Last year, when Apple replaced the Google Maps application on iOS with their own Apple Maps, the company was blasted by everyone, including Apple fans, to the point where Apple had to issue an apology to customers and highlight other mapping apps in the App Store. A year later, however, things are looking a bit better.
Over the past year, Apple Maps usage has increased sharply whereas Google Maps has seen a corresponding drop, according to a survey by comScore. Read more »
Last year’s Rayman Jungle Run was an absolute riot. It has pretty much everything you could ask for: Terrific gameplay, great visuals, superb music and simple controls.
Naturally with such a big hit on its hands, Ubisoft decided to follow it up with a sequel. The new Rayman Fiesta Run brings essentially the same gameplay in dozens of brand new levels with updated visuals and characters. Let’s see how it fares compared to its predecessor. Read more »
Mobile devices have infiltrated the gaming segment in a big way to the point where they are now the primary gaming platform for a lot of people, even if they don’t realize it yet. We now have games from all genres available on the mobile platform. But while several of them try to emulate console gaming experience on the small screen, some are designed from the ground up for the touchscreen.
I have said repeatedly in the past that it is this category of games that interests me the most. The joy of playing a game designed with the attributes of the touchscreen in mind and actually takes advantage of it rather than being crippled by it is quite something. Device 6 for iOS is one such game, and today we are going to take a close look at it. Read more »
The EXOvault EXO18 case for the iPhone 5s is aimed at users who find the look of their already high-end smartphone a tad too common. The cover is made using exotic materials which include aluminum, brass, nickel, rosewood, ebony, and ziricote wood.
EXOvault accessories are handcrafted in low volume by a small team of artists in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Being manufactured in New York’s trendiest neighborhood undeniably adds an extra layer of cool to the EXOvault products, so hit past the break to find out what it’s like to have an iPhone 5s in one of them! Read more »
Starting last month, industry insiders close to Apple’s supply chain reported on potential supply issues Apple could face regarding production of its Retina iPad Mini display panels.
The latest report out of Korea indicates that burn-in problems with the LCD panels will result in Apple delaying its launch of the new iPad mini, and could cause Apple to reopen negotiations with Samsung in order to help complete the order of some 15 million panels. Read more »
Google has updated its Drive app for iOS. It now supports multiple accounts and printing.
Lots of people were waiting Google to bring support for multiple accounts on Drive and it seems their request has been finally fulfilled. Read more »
Google has updated the Android version of the Hangouts application with several new features. As we have seen on the Nexus 5, the Hangouts app now supports SMS and MMS, which means you can send and receive text messages from within Hangouts and they will appear along with your Hangouts chats. Unlike the Nexus 5, however, you can disable the SMS/MMS functionality if you want and continue using the stock messaging app on your phone.
Another addition is the ability to set your mood. You can now choose from one of the Hangouts emoji as your mood that gets displayed to anyone who messages you. You can also choose to announce the device type you are messaging from (phone or PC) or whether you’re in a call. Lastly, you can now also insert your location and animated GIFs in a chat. Read more »
NimbleBit and LucasArts has just released Star Wars: Tiny Death Star for most major mobile operating systems.
The game was announced exactly one month ago, and is based upon Tiny Tower – a popular block stacking game with a city building theme. Read more »
Ubisoft has released the successor to the terrific Rayman Jungle Run on iOS and Android. Called Rayman Fiesta Run, the new game brings brand new levels, revamped visual design and music to the much loved gameplay.
We reviewed Jungle Run back when it came out on iOS and had loved the incredible visuals, fast paced gameplay and amazing music. Fiesta Run maintains the single tap gameplay mechanism, where all you have to do is use a single finger to tap on the screen to jump at the appropriate moment and not have to worry about any other controls. This is great for touch devices as too many controls makes the experience worse, not better and one of the reasons why Jungle Run was so well received. Read more »
The Pebble smartwatch has been gaining in popularity since its release, and the promising Kickstarter project has led to a full-fledged company now with some 190,000 Pebbles sold worldwide. With this latest update, Pebble has announced full support for iOS 7 notifications.
Alongside extended notifications support for, Pebble has also announced the release of version 2.0 of its SDK. Read more »
The first Wall of Sound speakers were unveiled back in 2009, touted as the largest available speakers for iOS devices. Despite the hefty weight and $4500 price tag, they were able to sell out fairly quickly.
Now, the second edition of the powerful speakers dubbed “Wall of Sound 2.0″ have gone official. They are heavier, bigger and louder than the previous model, containing 44 speakers with individual chambers, two sub-woofers and a tube amplifier. Read more »
The Apple iPad Air is a major redesign of Apple’s 9.7″ tablet and is unquestionably more advanced than all their previous models. But did it cost Apple more to make? AllThingsD and researchers from IHS report that the Air is cheaper than the iPad 3 (the last big iPad they have examined), despite the cost of the display going up.
It’s really the screen that is the biggest change to the internals. A new design has allowed Apple to use just one layer of glass instead of two, which has reduced the thickness from 2.23mm to 1.8mm. Read more »
Google Now for iOS got treated to a major update today. The latest version of the app got a host of new features which brought its functionality in line with that of its Android sibling.
The most notable new feature which the app update brings to iOS is the ability to receive notifications. Read more »
The iPhone is perhaps the most recognizable smartphone in the world, but it was a long journey to get where it is right now. Maybe you’ve been tracking Apple’s best-selling handset since it launched in early 2007 or maybe you haven’t – in either case, this infographic gives a nifty look at the iPhone’s history.
It all started with the iPhone later dubbed “iPhone 2G,” which can be a little confusing – 2G refers to the second generation wireless tech it used (GSM/GPRS/EDGE), not the second generation of iPhone. Read more »
While many were awaiting the iPad mini with Retina display, Apple was busy running the larger iPad through the treadmill so that when the unveiling came, it won’t fall into the shadow of its smaller sibling.
So much so, in fact, that once unveiled, it was revealed that the rudimentary upgrade was not to the big iPad but, in fact, the iPad mini. The streamlined body, reduced weight and retention of the great display made the iPad Air the talk of the town, garnering the front spot on Apple’s website is a testament to that. Read more »