Minecraft continues to take the internet by storm, even almost four years after it was originally introduced to the public. Likely due to such high demand, Mojang continued to release a “Pocket Edition” of the game for Android and later for iOS. On top of this, countless third-parties have released Minecraft clones and world viewers that further bring the game to iOS and other mobile platforms. (more…)
Although it is highly disappointing that Google Reader will no longer be available as of July 1st, there is one upside to the situation. That is, the popular newsreader app Reeder has been discounted to free for iPad and Mac.
Since the Reeder app relies on Google Reader itself to power its backend, developer Silvio Rizzi obviously feels that it is a good opportunity to make the app available for free while he explores different alternatives.
At the minimum, Reeder is set to gain Feedbin support in the near future; that said, the future of the app does look bright. So, if you’re smart, you’ll take advantage of this deal and get Reeder for free while the limited time promotion lasts. Reeder could become one of the best Google Reader alternatives when the latter service inevitably disappears, so you might just counting your lucky pennies at that time for taking advantage of this offer now.
There was not one but two notable occurrences of App Store purchase mayhem in the UK this month alone. Likely due to this, or more likely due to the bad press that has come of it, Apple has introduced a “Parents’ Guide to iTunes” section to the “Featured” page of the UK App Store. (more…)
Mark your calendars, ladies and gentleman, as PopCap Games officially confirmed today that a Plants vs. Zombies sequel will be released on the App Store in early summer. PopCap, acquired by EA in 2011, did not provide any further details about the game, only briefly mentioning it as part of a larger press release for its new Plants vs. Zombies Adventures game for Facebook users.
Plants vs. Zombies has been an extremely successful app for PopCap, a tower defense game that originally launched on iOS in February 2010. The game has recently been sold at a 99 cents price point, but became a free download for the first time during a recent promotion. A number of in-app purchases are available to make the game more easy and entertaining.
Just a few years ago, Nick D’Aloisio was your average British teenager focused on revising for his upcoming history exam. Dealing with the frustration of piecing together bits of information from various websites and sources, D’Aloisio began thinking of a new service that could summarize news and articles into brief summaries around 400 characters or less.
After several months of programming and development, using his bedside computer, D’Aloisio turned his simple idea into a reality with an iTunes app called Trimit. In its early goings, the app had difficulties in gaining traction within the community. It’s common for indie developers to face difficulties gaining exposure; but, then, there was a spark. (more…)
For the second time this month, a younger person from the United Kingdom has made news headlines after going on a rampant iTunes spending spree. British teenager Cameron Crossan, pictured above, racked up approximately $5,600 in in-app purchases, playing freemium games like Plants vs. Zombies.
First, it was a five-year-old boy Danny Kitchen that accidentally spent over $2,500 on in-app purchases. Fortunately, in that case, the child’s father was able to obtain a refund from Apple. Crossan’s father, however, was not so fortunate. In this instance, Apple has declined to issue a refund. (more…)
Tired of downloading a free app only to find out that it’s not actually free? Sick of having to pay for content just to gain access to basic parts of an app? Apple has today introduced a subtle label below some free apps that notifies you of them having in-app purchases. Apple most likely hopes to lessen the frustration that comes with either of the above scenarios, but one must also consider the potential side effects of this change. (more…)
Many apps have adopted various iCloud features since its introduction in 2011, and some are more practical than others. Notably of those available are Apple’s own apps, task managers, and games that sync your progress.
The Clear todo app syncs your progress between your iOS devices, and apps like Apple’s iWork suite store your documents in the cloud, making them accessible from anywhere. What’s your favorite iCloud app?
The Verge today publicized a rather gaping security hole in Apple’s online password reset system. The hole, which became available after Apple implemented two-factor authentication yesterday, allows users to reset a password using only an email address and the target’s birthdate. Those are two pieces of information which are incredibly easy to come by, which makes this exploit very attractive to malicious hackers.
Luckily, it appears that Apple is both aware of the issue and actively working to fix it. Apple’s password update page is now listed as being “unavailable,” which is likely an indicator that a fix is being implemented behind the scenes.