IGN names Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series its Free iOS Game of the Month

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series debuted in the App Store in December 2014 and is now available free of charge as part of IGN’s Free Game of the Month promotion. The game retails for $4.99 a pop in the App Store, but you can grab it free through IGN’s promotional webpage here.

The official HBO licensed game bundles the first episode at no cost, with additional episodes available as a $4.99 In-App Purchase each. Episode 2 titled “The Lost Lords” was released in February and last month brought us Episode 3, headlined as “The Sword in the Darkness”. Read More

 

Scanbot 3.7 arrives with Slack and Wunderlist integrations and new document naming feature

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Scanbot for iOS, the sleek and powerful document scanner and QR reader, has received an update Thursday.

The new version expands on the list of third-party integrations with the addition of Wunderlist and Slack apps while introducing a brand new document naming feature across both iOS and Android editions.

Available on a freemium basis, Scanbot 3.7 also includes optimized performance, functionality improvements, enhanced manual sharing and more. Read More

 

Twitter’s Periscope app receives its first update with live broadcast improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Twitter’s live-streaming software, Periscope, was released in the App Store a week ago and today the app has received its first feature update. Periscope 1.0.1 fixes issues with chat not working sometimes and addresses performance concerns when watching broadcasts with many users.

Now people you follow who are live-broadcasting appear at the top of your feed, allowing you to jump into the action with just a tap. Video streaming and in-app maps showing broadcaster’s location have been enhanced as well. Read More

 

Apple launches new App Store section promoting World Autism Awareness Day

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Apple on Thursday launched a new educational section in the App Store which highlights apps that have been specifically designed for autistic individuals in celebration of the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day.

More than two dozen paid and free apps for kids and adults are being featured, including two highly specialized apps that cost more than a hundred bucks. Read More

 

Foursquare for iOS enables Handoff with Mac, brings Citymapper directions

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2015

Foursquare, the world’s top crowd-sourced local search and discovery service and mobile app, has pushed a refresh to its iPhone and iPad places-discovery application available at no cost in the App Store.

Among other new features, Foursquar 8.1 enables Handoff support between iOS and the Mac and lets you easily access Citymapper from the app. For those wondering, Citymapper is a fast-growing, real-time transit service available on the iPhone and coming to the Apple Watch next month. Read More

 

iPhone and iPad trade-in launches in China

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2015

Following an expanded trade-in program in the United States which offers store credits to Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone users looking to jump ship, Apple has now rolled out its iPhone and iPad trade-in initiative in Greater China, South China Morning Post reported Wednesday.

Available in all of Apple’s eighteen retail stores across the country, customers can now trade in their old devices for an Apple Store Gift Card, which can be used toward a new device purchase. Read More

 

Review: Todoist 10 brings themes, gestures and plenty of new features

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Todoist, a mobile app and a web service aimed at cloud-based task and project management for both personal and professional productivity, has received a thorough refresh on Tuesday.

Available free in the App Store, the new Todoist 10 for the iPhone and iPad brings dozens of new features, including support for user interface themes, several new gestures to speed up common tasks, way more powerful natural language processing, new date options and many more enhancements. Read More

 

Google brings custom snooze times and other perks to Inbox by Gmail

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Inbox, a gesture-heavy, sleek looking email client for the iPhone by the Gmail team born out of Google’s acquisition of the Sparrow app, is getting new features later today.

Among them: custom snooze times for your messages. Normally, Inbox lets you snooze messages you don’t necessarily need to act right now using its built-in snooze options: Evening, Tomorrow, Next Week and Someday.

But sometimes a message wants to be snoozed until a specific date and time. This is now possible thanks to new features letting you customize your morning, afternoon and evening Snooze times in Inbox, Google said Tuesday. This new feature, along with other enhancements listed further below, is rolling out to Inbox later today. Read More

 

Kids under 13 can now have Facebook presence with new Scrapbooks feature

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Facebook on Tuesday announced a better way for parents to organize photographs of their toddlers and kids under 13 on the service, the Scrapbook.

Rolling out in the United States across Facebook’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, in addition to the desktop interface, this optional new feature actually allows children under 13 who are not normally permitted to create a Facebook profile to have an official presence on the service, sans the actual profile.

Facebook’s internal survey has found that 65 percent of the parents who share pictures of their children on the service tag their partner in these photos to share them with their partner’s friends. Read More

 

Google+ Photos now appear in Drive, Auto Backup for images and videos available in iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

The search giant Google announced yesterday it is adding support for Google+ Photos to the Drive app on iOS, Android and the web. “Starting today, the photos and videos you keep in Google+ Photos will also be available in Google Drive,” said the company.

In addition to storing your photos and files together in Drive, the refreshed Google Drive for iOS app has introduced a new Auto Backup feature to ensure that your Camera Roll photos and videos are safely backed up in the Google cloud. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 30

By Cody Lee on Mar 30, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include some great deals on some great apps and games such as Blek, Screens VNC and more. Read More

 

ITC to investigate Apple following patent infringement complaints from Ericsson

By Jake Smith on Mar 30, 2015

The US International Trade Commission plans to investigate Apple, following two patent complaints from Ericsson, reports PC World.

It regards Apple’s use of an LTE patent for which it had a licensing agreement with Ericsson, up until earlier this year. When the agreement expired, Apple complained that Ericsson asked for too much money for the patent during re-negotiations and sued Ericsson. Ericsson counter-sued saying Apple infringed on the patents and that it had given the Cupertino-based company a fair price.  Read More

 

Facebook updates Messenger with third-party app support

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

After announcing support for select third-party applications inside its Messenger service last week, Facebook on Monday issued a refresh to the mobile messaging app which officially enables third-party integration.

Now available free in the App Store, the update puts a new button in the chat interface of Facebook Messenger. Tapping it brings up a sheet where you can browse and download supported third-party apps that extend Messenger’s functionality, like apps for sending and receiving animated GIFs and more. Read More

 

Alleged four-inch iPhone 6c rear shell leaks

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

Monday, we got our first glimpse of what a rumored iPhone 6c might look like in a pair of purported images of the handset’s rear shell, leaked by Chinese parts vendor Future Supplier and reposted by French blog NowhereElse.fr.

The part resembles the backplate of the current-generation iPhone 5c, sans a thicker casing, a pill-shaped LED flash hole next to the iSight camera, two rows of speaker grilles on the bottom versus a single row of four holes on the iPhone 5c and six microphone holes stacked in two rows versus just one mic hole on the iPhone 5c. Read More

 

Apple expands iPhone trade-in program to select Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

As promised, Apple on Monday started rolling out a new trade-in initiative aimed at Android phone owners who would like to upgrade to an iPhone. Part of Apple’s existing Reuse and Recycling Program, the non-iPhone trade-in is now rolling out in the United States and several European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy.

Eligible non-iPhone devices include smartphones running Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone operating systems. Read More

 

You can now create logins directly in 1Password’s iOS extension and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

Developer AgileBits on Monday refreshed its freemium password-manager utility, 1Password for iOS, with a much smarter extension that allows you to create logins and other items without switching to the main app.

1Password 5.3 is also packed with a dozen other goodies, including enhanced Dynamic Type support, a fixe for the broken Zoom Mode on the iPhone 6 Plus, a new Large Type option, tags in bubbles, the ability to switch time zones and much more. Read More

 

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: six months on, choice is king

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 29, 2015

We all knew it was coming following months of uncharacteristic leaks, but the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus double announcement of September 9th 2014 saw the biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the handset was first brought to market. Apple launched two handsets, both with differing screen sizes but more importantly, both of those screen sizes were bigger than the iPhone 5s they were replacing.

After years of mocking users of Android phones that seemed to know no limits when it came to packing ever larger, ever more pocket-busting screens into smartphones it was time for Apple fans to embrace the idea of a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch device in their midst. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 27

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today, we have a number of app and game deals to help you get your weekend started off right! Read More

 

Pangu Team talks money, discrimination and more in open letter

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2015

The Pangu Team, which has been responsible for multiple iOS 7 and iOS 8 jailbreaks, posted an open letter to its website on Friday. The letter is entitled “Jailbreak Should not Tolerate Regional Discrimination,” and it talks about discrimination, rumors regarding Pangu, and more.

It appears much of the motivation behind the post comes from comments made by hacker Stefan Esser, better known as I0n1c. The team says during his talk at this year’s Syscan conference, Esser made several comments that they felt were racist and “full of morbid imaginations.” Read More

 

Vine upgrades video quality to 720p

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Vine, a service for sharing short 15-second looping clips, announced on Friday that it is finally upgrading video quality from a rather paltry 480p resolution to a more acceptable 720p.

“We’ve been working on technical upgrades that support Vines in higher quality,” the Twitter-owned company said. The 720p format offers a resolution of 1,280-by-720 pixels whereas the 480p standard tops out at 640-by-480 pixels. Read More

 
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