Collecting, Powering-up, and Evolving Pokémon in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 26, 2016

Pokémon GO is one of the most used free apps in the App Store, and even in the Google Play Store right now. The game provides an augmented reality experience of the real world, complimented with the presence of virtual Pokémon, and it’s an understatement to say that people are loving it.

In this piece, we’ll talk about maintaining your Pokémon, whether it’s collecting, leveling up, or evolving them. Read More


Custom locations, breeding, trading, new critters & other perks coming soon to Pokémon GO

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Pokémon GO is the biggest mobile game in U.S. history in terms of daily active users and Apple confirmed that the augmented-reality game broke an App Store record for most downloads during its first week of availability, but that doesn’t mean its creators are resting on their laurels—quite the contrary.

As the game continues its global assault, Niantic Labs founder John Hanke teased at what’s coming next to the app: custom locations, more monsters, the ability to add customizations to lures, trading characters, more ways to play with Pokéstops and Gyms and other perks. Read More


Understanding the various items you’ll come across in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 25, 2016

As you play Pokémon GO, you’re going to find yourself collecting a ton of items from PokéStops and from simply leveling up your character as you progress through the game.

In this piece, we’ll talk about all the items you can obtain in Pokémon GO, and what they’re used for. Read More


Apple confirms Pokémon Go set App Store record

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Apple confirmed last week in a statement to media that Nintendo’s augmented-reality game Pokémon Go was downloaded more times in its first week than any other iPhone app since the App Store’s inception in the summer of 2008. Apple’s take from the popular mobile game could help the iPhone maker rake in an estimated $3 billion in additional revenue in the next 12 to 24 months as the game expands into more countries, according to a report from Needham analyst Laura Martin. Read More


Highly, Bangers, Tinycards, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2016

We’re back with another edition of our Apps of the Week post. This is a weekly roundup of a handful of new and unique apps and games we think are worth checking out this weekend. Today’s selections include new apps for highlighting and sharing interesting quotes from around the web, making music, and learning more about new topics, and of course we have two new games for you to try. Read More


The importance of PokéStops in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 22, 2016

Pokémon GO took the mobile device nation by storm. The game has already been downloaded so many times that it’s hit the top free app charts on both the iOS and Android platform, and it seems you can’t go anywhere anymore without seeing amateur Pokémon trainers wandering about.

In this piece, we’ll discuss the importance of PokéStops in the game, and what you can do to utilize them to their fullest potential. Read More


BBC’s iPlayer Radio hits US App Store as new BBC+ app goes live in UK

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

The British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) iPlayer Radio mobile app, which used to be limited to customers in the United Kingdom, has expanded stateside today, TechCrunch just announced. Now customers in the United States can download iPlayer Radio from the US App Store and tune in to BBC’s high-quality radio stations and content.

Earlier in the week, BBC announced launch of a brand new personalized content portal with a new BBC+ app on the UK App Store. Read More


Meet Swiftmoji, SwiftKey’s new emoji-predicting keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

A new emoji-predicting keyboard from Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, called Swiftmoji, launched on the App Store.

Available at no charge on the App Store, it boosts your emoji game by predicting a wall of suggested emojis based on crowdsourced data, the user’s own preferences and the actual text written in any of the user’s keyboards.

This ability to get perfect emoji predictions based on what you’ve just typed is similar to Apple’s much-improved QuickType keyboard on iOS 10. Read More


Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

If you write books, manuals or lengthy manuscripts for a living, chances are you rely on Scrivener for Mac for your work. If so, you’ll be delighted to learn that the app’s creator, British developer Literature & Latte Ltd., has released Scrivener for iOS following a long period of thorough beta testing. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app costs $19.99 and provides the full range of features writers need to create, edit and update their work on the go with full-screen mode on the iPad and other perks. Read More


Trouble finding good Pokémon with Pokémon GO? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 19, 2016

Pokémon GO took the mobile device community by storm, and already, it has launched in several countries.

The game, which allows you to capture Pokémon in what’s known as a virtual reality experience, gets players up and moving to find random spawns of Pokémon throughout their town or city.

But not everyone is having the best of luck finding the Pokémon they want, so in came a slew of apps to help out… Read More


Notebook, Darby, Prisma and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2016

Pokémon Go fever is still in full swing, but for those of you looking to try out different apps and games this weekend, iDB has you covered. In this edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we have a beautiful new productivity app, a video social network for DIY’ers, a cool new photo editing app, and of course some great new games for you to check out. Read More


Tip: your iPhone’s stock Compass app has a level built into it

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 14, 2016

There’s a feature hiding inside of your iPhone’s Compass app that could come in handy in many scenarios.

You’ve probably downloaded third-party level apps from the App Store at one time or another to make sure that a picture frame or something you built turned out nice and flat without any signs of being crooked, but did you know you didn’t have to? Read More


Scrambled: a new fun anagram puzzle game for all ages

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 12, 2016

If you’re looking for the next fun word game that you can play to challenge your intellect and pass the time, then you should really give a new App Store game dubbed Scrambled a try.

Scrambled includes three game modes, all of which allow people of all ages to sit back and relax, all while doing their best to recognize words out of a bunch of scrambled letters; these are better known as anagrams. Read More


The runaway success of Pokémon GO highlights safety issues of augmented-reality gaming

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

The runaway success of Pokémon GO is undeniable. In a few short days since its debut last week, the freemium title has become the top free app on the US App Store and the most downloaded and highest-grossing app in the countries where it is available. It sent Nintendo shares up 25 percent, adding $7.5 billion to the company’s market capitalization. Furthermore, the game is about to surpass Twitter among Android users in the United States in terms of daily active users.

But there’s a darker side to its success as widespread media coverage combined with pent-up interest and the power of the Nintendo and Pokémon brands in some cases seem to be resulting in a string of thefts, burglaries and even car accidents and other injuries. Read More


Nintendo shares post massive gains following Pokémon GO launch

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Since releasing its augmented-reality game Pokémon GO five days ago on the App Store in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, Nintendo stock has jumped 25 percent, gaining a cool $7.5 billion and posting a record since it began trading in Tokyo in 1983, Reuters reported Monday. Read More


Buno, Folioscope, Instaread, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2016

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means: it’s time for another edition of our Apps of the Week post. For those who aren’t familiar with the column, this is where we put together a small list of apps and games that we think are worth checking out, and we think we’ve really made some awesome selections this week. Read More


Capture, organize and share real-world objects with Microsoft’s experimental Thinga.Me app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

Coming straight from Microsoft Garage, which “turns fresh ideas into real projects”, Thinga.Me for iPhone allows you to capture, organize and share real-world objects. Currently available as an invite-only closed beta, the app uses object recognition algorithm to detect and separate various objects on your photos. Read More


Pokémon GO launches on US App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2016

Following a period of field-testing in the United States, Nintendo’s augmented-reality game Pokémon GO should become available shortly on App Stores in select countries, including the United States and Japan. A Pokémon Company spokesperson told a Wall Street Journal reporter to “please wait for a while” for formal launch of the game.

Update: Pokémon GO is now available in the US App Store.

The download is already live on the New Zealand and Australian App Stores and is expected to launch later today on the Japanese and US App Stores.

Pokémon GO is Nintendo’s second iOS game after Miitomo, an odd title designed as “a friendly conversation starter” and based on Nintendo’s lucrative Mii universe. Read More


tvOS 10 preview: all-new Remote app with Siri voice control, tilt gaming & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2016

A software replacement for the physical remote that came in the box with your fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple’s entirely overhauled Remote application provides you with the full range of Siri Remote features complete with touch navigation, tilt-based control in games and voice input via Siri.

And in making tedious text entry on tvOS even easier than before, the new app lets you summon the keyboard right from the Lock screen of your iPhone by pressing a notification that automatically gets pushed every time you select a text field on the Apple TV. Read More


iTransmission 5 launches in Cydia, enables Bittorrent downloads on iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 2, 2016

In the midst of a slow jailbreak tweak week, iTransmission 5.0 has launched in Cydia this weekend with full support for iOS 9.

For those who aren’t familiar with iTransmission, it’s a mobile  Bittorrent client allows you to download torrents directly to your iPhone or iPad without needing to have your computer handy. Read More

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