Notability finally arrives to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

Notability by Ginger Labs, the powerful iPhone and iPad note-taker to annotate documents, record lectures, sketch illustrations and more, has leaped to the Mac.

Now available in the Mac App Store for $9.99, the Mac edition completes the experience by extending functionality found in the iOS app to your desktop.

The app makes it easy to create notes by dragging PDFs, photos or audio files from your desktop to Notability.

Handwriting and sketches can be scaled, transformed, rotated, nudged and restyled to your liking. Most crucially, your notes will look the same on your Mac, iPad and iPhone and of course sync seamlessly between devices through iCloud. Read More

 

Bioshock now available in the App Store for $14.99

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2014

Heads up gamers, a major new title has landed on iOS this evening. The official mobile port of 2K Game’s Bioshock—thought by some to be one of the best first person shooters of all time—is now available in the App Store, for both the iPhone and iPad, for $15.

For those unfamiliar with the game, it’s set in an underwater Utopia in the midst of a civil war. You play as Jack, a cast-away from an airplane crash who finds himself trapped in this mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. Read More

 

The Walking Dead Pinball hits Mac and iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

Telltale Games, the creator of the episodic Walking Dead game (itself based on the “The Walking Dead” comic book series by the Eisner Award-winning creator Robert Kirkman), has partnered with Skybound Entertainment and Zen Studios on a Walking Dead-themed pinball game for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac.

The game is available now as a standalone download in the App Store for $1.99.

The Walking Dead Pinball offers a table based on the most iconic locations from the Game of the Year-winning series, including the St. John’s Dairy Farm, Travelier Motel, Bell Tower and Train & Level Crossing.

3D versions of the zombies and famous characters such as Lee and Clementine, along with the original lines and voice acting, round up this nicely done pinball game. Read More

 

‘Madden NFL Mobile’ is now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2014

Just in time for NFL season, EA Sports has released a mobile version of its latest Madden NFL game, aptly-named ‘Madden NFL Mobile.’ The release coincides with the game’s highly-anticipated console release, which began hitting store shelves early this morning.

The good news is, it appears that EA has really improved graphics and animations over last year’s mobile Madden title. The bad news, however, is that not much else has changed. The game still requires an Internet connection, and it’s littered with in-app purchases. Read More

 

Instagram launches Hyperlapse, a smart time-lapse video app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

If you’re looking for a clever use of the iPhone’s gyroscope and accelerometer sensors, look no further than Hyperlapse, a new iOS app by Facebook-owned Instagram which lets you create panning and time-lapse shots, steadycam-style.

The time-lapse feature is similar to one Apple will bring to iOS devices with the release of iOS 8 in Fall.

As for the tracking shots, the software uses advanced algorithms and your iPhone’s hardware to smooth out panning shots as if you recorded video with a Steadicam or a professional $15,000 tracking rig.

And in what prove to be a killer feature for folks who loathe Instagram, Hyperlapse can be enjoyed without an Instagram or Facebook account as no signup is required to use the app.

Hyperlapse is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Sequel to exquisite stargazing tool Star Walk now available in App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

Yours truly used to be an amateur astronomer during his education years. And while I’m saddened because no longer do I have the time to set out to stargazing trips, my love for the stars has never waned.

And who could blame me?

Even nowadays, I’d sneak outside on a clear night whenever I feel like reliving the excitement of spotting breathtaking comets or gazing up at the shimmering Milky Way.

But instead of lugging around astronomy binoculars, compact telescopes and other heavy gear, you can see me exploring the night skies using just my iPhone and specialized astronomy apps such as Night Sky 2 and Star Walk.

The latter, by Vito Technology, is one of the best stargazing apps in business. Used used by over ten million people and the winner of Apple Design Award, Star Walk is beyond doubt among the best astronomy apps in the App Store.

As of today, a sequel to Star Walk, predictably called Star Walk 2, is now available on iOS as a $2.99 download for the iPhone and iPadRead More

 

Disney’s iOS-exclusive combat strategy game Star Wars: Commander launches globally

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

After soft-launching in Australia nearly two months ago, Disney Interactive on Thursday released its real-time strategy game for iOS, Star Wars: Commander, on a worldwide basis.

Available as a free-to-play download for the iPhone and iPad, Star Wars: Commander lets you play on the side of the Empire or the Rebellion and “lead epic battles with your favorite heroes”.

You’ll be challenged to invade other players’ bases, charge into battle on distant planets, command your troops and lead machines of war like AT-ATs and TIE fighters into battle, while rising through the ranks as a powerful battlefield commander.

The premium game is set in the period of Galactic Civil War when the Rebellion rallied for justice and freedom while the Empire — as is its wont — sought control of the galaxy.

So, where does your allegiance lie?… Read More

 

New game from Flappy Bird developer ‘Swing Copters’ now available

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

As promised, ‘Swing Copters,’ the latest game from Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen is now available in the App Store. It’s free, with a single $1.29 in-app purchase to remove ads, and it supports both the iPhone and iPad.

The premise of the game is actually quite similar to Flappy Bird—navigate your character through obstacles as you scroll through a level. You’re going upward this time, instead of side to side, but you’re still furiously tapping… Read More

 

New Google app: Photo Sphere Camera for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2014

Google has released a brand new iPhone photography application in the App Store. Dubbed Photo Sphere Camera, it provides functionality similar to the iOS Panorama shooting mode, and then some more.

By continuously taking images as you pan your device around, Photo Sphere Camera then stitches the individual photos together to create a nice sphere-like 360-degree image which can be published directly to Google Maps or shared with anyone on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and via email.

The app is a free download. I’ve included additional tidbits right after the jump… Read More

 

Flappy Bird developer teases upcoming game ‘Swing Copters’

By Cody Lee on Aug 18, 2014

Dong Nguyen, creator of the smash hit mobile game Flappy Bird, is back with a new title, set to be released later this week called Swing Copters. As you can see, the game features similar graphics to FB, and from what we hear, it has similar gameplay.

According to TouchArcade, who has been given an early look at Swing Copters, the game gives players the same “just one more try” feeling as Flappy Bird did, and is even more challenging. We’ve posted a video showing the game in action below… Read More

 

Pokemon Trading Card Game coming to iPad

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2014

Good news Pokémon fans, the company is bringing its popular Trading Card Game to the iPad. While we’ve seen several Pokémon and Pokemon-related apps released for Apple devices, this will be the first time that a full game from the franchise has landed on iOS.

That’s the actual title in action shown in the photo above. A beta version of the game is being shown off to some attendees at The Pokémon World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C… Read More

 

Ubisoft confirms iOS edition of Valiant Hearts: The Great War coming on September 4

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Games developer and publisher Ubisoft today confirmed that the iOS edition of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, its puzzle-adventure game set during the World War I, is coming to the App Store next month.

The game, inspired by letters written during the World War I, has originally made its debut on Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox consoles, as well as on Windows PCs, in June of last year.

Much like the original release, the iOS version is like a playable graphics novel. Of course, the iOS port features touch-optimized controls, crisp graphics designed for Retina screens, Game Center support and more… Read More

 

Gameloft’s Candy Block Breaker hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

The prolific mobile games publisher based out in France, Gameloft, on Thursday released a Candy Crush Saga-esque game that challenges you to break everything in your path and use power-ups to reach the top.

“Get wild in the jungle by breaking everything in sight with the help of some fun and frenzied monster pals,” teases Gameloft.

Called Candy Block Breaker and available free from the App Store for the iPhone and iPad, the addictive breaker game is basically a reworked version of Gameloft’s Candy Block Breaker which was published last June and came integrated with the popular messaging app, Tango… Read More

 

Sony releases ‘Album of the Day’ for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony today released a brand new iPhone app focused on daily deals on select iTunes music purchases.

Created by Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH and dubbed ‘Album of the Day,’ the software is now available in key market globally as a free download from the App Store, following its soft-launch back in March in Germany.

The app offers daily deals on whole albums from the Sony label, with up to 70 percent off on popular artists… Read More

 

Movie-inspired Run Forrest Run hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2014

Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies of all time, not just due to Tom Hanks’ career-defining performance as one of the most likable film characters — I particularly fell in love with the epic romantic storyline involving an athletically prodigious native of Alabama.

Those who’ve watched the movie (and if you haven’t, you’re missing out — big time) surely haven’t forgotten the scene of Gump running across the country.

Well, the scene has been conveniently turned into an endless-runner game for the iPhone and iPad. A free-to-play download contains optional bonuses and power-ups in the form of In-App Purchases, but despite the dreaded APIs and nagging Facebook prompts, I’d highly recommended Run Forrest Run to those who can’t get enough of endless runners, as well as to anyone who enjoyed the 1994 Robert Zemeckis movie… Read More

 
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