Ubisoft’s Trials Frontier racer now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Good news gamers, the official mobile version of Trials is now available. First revealed at E3 last year, Ubisoft’s Trials Frontier is a mobile-exclusive entry in the popular stunt biking series, and it landed in the App Store this morning with support for both the iPhone and iPad.

For those unfamiliar with Trials, it’s a long-running platform racing franchise famous for its crazy characters and physics-based gameplay. And this new mobile version adds in a mix of social features, allowing you to challenge your friends and compete against other racers… Read More

 

Case maker’s iPhone 6 model hints at a larger display, thinner design

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Most of the reports we’ve seen thus far regarding the iPhone 6 point to a larger display and much thinner profile. And earlier today, our friends over at Nowhereelse.fr posted new evidence to support that theory: a case maker’s model for the handset from Chinese case manufacturer Elam.

As you can see in the photo above, the design of the phone looks very similar to what we’ve seen so far. Note the device’s extremely thin profile, rounded corners and larger display. It looks very much like the device we’ve been seeing lately in purported schematics and designer mockups… Read More

 

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile for iOS is now available for download

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

As we recently reported, Atari promised to unleash a mobile version of RollerCoaster Tycoon unto Apple’s iOS platform soon. Based on the original RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, the mobile which simulates amusement park construction and management has just arrived in the App Store. The game challenges you create the amusement park of your dreams and exchange rollercoaster blueprints with friends on Facebook and Game Center.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, will run you $2.99 and is now available in the App StoreRead More

 

Apple confirms iPhone UI creator’s departure, shoots down ill-founded power struggle claim

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

Yesterday, blogger Mark Gurman reported that Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface, Greg Christie, will be leaving the company. Christie’s name is on a hundred Apple patents, among them the famous slide-to-unlock invention asserted in its second California patent trial against Samsung.

The herald of Apple’s iOS design aesthetic, his departure was framed as a significant loss for the company based on Gurman’s assertion that Christie was forced out due to his falling out with Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Design, over iOS design direction.

However, turns out that Gurman’s sources were wrong: Apple on Thursday denied the claim of an internal power struggle. Christie’s departure after 18 years of service was planned and is part of a leadership transition inside the Human Interface group, Apple said in a statement to several media outlets… Read More

 

iPhone 6 to include relocated sleep/wake button and larger, higher resolution display

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Last night, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a monster research note to investors with a timeline of when he thinks Apple will release their new products this year. He also offered details on each product, which he’s learned from his supply chain connections and other sources.

We’ve already covered Kuo’s iWatch predictions, which called for a “fashionable” smartwatch with advanced features like biometric sensors and wireless charging, and now it’s time to look at his iPhone forecasts. The analyst sees two Apple-branded smartphones launching this year… Read More

 

‘Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff’ now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

We’ve been looking forward to the new Family Guy game on iOS since it was first mentioned last December, and we’re happy to say that it is now available for download. Head on over to the App Store, and you can grab ‘Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff’ for free.

For those who have missed our various posts on the title, the game is a joint venture between Fox and TinyCo studios, and it involves you helping Peter Griffin and the rest of the Quahog residents rebuild their city after it’s destroyed. Read on for a full overview… Read More

 

A timeline of all the products Apple is rumored to launch this year

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Apple is preparing to release a bevy of new products this year, according to a new research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The highly regarded analyst has laid out a timeline of all the products Apple is rumored to launch in 2014, beginning in Q2 and going all the way through December.

Kuo sees Apple starting with an iMac refresh in late Q2, followed by upgrades to the iPad Air and iPad mini. He then sees the company introducing a new 4.7-inch iPhone and the oft-rumored iWatch in Q3, and closing out the year with a refreshed Apple TV, 5.5-inch iPhone and a 12″ MacBook… Read More

 

iPhone UI creator Greg Christie departing after falling out with Jony Ive over iOS design direction

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

Ever since Tim Cook took the reigns at Apple, the firm’s been in a perpetual shakeup mode. The most famous change at the top occurred on October 29, 2012, the day a press release was put out saying “Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple” the following year.

The unexpected change saw Apple’s lead hardware designer Jony Ive assume a greater role as he got to “provide leadership and direction” for Apple’s Human Interface (HI) group across the company, on top of his longtime role as the leader of Industrial Design.

With Ive in charge of all design at the company, Apple has ushered in a new era of visual simplicity with the release of iOS 7 last September, representing the biggest rethinking of the iPhone’s user interface since the handset’s inception.

However, a new report asserts that collaboration between Ive and Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface, Greg Christie, has been a rocky one

In fact, Christie is rumored to be leaving Apple soon as a result of his falling out with Ive over the iOS’s design direction… Read More

 

Apple poaching Broadcom talent as rumors of in-house baseband chip development intensify

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

Following talk of Apple’s rumored initiative that would have it develop its own baseband chips for 2015 iPhones and iPads in-house, AppleInsider has learned the firm’s recently poached a pair of longtime semiconductor engineers from chipmaker Broadcom.

Both men are experienced at building RF hardware and have led the effort to produce baseband transceivers used by Nokia and Samsung devices.

Apple counts Broadcom as its supplier: the iPhone 5s uses a Broadcom touchscreen controller and the handset’s Wi-Fi chip by Murata is based on Broadcom’s BCM4334 module, according to a teardown analysis by repair experts over at iFixIt… Read More

 

Rumor: mass production of 4.7″ iPhone 6 in July, 5.5″ version in September

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

It used to be that 2014 would see a simultaneous double-iPhone launch until Reuters earlier this week asserted the larger model could get delayed due to production issues with 5.5-inch screens. As a result, only the rumored 4.7-inch model is said to be ready for a launch in September.

A new report from Japan echoes this notion. Apparently mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone has been tipped to start in July. As for the 5.5-inch model, the story claims the bigger handset is scheduled to enter full production in September, meaning Apple may not be able to release its phablet before the holiday quarter… Read More

 

Fire TV companion apps, Second Screen and Remote, hitting iOS soon

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

Tucked away as a side note in Amazon’s Fire TV announcement last week is an interesting confirmation of a companion iOS app for the set-top box that’s scheduled to launch later this year in the App Store.

The software will act as a second screen solution allowing Fire TV owners to fling Amazon TV shows and movies from their iPhone or iPad to the $99 set-top box, providing remote functionality with playback controls, support for Amazon’s X-Ray technology that pulls media metadata from the web and more.

In addition to Second Screen, the official Fire TV app for smartphones and tablets will launch soon, providing virtual controls for touch-enabled games… Read More

 

Apple seen testing push notifications for resolved Maps issues

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Apple is apparently testing a new notification system for Maps, according to a report from MacRumors. The site has posted screenshots showing a new option that some users are seeing to receive a push notification when their reported issue with the app has been fixed.

It works like this: after choosing to ‘Report a Problem’ within the Maps app, users are given the option to be notified when engineers have fixed the issue. And once the problem has been resolved, Apple sends out a push notification to that user’s device letting them know… Read More

 

Downcast apps for iOS and Mac on sale for a limited time

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Folks looking to branch out in the world of podcast apps may want to check out Downcast for iOS and Mac. The two apps are considered by many to be best in their respective categories, and for a limited time, both of them are available at discounts of up to 50%.

The iPhone client, for those who haven’t used it, is about as sharp as they come. It’s packed with innovative features like gesture-based playback controls, and looks great thanks to its recent iOS 7 refresh. And the Mac version of the app is equally impressive… Read More

 

Pocket updated with new languages, support for Medium and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Last month, popular read-it-later service Pocket took its iOS client global, adding the support of French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish languages. Until then, the app could only display UI elements (not saved content) in English.

Today the service built on that achievement by adding support for 5 new languages, including both Chinese and Portuguese, via an app update. The release, marked as version 5.2.1, also features better support for Medium and other improvements…. Read More

 

Klout for iPhone goes 2.0: personalized content stream, topic explorer, Klout Perks and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

Klout started out in 2008 with the promise of measuring the world’s influence. Although its rapid rise to fame has inspired a bunch of similar services, Klout has remained my favorite social media analytics.

Upon connecting your social media accounts with Klout, the service calculates your score on a scale of 1-100, depending on the popularity of your posts as measured by the number of interactions and reposts from your community, among other factors.

To derive your score, Klout processes an astounding 50 billion pieces of information every single day. Granted, Klout isn’t the most accurate social analytics tool out there, but it does help you get noticed for your unique passions.

Besides, the team is dutifully adding new features on a regular basis. My only gripe with Klout: its sub-par iPhone app – and I’m using the term ‘app’ loosely here – that would only let me see my Klout score and nothing else.

Today’s version 2.0 update changes all that by adding several much-needed features such as personalized content streams, the new content scheduler and topic explorers, Klout Perks and more… Read More

 

New iPhone 6 renderings based on alleged leaked schematics

By Cody Lee on Apr 8, 2014

A little over a week ago, Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged schematics for a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6. We called the drawings ‘sketchy,’ as they depicted a round iSight flash (instead of pill-shaped) and other oddities, but many of the details matched up with previous information.

With that in mind, MacRumors commissioned designer Ferry Passchier to create some full product renderings of the two iPhone 6 models, based on the schematics, in an effort to bring the black and white sketches to life. And we must say, the outcome is one (or two) good-looking smartphone… Read More

 

iOS 7 adoption at 87 percent ahead of WWDC 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

After last summer’s WWDC, Apple started charting iOS adoption numbers on Dev Center, its portal for registered Mac and iOS developers.

According to data from March 24, 2014, a whopping 85 percent of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild ran iOS 7 at the time. The figure has now grown to 87 percent device, as per latest App Store numbers.

Although iOS adoption rates are now plateauing following the software’s public release more than six months ago, the two percentage-point difference in two weeks time is nonetheless a notable accomplishment.

I bet Apple’s executives will highlight iOS vs. Android adoption to paint Google’s platform as highly fragmented, but there’s more to data than meets the eye. Read on for more context… Read More

 

NBC’s iOS app now streams free shows to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

Cord-cutters are well aware that the National Broadcasting Company, or NBC, is one of the rare few broadcasters that allow for free streaming of their shows right after they’ve aired on television, no cable subscription required.

The company has a nice iOS application which has received an interesting little update earlier today with support for wireless content streaming to the Apple TV, via Apple’s AirPlay technology.

As a result, you can now send such shows as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Days of our Lives, The Blacklist and About a Boy to your big screen TV, through Apple’s $99 media-streaming box… Read More

 

Apple allegedly working on its own baseband chips for 2015 iPhones and iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

As you know, Apple’s in-house teams have been designing the engine that drives the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV devices for years now. However, the company still sources one crucial piece of silicon from a third-party: it buys baseband modems that provide the iPhone and iPad with cellular connectivity from Qualcomm. But even that could soon change, if a new rumor is an indication.

DigiTimes, the hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication, is reporting that Apple is planning to form a research and development team to engineer baseband processors for iPhones fully in-house. The move would empower the firm to take an even greater control of its chip destiny.

In years past, Apple acquired several fabless semiconductor makers such as PA Semi and Intrinsity for their talent and technology. Apple now has over a thousand silicon and wireless engineers who design A-series of chips in house by licensing CPU and GPU blueprints from ARM and Imagination Technology, respectively, optimizing their designs for speed, low power consumption and iOS… Read More

 

Persistent search bar and swiping improvements added to Vimeo’s iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2014

Back in February, the video sharing service Vimeo added support for the handy swiping gesture to its free iOS app.

You can swipe right to reveal options to share a video, like it or add it to your Watch Later list. Swiping left marks a video for download so it can be accessible on your device without an Internet connection.

Today’s update, now available in the App Store, removes the Watch Later option when you swipe from left to right, leaving only sharing and liking options in the menu. But don’t worry, Watch Later is now available when you swipe from right to left. As a bonus, the app now adds a clip to your Watch Later list and marks it for download at the same time.

Vimeo version 4.0.10 also includes a new persistent search bar at the top, but more on this after the break… Read More

 
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