Amazon updates Instant Video for iOS with First Episode Free, HBO content and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2014

The online retail giant Amazon has issued a pretty substantial update to its free video-streaming iOS app, Instant Video. Now bumped to version 2.7, the app offers the ability to stream the first episodes of selected TV shows for free, as part of the Amazon First Episode Free feature, with advertising breaks before and during video playback.

Additionally, you’ll notice all-new playback controls, the addition of HBO shows such as The Sopranos, The Wire and Deadwood and more… Read More


iOS 7.1.2 coming soon with fixes for Mail, Lock Screen and iBeacon issues

By Cody Lee on Jun 20, 2014

Apple is preparing to release iOS 7.1.2 in the coming weeks, according to a new report from MacRumors. Citing sources familiar with the update, the site says Apple plans to use the release to address a handful of long-standing issues.

Perhaps the most prominent issue the firmware will resolve is the ‘email attachment encryption bug’ that surfaced last month. It also includes a fix the just-publicized Lock screen vulnerability, which could allow access to limited apps… Read More


Sega discounts Sonic games to 99 cents

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014

Encouraged by strong response to April’s 99-cent sale of Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Japanese games maker Sega has put in effect a massive Sonic games sale.

Valid for a limited-time only, as many as seven Sonic releases have been slashed from a few bucks to just 99 cents, including Sonic Jump, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic CD, to mention a few.

Go past the fold for the full list of discounted games along with their download links… Read More


Air Stylus turns iPad into pressure-sensitive drawing tablet for your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014

Both FiftyThree’s Surface Pressure technology coming to its Pencil stylus this Fall and Adobe’s new Ink stylus offer a glimpse of iOS 8′s variable touch sizing technology that allows these accessories to vary the pressure, thickness and width of lines you create.

Say you’re an artist in a desperate need of a drawing tablet. Sure, you could pick up a dedicated Mac drawing tablet from the likes of Wacom, Intuos and others.

But why spend hundreds of dollars on a dedicated drawing surface when you already have one in your home – your iPad? All you need to turn your beloved Apple tablet into a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet for the Mac is Air Stylus, a $19.99 app from Avatron… Read More


Warner Bros. releases ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril’ for iOS

By Cody Lee on Jun 20, 2014

In a somewhat surprising move, Warner Bros. has released a new game from its popular Lego franchise for iOS called ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril‘. The title, which landed on PCs and consoles last year, is now available on both the iPhone and iPad.

Like most LEGO games, Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril falls in the action adventure genre. Players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk and other Marvel characters in an effort to stop villains from building weapon capable of destroying the world… Read More


‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Jun 19, 2014

With the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction slated to hit theaters next week, Hasbro and developer partner DeNA have released their tie-in game of the same name. The title is now available in the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad.

The game, which falls into the ’3D combat runner’ genre, sees players thrown into a cinematic universe where they must recruit and customize a team to help them take down Decepticon enemies in a series of fast-paced missions. Autobots, roll out… Read More


Rhapsody updated with TrackMatch and support for T-Mobile’s new unRadio service

By Cody Lee on Jun 19, 2014

Rhapsody has updated its iOS client, bringing the app to version 3.1. The update brings about a few new features and improvements, but more importantly it adds support for the new unRadio service—Rhapsody’s joint venture with T-Mobile announced last night.

Among the new features is a song identification tool called TrackMatch, which allows users to identify and tag songs that are currently playing with a single tap. Rhapsody has also added Live Radio, enabling users to listen to live radio stations from around the world… Read More


Skype 5.1 for iPhone delivers enhancements to People, Favorites and Conversations

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 19, 2014

Precisely a week after releasing the remastered Skype 5.0 for iPhone featuring a Windows Phone-like interface, the Microsoft-owned company has released the first update containing a few messaging enhancements customers have been asking for.

In a bid to close the gap between desktop and mobile, the free Skype 5.1 for iPhone update brings out new options to manage your favorites.

The app now allows you to filter the People list with new “Skype” and “Online” filters, with filter settings saved across mobile and desktop Skype apps. Other improvements to conversations and favorites are also included in this nice little update… Read More


Gameloft unleashes Dungeon Gems onto the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 19, 2014

With an influx of role-playing games in the App Store, it’s probably never been a better time to be a fan of the genre. Now available free in the App Store for the iPhone and iPad, Dungeon Gems by the prolific French publisher Gameloft offers a combination of strategic RPG-style party management and fast-paced puzzle gameplay as you develop and advance your heroes to take on the mighty dragons. Jump past the fold to watch the trailer and learn more about this premium monster slasher… Read More


Disney’s new iPad app lets you recreate and customize iconic Star Wars scenes

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 19, 2014

Following Disney’s unexpected purchase of Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4.05 billion, the Mickey Mouse house is poised to release a seventh Star Wars film later this year. As part of the pre-release hype, the animation powerhouse has released a new Star Wars-themed app in the App Store.

Called Star Wars Scene Maker, it lets you create your own three-dimensional scenes and recreate iconic sets from the movies by dragging pre-made 3D objects representing characters, environments, weapons, props and ships across the screen and applying perfect camera angles (fixed mode, fixed tracking camera and chase camera) to them.

It’s available in the App Store now and I have additional tidbits in store for you right after the break… Read More


Wikipad introduces new ‘Gamevice’ controller for iPad mini

By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2014

Wikipad, the company behind last year’s interesting-but-not-very-successful Android gaming tablet, has announced a new accessory for iOS devices today. It’s called the Gamevice, and it’s a decked out MFi game controller made specifically for the iPad mini.

The Gamevice was actually announced earlier this year for Android and Windows 8 tablets, but it appears to now be an iOS exclusive. As you can see it features a 2-piece cradle design, with the iPad mini in the middle, and slightly resembles a Wii U gamepad… Read More


Netflix brings revamped design to iOS and Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

An all-new Netflix experience awaits you in the App Store as the on-demand streaming media giant bumps its iPhone and iPad app to version 6.0.

Featuring a departure from the original user interface you’ve come to love, the free Netflix 6.0 edition offers little in terms of new features beyond freshening up its appearance and a few minor under-the-hood improvements.

And to go with the revamped iPhone and iPad experience, Netflix started pushing a redesigned channel icon to Apple TV owners’ Home screens. Both Apple TV and iOS versions include the same set of feature enhancements… Read More


Twitter now supports animated GIFs

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Twitter, the leading micro-blogging platform, is rolling out native support for animated GIFs to its mobile apps and across the web.

By adding native GIF support to both the web interface on and mobile apps on iOS and Android, the startup has finally jumped on the trendy bus of GIF memes.

Twitter’s free iPhone and iPad app wasn’t updated at post time though the company said in a tweet that “starting today, you can share and view animated GIFs on, Android and iPhone”. As it turns out, no software update will be needed as Twitter has confirmed that GIFs will be supported by its official API… Read More


Asphalt 8: Airborne introduces new Fuel system, extra tank and additional cars

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

France-based games maker Gameloft has released a fuel-injected update to its freemium Asphalt 8: Airborne racing game for the iPhone and iPad, its fifth major content update thus far.

Now live in the App Store and labeled with version 1.4, the game offers several new features while ditching the dreaded rental fee for events. Instead, you now enter time-limited events using a brand new Fuel system.

Jump past the fold for full details… Read More


FiftyThree teases Surface Pressure coming to Pencil this Fall with iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2014

Fans of the awesome Paper drawing app for the iPad by FiftyThree and owners of the startup’s companion Pencil stylus will no doubt be looking forward to upgrading to iOS 8 in order to take advantage of a new Surface Pressure feature coming to Pencil and Paper this Fall.

Billed as an industry-first feature, Surface Pressure taps iOS 8′s variable touch sizing and leverages Pencil’s uniquely-designed tip to vary the pressure, thickness and width of lines you create, mimicking the behavior of real-life artistic drawing tools such as dry pastel chalks and charcoals… Read More


Sunrise Calendar introduces apps: Evernote, Tripit, Songkick, Asana and Github

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2014

The popular and elegant replacement for the stock iOS Calendar app, Sunrise Calendar by Sunrise Atelier, Inc., just recently has expanded its reach and is now available across iOS and Android  mobile platforms and on the web, with a consistent feature set and unified design.

Now available free of charge in the App Store, the new version 2.4 brings support for select third-party applications. That’s right, you can now connect apps like Songkick, Evernote, Tripit, Github and Asana directly in Sunrise and make your life a little easier… Read More


Meticulously designed dummy shows what the next iPad Air with Touch ID might look like

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2014

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the next wave of iOS devices will adopt Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor across the board. As I recently reported, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is adamant that Touch ID will be deployed across new iPhones and iPads coming later this year.

That the iOS 8 SDK which Apple unveiled earlier this month has opened up the sophisticated fingerprint scanner to third-party developers won’t hurt either. Based on the rumor-mill talk and supposed specifications, a Japanese website has posted images of a next-generation iPad Air dummy unit with Touch ID… Read More


Parallels Access now lets you access remote desktop via iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2014

Parallels Access was released last August as an iPad-only application allowing users of the popular desktop virtualization software Parallels to access remote computers on their Apple tablet.

It instantly became indispensable to mobile warriors who want to run Mac or Windows apps remotely and need to access desktop files and documents wherever they are.

Today, the free Parallels Access app has been updated with native support for the iPhone and iPod touch so users can now access their desktop on the go and use their PC and Mac applications in full-screen mode like they were made for their handset… Read More


Facebook’s iPad app gains new sidebar solely dedicated to entertainment and games

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2014

Facebook on Monday pushed an update to its iPad client to put more entertainment (and ads) into your hands.

Realizing that seven out of each ten people who use Facebook for iPad played a Facebook-connected game in the past 90 days, Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are now testing a new sidebar within the iPad app, specifically created for entertainment content and game discovery.

The iPad-exclusive section provides game trailers and in-game footage, as well as Trending videos/news articles, social notifications for native Facebook games, as well as those offered on the web, and much more.

Note that this experiment is currently limited to Facebook’s iPad users in the United States and there’s no word when it could launch globally. Additional tidbits can be found right after the break… Read More


Angry Birds Transformers is in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2014

I can’t stand any more of Angry Birds. There, I’ve said it. Still, a lot of fans feel the series hasn’t run its course yet so this one should be fun: Finland-based Angry Birds maker Rovio Mobile has now partnered with Hasbro on a new tie-in game. They’re calling it Angry Birds Transformers and it’s coming real soon to an iOS device near you.

Jump past the fold for full details… Read More

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