SOMA Messenger for iOS promises better security

SOMA

There's no shortage of messaging or video chat options for iOS devices. SOMA started its foray into the world of Apple in November, hitting the App Store for free. After experiencing success in several other countries, the company now has its sights on the US market. SOMA features a network of strategically placed servers around the world, and claims to deliver the fastest messaging available. More notably, SOMA is staking its reputation on security.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: FNaF World lands on Steam and more

Exploding Kittens

There's going to be a slight change to our weekly App Store Recap going forward. Instead of listing every app released to the App Store each week, we're going to spend more time highlighting the most interesting newly released apps. We will still cover all the noteworthy jailbreak tweaks, app updates, trailers and news when available. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated on all the latest iPhone and iPad news, and check here for all the weekly new iPad-only app releases.

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Apple Watch Hermès collection now available online

Apple Watch Hermès collection

Since last October, getting the designer Apple Watch from Hermès required a visit to the store. Not just any store either, as the exclusive Hermès collection was only carried at a limited number of locations. This has all changed, with the collection now available on the Apple Store online and at Hermes.com. These unique versions of the Apple Watch are the result of a partnership between Apple and the Paris-based luxury goods manufacturer.

iOS App of the Week: The Westport Independent

The Westport Independent

The Westport Independent is a new simulation game released by Coffee Stain Studios. It is already drawing comparisons to Papers, Please due to its political nature. In the game you're the editor of the last independent newspapers in a country controlled by the Loyalist Party. Your job is to edit articles to sway public opinion in favor of the government or rebels. If you choose to support the rebels you risk the government shutting you down, but being too pro-government will put you at odds with the rebels, who you need to buy and support your newspaper.

How to permanently delete iPhone visual voicemails

Clear Visual Voicemail messages

Some iPhone owners may not have noticed, but iOS automatically saves deleted visual voicemails. The deleted voicemail messages go into a folder, which is appropriately named Deleted Messages. Depending on the carrier, contents of Deleted Messages can be saved indefinitely. iOS does not provide a way to clear out this folder automatically, so it must be done manually. To free up more storage space on the iPhone, here's how to delete old voicemails once and for all.

Alleged video of new 4-inch iPhone posted to YouTube

Four inch iPhone

A 4-inch iPhone has allegedly made its way into the wild thanks to an unnamed source at Foxconn. M.I.C. Gadget has posted a short 40-second video to YouTube featuring the rumored device. The video doesn't show much, just someone flipping the device around revealing the device's SIM card tray and its iPhone 6-like design. It is unknown if the video is real or fake, but it's the first big purported Apple leak of 2016.

VLC media player released for Apple TV

VLC for Apple TV

The Video LAN Organization has come one step closer to their motto, "VLC plays everything and runs everywhere". The first port of VLC media player for Apple TV has arrived on the App Store, promising to play almost any video stream or file in its native format. The announcement comes hot on the heels of a major update to the VLC for Mobile iOS app. Not only does VLC bring incredibly versatile video playback to Apple's latest app platform, the software adds several Apple TV specific features.

Apple launches 'Music Memos' app for users to capture song ideas

Music Memos

Apple today launched Music Memos -- a new iOS app that allows users to " tap into their musical potential and create incredible music no matter where they are.” The app is basically an easy way for musicians to record music using their device's built-in microphone whenever a musical idea hits them. Users can quickly record high-quality, uncompressed audio with a simple tap, and use the app to sync their songs to a virtual drummer and bass player to get an idea on how it sounds with a full band. The app also works with external microphones and musical instruments, such as an acoustic guitar and piano.

How to fix battery percentage on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s battery meter

Some iPhone 6s users have noticed a perplexing issue where the battery percentage in the status bar does not change. Where normally iOS would display the current battery remaining, on affected devices power depletion does not register. Apple has recognized the issue as a software problem and the company is working on a solution. In the meantime, iPhone 6s owners experiencing this quirk can follow the steps below.

Live action 'Death Road to Canada' trailer features zombies, a driving dog and more

Death Road to Canada

Rocketcat Games zombie road trip simulator, Death Road to Canada, has been in production for a very long time, but the developers have released a new live action trailer and promised that a PC release is coming "in the first third of this year. The developers dropped by the Touch Arcade forums on Monday to let everyone know that the game will also be coming to iOS, and that they will be publishing regular updates on the official website until the PC release.

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