OmniOutliner for iPad goes universal

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

OmniOutliner for iOS has gone universal and is now available on both the iPhone and iPad, The Omni Group announced today. Previously an iPad-only affair, Omni Outliner 2.3 now lets you work with your outlines on the iPhone and iPod touch as well.

Although developers wanted to bring the app to the Apple smartphone for years, getting a robust syncing solution in place and modernizing the iPad app took much longer than expected — hence the unfathomable delay. Read More

 

Sadistic robots in Carrot Weather taunt you when it’s going to rain

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

If you’re a fan of Carrot Fit which berates you for keeping or gaining any weight or Carrot Alarm that gets mad at you if you don’t wake up when your alarm goes off, you’re going to have a field day with Carrot Weather.

The $2.99 iPhone and iPad application, like other Carrot offerings, is centered around a sadistic digital assistant that’s more HAL 9000 than Siri and frequently refers to humans as “meatballs”.

As you might have guessed by now, Carrot Weather is a weather app with a personality and attitude. But don’t let that put you off: Carrot Weather provides eerily accurate weather data you can trust, spiced up with some hilariously twisted forecasts. Read More

 

Sony’s new PlayStation Vue streaming TV service coming to iPad soon

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Yesterday, Sony launched its long-anticipated streaming television service called PlayStation Vue in select markets like Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia. The online video subscription service doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription.

It will be initially available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles and is coming to Apple’s iPad “in the near future,” the Japanese giant has confirmed. Read More

 

Major Pixelmator for iPad update brings new watercolor painting mode, brushes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Pixelmator for iPad, the closes thing to a full-blown Photoshop tablet alternative, today received a massive update. Aptly codenamed Aquarelle, it’s all about bringing watercolor painting features based on some pretty unique technology that can replicate real-life watercolor brushes.

In addition to a dozen artist-designed watercolor brushes and watercolor painting technology which allows creating real-life-looking watercolor paintings, Pixelmator 1.1 sports an optimized engine with up to two times faster painting performance, support for third-party styluses with enhanced pressure sensitivity features and much more.  Read More

 

Google Maps gains full-screen mode, transit line colors, voice search improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Google Maps last evening received another update which has brought out a couple noteworthy new features.

The application can now render maps in full-screen mode to maximize screen real estate and provide colored transit lines when retrieving transit directions. To access maps in full-screen mode, just tap an empty spot on the map. Read More

 

Review: create iTunes affiliate links with Blink for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Whenever you click or tap on a link which leads to an iPhone/iPad/Mac app in the App Store/Mac App Store, or a movie, TV show episode or electronic book carried on iTunes, we earn a very small commission fee on each sale coming from that link.

Though not much, these things add up and anything that helps us run the site and keep the lights on for you guys is worth the effort from our standpoint.

For those not in the know, anyone can sign up to become an iTunes affiliate partner. Too bad Apple’s web application for generating affiliate links is so tedious and a pain in the you-know-what.

Introducing Blink (or Better Affiliate Links) from Squibner, a nifty little iPhone and iPad application which eliminates the hassle of manually creating iTunes affiliate links with your own tokens and campaign tags. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 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 freebies and new games to try. Read More

 

Launcher is back on App Store as Apple’s stance on widget restrictions softens

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Launcher, a tremendously useful iOS application by Greg Gardner for creating app, web and contact shortcuts available from a widget inside the Notification Center, is now back on the App Store following a six-month hiatus. The update is still propagating and it should hit all App Stores worldwide in the coming hours.

The original app was short-lived.

Following its App Store debut on September 17 of last year, the day iOS 8 was released, Apple removed Launcher just a week later citing a misuse of widget functionality.

Thankfully, the re-released app continues to offer the same features like its predecessor, indicating Apple may have softened its stance on launching other apps via the Today view of iOS 8’s Notification Center. Read More

 

China Unicom and China Telecom to carry cellular versions of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on March 27

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Wireless carriers China Telecom and China Unicom have begun offering Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to its customers for the first time, the two firms announced in press releases issued Wednesday.

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 flavors sold by the carriers have support for the TD-LTE and FDD-LTE wireless standards used in China. Read More

 

Modern Combat 5 goes free, gains MFi controller support, new multiplayer, Support soldiers, more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

In addition to going free for the first time (regularly a $4 value), a barrage of new features have been added to Modern Combat 5 in a brand new Spring update to Gameloft’s excellent war shooter (an App Store Best of 2014).

Now available in the App Store, Modern Combat 5: Blackout version 1.2 finally supports ‘Made for iPhone’ game controllers, both form-fitting and extended variants.

There’s a brand new multiplayer mode available called Zone Control in which you must capture and defend areas to boost your score. Other improvements include new weapons and character classes and additional character customization. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Mar 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 picks include deals such as Geekbench 3 for free, TextExpander 3 for $1 and more. Read More

 

Opera brings video boost feature to Coast browser

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

Norwegian browser developer Opera Software has refreshed its free Coast browser for the iPhone and iPad with several new features, among them Opera Turbo compression technology which can boost streaming video performance by reducing the size of video data, resulting in fewer buffering breaks while saving your mobile data bills. Read More

 

Nintendo changes tune, confirms bringing its beloved videogame franchises to mobile

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo confirmed Tuesday a broad partnership with fellow Japanese videogame maker DeNA that will see it create games for smartphones and tablets based on its classic characters, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The iconic company has also teased its next-generation gaming system code0named “NX.”

For a long, long time a staunch opposer to porting its prized Mario, Zelda and Pokémon videogame franchises to mobile, Nintendo has thankfully changed its rigid stance in response to lagging sales of its own console hardware and software and the mobile gaming industry becoming an estimated $25 billion market. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 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 a number of great freebies and deals on apps and games. Read More

 

New Amazon commercial says Kindle Fire HD is twice as durable as iPad mini 3

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2015

Forget about side-by-side software and hardware comparison, Apple’s iPad mini 3 is twice as likely to break into pieces should it slip out of your hand than Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.

That’s the key message of Amazon’s latest television commercial which paints its tablet “twice as durable” as the iPad mini 3.

The 30-second video, which shows the Kindle Fire HD being subjected to various durability tests, is meant to reinforce the notion that Amazon tablets are sturdier than Apple’s. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Mar 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 feature more than enough deals and new games to get you through the weekend. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 12

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 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 picks include several recently-launched games that you won’t want to miss! Read More

 

Ulysses, popular Mac text editor, comes to iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 12, 2015

Ulysses, a popular and versatile Mac app for focused writing, is now available on Apple’s iPad. If your job involves writing, or you just love to write and write a lot, you’re going to love this nifty app by German developer The Soulmen GbR.

Ulysses for iPad brings the same cohesive, distraction-free writing environment from the Mac to the Apple tablet.

With its powerful, yet simple editor and a comprehensive multi-format export supporting HTML, Markdown, PDF and other popular document formats, Ulysses puts the focus on writing and gives you a good excuse to buy a wireless keyboard for your iPad. Read More

 

Wunderlist gets smarter with folders, Quick Add for iPhone, overhauled design and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 12, 2015

German developer 6Wunderkinder just pushed a major new update to its excellent list-making app, Wunderlist.

Billed as one of the biggest updates to Wunderlist ever, both the iOS and OS X edition of the software have received a brand new look stemming from a refreshing pop color and twelve hand-crafted pictograms. The facelift simplifies the Home view and makes it a lot easier on the eyes.

Wunderlist users on the web, Windows and Chrome can expect to see the new look interface over the course of the next few weeks. Read More

 

8bit Doves is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 12, 2015

Today is the day Apple’s editorial team gets to cherry-pick a new iOS app to feature as the App Store’s Free App of the Week. Are you ready for something completely different this time around? Good, because this week’s gem of a game is 8bit Doves (regularly $2.99).

The charming retro title incorporates a Gameboy like color scheme and pixelated graphics which evokes pleasant memories of the golden age of 8-bit gaming.

Spread across three worlds (Sweet Dreams, Deep Sleep and Nightmare), 8bit Doves employs simple mechanics in the form of an intuitive two button gameplay. Your goal is simple: you must fly through each stage and reach the exit. Those who manage to get doves to follow them along the way will earn some extra bonus bragging rights on Game Center. Read More

 
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