NPR News now on iTunes Radio

iTunes_Radio

Apple’s first news station on iTunes Radio features NPR News. Re/code reports that the station will feature some of the most popular shows on NPR:

NPR’s station, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own stations, with a similar mix of live and taped news.

(more…)

Post a response / What do you think?
 

UK iTunes and App Store prices may rise soon

iTunes 11 icon

Due to new laws, digital retailers such as Apple, Amazon, and various others may have to increase their prices by up to 20% to comply with new VAT laws. According to The Guardian:

The budget document said: “As announced at budget 2013, the government will legislate to change the rules for the taxation of intra-EU business to consumer supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services. From 1 January 2015 these services will be taxed in the member state in which the consumer is located, ensuring these are taxed fairly and helping to protect revenue.”

Large companies currently get around the UK’s 20% VAT rate by selling their digital goods from countries within Europe that have lower rates. That trick, under the updated law, would be illegal.

[MacRumors]

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Play and learn with Vocabulary.com

vocabulary.com

Vocabulary.com is a website, but it’s also a newly-released iOS app. The app has a few interesting features, as it helps you learn SAT and ACT words by playing a game. Vocabulary.com (a questionable name for an app, I will admit) also provides a fantastic dictionary. The app is well designed, and runs smoothly. For $2.99, it’s a great way to brush up on your vocabulary skills.

[App Store]

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Behind the sales numbers of Badlands

Behind the sales numbers of Badlands

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 9.38.52 AM

Badlands is one of my personal favorite games on my iPad, and on mobile devices in general. The game features simple controls, and beautiful art. Gamasutra went behind the scenes, and spoke to its developers about how it has sold on the various platforms. (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Photowall for iOS turns the Chromecast into a photo frame

photowall

Google today released Photowall, an app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that allows you to display your photos on any TV connected to a Chromecast. In my testing, Photowall is very slick, and makes the Chromecast that much more useful. It’s great to see that its features are being expanded beyond the initial streaming video support. For $35, the Chromecast is quickly becoming the best way to display content on your TV.

[App Store]

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Home screen icon animation tweak Cylinder now available

Barrel_iOS7-backgroundBarrel is the current go-to tweak for customizing your home screen page-swipe animations, but there’s a new competitor on the block this Monday morning. If you’re not aware, tweaks such as these change the ways the icons animate when swiping between the pages on your home screen. The latest entry into this area of tweaks, dubbed Cylinder, is like Barrel on steroids. (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?
 

This Cover app for Android needs to be an iOS 7 jailbreak tweak

Since jailbreak tweaks first started being released, many of them have been features that have long been available to users of Android phones. Well, here’s a feature that’s currently available for Android phones that most definitely needs to become a jailbreak tweak. It’s called Cover, and it puts apps on your lock screen that it thinks you need. (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Review: Thoughts on the ChargeKey

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 1.20.53 PM

Battery life on mobile devices isn’t great. The iPhone has some of the better battery life in the industry, but even it pales in comparison to the week-long battery life of the dumb phones of the past. There are two solutions. The first involves having a bulky battery case on your iPhone at all times. This works, but it completely ruins the svelte design of the iPhone. The second option is to try and have power anywhere you go. ChargeKey, meet my pocket. (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?