Facebook’s Slingshot Brings Forced Interaction To Messaging

Facebook Slingshot

After a false start out of the gate, Facebook has officially launched Slingshot, which many bill as an app intended to compete with Snapchat. At its core, Slingshot is about sharing photos and videos. That's where is differs somewhat from Facebook, the official app and Facebook Messenger. In what seems like a bit of a risky move, Slingshot has an interesting twist that will either drive user engagement or drive people away. … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Unread, Angry Birds Epic, FIFA and more!

Angry Birds Epic

Summer is on the horizon and things are heating up in the App Store. This week, we join our favorite birds in an adventure, delight in the simplicity of RSS, follow our favorite football soccer team and celebrate the rebirth of click and point adventure. It's time for the the apps of the week for June 14th, 2014. … [Read more...]

Target Offering 25 Percent Off Beats Music Gift Cards

Beats Music Target deal

Target is running a sale on Beats Music gift cards, offering 25 percent off either the $50 or $25 gift cards. If you are a Target REDcard holder, you can save an additional 5 percent. Shortly after Apple acquired Beats, they lowered the yearly subscription to $99 per year. You can purchase (2) $50 gift cards for $75 (or less) and enjoy a year of Beats Music. … [Read more...]

Skype 5.0 for iPhone Redesigned, Available Now In App Store

Skype 5.0 for iPhone

Available today in the App Store, Skype 5.0 is a complete reimagining of the popular messaging, voice and video call app for iPhone. First and foremost, users should enjoy overall performance improvements, including faster start up and fluid animations. Skype claims users will find it five times faster than the current version. Most noticeable should be a redefined user interface, offering a consistent experience with Windows Phone and Android apps. The new iOS version of Skype was built from the ground up, with their design team focused on your conversations. … [Read more...]

Amazon Prime Music Offers Free Streaming Music To Prime Members

Amazon Prime Music

In a suprising late night announcement, Amazon announced the immediate launch of Prime Music, offering Prime members access to over 1 millions songs. The completely ad-free service is yet another offering to boost the value of their Prime Membership, which offers members free 2-day shipping on select items. Amazon offers thousands of TV shows and movies, in addition to access to over 500,000 books in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. With books and video as part of the membership, it was only natural to add a music service.Though one million songs songs like an awful lot, Prime Music offers a small percentage of what customers can find through paid services like Apple-owned Beats Music or Spotify. They aren't competing directly … [Read more...]

Kindle Update Lets You Listen To Your Audible Audiobooks

Kindle Audible audiobooks

Amazon today released version 4.3 of their Kindle app for iOS. The software update should a welcome release to Kindle owners who own both Kindle and Audible versions of book titles, who can now listen to their audiobooks directly in the new Kindle app. If you are an avid reader, who switches to the audiobook version during car rides, you can do so all within a single app. This is the keystone feature, but there are numerous improvements with version 4.3. … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Tweet Seeker, Sky Force, Oscilab and more!

Apps of the week

WWDC dominated the week, but developers learning about all of the cool new stuff from Cupertino didn't take a break from release great new apps for the iPhone and iPad. We turn Tetris on its head, engage in destruction that only Sky Force can deliver, make some serious awesome music with Oscilab and so much more. It is time for the apps of the week for June 6th, 2014. … [Read more...]

Philips Hue Widget Concept Shows Access From Notification Center

Philips Hue widget

Developers from Philips are already hard at work developing for iOS 8 and decided to provide us with a concept prototype for accessing your Philips Hue lighting system from iPhone. The image shows a Hue widget on the 'Today' screen in Notification Center. For now, there are only four light scenes. Presumably, Philips could allow more that would either get stacked or in a best case, would be accessible by scrolling. For those with a Philips Hue lights, you are all to familiar with how lights get controlled under iOS 7. It requires unlocking your iOS device, opening the app and selecting your scene. If you have a busy home screen, hunting for the app adds time, which isn't great when you are only trying to change a scene or turn off your … [Read more...]

iOS 8 Should Make Third-Party Browser Apps Faster

Alternative browsers to Safari

Apple's Nitro JavaScript engine is one of the primary reasons why Safari has been able to outpace alternative web browsers for iOS, but that's about to change. With iOS 8, Apple is no longer restricting use of the engine, letting developers seize upon the opportunity to speed up their browsers. iOS 7 had API restrictions in place, but one developer noted these were removed in iOS 8. … [Read more...]

Flesky Teases iOS 8 Keyboard Replacement, Offers Beta Registration

Flesky keyboard

One of the big changes coming in iOS 8 is support for third party keyboards. Fans of Android have long enjoyed being able to customize the keyboard experience by purchasing alternative keyboards. iOS 8 do the same and the announcement has sent developers racing to work on their software. Flesky is one such company and they recently teased their new iOS 8 keyboard on Twitter. … [Read more...]