Google’s Hangouts app is now iPhone 6-ready

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

Continuing its string of app updates adding native support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes, Google on Wednesday issued a small update to its Hangouts messaging software for the iPhone and iPad, which now looks as you’d expect on the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 screens.

In addition to UI support for the new Apple smartphones, Hangouts 2.3 contains no other additions or improvements. The app is available free of charge in the App Store and requires iOS 6.0 or later. Read More

 

Rovio’s Flappy Bird-inspired Retry launches globally

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

After soft-launching its retro-style arcade flying game inspired by the Flappy Bird craze in Canada, Finland and Poland, Retry by Rovio is now available internationally.

Released under Rovio’s LVL 11 experimental label for internal games which don’t quite fit the overall Rovio brand, the addictive free-to-play download will have you thinking that “you’ve stepped into an 8-bit time machine and gone back to 1986″. Read More

 

Another official Pokemon game has landed in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

The Pokemon Company today released its second official game for iOS called Camp Pokemon. Aimed at kids between 6 and 8 years of age, the title takes place on an immersive island filled with various mini games that teach players what it takes to become a Pokemon trainer.

Completing each of these activities will net players a pin, which they can view later in their Pin Book, allowing them to track their progress. They can also collect stickers, which can then be used to decorate photos taken with either iPhone or iPad cameras from within the game.

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IMDb app adds box office info, movie tech specs and a couple other features

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Amazon-owned IMDb, the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information, has a nicely done iPhone and iPad application available for free in the App Store that has just gotten a whole lot better in the latest version 4.5 release.

For starters, the software at last provides a bunch of useful technical specifications for movies such as the original aspect ratio, color, audio, runtime and what not.

Next, movie pages now include box office information giving you yet another indication of the movie’s popularity — that’s in addition to the previous data like review scores. Note that U.S. box office result data was previously available only via the app’s Popular Charts feature.

If you want to write a plot for an obscure movie that lacks descriptions, or maybe add interesting trivia to a television show, you can now do so directly in the mobile app, without visiting IMDb’s interface on the web. Read More

 

You can now stream every episode of The Simpsons to iPhone and iPad

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

In line with expectations, FX has activated the Simpsons World portal in its FX Now application this afternoon. Authenticated users get access to a deep catalog of content, including, for the first time ever, on-demand access to all 552 episodes of The Simpsons television show.

Simpsons World will be available on various platforms, such as the FXNOW app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Xbox, Apple TV, and of course SimpsonsWorld.com. At the time of this writing, the portal was not showing up on Apple TV, but it did appear within the iOS FX Now app. Read More

 

Apple said to be planning holiday launch for Apple Pay loyalty program

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Apple is hoping to launch its rumored Apple Pay loyalty rewards program in time for the holiday season, reports Bank Innovation. The program was initially thought to be part of Apple Pay 2.0, expected in the fall of 2015, but new reports claim Apple pushed up the time table.

How the program will work is still unknown, but Bank Innovation says it will likely utilize Apple’s iBeacon tech. It offers an example that includes the Apple Pay user receiving a push notification while in a clothing store that reads: “hey if you buy this now, you can get this for free.” Read More

 

Google adds ‘Incoming’ view and more to Docs, Sheets and Slides for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Google is on a roll today.

Minutes after issuing an updated Play Music client for iOS with a revamped Listen Now interface, mood or activity based radio station search and other goodies, the search monster announced Tuesday that updates to its Docs, Sheets and Slides trio of mobile productivity applications are now available in the App Store, featuring an all-new “Incoming” view to see all of the files that have been shared with you and a few other enhancements.

For example, the Docs editor now plays nice with external keyboards.

“We also know that it’s important to you to be able to make documents look as polished as possible, wherever you’re editing, so in Docs you can now apply headings and use shortcuts when you’re typing with Bluetooth keyboards,” the team noted. Read More

 

Google Play Music updated with revamped Listen Now, mood or activity based search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

After refreshing Google Plays Newsstand for iOS yesterday with native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Internet giant Google on Tuesday pushed an update to another app, its Play Music client for the iPhone and iPad.

Taking a page from Betas Music’s book, the new version of Google Play Music, available free in the App Store, enables mood or activity based search for radio stations. Jogging? Good, use the ‘Running’ tag to find music that matches your activity. Holding a party? The related ‘Partying’ should come in handy.

And because this is Google, they even let you search for ‘Feeling Happy’ radio stations. Other new features and enhancements are briefly mentioned right after the break. Read More

 

Vine updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 extensions and more

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Twitter has released an update for its popular video-sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.0. The update features a number of enhancements, including support of iOS 8 extensions and the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

With iOS 8 extension support, users can now upload content to Vine from the Photos app, or any other video app that supports extensions. Users can also now follow Vine channels, such as Animals or Comedy, to get relevant videos added to their feeds. Read More

 

Strong demand in China reportedly forces Apple to boost iPhone 6 Plus production

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

In case you didn’t get a memo, Chinese buyers are especially fond of oversized phones. In fact, for many Asians a jumbo-sized phone isn’t just a tablet replacement but their only mobile device.

Counting on the phablet popularity in China, Apple’s now found itself in a situation where it needs to increase output of iPhone 6 Plus due to higher than expected demand for the 5.5-inch Apple smartphone in the 1.33 billion people country, Apple’s second-largest market by revenue, DigiTimes reported Tuesday. Read More

 

Infuse 3 out with iPhone 6 support, AirDrop sharing, dark theme and dozens of improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Jailbreak developer FireCore has made a name for himself with the aTV Flash Black software that supercharges the $99 Apple TV media streamer. But he’s also behind Infuse, an excellent app that brings support for a plethora of audio and video file formats to iOS, no conversion needed.

Apps like Infuse are a big deal because Apple’s mobile operating system does not support “foreign” media formats out of the box. Following the initial Infuse release on April 30 of last year and Infuse 2 last December, here comes Infuse 3, probably the biggest update thus far.

Infuse 3 supports iOS 8 as well as the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus display sizes and contains other perks that round out the feature set quite nicely. And it’s especially timely given that VLC for iOS got removed recently from the App Store for legal reasons, again!

So what else is new in Infuse 3? Read on for the full reveal. Read More

 

Twitterrific adds enhanced search, iOS 8 Share sheet support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Twitterrific 5 by Iconfactory, a freemium Twitter client which last month added 1Password integration and other enhancements, on Tuesday saw another refresh expanding on its compelling feature set.

Twitterrific 5.8 is now available in the App Store and includes support for native sharing via multi-purpose iOS 8 Share Sheets, to just about any service that has advertised its Share Extension to the system. Jump past the fold to learn about other improvements. Read More

 

Facebook updates Paper app with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Facebook today issued an update for its popular Paper app, bringing the iOS client to build 1.2.4. Inline with recent updates for the native Facebook app, and Messenger, the latest version of Paper brings about support for the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In the release notes, Facebook says that Paper “looks beautiful on the latest iPhones,” as it’s now optimized for their Retina HD displays. It also adds that 1.2.4 includes performance improvements, bug fixes—particularly one involving the keyboard, and is more reliable. Read More

 

How to use Instant Hotspot on the Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

Instant Hotspot is a great new feature that allows you to connect to your iPhone’s Hotspot for instant Internet access with zero configuration. As long as your Mac running OS X Yosemite and iPhone running iOS 8 are connected to the same iCloud account, and both devices have Bluetooth enabled, you can quickly tap into your iPhone’s Internet connection from your Mac. Read More

 

How to make and take phone calls on your Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2014

Now that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are out, the FaceTime app in OS X Yosemite is now capable of making and taking phone calls. It does so by connecting to an iPhone running iOS 8 to transmit calls via the iPhone’s cellular connection. All calls made from your Mac will appear as if they came from your iPhone’s phone number.

Want to see how it works in action? Check out our video after the break for a demonstration and setup details. Read More

 

List of places where you can use Apple Pay

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2014

Now that you’ve got iOS 8.1 installed, and Apple Pay set up, you’re probably wondering where you can test out the new service. As we mentioned earlier, the Apple Store app (among others, at this point) has been updated with Apple Pay support, but what about physical stores?

Luckily Apple has you covered, and has posted a list of all the participating retailers that are supporting Apple Pay at launch. It’s a decent-sized list, with over 30 national chains mentioned, including various clothing stores, department stores, restaurants and gas stations. Read More

 

Google Play Newsstand adds iPhone 6 support

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2014

Google Play Newsstand (formerly Google Currents), the search giant’s official Flipboard-inspired software for the iPhone and iPad, received a small update Monday bringing native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

In addition, the new version features an improved download progress interface for offline content and contains unspecified bug fixes. Google Play Newsstand is available as a free download from the App Store.

TechCrunch reports that the search giant will also update the official Google Play Music client for iOS and Android later today with Songza-style functionality.

As you know, Google purchased Songza earlier this year. Like Apple-owned Beats, the service specializes in finding the right music to fit your mood. Read More

 

Apple Store app updated with Apple Pay support

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2014

Folks looking to test out the just-launched Apple Pay service, but don’t have the option to try it in-store, can download the latest version of the Apple Store app. Apple just posted an update for the digital storefront that adds support for the new one-touch mobile payment service.

Folks who have a compatible Apple Pay device, who have updated to iOS 8.1, can set it up either through the Passbook app or in Settings. Once you have a card on file, apps updated with support for the service will offer Apple Pay as a payment option during the checkout process. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, Camera Roll, Text Message Forwarding and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2014

As promised, Apple on Monday released iOS 8.1 for public consumption. Users who have an older version installed on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad can now update to the latest software over-the-air, by choosing Software Update under Settings > General.

iOS 8.1 flips the switch on Apple Pay in the United States on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the newly released iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

It also re-enables the missing Camera Roll album in Photos and beta iCloud Photo Library (in beta) while bringing additional Continuity features like Text Message Forwarding between iOS 8 devices and Yosemite Macs and more. Read More

 

Flickr updated with iOS 8 Share Extension, native iPad interface with unified search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2014

Yahoo’s Flickr photography service this past weekend issued an update to its iOS app bringing, at last, native interface on iPads, a new Share Extension on iOS 8 so you can post photos to Flickr from any third-party application which support system-wide Share sheets, the ability to access and edit photo details in the mobile app, use unified search across your photos, albums, groups and Flickr photos and more.

Flickr 3.2 is available free in the App Store. Read More