President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, revealed more about the company's mobile gaming plans during its financial results briefing on Friday. Iwata said that Nintendo will not port existing titles to smartphones. Instead the company plans to release "approximately" five new titles for mobile devices by the end of 2017. Iwata noted that the company's planned number of mobile titles is low because the aim is to "make each title a hit" and Nintendo wants to "thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases".
Summarise is a new alarm clock for iOS devices that walks you through your morning by reading the weather, news and even your daily reminders. The app works like a lot like Flipboard by allowing you to customize your daily wake up routine with your favorite news sources, Twitter updates and so on.
The app is simple to set up and even easier to use. After giving the app permission to use your location you will need to pick what items you want read to you each morning. Just tap the + sign to open the list of options. From here you can add Weather, News and Reminders for free and Calendar, Twitter and Birthdays for $0.99 each.
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on June 8 in San Francisco, California. The event will feature more than 100 technical sessions and hands-on labs for developers, the Apple Design Awards, and if the rumor mill is correct, a few big product announcements will be made during the opening WWDC keynote. Here's what Apple is expected to unveil during the conference.
Saving Instagram photos to the iPhone camera roll remains impossible in the official app. While Instagram may not allow this activity, there are several ways to grab your favorite photos and videos. Apps are now available to accomplish this task, even for those without jailbroken iPhones. Previously we've seen jailbreak tweaks such as SaveGram do the trick, by adding a Save option to the "..." menu. Stock iOS users will need to check out one of these apps to save Instagram photos and videos to the iPhone:
Taking the perfect selfie is easy on the iPhone. The only problem is that everything about the front-facing camera is inferior to the main camera on the back of the device. Lower resolution and worse light sensitivity is the trade off for making sure your face is actually in the picture. Brave souls can hold up the back camera and snap away, but there's no guarantee of framing the right shot. The free app SelfieX aims to change this situation by taking the surprise out of rear camera selfies.
Apple does not have the key music deals it needs to launch its revamped Beats streaming service before the World Wide Developers Conference in June, according to Billboard, but 9to5Mac says an announcement will still be made at the event. A 9to5Mac source claims Apple will announce the improved streaming service at the June 8th WWDC keynote before the company releases new versions of its Music app, Beats and iTunes Radio as part of iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2.
Apple published guidelines for creating third party Apple Watch bands to its developer website on Monday. The website includes a 12-page PDF titled "Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch" and a link for downloading the Apple Watch lug profile. The "Made for Apple Watch" program does not include guidelines for other accessories such as chargers.
Despite announcing yet another stellar quarter, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock lost about 2.5% last week, opening Monday at $132.31 and closing Friday at $128.95. Share prices still hit an all time high of $134.46 on Tuesday during some of the heaviest trading of the year (volume was 118,924,000).
Bandai Namco released Galaga: Tekken to the Apple App Store on Thursday. The crossover game celebrates the 20th anniversary of the famed Tekken fighting franchise by merging it with the company's iconic arcade title Galaga. Instead of a fixed spacecraft players must use the classic Tekken fighters Lili, Claudio and Heihachi to blast an invasion of 8-bit enemies descending on them from space. The game also features other characters from popular Namco games such as Rick from Splatterhouse. Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Ediition is now available on the for free.
Using PowerPoint or Keynote to deliver presentation slideshows just got easier with the Apple Watch. Now presenters can remote control slides right from the watch, with no other external remote needed. Keynote for iOS version 2.5.3 adds support for the Keynote Remote Apple Watch app. Previously, Keynote users could use their iOS devices to remote control a slide presentation on a Mac. Apple Watch functionality operates in much the same manner.