App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 10

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 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, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have several great freebies including Mass Effect: Infiltrator, CameraBag 2 and more. Read More

 

Report: iPhone 6 Plus users consume twice the data of iPhone 6 users

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2015

Owners of larger smartphones tend to use a lot more data than those with smaller screens, according to a new report from Citrix. The marketing research firm found that, on average, iPhone 6 Plus users consume twice the data of those with an iPhone 6.

While it makes sense that the 6 Plus would eat more data due to its larger display, Citrix thinks the difference has more to do with user behavior. People are treating the 6 Plus like they would a tablet, playing more games and streaming a lot more video. Read More

 

IGN names EA’s ‘Mass Effect: Infiltrator’ its Free Game of the Month

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2015

Heads up gamers, IGN has just named EA’s “Mass Effect: Infiltrator” its Free Game of the Month for February. The title has a rating of 4 out of 5 stores in the App Store, on thousands of reviews, and it typically retails for $4.99.

In Infiltrator, you play as veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno who works at a secret facility that conducts illicit experiments on alien beings. But when those experiments go too far, Randall vows to bring the whole project down.  Read More

 

Members of ‘For Sale’ Facebook groups can now list and sell items more easily

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Facebook today announced that members of its “For Sale” Groups now have new features at their disposal for easier listing of their items, including the new Sell feature, the ability to see their catalogue of previously sold items, mark their posts as ‘Available’ or ‘Sold’.

Jump past the fold for the full breakdown. Read More

 

Kindle update brings eTextbooks and Book Browser to iPhone, and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Amazon’s free Kindle for iOS app has received a refresh this morning. Bumped to version 4.7, it lets students access Kindle eTextbooks from their iPhone and filter their notes by chapter for easy studying, thanks to an enhanced Notebook feature.

Book Browser, another new feature created with iPhone owners in mind, lets you tap on a book cover to reveal additional information like the book description and customer reviews. Read More

 

Flipboard is now available in a web browser

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Flipboard, a social-network aggregation news app delivered in a magazine-like format, today launched a web app that runs in any standards-compliant desktop web browser like Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome.

Available at flipboard.com, it lets you sign in with your Flipboard account and browse your Cover Stories, catch up on anything you’re interested in and collect and share articles with friends, all inside your favorite desktop browser and without installing anything. Read More

 

Kuo: iPhone 6s to sport much-improved Touch ID for safer Apple Pay experience

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

In a note to clients obtained Monday by AppleInsider, revered analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that the next iPhone will have a much improved and more reliable Touch ID fingerprint sensor that will “offer a better and safer Apple Pay user experience by reducing reading errors.”

An analyst with KGI Securities, Kuo is plugged deeply into Apple’s supply chain and has proven reliable. Read More

 

Anki Overdrive announced with modular track pieces, new cars and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Following the success of Anki Drive, a slot car racing game which made its debut on stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer of 2013, Tuesday the company announced  the Anki Overdrive ahead of the next week’s New York Toy Fair show. Anki Overdrive is an improved version of Drive with brand new cars, customizable tracks and more. Read More

 

Infuse 3.2 rolls out with Google Cast support, direct web streaming and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Infuse, a versatile media player for the iPhone and iPad by jailbreak developer FireCore (the brains behind the aTV Flash Black software), has been infused this morning with more than a dozen new features, improvements and enhancements.

Among other items, Infuse 3.2 can stream/download video from direct web URLs and has beta support for Google Cast, the search giant’s version of AirPlay.

The freemium app is available at no cost in the App Store, with advanced features locked behind a Pro upgrade via the In-App Purchase mechanism. Read More

 

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

By Cody Lee on Feb 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, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include several freebies and other deals on apps and games. Read More

 

Dish’s Sling TV launches live, adds AMC network

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015

Following a limited invite-only launch last month, Dish’s Sling TV service is now available to everyone in the United States, the company announced Monday.

In addition, the service has added AMC to the basic channel lineup so you’ll be able to watch Better Call Saul, Mad Men and Walking Dead, for example. Read More

 

Skype for iPhone introduces new chat picker, brings back URI support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015

Microsoft today released an update to Skype for iPhone in the App Store. In addition to general improvements, Skype 5.10 for iPhone lets you quickly call people and groups straight from a new chat picker: just tap on a new chat icon and choose who to talk to.

The update enhances Skype’s dialer with a useful auto-complete feature that searches for Skype contacts as you’re entering a phone number.

Most importantly, the new version brings Skype URI support back to iPhones so third-party developers can again write apps that integrate with Skype. Read More

 

iPhone 6s rumored to keep same 8MP rear-camera sensor as previous generations

By Jake Smith on Feb 9, 2015

The component industry is expecting the rear-camera for the iPhone 6s to retain the same 8-megapixel sensor Apple has been using in previous generations of the iPhone. As such, it appears Apple won’t be jumping on the 16-megapixel bandwagon of insanely increasing megapixel count for marketing purposes.

The rumor on Monday is centered around a report from Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu who claims the iPhone 6s will have the same camera hardware specifications as previous models, according to Taipei Times. Pu is formulating his predictions around one supplier. Read More

 

Sapphire-like Corning glass could come to next iPhone

By Jake Smith on Feb 6, 2015

Kentucky-based Corning has announced that Sapphire-like glass called “Project Phire” will be shipping on smartphones later this year. While not direct confirmation, this could be the glass found on the next iPhone, as Corning has been the glass Apple has chosen in previous generations.

The new glass was announced at an event in New York City, reports CNET, and the company claims it offers the scratch resistance of sapphire but does better when dropped.  Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 6

By Cody Lee on Feb 6, 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, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have some great selections that should help you get through the weekend. Read More

 

How to free up your iPhone and iPad storage space by removing unwanted books

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2015

Our previous how-tos shared tips on saving storage space on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad by removing photosvideos, songs and apps. And last week, we shared an excellent tip on clearing ‘Other’ storage occupied by Safari’s Reading List, app caches and temporary data.

With that in mind, you’d be surprised to learn that electronic books can take significant amount of storage space.

While a typical book found on the iBooks Store is about two megabytes in size, a textbook with enhanced features like audio and video will typically require anywhere between a few hundred megabytes to up to two gigabytes of storage, per textbook.

Now, if you’re anything like me, your devices are stuffed to the gills with multimedia-rich smart reads. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to identify the amount of on-device storage consumed by iBooks content, teach you how to reclaim storage space by removing books and PDFs you’ve read and share a few useful tips along the way that I bet you didn’t know about. Read More

 

Telltale releases Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2015

Following the inaugural release of the Game of Thrones adventure game series for the iPhone, iPad and Mac back in December, Telltale Games has now released the second installment of the six-episode game.

Titled The Lost Lords, Episode 2 finds House Forrester in disarray, their liege lord and his heir dead and Ironrath occupied by Whitehill soldiers.

Needless to say, the survival of the family depends upon those who are left. Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords is available in the App Store, Telltale Store and through Steam. Read More

 

Porsche reveals its latest car, the Cayman GT4, right within Real Racing 3

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2015

German automobile manufacturer Porsche has become the first car maker to reveal a premium vehicle in a video game.

As reported by AppAdvice, an update to Electronic Arts’ Real Racing 3 contains the worldwide reveal of the Porsche Cayman GT4, a sports car with the distinctive mid-engine layout, marking the first time a real car has been unveiled through a mobile game. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 5

By Cody Lee on Feb 5, 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, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include several new games that just landed in the App Store. Read More

 

SwiftKey gains iPad gesture typing, 800+ predictive emojis, key click sounds and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2015

SwiftKey, the popular third-party keyboard for the iPhone and iPad, has received a nice refresh today. The new version brings out support for eleven more languages, enables gesture typing on iPads, implements a new picker which provides access to more than 800 emoticons along with emoji predictions, adds the option to accompany each tap of a key with a click sound and other goodies. Read More

 
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