless to say, iOS 9 looks like a complete game changer for the iPad. It will certainly make it more of a productivity machine thanks to the new multitasking ability.

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iOS 9 brings productivity improvements to QuickType typing on iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

Apple has said that people using iOS 9 on their iPads will be more productive thanks to an improved QuickType virtual keyboard. The suggestion bar introduced in iOS 8 now has all-new handy shortcuts to format your content, move between apps quickly, position the cursor and even multitask like a pro with an OS X-style task switcher translucent UI with active app icons. Read More


IGN names ‘Trivia Crack (Ad Free)’ its Free Game of the Month

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2015

IGN has named the ad-free version of the popular social trivia game ‘Trivia Crack’ its Free Game of the Month for June. This means that you can snag the premium title, which typically sells for $2.99, for free for both your iPhone and iPad.

For those of you who haven’t played it, Trivia Crack it’s a 1-on-1 trivia game that you can play wither either friends or total strangers. Questions are submitted by users, and grouped into 6 categories. First player to make it through all 6 wins. Read More


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

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 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 picks include awesome app and game deals, and  some new games to help get you through the weekend. Read More


Developers of Camera+ launch new app ‘Vee for Video’

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2015

Camera+ developers Lisa Bettany, Scott Meinzer and Karl von Randow today announced a new app called ‘Vee for Video.’ It essentially hopes to accomplish what the popular Camera+ app has for photos on iPhone, for videos.

Bettany tells BGR that Vee was born out of the team’s desire for an app that let you shoot, edit and share videos seamlessly. They considered adding video to Camera+ at one point, but ultimately decided to build a standalone app. Read More


SwiftKey Keyboard updated with new Emoji, stability improvements to reduce crashes

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2015

SwiftKey Keyboard, my favorite third-party keyboard for iOS 8, was updated today, bringing it to version 1.3.3. The new release includes skin tone options for Emoji, several new Emoji offerings in categories like Flags and Family, and various improvements.

While improvements are nice, they typically aren’t anything to get excited about. SwiftKey, however, says that 1.3.3 features “a number of stability improvements to reduce crashes.” Given how crash-prone third-party keyboards are in the first place, this is huge. Read More


Kabam teases upcoming RPG ‘Star Wars Uprising’ for mobile

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2015

Star Wars fans have a lot to be excited about this year. There’s, of course, the new movie ‘The Force Awakens’ that’s coming out in December, and a handful of new console games are on the way. There’s also apparently a new RPG coming to mobile devices.

Publisher Kablam has begun teasing its upcoming role-playing game, Star Wars Uprising, which will debut on various mobile platforms later this year. It will serve as a bridge, connecting the events of Return of the Jedi and this year’s new Star Wars film. Read More


Minecraft: Pocket Edition introduces skinning feature, adds fishing, chicken jockeys and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 4, 2015

Originally announced back in March, a substantial update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition 0.11.1 has finally landed on the App Store today bringing loads of new features such as skins, chicken jockeys, fishing and much more.

Yes, you can now stuff wolves in boats and go fishing in Minecraft, isn’t that wonderful? All joking aside, you can now customize the appearance of your Minecraft characters with skins.

Skins are sold through the In-App Purchase mechanism, and some don’t cost a dime. In addition, players can easily upload custom skins to the game and even create their own ones using the Minecraft: Skin Studio app or any image editing software for that matter. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for June 4

By Cody Lee on Jun 4, 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 selections include some great app deals and awesome new games like Hitman: Sniper. Read More


Powerful task manager ‘2Do’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jun 4, 2015

Apple has just named “2Do” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the powerful task manager for both iPhone and iPad for free—a staggering savings of $14.99.

2Do prides itself on its “completely different approach to managing your tasks.” Unlike the numerous other task management software offerings, it doesn’t force you to adopt a particular methodology. There is no wrong way to use 2Do. Read More


Hitman: Sniper now available in App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 4, 2015

Building on the success of Hitman Go, a $4.99 turn-based stealth strategy game which made its App Store debut in April 2014, developer Square Enix Montréal on Thursday released another iOS game focused on Agent 47.

Called Hitman: Sniper, the assassination game puts you in the shoes of a contract killer. It’s set in Montenegro, a country in Southeastern Europe with a coast on the Adriatic Sea and bordered by my home country: Croatia.

Hitman: Sniper challenges you with multiple scenario-driven contracts on a hugely varied map that contains many targets and assignments. Read More

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