By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2013
Azumio’s Argus fitness software was the first App Store app to gain low-power motion tracking via support for the dedicated M7 motion coprocessor inside the iPhone 5s.
Today, the developer has refreshed the app with a bunch of fixes and a couple new features, including the new Close Friends social capability, the ability to import Fitbit data, support for Bluetooth heart rate monitor for activities and other goodies.
The updated item is now live in the App Store and free for everyone who’ve previously purchased the program… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2013
ESPN’s rather excellent and successful (43 million downloads thus far) ScoreCenter app for the iPhone and iPad has just gotten a tad better as today’s update brings more video content, a new League Clubhouses feature, enhanced game pages and a brand new name. Yup, ESPN decided to rebrand ScoreCenter as SportsCenter, which better reflects its emphasis on all things sports.
SportsCenter now provides one-tap access to GameCast live scoring information while the Clubhouses feature collects content from various sports leagues into a single hub. As part of the update, the app’s appearance has been refreshed slightly to better match the iOS 7 look and feel… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2013
The Wall Street Journal a month ago revealed that Samsung of South Korea signed a lucrative deal with the NBA worth a hundred million bucks to provide its tablets and TVs that referees will use to review close calls. It’s part of the Galaxy maker’s ongoing and massive advertising push which includes big name celebrity endorsements, event sponsorships, sports tie-ins and more.
But despite the partnership which moves Samsung into the valuable space so close to the action, Bloomberg is reporting today that NBA is still very much in love with their iPads and has produced a video explaining how NBA uses Apple’s devices to improve their games. More on that right after the break.. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2013
RunKeeper, a personal trainer in your pocket, has been updated today and among a pair of AirDrop-related enhancements is a little gem which particularly stands out: support for Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor.
As a long time user of fitness-related apps such as Pedometer++, Argus and Strava Run, I can’t tell you how many times I wished these GPS-enabled apps were not power hogs.
The M7 is easily one of the most overlooked iPhone 5s features. The aforementioned fitness apps as of recently have M7 motion tracking and you can just immediately tell how the chip improves the experience by not forcing you to keep an app open at all.
The M7 works independently of the main A7 processor, dutifully recording and storing up to a week’s worth of motion data. This allows an app to load up your motion history as if it were active all along. Without a doubt, M7 support is a major power-friendly enhancement. So, how does the newly-implemented M7 integration make RunKeeper better? Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 30, 2013
Nike has launched a new iOS app this week called ‘Nike SB.’ The SB stands for skateboard, and the app offers up a number of features for those who love the sport including an interactive trick guide, the ability to share tips and tricks, and more.
The app also allows users to play one another in S.K.A.T.E., an offshoot of H-O-R-S-E, which pits two players against each other in a trick shootout. When a player fails to replicate a trick, they’re given a letter. And the first to spell “SKATE” loses… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 29, 2013
Get ready basketball fans, the 2013-2014 NBA season is finally upon us. The season officially kicks off tonight with 3 games, which include great match-ups between the Pacers and the Magic, Clippers and Lakers, and the Bulls and the Heat.
And in a proverbial buzzer-beater, the NBA has updated its iOS app for the new season, bringing it to version 5.1. The update brings about a number of improvements including an iOS 7-inspired UI makeover, new league content and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2013
Cody told you about Nike’s second-generation FuelBand fitness bracelet that was announced at yesterday’s media event in New York City. The $149 Nike+ FuelBand SE accessory is coming November 6, bringing with it Bluetooth 4.0 support for low-power performance, in addition to hourly reminders, a clock mode and support for the iPhone 5s’s new M7 chip.
As a sidenote, the accompanying media release mentions that the Nike+ Move app which Apple’s marketing boss Phil Schiller showed off briefly during the iPhone 5s/5c keynote is coming to the App Store the same day, on Wednesday, November 6, 2013… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2013
Nike’s popular fitness and running app for the iPhone, named Nike+ Running, has received an interesting little update bringing with it the ability to take and share photos before, during or after your workouts so your friends can keep you going with likes and cheers. For those wondering what’s the big deal with photo sharing, let me just spell it out: seamless implementation.
Having been a user for quite some time, I’ve always hated having to pause my run manually in order to, say, catch a quick break or answer an important phone call. Not anymore – the new Nike+ Running version 4.4 is clever enough to automatically pause and resume when it detects I stopped running or resumed my workout. More tidbits follow… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2013
If you’re into sports and are a fan of basketball and the NBA in particular, the newly-released NBA 2K14 for iOS devices should be on your list for consideration. The game has been published by 2K Games, a Take-Two Interactive subsidiary notable for its recent release of Lucid Games’ 2K Drive for the iPhone and iPad.
Of course, it’s really an updated version of 2K’s ongoing NBA series for the iPhone and iPad, refreshed with the 2013-14 season stats, players, venues and other data (just like EA Sports’ FIFA series)… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2013
Although Apple has updated its Apple TV box a few times this year, making it much more useful by enabling a bunch of additional channels, most of the premium content sources are limited to users in the United States due to licensing restrictions. A good example is Netflix, which just rolled out crisp Super HD video streaming that’s unfortunately of little use to the folks living outside the 41 Netflix-supported markets around the globe.
It’s not just paid streaming services: some of the most popular free channels come region-restricted as well. Take Vevo, for example, which got added to the $99 streamer late-August but did not work in all regions. In a sign that Eddy Cue and his team have been able to negotiate a better deal, Apple TV users in Germany are now reporting sightings of both Vevo and NHL channels on their device… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 1, 2013
In a somewhat odd move, Apple has hired away the Toronto Blue Jays’ assistant manager Jay Sartori for a position on its App Store team. I mean, the company frequently snags top talent from silicon valley, but the MLB?
Apparently, Sartori will be taking over as the manager of the ‘sports and entertainment’ category in the App Store for the Cupertino company—a major departure from his contract and bargaining duties with the Blue Jays… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 30, 2013
Right now is a great time to be a sports fan. College and pro football are in full swing, and we’re on the verge of post-season Major League Baseball and the beginning of the 2013-14 basketball season.
And with so much going on, it’s nice to have a sports app around to help you keep up with everything. And while there are several, Yahoo is hoping its big 4.2 update for Sportacular Pro will win you over… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2013
It’s been barely a little more than a month since news broke of Apple hiring a prominent Nike FuelBand developer and now comes word that Tim Cook has managed to lure away another high-profile Nike executive. Ben Shaffer, Studio Director of Nike’s research and development lab dubbed Innovation Kitchen, is working for Apple in unknown capacity.
It certainly doesn’t take a genius to figure out Apple hired him for his expertise in wearables. Nike is Fast Company’s 2013 most innovative company and the Innovation Kitchen is where Shaffer and his team conceived such wearable smash hits as the popular Nike Fuel Band and the Flyknit shoe… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 26, 2013
It’s incredible how different the Apple TV’s main menu looks compared to a year ago. There’s so many more channels. Just in the last 6 months Apple has added a ton of content including WatchESPN, SkyNews, and more.
And it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Earlier this morning the Cupertino company added two new content channels to the popular set-top box in an over-the-air update: Major League Soccer and Disney Junior… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2013
After teasing FIFA 14, the latest installment in its long-running soccer franchise, the superpublisher Electronic Arts last week soft-launched the game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices on the New Zealand App Store - a week ahead of its console release. The game is now available in the US App Store as a free download, per Electronic Arts’s promise to switch FIFA games to the prevalent freemium model… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2013
Less than 48 hours after Apple added new video content from Vevo, Weather Channel, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Smithsonian Channel to its $99 Apple TV set-top box, ESPN announced Wednesday it’s enabled access to two new channels – News and Deportes - on the Apple TV and iOS devices, through the WatchESPN software for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
This is important because ESPN is a global powerhouse.
Owned as a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation, the U.S.-based cable and satellite television channel is a lot of people’s go-to source for all things sports… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2013
Billed as “an experience 25 years in the making”, Madden NFL 25 strives to deliver the most authentic NFL football experience to date on the iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. The game challenges players to build theirUltimate Team of NFL stars and run the show on offense and defense with new and improved touch controls, game modes and more.
And in embracing the freemium trend fully, EA Sports has made the decision to release the game on a free-to-play basis, with in-app purchases ranging from as little as 99 cents to as much as a whopping 99 dollars for an All Madden Bundle pack.
If you’re a fan of professional American football this is a no-brainer as the game looks awesome and plays great. I’ve included a splashy teaser trailer and a couple additional tidbits right after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 24, 2013
With this year’s NFL season set to kickoff in less than two weeks, football fans will be happy to hear that CBS has just updated its Sports app with some significant improvements to help them keep track of all the action.
The update, which brings the client to version 6.1, includes a new feature called Football GameTracker, which offers live play-by-play data and current drive play chart. It also adds Power Rankings, Stat Leaders, and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2013
The $99 Apple TV set-top box may be the most popular streaming device out there (not if you ask Roku), but Apple’s got some catching up to do in terms of content availability. Figuring as much, the company’s recently added WatchESPN and HBO Go streaming apps to the Apple TV’s home screen. Moreover, we’re now hearing that 24/7 Vevo music video streaming via the Apple TV could become a reality as early as later this week.
Apple’s strides in the TV space don’t resonate well with the Internet giant Google, whose Google TV platform is struggling to catch on with couch potatoes and cable-cutters. According to AllThingsD, this could change as Google’s boss Larry Page today met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other execs… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2013
Yahoo back in May updated its popular Fantasy Football iOS client with mobile drafting and a slew of other new features and improvements to get you ready for the start of the 2013 NFL season. But if American football just isn’t your thing, how about basketball? Or mixed martial arts? Or some other sport?
Don’t worry, Yahoo’s Sports iOS client (previously known as Sportacular) has you covered. In a new updated issued today, Yahoo has overhauled the software while adding the full MMA coverage, a range of scores, news and standings for the WNBA and more… Read More