Rayman Fiesta Run goes free for the first time ever, courtesy of Expedia

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014

Back in April, I told you about Expedia’s interesting promotion which provides free iOS apps through the official Expedia Hotels & Flights travel app, a free download for the iPhone and iPad.

The company kickstarted the promotion by giving away premium travel apps and now they’re giving away Rayman Fiesta Run, Ubisoft’s colorful, fast-paced endless runner.

Here’s how you can redeem the offer and download the game free from within the Expedia app… Read More


iOS journaling app Day One goes free as Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014

Day One by Bloom Built is one of the sleekest journaling programs available for iOS and OS X.

This fine piece of software has been named the 2014 Mac Apple Design Award Winner at WWDC last month, was 2012′s Mac App of the Year and gets frequently highlighted by the App Store/Mac App Store editors.

Day One keeps your entries in sync via iCloud across platforms and puts back the fun in keeping a journal of your daily highlights, thoughts and memories.

Its rich feature set includes location/weather support, uncluttered interface styled for iOS 7, multi-Markdown text formatting, full screen mode, passcode lock and photographic entries, to name just a few. And now, for the first time in almost a year Day One for iOS has gone temporarily free in celebration of the upcoming Independence Day weekend (regularly a $4.99 download), courtesy of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion… Read More


Facebook updates Pages Manager with new commenting and posting features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014

Nearly two weeks after giving its Pages Manager app for the iPhone and iPad a much-needed iOS 7 overhaul, the social networking giant Facebook last night issued another update adding a couple new capabilities for page admins.

The latest Facebook Pages Manager 4.1 update expands on the app’s feature set with photos and tagged Pages in comments, direct sharing from your Page, location in your posts and more… Read More


All three Infinity Blade games are on sale this holiday weekend

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, a federal holiday in the U.S. commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

ChAIR Entertainment, the brains behind the Infinity Blade series, an iOS-exclusive elegiac masterpiece, has now discounted all three Infinity Blade games.

In celebration of Independence Day, you can now grab all three games for as little as six bucks compared to their combined regular value of twenty bucks… Read More


Mobile-exclusive Civilization Revolution 2 now available on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2014

As promised, publishing label 2K Games and developer Firaxis today released Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2, a mobile exclusive game filed as the long-awaited sequel to the iOS and console port of the 2008 PC original, Civilization Revolution, which was a turn-based strategy game.

The game is now available in the App Store as a premium $14.99 download for the iPhone and iPad.

With new units, new technology, new buildings and wonders, updated 3D graphics and new historic events and battles available in the Scenario Mode, Civilization Revolution 2 is a no-brainer for true fans of Sid Meier’s sim games… Read More


Readdle’s Scanner Pro now half price to celebrate 6M downloads, iOS 8 app in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

Scanner Pro, one of the best apps for quickly scanning and saving a digital version of a paper document, has passed six million downloads since its App Store debut in December of 2009.

It’s a noteworthy milestone in my book given the software costs seven bucks and has thus far gone temporarily free only once, as Apple’s Free App of the Week in January.

To celebrate the milestone, Ukrainian developer Readdle has temporarily shaved 50 percent off Scanner Pro’s asking price, now available for a limited time for just $2.99Read More


Yahoo’s Mail for iPad picks up mail filters and personalized web features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

Yahoo’s Mail for iPad debuted in April of 2013 and has since been gradually picking up new features like multiple personal and Business Mail accounts, folder management, message swiping, support for Apple’s VoiceOver feature and much more.

Today, the software has received another boost as Yahoo announced it’s bringing multiple features from the web interface to Mail for iOS, including news, search and snapshots of the weather, sports scores, stocks, popular videos and Flickr photos, now all accessible in one app… Read More


Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase window to 60 days for iPhone and iPad

By Joe Rossignol on Jul 1, 2014

As we outlined in a report earlier this month, Apple has gone ahead and doubled the AppleCare+ purchase window for new iPhones and iPads. Customers are now eligible to purchase AppleCare+ for their new iPhone and iPad up to 60 days after purchasing the device, whereas it was previously 30 days. AppleCare+ extends Apple’s 90-day complimentary support to two years and includes accidental damage coverage.

AppleCare+ costs $99 for both the iPhone and iPad plans, purchasable through the Apple Store both in-store and online. Apple has updated its website to reflect the new 60-day policy that is now in effect in all regions outside of Japan, where the 30-day window remains. These changes do not apply to Macs, iPods or any other Apple products outside of the iPhone and iPad…  Read More


Apple’s Back to School launches with free $100 store credit on Mac purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

As predicted, Apple on Tuesday launched the 2015 Back to School promotion in the United States and in several countries around the globe, depending on their respective educational calendars.

Somewhat similar to last year’s Back to School promotion, Apple this year is providing students with a $100 Gift card with the purchase of any new Mac model.

Students who opt for an iPhone or iPad will be treated to a free $50 Apple Store gift card. However, this is the first time that Apple’s Back to School promotion is offering gift cards, redeemable against any Apple Store item purchase… Read More


Apple to launch yearly ‘Back to School’ promo tomorrow

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2014

MacRumors is reporting that Apple is set to launch its annual ‘Back to School’ promotion in the US and several other countries beginning tomorrow—Tuesday, July 1st. The company runs the promo at various times in different regions, depending on their respective educational calendars.

According to the site, Apple will be offering up iTunes Store/App Store gift cards to students that purchase a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Similar to last year, it sounds like students will receive a $100 App Store gift card for the purchase of a new Mac, and a $50 card for new iOS device purchases… Read More


Foundation announces complete E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2014

Following-up on Apple’s announcement of the forthcoming iTunes U 2.0 update with new creation tools and discussion feature on iPads, Foundation – a non-profit behind E.O. Wilson’s “Life on Earth” – today announced launch of the complete series on iTunes U and the iBooks Store.

Provided free of charge, the first seven chapters in the 41-chapter series released today as interactive iBooks textbooks, with the remaining materials to be rolled out throughout 2014. In addition, the series is accompanied by an iTunes U course that gives learners access to course materials included in the Biology course… Read More


1Password with Touch ID authentication and Safari Share sheet support shown off

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2014

A big part of what makes iOS 8 so great is how Apple is finally opening up its mobile operating system to developers, more than ever before.

Take Touch ID, for example. With a little help from the iOS 8 SDK and the new Local Authentication Framework, third-party apps can tap Touch ID to authenticate a user in a safe manner as fingerprint data is protected and never accessed by iOS or apps.

Brands such as PayPal have pledged to update their apps with Touch ID authentication when iOS 8 gets released for public consumption this Fall and now a beta tester has posted screenshots and a short video of Touch ID integration in 1Password for iOS, the popular password management program by AgileBitsRead More


How to watch the NHL Draft on iPhone and iPad

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 27, 2014

The future players of the National Hockey League will be chosen on a pick-by-pick basis tonight at the NHL Draft, which begins tonight at 7:00 PM Eastern on NBCSN in the United States and TSN in Canada. It will be interesting to watch how the first round plays out, as there is no clear consensus on who will be picked first overall. The second to seventh round picks continue tomorrow at 10:00 AM Eastern.

The first pick, which belongs to the Florida Panthers, could be used on anyone from Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett or Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad to Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart or Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl. To help you follow the action as it unfolds, we’ve prepared this guide on how to watch the NHL Draft on iPhone and iPad…  Read More


Monty Python comes to iOS with John Cleese voiced The Ministry of Silly Walks

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2014

Our US audiences may not necessarily be fond of Monty Python, a British surreal comedy group best known for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a hilarious television sketch show broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974.

Even if you’ve never followed the show, chances are you’ve encountered some of the popular and widely quoted sketches on YouTube. Some have even gone to become cultural phenomenons in their own right. Take the “Spam” show, for example, which led to the coining of the term email spam.

My fav sketch is “The Ministry of Silly Walks” and much to my delight, it’s now been turned into its own iOS game, now available in the App StoreRead More


Opera Mini for iOS gets a surprise overhaul loaded with cool new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2014

For the first time since 2012, the Opera browser by Norway-based Opera Software has received a substantial update cleaning up the UI dramatically.

In a nutshell, Opera has dropped the dark theme in favor of a light appearance. I’m liking it a lot: not only is the new look a lot easier on the eyes, navigating and enjoying web content is now more pleasurable than ever before.

In addition to the updated design, the new Opera Mini version 8.0 brings out several new features, including a new data compression mode, user interface themes to customize the browser’s look, a new way to discover what’s trending and a built-in QR code reader… Read More


Gameloft’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2014

Every Thursday, Apple features another app or game as the App Store’s Free App of the Week. This time around, Apple’s editorial team has chosen Gameloft’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier game for the iPhone and iPad, regularly a $2.99 value.

Released three months ago, this movie tie-in has you playing as Captain America who must lead his S.H.I.E.L.D. Strike Team as they struggle to contain a massive attack on the World by several nefarious crime organizations.

The game boasts interestingly cartoonish artwork style and doesn’t disappoint in terms of pure action: there are plentiful combos to master though it’s not all about fighting either as you’ll need to use your tactical skills to combat threats and lead your Strike Team wisely… Read More


The Weather Channel gives its iPad app iOS 7 love

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2014

The Weather Channel’s nice iPhone app was updated two months ago with substantial design changes and much-needed iOS 7 styling. Today, it’s the iPad app’s turn to get some way overdue iOS 7 love.

Now available in the App Store, the new Weather Channel for iPad version 4.0 is now closely aligned to the iOS 7 aesthetic and it shows: from precise typography and flat UI elements to the use of translucency and complete lack of ornamentation to the gorgeous background photos that match your current weather conditions and more… Read More


Yahoo app finally runs natively on iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2014

Yahoo’s main iOS client is great. Not only does it double as a portal to Yahoo’s key mobile apps and services, it’s basically a handy one-stop shop for copious amounts of curated and original news content summarized by Yahoo.

With articles available across twelve distinct categories – News, Business, Celebrities, Entertainment, Finance, Health, Media, Politics, Science, Society, Sports and Technology – it’s easy to get accustomed to firing up the app on mornings and skim through headlines before getting out of bed.

I generally tend to avoid reading news on the iPhone’s tiny screen whenever possible so you could imagine I’m really glad that Yahoo’s software has finally leaped onto the iPadRead More


Microsoft updates OneDrive with camera backups in the background and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2014

The free OneDrive app for the iPhone and iPad (formerly SkyDrive) has just gotten a lot better with features like photo backups in the background and other perks that allow you to do more from your phone.

And thanks to proper support for Microsoft’s mobile Office apps, getting your photos and videos into OneDrive to import them into your Office projects on the iPhone and iPad is a trivial affair now.

That’s the gist of a blog post Microsoft somewhat hastily put together today to counter a Google Drive app update and a plethora of announcements that have been coming out of Google I/O since this morning… Read More


New video shows off iPad Air 2 design changes

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2014

We know that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) recently started producing a more durable Touch ID sensor set to make its way into Apple’s sixth-generation full-size iPad – call it the iPad Air 2, if you will.

We’re also familiar with a bunch of meticulously created dummies based on the rumor-mill reporting, having shown you several photographs that highlight minor design changes spotted on iPad Air 2 dummy units floating around out there.

And now, a high-quality video by TLDToday has arrived, showing off possible changes in the layout of the iPad Air 2′s physical buttons, speaker grille and more… Read More

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