It was a very eventful week for the Apple App Store. On June 17, Halfbrick Studios made all its titles free after releasing its newest game Birzzle Fever. Halfbrick is the creator of the popular titles Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. Mysteriously Apple also decided to make Halfbrick's Fish Out of Water its Free App of the Week the same week it became a freemium title.
Facebook announced its plans to add a new sidebar to its iPad app to push more game suggestions to its users. Facebook said "more than 70 percent of people who use Facebook for iPad worldwide played a Facebook-connected game in the past 90 days." The company also released its Snapchat competitor Slinshot to the App Store. The app allows users to send photos or videos that disappear after a user views them.
TodayTix is a service that provides users with access to last minute discounted tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows directly from their mobile device. The app allows users to easily find both full priced and discounted tickets without dealing with any lines or the box office. The best part is that TodayTix Concierge agents hand deliver all tickets in front of the theater before the show.
This is a great app for tourists or even New Yorkers who do not know how to score discounted seats for popular Broadway shows such as Wicked, Kinky Boots and so on. It also ensures you will buy authentic tickets and not be ripped off by counterfeiters.
The Apple App Store has been buzzing with a lot of big releases this week. Facebook launched its doomed Snapchat clone, Gameloft released its free RPG, Dungeon Gems, Disney unleashed Star Wars Scene Maker, and last but not least LEGO's Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril landed on the App Store today.
The LEGO action adventure title is a port of the Nintendo DS handheld version released last year. The game allows you to play as Marvel superheroes such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America and Wolverine as you attempt to stop Loki and other Marvel villains from destroying the world. The game includes over 91 playable characters, 45 missions to complete and both console and touch controls.
Apple has released iOS 8 beta 2 three weeks after releasing the first beta to developers at its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California on June 2nd. The second beta is available now as an OTA update or through Apple's development portal. The new beta features mostly bug fixes. Check out the full iOS 8 beta 2 changelog below.
Apple is expected to launch iOS 8 alongside its next-generation iPhone and rumored iWatch this fall. iOS 8 will bring a host of new features to Apple products including Apple's Health app, improvements to messaging, an App Store Family Sharing option and more.
Netflix subscribers can enjoy a brand new interface thanks to a refresh of the universal iOS app. iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users running iOS 6.0 or later can install version 6.0 of Netflix free of charge. In addition to bug fixes, the update includes a redesigned icon for iOS 7.
Faster startup for video playback is one of the improvements listed by Netflix under the app description in iTunes. Netflix members can instantly watch thousands of shows and movies from anywhere with connectivity on their iOS devices.
CORRECTION: The Amazon Fire Phone is available for pre-order. It will begin shipping on July 25, 2014.
If you can't get enough shopping done on Amazon.com then the Fire Phone is perfect for you. Amazon's first smartphone ships with "Firefly", a built-in feature that can identify DVDs, books, QR codes, CDs, bar codes and more. That's right, Amazon Fire Phone users can use their device's camera to snap pictures of anything, and Firefly will take them to Amazon.com so they can buy it. The phone is also able to identify songs by using the device's built-in microphone, much like the Shazam song identification feature coming to Siri in iOS 8.
The Amazon Fire Phone sports a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass HD display, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with a f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. The phone is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Other features include dual speakers, Dolby Digital Plus support, 24 hour live support through Amazon's Mayday service and a 3D interface with head-tracking technology called "Dynamic Perspective."
Since the iPhone 6 was first announced, mockups and purported photos of prototypes and cases have been popping up on a weekly basis. As the launch date nears, many of the rumored details and specs are becoming more certain and recent mockups reflect them. Two of the latest images come from Japanese site weekly.ascii.jp and Korean site Seeko.
The photos from both sites show what appears to be the standard 4.7" model iPhone 6 (the iPhone 5 is 4"). They show a slimmer handset, which aligns with rumors that the iPhone 6 will be somewhere between 6.5 and 7.0 mm thick, as opposed to the current iPhone, which is 7.6 mm thick. They also show a slightly
A few weeks have passed since Apple's iOS 8 preview giving developers plenty of time to dig around and discover new features in the beta. Several sources have found a "Recently Deleted” album in the Camera app. The folder allows users to access their deleted photos and recover images or videos they accidentally deleted.
The ability to hide individual photos was also previously discovered in the Photos app. Users can now tap and hold a thumbnail or image to bring up the "Hide Photo" option. So far you can only keep images hidden from the Moments, Collections and Years albums.
AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Apple to Start In-House Market Team, Senate Considers Tax Break and More
Due to criticism of its recent lack of innovativeness in marketing, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has decided to start its own marketing division. The company has already hired a lot of talent recently, including Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts and branding agency Wolff Olins CEO Karl Heiselman among others, all of whom could prove valuable to a marketing team. For now, the in-house team will compete with long time marketing partner TBWA/Media Arts Lab.
Following the stock split, investment bank RBC Capital Markets last week raised its price target to $100 per share, which puts it near the company's all time high of $100.30. This is up from its previous price target of $96.
Coin Pocket has become the first Bitcoin wallet to re-join the App Store, after Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines to allow virtual currency apps that are in "compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories" in which they function. Other apps such as eGifter are also taking advantage of Apple's new virtual currency policy by now accepting Bitcoin payments.
Coin Pocket is a standalone wallet app that allows users to send and receive Bitcoins. Users can also collect and encrypt private keys within the app. Coin Wallet is free to download and it is compatible with all devices running iOS 7.1 or later.