Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gain Touch ID support and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2015

After adding a new Incoming section to Docs, Sheets and Slides iOS apps which lets you see all of the files that have been shared with you, Google on Wednesday issued another refresh to its trio of productivity applications for the iPhone and iPad.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides now feature Touch ID support for passcode lock to keep your documents, app settings and more safe from prying eyes.

In addition to that, each app has gained a few noteworthy enhancements such as a brand new spell-checker in Docs, mentioned after the break. Read More


BBC previews revamped iOS app with personalized coverage, due later this week

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2015

The British Broadcasting Corporation announced Wednesday that its revamped BBC News app will be rolling out later this week to iOS and Android platforms. The refreshed software offers a lot more video content and local news and also includes a brand new personalized coverage feature.

Users will be able to follow specific topics via an all-new tagging system that makes it easy to create custom feeds for, say, topics like Apps, Taylor Swift, Genetics and what not. Read More


Gameloft previews Dungeon Hunter 5 with a new multiplayer system, launching later this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2015

French mobile games maker Gameloft has formally announced Dungeon Hunter 5, the latest installment in its role-playing series that invites you to rediscover the thrill of dungeon crawling.

Launching soon on the iPhone, iPad and Android, Dungeon Hunter 5 will be “the most immersive, accomplished and addictive chapter of the acclaimed action RPG saga,” promises the blurb. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 20

By Cody Lee on Jan 20, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the crazy world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts (deals!), updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today our picks include some great freebies, a few high profile app updates, and more. Read More


Chrome for iOS refreshed with Material Design, Handoff, iPhone 6 support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

Google on Tuesday issued a much appreciated refresh to its Chrome mobile browser for the iPhone and iPad. Chrome version 40 brings out a reworked appearance built around Material Design, Google’s guidelines for the look and feel of software across mobile, desktop and the web.

Material Design in Chrome brings “bold graphics, fluid motion and tactile surfaces,” as per release notes accompanying the 58-megabyte download.

In addition to Material Design, the new Chrome also supports Handoff, an iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite feature allowing you to start browsing on your iPhone or iPad and pick up on your Mac’s default browser right where you left off. Read More


MapQuest gains enhanced navigation, picks up a host of other improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

AOL today refreshed its MapQuest mapping and GPS navigation app for iOS with several new features that elevate the experience, including in-route navigation improvements, tighter integration with Yelp data, the ability to buy tickets and send feedback in the app and more.

A clearer on-map directive will give you a heads-up on your next turn while the improved list view for your route now automatically scrolls turn-by-turn statements with your progress “so the next maneuver is always easy to see.” Read More


This iPhone Lightning cable claims to cut charging time in half for $27

By Jake Smith on Jan 20, 2015

SONICable is claiming it’s the world’s most advanced charging cable for the Lightning-supporting iPhones, able to charge your device in half the time as a normal Apple charger.

It offers an off and on switch that is behind the magic. When the switch is OFF: Its like a normal USB cable, charge and sync. When the switch is ON: All of the power is focused on charging, sync/data is disabled, which the Fort Lauderdale-based company says helps increase speed significantly. Read More


Meet Coolors for iOS, a simple and free color palette generator

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

No matter if you’re designing a website, creating a brochure, writing a game or just messing around in creative apps like Adobe Illustrator or Pixelmator, the key to attracting your audience’s imagination is choosing the right set of colors.

While mobile and desktop applications aimed at artists and designers allow you to experiment with varied color palettes, setting RGB values manually can be a tedious task that gets old fast. What if there was a simpler way of generating endless color palettes on the go?

Coolors by Fabrizio Bianchi does just that! Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 19

By Cody Lee on Jan 19, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the crazy world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts (deals!), updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some great app discounts, a few new games, and more. Read More


Poll: should the next iPhone implement Apple Watch’s Force Touch pressure sensing?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

If you believe recent reporting by Tech News Taiwan and UDN, Force Touch, one of the technologies behind the Apple Watch, could make its way into this year’s refresh of the iPhone 6, likely to be referred to as an ‘iPhone 6s’.

To get you quickly up to speed on Force Touch, it’s a handy feature that relies on a bunch of tiny electrodes around the Watch’s display that recognize the difference between a tap and a press, thereby providing the user with quick access to contextually specific controls.

But would Force Touch make sense on the iPhone, do you think? Read More


Leaked images show upcoming Google Calendar iOS app with embedded photos and maps

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Monday has brought us our first glimpses into Google’s standalone Calendar app for the iPhone, courtesy of leaked screenshots via The Next Web.

Featuring Material Design, Google’s design language applied across mobile, desktop and the web, the forthcoming application puts photos and map information straight into your calendar, and more. Read More


Chinese thieves tunnel their way into a Beijing warehouse, stealing 240 iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Nearly $230,000 worth of iPhones have disappeared through a 20-inch hole after a trio of daring thieves tunneled their way into a warehouse, Xinhua News Agency reported earlier in the month.

Three Chinese nationals were arrested on charges of stealing 240 iPhone 6 units, valued at 1.4 million yuan, or approximately $230,000. The suspects were arrested in late December after the police successfully tracked the phones’ serial numbers. Read More


Snowden docs give new insight into how GCHQ tracked iPhone users

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

New documents by NSA leaker Edward Snowden were published this weekend by German newspaper Der Spiegel, giving us new insight into how the GCHQ tracked iPhone users without their consent.

Rather than tap specific exploits that GCHQ’s U.S. counterpart, NSA, relied on in order to compromise the iPhone’s software, GCHQ surveilled targets by following a device’s UDID across different services.

They were even able to pull data from the device itself when syncing with a compromised computer took place. Read More


Facebook testing voice transcription feature in Messenger ahead of official rollout

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2015

Facebook has begun testing a new feature in its mobile Messenger software that can read transcripts of received voice messages in case you don’t want to listen to them.

The company is currently testing the feature with a tiny subset of Messenger’s more than 500 million users ahead of a forthcoming launch in the near future.

In addition to Messenger’s voice transcription capability, the firm announced buying a successful boutique design firm which has created popular mobile applications and online services, including the read-later app Readability and the rising blogging platform Medium. Read More


Bowling Central teams up with your Apple TV for Wii-like bowling action

By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2015

Rolocule, the veteran developers behind games like Motion Tennis and Dance Party, is back with perhaps its most ambitious title ever called Bowling Central. At its core, the game offers a stellar mobile bowling experience, with state-of-the-art physics, stunning 3D graphics and over 30 unique challenges. But things get really interesting when you turn on your Apple TV.

Utilizing Apple’s AirPlay Mirroring technology, Bowling Central can stream gameplay footage from your iOS device to your television set by way of Apple TV. This not only gives you a much better view of the game, but it also frees up your iPhone or iPod touch to be used as a controller for what is best described as a Wii-like gaming experience. Here, check out the demo: Read More


Kickstarter revamps iOS app, adds iPad UI, iPhone 6 support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2015

The official Kickstarter app is now available on the iPad, nearly two years following its iPhone debut in February of 2013. Not only does the software sport native tablet interface, it’s been thoroughly redesigned as well and now looks way more in line with iOS 8’s design aesthetics.

Those who have purchased an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus will be happy to know that Kickstarter will now take full advantage of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen resolutions rather than look like a ridiculously blown up version of its former self. Read More


One-stop shop for your entertainment needs: Time Inc. releases new iOS video streaming app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2015

Publishing company Time Inc. has released a new application that acts as a one-stop shop for video content from its many properties.

The Daily Cut, now available free in the App Store, lets you stream videos produced by Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Instyle, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, Golf, Cooking Light, Southern Living, Fortune, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Essence and a plethora of other brands and channels.

Though basically an iOS version of Time Inc.’s newly launched website of the same name, available at, the app is pretty nicely done and has some compelling features you should know about. Read More


Microsoft’s OneNote for iPhone picks up Today widget and Recent Notes feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2015

Slowly but surely, Microsoft’s Evernote killer, OneNote, has been picking up major iOS 8-specific features.

The app already boasts Touch ID verification and native Share sheet functionality, has its own Document Storage extension, syncs data in the background and has native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus resolutions.

Friday, the software giant pushed a new update giving the iPhone edition of OneNote a much-needed Today widget and another new feature listing your recently accessed notes, no matter which device they’re on. Read More


Book accommodations in just two taps with’s redesigned, rebranded app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2015, a Priceline-owned hotel reservation service which Planet Earth named its #1 Accommodation Site, has had a pair of nice apps in the App Store for quite some time now.

The first, Hotel Reservations Worldwide & Hotel Deals, lets you browse over 550,000 properties and find your ideal accommodation.

The other, Tonight, has just been rebranded as Booking Now. Featuring a fresh new coat of paint giving it a modern appearance, the app also introduces new features such as personalized search results, quicker bookings of accommodations within 48 hours and more. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 15

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from around the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts (deals!), updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selection includes some awesome new games, some great app discounts, and more. Read More