New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Angry Birds Fight and more

Try Harder

Apple went kit crazy this week at WWDC 2015. The company previewed several new SDKs for app developers, and announced upgrades for Metal and other new tools for game developers. One of the tools called ReplayKit, will allow developers to add the ability for users to record, save and share gameplay video in iOS 9.

E3 kicks off next week on June 16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mobile gaming won't have a huge presence at the event, but a few big names like Gameloft will be demoing mobile titles. You can check out the full E3 schedule at

E3 Preview: Siegefall, Ace of Arenas and Dawn of Titans


Instead of doing the App of the Week, today we're going to look at some of the E3 previews filling up our inbox. The Electronic Entertainment Expo kicks off on June 16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. You can view the full E3 event schedule at

Here's a look at some of the mobile games being previewed at the event.

iOS 9 to introduce in-app video recording for capturing gameplay

ReplayKit WWDC 2015

Apple is aiming to make gaming even more fun on the iPhone and iPad by introducing a few new tools for game developers to use in iOS 9.0. GameplayKit gives developers access to common gameplay mechanics so they can concentrate on other features, and Model I/O helps generate 3D model texture data.

iOS 8.4 to fix unicode iMessages bug

Unicode of Death

As promised, Apple has included a fix for the "Unicode of Death" bug in the fourth iOS 8.4 beta. The annoying bug crashes a user's iPhone after someone sends them a specific series of unicode characters through messaging apps such as iMessage and WhatsApp. Apple publicly acknowledged the problem in May, and issued a temporary fix through

iOS 9's 'App Thinning' will effectively increase your iPhone's storage capacity

App thinning will shrink app sizes in iOS 9.

It has long been a frustration of iPhone owners, especially those of 8GB and 16GB models, to see a sizable chunk of their device's storage devoted to the operating system. Thanks to a new technology known as "App Thinning" that will be introduced with iOS 9, this will no longer be the case. As noted in this week's WWDC Keynote, the technology was used to pare down the iOS 9 OTA update from 4.6GB to 1.3GB, a 71% size reduction.


Siri to become a better personal assistant in iOS 9

iOS 9 is less about new features and more about "enhancements" that will make using your iPhone and iPad even easier and better. Siri will be one of the beneficiaries of iOS 9 when the new OS is released this fall. Apple promises that the personal assistant will not only be faster and smarter, but more proactive. Users will be able to ask Siri to remind them to stop at a location they marked in Apple Maps when they get in their car, or to play a specific playlist when then they plug in their headphones.

Apple releases complete music streaming details

Apple Music Membership Benefits

Apple has released a checklist highlighting all the perks of an Apple Music membership. The music streaming service will be available starting on June 30th. A single member plan is $9.99/month and a family plan is $14.99/month for up to 6 people. The first three months of Apple Music are free when you sign up.

Google Maps updated with improved real-time transit data

Google Maps Transit

Google on Tuesday announced that its Maps app for iOS was updated with more accurate transit data for several cities in the United States (Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle), the United Kingdom, Hungary and the Netherlands. The app now delivers live arrival information for buses, metros and subway systems in these new cities, and it also notifies users about canceled routes and helps them select other options. The update will happen automatically for those who already have Google Maps installed on their device. New users can download the app for free on the App Store.

AAPL Weekly Stock Outlook: China ranks as Apple's largest market, augmented reality firm Metaio acquired and more

Apple Store Shanghai.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares opened last week on Tuesday $132.60 and promptly fell below the $130 mark, closing the day at $129.62. Their value recovered and then some on Tuesday, surging to $132.04. The share price dropped off over the next two days closing the week at $130.28.


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