Zombie mashup of original Oregon Trail game works surprisingly well
Organ Trail: Director's Cut is a nostalgic game that promises to entertain both those who loved the original classic Oregon Trail as well as players who are simply looking for a surprisingly in-depth iOS game. Don't think that this game is simply riding the coattails of retro-gaming's popularity right now -- Organ Trail is an interesting game, even without the allure of the chiptune music and cutting-edge graphics circa 1985.
Microsoft OneNote updates for iPhone, iPad
Microsoft has released updates for its OneNote client, available for both iPhone and iPad. Considered a "digital notebook," OneNote documents can be shared with others and across devices. Adding support for new iOS 8 features, users can now password-protect sections of documents directly from mobile devices. Touch ID unlocking is now enabled for owners of iPhone 5s or newer, and users can insert files from a preferred cloud storage service with its new iOS 8 document picker. Pages can be reordered and moved, including subpages. OneNote is free to download, with some features requiring an Office 365 subscription.
Ever want to virtually wipe out all life on Earth? Now's your chance.
How many games actually allow a player to play as something truly terrible? Sure, there are a lot of games that let players choose the "wrong" choice, but where are the games that let you wreak total havoc? Pandemic 2.5, the successor to the popular flash game Pandemic 2, will. This devious little gem allows players to create a custom disease from the ground up, which serves to help them eradicate the human race. The game manages to be part resource-management, part chance, and part outwit-the-AI, and can be profoundly frustrating.
Web image search engine with built-in editing tools and multiple saving, sharing options
PicTrove 2 Pro is an app that has taken the time-intensive act of image-searching on the web and streamlined it. Users are able to search multiple websites, including Google, Bing, Flickr, Pinterest, and more all at once, and compare them side-by-side. Tapping and swiping through allows a user to browse images one at a time from a specific search site. There is also the ability to refine searches per site, allowing a user to specify whether they would like photographs or clipart, or decide on the size or quality of the image. Even animated GIFs are fully supported within PicTrove 2 Pro.
Pair blame attacks on 'challenging the status quo'
CurrentC governing company Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) held a conference call a bit earlier today. The company's lead executives took turns defending the company against some claims related to fines for merchants abandoning CurrentC, and also tried to explain away the email data breach it had suffered.
Change marks sudden policy reversal
Apple has forced the developer of PCalc, James Thomson, to remove an iOS 8 Notification Center widget that let people do calculations without opening the app. The decision is an apparently sudden reversal, given that the app was previously approved with the widget intact. PCalc has been featured in several sections of the App Store, such as "Great Apps and Games for iOS 8," and even "Extend Your Apps," which focuses on software with unusual widgets.
Theft belies claim of HIPAA compliance, data security primacy
Contactless payment platform CurrentC has fallen victim to user information theft. Merchants Consumer Exchange (MCX), The company behind the mobile payment system is informing beta users of the service that "that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you." The company claims no other data has been stolen, but the theft calls into question the data security of the not fully operational payment system.
Friendly, immersive Algebra training for children
Educational Apps aren't in short supply, and most parents with iPads, iPods, and iPhones likely have the devices filled filled to the brim with the latest and greatest miracle apps that promise to teach their children all sorts of things. However, to stumble across an app that is truly engaging and capable of teaching children skills that directly translate into the classroom is somewhat of a rarity. That being said, DragonBox Algebra 12+ by WeWantToKnow delivers an app that is fun to play while simultaneously teaching children the core rules of Algebra.
Reference app does much more than iOS's built-in definition function
Pocket dictionaries are actually pretty useful, when you think about it. Sometimes you run across a word in conversation or in an article that you don't recognize, and being able to define it on the fly makes your life much easier. Maybe you're a writer and suffer from same-word-syndrome, where you repeatedly use the same descriptor over and over. A pocket dictionary can help break the cycle by suggesting synonyms. Enter Terminology 3, a dictionary app that offers more than the standard definition function in iOS. The program includes a full, completely-offline US English dictionary, thesaurus and word reference that allows you to find definitions, synonyms, and antonyms whenever the need strikes.
Now reads heart rate from devices, sends NikeFuel and workout data to Health app
Nike has announced a significant update to its Nike+ Running app for the iPhone, which now natively supports the resolution of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In addition, the app now features cooperation with the Heath app included with iOS 8. The Running app itself can now also read from the M8 motion co-processor, including changes in elevation. It can now read heart rate data created by third-party hardware that is sent to the Health app, and can report NikeFuel and workout data to the Health app.
System blocking Google, Apple efforts; allows others to pass through
CVS has ceased accepting Near-Field Communication (NFC) payments from Apple Pay and Google Wallet at its stores, US-wide. The pharmacy issued the instructions to stores earlier this week, with shutdowns continuing through the weekend. CVS has mirrored Rite Aid, which shut down its terminals earlier this week. Both CVS and Rite Aid are about to join the nascent and poorly-regarded MCX CurrentC NFC and barcode payment solution, and the move is widely seen as an effort to squeeze out both Google's and Apple's payment solutions.
Pocket Informant receives update, adds iOS 8 support, updated interface
Web Information Solutions has updated its iOS app Pocket Informant, a combined scheduling and task list manager compatible with built-in calendar data, Google, Toodledo, Evernote or Informant Sync. Free to download, by upgrading to its premium version ($15) users can sync with other calendars, utilize Rich Text Notes and Contact Management features, Task Smart Filters and more. Pocket Informant v4.5.1 integrates iOS 8 components like the Today Widget, TouchID Support, Alarm Actions, and the ability to create tasks and notes from Safari and the Notes app. Users can now log in to Google, Toodledo, or Informant Sync through the app using 1Password, and can now sync with Toodledo's latest API. Various fixes have been additionally included since the major update was launched. Pocket Informant requires iOS 7.1 or later.
App allows users to create customized chat rooms, log in with any user name
Facebook's Creative Labs team is bringing a new, yet old way to socialize over the Internet to users through its application Rooms. The free iOS app lets users create custom chat rooms on a topic, without requiring any special log in or connection to a Facebook account. Instead, users can select whatever user name they like and chat in virtual anonymity.
Flexibits releases Fantastical 2 updates for iPhone and iPad
Flexibits has announced the release of two free updates for calendar app Fantastical 2, available as separate native versions for iPhone and iPad. The iPhone variation provides native display support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and includes an enhanced landscape view for iPhone 6 Plus. Both apps now require iOS 8, and feature new text-enabled event and reminder creation with Fantastical's new app extension. Interactive notifications let users snooze an alert or complete a reminder, and the app now can be viewed in the Notification Center with Fantastical's Today widget. Currently on sale for twenty percent off, Fantastical 2 for iPhone is priced at $3, and $8 for iPad.
Inbox created by same team behind Gmail, invitation-only at first
Google has started to invite people to try out its new email service, one that has been in development for a number of years. Made by the same team behind Gmail, Inbox aims to help users manage their incoming e-mail by automatically grouping similar emails together and by picking out what it believes to be the more important incoming messages.
Sky updates mobile app with refreshed home screen, Smart Series Link
British broadcaster Sky has updated its iOS and Android Sky+ apps to allow users to display their photographs from their mobile devices on the television through the Sky+ HD set-top box. The app also includes a new updated homepage, complete with a dedicated Sports section, and a Smart Series Link option that lets the Sky+ box record all current and future seasons of selected programs.
MLB was early adopter of Passbook app, iBeacons; MLB app will gain Touch ID functionality
Major League Baseball, which has taken the role of unabashed cheerleader for several of Apple's financial and retail technology initiatives including Passbook and iBeacons, has announced another embrace -- this time, Apple Pay. Both of the two MLB stadiums involved in this year's World Series will be accepting Apple Pay for concessions starting with the event, which begins on Tuesday. San Francisco's AT&T Park and Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium will both have the hardware on hand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.
Dropbox adds TouchID, support for iPhone 6, 6 Plus
Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app today, featuring new features for iOS 8 and support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The cloud storage service allows users to access and share their remotely stored files, including photos, documents and videos. Dropbox v3.5.0 features new support for TouchID, with fingerprint unlocking now available within the app. Also included is a fix for previewing RTF files on iOS 8, and general stability and performance improvements. Free to download, Dropbox for iOS requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Should improve performance on more recent devices
As of February 1st, all new or updating iOS apps must not only be based on the iOS 8 SDK, but contain 64-bit code, Apple is informing developers. At the moment developers are still being allowed to submit 32-bit-only apps or universal binaries. The problem is that more recent iOS devices -- namely those based on 64-bit A7, A8, and A8X processors -- have to load extra resources into memory to handle 32-bit code, taking a toll on performance.
Relative handful of third-party apps currently showing support
The official Apple Store app has been updated to v3.1, enabling support for online Apple Pay transactions. Shoppers can now also make NFC-based payments at the company's retail outlets, but this doesn't require an app update; in either scenario, users must have a compatible device running iOS 8.1, which was released earlier today. Online payments are supported by the iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. Only the 6 and 6 Plus can be used at retail.
New payment option lowers cost for multiple users to access Spotify
Spotify is adding a new subscription option to its plan roster, one which covers multiple users. Spotify Family will provide access to the premium version of the music streaming service to up to five nominated users, with the group plan being discounted heavily compared to the single-user subscription, a payment option Rdio first introduced in June of last year.
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Rdio introduces CarPlay compatibility to its iOS app
Music subscription service Rdio has released an update for its iOS app, featuring new CarPlay support and other iOS 8 inclusions. A paid monthly service, a Rdio Unlimited account offers access to albums, songs, playlists and stations, with the option to download unlimited songs via mobile for offline listening. Rdio v3.0.4 adds push notifications for iOS 8 users, and high-resolution images and album artwork optimized for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Live streaming in 14 launch cities, 5000 episodes of classic shows available
On the heels of the standalone HBO subscription service, CBS Corporation today announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription Video On Demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network, mainly intended for cord cutters. CBS All Access will offer thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest US markets at launch.
Safety Check lets users tell family, friends they are OK via Facebook notification
Facebook has turned its attention to helping its users during times of crisis or a major disaster, by creating a new tool. Safety Check aims to provide a way for people in locations affected by a natural disaster to let their friends and family know they are OK, as well as allowing them to check on friends who may also be affected by the disaster.
Email client Mailbox for Mac now available as public beta
Mailbox has officially released its beta versionemail client for OS X this week, now available to all. Mailbox for iOS arrived last year, offering a simplistic interface that aims to improve inbox organization. Mailbox for Mac is similar in design, and features controls to archive and delete email, as well as create lists and enable a "snooze" functionality. The app includes swipe gesture and hotkeys options. Those interested in downloading the beta version of Mailbox for Mac can do so for free through Mailbox.
Two new Bluetooth keyboard cases come to the Qode series starting at $100
Belkin announced two new keyboard cases today, under the banner of its Qode tablet series. The Bluetooth keyboard covers offer "improved keyboard layouts" with the same number of keys as a laptop, with the Ultimate Pro Keyboard offering additional features over the Slim Style Keyboard. The Qode Ultimate Pro features an aluminum construction, a backlit keyboard, adjustable portrait and landscape modes with different view angles, up to a year of continuous battery life, a detachable case that doubles as a smart cover, and auto-sensing automatic on/off technology. Belkin's Slim Style Keyboard is a folio cover and keyboard in one, with a stand that supports several viewing angles, a handheld media mode, and flexible corner tabs to keep the iPad in place.
Video messages sent on Skype Qik self-destruct after two weeks
Microsoft is adding another messaging service to its roster, this time using video clips. Skype Qik, reusing the brand of a service Skype acquired in 2011 before Microsoft purchased Skype, is a lightweight app that allows users to record video messages up to 42 seconds in length, which can then be sent to a friend or a group for viewing.
Misconfiguration of Apache server to blame, Snapsaved says only 500MB of images taken
After news broke last week that thousands of photos from Snapchat leaked after a third-party service was hacked, a company stepped forward up to take the blame. The developers behindSnapsaved, an app developed to save photos from Snapchat, said that its servers were hacked as a result of a misconfigured Apache server. The company also refused the claims made in the "snappening" document that says an administrator provided the directory and content of the site.
TextExpander Touch adds new keyboard variations, VoiceOver accessibility feature
Productivity applications developer Smile has released an update for TextExpander Touch, a customizable typing shortcut tool for iOS devices. Users can expand custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text, and is able to function in all apps. TextExpander touch v3.1 offers the addition of Portugese and Swedish keyboard variations, as well as QWERTY variants to French, German, and Spanish keyboard via the app's Layout setting. "Play Expansion Sound" and "Key Clicks" are now separate preferences, and abbreviations that contain or end with spaces are supported. VoiceOver accessibility to on-boarding is included, as well as minor bug fixes. Priced at $5, TextExpander Touch 3.1 requires iOS 8.
Glassboard closing November 1, all users boosted to premium for archiving
Business-oriented discussion service Glassboard is closing down, with the resultant loss of data, on November 1. Starting next week, the company will be converting all user accounts to premium accounts for the remaining few weeks, so that discussions can be exported. New user signups have been disabled, and the apps have been removed from both the Android and iOS App Store.
Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated for iOS
Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile has released an update to its iOS app, offering a thorough overhaul from its previous versions. A professional-grade painting and drawing app, SketchBook v3.0.1 features pencil and brush tools that aim to deliver a realistic drawing experience. Its redesigned user interface and improved "paint engine" allow users to apply the same workflow to devices with a range of screen sizes, thereby eliminating separate tablet and phone editions of the app. The app's interface is fully customizable to fit the user's working preferences.
Google News & Weather released for iOS
Google has released its News and Weather app for iOS, offering iPhone and iPad users a personalized news interface. Originally released for Android last month, users can access news coverage from sixty-five thousand publications by way of simple swipe-access to various categories. The layout is highly customizable, with option to choose from sixty country-specific editions and news sections such as Hollywood, NASA, Fashion, and more. To view more in-depth content, users can tap any story to view a full story. Free to download, Google News and Weather requires iOS 7.0 or later to run.
Xim allows photos to be shared people on contact lists, photo streams expire
A new photo application for mobile devices was made available from Microsoft today, one that focuses on sharing the experience of photos without having to passing a phone around or accidentally sharing too much on social media. Xim sets itself apart from other photo-sharing services and applications, as it doesn't require all users to have an account or the app installed.
Highlight reel app opens to more devices, iPhone version due soon
HTC has made its Zoe highlight video creation app available to a wider number of Android devices, after the phone producer fully launched the app earlier today. Announced during the Double Exposure event, the venue for the HTC Desire Eye and the Re Camera launches, HTC also revealed it is working on a version of the app specifically for iOS devices.
Square updates its Cash app, introduces Nearby Payments feature
Square has released an update for its Cash iOS app, including a new Nearby Payments feature. Cash allows users with a US bank account to send or request money via text message or email, free of charge. Payments are deposited to one's bank account in minutes, using an existing Visa or MasterCard debit card, and payments that are not claimed within 14 days are automatically refunded to the user.
Frozenbyte to release Spot platformer game for iOS October 23
Finnish game developer Frozenbyte has announced the upcoming release of its new platformed game, Splot. Players follow the story of a blue alien, Splot, who crashes onto an unfamiliar planet along with his adversaries, the Hungry Blobs. Splot sets out to rescue a native population of birds that are being eaten by the Blobs. Playable on three different difficulties though 56 levels, gameplay consists of fast-paced platforming with the goal of reaching captured birds before they are eaten.
Gmail app for iOS now supports newest iPhones
Gmail's iOS app has received an update, offering support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The app allows users to switch between up to five accounts, and get notified of new mail by way of the Notification Center, or via badge and lock screen options. Free to download, Gmail for iOS requires iOS 7 or later.
Latest 1Password improves Touch ID support, adds iPhone 6 Plus support
A new version of password manager 1Password has been released for the iPhone and iPad, offering support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the form of 3x higher resolution images and improved icons. The update also improves Touch ID support to be more reliable, and simplifies the app's security settings. A new option has been added to disable third-party keyboards inside the 1Password app (since theoretically such keyboard could transmit keystrokes), and users can now create tags to help sort data. The app itself is free, but a "pro" in-app purchase to unlock additional features costs $10.
Clip marks first attempt at iOS-based video editing
Adobe has updated its suite of iOS apps, launching several new ones in the process. The most significant of these may be Premiere Clip, the company's first effort at mobile video editing. The title can be used independently, or in tandem with Premiere Pro CC; projects started on iOS can be automatically synced with Premiere Pro by way of Creative Cloud.
Logitech releases wireless mouse with asymmetrical, curved form
Logitech has introduced a new wireless mouse, designed with a curved shape for a natural hand position. The M320 wireless mouse features an asymmetrical form, with a wide wheel for improved scrolling and an updated optical sensor for precise responsiveness. Though intended for wireless use, its Nano receiver allows users to elect using a cord; when used wirelessly, the mouse automatically enters a sleep mode when not in use to improve the duration of its battery charge. Available in blue, red, black and gray color options, the M320 wireless mouse is priced at $30.
Company faced with declining growth, lack of non-Angry Birds titles
In a blog post pointing out some of the issues surrounding Angry Birds purveyor Rovio, the company's outgoing CEO announced that the game maker will shed 130 people in an effort to reduce costs. The layoffs are all in the company's home country of Finland, and represents 16 percent of the company's total workforce.
Wi-Fi scanning and graphing tool for OS X receives update
Koingo Software has announced the release of AirRadar 3, a Wi-Fi scanning and graphing tool for OS X. AirRadar lets users set up a scan frequency to search for available wireless signals, and have new open or closed networks have their name spoken, play alerts, or display notifications. Featuring enhancements that cater to Yosemite, the latest version has been overhauled and includes improved graphing, the ability to join Enterprise networks, 802.11ac support, and more. Users can access more personalization options, and can tag found networks as Favorites or filter them out. Upgrades are free for buyers who have ordered AirRadar 2.x within the past six months, with upgrade outside of this policy priced at $7 and $10 for entirely new users.
Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team force choked by Disney
Star Wars intellectual property owner Disney has suddenly discontinued two iOS apps, one of which was only released this year. Disney has pulled Tiny Death Star as well as Star Wars Assault Team from Google Play and the iOS App Store, with no warning to those with a financial stake in the arrangement.
iOS and 'free-to-play' game blamed
A 15-year-old from Antwerp, Belgium has managed to accumulate over 37,000 euro ($46,000) in iTunes charges on a credit card through in-app purchases, according to local publication Nieuwsblad. The teenager was reportedly playing a free-to-play iOS game called Game of War: Fire Age; several months in, his mother asked him to buy some e-books using her credit card. The boy then discovered he could buy virtual gold in-game using real money, greatly accelerating his progress. The title even has a casino minigame.
TV and movie streaming service updates its subscription-based iOS app
Hulu Plus, a TV and movie streaming subscription app, has received an update, featuring an overall redesign. Requiring a paid subscription, users can watch current episodes of popular TV shows, kids shows, and classic series. Hulu Plus v4.0 features a new simplified aesthetic, with key features including Shows You Watch, a Navigation section for viewing Hulu's catalog, a revised Search and a Share functionality for sharing content to social media platforms. The Home feature displays curated content suggestions, and its Player has new controls and a nested menu for captions, sharing and casting to a TV.
Twitter app for OS X updated, adds new photo features
Twitter for Mac has received an update today, adding new photo features for OS X users. The app allows users to access the social media platform outside of a web browser. Twitter for Mac v3.1 includes the new ability to view and post Tweets with up to four photos at a time, with an image preview for each available for viewing the full photo. Photos can now be shared privately in the Messages section. Various performance improvements and bug fixes are also available in the latest version. Free to download, Twitter for Mac is available through the App Store.
Apple Store app adds support for iPhone 6
Apple's Store app has been updated to reflect its updated iOS and latest iPhone release. Users of the Apple Store app can now start their Retail Store order on their own device, featuring a Browse function that displays trending products, as well as reviews for accessories. Apple Store v3.0.1 offers compatibility with the latest Apple mobile devices, including support for iPhone 6. Free to download, the Apple Store app is available on iTunes.
Malware entry vector not yet identified; may capitalize on jailbreak compromise
In an almost unheard-of claim, Lacoon Mobile Security has said that it has discovered a new spyware attack that targets both iOS and Android devices and which appears to be aimed specifically at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. Lacoon says it made the discovery while investigating the Android version, but did not clarify how the malware might be installed, or overcome the security built into iOS that has, thus far, kept it largely immune to serious malware or viruses.
Allowed users to create app, task shortcuts
Apple has removed an app called Launcher from the App Store, citing "misuse" of iOS 8 Notification Center widgets, says developer Cromulent Labs. The app lets users create create shortcuts for various tasks, such as calling a specific person via phone or FaceTime, navigating to a location, or simply opening an app. These shortcuts then appear in a widget.