After being pulled off the App Store due to licensing issues, the capable VLC media player has been completely rewritten and is back on Apple’s mobile platform.
The open-source app is now bi-licensed under Mozilla’s Public License v2 and the GNU Public License v2, which VideoLAN believes won’t have any distribution issues under Apple’s rather stringent licensing regulations. Read more »
Google has released an update for the Chrome browser on iOS, which introduces interoperability with other Google apps installed on your device. Now, you can choose to open links in YouTube, Maps, Google+ and Drive applications. So, for example, you click on a location, you can now open it in the Maps app instead of within the browser.
Other changes include improvements to voice search, fullscreen mode on iPad, access to browser history (which was shockingly absent until now) and a new data saving mode, which compresses pages to reduce bandwidth usage and page load times. Read more »
Tumblr for iOS was recently updated with few new features and the app now gets a “very important” security update. The latest fix addresses an issue that allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances.
It has been reported that Tumblr was notified of a security vulnerability introduced in its iOS app with the recent update. However, the micro-blogging site has reacted quickly and has released an update that repairs the issue and has been notifying its affected users. Read more »
BlackBerry’s CEO Thorsten Heins announced that the popular BlackBerry Messenger will be available on Android and iOS back at the BlackBerry live 2013 conference. We then had a tweet from the BlackBerry Worldwide tweeter account stating that the app will be available on June 27.
Unfortunately, the account didn’t turn out to be an official BlackkBerry affair and the BlackBerry Messenger for the Android and iOS did not make its appearance on the suggested date. However, the much-awaited BBM for the two of the most popular smartphone platforms will be available “this summer”, according to the BlackBerry India managing director. Read more »
WhatsApp, the hugely popular cross-platform instant messaging app that lets you message other users for free over the internet, is starting to charge an annual fee for its service.
It will now cost $0.99 per year for you to be able to message your friends on WhatsApp. Read more »
Ever since the Google Maps application got separated from iOS and started life as a standalone app on the App Store, it has only been available on the iPhone with iPad users having to rely on Apple Maps for navigation. The latest update, however, fixes that and Google Maps is now available on the iPad as well.
The iPad version makes good use of that big beautiful canvas and hides all the controls and just keeps the search bar in the top left corner. The UI is similar to the one on the new web version and the Android app. Additional options are hidden in a drawer on the left, accessed by tapping a button on the top left. Read more »
We have been hearing reports about a woman’s death in China caused by an electric shock while answering a phone call on her iPhone 5. Now Apple has chipped in, saying it will be fully investigating the issue and will be co-operating with the authorities, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The 23-year old flight attendant had purchased her brand new Apple iPhone 5 in the month of December 2012 and the phone with all the in-box accessories has been already handed over to the police by her family. Read more »
Rovio teased its new Angry Birds game in last week and now the popular game publisher has officially announced the Angry Birds Star Wars II.
The Angry Birds Star Wars II is said to be bigger, more innovative than any of the other titles in the franchise. The upcoming Angry Birds game will be based on the prequel Star Wars movies and the gameplay will feature 30 different characters. Read more »
The name Rovio has long been associated only with the Angry Birds series. Although the company has tried to branch out a bit by releasing titles such as Amazing Alex and Bad Piggies in the past, neither managed to emulate the success of Angry Birds, which also meant Rovio kept going back to the well and kept releasing more Angry Birds game to the point where it’s now hard to tell which one’s which.
Thankfully, the game we are reviewing today, although from Rovio, is not another Angry Birds title. Born out of the Rovio Stars program, Tiny Thief is far away from the Angry Birds universe as it can be. Let’s see what Rovio’s latest experiment is like. Read more »
Warner Bros. Pictiures’ epic giant monster vs. giant robot action movie Pacific Rim released in theaters this week. As has often become the case these days, a movie tie-in game is not far behind thus we now have the Pacific Rim game on iOS and Android.
Developed by the Indian company Reliance Games, the Pacific Rim game is naturally based on the movie and brings some of the robot vs. monster action to the small screen. Read more »
If you haven’t heard of the If This Then That service, now is as good time to familiarize yourself. The concept is pretty simple – if a condition is met (forecast says it’s going to rain tomorrow) then do a task (send me an SMS with the text “get an umbrella”).
Thankfully, the power of IFTTT isn’t limited to just the web app anymore, as its creators have launched an iOS app available on the Apple App Store free of charge. Read more »
Rovio has released a new game for iOS and Android called Tiny Thief, the first game to come out of the Rovio Stars initiative. The game is now available for download on the App Store and the Play Store for $2.99.
Tiny Thief is a puzzle solving game, involving the adventures of a thief who is trying to escape from the authorities. It’s a point-and-click (or tap, in this case) game, where you interact with objects on screen by tapping on them and solving the puzzles. If you’ve played Machinarium before you know what the gameplay would be like. Read more »
According to a research conducted by StatCounter, Samsung smartphones have overtaken Apple iPhones and iPod Touches in web browsing for June and now account for 25.5% of worldwide pageviews. Apple is still close behind at 25.1%, though.
The analyst company puts Nokia in third place with a 22% share. StatCounter has been monitoring web usage of smartphone brands across a network of 3 million websites to compile the report. Read more »
Microsoft has released a new ad to promote its Windows 8 tablets. The latest ad, which goes by the name “Baseball”, talks up the multi-tasking abilities of a Windows 8 tablet by comparing them against those of the Apple’s iPad.
The video clip that lasts for about 30 seconds, and tells the story of two tablet-wielding agents, who are looking to sign a hot prospect for their teams. Read more »
Tumblr, the popular micro blogging platform, which allows you to add multimedia to your posts, has updated its Android and iOS applications.
The updated versions of Tumblr for Android and iOS come with a brand new search and explore tools. The latest tweak lets you check what’s trending on Tumblr and get suggested blogs for anything you search. Read more »