On Thursday, Microsoft announced that its Office apps for the iPad have been updated with iPhone and Dropbox support. The software company also launched a sign-up page for its Office for Android tablet preview and noted that it is working on new, touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10.
Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps are available separately for free on the Apple App Store. Users can create and edit documents with a free Microsoft account, but a "qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to unlock the full Office experience". A yearly Office 365 Personal subscription is available for $69.99 through Microsoft's online store. A Personal subscription can be used with one mobile device and one additional computer.
In an odd move on Monday night Apple released the first beta of iOS 8.1.1 to developers. The update offers various bug fixes, stability improvements and a patch for the recently released iOS 8 Pangu jailbreak, according to Weibo user Daniel_K4.
Daniel_K4 is allegedly a member of Team Pangu, the group of Chinese hackers who released the Pangu jailbreak tool for iOS 8 devices. He claims that iOS 8.1.1 patches an exploit used by Pangu and that jailbreakers should upgrade to iOS 8.1 before Apple releases version 8.1.1 to the public. This also means iPhone and iPad owners who want to keep their devices jailbroken should avoid upgrading to iOS 8.1.1 when it is available.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) continued breaking records last week when it closed out October on Friday with an all time high stock price of $108.00 per share. The trend is continuing, as share prices are at $109.72 as of this writing. The company will spread the wealth next week when it distributes dividends to all shareholders of record as of market close on November 10. The dividends, which at $0.47 per share amount to a quarterly dividend record of $2.8 billion, will be payed out on Thursday, November 13.
Last Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed to the Wall St. Journal that Apple Pay activations reached 1 million in just the first 72 hours of its launch, making it the largest contactless payment system in the U.S.
We've discovered a lot of horror-themed games while looking for the best Halloween apps this year. Here's a quick look at some of the games that caught our attention. We did not test all of these games. This is just a list of available new titles that have a horror / Halloween theme. You can also see a list of existing titles that have been updated with Halloween content here, and check out the trailer for Five Nights at Freddy's 2 here.
Slender Man Origins 2 (Free) Based on the popular internet meme, Slender Man Origins is a horror quest title where you must find your missing daughter using only your wits. The game features large and detailed locations with dark dungeons and mysterious catacombs to explore, immersive music and beautiful HD graphics.
Team Pangu has finally released a full version of their iOS 8 jailbreak tool. Unlike the previous release, the new jailbreak comes with a Cydia installer. This allows users who jailbreak their device to easily access the Cyida app store which contains all the tweaks and apps created by the jailbreak community. Cydia has also been updated to version 1.1.14 to fix a few bugs and to add other improvements, like iPhone 6 support. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to jailbreak iOS 8 with the Pangu Jailbreak tool. The jailbreak works on all devices running iOS 8 - iOS 8.1. There is no Mac version currently available, but that should hopefully change in the near future.
Popular jailbreak tweaks such as Zeppelin, WinterBoard and SwipeSelection have also been updated with iOS 8 support, and new tweaks like ForceReach, that take advantage of iOS 8-only features, are already being released to Cydia. Make sure you check out our weekly apps and jb tweaks recap every Saturday or follow us on Twitter to keep updated on the latest Cydia releases.
Developer Scott Cawthon has released a trailer for Five Nights at Freddy's 2. The official YouTube description doesn't offer any details about the new game, but it does include a link to the game's Steam Greenlight page. The good news is that the game has been greenlit by the Steam community. The bad news is that it's not coming to iOS devices first. This doesn't mean that the game will not be released to the App Store, it just means iOS users will have to wait a little longer to play it.
The sequel takes place at the "new and improved" Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. Freddy and his animatronic friends have been redesigned with new facial recognition technology, but they are still malfunctioning. You are once again the new night security guard, but this time around there are no security doors to keep you safe. Instead you have been supplied with an empty Freddy Fazbear head, to fool Freddy and his friends into thinking you're one of them.
It has been a bumpy start for Apple's Health app, but more developers are getting on board now that all the kinks have been ironed out. For example, Nike has finally updated one of its iOS apps with Health app integration. On Tuesday, the footwear company rolled out version 4.6 of its Nike + Running app with Health app support and other new features.
The app now includes a new quick start feature and the ability to swipe in any direction to access your music or running stats. The app has also been updated with elevation tracking for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and it is now capable of delivering more accurate and detailed running information by tapping into your Health app data. You can view the entire changelog below.
It was a busy week for App Store releases, but before we get started let's talk about the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak. The Chinese team of hackers behind the iOS 7.1 jailbreak this week released an iOS 8.0 - 8.1 jailbreak for developers. The jailbreak does not come bundled with Cydia, but Team Pangu announced today that they are working with Cydia creator @saurik to fix this and other issues plaguing the release. It is unclear when a full English version of the iOS 8 jailbreak will be available, but it should be released way sooner than we expected. This means we will be seeing more jailbreak tweaks in the near future that take advantage of all the new features found in iOS 8.
There were also quite a few new iOS games announced this week. Nimblebit released a teaser trailer for Golfinity, Foursaken Media posted a bunch of screen shots of Heroes and Castles 2 on the Touch Arcade forums and Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf got an official release date: of October 28, 2014. You can see the trailers for all titles and more at the bottom of this post.
All month long we have been taking a look at some of our favorite spooky games, from the terrifying Five Night at Freddy's to the goofy but highly recommended Skullduggery. This week instead of highlighting just one game, we're going to cover some of the noteworthy titles that have been updated with Halloween content.
Junk Jack X ($4.99) The 2D sandbox game Junk Jack X has been updated with a new Halloween biome, new monsters such as zombies, new dresses and other Halloween goodies and collectibles.
Facebook has decided to help bring back what it helped kill off -- the internet message board aka forums. The social media giant released today a new app for the iPhone called Rooms. The app allows users to create topics and invite other users to chat about those about those topics on their iPhones. Users can also post photos and videos and customize their rooms anyway they like. The most amazing thing about that app is it does not require your to use your real name, and you can even change your identify to suit different topics. This is far cry from Facebook's normal stance of having to use your birth name, and comes when anonymity has been under heavy fire on the internet.
Rooms doesn't require an email, Facebook account or any verification to participate. You can create your own Room as soon as the app is installed, and you can join other Rooms without signing up or creating an account. All you need to do is be invited to a Room and create a nickname of your choice to begin chatting. Users can invite other members to join their Room via private or public invite.