Pixelbite announces ‘Reckless Racing 3′ coming this fall

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2014

Good news this morning for all of you mobile gaming fans. Pixelbite has announced that Reckless Racing 3, a sequel to its popular top-down racer, is in the works and will be landing on iOS and Android devices this fall.

For those unfamiliar with Reckless Racing, it first debuted in the App Store in 2010. Known for beautiful visuals and A+ soundtracks, the franchise has already churned out 2 hit games. And now it’s looking for a third… Read More


New report says Foxconn’s robots will play more of a supporting role in factories

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2014

Earlier this week, word got out that Foxconn is preparing to deploy sophisticated robots to help assemble devices in its factories. The so-called ‘Foxbots’ have been in testing for years now, and CEO Terry Gou says the first units will help manufacture Apple’s iPhones.

Today, a new report is out from Taiwan’s United Daily News that offers up new details on the program. According to the outlet, the robots will play more of a supporting role initially. Foxconn employees will still be responsible for general assembly and quality control… Read More


Gameloft’s ‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout’ set to be released July 24th

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2014

After more than a year of waiting, and months of teasing, Gameloft has finally confirmed a release date for ‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout.’ The highly anticipated title is going to be landing on iOS and Android devices on Thursday, July 24th.

Gameloft first unveiled MC5 at E3 last year and then went silent on the game for several months. Then, in April of this year, it began posting new details, screenshots and trailers for the title. Here’s everything we know about MC5 thus far… Read More


App Recap: action-packed day with deep discounts, must-try new apps and major updates

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

App Recap – your daily column that celebrates best new apps and not-to-be-missed discounts while informing you of major app updates you should know about – is back on this action-packed Tuesday with more than three dozen new apps and deals.

From new submissions like Listicle and ReplayCam to updates to Rdio, MapQuest and iTunes U to latest deals on iOS games and iTunes movies, App Recap has you covered and keeps you up-to-date on all things App Store.

Because a dollar saved is a dollar earned… Read More


Rdio gains revamped station artwork and Station Pages

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

After receiving an update a little over a month ago that has enabled push notifications for various social activities going on in your stream, the popular Internet radio service Rdio today issued another minor update to its free iPhone and iPad client.

A pair of new features included in the new Rdio version 2.5.10 focus on improving the design of your radio stations: revamped station artwork for a cleaner look and all-new Pages for Rdio’s endless stations… Read More


Apple’s second secret eBay store goes live with pre-owned iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

Back in November 2012, a secret mini-store popped up on eBay with officially certified, little-used Apple products, similar to those found on the company’s own refurbished section at the Online Apple Store.

However, since selling through the initial allotment of good-as-new gear the Apple Certified Refurbished Products section on eBay has seen little activity in terms of deals on iPhones, iPad, MacBooks and other products.

Today, Apple reportedly launched a brand new secret store – again on eBay, but this time around offering certified and unlocked GSM iPhone 5 units, with prices starting at $449 with free shipping… Read More


Leaked SIM card tray indicates iPhone 6 will be available in Space Grey, Silver and Gold

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

If a claimed iPhone 6 SIM card tray is anything to go by, Apple’s upcoming handset(s) will be offered in Space Grey, Silver and Gold finishes, just like the current iPhone 5s lineup. Sources on Tuesday posted new images that seemingly depict claimed iPhone 6 SIM card trays in three color options as well as purported power and volume flex cables.

For what it’s worth, the layout of the power/volume flex cables matches up nicely with previous reports and leaks suggesting the sleep/wake button will be relocated to the side in order to make it easier to wake a 4.7 and 5.5-inch handset from sleep with one hand… Read More


Readdle updates Documents with background music, e-book reader, iPhone add-ons and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

Back in February, Ukrainian developer Readdle gave its Documents for iOS app a thorough makeover, adding features like a much polished iPad interface with iOS 7-friendly styling, in-app integration with other Readdle apps, a brand new file manager and much more.

Available today, the free Readdle Documents 5.1 download expands on the app’s features set with further improvements.

If you import audio files into Documents, the app now lets you play music in the background so you can, say, read a PDF document as the music plays. Speaking of PDFs, the new Documents at last includes a full-featured e-book reader… Read More


Foursquare refreshes Swarm with better check-ins, easier sharing and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

Foursquare, the popular location-based social networking service, back in May took all the gamified features out of its main iOS client – the mayorships, check-ins, leaderboards, achievements and what not – and created a new app around them, Swarm. As a result, the main Foursquare app is now focused on place discovery , not the check-ins.

The lightweight Swarm app makes it easy to see who’s out nearby, who’s doing what, who wants to hang out later and more. Today, the app has received a refresh bringing out several new features.

Now available to download in the App Store, Swarm 1.0.6 features better check-ins, friend leaderboards, easier sharing, more detailed information about places and more… Read More


iOS 8 beta 3 enables M7 support and caffeine-tracking in Health app

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

As we continue to sift through the beta 3 of iOS 8, we’ve come across another notable change in the firmware. In today’s update, Apple adds both Caffeine-tracking and M7-supported step-counting to the already feature-packed Health app.

Developers with the latest iOS 8 beta installed on their iPhone 5s will notice that they can now input their daily Caffeine intake. They can also now track their steps without a third party app or accessory using the 5s’ built-in M7 processor… Read More


Scratch test video shows durability of alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire cover

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

Hot on the heels of this morning’s bend stress test video of an alleged iPhone 6 sapphire cover, comes a clip of a scratch test further showing the part’s durability. YouTuber Marques Brownlee has gotten his hands on an alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 cover and put it through its paces.

In the video, Brownlee tries to snap the sapphire cover in half by bending it, but is unable to do so. He also takes a set of keys and even a large folding knife to the component in an effort to scratch the display cover, but again he is unsuccessful. We’ve posted the full video below… Read More


App Recap: free copy of Threes + dozen app updates/discounts to boot your week

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

Following the Fourth of July weekend, we’re back with App Recap - our popular daily column dedicated to highlighting the best new apps while telling you all there’s to know about the biggest app updates and not-to-be-missed deals.

As Joe Rossignol is no longer associated with iDownloadBlog, I’ve volunteered to take over App Recap from him. I hope this will be on a daily basis as I’m still trying to figure out the best format for the column which won’t steal too much precious time from my news reporting… Read More


Starbucks offering popular ‘Threes’ game as its free ‘Pick of the Week’

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

Just a quick heads up for all of you Starbucks-goers out there. The coffee-serving chain is offering the popular ‘Threes!’ puzzle game for iPhone and iPad free this week as its App Pick of the Week.

For those unfamiliar with Threes!, it’s a simple number-matching puzzle game known for its beautiful UI and addictive gameplay. It typically costs $1.99 and is very rarely (if ever) offered for free… Read More


T-Mobile’s back-to-school due Wednesday with $100 rebate on combined iPhone/iPad purchase

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

After taking a heat over the accusations by the United States Federal Trade Commission that it placed unauthorized charges on phone bills for years, T-Mobile is back in the news with some positive headlines.

As noted by the TMoNews blog, the Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier will soon start treating its customers to a $100 rebate when buying an iPhone and iPad together, as part of its back-to-school promotion that launches on July 9… Read More


iOS 8 beta 3 enables Wi-Fi Calling for T-Mobile iPhones

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

Last month, T-Mobile confirmed that it will support iOS 8′s new Wi-Fi calling feature when the update officially launches this fall. And today, the feature went live for developers with T-Mobile iPhones in the just-released iOS 8 beta 3.

For those unfamiliar with Wi-Fi calling, it allows users to place phone calls [natively] from their device over a Wi-Fi network, instead of their cellular network. Benefits of the feature include better call quality and improved battery life… Read More


Major Target promo offers gift cards with select iPad, iPhone and iPod touch purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

American retailing company Target has launched a new sale offering free gift cards with the purchase of an iPad AiriPad mini with Retina display, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and the iPod touch media player. If you’re in the market for an iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display, the retailer will treat you to a $100 gift card.

Furthermore, Apple’s latest iPhones are on sale, too, and now come with a $20 gift card. As for the iPod touch, buying a 32-gigabyte version will net you a $30 gift card… Read More


EasyJet deploys iBeacon support to select airports

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

iBeacon, an indoor micro-positioning service by Apple, is among the technologies in their ascendancy. Like Passsbook, iBeacons are being slowly but surely rolled out by the ever-growing number of retailers, merchants, theme parkssporting venues, festivals and so forth.

A number of capable turnkey systems for easy iBeacon deployment exist today and the tiny transmitters are dirt cheap, removing an important barrier to iBeacon adoption.

You can now put European airline easyJet on your list of iBeacon-friendly businesses.

The British airline carrier based at London Luton Airport is operating domestic and international scheduled services on over 600 routes in 32 countries and now customers can download its freshly-updated iPhone app and opt in to receive in-app iBeacon notifications at select locations “to enhance the in airport experience”Read More


Google Play Music now supports gapless playback, playlist downloading and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

Google’s Play Music client for the iPhone and iPod touch recently picked up some useful new capabilities such as the ability to filter Downloaded Only tracks, edit playlists on the go, Shuffle Artist and more. Today, Google has pushed another update making the application even more useful than before.

The new Google Play Music version includes a few bug fixes and improvements, as well as three new features. For starters, you can at last enjoy albums such as Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” precisely the way they were meant to be heard – with gapless playback… Read More


Apple seeds iOS 8 beta 3 to developers: here is what’s new

By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2014

Nearly three weeks after releasing the second beta of iOS 8, Apple has this morning seeded the third beta of iOS 8 to developers. The beta is labeled as build 12a4318c, and is available for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

If you’re a registered iOS developer, you can grab the new beta from either the online dev portal as a standalone download, or via your device’s OTA (over-the-air) update mechanism. You’ll find all the details on beta 3 after the break… Read More


Video: limited bending stress test of iPhone 6′s claimed sapphire cover

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

Our favorite parts leaker, Australia-born Sonny Dickson, is back at it again with a new video that seems to offer a look at an alleged sapphire-strengthened cover glass, presumably for Apple’s next iPhone.

As you know, all iPhones models incorporate Gorilla Glass designed and produced by U.S.-based company Corning.

That being said, pundits have been calling for a sapphire iPhone ever since Apple earlier in the year confirmed prepaying over half a billion dollars to GT Advanced to secure multi-year supply of sapphire glass on an exclusive basis.

For those unfamiliar with sapphire, Wikipedia is your friend. In a nutshell, the precious gemstone’s hardness is second only to diamond, making it a no-brainer for the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6… Read More

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