iPhone 6s rumor: Force Touch, dual-lens camera with optical zoom

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015

Apple pundit John Gruber said in November that the next iPhone refresh — likely to be marketed under the ‘iPhone 6s’ name — will include “the biggest camera jump ever” and now UDN’s supply chain sources are chiming in with some details.

According to the report Tuesday, relayed by GforGames, the next iPhone will feature a dual-lens camera out the back that will have optical zoom capabilities rather than digital zooming like all prior iPhone models.

Moreover, Apple is rumored to use some form a 3D pressure sensor akin to Force Touch technology that Apple Watch uses to sense the difference between a tap and a press. Read More


Apple TV-compatible AllCast media streaming app now available on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015

Following a beta on Android that first launched more than a year ago, courtesy of CyanogenMod developer Koushik Dutta, the AllCast content streaming app is now available for the iPhone and iPad.

The software allows you to stream online or locally-stored content such as photos, music and videos to your Apple TV, Roku and a number of other set-top boxes and DLNA-compatible devices, including Amazon’s Fire TV, Sony’s PlayStation console, Microsoft’s Xbox and more.

Moreover, the app supports popular online content sources such as Instagram for photos, as well as Dropbox, Google+ and Google Drive, and is compatible with smart TV brands from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 12

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the fast-paced 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 great free games, a new app from Google and more. Read More


CBS News overhauls iOS app, adds 24/7 live streaming video, breaking news alerts and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2015

CBS News issued a major refresh to its iOS application sporting an overhauled appearance and offering a plethora of new features. CBS News 3.0 brings out, among other enhancements, 24/7 live streaming video, push notifications for breaking news, in-depth coverage for constantly evolving stories, nicely designed photo galleries, a new ‘Quick Read’ feature and much more. The free of charge software is at last being provided as a single universal binary for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read More


Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2015

Google released its long-rumored remote desktop app for iOS today. Dubbed Chrome Remote Desktop, it’s available now in the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad, allowing you to securely access your computers from either device.

Setup falls in line with other remote desktop applications. You’ll obviously need Chrome installed on your computer (PC, Mac and Linux), the desktop client, and the aforementioned iOS app, and then you simply follow the instructions. Read More


Latest iOS 8.2 beta adds pairing with Apple Watch, confirms dedicated Watch app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2015

If you need more proof the Apple Watch is launching in March as recently reported, here it is.

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac just discovered that installing a fourth beta of the upcoming iOS 8.2, which was seeded to Apple’s developers earlier today, enables Bluetooth connectivity with the upcoming wrist-worn device.

In addition, iOS 8.2 Beta 4 (build 12D5461b) makes it clear that the Cupertino firm is working on a dedicated app for setting up the Apple Watch and controlling it. Read More


iPhone smuggler caught in China with 94 strapped to his body

By Jake Smith on Jan 12, 2015

An iPhone smuggler was caught by Chinese authorities trying to making his way through customs with 94 iPhones strapped to his body. He had a “weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension” that caused authorities to become concerned. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2015

Apple has this morning seeded the fourth iOS 8.2 beta to developers. The release comes three weeks after the previous iOS 8.2 beta, and follows this morning’s discovery that Apple has begun testing early iOS 9 prototype builds.

The new 8.2 beta can be downloaded either over-the-air, or via Apple’s developer portal, by all registered iOS developers. It’s still unknown what new features the firmware will bring, but we do know it’ll enable support for WatchKit. Read More


Check out Spirefall, an endless arcade platformer for iOS with a twist

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2015

The instant I saw Spirefall I fondly remembered Nebulus, a 1987 platform game for the Commodore Amiga and other home computers of the time in which your character must walk all around a cylinder-shaped tower that has ledges on the outside.

Created by Pixel Hunter Games and released by Gameblyr, Spirefall has your character, a cute cat, moving left or right in such a way that it always stays in the centre of the visible screen because the spire turns clockwise or counterclockwise with a convincing sense of depth — again, much like in Nebulus. Read More


IGN names ‘Valiant Hearts: The Great War’ its Free Game of the Month

By Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2015

Great news gamers, IGN has named Ubisoft’s ‘Valiant Hearts: The Great War’ its Free Game of the Month for January. The game has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in the App Store, from thousands of reviews, and it typically retails for $4.99.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Valiant Hearts is a popular puzzle adventure game that offers up an engaging storyline and unique mix of puzzle-explore-action gameplay. It first landed on consoles last summer, and then hit iOS in the fall. Read More


What would you like to see from Apple this year?

By Jake Smith on Jan 10, 2015

Apple blogger and Instapaper founder Marco Arment caused an earthquake in the Apple community when he released a blistering article on the current state of Apple’s hardware earlier this week. It’s not often you see Apple bloggers being critical of the company they’re usually so quick to praise.

“We don’t need major OS releases every year,” Arment wrote. “We don’t need each OS release to have a huge list of new features. We need our computers, phones, and tablets to work well first so we can enjoy new features released at a healthy, gradual, sustainable pace.”

So that left two questions: Is Arment correct in his theory? What do you want from Apple in 2015?  Read More


Apple overtakes Nikon for second place camera brand on Flickr in 2014

By Jake Smith on Jan 10, 2015

Flickr has released its list of camera brands that were used the most to capture photos on the photography website in 2014. The top five were: Canon at 13.4 percent, Apple at 9.6 percent, Nikon at 9.3 percent, Samsung at 5.6 percent, and Sony at 4.2 percent.

Apple overtook Nikon for the second place spot in 2014. The iPhone 5, 4S and 4 were the top three for both 2013 and 2014, with the Canon EOS 7D and the Nikon D7000 unchanged in 4th and fifth place respectively. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 9

By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from 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 picks include a variety of just-released games, some great productivity apps that just went free, and much more. Read More


Piracy on iOS: 60% of Monument Valley installs on iPhone and iPad not paid for

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2015

Even though this particular data point is a few days old now, I think it’s highly relevant in light of Apple’s glowing App Store stats revealed yesterday.

According to developer Ustwo Games, its award-winning and incredibly successful Monument Valley, an atmospheric puzzle game in which you manipulate impossible architecture inspired by the works of M.C. Escher, has seen a significant chunk of its potential revenue lost to piracy because only 40 percent of the $3.99 game installs on the iPhone and iPad were paid for.

The vast chunk of the remaining sixty percent iOS installs were illegitimate, or to put it bluntly — pirated. On Android, the paid install base is a paltry five percent (you read that right), as a huge hunk of the remaining 95 percent of users opted to steal Monument Vally on Android rather than pay four bucks to enjoy it.

Is the 60 percent piracy rate on iOS a worrying number for Monument Valley developers and a bad sign for Apple’s mobile platform? Read on for the full reveal. Read More


The Princess Bride gets official iOS game

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2015

The official mobile game of The Princess Bride, the 1987 classic fantasy adventure movie adapted from William Goldman’s 1973 namesake novel, is now available in the App Store.

Featuring four different games, The Princess Bride lets you experience all the favorite scenes from the film. You’ll be wrestling giants, engaging in sword fighting and more, earning awards along the way and unlocking images and sound clips from the movie. Read More


Microsoft’s Office Sway for iPhone now available in US App Store and other countries

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2015

After soft-launching in the New Zealand App Store in November, Microsoft’s Office Sway for iPhone is now available more broadly in a number of markets around the world, including in the U.S. App Store.

Office Sway is a free application that makes it easy to create attractive interactive presentation with images, captions, headers and styled text that can be viewed in a web browser on any desktop computer or mobile device.

In addition to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and India, Sway is now available more broadly in a whole bunch of other English-speaking countries. Read More


Eight years ago today, Apple was going to reinvent the phone

By Sébastien Page on Jan 9, 2015

A widescreen iPod with touch controls. A revolutionary mobile phone. A breakthrough internet communications device. An iPod. A phone. And an internet communicator. An iPod. A phone. Are you getting it?

I still get goose bumps watching this.


OneDrive gains Document Provider extension, Recycle Bin support, push alerts and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2015

Microsoft’s iOS client for its cloud-storage service, OneDrive, has received a significant update Friday bringing out a Document Provider extension of its own. The Document Provider extension is one of the major new extensibility features in iOS 8. With Document Providers, developers can write apps which expose their custom remote or local storage functionality to the operating system.

What this means for OneDrive fans is that they can now access their files in other apps. To see how this works and learn more about other changes in OneDrive 4.6, jump past the fold. Read More


Apple institutes app price hikes in Europe, Canada and Russia as iPhones get more expensive in Brazil

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2015

As reported by AppleInsider, Apple has raised minimum prices of iPhone and iPad applications in the App Store in Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway and in the European Union.

As a result of the changes, customers in Canada will now see a minimum app price raised from $0.99 (USD$0.83) to $1.19 (USD$1.01). In the United Kingdom, the new minimum tier has gone up from £0.69 ($1.04) to £0.79 ($1.19) and €0.99 ($1.17) in the European Union, up from €0.89 ($1.05) before.

In addition, smartphones, tablets and other gadgets Apple sells in Brazil saw their prices skyrocketing by an average of 10 percent due to the steady devaluation of the country’s currency, real. Read More


Breed, raise and train your dragons in Gameloft’s Dragon Mania Legends

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

If you’re crazy about dragons, are blood-thirsty and mildly interested in pet simulation games, Gameloft’s Dragon Mania Legends should be at the top of your list.

Released today as a free-to-play download for the iPhone and iPad, the game challenges you to breed, feed, raise and train your dragons before testing their skills in three-on-three battles to fight the invading Vikings.

Developed by Gameloft’s Budapest, Hungary based studio, Dragon Mania Legends features really, really nicely done cartoonish 3D graphics and a batch of compelling features that should keep dragon lovers glued to their screens. Read More

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