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Pacific Rim game arrives on iOS and Android

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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 This Then That service launches on iOS, lets you automate your iDevice

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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 releases ‘Tiny Thief’ for iOS and Android

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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 »

StatCounter: Samsung overtakes Apple in overall web browsing for June 2013

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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’s new anti-iPad ad brags about the multi-tasking of Windows 8 tablets

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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 for Android and iOS updated with new search and explore tools

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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 »

Google to retire Latitude on August 9

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Google Latitude will be officially retiring on August 9. Related products in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget and the Latitude website will no longer be available in a month.

The retirement of Google Latitude means that you will no longer be able to share your location using the latitude and Google hasn’t included latitude as a feature in its latest version of Google Maps for Android. The search giant will also be removing Latitude for iPhone from the App Store. Read more »

Pandora for iOS updated, comes with auto-pause and other improved features

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Pandora Radio for iOS has been updated and the latest version of the personalized radio service comes with a few cool new features and improvements.

The Pandora for iOS 4.4 now has an improved playback buffering and keeps your favorite music stutter-free. Furthermore, the update brings the ability to pause the music, when the phone is muted for a while. Read more »

Twitter updates apps to add DM sync, improved search

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Anyone who uses Twitter regularly knows how annoying it is to receive a direct message (or DM, as they are commonly known) on one of your Twitter apps and read it, only to find it still being marked as unread on all the other apps. Thankfully, the latest update fixes this issue, at least on the official first party Twitter apps.

In a co-ordinated update to its iPhone, iPad, Android, OS X apps, as well as TweetDeck, Twitter Web and Twitter Mobile, Twitter now syncs your read DMs, which means reading them on one device automatically marks them as read on other official apps. Read more »

Download these great games and apps for free on occasion of App Store’s fifth anniversary

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It’s not everyday that the world’s most popular application store turns five years old so it’s natural that some celebrations are in order. Although it hasn’t quite reached that milestone just yet, some of the developers have decided to go ahead and start the festivities anyway.

Starting today and for a limited time, these apps and games are free on the App Store. For now, the list includes titles like Infinity Blade II, Badland, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Tiny Wings, Traktor DJ, Barefoot World Atlas, etc. Read more »

‘Where’s My Mickey?’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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Disney’s original Where’s My Water? game has been pretty successful. Combining simple mechanics with thoughtful puzzles, it was a great way to quickly pass time. It’s sequel, Where’s My Perry? introduced a new character and story along with some new gameplay elements.

Having said that, Where’s My Perry? did feel like more of the same, so you’d think Disney would stop at that. But they haven’t and so now we have Where’s My Mickey?. Once again, we get more of the same sand swiping action and directing of fluids around the screen but with a different character, one we are all too familiar with. But will that be enough for you to consider spending your dollar (or two) on the game or should you give this one a pass? Let’s find out. Read more »

‘Limbo’ for iOS game review

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For seasoned gamers, especially those who regularly haunt the dark gray alleys of Steam, Limbo isn’t anything new. Released back in 2010, the game was incredibly well received by everyone and has won several awards ever since.

For someone who spends considerable amount of time playing both PC/console as well as mobile games, Limbo was one of those games that I was really hoping would make it to the mobile platform. And then the developers decided to grant my wish. Available only on iOS for now, Limbo is finally out on the mobile and so we decided to see how well it has translated over to the smaller screen. Read more »

Apple tries to patent Waze-like navigation system with crowd-sourced traffic data and accident reporting

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A patent filing from Apple, published last Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals the company’s intentions of making a navigation system for creating routes based on user input as well as real-time accident reporting.

Apple’s patent application also includes a method for generating car travel routes based on user preference and real-time traffic data — just like the crowd-sourced navigation app Waze. Read more »

Apple sends timeline posters to celebrate the App Store 5th birthday

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The Apple App Store’s 5th birthday is approaching (July 10) and Apple is already preparing to throw it a big party. The PR team has started sending out App Store timeline posters to the media reps.

The poster illustrates the growth of the AppStore during these five years, including important milestones in the number of downloads, the revenue paid to developers. All key device released and best-selling apps are marked as well. Read more »

Latest Vine update for iOS brings new camera tools, channels and revining

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Vine has updated the iOS version of its app with several new features. First of all, there are some new camera tools such as grid mode, focus and ghost. Focus allows you to tap on the screen to focus at a particular point (usually tapping on the screen starts the recording). Ghost places a translucent overlay of your last shot on the viewfinder to make composition easier.

The other new feature is channels. There are now 15 channels that you can upload your videos to, such as comedy, music, art, cats, dogs, etc. and you can also choose to view Vines from a particular channel. Read more »