App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 20

By Cody Lee on Feb 20, 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, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include deals on Table Tennis Touch, Gunship X and some great new games to try! Read More

 

Calcbot 2 launches as a freemium app with all-new look and new features

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2015

Tweetbot developer Tapbots has released Calcbot 2 in the App Store. The intelligent calculator app is now completely free for everyone, has no ads whatsoever and, among other perks, has been revamped from the ground up for iOS 8.

The refresh software brings out a brand new favorites system which replaces the somewhat confusing memory keys, includes an iCloud-sync’d history in portrait mode alongside the calculator and other perks. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 19

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 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 we have some awesome new apps and games that you won’t want to miss! Read More

 

Rovio’s new ‘Jolly Jam’ puzzler now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2015

Finnish video game developer Rovio released a new game for iOS and Android devices today entitled ‘Jolly Jam.’ It’s a puzzler that looks nothing like the games from the firm’s popular bird-flinging ‘Angry Birds‘ franchise, and more like Candy Crush.

Unsurprisingly, Jolly Jam is a freemium title, which tasks you with strategically matching your jelly in a box to battle monsters and advance to the next level. All of this is part of an effort to help Prince Jam save Princess Honey and the Jelly Kingdom. Read More

 

Twitch reflex based Duet Game is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

The full version of Duet Game by Melbourne, Australia-based Kumobius has just been slashed to zero bucks as Apple’s latest free app of week. As you know, each Thursday App Store editors get to cherry-pick an app or a game that goes temporarily free for a week.

This twitch reflex title was on the App Store’s Best of 2013 list and shouldn’t be missed. Easy to play, hard to master, Duet elevates the act of dodging falling blocks into something “captivating, beautiful, even profound.” Read More

 

10 great ways to put Workflow to work

By Timothy Reavis on Feb 19, 2015

If you’re a fan of automation in iOS and continuously strive to make common tasks easier, you’ve probably already been introduced to Workflow, an incredible app that enables users to create workflows, or recipes of tasks for the app to perform when invoked. The potential of this tool is incredibly far-reaching, and this article explores a few ways in which Workflow can be a must-have app. Read More

 

Review: Alto’s Adventure, an endless snowboarding odyssey unlike any other

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

As promised, developer Snow’s much anticipated game called Alto’s Adventure has backflipped into the App Store. Two years in the making, Alto’s Adventure challenges you to embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey across procedurally generated alpine hills and breathtaking scenery.

You’re zipping through neighboring villages, drifting through peaks and valleys, collecting shooting stars, passing through ancient woodlands and long-abandoned ruins while enjoying with simulated night and day, weather conditions, awesome lighting effects and more, courtesy of the Unity graphics engine.

Featuring a somber soundtrack and smooth execution, the game has you rescuing runaway llamas while performing various tricks to progress and unlock new characters, each with its own distinct set of capabilities and snowboarding styles. Best of all, Alto’s Adventure is a premium game with no ads or In-App Purchases. Read More

 

OneNote for iPad gains handwriting, stylus support with palm rejection and OCR for images

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

After updating the Mac edition of OneNote with enhanced optical character recognition (OCR) features and other goodies yesterday, Microsoft on Thursday announced that users of OneNote for iPad can now extract text within all images that are added to notebooks saved on OneDrive.

In addition, the iPad application now has handwriting support, a top requested feature which permits users to highlight documents, scribble notes or just draw sketches with their finger. With this update, handwriting is now available in OneNote across all platforms. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 18

By Cody Lee on Feb 18, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky 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 new games, and several deals you won’t want to miss! Read More

 

You can now open shared links in Dropbox for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

Popular cloud-storage service Dropbox today announced it’s refreshed its mobile app for iOS and Android with the much-appreciated ability to open shared links on the iPhone, iPad or Android tablets and smartphones.

In the past, sending someone a link to a shared Dropbox document meant firing up the web interface, but not anymore. Starting today, tapping on a shared link from your iOS device opens the file in the Dropbox app.

Not only does this give you rich previews for shared documents and photos, but also the ability to instantly save shared content to your Dropbox account. Read More

 

UK banks RBS and NatWest now allow account access via Touch ID fingerprint identification

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

As reported Wednesday by BBC News, two banks in the United Kingdom will soon allow their customers access their bank accounts using Touch ID-based fingerprint identification technology, a UK first.

“RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature with their security information, but would only need to use Apple’s Touch ID thereafter,” reports the BBC.

To protect their customers’ sensitive financial information and mitigate risk, the banks have put a number of restrictions in place to augment Apple’s existing Touch ID safeguards. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 17

By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 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 significant updates for Dropbox, Google Play Music, and more. Read More

 

Google Play Music updated with Material Design, iPad support and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 2015

Google today pushed out an update for its Play Music iOS client, bringing the app to the odd version number of 2.0.3828. The update is rather significant in that it brings about proper support for the iPad, as well as new Material Design UI for the iPhone.

In the changelog Google says that it has heard users “loud and clear, and now Google Play Music has an official iPad app.” It looks very similar to the redesigned iPhone app, sporting Google’s new Material Design aesthetic, but with larger UI elements. Read More

 

Google quietly removes Sparrow email client from App Store and Mac App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

It’s the end of the road for the beloved Sparrow email client as Google quietly pulled the free iPhone and Mac download from the App Store and Mac App Store, TechCrunch reported Tuesday.

The Internet giant snapped up the French startup, its apps and technology back in July of 2012, much to the dismay of the Apple community, for a reported $25 million.

Existing users who have downloaded Sparrow to their Mac through the Mac App Store, and have a copy of Sparrow for iOS in desktop iTunes, can continue using the app and should be able to install it on their other devices.

The app’s been fully removed from iTunes servers and is no longer available for re-download through the Purchased tab of the App Store and Mac App Store. The Mac edition is still available directly from Sparrow’s own web site. Read More

 

February 25 Modern Family episode shot on iPhone and iPad, takes place on a MacBook screen

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

Re/code is reporting that an upcoming episode of ABC’s popular television sitcom Modern Family was shot entirely on iPhone and iPad cameras and will play out entirely on a MacBook screen, showing exchanges between characters who use FaceTime to communicate among themselves.

The forthcoming episode, titled “Connection Lost,” was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 and is scheduled to air at 9pm next Wednesday, February 25, on ABC. Read More

 

Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iOS gain iCloud storage integration

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

Windows maker Microsoft today announced it’s bringing out new cloud storage integration to Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and iPad, including the iCloud file picker on iOS and Office Online integration for viewing and editing.

The much appreciated support for Apple’s cloud-based storage permits customers to store their documents, presentations and spreadsheets to iCloud and access them on their other iOS and Mac devices. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 16

By Cody Lee on Feb 16, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wild and crazy world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we’ve got some great freebies you won’t want to miss. Read More

 

Another purported iPad Pro case leaks

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2015

Yesterday, French blog NowhereElse.fr pointed us to a few curious images of a purported protective case for an ‘iPad Pro,’ originated from a Chinese accessory vendor which makes iPad Air cases.

The sleek black case clearly shows cutouts for a rear-facing camera, Lightning connector, volume rocker, microphone, mute switch and power button.

However, the cutouts for stereo speakers believed to be located at the top and bottom of the device are nowhere to be seen. Big media has asserted that the oversized iPad will rock a screen measuring either 12.2 or 12.9 inches and one analyst believes the device may include an optional stylus for the creative types. Read More

 

VLC media player is back in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2015

VLC, the popular cross-platform media player which lets you watch AVI videos on your iPhone and iPad without conversion (as well as other non-iOS-friendly media types), is back in the App Store following a long-standing licensing dispute.

In addition to resolving licensing issues, this edition of VLC brings a few noteworthy enhancements to the table which I’ll lay out for you after the jump.

UPDATE: following a soft-launch in New Zealand, the app on February 27, 2015, finally went live in the US App Store. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 13

By Cody Lee on Feb 13, 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 several new games to help you get through the long weekend. Read More

 
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