iOS

  • Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2015 Will Launch On July 20

    Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2015 Will Launch On July 20

    Microsoft today announced that Visual Studio 2015 (VS 2015), the latest version of the company’s integrated development environment, will launch on July 20. This latest version greatly emphasizes cross-platform development, with support for targeting Windows, iOS and Android, in part through its support for the Apache Cordova project and Xamarin’s app development platform. Read More

  • Apple Watch Lands In Seven New Countries, Coming To Three More July 17

    Apple Watch Lands In Seven New Countries, Coming To Three More July 17

    The Apple Watch is expanding beyond the launch group of countries today, shortly after the device first became available for in-store purchase at Apple Retail with a reservation. The international sales expansion includes Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan as of today, and the next group includes the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand starting July… Read More

  • Monument Valley Is Bringing Ida’s Dream To All Platforms Free On June 25

    Monument Valley Is Bringing Ida’s Dream To All Platforms Free On June 25

    Monument Valley remains one of the best mobile games of last year, and likely ranks among the better titles of all time, in terms of unique design and imaginative gameplay mechanics. The ustwo games debut is getting even better today, thanks to the release of a special, visually updated version of the Ida’s Dream level pack released as part of a Project (RED) charitable promotion… Read More

  • Devs Use Minor Updates To Resurrect iOS Apps On The Slide, Study Finds

    Devs Use Minor Updates To Resurrect iOS Apps On The Slide, Study Finds

    App updates are a strategic tool used by developers to revive waining interest in their software and spark downloads. That’s one of the conclusions from a study by a group of Italian academics looking at how app developers use updates to attract attention, and how effective this strategy is on Android vs iOS. Read More

  • Twitter Expands Its “Experiments” Beta Testing Program To iOS

    Twitter Expands Its “Experiments” Beta Testing Program To iOS

    In 2013, Twitter launched a beta testing program for Android which allows users to try out new builds of the Twitter application as well as test experimental features ahead of a public release. That program has now made its way to iOS users, Twitter confirms to TechCrunch after we received reports from several users who were being asked to join via a message displayed in their Twitter app. Read More

  • Apple’s WWDC Keynote In 90 Seconds

    Apple had a lot to announce at its Worldwide Developer Conference this morning, and it was easy to miss big news as it happened during the two-hour-plus keynote. We’ve summed it up right here, with links to our coverage if you want to know more. Off the bat, Apple announced Mac OS X El Capitan. While it doesn’t come with a visual overhaul like last year’s Yosemite update… Read More

  • Apple’s New Developer Program Offers iOS, OS X And watchOS Tools For $99

    Apple’s New Developer Program Offers iOS, OS X And watchOS Tools For $99

    Apple has consolidated its developer program, bundling together access to developer tools and pre-release software builds for iOS, OS X and watchOS all under one umbrella. The unification of the dev programs is very much in favor of developers; previously, the Mac and iOS programs each cost $99 per year for access, but now it’s just $99 annually for both, plus the new watchOS native… Read More

  • Apple Announces iOS 9

    Apple Announces iOS 9

    It’s pretty much tradition for Apple to announce a new version of iOS at WWDC. For the past few months, rumor had it that Apple was taking a gap year to focus on fixing existing features and solidifying Apple’s mobile OS foundation. And it’s true that many existing apps received some much-needed refinement. Still, Apple announced new features, including a few unexpected… Read More

  • What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

    What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

     This year’s kick-off event at WWDC will likely have a developer focus, given the nature of the event, but there will plenty for everyone to pay attention to, especially if you’re a fan of iOS, OS X or the latest new Apple device: The Apple Watch. Here’s a roundup of what’s likely to go down at WWDC this year, along with a few far-out wishes and some cold water… Read More

  • Pebble Time Review

    Pebble Time Review

    All smartwatches owe a debt to Pebble; the startup, in its previous life, was building smartwatches for BlackBerry devices back when people still used those. The Pebble Time is the second-generation Pebble hardware released by the company, and it starts shipping out to early supporters of the Kickstarter campaign today. After a week of testing, on both iOS and Android devices, it’s… Read More

  • Apple Confirms A Fix Is In The Works For The Bug That Crashes iPhones By Way Of Text Message

    Apple Confirms A Fix Is In The Works For The Bug That Crashes iPhones By Way Of Text Message

    Apple says today it has a fix in the works for an odd software bug that has been able to crash users’ iPhones when they receive a text message with a specific string of characters. The bug, which involves having users send a string of symbols and Arabic characters to a victim’s iPhone, was first surfaced by the online community Reddit, but news of its existence has now spread… Read More

  • Google Search Will Now Also Feature Content From iOS Apps

    Google Search Will Now Also Feature Content From iOS Apps

    For the last two years, Google has been showing Android users relevant content from apps they have installed on their phones and tablets. Now, it’s also bringing this feature to iOS users and apps. Last month, Google started showing results from Android apps that users didn’t have installed on their phones, something it will now also do for iOS users. Read More

  • Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow In 2015, As China Reaches Saturation

    Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow In 2015, As China Reaches Saturation

    The writing has been on the wall for some time, but analysts at IDC are again confirming today that the worldwide smartphone market will continue to see its overall growth slow in 2015. The firm says that global smartphone shipments will grow just 11.3 percent this year, down from 27.6 percent the year prior. The changes are attributed, in part, to the Chinese smartphone market reaching… Read More

  • Storehouse Now Lets You Tag Friends In Stories

    Storehouse Now Lets You Tag Friends In Stories

    Storehouse, the iOS-centric app for sharing stories from your photos and videos, now lets you tag friends in stories using the familiar ‘@-mention.’ In a world (read this in the trailer guy’s voice) where daily average users has become a better indicator of traction for social apps than everybody’s favorite metric, monthly actives, Storehouse’s focus on taking time… Read More

  • Mapbox Takes On Apple With An SDK To Put Maps Into iOS Apps

    Mapbox Takes On Apple With An SDK To Put Maps Into iOS Apps

    The impending sale of Nokia’s Here mapping division has put a sharp focus on the role that location and maps in particular are playing in the mobile world. And while we are seeing a number of big names emerge as potential Here suitors — they include the likes of Baidu, Uber, Facebook and more — an upstart in San Francisco is hoping to provide its own viable — and… Read More

  • Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple is thought to be gearing up to launch HomeKit soon, likely in time for WWDC next month. The software feature for iOS devices would allow control of connected home accessories that fit Apple’s posted requirements and use its developer tools through a central app potentially called “Home,” according to a new report from 9to5Mac. This is the first we’ve heard any kind… Read More

  • Microsoft Makes It Easier For Developers To Bring Their Android And iOS Apps To Windows 10

    Microsoft Makes It Easier For Developers To Bring Their Android And iOS Apps To Windows 10

    Today as expected, Microsoft announced that developers will be able to more easily bring their Android applications to Windows devices. The company said developers will be able to “reuse nearly all the Java and C++ code from an Android phone app to create apps for phones running Windows 10.” Developers will also be able to recycle their Objective-C apps for iOS using new tools… Read More

  • Next Version Of iOS Will Let You Download Free Apps And Other Content Without A Password

    Next Version Of iOS Will Let You Download Free Apps And Other Content Without A Password

    A forthcoming feature arriving in the next version of Apple’s iOS operating system, iOS 8.3, could make it easier for developers of free applications to acquire new users. Thanks to a new option found under the “iTunes & App Store” section with the iOS Settings application, iOS device owners will be able to disable the password requirement for free apps and other downloads. Read More

  • Make Games On Your iPhone With Playr

    Make Games On Your iPhone With Playr

    For nearly two years, eighteen-year-old Chris Galzerano has been working on Playr, an app that lets anyone make their own games. Unlike engines and kits like Unity or GameSalad, Playr doesn’t require a powerful PC or professional-tier tools to get started — all development takes place in the phone. Read More

  • Launcher, The Banned iOS Widget That Let You Launch Other Apps, Is Back

    Launcher, The Banned iOS Widget That Let You Launch Other Apps, Is Back

    With iOS 8, Apple introduced a way for mobile applications to add widgets to its Notification Center that offered snapshots of information, like today’s weather, stock quotes, headlines, and more. But one clever app called Launcher took advantage of the new functionality to turn its widget into a tool that allowed you to tap to launch other apps installed on your phone. Last fall… Read More

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