Review: WatchWeb for Apple Watch kinda brings web browsing to your wrist

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Like the Apple TV, your Apple Watch lacks the built-in Safari browser. Even though the case can be made quite easily for surfing the web on a big screen TV from the comfort of your couch, who in their right mind—and why— would want to squint at the tiny screen to read webpages?

No one, that’s right. But still, what if you could browse the web from your wrist? If you argue that an Apple Watch web browser is a terrible, terrible idea, I’m with you.

But what if there was a way to quickly look up information, sports scores or anything else on the Apple Watch that Siri can’t do for you? Enter WatchWeb, a web browser of sorts for the Apple Watch by Conifer Apps.

It’s a novel idea that certainly has legs, but boy is it iffy. I had mixed results during my hands-on time with WatchWeb so read on my review for the full reveal. Read More

 

Review: ReBoard keyboard boosts your productivity and cuts down on app switching

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2015

The biggest thing about iOS 8 for me is a productivity boost stemming from new technologies such as pervasive inter-app communications, third-party actions in system-wide Share sheets and more. But for all the good work Apple’s done from a productivity standpoint, iOS (version 9 included) still has some way to go before it’s capable to exceed multitasking features on Microsoft’s Surface tablets or Samsung’s Note phablet, for example.

ReBoard, a new software keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad created by India’s independent developer Gursimranjeet Singh, puts useful actions for performing common tasks and all sorts of look ups right into the keyboard itself so you won’t need to switch back and forth between apps like an animal.

By embedding useful third-party shortcuts within the context of the keyboard, ReBoard can save you a lot of time and boost your productivity. Read More

 

Review: Lara Croft GO is the essence of adventure that feels unmistakably Tomb Raider-y

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

It only took a few minutes for me to get hooked on Lara Croft GO, a new premium title from Hitman GO creators Square Enix Montréal.

Created in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, this gorgeously done puzzle-solving adventure takes Hitman GO’s turn-based strategy concept and simplicity of action to a whole new level while managing to incorporate several marquee aspects of the traditional Tomb Raider formula and gameplay.

But Lara Croft GO, a $4.99 download in the App Store, is hardly the same game as Hitman GO. More than the collection of its impressive parts—mesmerizing soundtrack, artful animations and gorgeous visuals—Lara Croft GO manages to distill the famed series down to its essence.

I spent a few hours playing and reviewing this game in the days leading up to its release, here are my hands-on impressions and findings. Read More

 

Google’s new YouTube Gaming app is now available in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

As expected, Google’s YouTube Gaming app has begun rolling out in the App Store. Earlier this morning, Google launched a new website which sits at gaming.youtube.com, dedicated to watching and live-streaming gameplay videos.

The free of charge companion mobile app should be now available for download in your local App Store. Featuring a selection of live-streaming and on-demand content, the app acts as your one-stop shop for not just gameplay videos but video how-tos and walkthroughs as well. Read More

 

Portal for iOS: wireless file transfers from your computer to iPhone made easy

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Portal, an Android app that launched earlier this summer, is now available on your iPhone free of charge in the App Store.

Created by a company called Pushbullet which makes a namesake cross-platform notification mirroring utility, Portal for iPhone uses QR codes and takes advantage of peer-to-peer connectivity to transfer very large files and folders between your devices in a snap.

With Portal, you can transfer files from your computer to an iOS device via a simple interface that can be accessed through any web browser. The app lets you transfer as many files as you’d like and imposes no file size limits.

Here’s a quick review of Portal based on my brief hands-on time with the app. Read More

 

Check out The Amazing Bernard, a gorgeously done platformer hitting iOS soon

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2015

The Amazing Bernard by Kumkwat Entertainment is arriving on iOS devices in the coming weeks and boy does it look beautiful. I’m a huge sucker for adventure/platform games such as Leo’s Adventure and can’t wait to put my hands on The Amazing Bernard.

The game appears to offer a unique blend of action and exploration as you’ll be overcoming obstacles, jumping on platforms and running around like there’s no tomorrow. You play as a cartoonish character named Bernie O’Tag but the game packs in even crazier characters to meet and many mysteries to be revealed.

We have a full preview ready for your reading pleasure further below. Read More

 

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 launches on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, no In-App Purchases whatsoever

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2015

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad just hit the App Store. This popular construction and management videogame franchise that simulates amusement park originally management debuted on Windows PCs back in 1999.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 released on Windows more than a decade ago (it dropped on October 26, 2004) and today’s release has finally brought the classic strategy simulation title to the iOS platform.

The game costs $4.99 and is free of In-App Purchase schemes. Read More

 

Lara Croft GO gets a release date

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015

Lara Croft GO, an upcoming turn-based mobile strategy game from Hitman GO creators Square Enix, will be hitting the iOS platform on Thursday, August 27. In a media release announcing the release date, Square Enix said the upcoming game offers “a never-before-seen take on the iconic franchise, featuring challenging levels, gorgeous visuals and a mesmerizing soundtrack.” Read More

 

Microsoft Translator hits iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with support for 50 languages

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015

If you’re traveling frequently or have a need to translate anything in your daily life, Microsoft is here to help. The software giant’s new release, an app called Microsoft Translator, helps you translate words, phrases and sentences directly on your wrist.

Powered by the same technology used by Office, Bing, Skype, Internet Explorer as well as partners such as Twitter, Yelp, eBay, WeChat and many more, the app lets you speak to your Apple Watch and get an instant translation in a total of fifty languages.

Microsoft Translator is also supported on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and is available at no charge in the App Store. Read More

 

Google confirms brand new Street View mobile app arriving early next month

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2015

Two months ago, Google hinted it was readying a brand new mobile application called Street View. The app was designed to provide easy access to your photo spheres and those from Google and other contributors. Today, the Internet giant sent an email blast confirming that the native Street View for iOS app is coming in early-September.

The search company did not share detailed information about the upcoming software, but we’ve been able to glean a few tidbits. For starters, the Street View app will replace Google’s Photo Sphere Camera mobile app for iOS and Android. More important than that, Street View will be capable of linking to a dedicated spherical camera hardware. Read More

 

Create colorful keyboards that match your mood in an instant with Photokeys

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2015

Photokeys by developer Appyfurious was released in the App Store last evening. This quite interesting application makes it easy and fun to create your own colorful keyboards in seconds, from any photo in your library.

Just take or import a picture, adjust color themes as you like and your keyboard is ready for use in any application.

If you’re unhappy with the results, refine your custom designs with manual controls to mix and match your own colors and achieve the keyboard nirvana. But wait, there’s much more to Photokeys, a 99-cent download from the App Store, than meets the eye. Read More

 

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

 
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