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Friday, April 25, 2014

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Addictive slicing game KingHunt goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 02:41 PM PDT

KingHunt 1.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

A week ago, Apple’s App Store editorial team slashed Horn, a noteworthy third-person action adventure game with great graphics, to zero bucks.

Today is Thursday, which means that another paid iOS app or game has gone temporarily free as part of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion. This time around, it’s KingHunt by renowned publisher MountainSheep.

A great time killer that will feel instantly familiar to anyone who has played Fruit Ninja for a few brief seconds, KingHunt is being billed as the next-generation slicing game. The game is now available free of charge until next Thursday, down from its usual asking price of four bucks for the universal iPhone and iPad download, so grab it now while it’s hot…... Read the rest of this post here


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Some users seeing significant battery life improvement with iOS 7.1.1

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 02:26 PM PDT

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In addition to Touch ID enhancements and bug fixes, it looks like iOS 7.1.1 also brings about battery life improvements. Several users are reporting seeing markedly-improved battery life since installing the update, which Apple seeded to the public on Tuesday.

ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says that battery performance on his iPhone 5 dropped significantly following last month’s iOS 7.1 release. But since updating to 7.1.1, Hughes says that it’s gone back up to just as good, if not better, than it was when he first got it…... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple offers resolution for FaceTime woes but you may not like it

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 01:46 PM PDT

iPad Air Facetime

After some folks on iOS 6 and older versions of OS X started complaining about being unable to make or receive FaceTime calls on their devices, Apple has responded by releasing an emergency fix for the FaceTime app on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Getting to the root of the problem, the company on Thursday published a support document that casts more light on the issue.

People have apparently been experiencing FaceTime connection problems due to a bug resulting from a device certificate that expired on April 16, 2014. Luckily, there’s a simple resolution for the problem, one which you may not necessarily like. Hit the jump for the full reveal…... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple engineer explains how FaceTime came out of work done for Game Center

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 01:10 PM PDT

WWDC 2010 keynote (iPhone 4, FaceTime 002)

When Apple was unveiling a new video-calling capability on the then new iPhone 4 at the WWDC 2010 keynote, Steve Jobs presented the feature as one of his famous ‘one more thing’ moments.

FaceTime debuted as a hassle-free video calling service between iPhone 4 devices and was initially Wi-Fi-only, but Apple eventually rolled it out across the lineup so it’s available across Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices on both Wi-Fi and cellular.

The engineer behind the feature, Roberto Garcia, was forced to spill the beans on how FaceTime came out of work done for Game Center in his testimony during the fourth week of the second Apple vs. Samsung trial in California, here are the juiciest bits…... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple, Google and others settle anti-poaching suit

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 01:04 PM PDT

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Reuters is reporting this afternoon that Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel have reached a settlement in their long-running antitrust lawsuit filed by employees who claim the companies agreed to not hire employees from one another.

The settlement comes just a month before the trial was slated to begin in the US District Court of northern California. The lawsuit covered more than 60,000 workers, and damages from the trial were expected to exceed $9 billion…

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You can have lunch with Tim Cook, for a sizable charity donation

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 12:49 PM PDT

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CharityBuzz is running a campaign for one donor to have lunch with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, at the Cupertino-based headquarters. The donor will have to make the highest, sizable donation, to benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

The lunch donated by Cook himself, has an estimated value of $100,000, with the current bid on Tuesday currently sitting at $50,000. If past charity drives from Cook are any indication, the lunch should blow past the estimated value…... Read the rest of this post here


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Google social boss Vic Gundotra leaving after eight years

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 12:26 PM PDT

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There’s a big shakeup at Google on Thursday as Vic Gundotra, the man charged with leading Google’s social efforts and one of the creators of Google+, is departing the company after eight years.

Gundotra announced the news on none other than his Google+ profile, saying he is proud of what the Facebook-competing Google+ team has accomplished despite skepticism in the industry. Gundotra didn’t offer any details as to why he’s leaving. ... Read the rest of this post here


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eBay app receives big update with new Home page, larger photos and more

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 11:55 AM PDT

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Good news for eBay users this afternoon, the e-commerce giant has posted a significant update for its iOS client, bringing the app to version 3.3. The update brings about a number of new features and improvements, including a redesigned Home page, Passbook support and more.

The revamped Home page includes Watched items, Feed and eBay Deals—everything you’d want to see upon first launching the app. Other areas have been refreshed as well, with larger photos and new product reviews for items in the eBay Catalog. Full change log after the break…... Read the rest of this post here


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Timely: add a beautiful text-based Lock screen clock to your iPhone

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 11:46 AM PDT

Timely

Now here’s a great way to spice up your iPhone’s Lock screen. Timely—a recently released tweak—adds a text-based Lock screen clock to your iPhone.

Depending on the current time, Timely will highlight the necessary elements that make up the time via a text based Lock screen layout. It’s even capable of rounding to the nearest five minutes for a cleaner look. Have a glance at our video review inside for more details.... Read the rest of this post here


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‘Snooze’ lets you establish custom snooze times for alarms

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 11:27 AM PDT

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Snooze is a new jailbreak tweak by prolific jailbreak developer Julian Weiss. It’s a tweak that allows you to change snooze times for each alarm that you have set in the stock Clock app.

Snooze was the subject of Weiss’ talk at JailbreakCon 2014, and it’s a tweak that’s been highly anticipated by users in the jailbreak community. We’ve taken the $0.99 jailbreak tweak for a spin on video. Does it live up to its billing? Have a look inside for all of the details.... Read the rest of this post here


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Sega’s kart-racing game, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, is now available free

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 11:09 AM PDT

Sega Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed (iPhone screenshot 003)

Released in January 2014, Sega’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has delighted fans of Mario Kart-style racers with a World Tour mode designed specifically for mobile and its awesome multiplayer implementation supporting up to four players simultaneously, both locally and online.

The official iOS port of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for consoles, the game debuted with a price tag of five bucks and has since seen several price changes in an effort to boost downloads.

As Sega continues to experiment with various monetization methods, they’ve now taken the freemium route by slashing Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed to zero bucks and throwing in a bunch of paid in-app upgrades…... Read the rest of this post here


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RunKeeper adds new Goal Coach feature, personalized dashboard and more

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:45 AM PDT

RunKeeper 4.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)RunKeeper 4.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Popular fitness mobile software, RunKeeper, has received a nice little update today implementing a brand new Goal Coach feature to keep you motivated, a personalized goal dashboard to go with it and more.

RunKeeper is great for the active types interested in tracking the pace of their runs, measuring workout distance, charting weight loss and what not.

Unlike some of the other health and fitness-tracking apps for the iPhone found in the App Store, RunKeeper is available free of charge. The new 4.5 version is now live so give RunKeeper a whirl if you haven’t already and say ‘hello’ to the new you…... Read the rest of this post here


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Robots Love Ice Cream is like Space Invaders with frozen sweet treats

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:21 AM PDT

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I loved Space Invaders when I was a kid. Actually, I still love it. Any kind of arcade space shooter will usually peak my interest, especially if it is a vertical shooter.

Robots Love Ice Cream is similar to Space Invaders in concept, but takes on a life of its own with evil robots, tiny planets, and weaponized ice cream…... Read the rest of this post here


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Facebook buying Moves app in a bid to join fitness-tracking fray

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 08:45 AM PDT

Moves 2.6.3 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Moves 2.6.3 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

After acquiring virtual headset maker Oculus Rift for $2 billion (the deal got a thumbs-up from feds), Facebook now seems to be moving into the fitness tracking space with news of its latest acquisition, Finnish startup ProtoGeo Oy that created the fitness-tracking app Moves, available free in the App Store.

The development comes amid some major reshuffling in the fitness and health tracking market.

For instance, Nike is currently in the process of shuttering its wearable-hardware division that produces FuelBand-branded accessories and there are rumors that the company is collaborating with Apple on a sensor-laden fitness band that would control other devices via gestures…... Read the rest of this post here


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Cook on why Apple isn’t rushing out new products

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 07:42 AM PDT

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Following Apple’s earnings release yesterday, Tim Cook expectedly teased new products on a conference call with Wall Street analysts and investors. Hints of new gadgets were also dropped in Apple’s media release announcing the earnings.

"We're eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market," Cook was quoted as saying in Apple’s press release.

And now responding to pressure from analysts who demand new-category devices, Cook sat down with The Wall Street Journal on Thursday to reflect on Apple’s development process, touch on such subjects as mobile payments and explain why Apple isn’t rushing out new stuff to market just to please investors…... Read the rest of this post here


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Refreshed MacBook Airs said to launch as early as next week

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 07:16 AM PDT

MacBook Air Thin

Apple last refreshed its ultra-thin MacBook Air family at the annual developers conference last June, adding Intel's power efficient Haswell processors for all-day battery life, the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, faster graphics and SSD, lower prices and more.

Now, we recently heard rumblings that Apple is going to refresh Airs soon with a small speed bump and now a French blog is citing reliable sources as claiming that updated ultra-portables are just around the corner, allegedly launching as early as next week…... Read the rest of this post here


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Opera launches Coast browser on iPhone

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 06:50 AM PDT

Opera Coast 3.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 007)Opera Coast 3.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 006)

After releasing the iPad-only version of Coast back in September, Opera Software on Thursday launched the iPhone edition of its WebKit-based iOS browser. Now available free in the App Store, Coast brings a clean web browsing experience to the smaller iPhone and iPod touch screen, featuring a simplified user interface with seamlessly integrated Google search, elegant animations, automatic iCloud syncing of home screen tiles and more…... Read the rest of this post here


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New report says iPhone 6 may feature curved display, all-aluminum shell

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 03:37 AM PDT

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According to a new report from Japanese blog Macotakara, the next-generation iPhone may see some radical design changes. Citing ‘reliable sources,’ the publication said that the handset will feature rounded edges, a curved glass display, and an all-aluminum rear shell. 

More specifically, the report says that the iPhone 6′s display will be slightly curved in order to accommodate the new rounded edges. It even goes so far as to liken the device’s profile to the Japan-made Squair Curvaceous Bumper [above], an aluminum bumper for iPhone… ... Read the rest of this post here


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Vevo launches revamped iOS app with new design, real-time feed and more

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 02:57 AM PDT

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Vevo launched a new version of its iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 3.0. The update brings about an all new design, inspired by iOS 7, as well as various other improvements including new real-time feed and mini-player features.

For those unfamiliar with Vevo, it’s a video hosting service that is often referred to as the ‘Hulu’ of music videos. A joint venture of two of the 3 major music labels, the company offers access to more than 75,000 music videos from over 21,000 artists…... Read the rest of this post here


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The Weather Channel app updated with all-new iOS 7 design

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 01:38 AM PDT

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The Weather Channel app has long been a favorite for iOS users. It provides fast, accurate information, and offers tons of features for the more serious weather watchers. In fact, the only complaint I’ve ever really heard about the app had to do with its decidedly dated design.

That changed this morning, though, as the app was updated with an all-new iOS 7-inspired look. It now features rounded, translucent UI elements and larger, sharper graphics. Users will also notice that the app is much faster thanks to a number of performance improvements…... Read the rest of this post here


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