The saga continues as Angry Birds 2 hits the App Store as a free-to-play download

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2015

As promised, Finnish mobile games maker Rovio today released Angry Birds 2, the official sequel to its original bird-flinging franchise. Available on a free-to-play basis, Angry Birds 2 for iPhone and iPad isn’t a radical departure from the proven formula which made the original games such a rage.

In Angry Birds 2, your favorite feathered heroes embark on a brand new adventure as they storm Piggy Island to rescue their poor stolen eggs, all over again.

The sequel introduces some fun new elements to the gameplay experience such as all-new bird characters to choose from, spells, multi-stage levels, scheming boss piggies and much more. Read More

 

Yahoo unveils LiveText, its new Snapchat-esque messaging app with text and silent video

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

As vaguely hinted yesterday, Yahoo held a press conference in New York City this morning to announce its brand new mobile product: a messaging app called LiveText.

The app recently soft-launched in HongKong, Taiwan and Ireland and is scheduled to roll out in more markets tomorrow, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated as soon as it hits the US App Store.

LiveText promises to transform simple conversations into rich, fun and memorable experiences with text and live video, but without sound. It’s very Snapchat-esque and you might be willing to give it a try. Read More

 

This app lets you transfer your Spotify and Rdio playlists to Apple Music with a single click

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Our own Jeff Benjamin told you about an Apple Script for exporting your Spotify playlists into Apple Music. Now there’s now an even easier method to migrate your music to Apple Music as someone has built a dedicated app to transfer Spotify and Rdio playlists to Apple Music with a single click.

Created by two guys from California who call themselves Move To Apple, their new app aptly named Move to Apple Music automates the process of migrating all your music and playlists from Spotify or Rdio to Apple Music, in exchange for $4.99. Read More

 

Google releases Spotlight Stories, an impressive 360-degree movie app for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

Originally released on Android back in the fall of 2013, Google’s 360-degree spherical video app called Spotlight Stories has arrived on the iPhone as a free of charge download.

Based on the technology originally developed by Motorola’s Advanced Technology And Products division ahead of Google’s 2011 purchase of the handset maker, Spotlight Stories uses a variety of advanced technologies to deliver cool-looking animated stories in the palm of your hand, including 3D and 2D animation, 360-degree spherical video, sound sphere audio and various sensor fusion techniques. Read More

 

A modern take on the classic Pac-Man experience hits iOS after making its console debut

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015

A modern take on the classic Pac-Man video game, called Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, is now available in the App Store as a premium download. The iPhone and iPad release was ported over from consoles to the iOS platform by publisher Bandai Namco.

The game retains all of the features that have made the classic maze-running action series so popular and packs in the same souped up graphics and sound design introduced in its console editions. Read More

 

Microsoft launches Send for iPhone, a hybrid app for quick IM-style emails

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

Microsoft’s hybrid email/IM app which leaked back in May is now official. Today, the Windows giant said a new app called Send is launching exclusively on the iPhone. Designed for “in-and-out email,” Send for iPhone lets you engage in brief and snappy communications with co-workers using quick text message-like conversations without a subject line or formal email constructs. All of your communications gets automatically saved in Outlook for reference later. Read More

 

Deep Dreamer for Mac lets anyone soup up photos using Google’s amazing Deepdream engine

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

Right after Google announced its fascinating research into neural networks and highly advanced image processing with so-called “deep dream“ code, developer Realmac Software immediately set out to make an app out of it.

The Internet giant did open-source the code, but you must have the technical chops in order  to make use of it because setting up a server to process images for yourself isn’t really a trivial endeavor for average people.

Launching today as a public beta, Deep Dreamer for Mac simplifies the process of processing your own photos with Google’s deep dream algorithm, and the results are both fantastic and eerily disturbing. Read More

 

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords hits the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

The sequel to arguably the best and most engaging Star Wars game has finally arrived on the Mac as Aspyr today announced immediate availability of a Mac port for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords.

The game is available for just $6.99 in the Mac App Store, down from its regular $9.99 price point, or through Steam for Mac and Linux platforms.

KOTOR II challenges you to play as the last remaining Jedi Knight while using the power of the Force—for good or evil—to determine the fate of the galaxy. The game supports wide screen mode and native 5K resolution of the 27-inch iMac. It also packs in support for some of the most popular physical controllers around, throws in Game Center achievements for good measure and includes lots of other perks. Read More

 

This app injects your Instagram feed inside Notification Center’s Today view

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2015

There’s no shortage of apps on the App Store for browsing Instagram using your iPhone and iPad, and most let you enjoy snaps from people you follow far more elegantly that on Instagram’s official iPhone app. But wouldn’t it be great if you could check out the latest Instagram photos anywhere in iOS, with a simple pull-down gesture?

That’s what Feeday, a new Today Widget for the iPhone and iPad by developer Arcangelo Fiore, does.

With this app you can easily keep track of your latest Instagram feed right within the Today view of iOS’s Notification Center, and it’s free! Read More

 

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation now available for download in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2015

The officially licensed game of the Mission Impossible film series has arrived in the App Store ahead of the movie’s worldwide release by Paramount Pictures.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation for iPhone and iPad, available now in the App Store at no charge, offers a combination of first and third-person action.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to infiltrate secure locations and eliminate high-profile targets, perform lethal strikes and confront the Syndicate across the globe. Read More

 

Angry Birds 2 coming July 30, Rovio confirms

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2015

There’s still life left in the Angry Birds franchise as developer Rovio today announced that the official sequel to the original bird-flinging game that started it all will be releasing across mobile platforms in a fortnight, on Thursday, July 30.

A promotional artwork teases a “bigger, badder, birdier” Angry Birds than the original. Read More

 

Google releases Ivy, an experimental big number calculator for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

Google on Friday released a brand new iOS application in the App Store. Called Ivy and available free of charge, the app is being described as an experimental big number calculator for the iPhone and iPad.

Dedicated calculator apps are a dime a dozen these days so what’s so special about Ivy, you might ask?

According to Google, Ivy takes advantage of what’s referred to as exact rational arithmetic, basically a precision math technique which lets the app handle arbitrary precision with ease. Read More

 

Magic Duels, a new Magic the Gathering game, hits App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

Wizards of the Coast, a U.S.-based publisher of games primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes, today released a brand new iOS game set in the Magic the Gathering universe.

Magic Duels, a free-to-play download for the iPhone and iPad, is now available worldwide following a recent soft-launch on the New Zealand App Store.

This strategy card game challenge you to arm yourself with a deck of dazzling spells and fearsome creatures in order to win battles and unlock more powerful cards to add to your ever-growing collection. Read More

 

Star Wars: Uprising gameplay shown in new trailer

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

As Cody told you a month ago, there’s a new Star Wars mobile game in the works. It’s called Star Wars: Uprising and set between the events of Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.

Wednesday, publisher Kablam shared a new video giving us a good overview of Uprising’s mechanics and overall gameplay.

Basically an action role-playing game, Uprising  should release in a few weeks as a free-to-play download. Read More

 

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

 
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