Cut the Rope creators release a challenging platformer, King of Thieves

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

ZeptoLab, a Russian entertainment and gaming company best known for developing the Cut the Rope mobile franchise, today released its latest iOS game in the App Store, King of Thieves.

King of Thieves is a challenging platformer with elements of asynchronous player-vs-player multiplayer games in which you must steal other player’s gold and gems undetected.

Game mechanics involve lots of leaping off walls, jumping, avoiding obstacles and what not. King of Thieves also incorporates some elements of tower defense games so give it a whirl if you’re a fan of the genre. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 11

By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 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’s deals include some great entertainment and productivity apps. Read More

 

Unlocking your iPhone gets a little bit easier today

By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 2015

The process of unlocking your iPhone became a little bit easier today in the United States. Today marks the deadline for wireless carriers to adopt the unlocking standards of the late-2013 agreement set forth by the CTIA.

The agreement is industry-wide, and mandates that carriers adhere to 6 rules including clearly posting their unlocking policies online, and offering to unlock postpaid handsets once the customer’s contract has expired. Read More

 

Samsung to outwit Apple with 3-sided Galaxy S6 screen and all-metal enclosure?

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2015

Bloomberg is reporting Wednesday that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone, developed under the “Project Zero” codename, will come in two flavors, including a model with a display covering three sides. The other model will have a regular screen that doesn’t stretch down either side.

Sources with direct knowledge of the matter who spoke to the news organization report that both editions of the device rock 5.1-inch screens, are encased in all-metal bodies and run “Samsung’s most advanced processor chips.”

We recently reported that Samsung in a last-minute move dropped Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 silicon which overheated during testing. Read More

 

Nutshell for iPhone lets you create beautiful cinematic stories from your photos in an instant

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2015

Nutshell Camera from the team at Prezi should probably be the latest addition to your iPhone photography arsenal.

Available free in the App Store, it’s really easy to use. Just pick three photos from your Camera roll, add some fun captions and graphics and let Nutshell do its magic. The app will map your photos to video, creating an instantly shareable cinematic story.

Your visual vignettes can be shared with the web at large by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or sent to via SMS, email, WhatsApp and more. Read More

 

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

 
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