Apps of the Week, Star Wars Journeys, Bicolor, You and Me and more!

Bicolor

We say goodbye to April showers and welcome May, with the flowering of some great new apps in the App Store. Just in time for the fourth, the Star Wars franchise brings us a new type of game with Star Wars Journeys: Phantom Menace. Games continue to dominate our weekly roundup, with Stickman Basketball, the fresh new Bicolor puzzler and Dwarven Den rounding out the group. But it's not all fun and games this week, Crystalline can help you make beautiful music and You&Me makes a case for couples adding yet another messaging app to their iPhones. Welcome to another edition of the everythingiCafe Apps of the Week, for the week ending May 3rd, 2014. … [Read more...]

Jury Finds Samsung Infringed On Multiple Apple Patents, Awards $119 Million In Damages

Samsung

A verdict was reached tonight in the Samsung/Apple patent case, with the federal jury awarding Apple $119 million in damages. Samsung was found to have infringed on multiple patents, but not all. Samsung was awarded $158,400, with the jury finding Apple had voilated on of the two patents which were part of their countersuit. … [Read more...]

Beats Music Now Optimized for iPad

Beats Music iPad app

Beats Music has released a new update to their app, adding much needed support for the iPad. The new universal app is optimized for the iPad, bringing with it a fresh new interface that was design for tablets. The upstart streaming music launched in January of this year, partnering with AT&T on a deal that allowed subscribers to benefit from a low-cost family package. For $15 per month, families can gain access for 5 users and up to 10 devices. Individual subscriptions are priced at $9.99. Trying to muscle into an already crowded field, they continue to offer generous 90-day free trials. A previous update included support for in-app purchases, so you can subscribe and manage your Beats subscription within iTunes. … [Read more...]

Samsung ‘Health Event’ To Take Place One Week Before Apple’s WWDC

Samsung Health event

Samsung has sent out invites for a May 28th event that will be centered around 'health'. This will take place in San Francisco, a week before Apple's WWDC, also in the city by the bay. It's unclear if this a new product or somehow related to the companies existing health products. Samsung recently launched the Gear Fit, a wearable device for fitness users and their Galaxy S5 features S-Health, an app that can also provide health related data. Engadget writes that their invite came from Samsung's Semiconductor arm, indicating that it could more than likely be for new sensors or components. A new health oriented wearable or smart device would likely do little to endear them to customers who dropped hundreds on a Fit or S5. … [Read more...]

Apple Shifts Resources to Mac OS 10.10, Pushing Features From iOS 8 to iOS 8.1

WWDC 2014

With roughly one month remaining until Apple's WWDC on June 2nd, sources have told Mark Gurman that Apple's focus will be on Mac OS 10.10 and as a result, resources continue to be pulled from iOS in an effort to finish what is a major design change for their desktop operating system. As a result, planned features from iOS 8 could be shifted to iOS 8.1, also currently in development. … [Read more...]

Snapchat Adds Messaging and Video Chat

Snapchat

The new version of Snapchat, now available in the App Store, now features support for messaging and impromptu video chatting, a feature they call 'Here'. In true Snapchat fashion, messages are cleared when leaving a chat session. This marks a major change for the photo sharing app, that conveniently removes images once shared. … [Read more...]

iPhone 6 3D Print Shows Wicked Thin Design With 4.7-Inch Display

iPhone 6 3D Print

By using 3D printing technology and machine templates, we are once again provided a better idea of what is to be expected from the iPhone 6. These are supposedly based on 'real machine templates' and is '100% the appearance of the iPhone 6'. As with most rumors to date, the templates point to a 4.7-inch display. The appearance suggests the border will be more narrow than on the iPhone 5s. By reducing the border, it should help keep the width of the overall device at a size which could allow for one-handed use. Check out the pictures and video after the break. … [Read more...]

Logitech case+ Is Unique Case System With Multiple Add-Ons

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Logitech today announed case+, a new suite of mobile accessories for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. The system starts with the case+, a protective case that includes a metal back. Bundled with the case+ are a number of iPhone accessories or add-ons that you can use for specific needs.Logitech hopes this will appeal to those who want flexibility to add and remove accessories, as an alternative to buying multiple single use cases. … [Read more...]

Reasons Why You Might Not Upgrade to iPhone 6

iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is coming. That we know and based on various sources, it will be available in two sizes, both drastically bigger than either the 3.5-inch or 4.0-inch displays found on existing iPhones. According to Apple's own internal slides, big phones are driving sales. When you add up the persistant rumors and Apple's own data, it seems to be a fair conclusion that this fall will represent the birth of the big iPhone. Big changes often results in big upgrade cycles. One analyst have said it will be the 'mother lode of iPhone upgrades'. The iPhone is seven years old and in 2014, it will see its biggest change. Before you start camping out at our local Apple Store, there are a few reasons why you might not want to upgrade to the iPhone … [Read more...]

Physical Mold Provides Best Look Yet At Alleged iPhone 6 Design

iPhone 6 design

The alleged schematics of the iPhone 6 which surfaced last month have resulted in plenty of speculation regarding Apple's next generation device. We've seen these schematics being used by accessory makers to create early iPhone 6 cases. Using those, designers have created some amazing renders and the cases seem to suggest the newest iPhone could model itself after the iPod touch. Excessively thin and a move to rounded edges and rectangular volume buttons. The cases were manufactured using a physical mold, based on those schematics and these new images give us a first look at the mold. … [Read more...]