AppRecs: a search engine that filters out apps with fake or questionable reviews

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 5, 2016

One of the things that can be annoying when using the App Store is when you are trying to find a good app and dozens of fake reviews push junk apps to the top of the search results when all you want is to find the best of the best. Since not all reviews are honest, it can be difficult to filter the good from the bad on your own.

To help combat this problem, a new web app called AppRecs has been created that claims to be able to filter good reviews from the bad. This way, you can skip everyone’s junk reviews and junk apps and just see the best apps in the App Store that are truly worth checking out based off of honest reviews. Read More


Preregistration for Nintendo’s Miitomo smartphone app begins Feb 17

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Nintendo’s first official smartphone-only title will launch in March for both the iOS and Android platforms, but the Japanese gaming company announced on Wednesday it will let users preregister for the app starting February 17th so they’re ready to go when the app officially launches. Read More


Review: this exquisitely done astronomical clock for iPhone might cure your Apple Watch envy

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

It’s funny how the Apple Watch’s debut prompted Apple bloggers to become self-proclaimed horology experts. I never pretended to be one, but as an amateur astronomer think Apple should be credited for going to great lengths in paying homage to the traditional environment in which horology was developed by putting strong emphasis on the device’s advanced timekeeping features and features like the cool Astronomy and Solar watch faces.

You don’t need to own an Apple Watch if you’re eager to discover the fascinating relation between time and the cosmos, all you need is a superb iPhone app by Swiss developer (how appropriate!) Celestial Dynamics, called Cosmic Watch. Read More


Nintendo: company’s second mobile game will focus on a “familiar” character

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

Following the continued decline in popularity of Nintendo’s game consoles and portable gaming systems, the Japan-based game maker has been forced to make the tough financial decision of developing for smartphones and tablets despite never wanting to in the first place.

Nintendo plans to have at least five mobile games available for such devices by March of 2017 as a part of its collaboration with DeNA, and now details regarding Nintendo’s intentions for a second mobile game have surfaced. Read More


Ubisoft confirms action RPG Assassin’s Creed — Identity is launching on February 25

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

Following its soft-launch on the App Store in Australia and New Zealand in September 2014, action RPG Assassin’s Creed — Identity will be finally launching worldwide on February 25, French games maker Ubisoft confirmed yesterday on Twitter.

Filed as the first Assassin’s Creed action RPG game for mobile devices, Identity features open sandbox levels and lets you create, evolve and customize your own assassins and play them in the iconic Renaissance Italy setting. Read More


Revamped NHL app with HD live video, picture-in-picture support and more now available

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

Today, the National Hockey League (NHL) has rebooted its iOS application with tons of goodies, including full support for iOS 9 features like picture-in-picture mode on compatible iPad models.

The new NHL 7.0 app delivers high-definition live video streaming at a silky smooth sixty frames per second on the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus.

It also provides the ability to subscribe to NHL Premium, a new package that lets you watch the dramatic final minutes of NHL games, including 3-on-3 OT and shootouts, and extended highlight packages, and includes a bunch of other enhancements that hockey fans will very much appreciate. Read More


Mac email client Airmail hits iPhone with snooze, 3D Touch, interactive notifications and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

Airmail, the popular desktop email client for the Mac, is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Lightweight and fast, Airmail by Italy-based developer Bloop packs in a number of advanced features such as support for 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, interactive notifications, snooze features, customizable actions and appearance, iCloud sync and much more.

The app is available in the App Store for $4.99. Read More


This app lets you type notes with a keypad on your Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2016

Yesterday, I reviewed a cool little Apple Watch app for creating notes on the fly with dictation which can then be shown as a complication on your watch.

In continuing with the same theme, today I take a look at Note Tapper by Mark Cotterill, which adds an interesting twist to taking notes on the Apple Watch—rather than rely on (at times unreliable) dictation feature, you can type out your thoughts using a rather effective built-in keyboard. Read More


Dictate notes on the fly and display them on your watch face with WatchNotes

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

Yesterday, developer Michael Bischoff refreshed its nicely done iPhone application, WatchNotes, with the ability to create, schedule and display notes right on your watch face through a brand new Apple Watch app and a complication.

WatchNotes, which originally made its App Store debut in December 2015 as an iPhone-only app, also lets you dictate a new note directly into your Apple Watch, set up scheduling and travel through time using watchOS’s Time Travel feature to look at notes that you’ve scheduled in the future.

If you’ve ever wanted to add a note to your Apple Watch face on the fly, you’re wholeheartedly recommend to take WatchNotes for a spin, more so considering that watchOS currently lacks a stock Notes app. Read More


Microsoft launches ‘News Pro’ app for iOS

By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2016

Microsoft on Tuesday released a new app for iOS called News Pro. The company describes the app as “your work news brief,” and says it will help you search for news around your work every day, and fuel your unique interests with over a million topics.

The app comes from Microsoft’s experimental project group Microsoft Garage, and it looks pretty much like Flipboard and the slew of other news aggregating apps out there. You login using Facebook or LinkedIn, and pick which topics you want to follow. Read More


ZCast for iPhone makes live podcasting with real-time feedback a reality

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

Billed as a new way to create audio podcasts, Zcast by Zula (which was co-founded by Jeff Pulver in 2013) is a sweet new application which allows anyone to produce a high-quality, multi-member podcast on their iPhone without prior technical knowledge.

The app’s key advantage over other podcasting solutions is its ability to invite guest co-hosts, take comments and answer questions in real-time.

In taking the pain out of podcasting, Zcast could persuade people who don’t normally run a podcast show of their own to start one in a few minutes, no special setup needed, because that’s how easy to use and approachable this app is.

Having spent a few months in closed beta, ZCast is now available to everyone completely free of charge. Read More


Apple releases Music Memos for iPhone, an app that lets musicians capture songs ideas

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016

Apple today announced the release of a brand new iPhone and iPod touch application aimed at musicians and songwriters: Music Memos. As its name suggests, Music Memos was designed to “make it easy for people to tap into their musical potential and create incredible music no matter where they are.”

With Music Memos, musicians and songwriters can capture, organize and develop their musical ideas on their iPhone. Read More


Square Enix announces Final Fantasy IX coming soon to iOS

By Cody Lee on Dec 31, 2015

Great news Final Fantasy fans! Square Enix on Thursday confirmed that FF IX is coming soon to iOS, Android and PC. As noted by TouchArcade, the studio has posted a teaser page for the game on its website, as well as an official trailer on YouTube.

Originally released in 2000, FF IX is the ninth title in the popular RPG franchise. The story follows a talented young thief named Zidane Tribal, who joins with others to defeat Queen Brahne of Alexandria, the one responsible for starting the great war. Read More


Disney-funded Littlstar brings immersive 360-degree video to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2015

A Disney-backed virtual reality company, Littlstar, today launched an app for Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV box that lets users immerse themselves in a wide range of 360 video content from well-known brands, such as Showtime, Disney, Discovery, Fusion, PBS, Mountain Dew, National Geographic and Red Bull.

The app lets users control the videos’ angles using the Touch surface on the Siri Remote. Just like Littlstar’s other apps on the web, mobile and in virtual reality headsets (like the Samsung Gear VR), their Apple TV app lets your rotate videos in full 360 degrees. Read More


Meet Wink, a new instant camera and ephemeral messaging app from Viber

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015

Messaging platform Viber on Monday rolled out a brand new application in the App Store. Wink, as it’s called, is an instant camera app that was designed for sending photo and video messages that disappear after they have been viewed, joining a seemingly growing selection of ephemeral messaging apps like Snapchat, Telegram and more.

As part of Wink’s launch, Viber for iPhone was updated earlier this morning with support for Wink messaging. Read More


The Sims 2: Pet Stories hits Mac App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2015

Tired of good ol’ Sims? How about Sims with pets? Based off of The Sims 2 engine, this classic Sims title returns to the Mac—courtesy of Electronic Arts and Aspyr Media—with updated graphics and several other enhancements and is available for the first time on the Mac exclusively through the Mac App Store.

With native display support for Retina and 4K Macs, gesture support for zoom and rotate, drastically improved performance and other tweaks, you can now care for and train those lovable yet unpredictable pets as you compete for Best in Show at the most important local pet show of the year. Read More


Rockstar brings Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories to iPhone and iPad

By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2015

GTA fans rejoice! Rockstar Games has ported another title from its popular franchise over to iOS. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is now available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad, for $6.99.

Liberty City Stories follows former-wise-guy-turned-hit-man Toni Cipriani as he returns home to Liberty City. During his absence, the city became overrun with political corruption, drug trafficking and union strikes, and it’s up to Toni and the Leone family to get things back under control. Read More


Badland 2 hits the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2015

A year and a half following the original Badland game’s debut in the App Store, Helsinki, Finland-headquartered developer Frogmind Games on Thursday released a sequel to the highly acclaimed side-scrolling platformer and Apple’s former ‘Game of the Year’ award winner.

Badland 2, a $4.99 download for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, improves upon the original concept with levels that extend and scroll to all directions.

In addition, the game introduces new and interesting elements such as liquids, flamethrowers, frost, magma, water and volumetric burning light. To celebrate the launch of the sequel, Frogmind has discounted the original Badland game to $2.99, down from its regular asking price of $4.99. Read More


Mileage tracker app Jerrycan: learn how your driving impacts your fuel bills and environment

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2015

Today I want to highlight an interesting new app, Jerrycan for iPhone by Pavlo Grozian which lets you track your fuel consumption and fuel expenses. Unlike most mileage-tracker apps in the App Store, Jerrycan shows you how individual driving impacts the ecology with wealth of information at your fingertips including overconsumption peaks, pollution emission, fuel waste and driving efficiency.

And with individual tips and guides, Jerrycan can teach you to drive wisely, waste less fuel and improve your fuel­ efficiency. Read More


Adobe releases Post, an iPhone app for turning photos and text into share-worthy graphics

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2015

Photoshop maker Adobe on Thursday released Post for iPhone, a brand new application for turning text, photos and graphics into eye-candy illustrations for instant sharing on social media and elsewhere.

With professionally designed templates and filters, gorgeous typography with resizable fonts, one-tap color adjustments, a curated selection of fonts and shapes and more than half a million free photos, creating instant memes should be fun.
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