Mosaic, Geometry Wars 3, Google Photos and more apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on May 30, 2015

It’s the weekend again, and if you’ve found yourself looking for a way to fill the hours of a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of some great apps and games that were released this week, that we think are worth checking out. Read More

 

Readdle launches Spark, gorgeous iPhone and Apple Watch email app to tame your inbox

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle, the maker of some of the finest productivity apps for the iPhone and iPad, today launched its most ambitious project yet, a personalized email client for the iPhone and Apple Watch conceived to help you deal with your inbox faster.

The app is called Spark, it looks neat and offers a number of compelling features, like quick replies, powerful search, fast signatures, smart notifications, attachments, cloud services support, email-to-PDF conversion, a WatchKit extension to check important messages on the wrist with an Apple Watch app and a glance, and much more. Read More

 

Google-owned Snapseed brings back Grunge filter, adds a couple improvements

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

Following a major 2.0 refresh in April of this year, Google on Friday issued a minor update to Snapseed, its mobile photo editing app popular amongst iPhone photographers.

Available free of charge in the App Store, Snapseed 2.0.2 features half a dozen improvements, among them the popular Grunge filter which has made an unexpected comeback following its mysterious removal.

“After releasing Snapseed 2, we’ve heard a lot of excited voices, but also listened to your constructive feedback,” Sven Tiffe, Snapseed’s technical program manager wrote in a blog post. “You told us and we heard you, Grunge is back!” Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 28

By Cody Lee on May 28, 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 great deals, and cool new apps and games you don’t want to miss! Read More

 

Arcade puzzler ‘Hyper Square’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on May 28, 2015

Apple has just named “Hyper Square” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the popular arcade puzzler for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $1.99.

For those who haven’t played Hyper Square before, it’s premise is fairly simple: place all squares in their respective targets as fast as possible. As the difficulty increases, watch the amount of time you have get reduced to fractions of a second. Read More

 

Google announces new ‘Photos’ cloud service with free unlimited storage

By Cody Lee on May 28, 2015

Google hosted its annual developer conference this morning where it talked about Android M, Android Pay and other initiatives. It also announced a new cloud-based storage service for your photos and videos called Google Photos, and it’s available on iOS today.

At first, Google Photos sounds a lot like iCloud Photo Library and other storage services: automatic back ups, integration with compatible apps, quick editing and sharing tools, and the ability to sort by various metrics. But there a few features that set Photos apart. Read More

 

Google opens Inbox app to everyone: updated with Undo Send, Trip Bundles, new gesture options and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015

Inbox, a gesture driven email application from the Gmail team built on Google-acquired Sparrow technology, got refreshed with new features this morning starting with Undo Send. Now, Undo Send has been available for quite some time through Gmail’s web interface.

Now for the first time on your iPhone, Undo Send lets you take back an email right after sending in case you spotted a mistake, or have second thoughts. Also important, Inbox is now open to everyone so all Gmail fans can get in on the action right away. Read More

 

Both iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumored to support Force Touch after all

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015

Pressure sensing will be supported across both display sizes of Apple’s next-generation iPhones, G for Games reported Thursday citing supply chain sources who spoke with Taiwanese media.

The same outlet originally claimed that Apple’s pressure sensitive Force Touch technology would make an exclusive appearance on a larger-screened iPhone 6s Plus.

Though it was initially supposed to be an iPhone 6s Plus exclusive, both devices should make use of pressure sensing after all. A credible report earlier this week asserted that iOS 9, which will be previewed alongside OS X 10.11 at next month’s WWDC, features built-in Force Touch support. Read More

 

Pixelmator for iPhone now available as a free update to existing iPad app

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015

As promised, beginning today you can touch up photos, apply fancy effects to images and much more, using Pixelmator for iPhone. Available as a free update to Pixelmator for iPad, Pixelmator is now a universal app supporting any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.3 or later.

A complete photo editing, painting and layer-based graphic design app for your iPhone, Pixelmator is every bit as powerful as its iPad edition.

Not only does the app include the powerful Repair tool from the iPad edition, but also has some new features such as the new Distort tools and a brand new Clone tool which all take advantage of Apple’s Metal framework in iOS 8 for hardware-accelerated graphics. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 27

By Cody Lee on May 27, 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 app deals, as well as some wonderful new apps and games. Read More

 

Apple Store app now offering same-day delivery on select products via Postmates

By Cody Lee on May 27, 2015

It appears that Apple has formed a partnership with Postmates to offer same-day order delivery via its Apple Store app. As noted by MacRumors, the app has begun showing a same-day delivery option for folks in the San Francisco Bay Area, and several folks have already taken advantage of it.

For those who aren’t familiar with Postmates, it’s a logistics company that runs a network of contracted couriers who deliver goods locally. It’s available in roughly 20 major cities around the United States, but it appears in-app ordering through Apple is currently limited to San Francisco, CA. Read More

 

WWDC app receives Apple Watch support

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

Apple’s official iOS app for the Worldwide Developers Conference has received an update ahead of next month’s WWDC 2015 with support for the Apple Watch, conference and schedule information and more.

WWDC 3.0 for the iPhone and iPad puts important conference information right on your wrist. The app can be used to keep tabs on related WWDC news, access floor plans, watch session videos and more. Read More

 

How to get around strange Messages bug that crashes your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

An odd bug that lets ill-minded folk send you a message which causes your iPhone to respring has been making rounds.

In case you missed it, a very specific string of symbols and Arabic characters sent through iMessage or SMS sends an iPhone in an immediate respring, causing the device to crash and quickly reboot, as first noticed on Reddit.

It’s a serious issue which in some instances can break the Messages app on your iPhone so here are a few possible workaround solutions until Apple delivers a proper fix. Read More

 

HBO GO for iPhone and iPad adds support for playback through HDMI output

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

I’m an avid fan of the HBO GO service, one annoyed that their iOS application wouldn’t support HDMI output. As someone who travels fairly often but doesn’t carry an Apple TV wherever I go, it’s depressing not being able to send the latest episode of Game of Thrones from my iPhone to a TV set in a hotel room using an HDMI adapter.

But if you own a Lightning to HDMI adapter and are an HBO GO subscriber, you can now hook up your iPhone or iPad to a TV set and enjoy lag-free video playback through HDMI output. Read More

 

PayPal finally adds Touch ID protection to iPhone payment app

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

PayPal’s official iPhone app in the App Store has at last received support for Touch ID authentication, nearly two years following Apple’s debut of fingerprint scanning with the iPhone 5s’s fall 2013 introduction.

As a daily PayPal user, it was annoying that the mobile app would ask me to provide my PayPal password on each run. Now that Touch ID has come to the rescue, this option, once enabled in settings, lets me authorize app access easily and securely with my fingerprint.

This is what Touch ID was created for, to protect sensitive personal information like online banking, PayPal transactions and so forth. I wish PayPal supported Touch ID much sooner but it’s better late than never, I guess. Read More

 

Fleksy Keyboard introduces Imoji stickers, smart suggestions for GIFs and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

Fleksy, the powerful iOS 8 keyboard which lets you use gestures, GIFs and emoji, has increased its functionality in the latest update issued today.

Now the app features an integrated Sticker keyboard in partnership with Imoji, taking visual communication beyond animated GIFs. You can easily browse, search and send Imoji stickers directly in Fleksy: just tap a sticker to copy it, then paste it in a message.

To add a sticker to your favorites, double tap it from the keyboard. You can access your recently used stickers, browse endless collections of reactions,  check out what’s trending and more. Read More

 

Kindle update adds new font and a number of readability enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

Amazon’s Kindle for iOS app received an update this morning adding new features for “faster reading, less eye strain.”

Kindle 4.9 for the iPhone and iPad now includes larger font sizes, in addition to an exclusive new font that was specifically crafted for prolonged reading on digital screens.

The application now does hyphenation and has smoother word spacing, with layouts that dynamically adapt drop caps, text and images as you change fonts and adjust font sizes. Read More

 

AirServer: AirPlay movies, music, games, and more from your iPhone to your Mac

By iDB Deals on May 27, 2015

AirServer is an AirPlay mirroring receiver available for Mac and PC. It turns your computer into a receiver for AirPlay, kind of like an Apple TV, allowing you to wirelessly mirror videos, presentations, photos, music, mobile games, and social media activity from your iPhone or iPad to your computer. It is currently 33% off at iDB Deals. Read More

 

Minecraft – Pocket Edition to gain skins, fishing, new jockeys and more

By Cody Lee on May 26, 2015

Great news Minecraft fans, Mojang announced today that it’s bringing “loads of new features” to Minecraft – Pocket Edition in the near future. The team says it will be submitting the update for iOS, Android and Windows Phone this week.

Perhaps one of the most notable new features in the update is Skins. Players will soon have the ability to customize the way their characters look in Minecraft PE by either uploading a Skin, creating a Skin, or purchasing a new Skin bundle. Read More

 

Apple turning to Chinese suppliers for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus batteries

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2015

Tuesday, a fresh new report claimed Apple’s been seeking additional battery providers for upcoming new iPhones, presumed to be marketed as ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’.

Apple is now sourcing more batteries for iOS devices from Chinese suppliers which have caught up with their Taiwanese competitors in terms of sufficient battery core supply and production capacity. Read More

 
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