Thanks to everyone who entered iPhone Life's Biweekly Weekend Giveaway! We received entries from 509 people in 26 different countries this week! WOW! And we're giving away 3 amazing accessories!
And the winners are... (drum roll please):
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Bingo - Pharoah's Way (Free)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Most of us have at one point in our lives played Bingo, but it still carries the stigma of just being a game played at various veteran's halls across the country. This game from Starlight Interactive looks to change that perception. Pharoah's Way Bingo takes the game of Bingo and embeds it in the era of Ancient Egypt, giving it a luxurious and somewhat mystical twist.
Safe driving saves lives. Everyday we hear about accidents caused by drunk driving, careless driving, and texting. Luckily there are apps that can help you become a better driver and help you out in case of an accident or emergency.
Here are four great apps to help you stay safe on the road:
Please update iOS on your iPhone or iPad as soon as possible, if you haven't done so already. On Friday, Apple released iOS 7.0.6 to fix a flaw that had been discovered. And according to this article on Wired, it's very serious. It's simply a typo in the code, an extra GoTo statement, that would allow hackers to bypass authentication procedures on your device and intercept email and other communications that should have been encrypted.
The popular Game Boy Advance emulator GBA4iOS has been updated to 2.0, bringing a host of new features and improvements. Unlike the previous release, GBA4iOS can be downloaded from the official website without the need for a jailbroken iPad or iPhone.
The latest update comes with a brand new design scheme for iOS 7, along with a built-in web browser for downloading games. Version 2.0 was designed “with the goal of making everything not only look better, but simpler to use.”
Samsung is really going after Apple in their commercials. I included their video making fun of the iPhone 5s in a recent post. They also have a video that parodies an iPad Air commercial and highlights the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is marginally thinner than the iPad Air. I suspect, though, that the thinness comes at the expense of battery life. As we saw in a previous post, the iPad Air battery actually lasts for 13 hours of video playback, which is higher than the advertised 10 hours — and 40 percent better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. Apple's original video that Samsung is parodying shows a pencil on a table at eye level, and talks about a wonderful tool that can be used for so many different things. Then the camera pans up, and you see an iPad Air was hidden by the pencil and that the commercial was really speaking about the iPad Air — while highlighting its thinness by hiding it behind the pencil. In the parody, a pencil again obscures an iPad Air. But then hidden behind the iPad Air is the Galaxy Tab Pro.
As people across the world slept on Wednesday night, Microsoft subtly shifted the branding associated with SkyDrive, the company's Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive competitor. The now rebranded OneDrive, offers a basic storage capability across devices. The initial allocation is an interesting 7GB. To get you started, mobile users who choose to backup their photos to OneDrive will be rewarded with an additional 3GB, bringing the storage capacity for new users to 10GB. Like Dropbox before it, OneDrive now encourages its adherents to send out referrals. Each referral that takes up the offer returns 500MB in incremental storage, maxing at 5GB of extra free storage.
Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the greats. Each installment of Game Centered will take a close look at a select few worthy of special recognition.
If you read my recent article about freemium games it's possible you came away with the impression that I'm a freemium hater, which really couldn't be further from the truth. Though the current modality of freemium games could use a shot of ethics and integrity, there are nonetheless some awesome games out there that won't cost you a penny and even though they may offer plenty of in-app purchases, they don't limit your free-flowing enjoyment of the game.
This week’s Game Centered will make you feel like Halloween is just around the corner, instead of almost eight months away, and features three excellent and eerie entries in the freemium category.
Don't forget to enter this weekend's Giveaway Contest!
Here's how it works: Every other weekend we raffle off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE then announce the winners through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code. If you win an accessory, we will ask you for your mailing address.
This weeks featured items are:
It's a fact that Apple is investing heavily in supplies of sapphire crystal, including building their own manufacturing facility in Arizona that's expected to come online this month. It's unknown, however, exactly what this material will be used for. Virtually indestructible, the material is currently used to protect the camera lens and the Touch ID from scratching in the iPhone 5s. So what else will Apple be using it for? According to comments made Wednesday by the CEO of a company called Canonical that had to scrap plans for making a smartphone, Apple has bought up the "entire three-year supply" of the same sapphire crystal display they had been planning to use for their 4.5-inch device. The comments, which were reported by GigaOm, diverge somewhat from the most recent rumor out of the Far East that Apple would use Corning's Gorilla Glass for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and sapphire crystal for an "experimental" 5.5-inch "phablet."
Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is part 37 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.
My last few posts took a bit of sidetrack as I covered appsworld 2014. In this post, I get back on track and talk about another option for outsourcing your iOS app's web processing, messaging, and data storage—Amazon Web Services (AWS).
We have yet another report out of Taiwan saying that two new phones are coming from Apple with larger displays of 4.7 and 5.6 inches. This article, citing sources in Apple's supply chain, is from the Economic Daily News; you can see Google-translated report on Macotakara. A couple details stand out. The report labels the 5.6-inch phablet as "experimental" — and says that it won't be called an iPhone. A post on BGR says this detail is highly dubious, because the iPhone brand is so popular. Plus, they point out that none of the other rumors have indicated this. The Taiwan report also says that Apple's phablet will use sapphire crystal for the display. The iPhone 6 is said to have a display of 4.7 inches, and will continue to use Corning's Gorilla Glass. It will go into full production in July and will be out in September.
Image source, Distimo Report March 2013, "How The Most Successful Apps Monetize Their User Base"
Let me start by saying, not all freemium games are bad. There are some notable titles that don't intentionally extort dollars from gamers. Freemium games rely on what has been referred to as the "friction point," the point in which a game has limited your progress and you either have to wait for your energy to recharge, pay more money to continue, or proceed to grind away at a lower, less challenging level while scraping credits together to gain a more competitive edge. The challenge for many freemium game developers is walking that line between frustrating the gamer enough that they are willing to throw down real-world money to advance and not frustrating the gamer so much that they put the game down and don't come back. Distimo released an interesting report in March 2013 showing just how profitable it is for developers to walk this line.
The torrent of evidence for new products with a focus on health and fitness is astonishing, including a wide range of top experts Apple has hired. According to AppleInsider, a report last week in China's Electrical Engineering Times said that Apple is considering using optoelectronics in their rumored iWatch to monitor pulse and blood oxygen levels. This technology measures the changes in light reflected by the body. Light from small LEDs is projected onto one's finger, for example, and then the sensors measure the amount and color of the light reflected. From this it can determine how fast your heart is beating and how much oxygen saturation there is in your blood. Adding to the credibility of this report is the fact that Apple has hired experts in this area in recent weeks. Whether this technology is slated for an iWatch or other wearable device is unclear, but it appears likely that Apple is developing a product that will use it.
The iPad Air blasted the competition in recent tests of battery life conducted by the website Which Tech Daily. In fact, the testing found that it did even better than the advertised 10 hours, offering an impressive 13 hours of video playback. It beat out the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, the second generation Nexus 7, the Tesco Hudl, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013 version), and the 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The Air had a 40 percent longer battery life than the Galaxy Note 10.1, the lone tablet in the 10-inch range besides the Air. The iPad 2 and iPad mini with retina display didn't perform as well in video playback, scoring about in the middle of the pack. However, all three of the iPads tested performed better than all the other tablets in a test of Internet use, with the iPad Air again having the longest battery life, clocking 11 hours. The best an Android tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1, was able to do was 8 hours. By comparison, the iPad mini with retina display lasted 10.23 hours and the iPad 2 lasted 9.8 hours.
iPads are changing the ways in which we teach and learn.
Mobile technologies are increasingly changing the way we live, work, play, and learn. They offer us new opportunities, opening new services and resources.
Today almost all K–12 schools, colleges, and universities build their education processes on the basis of eLearning ideas. And thanks to the development of mobile technologies, more and more institutions are also starting to adopt mLearning tools, iPads in particular.
Founding member of the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts Matthew Schneps recently told National Geographic, "Many educators are looking at the iPad as an inexpensive way to deliver content [and] to save money on textbooks, and a lot of apps are available that try to make learning into a kind of game."
In fact, many studies show that the use of iPad at educational institutions not only saves money, but also improves educational processes and changes pedagogical approaches.
Use your iPhone to do good!
Hello. My name is Adam Harvey and I’m a do-gooder. I hold doors open for people, send gifts for no reason, and I do pro bono work for non-profits. I firmly believe in paying it forward whenever possible. Naturally, I’ve been exploring apps that help make that a little easier. From simple apps that prompt you to do small acts of kindness, to ones that help you feed a child on the other side of the world or help you build your personal relationships, these apps make it clear that there are lots of folks out there who think we can change the world, one good deed at a time. How will you choose to help?
What if I told you that you could learn to develop iOS apps in less than eight weeks, with no previous experience in coding? You would probably think I was either crazy or incredibly optimistic. The founders of Mobile Makers Academy have created a full-immersion iOS-bootcamp where they promise to take you from novice to entry-level iOS developer in only eight weeks. The cost of the program is about $9,000, which is a good deal considering you'll essentially be ready to get hired in a new hot field. Mobile Makers Academy also offers some limited scholarships that are worth checking out. I got a chance to interview the founder of Mobile Makers Academy, and I asked them about their background, how long they've been at it, and what kinds of job offers people are getting after going through their program.
Mt. Rainier from Crystal Summit
It's photo contest time again. We know you enjoy taking occasional artistic shots with your iPhone, so why not get rewarded for it! Enter our iPhone Photography Contest for a chance to win awesome prizes and a spot in our magazine!