Puzzle platformer To-Fu Fury is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2015

To-Fu Fury from Amazon Game Studios, regularly $1.99, is available at no charge until next Thursday as Apple’s new Free App of the Week via the App Store’s weekly promotion.

Released in July 2015, this puzzle platformer challenges you to save the Fortune Kitty playing as To-Fu, a stretchy, sticky, flingy and combative cube of bean-curd. Expect a lot of puzzle solving and physics-based action in this game. Read More


Rumor: iPhone 7 to lose 3.5mm headphone port in favor of Lightning port

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2015

Apple’s next iPhone will be so thin that the company has decided to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone port for the first time since the iPhone’s 2007 inception, a reasonably accurate Japaese blog, Macotakara, reported Friday.

The move should help Apple’s engineers shave off another millimeter of thickness or so, reports the publication, adding that users will instead connect wireless headphones over Bluetooth or compatible wired headphones over the Lightning port. Read More


Lara Croft GO gets its first expansion

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Square Enix’s Lara Croft GO for iOS has received its first expansion pack following the game’s August 2015 debut in the App Store. Titled “The Shard of Life” and available at no charge to those who have purchased the game, the update packs in more than two-dozen additional levels and a bunch of new monsters to defeat, costumes to unlock and gemstones and artifacts to discover. Read More


Apple patents technology that would allow iPhones to detect touches while wearing gloves

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

Did you know that your iPhone’s multi-touch display cannot detect touches while you’re wearing gloves? That’s because the iPhone uses capacitive touchscreen technology that takes human body capacitance as input and gloves block your fingers from touching the screen directly.

A new patent application Apple filed for with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in the summer of 2014 was published this morning.

Titled “Glove Touch Detection”, it seeks to fix this problem via dynamically adjusted threshold values, which would permit the touchscreen to register touch events while the user is wearing regular gloves. Read More


The best Black Friday deals for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015

Those looking to pick up a new iPhone for themselves or as a gift this holiday season should pay attention to this weekend’s Black Friday sales. Both new and older models of Apple’s popular handset are being significantly discounted by several retailers.

We’ve sifted through stacks of advertisements, and picked out our favorite iPhone deals from retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Note that most of these offers require a contract or agreement of some sort with a carrier, and are in-store only. Read More


How to save Vine videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Who knew 6-second-long looping video clips would turn out to be so much fun? If you’re into short-form entertainment, there’s probably no better place to get your daily fix of user-posted clips, some of which are quite interesting—I’ve seen whole how-tos compressed into six seconds—than Vine.

The problem is, both Vine the website and mobile app prohibit you from saving your favorite clips to your computer or mobile device. Thankfully, there are apps for that, too.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to save Vine videos to your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac using a nifty little utility and a free of charge web app. Read More


Pixelmator for Mac goes half price, iOS version discounted to $1.99

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Pixelmator for OS X, the Mac edition of the powerful image editing application which debuted on iOS in October 2014, has gone half price in the Mac App Store today. In addition, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad edition of the software has been discounted to just $1.99 in the App Store.

Selling regularly for $29.99, Pixelmator for Mac can now be downloaded for just $14.99, a steal given the app’s rich set of powerful image editing features, tools, brushes and more. Read More


Reeder 3 is out: Safari View Controller, 3D Touch, Split View multitasking, iPad Pro support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

It feels like yesterday, but it’s actually been more than two year since Reeder 2, the second major version of a popular RSS client for iOS and OS X by Italian developer Silvio Rizzi, was released in the App Store.

And while the Mac edition of Reeder was bumped to version 3.0 in September 2015, it left us wondering whether a major update to the iOS version might be in tow.

Well, today Reeder 3 hit the App Store and it’s a free update for everyone who already owns the app. There’s a lot to look forward to in Reeder 3, here’s a quick overview of major new features. Read More


Verizon offering More Everything customers 2GB of free data to try out GO90 app

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Heads up Verizon Wireless customers, the carrier is currently offering a limited-time promotion that awards free data to those on its More Everything plan. The promo is good for an extra 2GB for three months, and all you have to do to take advantage of it is download Verizon’s GO90 app.

So for those of you on one of the aforementioned plans, grab GO90 from the App Store here or the Google Play Store here. Once it’s downloaded, you should receive a text message from Verizon telling you that the free data has been activated on your account, along with an expiration date.
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Tip: take this extra step after deleting items in Photos for iOS and OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

A lot of people make a common mistake, believing they have freed up storage space on their device after deleting a bunch of photos and videos in the Photos app.

In reality, deleting a photo or video doesn’t immediately free up storage space. That’s because Photos on iOS and OS X tucks all deleted items under a special album for 30 days.

This is for your convenience, so you can undelete items if you change your mind later on. In short, items aren’t immediately removed from your device upon choosing Delete in Photos.

In this brief tutorial, we’re going to lay out a few extra steps you should take in order to get rid of deleted items in Photos forever and really gain some additional storage lost to unwanted photos and videos. Read More


These hacks enable custom Apple Watch faces and 3D Touch gestures on iPad Pro via Apple Pencil

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

watchOS 2, the operating system powering Apple’s wearable gizmo, includes support for third-party complications on select watch faces designed to support them.

But as far as watch faces themselves go, users are limited to a handful of built-in styles as Apple’s software development kit (SDK) doesn’t allow for downloadable watch faces yet.

As it turns out, a quick hack that prolific iOS developer Hamza Sood posted on Twitter back in August (no, it didn’t fly under our radar) gets around Apple’s limitations and permits unofficial development and installation of custom faces for Apple’s wearable device.

And earlier this morning, Sood also posted another hack which brings 3D Touch Peek and Pop gestures to the iPad Pro via the Apple Pencil’s pressure sensing technology. Read More


Vine rolls out Apple Watch app and new ways to discover and watch videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Twitter-owned Vine, a short-form video sharing service, is now available on the Apple Watch with a native watchOS 2 app that streams best videos from Featured and Favorites sections to your wrist.

A Vine complication is available as well so you can track your account’s loops and access the native app from your watch face. In addition to the Apple Watch app, this edition of Vine includes features that make it easier to make and discover audio remixes on the service and more. Read More


Amazon Video for iOS gets X-Ray, 3D Touch and multitasking support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Amazon pushed a nice update to its video-streaming app in the App Store this morning. Amazon Video version 3.3 now includes 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Home screen for quick access to the following features: Library, Downloads, your Watchlist and Search.

In addition, the app is now fully optimized for the iPad Pro and supports iOS 9’s new Picture in Picture mode and Slide Over multitasking on supported devices. Read More


SwiftKey gains new dynamic theme, overhauls settings interface

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

SwiftKey, the popular software keyboard for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices with iOS 8 or later, has received a refresh this morning in the App Store featuring two enhancements: a brand new Bubble Gum dynamic keyboard theme and a redesigned settings menu in the app. Read More


Microsoft updates OneDrive for iOS with 3D Touch shortcuts on Home screen

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Windows maker Microsoft today updated its cloud-storage client for iOS, OneDrive, with a trio of new features.

For starters, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners can now quickly access their most recently used files by pressing OneDrive’s Home screen icon lightly to bring up a menu providing direct access to their recent files.

Additionally, scoped folder search for personal OneDrive accounts is now back by popular demand and business users will appreciate support for Microsoft’s Intone mobile app management service. Read More


Viber for iPhone now lets you recall sent chats, attach files, reply from notifications and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Viber today pushed a couple notable improvements to its iOS messaging app in the App Store. Bumped to version 5.6.5, Viber for iPhone now makes it easy to delete a sent message for everyone, not just for yourself, which could come in handy after accidentally sending a message to the wrong person, allowing you to recall it immediately.

You can now send media directly from your shared iCloud albums, in addition to your Camera roll like before.

As a bonus, Viber now includes the ability to reply to messages directly from the notification banner and permits you to search your Viber chats and contacts from the Home screen, using iOS 9’s much improved Spotlight Search function. Read More


Best Buy offering discounts on select iPhone, iPad and Mac models in pre-holiday sale

By Cody Lee on Nov 23, 2015

Folks looking for good deals on electronics ahead of this weekend’s Black Friday mayhem will want to check out their local Best Buy. The popular retailer is currently offering discounts on a wide variety of smartphones, tablets and computers, including select iPhone, iPad and MacBook models.

The select iPhone models all fall within the 6 and 6 Plus line, meaning no 3D Touch, starting as low as $1 with a two-year contract from either Verizon or Sprint. The iPads in the promo are also a year old (iPad Air), with discounts up to $249, and there is a mix of old and new MacBooks on sale. Read More


Review: collect resources, terraform new worlds and survive in space in Last Horizon

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

As an avid stargazer who’s been dreaming about space travel for ages and a sucker for minimalist games, Last Horizon immediately piqued my interest.

In fact, Last Horizon was an instant purchase for me and I never regretted dropping $2.99 on this space survival and exploration title from Pixeljam. Last Horizon puts you in the shoes of a pilot of a lone spacecraft.

Your oxygen and fuel supplies are limited and your goal is a simple one: you must travel the space and seek out new worlds to inhabit. You’re going to encounter a range of varied planets along the way and harvest their resources.

Some planets hold terraforming resources you need to create a beautiful, harmonious new planet for yourself. Others only provide oxygen and ore to repair your ship. Read More


Snapchat’s new Story Explorer provides more depth to every Snap in a Story

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat today announced a brand new feature called Story Explorer that was designed to provide additional context behind every Snap in a Story.

Celebrating the power of different perspectives, Story Explorer goes beyond the Snaps that the company curates into Stories. Built on proprietary technology, this feature least you simply swipe up on a Story to see more Snaps of that same moment, from every perspective. Read More


Skype for iPhone and iPad gains Maps integration and other improvements in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

Microsoft’s Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad apps received an update this morning in the App Store, bringing out new features including integration with Apple Maps. Now you can check locations in Maps directly from highlighted addresses and also call a phone number using Skype Credit directly from highlighted numbers.

The app is now easier to multi-task as well: you can now return to a call by pressing the Active Call banner in Skype. Read More

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