The Walking Dead Pinball hits Mac and iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

Telltale Games, the creator of the episodic Walking Dead game (itself based on the “The Walking Dead” comic book series by the Eisner Award-winning creator Robert Kirkman), has partnered with Skybound Entertainment and Zen Studios on a Walking Dead-themed pinball game for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac.

The game is available now as a standalone download in the App Store for $1.99.

The Walking Dead Pinball offers a table based on the most iconic locations from the Game of the Year-winning series, including the St. John’s Dairy Farm, Travelier Motel, Bell Tower and Train & Level Crossing.

3D versions of the zombies and famous characters such as Lee and Clementine, along with the original lines and voice acting, round up this nicely done pinball game. Read More

 

Another purported iPad Air 2 rear panel leaks out showing minor design changes

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

A pair of photographs of excellent quality were published Wednesday morning by the increasingly reliable French blog NowhereElse.fr, seemingly picturing a purported rear shell of a sixth-generation full-size iPad. The device, which Apple will probably call the iPad Air 2, should be unveiled in October.

The rumor-mill hasn’t leaked many iPad Air 2 parts so this particular component offers an insight into some of the minor design tweaks.

For starters, the volume buttons are said to be inset in a recess. Also, a hole for the microphone on the back is now positioned alongside the camera rather than being centered on the top.

The device’s interior appears to be revised slightly, too. Read More

 

Infinity Blade series ending on September 4 with final ‘Kingdom Come’ update

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

The iOS-exclusive Infinity Blade series will conclude on September 4, the video game production company ChAIR Entertainment, the brains behind the game, confirmed in a blog post.

The elegiac masterpiece and one of my favorite games on the iOS platform is set to come to its inevitable conclusion in the final content update, dubbed ‘Kingdom Come.’

Free to all Infinity Blade III players, ‘Kingdom Come’ will reveal some new secrets, answer more questions and “set you on a quest to defeat one very pissed off dragon,” as ChAIR put it. Read More

 

Asphalt 8 updated with new tracks in Dubai, Twitch improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

French games maker Gameloft today issued a nice update to its popular arcade racing game, Asphalt 8: Airborne, available as a free-to-play download for the iPhone and iPad in the App Store.

The update invites you to “discover the treasures of the Middle East” and “tear up the asphalt” with the brand new Dubai location, five new cars, a brand new season and gameplay streaming via the Twitch platform (now owned by Amazon) on previous-generation devices like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and fourth-generation iPad. Read More

 

Minimalistic puzzle game Bicolor goes temporarily free via Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

Concluding its four-week promotion celebrating the life of a college student, the beautiful minimalistic puzzle game Bicolor has gone free for a week inside Apple’s official Apple Store client for the iPhone and iPad (not to be confused with the App Store).

Created by 1Button and released on May 1, Bicolor includes 180 handmade levels, each consisting of just two colors. Bicolor tasks you with completing various patterns in order to clear the board and progress to the next level.

Priced at 99 cents in the App Store, Bicolor is free for the next seven days exclusively through the Apple Store app. Read More

 

‘Madden NFL Mobile’ is now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2014

Just in time for NFL season, EA Sports has released a mobile version of its latest Madden NFL game, aptly-named ‘Madden NFL Mobile.’ The release coincides with the game’s highly-anticipated console release, which began hitting store shelves early this morning.

The good news is, it appears that EA has really improved graphics and animations over last year’s mobile Madden title. The bad news, however, is that not much else has changed. The game still requires an Internet connection, and it’s littered with in-app purchases. Read More

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks slow down in iPad sales is just a ‘speed bump’

By Jake Smith on Aug 26, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t worried about the company’s tablet sales, even when industry analysts and consumers have been yammering on about it being a slowing market. Words from the Apple boss came in a brief interview with ReCode’s Walt Mossberg,   moments before a report went live detailing plans for a larger iPad out of Cupertino.  Read More

 

Minneapolis school district deploys iPads for 40,000 students, as LA schools suspend rollout

By Jake Smith on Aug 26, 2014

The St. Paul School District in Minneapolis has announced plans to rollout iPads to 40,000 students in its district, all payed for by taxpayer dollars. The school district has chosen a suite of apps that will be used by students, teachers, and administrators for enhanced learning in the classroom, including an app called Nearpod that can project images and videos, and gather instant responses from students to enhance engagement.  Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple preparing 12.9-inch iPad for early 2015

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2014

Bloomberg is reporting this afternoon that Apple is preparing a larger 12.9-inch iPad for early next year. Citing people with “knowledge of the matter,” the outlet says that the company’s suppliers are gearing up now, with production of the tablet scheduled to begin by the first quarter of next year.

The report revives a theory that has been bouncing around the rumor mill for more than a year now. Apple was originally expected to launch the 13-inch “iPad Pro” this fall, but is believed to have pushed back the project due to resources being used on the so-called ‘iWatch,’ and the new iPhone 6.
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Yahoo Mail for iPad now lets you minimize compose window like in iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

Yahoo today issued an interesting update to its native Mail application for the iPhone and iPad which replicates a handy feature we first saw in the stock Mail app in iOS 8.

Now available in the App Store, the refreshed Yahoo Mail version 3.3.2 includes the obligatory bug fixes and performance improvements, in addition to an iPad-specific feature which allows you to minimize the compose window when you need to look something up, just like Mail in iOS 8. Read More

 

Tumblr for iOS updated with nicer blogs in Explore, filtering by tagging and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

The popular blogging platform, Tumblr, which Yahoo acquired for $1.1 billion in May of last year, has a decent iOS app available — and it’s been getting a lot better post-acquisition. Today, the team pushed another update bringing out several new features and enhancements.

If you’re new to Tumblr, the signup experience is now prettier and “a lot more educational,” as the team put it. More importantly, a pair of changes outlined after the jump make finding and following blogs a lot easier and more enjoyable. Read More

 

Instagram launches Hyperlapse, a smart time-lapse video app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

If you’re looking for a clever use of the iPhone’s gyroscope and accelerometer sensors, look no further than Hyperlapse, a new iOS app by Facebook-owned Instagram which lets you create panning and time-lapse shots, steadycam-style.

The time-lapse feature is similar to one Apple will bring to iOS devices with the release of iOS 8 in Fall.

As for the tracking shots, the software uses advanced algorithms and your iPhone’s hardware to smooth out panning shots as if you recorded video with a Steadicam or a professional $15,000 tracking rig.

And in what prove to be a killer feature for folks who loathe Instagram, Hyperlapse can be enjoyed without an Instagram or Facebook account as no signup is required to use the app.

Hyperlapse is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Microsoft gives OneDrive new Photos view, multi-file selection and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2014

After launching the official Kindle Fire and Kindle Phone app about two weeks ago, today the Windows maker Microsoft gets to refresh the iOS edition of its OneDrive app.

FYI, OneDrive used to be formerly known as SkyDrive.

The official cloud-storage service client for the iPhone and iPad, the just-updated OneDrive version 4.4 comes with an updated Shared view and a brand new Photos view.

Acting as the Camera Roll folder on steroids, the Photos view collates all the photos in your OneDrive in one convenient place.

Other features included in this update are listed after the break. Read More

 

App Store Productivity Monday: automate iOS with these fine apps

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2014

Like any given Monday, Apple’s App Store editors today highlighted iPhone and iPad applications aimed at increasing your productivity by helping you get organized and keep pace with your busy life.

In this week’s edition of Productivity Monday, the App Store team is sharpening its focus on apps which help make the most out of iOS by automating the things that don’t need your expertise, so you can spend your time wisely.

Here’s a quick rundown of each featured app. Read More

 

Dropbox for iOS gains ability to search within Word documents and PowerPoint presentations

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2014

After introducing document previews and smarter search in its Android client two weeks ago, Dropbox today gave its iOS client a little love.

Bumped to version 3.3, Dropbox for iPhone and iPad has brought out an enhancement to the built-in search feature allowing you to search within Word and PowerPoint documents with “higher fidelity previews”.

By the way, those who love to create memes will be pleased to know that Dropbox now syncs larger animated GIFs than before — my life will never be the same again! Other features included in this update are listed right after the jump. Read More

 
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