Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky announced last week that its customers would soon be able to receive full iOS 7 Notification Center alerts on their smartwatch. And as promised, version 1.3.0 of the Pebble IOS app is now available. Of course this means you will need an iPhone 4s or higher that is running iOS 7 or later to take advantage of the update.
The updated iOS app now allows you to receive all alerts from your device instead of just calls and text messages. This includes any apps that have access to your Notification Center like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and so on.
You can refer to help.getpebble.com if you need help managing your notifications.
2K Sports has released an iOS companion app for its popular console game NBA 2K14. MyNBA2K14 allows gamers to stay updated on MyCAREER stats, online multiplayer records, and leaderboards while they are away from their PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. The app also features an NBA Pick-Em mini-game which players can use to earn extra VC (in-game currency), and there is a bonus NBA 2K themed card battle game.
The console version of the game is currently available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and it also available as an iOS app. The iOS version is $7.99 and works with the iPad 2 and up and the iPhone 4 and up. It requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Before announcing its new World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor at Blizzcon 2013, Blizzard revealed that its free-to-play card game Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft will also be available on the iPhone and Android devices. The game was originally only expected to land on Windows, Mac and the iPad. The mobile version will launch after the desktop version sometime in Q2 of next year.
Hearthstone is a Magic: The Gathering-like digital collectible card game where players can battle as one of nine Warcraft heroes. Players will be able to earn free cards while playing the game, and will also be able to purchase additional card packs as in-app purchases, or by using their Battle.net balance.
Gogo is rolling out a new service which allow passengers to send and receive text messages in real time by using the Gogo Talk & Text iOS or Android app. Gogo's chief marketing officer, Ash ElDifrawi, told The Verge that the service will use a person's own phone number so callers won't be confused.
"Gogo Text & Talk is just one more way Gogo is keeping airline passengers connected to their lives on the ground," said ElDifrawi. "While we see this as more of a text messaging product for commercial airlines in the United States, the phone functionality is something that some international air carriers and our business aviation customers are asking for."
Apple retail stores will begin offering hardware repairs for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, according to a report published by 9to5Mac. iPhone 5s and 5c owners who are not covered under Apple's AppleCare warranty will be able to pay $149 for a screen replacement and $79 for a new battery. iPhone 5c customers will also be able to buy a new Home button for $29. However, Apple employees will not be able to replace Touch ID Home buttons for the iPhone 5s.
Disney Mobile has teamed up with NimbleBit to bring the classic business simulation video game Tiny Tower to the Star Wars universe, and the result is the awesome Star Wars: Tiny Death Star! Players must help the Empire build the Death Star through the "power of commerce" by employing Galactic bitizens to work at intergalactic businesses. Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader will oversee your progress while you "fund the Empire’s evil schemes to defeat the Rebels and conquer the galaxy once and for all!"
You can build over 80 types of Star Wars themed residential and commercial floors, and employ over 30 unique species, including Wookiees and Ewoks, to work at businesses like the Cloud City Spa. Like any freemium title, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star does feature in-app purchases, and requires a certain amount of waiting around for construction of individual floors to be completed. You can of course speed up this process by spending in-game money called "Imperial Bux," which for sale through the game's in-app store. You can also spend Imperial Bux on new costumes for your citizens and to unlock VIPs and other fun Star Wars characters.
Update: Version 1.3.0 of the Pebble Smartwatch app is now available.
Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky announced today that the company's smartwatch is getting an iOS 7-compatible app and a new developer kit. Migicovsky also told Engadget that "it's working with partners like Foursquare, Yelp and GoPro to produce new apps for each."
The new Pebble iOS 7 app will allow users to enable their smartwatch to receive alerts from any apps with access to their Notification Center. This will allow anyone with a Pebble smartwatch to receive notifications from Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and so on. Previously users could only receive calls, texts or emails as notifications through their watch.
City Ninja is now free for a limited time on the App Store. The game is an endless runner with a story mode that includes 8 levels and 3 boss fights. Players must use their ninja skills to dodge obstacles and fight enimies while trying to locate a stolen diamond. The game features several different side-scrolling levels, various weapons/special abilities and the ability to upgrade your ninja.
Game developer X-Com has also released Barry Woods to the App Store for free. It is puzzle a game where your goal is to knock down all the kegels before taking down the "king". The physics-driven game is based on the classic Swedish lawn game Kubb, and it is a lot like Angry Birds and Crush the Castle.
The days of swapping out a broken home button in a do-it-yourself (DIY) iPhone repair are over. Now that the iPhone 5s features Touch ID, iMore points out new hardware security features that could mean more trips to the Genius Bar. This is a side effect of protecting fingerprint data by locking down the Touch ID components.
The image above from iFixit shows the fingerprint sensor and component cable assembly, which are uniquely linked to each individual A7 chip. This extra layer of security means that each iPhone 5s has its own Touch ID harware, which will only work with that specific device. Swapping out the assembly for new parts results in a nonworking Touch ID system.
Despite all the rage surrounding the Gold iPhone 5s, consumers in the US have been more interested in space gray. This is according to research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), in a report detailed by MacRumors. While the data shows the gold model trailing in last place, limited availability could be affecting the numbers.
At the same time, black iPhone models have historically been more popular. In any event, the data reflects that 43 percent of iPhone 5s units sold in the US were space gray. Silver came in second place with 30 percent of sales, and the coveted gold iPhone 5s clocked 27 percent. 400 consumers were surveyed for the study by CIRP during the month after iPhone 5s and 5c launch.