Citing reliable sources over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Japanese blog Macotakara claims Apple plans to abolish the 3.5mm headphone port to reduce the thickness of the iPhone 7. If true, this will make the iPhone 7 Apple's thinnest phone ever released, but it also means users will need to use Lightning connected headphones instead of the industry standard 3.5mm equipped models.
As smart phones have become an integral part of daily life, battery life has become a ubiquitous concern that people monitor, like gas is for drivers. As devices have become more powerful, the drain on batteries has likewise grown. It is a constant challenge for manufacturers to improve battery life, which always seems to be the weakest link. Aside from advances in the physical properties of batteries, advances in software can greatly improve the life of a battery by optimizing the device's power usage.
Army Antz is a new action strategy game inspired by the 90's classic General Chaos by Electronic Arts. For those too young to remember, General Chaos is a strategy game where players battle with different teams to capture their enemy's capital city. The game was originally released for SEGA Genesis in 1994. Army Antz follows the same game mechanics with teams of ants battling each other to dominate the park battlefield.
The creators of the Kingdom Rush franchise, Ironhide Game Studio announced its next title called Iron Marines. The real-time strategy game is slated for a "mid-2016" release on iOS and Android with Windows, Linux and Mac releases planned for a later date. Ironhide describes the game as a Sci-Fi RTS with lots of action and "tons of dumb jokes," but that is all the details they have revealed about the new game.
Amazon has updated its Amazon Video app with several new iOS 9 and iPhone 6s features. The app now supports Quick Actions, which allows users to quickly access their Amazon Video library, downloads, Watchlist and search from their iPhone 6s or 6s Plus Home screen. Users can firmly press down on the Amazon Video app icon on their display to access the quick menu option.
Pebble today announced that some Pebble smartwatches owners can "test drive" their new iOS text reply feature. The new feature only works with Pebble's more current devices such as the Pebble Time, Time Steel and Time Round, and it requires a "post-paid AT&T account." Pebble smartwatch owners whose devices meet all the requirements will be able to send a "voice reply or pre-defined text to incoming items from the iOS Messages app," according to the release notes. However, the reply sent from your Pebble watch will not appear in your Messages thread on your iPhone.
Most stock and popular third-party apps on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus now feature quick action menus that allow you to to perform tasks directly from the Home screen. Quick Actions are little shortcuts users can access by performing a long or hard touch on app icon. For example, pressing hard on the Phone icon will bring up a list of your frequently used Contacts. Third-party apps such as Facebook also allow users to acces commonly used features from the Home screen such as writing a status update by using Quick Actions.
Although Apple has not yet officially announced an Apple Watch 2, a report last week from Quanta Computer (Taiwanese manufacturer of the current Apple Watch) confirms that the next generation Apple Watch is in development and slated for an initial release in June 2016. The new Apple Watch will likely have a face-time camera, an improved battery and more capabilities when it isn't tethered to an iPhone.
It's been over a decade since Carmen Sandiego and her V.I.L.E. underlings have been spotted anywhere, but the landmark stealing thief is back on iOS devices. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has released Carmen Sandiego Returns in celebration of the character's 30th anniversary. The new iOS game pits players as ACME agents against Sandiego and her henchmen as they cause mischief across the world from Rio de Janeiro to Singapore.
Carmen Sandiego Returns stays true to the formula of the original computer games by teaching children ages 9-11 about history, geography and world cultures.
"Carmen Sandiego Returns preserves the core gameplay, style and characters of the original game, while giving the brand a modern twist for today's digitally-savvy learners," said CJ Kettler, Chief of Consumer Brands and Strategy at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. "We are thrilled to celebrate the comeback of one of our most beloved characters and look forward to many more exciting developments for the brand over the coming months."
Apple is now accepting orders for its official Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock. The new charging dock is available for $79 through apple.com or at Apple Retail locations.
The dock allows you to charge your Apple Watch while laying down or on its side. Charging the Watch while on it side allows you to access the Nightstand mode found in watchOS 2. This allows you to use your Watch as an alarm clock while it is charging overnight.