This was a big week for iOS app updates, MInecraft received its largest upgrade since it was released to iOS devices. Version 0.9.0 of the Minecraft Pocket Edition adds a host of new features including infinite worlds, new blocks like Monster Eggs, new biomes from the PC version and a new interaction button to solve an issue that caused players to accidentally dig or punch. Google Play Music was updated with gapless playback and the ability to download subscribed playlist, and the Broadway theater tickets app,TodayTix added personalized codes so users can earn $10 credit towards future purchases by referring their family friends
In iOS gaming news, Gameloft finally announced a release date for Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The first person shooter will be available for both iOS and Android devices on July 24, 2014. Q*bert made a comeback this week. Q*bert Rebooted is now available on Mac, Windows and Linux and it is headed to mobile devices later this year.
Most of the major league sports apps are confusing messes bogged down with too much useless content and a heavy focus on social media, but MLB is working hard to deliver baseball fans a great experience by taking advantage of the iPhone's many features. The MLB not only outfitted twenty major ballparks with iBeacons this year, but it has also partnered with Apple to bring live games to users who utilize the iOS 7 CarPlay feature. And now the MLB is offering additional content and interactive features using iBeacon technology at this year's 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The MLB.com At Bat app has been updated All-Star Week 2014 support, and MLB.TV Premium subscribers will be able to live stream the 85th All-Star Game on July 15. Major League Baseball also plans to add more iBeacons to additional ballparks throughout the year.
While many analysts have pointed to September as the start of mass production of the highly anticipated iWatch and a launch date some time in October, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a reputation for accurate predictions regarding Apple products, sees things differently.
In a recent research note, Ming-Chi Kuo wrote, "We have pushed back our estimated time of iWatch mass production from late-September to mid-/ late- November. We also lower our forecast of iWatch 2014 shipments by 40% to 3mn units." The delay is largely due to complexities/difficulties that the iWatch is presenting in both
One of the key jailbreak tweaks since iOS 5 has been IntelliScreenX. Calling it a tweak is actually an understatement considering how profoundly it expands the functionality of the lock screen and Notification Center. Developer Intelliborn has released iOS 7.1.x support for those jailbreaking the latest version of iOS with Pangu.
This is great news for anyone interested in seeing what Intelliborn calls "The reason to jailbreak iOS 7". A three-day free trial means new users can try it out before they drop any cash on Cydia. Discounts on the $9.99 purchase price are available for users who have previously bought the tweak.
Angry Birds Star Wars II has been updated with 30 new levels, and it is free for the first time on the Apple App Store. The all-new "Master Your Destiny" chapter allows you to play as a young Jedi warrior or Pork Federation member as you train to become a Jedi or Sith Knight. There are 15 new Bird Side levels and 15 new Pork Side levels.
If you have never played Angry Birds Star Wars II, the game is based on the original Star Wars prequels. Players can choose to join the Force for good, “Join the Pork Side” and play as popular villains such as Darth Maul. The game features over 30 playable characters based on popular Star Wars universe and it supports Hasbro's interactive telepod toys.
Google has finally released its YouTube Creator Studio app for iOS devices. The app provides YouTubers with tools to manage their accounts and videos on the go. Users with a YouTube account can now quickly access video/channel analytics and moderate comments on their iPhone or iPad. The app basically gives you 24-hour access to your account so you can edit and moderate your personal channel at anytime.
Here are all the listed features from the App Store description:
* Monitor channel and video performance with easy-to-use analytics
* Filter and respond to fan comments
* Customize push notifications so you can stay on top of what you care about most
* Update your video details and settings
As expected, retailers and mobile carriers are reducing the price of the latest generation Apple products in anticipation of the release of the iPhone 6 and second-generation iPad Air. Walmart got the ball rolling by permanently slashing the price of the iPhone 5c to $29, and the iPhone 5s to $99, and now Verizon Wireless is following suit.
Verizon customers can nab the 16GB iPhone 5c for only $99 when agreeing to a new two-year contract. The 50% off deal is available now available through VerizonWireless.com. This of course means you will be stuck with the iPhone 5s after the new iPhone 6 model is released in a few months.
Gameloft has confirmed that the long awaited Modern Combat 5: Blackout will be available for iOS and Android devices on July 24, 2014. The good news is the game will priced at $6.99 with no in-app purchases, but it will require an internet connection. Windows Phone owners will also have to wait a little longer than iOS and Android users for the game to be released.
In Modern Combat 5 players take the role of Phoenix, a counter-terrorism expert who gets caught up in a global conflict after his mission to transport WMDs in Venice, Italy goes wrong. The first person shooter promises to deliver plenty of advanced combat weaponry, a wide a range of "visually-stunning settings" and "thrilling action-packed combat sequences," according to Gameloft. The game will also feature both compact and dynamic single-player missions, a unified progression system and multiplayer mode.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new members for the tech giant's board of directors.
The current board is aging and, as noted by WSJ, known for its loyalty to Steve Jobs, which could make things difficult for Cook moving forward. Presently the board consists of seven outside members, six of whom are above the age of 63, four of whom have served for over a decade. Intuit CEO Bill Campbell and J. Crew
The New York theater tickets app, TodayTix, has added a referral program for its members to earn credit towards Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Users of the free app can now navigate to the Refer & Save section under the Settings panel to get their personalized referral code to share with family and friends. You will receive a $10 credit when anyone uses your code at checkout. The new customer using the code will also receive $10 off their current order.
TodayTix is a free app that gives users 24-hour mobile access to last minute deals on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Users can book tickets less than 30 seconds or up to 7 days in advance and receive them at the door right outside the theater before the show begins.