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LucasArts’ ‘Star Wars: Commander’ is a free-to-play iOS shooter, invading US right now

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A new Star Wars game from the now Disney-owned LucasArts is landing on iPhones and iPads, and it’s a free-to-play combat strategy game (which won’t be free for too long if you don’t have the patience to wait real time for your structures to be built). The game is called Star Wars: Commander, and while it’s only today reaching the US, it has been available in at least one other country for a little while and has received some great reviews. 

Getting started, you’ll have to pick between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, which in turn will determine what kinds of characters you get to train as well as the kinds of vehicles and structures you get to build. You’ll be building a base, sending your troops out to battle, and completing a wide variety of missions—all while being able to call on your favorite Star Wars characters like Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and Han Solo when you need some back up.

The game also features the ability to create what’s called a “Squad,” which let you partner with other players to “build strong alliances.” But you’re not limited to partnering with friends—you can also invade their bases if you would prefer a more violent encounter. Finally, you’ll find that you can travel to various planets around the galaxy for the aforementioned special missions, extending the game to have some amount of story and depth beyond simply upgrading your strike team.

You can get Star Wars: Commander on the App Store for free.


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August 21st

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Swing Copters from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen now rolling out on the App Store

In case you hadn’t heard, the creator of the infamous Flappy Bird is back and making another attempt at stealing your attention when you just need a quick iPhone gaming fix. The game is called Swing Copters and, quite frankly, it looks like a vertical remake of its predecessor—which spawned dozens of clones without the help of this spin-off. While we won’t know for a while whether or not this game will live up to the success of Flappy Bird, it’s now rolling out on the App Store in many locales.

In the past, Dong Nguyen partly credited the success of Flappy Bird to how incredibly difficult and addictive it was, and even gave that as the very reasoning for the game being pulled. Oddly, Swing Copters seems to follow suit with this concept, featuring a character with a helicopter for a hat who successfully or not manages to vertically navigate through gates and swinging hammers.

Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Think again. It took me a good at least ten retries before making it through the first gate—but maybe you can do better. After about five minutes, I think I’m just about done trying. Head on over to the App Store to grab the game for free.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, Dong Nguyen, Flappy Bird, free, game, iPhone, IPod Touch, release, swing copters

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Stephen Hall

August 21st

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Dash releases its smart driving application for iPhone with support for third-party hardware

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Dash, a popular smart driving tool that originally launched on Android in January, is now finally available for iPhone users. The free app pairs with a device that plug into your car and transmit data back to the app. From there you can see data about your car’s performance and alert you of any potential issues and an average cost for any repairs you might need.

Dash can also track your driving habits and suggest ways to improve your car’s gas mileage, increase performance, or generally increase the overall lifespan of your vehicle.

The real story here, however, is that Dash doesn’t force you to use its own hardware. While competing apps require you to use their own (sometimes expensive) hardware, Dash lets you sync up with a selection of third-party hardware that can cost as little as $10. You can find several of these devices available on the company’s website.

Dash is available now on the iPhone App Store for free.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, dash, driving, iPhone, release, software

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Mike Beasley

August 14th

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Buffer releases official app for Mac, lets you add to your queue from the menu bar

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Buffer has released its first official app for the Mac today, bringing an easy way to add content to your Buffer queue right from the menu bar. Buffer already lets you share social media updates from multiple accounts at once via its web, iOS, and Android clients, but now you can do much the same via Mac OS X.

The app is quite simple in functionality, and doesn’t actually give you most of the features found on the full web interface. The app seems to be useless if you want to schedule your posts for specific times.  But when you just need to add a new item to your Buffer, this quick menu bar icon lets you choose which accounts it should go to and send it away to your queue. Notably, you can in fact drag links and/or images to icon to make your updates a bit more interesting.

According to the App Store description:

Any link, text, picture or video you want to share, just add it to your Buffer. Your updates will automatically be scheduled and spaced out throughout the day to post to your favorite social networks. Plus, any update can also be “posted now” inside the app.

Say you find 5 great articles and 2 funny images you want to share. If you post them all in a row, you might flood your friends and followers who are online – and totally miss those who aren’t. Instead, add these posts to your Buffer, and you’ll have great social updates for the next few days.

“Buffer for Twitter and Facebook” is free on the Mac App Store.


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Stephen Hall

July 17th

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Apple seeds Safari 7.1 & 6.2 with WebKit improvements to developers and AppleSeed users

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Apple has released a new beta version of Safari to beta testers in the AppleSeed program and Mac developers. The new version for Mavericks is 7.1, while Moutain Lion users will see version 6.2. The update includes several upgrades to the WebKit engine that powers the browser.

According to the release notes, the changes include support for WebGL, IndexedDB, and JavaScript tweaks, among other things. There is also apparently a change to the way the app handles extensions, as the beta disables all installed add-ons by default and the notes request that developers check for any compatiblity issues.

Version 7.1 will likely be the last major update to Safari for Mavericks before the launch of OS X Yosemite, which will include the all-new Safari 8. The full seed notes for this beta are below:

Focus Areas
Please focus testing on the following areas:
• Please test general website compatibility.
• Subpixel rendering is now on by default for all web content. Web sites or
in-app web views with extremely tight design constraints may render
differently.
• CSS object model getters will return fractional double values based on
subpixel layout and rendering metrics instead of rounded integral values. • Please test extension compatibility.
New WebKit Features
• WebGL. Safari support for WebGL allows developers to create 3D experiences that work natively without plug-ins.
• IndexedDB. The IndexedDB API allows web developers to store structured data for web applications that work online or require large amounts of data to be cached client side.
• JavaScript Promises. Safari enables JavaScript authors to more naturally work with asynchronous programming patterns.
• CSS Shapes and Compositing. Using CSS, websites can now easily flow text around images and geometry shapes, and perform image compositing operations on DOM elements.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: beta, release, Safari, Seed, update

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July 11th

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Pangu untethered jailbreak still works with iOS 7.1.2

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Apple today seeded iOS 7.1.2, and we’ve confirmed that the recently-released Pangu jailbreak does indeed work perfectly fine with the new build. While Pangu was released after Apple seeded 7.1.2 to carriers (meaning that the likelihood of the security holes being patched was fairly low), there was still the slim possibility that Apple would make a few changes and patch the holes before pushing the update to the masses.

But alas, the untethered jailbreak that we told you about last week is still capable of jailbreaking iOS 7.1.2, and you can still follow the very same guide that we published if you need help getting the famed Cydia application running on your device. It’s worth noting, however, that the jailbreak also recently got an update to support OS X, and that we would recommend you use this version if you’re planning on jailbreaking your iOS 7.1.2 device.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: iOS 7.1.2, jailbreak, pangu, release

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Stephen Hall

June 30th

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Facebook Messenger updated with 15-second video messages, even bigger likes

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Facebook has updated its Messenger app with a new video messaging feature that allows users to shoot and send short, 15-second videos from with the app. It’s certainly an interesting addition, given the impending release of the company’s “Slingshot” messaging app. Also included in the update is the ability to send an even bigger thumbs-up icon as a reply to incoming messages by holding down the “like” button.

You can grab the Messenger update for free on the App Store. The change notes are below:

What’s New in Version 6.0

Instant Video Sending: Shoot and play 15-second video messages from the camera right in the app

Big Likes: Press and hold to send an even bigger thumbs up when you really, really like something.


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Mike Beasley

June 13th

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Flickr for iOS updated with new sharing options, support for tags, and better group support

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Flickr updated its iOS app today to version 3.1.0. The update includes the ability to share albums on social networks like Twitter and Facebook, or through an email or SMS/iMessage. You can also add and edit tags and descriptions on your photos.

Finally, a few enhancements have been made to group support. Administrators can now invite photos to a group, and users can choose to get a notification when that happens. There are of course the usual “bug fixes” and “performance improvements” as well.

You can grab the updated Flickr app for free on the App Store.

What’s New in Version 3.1.0

- Share your albums via Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or SMS
- Add and edit your photo’s tags and description
- Group admins can invite photos to a group
- Get notifications when your photo is invited to a group
- Performance improvements and bug fixes


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June 12th

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BlackBerry announces upcoming BBM for iOS update with easier signup and friending

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BlackBerry has announced an upcoming release of its BBM client for iOS devices that includes an easier signup flow and an improved process for adding new contacts.

The new simplified registration process will request only a name, password, and email address, as opposed to the current app which requires much more information. The update will also improve the process for adding new contacts. Currently users who get an invite need send their own PIN back to the other party so they can be mutual contacts. In the new version that step will be automated. Tapping the invitation link in the email will complete the entire process.

The update also adds new emoticons to the app’s existing selection. BlackBerry Messenger 2.2 will be available on the iOS App Store in the coming days.


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Mike Beasley

May 30th

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CARROT Fit updated with new workout module involving dragons and Justin Bieber

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Meatbags rejoice! Or, perhaps more accurately, cower in fear. CARROT, the “fun”-loving AI construct who just wants to hurt you in ways you can’t even imagine, has returned with a brand new CARROT Fit update.

In this update, you’ll find a new 7-minute workout module that’s just a little different from the rest. That’s because this one involves punching Justin Bieber in the face and performing a dragon mating dance, among other, equally-ridiculous activities.

The update includes 12 built-in exercises, including old favorites such as “Can’t Get Ups,” “Imperial Butt Dips,” and “Extreme Lying Down.” Purchasing the $1.99 Excerise Booster Pack unlocks an additional 12, including “Celebrity Face Punches” and “Mount Doom Climbs.”

You can track your workout and weigh-in history in the app’s new profile screen. You can even add a profile photo, which CARROT will criticize and helpfully offer to swap out for one of her favorite human, actor Alan Thicke (and yes, the app really will replace your photo with Thicke’s if you accept the offer).

Completing the workout and weighing in regularly will allow you to “level up” and unlock new rewards—though some of the rewards are actually just new forms of punishment, such as an option to enable more two even more difficult workouts.

A few of the more useful unlockables include the ability to set a goal weight, a calendar and other charts to track your progress, extra rest time between exercises, and for some reason the option to use Klingon units of measurement. Oh, and something called “Ring of Zeus.” I’m still not quite sure what that does.

If you’re looking for a fitness app with personality, look no further than the snarky, rude, condescending, and seriously entertaining CARROT Fit. You can grab it right now on the App Store for $2.99.


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Mike Beasley

May 14th

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