Threes discussion and strategy thread

Threes discussion and strategy thread

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My latest App Store obsession is Threes, and I’ve created a thread to discuss strategy and tips for the game. The game itself is currently available for $1.99 on the App Store for both the iPhone and the iPad. I highly recommend it, and if you already have it, feel free to post your high score and any tips you may have!

 

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Developer David Smith on background fetch in iOS 7: An unexpected botnet

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Developer David Smith — creator of my personal favorite M7-based health tracker, Pedometer++ — recently wrote about the server-side cost of iOS 7′s new background fetch. His comparison of a botnet may sound extreme, but some of his graphs back up such a dire comparison.

Also related: I recently wrote about a tip involving closing iOS apps out of the multitasking view. By closing an app out of the multitasking, it disables background fetch, which more and more apps make use of in order to refresh content.

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Flappy Bird clones hit a wall: Apple now rejecting rip-offs

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The Great Flappy Bird Saga of 2014 seems to finally be at its end. After the massively popular game was pulled from the App Store (and Google Play) by its developer, Apple is apparently now rejecting blatant rip-offs and clones of the game. (more…)

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What is the most visually appealing iOS app?

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iOS is renowned for its focus on design and visual appeal. The tools that Apple provides to third-party developers are second to none, and this has resulted in a plethora of fantastic apps. So: what one app is the most attractive, appealing, or best designed on your phone? My personal choice at the moment has to be Paper (the Facebook app, not the drawing app), because of its use of simple gestures and hierarchical design. What’s yours?

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How to download Paper, or any US-only app, around the world

How to download Paper, or any US-only app, around the world

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Paper recently was released to quite a bit of fanfare. The app displays your Facebook timeline, as well as various other news topics, in an attractive layout. The app itself is fast and easy to use — just ask our forum members. However, it is exclusive to the US App Store for now. Rafael Conde has put together a guide showing how to download Paper — or any US-only free app — from anywhere in the world.

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Do you have bugs with the App Store in iOS 7?

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Many things changed with iOS 7, and the transition to the latest OS from Cupertino hasn’t exactly been as smooth as many hoped for. While most critical bugs have been squashed by the previous four public updates to iOS, there are still issues to be found. Most of those problems have been fixed in the yet-to-be-released iOS 7.1, but an issue I have that I haven’t heard much discussion about are the issues with the App Store. (more…)

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Photocast shares photos from your iPhone to your Chromecast

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Have an iPhone? Have a Chromecast? Google recently released a full SDK that allows developers on any platform to create apps that plug into the Chromecast, which connects to any TV with a  free HDMI port. Photocast is a simple app that allows you to display photos from your iPhone to any TV with a connected Chromecast. The premise is simple, the app is simple, and guess what — it works wonderfully. This is one of the first Chromecast apps I’ve seen on iOS, and I hope to see plenty more — maybe enough to make the Chromecast a cheaper replacement for the Apple TV if you need AirPlay-like functionality.

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How do you like Paper, Facebook’s latest app?

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I’m not a fan of Facebook. Actually, I tend to completely ignore it — the outrageous ads, the silly layout, and the ridiculous “like” scheme combine to just annoy me. That said, I do still use the service from time to time — it’s the only social network where all of my friends and family are. With Paper, the latest client-like app from Facebook, I’m using the service far more. (more…)

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QuizUp updated with iPad support

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QuizUp has been updated with support for the iPad. The game involves competing with a friend or stranger by answering trivia questions on various subjects. It was previously exclusive to the iPhone. The iPad version is similar to the iPhone version, but it obviously makes use of the larger screen. QuizUp is also planning an Android version that is due to be released later this month.

[App Store]

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Dark Sky: an excellent weather app for rainy climates

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Do you like weather apps? Do you live somewhere that has a particularly wet climate? The redesigned Dark Sky is for you. Dark Sky was released some time ago as a way to be alerted just before rain hit. The app uses a complex back-end service that is uncannily accurate in almost all locations I’ve tested it. The latest version of the app enhances this, but also offers more features that makes the app feel like a general purpose weather tool. (more…)

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