Apple has made it easy for developers around the world to follow along with each day of the 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The official WWDC iOS app has just been updated to version 1.01 with a series of bug fixes and improvements. Of course, to get the most out of the WWDC app you must be a registered developer so you can sign in and watch session videos.
Tickets for this year's conference at Moscone West in San Francisco sold out in just two minutes. Luckily with the WWDC app developers can stay connected to the event. Times and descriptions for labs, sessions and special events can be browsed and favorited, with session videos becoming available daily. Session videos are synced between devices, so if you stop watching a video it can be resumed where you left off.
Sometimes iPhone owners need help making a decision. Nowadays with so many purchases happening exclusively with plastic, there aren't always stray coins lying around to flip. What luck, arguably the most advanced, portable personal assistant ever created can now flip a coin for you instead. Tell Siri to flip a coin and she'll do just that, letting you know immediately whether it was virtual heads or tails.
There are some other tricks you can use to get help with random numbers or even play games when you're missing a pair of dice. You guessed it, just tell Siri to roll the dice and she will tell you which side of the six-sided dice are facing up after the roll. Ultimately when you need two random numbers from 1-6 or one number from 2-12 this can be handy (simply add the two for a bigger number). But what if you need a larger random number?
Looking to emulate GBA/GBC games on your iOS device? Another hidden emulator has sneaked into the App Store until Apple catches on and pulls the app. The app is called Slider Puzzle, and it masquerades as an innocent sliding puzzle game with four different images.
Players can put their own images into the app via iTunes to see them converted into new puzzles. The real fun happens with a series of inputs that activates the hidden GBA/GBC emulator. The great thing about this secret is no jailbreak is required to play ROMs right on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Rumors of Apple's upcoming iRadio streaming music service aren't new, but the latest developments indicate Apple will move forward with its plans next week's WWDC. AllThingsD reports that Sony Music has joined the party, which means all three major music labels are now participating in the service.
The last piece of the puzzle, Sony follows Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, who have both cut deals to license their music collections to Apple. According to Billboard Apple will give the record companies 10 percent of iRadio's advertising revenue as an introductory rate. The company will also pay a per-stream rate above the Copyright Royalty Board statutory amount.
Apple continues its preparations for Monday's keynote presentation at WWDC 2013 in San Francisco. Thanks to 9to5Mac, the sparse and clean-looking design of the official iOS 7 logo has been revealed. Banners hanging at Moscone West ahead of the conference show a thin, multicolored number seven on top of a white textured background.
The WWDC slogan this year is “Where a whole new world is developing". Apple fans are expecting a completely redesigned iOS interface, departing from the skeuomorphism that iPhone users have become used to seeing on their devices. iOS 7 will reportedly look flat, have more monochrome coloring, and depart completely from previous versions with a new layout and better functionality.
Fans of stand up comedy have a new resource from Comedy Central, featuring over 700 comedians and 6,000 videos. Incredibly, all of this content is completely free in the universal iOS app CC: Stand Up. Clips of favorites such as Louis CK, Gabriel Iglesias, Daniel Tosh, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and many, many more can be watched instantly with a single tap.
Both amateur and star comedians' acts are available uncensored, which earned the Comedy Central app a 17+ rating on the App Store. Besides watching a constant stream of hours of material, featured acts are highlighted and discover mode makes it possible to find new comedians related to stand up you already enjoy. Of course, searching for your favorites is also possible for instant gratification.
A recent report accused Apple and wireless carriers of purposely slowing down data speeds on iOS devices. The controversy revolved around so-called "throttle coding" in carrier files used for network provisioning. The site AnandTech has now published a thorough report explaining why this is not the case.
Not only does Apple have no incentive to limit data speeds on iOS devices, but traffic is better managed on the network as opposed to locally on individual iPhones. AnandTech also throws cold water on the concept that installing modified carrier files can "magically" increase data speeds on iOS. Basically, nothing on Apple's mobile devices prevents the iPhone or iPad from utilizing whatever is provided by the cellular network.
There is nothing worse than waiting for the sequel to your favorite game, only to find out that the developer completely changed it. Kingdom Rush fans will be happy to know this is not the case with Kingdom Rush Frontiers. The sequel to the hit tower defense game features all the towers, monsters, power-ups and same gameplay as the original. Ironhide Game Studios delivered exactly what fans wanted, a bigger and badder version of Kingdom Rush. Fans of the original are going to want to download the sequel as soon as possible, and tower defense junkies are not going to want pass this one up. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is the best iOS tower defense game I have played this year.
Kingdom Rush Frontiers features all new levels, Easter eggs, side missions, monsters and tower upgrades. New features include the addition of heros that you can unlock and upgrade, and a shop for buying helpful items to aid you in battle. There are three free heros, who were previewed before the game's release, and five heros you can buy. It does kind of suck that you don't have access to all the heros after paying $3 for the game, but $3 is pretty cheap for a game of this caliber, and everything else is free.
Warner Bros. has released a trailer for Phosphor Games's upcoming Man of Steel mobile game. The game is a tie-in to Zack Snyder's highly anticipated Man of Steel movie hitting theaters on June 14. Players can recreate the events in the film via story mode, and do battle with the movie's main villain General Zod and his army while controlling Superman. Unfortunately, the trailer is highly disappointing for a $3 iPhone game. Which is odd, since Gameloft managed to release a very impressive free iOS game for Iron Man 3.
Greg Ballard, Senior Vice President of Mobile Gaming for Warner Bros, described Man of Steel as an "addictive brawler that lets players feel the power of being a Super Hero.”
The game also features survival mode which allows players the chance to compete against their friends for the highest score. Man of Steel the mobile game will hit Apple's App Store and Google Play on June 14. The iPhone version will be $2.99 and the iPad and iPad mini version will be $4.99. Check out the trailer below.
UPDATE: The iTweakiOS blog accusing Apple of throttling data speeds has been removed, and Kevin Fitchard of GIGaom has debunked the rumor.
Joseph Brown from iTweakiOS, the developers behind the T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint carrier hacks, claims Apple is working with wireless carriers to slow down the data speeds of certain iOS devices. In a very detailed and long blog post, Brown explains why iPhones are being "out-performed by Android devices," and why he thinks his recent carrier hacks have been able to deliver increased data speeds. Brown says both "Apple and the carriers have implemented coding to purposely slow down or limit the data speeds" a device can achieve.
Brown posted several examples of "throttle coding" (pictured above) from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, while noting "T-Mobile is the exception" to the throttling accusation. Brown doesn't claim to know why Apple and the carriers are limiting data speeds, he just says they are.