Nintendo drops a live-action commercial for Super Mario Run ahead of release

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Nintendo is scheduled to debut Super Mario Run, its platformer optimized for one-handed gameplay, on the App Store on December 15. Ahead of this eagerly anticipated release, the Japanese gaming giant released a live-action commercial that’s all about speed.

Running two minutes and five seconds long, the ad features people from all walks of life running across scenic locations and in front of landmarks across the globe. The video features an upbeat tune and classic Super Mario notes and sound effects. Read More

 

Super Mario Run requires a persistent Internet connection to prevent piracy

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s eagerly awaited platformer optimized for one-handed gameplay, requires a persistent Internet connection to play in order to prevent piracy, Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed to Mashable. Actually, the security element is one of the reasons Nintendo decided to go with the iOS platform first before releasing Super Mario Run on Android. Read More

 

Pokémon GO update lets trainers transfer Pokémon in bulk and fixes bugs

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 9, 2016

Niantic has launched an update (version 1.19.1) for the popular Pokémon GO game on both the Android and iOS platforms on Thursday that addresses several bugs, as well as a highly-requested game improvement.

Those who catch many Pokémon know the struggle of having to transfer out the ones they don’t need to Professor Willow, one by one, but Thursday’s update now allows players to transfer a handful of unwanted Pokémon to the professor all at once. Read More

 

Starbucks teams up with Pokémon GO as an official partner and adds more Pokéstops and gyms

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

Just yesterday, Niantic announced a partnership with Sprint to bring as many as 10,500 more Pokéstops and gyms to Pokémon GO, and today a similar partnership appears to be expanding to Starbucks coffee shops.

The announcement is a move to give players more flexibility in collecting necessary items to play the game, as well as to battle other players. Starbucks benefits out of the deal because it attracts potential customers to their locations. Read More

 

You can now play Super Mario Run in Apple Stores around the world

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Ahead of its scheduled December 15 debut, Nintendo’s upcoming platformer Super Mario Run can now be experienced firsthand in your local Apple Store. That’s because the iPhone maker has installed Super Mario Run demo stations at its brick-and-mortar retail locations for pre-release play, as announced during Wednesday evening’s “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon. Read More

 

Sprint partners up with Pokémon GO to add new Pokéstops and Gyms

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 7, 2016

Sprint is partnering up with Niantic to increase the amount of Pokéstops and gyms that you can access in Pokémon GO.

The goal of the collaboration is to give players more access points to stock up on Pokémon item necessities and to battle other players for experience and team gym domination, but clearly Sprint gets some positive press out of the deal too. Read More

 

Alto’s Adventure creators announce new game Alto’s Odyssey is coming in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Snowman, the brains behind the award-winning endless snowboard game titled Alto’s Adventure, today said that the time has come for something new in the form of Alto’s Odyssey, their brand new game scheduled for release some time in 2017 (we’re thinking early-2017).

Snowman’s Ryan Cash told me via email that long before Alto’s Adventure had even been released, they started working on an idea for what might come next. Read More

 

Space, Capsule, Listables and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2016

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means. It’s time for another one of our Apps of the Week roundups. This week we’ve selected some great titles for you including a new interactive app for exploring space, an AI service for documenting your life experiences, and an app for creating and viewing shareable todo lists. And as usual, we’ve picked out two great new games for you to try. Read More

 

Remember Tiny Wings? You can now play it on your Apple TV!

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Tiny Wings, an addictive iPhone game with simple gameplay and subtle charm, is now available on the fourth-generation Apple TV more than five years since its App Store debut in February 2011. Developer Andreas Illiger released the Apple TV game as a new $2.99 app, called Tiny Wings TV.

Like its iOS counterpart, Tiny Wings TV has you playing as a cute little bird with aerial navigation issues. You must escape the darkness of night, but the hills in your way hinder your speed so you must have good reflexes and a good sense of timing. Read More

 

Alto’s Adventure creators working on Distant, a platformer focused on “elegance of movement”

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Snowman, the team that brought you the award-winning endless snowboard odyssey Alto’s Adventure, is hard at work on a major new title, Distant. It’s a brand new project that Snowman is co-developing in partnership with a talented Australian studio called Slingshot & Satchel.

As a platformer, Distant is quite a departure from Alto’s Adventure. The game is coming some time in 2017 to Macs, PCs, consoles and the fourth-generation Apple TV. Read More

 

Spark email app launches on Mac with Touch Bar support, snoozes, swipes, smart inbox & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

After more than a year of hard work, Spark for Mac is finally available on the Mac App Store. Like its iOS counterpart, the Mac app is available at no charge. Ukrainian developer Readdle has ported all the marquee features you like about Spark for iPhone and iPad over to the Mac edition, allowing you to triage your inbox, quickly see what’s important and easily clean up the rest.

The fast, well designed native app includes Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro, swipes on the trackpad, snoozing, quick replies, natural language search, unified inbox, full macOS Sierra compatibility, seamless settings sync across devices and other productivity-focused perks.

“It is created for people who live by their inbox and who want to have an amazing experience with email,” Readdle told me via email. Read More

 

DirecTV NOW launches on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Two days ago, U.S. wireless carrier unveiled DirecTV NOW, its brand new Internet television streaming service that comes with a free fourth-generation Apple TV for those who would commit to at least three months of paid service.

Today, DirectTV apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV have gone live in the App Store. Read More

 

Google just released a stellar screensaver for your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2016

Got tired of the new Apple TV’s gorgeous Aerial screen saver on your Mac? How about Google’s own screen saver that ships on Chromecast, Fiber and Pixel devices? Your wish is Google’s command: yesterday, the search giant released the stunning Featured Photos screen saver for macOS.

As its name suggests, the app adorns your Mac’s built-in display and any external screens with a striking plethora of highest-rated photographs that users publicly posted on Google+. Download the app straight from Google at no charge and let us know what you think in the comments. Read More

 

Noise, Write.as, BeCasso and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2016

If you’re looking to relax this holiday weekend with leftover turkey and a new app or game, you’ve come to the right place. In the latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we’ve selected some awesome titles including a music-making app, an anonymous blogging client, a paint-style photo editor, and some great new games for you to check out. Read More

 

Microsoft brings Solitaire to iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2016

Microsoft’s version of Solitaire has been available on Windows PCs for more than 25 years, but up until now the game has not expanded to other platforms. With Microsoft Solitaire Collection for iOS, the Windows maker is finally bringing its version of the classic card game to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available free in the App Store, the app includes 5 of the top Solitaire games that you can play for free—Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Tripeaks and Pyramid.

As a bonus, daily challenges will extend longevity of the game and built-in support for Xbox Live will keep your achievements, competitions and game progress in sync between Windows 10 and iOS devices. Read More

 

This Mac app lets you switch between recently used apps via Touch Bar

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2016

With all of the time-saving shortcuts available for Apple’s stock apps on the Touch Bar, you’d think Apple would have brought the macOS app switcher to the the new MacBook Pro’s OLED strip. That’s why developer Maxim Ananov set out to create an app, called TouchSwitcher, which does just that. With TouchSwitcher, you can switch between your recently-used apps on the new MacBook Pro right from the Touch Bar. Read More

 

Niantic expands Nearby Pokémon feature as players begin catching Ditto in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 22, 2016

Millions of Pokémon GO players are in for a surprise this week as game developer Niantic is making some big server-side changes to the game.

A limited amount of players in certain regions of the world will be able to see Nearby Pokémon, a feature that has been in experimentation in just San Francisco, California for months.

The news of its expansion comes just a day after the announcement of the in-game Thanksgiving double XP event. Read More

 

Developer ports classic FPS shooter Doom onto the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar display

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2016

Developer Adam Bell has successfully ported the classic first-person shooter Doom onto the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar’s 2,170-by-60 pixel resolution OLED display complete with 3D graphics, the game’s familiar head-up display and trademark sound effects. Doom, of course, runs on everything these days thanks to enthusiasts who port the game onto computing devices that can handle it. Read More

 

Niantic hosts another double XP event for Pokémon GO during Thanksgiving week

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 21, 2016

Pokémon GO players had a chance to participate in the Halloween event last month, in which ghost Pokémon spawns were increased, distances to hatch eggs were decreased, and double candies was rewarded for the entire week the event ran for.

Now, Niantic has announced a second event coming to the game in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday this week, but this time the rewards are a little different. Read More

 

Listen, Later, Firefox Focus, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2016

Looking for ways to pass the time before next week’s holiday mayhem? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a great list of apps for you to check out this weekend including a service for anonymous communication, a quick and easy reminders app, and a new private web browser. And as always, we’ve also picked out some awesome games for you to try. Read More

 
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