Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad discounted to just 99 cents

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2015

Pixelmator, a powerful image editing software for the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has received a substantial price cut in the App Store in a limited-time promotion following yesterday’s update which brought out the new Dynamic Touch feature, a much improved and 5x faster Repair tool and more.

Going from $4.99 to just 99 cents, Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad is now a steal.

Keep in mind that’s 99 cents to download the universal Pixelmator app to all your iOS devices. I wholeheartedly recommend you pick up this awesome app right now, especially if you’ve been holding out for a sale. By the way, this is the first Pixelmator’s iOS edition has received such a deep price cut following its October 2014 App Store debut. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 beta 1 to developers

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 14, 2015

Apple just seeded iOS 8.4.1 beta 1 to members of its developer program. Seeing that this release is a minor version release, there’s a good chance that it contains bug fixes, and perhaps even a fix for the exploits used in the iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4 jailbreaks.

While details are currently scarce about what the update contains—there are no release notes at this time—we’ll be sure to update you once we gather more info.

The iOS 8.4.1 beta 1 release comes in with a build number of 12H304, and is available for all devices capable of running iOS 8.4.

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Pixelmator for iOS updated with 5x faster Repair tool, new Dynamic Touch feature and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

Pixelmator for iOS, which almost two months ago became a universal app with native iPhone support, was refreshed in the App Store this morning with a few new features and dozens of improvements, performance improvements and stability fixes.

The Repair tool, which debuted on Pixelmator for Mac, is now up to five times faster on iPhone and iPad, and even more precise.

And the all-new Dynamic Touch tool intelligently changes the stroke size of all Retouch tools based on your finger input: use the tip of your finger and you’ll create thin strokes; press harder, or use a larger surface area of your finger, and you’ll produce thicker lines.

Moreover, Pixelmator’s Photo Editing extension has been improved to make it easier to apply Pixelmator’s effects within the context of iOS’s stock Photos app. Read More

 

TiVo updates iOS app with AirPlay streaming of recorded content to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

TiVo on Tuesday refreshed its iOS app in the App Store with the ability to stream content to the Apple TV via AirPlay. The development marks a major U-degree turn for TiVo, which for a long time has deliberately blocked AirPlay to prevent users from streaming video content to Apple’s $69 box.

With support for the AirPlay mirroring feature now official, users of TiVo’s iOS app can use AirPlay to stream content recorded on a TiVo box using the iPhone and iPad application to a user’s Apple TV.

The refreshed app with the new AirPlay functionality is rolling out later today. Read More

 

How to disable Apple Music Connect

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

After you enable Apple Music on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.4 or later, the Music app gains the following five tabs alongside the bottom: For You, New, Radio, Connect and My Music.

Described by Apple as a place where “musicians give their fans a closer look at their work, their inspirations, and their world,”Apple Music Connect permits music lovers to view and follow an artist’s stream, like and comment on their posts and more.

Apple Music Connect is basically Ping 2.0. The feature is a tad crude in appearance and feels rough around the edges so little wonder that some folks don’t view Connect as valuable enough for it to deserve its own tab.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of the Connect tab? Thankfully, there is.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Connect feature couldn’t be disabled: Apple has made sure to burry and hide it in an obscure place. In this post, I’m going to explain precisely how you can disconnect from Connect in Apple Music on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac and replace it with the infinitely more useful Playlists functionality. Read More

 

Google releases Ivy, an experimental big number calculator for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

Google on Friday released a brand new iOS application in the App Store. Called Ivy and available free of charge, the app is being described as an experimental big number calculator for the iPhone and iPad.

Dedicated calculator apps are a dime a dozen these days so what’s so special about Ivy, you might ask?

According to Google, Ivy takes advantage of what’s referred to as exact rational arithmetic, basically a precision math technique which lets the app handle arbitrary precision with ease. Read More

 

SoundCloud update adds more functionality to playlists and new ‘related tracks’ feature

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2015

SoundCloud updated its iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 3.10.1. The company says the update “significantly upgrades the listening experience,” bringing about more functionality for playlists, the ability to shuffle your Likes, and a new ‘related tracks’ feature.

With the new playlist capabilities, you can now shuffle and edit your playlist within the mobile app. When SoundCloud redesigned its iPhone app last summer, it removed these and several other features, and it has since been re-adding them through a series of iterative updates. Read More

 

Samsung’s latest Galaxy ad paints iPhone owners as ‘a nation of checkers’

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

Samsung’s marketing department has admittedly become very skilled at the craft of Apple-bashing, always eager to find an interesting new angle to discredit the iPhone.

Forget about wall-huggers—Samsung’s latest television commercial for the Galaxy S6 Edge flagship attempts to diss those who would use an iPhone, likening them to “a nation of checkers.”

You know the type.

Those rude people that destroy your moviegoing experience by checking out their email and ruin your dinner by constantly glancing at their iPhone screen under the table. Read More

 

Vine updated with new HD upload setting and improved discovery

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2015

Twitter updated its 6-second video sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.4.2. The update brings about two major improvements: suggestions for popular Viners to follow, and a new quality setting that lets you post your Vines in HD.

The former should help Vine with its discovery problem, something its parent company Twitter particularly struggles with. It’s nearly impossible to convince new users to stick around when it’s difficult to quickly find interesting and entertaining content. Read More

 

WSJ: Samsung moving up Galaxy Note 5 launch to August to beat iPhone hype

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2015

Samsung is moving up its Galaxy Note 5 launch to August this year in hopes of beating the new iPhone hype in September, reports The Wall Street Journal. Until now, the South Korean company has leveraged the annual IFA Berlin conference to debut the big-screened handset.

Citing a source familiar with the matter, The Journal says the move is part of a bid to give the Note some breathing room before mid-September, when Apple typically unveils its new iPhones—a product that often dominates both the news cycle and consumer attention for weeks. Read More

 

The perfect jailbroken iPhone: iOS 8 edition

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 9, 2015

Now that the iOS 8.4 jailbreak is out, I thought I’d create a new “Perfect Jailbroken iPhone” post for you. If you can remember, I started this series a very long time ago, and it has remained popular until this day.

Lots of people want to know what makes a perfect jailbroken iPhone. Do you need the perfect jailbreak tweaks to make a perfect iPhone? Not necessarily.

And just because a tweak or app makes this list, doesn’t means it’s my absolute favorite, or that I even use it everyday. The perfect jailbroken iPhone does not equal my favorite jailbroken iPhone.

The name of the game here is practicality, usefulness, and improvement. With these tweaks + 1 theme for good measure, I put together an all star phone capable of doing very much.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Watch the video and judge for yourselves. Read More

 

Apple launches two new “If it’s not an iPhone” ads

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 9, 2015

Today, Apple launched two new iPhone advertisements touting the device’s uniqueness and how much its customers love them. In the first ad, entitled Hardware & Software, Apple big-ups the way the iPhone’s hardware and software are both created by the same company.

In the second advertisement, entitled Love, Apple touts how 99% of iPhone customers love their devices. It then ends both advertisements with a similar tag line: If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone. Read More

 

Apple posts five new ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ videos

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2015

Apple on Thursday added five new clips to the World Gallery films section of its ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ microsite. The company launched the Shot on iPhone 6 campaign in March, showcasing beautiful photos and videos taken with its latest smartphone.

The new videos are very similar to the previous entries, in that they are 15 seconds long and accompanied by an analogous soundtrack. They were captured by photographers from around the world, and show what the iPhone 6 is capable of. Read More

 

‘Card Wars – Adventure Time Card Game’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2015

Apple has just named Cartoon Network’s “Card Wars – Adventure Time Card Game” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the card combat game for free—a solid savings of $4.

In Card Wars, players are tasked with commanding an army of awesome warriors to destroy their opponent’s forces. You can collect new cards to level up your creatures, spells and towers, or choose to fuse them together to make them more powerful. Read More

 

Readdle’s excellent Spark email client gains bulk actions, setting for remote images and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Readdle’s Spark, my new favorite go-to mobile email client, received a big update in the App Store today. Although you couldn’t tell it from a minor version number change (1.0.1), the new version does make the app much better while fixing a plethora of user-reported issues.

For starters, you can now delete and archive emails in bulk, a tremendous productivity boost. Next, Spark now consumes less energy, which is always a good thing.

You can now empty your Trash with a single tap, as opposed to selecting multiple messages before hitting the Delete button, like before.

Security advocates will definitely appreciate a new setting to disable loading of remote images, which protects you from spammers while keeping data usage under control.

On the downside, today’s update has removed a pair of useful features due to mixed reviews, though Readdle assures us it may bring them back “someday.” Read More

 

Facebook rolls out richer News Feed controls with a new ‘See First’ option and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Facebook on Thursday introduced and updated set of controls letting you finally tell the service precisely what you want to see in your News Feed, as opposed to relying to Facebook’s mysterious algorithm which surfaces posts its servers think you want to see while demoting others it flagged as uninteresting.

The reworked controls now permit you to actively shape and improve your personalized News Feed experience.

You also get more control over what you see in your News Feed via a brand new ‘See First’ option designed to help you prioritize whose posts you don’t want to miss to ensure you’ll always find them at the top of your News Feed. Read More

 

Endless snowboarding odyssey Alto’s Adventure receives its first major content update

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Alto’s Adventure, an endless snowboarding odyssey for iOS unlike any other, has received its first major content update after making its App Store debut in February of this year.

Available free to existing users, the ‘Workshop’ update includes support for Apple’s 64-bit processors, iOS’s low-level graphics frameworks called Metal, along with a bunch of other new things.

Alto’s Adventure 1.1 also packs in six new languages and a bunch of fun new items available via the in-game workshop, such as helmets, llama horn, wingsuit timer and more. Read More

 

Streaming music service Tidal launches pricey new family plans

By Cody Lee on Jul 8, 2015

In response to Apple Music and other competitors, Tidal on Wednesday announced new family plans for its streaming music service. The new plans will allow up to 5 users to enjoy Tidal’s Premium and HiFi service tiers at a significant discount from standalone rates.

It works like this: a standalone account for Tidal Premium costs $9.99 per month, and a HiFi account costs $19.99 per month. With family plans, users can add up to 4 additional users to their account at 50% off—$4.99/month for Premium, and $9.99/month for HiFi. Read More

 

Apple believes new iPhones with Force Touch are going to be massively successful

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

According to a report Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal newspaper, Apple is putting high hopes into a forthcoming mid-cycle “S”-upgrade to the present-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones.

The company apparently believes that an ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ which, among other things, sport new color options and Force Touch technology for sensing deep presses on the screen, should prove massively popular as it reportedly ordered its suppliers to build a record 90 million units this year. Read More

 

Magic Duels, a new Magic the Gathering game, hits App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

Wizards of the Coast, a U.S.-based publisher of games primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes, today released a brand new iOS game set in the Magic the Gathering universe.

Magic Duels, a free-to-play download for the iPhone and iPad, is now available worldwide following a recent soft-launch on the New Zealand App Store.

This strategy card game challenge you to arm yourself with a deck of dazzling spells and fearsome creatures in order to win battles and unlock more powerful cards to add to your ever-growing collection. Read More

 
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