Developer Bytesize has released a new app that takes advantage of Apple's official iPhone 5c case by allowing users to transform their device into a Connect Four-like game. Users can challenge their friends to a game of Four in a Row by putting their case on backwards and using its cutout holes as a game board. As you can see from the video below, the case doesn't line up perfectly with the iPhone's display, but it does get the job done.
Bytesize says the game is also compatible with the iPhone 5 and 5s, as long as you have an iPhone 5c case. The game requites iOS 7 or higher and can be played on the iPod touch or iPad, but you'll have to create your own board.
Big changes are coming for customers who sign up to start AT&T Mobility service later this month. The mobile carrier has decided to nix its traditional service plans once and for all. Existing customers will not be affected unless they actively change their current subscription plan. So what exactly will AT&T offer instead of standard per-device monthly service?
AT&T began offering its Mobile Share plans last summer, which allow customers to share a data allotment among several devices with unlimited talk and text. Each device is charged a monthly fee on top of the pooled data price. The more data that is purchased the cheaper it becomes to connect each individual device to the plan.
The iPhone 5s represents several firsts for Apple and the smartphone industry in general. Not only does the device feature 64-bit architecture, but the latest iPhone integrates a fingerprint sensor and independent M7 motion coprocessor. With new technology there's always the potential for bugs to surface after the latest hardware gets into the hands of users everywhere.
Of course the iPhone 5s is no different, and while reviews have been overwhelmingly positive some users have reported problems. Complaints and issues can always be brought to Apple's attention either in iPhone support communities or at the retail store Genius Bar. Besides troubleshooting, keep in mind the iPhone 5s comes with a one-year AppleCare warranty. Usually devices can be repaired or replaced in-store.
There are a lot of signs that suggest the iPhone 5c isn’t selling as well as Apple expected. First of all, the "unapologetically plastic" phone has been been readily available since its launch. iPhone 5s shipping times are currently estimated at two to three weeks, while the iPhone 5c is shipping within 24 hours. It also seems like a lot of third party retailers can't wait to give the phone away. Large retail chains such as Best Buy and Walmart are currently in the middle of an iPhone 5c price race to see who can offer the handset for cheaper. There have also been reports that all the major carriers have a lot of unsold iPhone 5c stock sitting around.
Top analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo have also begun slashing their iPhone 5c sale estimates. Business Insider reported on Friday that Kuo "is now estimating Apple shipped 11.4 million 5c units in the September quarter, a 33% drop from his original estimate." Kuo expects "iPhone 5c sales to be just 10.4 million units for the December quarter, a 10% sequential drop."
Nine Doctor Who episodes which were previously thought destroyed are now exclusively available on iTunes. The episodes "Web of Fear" and Patrick Troughton's six-part story "The Enemy of the World" were recently discovered at a TV station in Nigeria, and have been digitally remastered by the BBC.
iTunes users can now download all six episodes of "The Web of Fear" (episode three is still missing, but has been reconstructed using still image ‘telesnaps’ and original audio) and "The Enemy of the World" for $10, or for $2 per episode. Doctor Who fans can also pre-order the missing episodes on DVD for £13.99 from the BBC's online store. The limited edition DVDs will be available in early 2014.
This is the first time these episodes have been available to view in over 40 years.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown made waves in the gaming community when it was released to the App Store for $20. The hefty price tag made it one of the more expensive games available for iOS devices, but it is now priced at a more sensible $10. The game has also received a few improvements including multiplayer mode, multiplayer leaderboards and iOS 7 optimization.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a port of the popular PC game that was developed by Firaxis Games in 2012. It was called the Game of the Year by gaming websites GameTrailers.com, Kotaku, GameSpy and Giant Bomb. XCOM is turn-based action-strategy game that takes place on Earth during an alien invasion.
Fitbit has followed up its popular Flex wristband with the Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Fitbit Force. The wireless activity accessory includes most of the same features as its predecessor, but adds a new OLED display. The Force accurately measures steps, distance, calories burned, and contains an altimeter to track how high you climb each day.
The Force is also equipped with a sleep monitoring and silent wake alarm that tracks how many hours you slept, and it allows users to stay motivated with online and mobile badges and leaderboards.
A leaked internal document obtained by TechnoBuffalo reveals that Best Buy is preparing to roll out another iPhone trade-in program. According to the image posted below, Best Buy will offer a minimum of $100 in credit to customers who trade-in select smartphones. The smartphones have to be in working condition, and the credit must be used to purchase a new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c. The promotion will run from October 13 to October 19 and will only be available at select participating locations. Previously Best Buy was offering $50 in credit to anyone who purchased an iPhone 5c, without having to trade-in an older device.
As you may already know, $100 isn't really a great deal for a used iPhone. Electronics resellers such as NextWorth and Gazelle offer much more money for older Apple products. You can compare iPhone trade-in prices using our table here.
Foursquare announced its new updated iOS app today on its blog. The location-based social networking service now offers real-time recommendations for a "small batch" of iOS users. The new feature sends users notifications about the best items to order or about money saving deals based on their current location.
Foursquare promises that the real-time recommendations will be "in everyone's hands" very soon, but for now all users can enjoy the new "Right Now" and "Friends at a Glance" features by upgrading to version 6.4.
The "Right Now" button allows users to check which friends are currently nearby, and the "Friends at a Glance" option offers a quick look at each friend’s most recent check-in. Users can also see what their friends have been up to by tapping their profile and viewing their check-in history.
The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are only a few weeks old, but that hasn't stopped analysts from speculating on future Apple products. The latest comes from David Hsieh of NPD DisplaySearch, who claims Apple will launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.7-inch iPhone with a 1,920 x 1,080 display in 2014.
Apple is also working on a 12.9-inch iPad with a 2,732 × 2,048 resolution display, a Retina MacBook Air with 12-inch screen, a 1.3-inch and 1.63-inch iWatch with a 320 × 320 flexible AMOLED display, and a 55-inch and 65-inch Apple TV, according to the research note.