Microsoft’s new opinion-gathering app removes the friction around event planning

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Microsoft has released a brand new iPhone and iPad application in the App Store. Called Tossup, it was designed to make event planning and opinion-gathering a cinch by basically collecting answers from your friends to any questions you pose to them.

You can present people with a quick Yes/No poll, ask them to find and pick a restaurant, to agree on when to meet, invite them to extend the opinion about any topic and more. Read More

 

Amazon launches dedicated iOS app for its Cloud Drive service

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Online retail giant Amazon on Monday launched a brand new application in the App Store to give iPhone and iPad owners a quick way to access their documents, spreadsheets, music, photos and videos stored in Cloud Drive, Amazon’s storage locker in the cloud.

The new app, called Amazon Cloud Drive, is available at no charge in the App Store. For the uninitiated, Amazon’s Cloud Drive service offers you a choice between unlimited storage for your photos in exchange for twelve bucks per year, or $60 per year for an Unlimited Everything plan.

A free 90-day trial of Cloud Drive is available here. Read More

 

First look at upcoming Minecraft: Story Mode

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

A brand new international reveal trailer posted during the July 4 weekend offers a tantalizing glimpse into Minecraft: Story Mode, an upcoming narrative-driven adventure game created by Minecraft developer Mojang in collaboration with Telltale Games, the makers of the Game of Thrones cinematic video game series.

Following its announcement back in December 2014, the official teaser trailer for Story Mode has now premiered at the Minecon show in London. The video depicts a game set in the world of Minecraft with its own original story that will be driven by player decision. The game will consist of five episodes, with the inaugural episode set for release in 2015. Read More

 

Summon dragons, smash strongholds and leave nothing but rubble behind in Gameloft’s Siegefall

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2015

Originally teased earlier in the month, Siegefall, a brand new multiplayer strategy game involving heroes, dragons and magic, is now available in the App Store for your iPhone and iPad at no charge.

Brough to you by Gameloft Montreal, the team behind the wildly praised Modern Combat shooter series, Siegefall sports gorgeous graphics with stylized art while striving to bring some innovation to the genre with wild controllable heroes and immense magical cards.

Players are challenged to build an army of heroes, summon dragons, conquer new lands, smash gates and leave nothing but rubble behind. Read More

 

Vimeo reworks iPhone video editing app Cameo so it’s easier to create cinematic videos

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2015

The movie-editing app category has been receiving some renewed love from iOS developers, big and small alike. In addition to Apple’s own iMovie for iOS—free with new iOS device purchases, otherwise a $4.99 download—Camera+ makers have recently launched a video editing app called Vee for Video.

And now Vimeo, the popular video sharing service, has re-released a mobile app called Cameo that the company purchased in May 2014. After rebuilding the app from scratch, it’s now even simpler and more enjoyable to edit cinematic videos on your iPhone, add themes and soundtracks and share with your friends. Read More

 

Lead the Rebel Alliance to victory in Star Wars – Heroes Path, now available in App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2015

Based on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the original Star Wars film, Disney’s just-released Star Wars – Heroes Path for the iPhone and iPad challenges players to lead the Rebel Alliance to victory in a series of movie-based puzzles.

The game revisits the original storyline of the Rebel Alliance’s quest to blow the Death Star to pieces and beat the Galactic Empire. In Star Wars – Heroes Path, you’ll enjoy cartoonish renditions of the movie’s iconic characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, RS-D2 and many more. Read More

 

Line launches new Emoji Keyboard app for iOS

By Cody Lee on Jun 17, 2015

LINE launched a new app for iOS today called ‘Emoji Keyboard.’ As the name suggests, it’s a free keyboard app with over 3,000 new and unique Stickers & Emoji that will help you “experience a more exciting and lively chat with friends and loved ones.”

For those who aren’t familiar with LINE, it’s an insanely popular Japanese messaging app. It has more than 500 million users, which are mostly in Asia, but it’s hoping its Emoji Keyboard will help make inroads into the United States and other countries. Read More

 

Premium turn-based strategy game starring Lara Croft previewed, hitting iOS later in the year

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2015

A stylized Tomb Raider game is coming to mobiles as developer Square Enix Montréal announced at E3 Lara Croft GO. Created by the same team that brought you award-winning strategy game Hitman GO, Lara Croft GO is billed as a ground-breaking mobile experience.

The game takes place in a long-forgotten ancient civilization and adopts a turn-based concept with exploration and puzzle solving thrown in for good measure, a recipe which has made Lara Croft, the heroine of the hugely successful Tomb Raider series, such a phenomenon in video games. Read More

 

Square Enix: ‘Final Fantasy VII’ coming to iOS this year

By Cody Lee on Jun 16, 2015

Final Fantasy VII is coming to iOS this year, reports gaming publication IGN. The outlet was in attendance at Square Enix’s E3 press conference earlier today when company executive Shinji Hashimoto announced a mobile port for the title is in the works. Read More

 

BitTorrent Shoot moves batches of large media files between iOS, Android and Windows Phone

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2015

In this age of government-sponsored attacks on our privacy and eavesdropping of our digital exchanges, incredibly weak security in most sharing apps frustrates me. Unless you use iMessage or select few services, the spooks can pretty easily intercept those nude shots as they’re being uploaded.

So why take the risk and not opt for the device-to-device sharing method, whenever possible?

While iOS’s AirDrop feature is great, it leaves a lot to be desired. AirDrop isn’t very reliable, doesn’t cope well with large media files and is unavailable on other platforms, making direct photo sharing with an Android friend mostly a pipe dream.

Enter BitTorrent, one of the most common protocols for transferring large files. Based on peer-to-peer technology, their new mobile app called Shoot can help you share batches of photos and video directly between multiple devices, no matter what device you use or what network you’re on.

As it bypasses the cloud, utilizes encryption and was built from the ground up on top of the proven BitTorrent Sync engine, Shoot can move gigabytes of files easily and securely so your data remains completely private. Read More

 

Telltale Games announces its first ever mini-series called The Walking Dead: Michonne

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2015

Telltale Games, the makers of rather popular cinematic cross-platform games such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and The Wolf Among Us, announced at E3 a brand new miniseries for the iPhone and iPad called The Walking Dead: Michonne.

Developed by Skybound and framed as the next installment in The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series, the game takes place between issues #126 and #139 in the comics series and features the particularly popular Michonne character. Read More

 

Facebook releases Moments for iPhone, a brand new private photo-sharing app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2015

Billed as a private way to share photos with friends and an easy way to get all the photos of yourself trapped on your friends’ phones, Moments for iPhone by Facebook is now available for download in the App Store.

Following a few futile attempts to unseat Snapchat in the ephemeral messaging space, Facebook gave up and went to the drawing board to conceive a different take on private sharing where images won’t disappear after being viewed.

Their new iPhone app lets you organize and sync multiple photos in private albums that can be shared directly on Facebook or Instagram, and sent via Messenger. Using facial recognition, Moments groups your photos based on who’s in them and when they were taken. Your friends can then contribute to the synced moment with their own photos. Read More

 

Bethesda releases Fallout Shelter for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2015

In addition to announcing Fallout 4 for the Xbox, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC coming this November, publisher Bethesda Softworks today released Fallout Shelter for the iPhone and iPad, officially the first iOS game set in the Fallout universe and the very first Bethesda title on Apple’s mobile platform.

The game puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Fallout Shelters challenges players to build their own fallout shelter and keep its dwellers happy and safe from the dangers of the Wasteland. Read More

 

Gameloft teases Siegefall, an amazing online multiplayer strategy game with dragons and heroes

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 12, 2015

Ahead of next week’s annual Electronic Entertainment Expo bonanza in Los Angeles, French games maker Gameloft is teasing Siegefall, its forthcoming mobile game from the same team that brought you the first four installments of Modern Combat, the popular first-person shooter franchise. In Siegefall, you arrive in a realm where battles are being fought over lands and crowns.

While full details are yet to be released, we know that Siegefall will let you summon dragons, control heroes, smash gates and “leave nothing but rubble behind.” Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for June 11

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we’ve got a great selection of app and game deals, as we as a few new games you have to try. Read More

 

Creators of Bastion release Transistor for iOS, a premium sci-fi action RPG like no other

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2015

Every once in a while, a high-quality role-playing game which appeals to the masses comes along. This time around, the name of such a game is Transistor, a premium science fiction action RPG for the iPhone and iPad created by Supergiant Games, the team behind Bastion.

Featuring the vibrant presentation and deep combat system it’s known for, Transistor utilizes an isometric point of view where you control the character Red as she travels through a series of locations, battling enemies in both real-time combat and a frozen turn-based planning mode. Read More

 

Angry Birds Fight! arrives worldwide: challenge others to real-time puzzle battles

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2015

For those wondering, Rovio Mobile isn’t done with its Angry Birds franchise yet. Quite the contrary, the Espoo, Finland headquartered developer, publisher and distributor of video games is now known as Rovio Entertainment Ltd. to reflect its broadened scope on entertainment in general.

Thursday, Rovio added another Angry Birds game to its roster. Called Angry Birds Fight! and releasing worldwide today following a recent soft-launch in Japan, it’s basically a match-3 frenzy that challenges you to join some pretty crazy real-time battles of strategic, bird swapping agility with other players. Read More

 

Apple reveals new ‘Move to iOS’ app for Android switchers

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

To make life easier for people looking to switch to an iPhone and iOS 9 over from an Android device, Apple will be providing a dedicated iPhone and iPad application called ‘Move to iOS’.

Yet to be released in the App Store, Move to iOS was designed to simplify the process of transferring user data securely from an Android phone or tablet to a new iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for June 5

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include awesome app and game deals, and  some new games to help get you through the weekend. Read More

 

Developers of Camera+ launch new app ‘Vee for Video’

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2015

Camera+ developers Lisa Bettany, Scott Meinzer and Karl von Randow today announced a new app called ‘Vee for Video.’ It essentially hopes to accomplish what the popular Camera+ app has for photos on iPhone, for videos.

Bettany tells BGR that Vee was born out of the team’s desire for an app that let you shoot, edit and share videos seamlessly. They considered adding video to Camera+ at one point, but ultimately decided to build a standalone app. Read More

 
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