Movie fans can get even more information from the IMDb iPhone app thanks to an update to version 3.2 now available. This marks the first time since December 2012 that IMDb has received a major update, one of several since the initial launch of IMDb in late 2009. The key to IMDb is accessing information about all of your favorite movies on the go.
More facts have been added including actor heights in the personal details section, and worldwide movie release dates. The developers of IMDb have also made things more visually appealing for iPhone owners, with a fresh new page look for movies and celebrities in the app. Speaking of which, IMDb now clocks over 5 million people and 2.5 million titles in the catalog.
Apple has a strict no adult content policy for the App Store, but the recent increase of social sharing services is making it impossible for the company to police every app available for iOS devices. Apple recently pulled the popular photo-sharing app 500px because users were able to access nude images. The app was eventually allowed back into the App Store, but its removal prompted Apple to makes its App Store age ratings more visible to users. Some apps like the video sharing service Vine, have also been slapped with a 17+ rating due to people uploading adult content to their profiles. Luckily for parents there is a way to block children from downloading mature rated content, however, parents should still monitor what their children are doing with their mobile devices.
For example, Snapchat allows users to send pictures and texts that are deleted within seconds after being seen. The app has been criticized for misleading kids into thinking it's safe to send compromising photos because they will eventually disappear. However, anyone who knows how to take a screenshot can easily save an image sent to them through the app. Snapchat does alert the sender if a screenshot has been taken, but by that point the damage has already been done.
The official LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes iOS game is now available for download through the Apple App Store. Players can choose between 80 playable characters (after they're unlocked or purchased through the app's in-game store) like Green Lantern and The Flash to do battle with DC's most notorious villains. The game also features plenty of abilities to master and fun gadgets, like Batman's Batarangs, to play with.
LEGO Batman is the first LEGO iOS game to feature voiceovers for the mini-figs, and it also offers the ability to switch between “Classic” and “Touch Screen” controls. Other features include Retina display graphics, standard achievements and Game Center support.
There's no shortage of different ways to capture and share photos with the iPhone. One thing the camera cannot do is snap a light field photo. These images, pioneered by Lytro, can be refocused after they are recorded. Now with FocusTwist this capability can be simulated on the iPhone.
The app creates refocusable images by snapping several photos in a row, using different focus settings for each one. After they are combined by FocusTwist, you can share a link to the resulting image on Twitter. People viewing your work can then focus on different parts of the scene, much like the result of using a Lytro camera.
Wireless carrier AT&T is making progress on its goal to deliver 4G LTE service to over 300 million people by the end of 2014. The latest announcement brings the total number of markets with 4G LTE availability to 190 nationwide. LTE service has been expanded in Denver, Colorado, Louisville, Kentucky, Mount Vernon, Washington and Oxford, Mississippi.
For customers in six other cites, LTE has been switched on. These include Flint, Michigan, Kokomo, Indiana, Morgantown, West Virginia, Petersburg, Virginia, Shelbyville, Kentucky and Springfield Missouri. AT&T continues to be the second largest wireless carrier in the US, six years after it first launched the iPhone in an exclusive agreement with Apple.
The official Iron Man 3 game for iOS devices is now available for the iPhone and iPad. Unfortunately the game is an endless runner, but it does feature some pretty amazing graphics (check out the trailer below) and notable Iron Man villains like Crimson Dynamo, Living Laser, and M.O.D.O.K.. You can also research and develop up to 18 Iron Man suits, and upgrade your armors and powers in the Stark Industries research lab... Plus it's free!
The game has been released about two-weeks before Iron Man 3 the movie hits theaters on May 3, 2013. The film follows Tony Stark and James Rhodes as they battle a terrorist called the Mandarin. Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley and Don Cheadle.
Apple announced today that the Worldwide Developers Conference will be held June 10 through June 14 in San Francisco. Tickets for the annual five-day conference will cost $1,599, and go on sale April 25 at 10 a.m. PT. Developers who can't afford or make it to WWDC will be able to watch videos of the event during the conference.
Last year's WWDC sold out in less than two hours, and event videos were only made available weeks after the conference had ended. Apple announced the decision to post the videos during the event on the WWDC general info page.
"Can’t make it to WWDC? We'll be posting videos of all our sessions during the conference, so Registered Apple Developers can take advantage of great WWDC content."
Apple has launched an update to its official Apple Store application for mobile shopping on iOS devices. Besides being able to research and purchase all of your favorite Apple products, the app now provides notifications that will let you know when you're eligible for an iPhone upgrade at the subsidized price. When you're ready to order your new phone, simply use the app to have it delivered to your doorstep.
Other notifications have also been added, providing shipping information for orders and letting you know when your purchases have been delivered. As always, the Apple Store app makes it possible to order items and pick them up later at the nearest retail location.
ZAGG's new iPhone 5 case made of real wood is now available for purchase. The fashionable case is made from environmentally friendly materials that are fused with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) so it won't crack or peel. The case is a great way to celebrate Earth Day while guarding your iPhone from damage. The Natural Wood Case from ZAGG is available in six different patterns and designs.
ZAGG has been protecting smartphones since it launched its first invisibleSHIELD screen protector in early 2005. The Natural Wood Case for the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S 4 is sold through ZAGG's subsidiary iFrogz, which was created in 2006. You can order the real wood iPhone 5 case via ZAGG.com/ifrogz.
Halfbrick Studios, the developers behind Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, have released a new game titled Fish Out of Water! for iOS devices. Not to be confused with JMT Apps' tower defense game with the same name, Fish Out of Water! is being billed as “an adventure across the sun, sand and surf." The object of the game is to get your fish to stay above water as long as possible by throwing him into the sky. Players get three throws to impress the Crab Crew, who will score their overall performance.
Users can compete in daily league score competitions, and unlock various charms that can be used to gain super fish powers. Players also have to deal with the elements which change daily and include tsunamis, icebergs and immense jellyfish swarms. Fish Out of Water! is now available through the App Store for $0.99.