Several productivity apps on sale for a limited time

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2014

Apple is highlighting a number of popular productivity apps in its App Store right now, which have recently seen significant discounts. The promo can be found in the iTunes Store, under a special new section entitled “Amazing Productivity Apps Limited-Time Prices.”

Here you’ll find several top tier apps like Fantastical 2,which has made our Top Calendar Apps list multiple times, for bottom tier prices. There’s also Clear To Do List, Notablity, 1Password and many more. We’ve put together a list of the apps and their discounts below… Read More

 

Peter Molyneux’s newest God game is now available for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2014

Arguably the most famous game designer of all time, Peter Molyneux left Bullfrog to form Lionhead Studios in 1997. Ever since, he’s been (mostly) churning out one hit game after another. His latest project: a God sim called Godus.

After a recent soft-launch, it’s now available worldwide as a free-to-play download for the iPhone and iPad. Designed by Molyneux himself and developed for mobile by DeNA Corp., Godus started as a Kickstarter project.

The game can be considered an unofficial sequel to Curiosity, an experimental Molyneux-designed game which forced people to frantically tap away at a cube in order to discover what’s inside. Godus takes a different route. Featuring cartoonish graphics, it invites you to rule over a living, breathing world and lets you shape, mold and sculpt every inch of the landscape to your liking, among other features… Read More

 

Autodesk’s SketchBook apps go free for the first time in Apple’s Free App of the Week promo

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2014

For the first time ever since debuting on the App Store back in the summer of 2013, a pair of excellent drawing and painting apps for the iPhone and iPad by Autodesk have gone free.

Both SketchBook Mobile — a professional-grade painting and drawing application designed for the iPhone and iPod touch — and SketchBook Pro for iPad— an authentic, natural drawing experience based on the same paint engine as its desktop counterpart — are available free of charge, for a limited time, courtesy of Apple’s weekly Free App of the Week promo on the App Store.

That’s a cool $7 saving right off the bat as SketchBook Pro normally sells for $4.99 and SketchBook Mobile is regularly $1.99… Read More

 

NFL Now hits iPhone, iPad and Apple TV with rich video library, personalized streams and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2014

As announced last week, The National Football League has launched its brand new NFL Now app. The software is available as a new channel on Apple’s $99 Apple TV media-streaming box and as a free download for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Arriving in time for the new season, NFL Now features a personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches, delivers exclusive interviews and stories about the teams, breaking news on your fantasy players, and unlimited access to content in the NFL Films Archives.

The app learns from your behavior and analyzes what you like to deliver a personalized video feed of content tailored to your tastes… Read More

 

Google Shopping Express 2.0: deliveries in more cities, enhanced search, new products and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2014

Following a June update, the Internet giant today released a major new version of its Shopping Express application for the iPhone and iPad.

The official iOS client of Google’s same-day delivery service, version 2.0, now live in the App Store, brings same-day and overnight delivery to more cities while introducing several enhancements to the built-in search feature.

You can now use the app to buy wine, beer and spirits and have them delivered to your doorstep, if you live in San Francisco or the San Francisco Peninsula. And people who shop at Costco can now purchase their Costco membership and shop Costco in the same session… Read More

 

FX Photo Studio 6.0 for iPhone brings iOS 7 overhaul, new filters and sharing options and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2014

FX Photo Studio by MacPhun used to be my go-to iPhone photography tool, but I was forced to switch to other apps because it looked like the team had ceased further development (last update was in February of last year).

I’m glad I was wrong about that. As of today, the iPhone edition has been resurrected. Basically everything has changed and MacPhun bills it as “the biggest update in its four-year history”.

Now available in the App Store as a free update for existing users, the new FX Photo Studio 6.0 of course sports an iOS 7-friendly user interface along with a brand new engine and tons of other new features.

All of the hallmarks of FX Photo Studio have been preserved and enhanced in this update, including great filters, special editing tools and sharing features… Read More

 

Classic RPG ‘Dragon Quest IV’ lands in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2014

Fans of the classic RPG ‘Dragon Quest IV’ will be happy to hear that Square Enix has delivered on its promise to launch an English version of the game. After spending several months in Japan, the title is now available in the US App Store.

For those unfamiliar with it, Dragon Quest IV was a popular turn-based RPG in the early 90′s. Square Enix promises that the port keeps the same core gameplay experience as the original, and a new control system optimized for mobile devices… Read More

 

United Airlines app gains handy new passport scanning feature

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2014

United Airlines updated its iOS app this morning, bringing the client to version 2.0.16. The update includes support for a new feature the company is testing out that enables users to scan their passports to check-in for international flights using their device’s camera.

United is calling the trial feature “Expanded International Check-In,” and its purpose is to allow international passengers to complete their check-in process and print their boarding pass before arriving at the airport. All it takes is a quick photo scan of their passport… Read More

 

Pinterest brings messaging to iOS app

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2014

Pinterest pushed out a new build of its mobile client this evening, bringing the iOS app to version 3.8. The update offers only one new feature, but it has the potential to change the way people use the service: messaging.

That’s right, now whenever someone sends you a Pin, you have the ability to reply back with either a Pin of your own, or a direct message. It works with multiple users too, making planning a group trip or project a breeze… Read More

 

New report claims iPhone 6 will feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC, and a non-sapphire screen

By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2014

Expect iPhone 6 rumors to reach a fever pitch (as if they hadn’t already) over the next few weeks, as we inch closer towards Apple’s announcement. The update is supposed to be one of the largest in the handset’s history, so needless to say the anticipation is mounting.

The latest report regarding the device comes from VentureBeat, who claims that a well-informed source has given it a rundown of what to expect next month. Many of the features listed by the site match up with previous rumors, but there are a few new noteworthy bits… Read More

 

This iPhone 6 concept may be the best yet

By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2014

With the iPhone 6 expected to get one of its largest redesigns ever, designers have spent the last year creating concepts of what they believe the handset will look like. Some of them would probably be better suited for a science fiction novel, but others have looked fairly plausible.

This latest concept from well-known designer Martin Hajek may be one of the most realistic we’ve ever seen. Based on leaked parts, physical mockups and rumors from multiple tech outlets, Hajek has laid out his vision for the iPhone 6 right down to the circuits on the logic board… Read More

 

How to secure your iPhone or iPad with Find My iPhone Activation Lock

By Sébastien Page on Aug 6, 2014

Activation Lock is a new feature that was introduced alongside iOS 7 in 2013. On the surface, Activation Lock is nothing more than an extension of Find My iPhone, a service that allows you to track a lost or stolen iPhone as well as remotely erase it. In actuality, Activation Lock is more powerful than it would appear as it prevents anyone from erasing or activating your device without entering your Apple ID and password first.

Maybe the best part of Activation Lock is that it is deeply integrated in Find My iPhone. There is no special setting to turn on to take advantage of Activation Lock, and Apple itself doesn’t make a big deal out of the new feature, which has been praised by authorities for curbing iPhone thefts in certain metropolitan areas.

In this post, we will show you how to make sure you have Activation Lock turned on. If not, we will show you how to secure your iPhone or iPad with Find My iPhone Activation Lock.

Admittedly, the steps are pretty simple and straightforward, and chances are you already know how to do all this. If that’s the case, feel free to chime in in the comments section and tell us what other safeguards you have in place to secure your device. Otherwise, read on… Read More

 

Foursquare revamps mobile app around Yelp-like features and focus on location discovery

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

Foursquare, the popular location-based social networking service, recently announced plans to remove social features and check-ins from its original mobile client.

Thus, Swarm was born.

By striping the mobile client off unnecessary features, the logic went, Foursquare aimed to provide its users with a lightweight app that would have a strong focus on location discovery.

After announcing the redesigned new app and showing off a new logo two weeks ago, the new Forusquare 8.0 for iPhone is now available in the App Store. It “learns what you like and leads you to places you love,” as per the blurb, and is a lot like Yelp now.

Jump past the break for the full info… Read More

 

Now free in the Apple Store app: Rise Alarm Clock

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

As part of its ongoing push designed to increase foot traffic in its retail outlets, Apple via the free Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPad has so far given away free music, books, apps like 7 Minute Workout Challenge and the Rhonna Designs photo editor and games such as Tetris, Temple Run: Oz and more. Today, the beautifully done Rise Alarm Clock app by Kellen Styler has gone free via the Apple Store app, a $1.99 saving.

It’s a great little piece of software with a gorgeous interface and a lot of smart features. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this offer. And if you passed on Rise Alarm Clock as the App Store’s Free App of the Week a year ago, here’s how you can grab it free of charge for a limited time, via the Apple Store app… Read More

 

Yahoo Mail now lets you filter search results by emails, photos or files

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

A little more than a month ago, Yahoo added a slew of nice-to-haves to its native Mail for iOS app, including handy mail filters on the iPad and personalized web features to easily track scores, stocks, weather and more, all without switching apps.

Today, a new update has surfaced in the App Store featuring welcomed search enhancements to the app’s built-in search feature.

Now sitting at version 3.2, the refreshed software makes it easy to filter your results by emails, photos or files… Read More

 

Rumor: 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has 2,100mAh battery

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

As Apple gears up to unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9, rumors of the handset’s battery capacity have been picking up steam lately, especially in light of Samsung’s anti-iPhone ‘Wall Huggers’ advertisement which slams the handset’s inadequate battery module.

We’ve already shown you images of a purported 1,810 mAh iPhone 6 battery and now one analyst has reopened the topic, alleging that a 4.7-inch variant will have a bigger 2,100mAh module versus a 1,570mAh battery found inside the iPhone 5s/5c… Read More

 

Vine updated with redesigned navigation, new sharing options and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2014

Twitter updated its popular 6-second clip-sharing app Vine today for iOS. The update brings the client to version 2.2, and features a handful of noticeable changes including a redesigned navigation menu and new sharing options.

The redesigned navigation UI is one of biggest changes to Vine since its inception. The drop-down menu that lived in the Home icon in the top left-hand corner of the app has been replaced by a standard, bottom navigation bar…
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Apple said to unveil iPhone 6 on September 9

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2014

We know the iPhone 6 is coming at some point this Fall and if history is anything to go by, there should be a media event in or around mid-September. No reputable publication has pinpointed the exact timeframe for such a high-profile event, however. That is, until this morning.

Enter well-informed John Paczkowski of Re/code, who just reported that Apple has scheduled an iPhone-focused event on Tuesday, September 9, so better mark your calendar accordingly… Read More

 

Opinion: why I’d rather throw my money into a fire pit than give it to Verizon

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2014

Verizon Wireless may be the nation’s #1 carrier, but that doesn’t mean it’s America’s most beloved wireless provider. Notorious for the love-hate relationship with its customers, Verizon frequently draws ire of the press and consumers alike who crucify the company and criticize its questionable business practices.

In the wake of a series of customer-friendly moves by T-Mobile, collectively branded under the ‘Uncarrier’ tagline, one after another horror story concerning Verizon is getting unfold and making headlines.

The press likes to dis Verizon as a greedy corporation that shamelessly takes its customers for a ride under the presumption that everyone else is doing it, too. Verizon’s past and present business practices have been ticking me off for quite some time so here’s why I’d literally rather throw my money into a fire pit than give it to them… Read More

 

Apple rolling out on-site iPhone 5s screen replacements to U.S. retail stores

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2014

Well, it had to happen someday. Call it a stroke of bad luck or inattention on my part, but it only took a fraction of a second for my shiny new iPhone 5s to slip out of my hand and fall on the concrete face down, just a few short weeks after purchasing the device! For the record, I am the type of person who handles my devices with utmost care so you could imagine my sorrow and feel my heartache.

Now I’m left with a pricey device that has a damaged screen with nasty cracks appearing all the way down to the steel Touch ID ring. A quote my nearest Apple Store gave me for an out of warranty screen replacement was just unbearable. And, it would take them at least a week to, or even more, to service the device, which was unacceptable to me.

Worse, iFixit at the time didn’t yet sell an iPhone 5s screen replacement kit. In addition, history has taught me all to well to avoid inexpensive screens sold on eBay. More often than not, these third-party components don’t hold a candle to Apple’s Retina screen in terms of color accuracy, overall image quality and touch sensing.

Luckily for our U.S. readers, after introducing in-store iPhone 5c screen repairs back in January, Apple Stores in the United States can now replace your damaged iPhone 5s screen in a matter of an hour… Read More

 
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