The MiniPlayer that comes with iTunes 11 provides album art, audio controls and more in a compact window that saves space. Now you can bring this power directly to the iPhone home screen with the jailbreak tweak MiniPlayer. Why open the Music app if you don't have to?
The MiniPlayer interface was created by Ayecon theme designer Surenix, which means the tweak meshes right into iOS with a polished look. Swipe gestures can be used to hide, move or show the MiniPlayer, and the interface is collapsible to the right or left of the iPhone screen. Tapping the album art will open the Music app.
Sure, Siri is a personal assistant, but wouldn't it be great if the iPhone had a personal secretary, too? Now thanks to a jailbreak tweak called Secretary your device can read texts, notifications and even calendar events using the built-in text to speech functions of iOS.
Secretary can be set to read specific items including a count of missed calls, count of unread messages, SMS or iMessage senders and the content of the messages. Output can be piped through the iPhone speaker or a Bluetooth accessory.
In case you missed the memo, Injustice: Gods Among Us is free for all compatible iOS devices. Comic book fans who do not have a console, or can't afford the console version, should check out the iPhone or iPad app. The game is a pretty hefty download, so make sure you have enough space and are connected to Wi-Fi before downloading it to your device.
Warner Bros. describes the game as a "free to play collectible card game that allows you to build a roster of playable characters, moves and powers". The game is set in an alternate reality where Superman has murdered the Joker setting off a battle between his army and Batman's Insurgency. Injustice is a fighting game where your team of superheros and villains battle other DC Comics' characters.
T-Mobile announced it has sold more than 500,000 iPhones since it began selling the device in April, but the carrier also reported a 7 percent decline in revenue, according to AllThingsD. However, CEO John Legere said changes like acquiring MetroPCS and ending phone subsidies are having a "positive impact" on the company.
“Our first quarter operating metrics and financial results are showing positive impact from the changes we began making in the fourth quarter. CEO John Legere said in a statement. "Things only get more exciting from here, having brought T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS together to create the wireless industry’s value leader and premier challenger.”
PopCap has released a teaser trailer for Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time. The video posted to YouTube offers very little information about the upcoming game, but it does mention the sequel will be released sometime this July.
Some fans are concerned that the sequel will be plagued by too many in-app purchases now that PopCap is division of Electronic Arts Inc. Various iOS users have complained that the in-app purchases and upgrades for EA's Real Racing 3 were unreasonable, and made the game unbearable to play. Fans have their fingers crossed that EA does not go down the same road with the Plant vs. Zombie sequel.
Sometimes an iOS jailbreak tweak changes the rules of the game. Velox is one such tweak, bringing a whole new level of functionality to the iPhone in a streamlined package that might as well have been designed by Apple. We've seen these types of tweaks before, such as Auxo or Infinifolders, however Velox can fundamentally change how you interact with iOS on a daily basis.
Here's how it works: simply swipe down over an app icon on the home screen and a folder-like section will open. Inside this area will be recent information from the app, or menus to perform specific functions. For example, swiping down on the stock weather app icon will reveal weather info right on the home screen without ever having to open the app.
Mobile carrier AT&T is set to launch a new pre-paid cellular service named "All In One" on June 15th. The company plans to test the new plans in Florida and Texas before rolling out the program nationally. For those who don't like contracts and are looking for a more affordable data plan option on their mobile devices, AT&T will provide a competitive option.
Data tiers come in at $35 for feature phones, $50 for 2GB of smartphone data, or $70 for 5GB of smartphone data. All plans include unlimited voice and texting as part of the package. These new offerings are separate from AT&T's current pre-paid service known as GoPhone, which comes in at $65 per month with only 1GB of data and unlimited voice and texting
Rockstar Games has dropped the price of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for iOS in a limited time offer. At just $1.99 now it's the perfect time to grab GTA Vice City for your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The game was initially launched in December for $4.99, matching the price of GTA III on the iOS App Store.
Several enhancements to the game have arrived in the iOS version, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Vice City on the Playstation 2. Besides better targeting options and customized controls, graphics have received a boost with updated character models and lighting effects. Open-world gameplay and a character driven narrative means the action never stops.
PowerA is offering a special deal on its Star Wars iPhone 4/4S and 5 cases in celebration of "May the 4th Be With You". Customers who buy a Star Wars case using the promo code MAY4TH can get a second case for 40% off. The available iPhone cases include Darth Vader, C-3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2.
All the cases are officially licensed and easily snap into place to keep your iPhone protected. The limited edition Chewbacca case even features fur for an authentic wookie look. Each PowerA Star Wars case is $35.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis is not going to win any design or gameplay awards, but it will win the heart of any Drag Race fan. In Dragopolis, players must save the Pit Crew from the evil Apocalypstyk by jumping over drag trash, sliding under flying high heels, and dodging Mimi Imfurst (I don’t think it’s officially Mimi, but it sure looks like her) while still looking fabulous. Players can earn in-game money to spend on new outfits, wigs and power-ups by completing levels and participating in photo shoots. This is very important because you better don’t show up on the runway twice in the same outfit. You can also buy upgrades with real money, and unlock Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx and Yara Sofia for $0.99 each. Hopefully more RuPaul Drag Race contestants will be added in future updates. I suggest adding a dunk Roxxxy mini-game, and getting more queens to do voiceovers. It would be great to hear Willam tell you, “you are not doing that right” every time you screw up.
Even with the lack of guest stars, the developers did a miraculous job of including all the important RuPaul-isms and capturing the true outrageousness of RuPaul’s Reality TV series. RuPaul’s Drag Race has been slowly climbing its way into the hearts of pop culture fans and outcasts since its debut, and while not a masterpiece, Dragopolis is an excellent addition to the RuPaul universe. Unlike other lackluster apps based on celebrities, RuPaul’s iOS game manages to capture the charm and magic of RuPaul and the queens that have been captivating fans on Logo since 2009.