The roller coaster (albeit a tame one) continued last week as Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares once again fell several dollars. Stocks opened the week at $112.60 and closed on Friday at $105.99. It doesn't make all that much sense considering many analysts are expecting record numbers when Apple discloses its Q1 FY 2015 earnings next Tuesday.
The drop was due, in part, to Japanese securities firm, Mizuho, downgrading Apple from buy to neutral. The firm's analysts believe the Apple Watch will disappoint and that iPhone sales will drop off faster than they have in previous years.
Kingdom Rush fans who were worried that the Endless Challenge in Origins would be the final update should worry no longer. Ironhide Game Studio announced that new levels are in the works and will be released in February. Hopefully, they were referring to Kingdom Rush Origins and not the first two games.
For all the Rushers asking about our next update: February is the month. With new battles, new Hero, and a whole lot of new enemies ready to put your sword to the test.
There was a lot of App Store activity this week but before we jump in here are two quick news items. Touch Arcade discovered a countdown page and inactive mini site referencing Dungeon Hunter 5. The clock is counting down to January 12th, so expect more to be revealed about the game on Monday. You can watch the teaser video titled "Stand Against Chaos" in the trailers section below.
Microsoft is now offering the first month of Office 365 for free. The free month is available on both Personal and Home subscriptions. Users need an Office subscription to access the advance features on Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPad and iPhone. Subscriptions can be bought through any of the three Office apps.
A new jailbreak tweak named Cobalia replaces the contacts icons in the App Switcher with Settings toggles instead. For those who find themselves never using the contacts icons, or have them switched off entirely, this real estate in the App Switcher can be put to better use. Sure, the Control Center is never far away, but having recently used apps and Settings toggles in the same spot will appeal to some users.
Once installed, Cobalia will add FlipSwitch toggles directly to the App Switcher. These will appear even if the favorites and recently used contacts icons are turned off in Settings. Configuring the tweak under Settings -> Cobalia -> Switches makes it possible to select which toggles are present in the App Switcher. Everything from Airplane Mode to Vibration and Respring is available, and will appear directly above the recently used app cards.
Recently opened apps can pile up in the iOS App Switcher. Manually removing app cards from the App Switcher can be a time consuming process. What if there was a way to prevent apps from sticking around? WhitelistSwitcher is a jailbreak tweak that seeks to reduce clutter in the App Switcher automatically.
Once installed, the tweak can be configured under Settings -> WhitelistSwitcher -> Allowed Applications. Specific apps can be selected to appear on the whitelist, which means only they will be allowed to stick around in the App Switcher. Any apps not whitelisted will not display cards when the App Switcher is invoked with a double press of the home button. This keeps only the desired number of apps accessible after they are recently used.
Princess Bride - The Official Game is a good example of everything that is wrong with the App Store and mobile games. This doesn't mean the game is bad, but it is the type of App Store title that forces you to talk about download prices and in-app purchases, instead of the game itself. And that's a shame, because as everyone knows, Princess Bride the movie is a classic and it deserves a lot better.
First let me say that Princess Bride - The Official Game does a great job of paying homage to William Goldman and Rob Reiner’s wonderful fairytale world of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles. The game is full of music and images straight from the film and it features all the classic lines you have been quoting since 1987. The problem with the game is its layout. Instead of being one cohesive game that takes you through the Princess Bride story it is broken down into four parts or four mini games:
Survive the Shrieking Eels!
Scale the Cliffs of Insanity!
Cross swords and duel with Inigo!
Wrestle against a Giant!
Apps can accumulate significant amounts of data on an iOS device. Unfortunately, the only way to clear caches or reset apps with stock iOS is to delete and reinstall. Those with jailbroken devices can use the tweak CacheClearer to free up storage space and reset apps right from the Settings.
Once installed, new options will be added directly to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Manage Storage. Here installed apps are listed, along with the amount of space they are consuming on the iOS device. Tapping an app name shows the size of the app, as well as how much space is used by related documents and data. Right below are three options, Delete App, Reset App, and Clear App's Cache.
Ever notice how groups of photos taken in Burst Mode resemble the frames of a video? This comes as no surprise, as the images are captured at high speed. Now the app Burstio makes it possible to create a video or animated GIF directly from a burst group. The process is straightforward; simply open the app and select the Burst Mode photos to use.
The preview can be trimmed, using the same interface used to trim video length. Once the desired frames are selected, touch Export and a menu will appear. Animated GIF will create a 320x240 animated GIF, which can be saved to the Photo Library or shared. There are also options to save your work as a Full HD Video or an HD Video. Options to increase or slow the playback speed are also provided, for special effects.
It is easy to fill your iPhone or iPad with too many photos that take up precious storage, but it is not easy to quickly delete them from your Photos app. You can store up to 5GB of photos on iCloud for free, but what do you do with all the duplicates, blurry mistakes and pictures of your ex? AppJester has an answer called Purrge.
Purrge is a new app that allows you to quickly search through your photo library and delete multiple photos at once. You can do this by either swiping across multiple photos while in a grid view, or you can view them individually and swipe up to move them to your Purrge trash bin. You can then tap the tiny Purrge logo in top right hand corner to delete the marked images from your phone. The app is so simple to use there is really nothing else to say about it.
With over 10 billion photos uploaded in 2014, Flickr has plenty of data to crunch on popular cameras. Each year the company takes a look at the ongoing trends in camera use amongst its 100 million users. Smartphone ownership continued to grow last year, with Apple and Samsung making significant gains on Flickr.
According to the Flickr blog, Apple has now overtaken Nikon in the race for second place ranking. Canon retains the top spot with 13.4 percent ownership, with Apple and Nikon following at 9.6 and 9.3 percent respectively. For its part, Samsung surpassed Sony in 2014, taking fourth place with 5.6 percent. This leaves Sony in fifth place at Flickr with 4.2 percent ownership.