It’s not a trend that gamers are especially ecstatic about, but in-app purchases (IAP) have become a major element of mobile gaming. It’s how many of the biggest games on the App Store stay afloat, but earlier this week, the developers at DigiDNA discovered a coding flaw that could allow hackers to steal thousands of dollars worth of IAP from popular games. More →
Apple makes some of the best hardware in the smartphone market, but the software isn’t always up to snuff. That’s not to say that the stock apps on the iPhone and iPad aren’t effective, it’s just that other developers have taken the basic concepts and run with them to the point that better alternative exist for nearly every app on the iPhone. More →
The iPhone vs Android debate will likely never be settled. Fans of each platform will stubbornly defend their choice and will be unwilling to accept that sometimes the grass might be greener on the other side. Sometimes, amazing Android apps will be able to do things the iPhone can’t. Other times, it’s iPhone users who get to gloat by having access to some awesome apps that aren’t available on the other side. More →
Yesterday’s post was packed with more paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free than we’ve featured in a single post all week, and a few of them are still on sale for free if you hurry back to that post. Today, however, we have eight more paid iOS apps that are on sale for a limited time, and you won’t pay a dime as long as you grab anything that looks appealing right away. More →
Every month or so, an app comes along that captures the imagination of the Internet. We saw it with Words with Friends, Draw Something and Flappy Bird, but nothing had caused quite as big a stir as any of those apps in a while.
At least, that was the case until everyone stumbled across the free Chinese app My Idol earlier this week. More →
A man who was given a ticket two years ago for using a map app on an iPhone 4 while driving had his conviction overturned by a Fresno appellate court on Thursday, which agreed that drivers should be able to use map apps on a smartphone while on the road, FresnoBee reports. “The Fifth District Court of Appeal unanimously concluded that the state Vehicle Code applies to listening and talking and texting on a cellphone while driving – not looking at a map application,” the publication writes. More →
Do you play a lot of Candy Crush Saga or Clash of Clans but almost never spend any money on in-app purchases? If so then you’re free riding on the backs of a tiny number of users who are spending ungodly sums on virtual goods that enhance their enjoyment of their favorite games. Re/code reports that a new study from app-testing firm Swrve claims that half of all in-app purchases are made by just 0.15% of mobile gamers, which is pretty stunning considering how lucrative in-app purchases have become for mobile game developers. More →
Following concerns from consumer groups in Denmark, Britain, Italy and Belgium, the European Commission wants to know more about in-app purchases that are available in mobile applications and that can cause unexpected credit charges, especially for games played by children who may not aware what in-app purchases really mean. According to Reuters, the EU has invited industry – including Apple and Google – policymakers and consumer protection authorities for talks on Thursday and Friday. More →
Plenty of the apps on our smartphones provide us with entertainment and information, but how many protect us from the dangers of the world around us? As far I know, there aren’t many, but the upcoming Android app Audio Aware from the developers at One Llama could do just that. According to MIT Technology Review, Audio Aware will be capable of comprehending noises in the environment that could signal danger, alerting “hard-of-hearing smartphone users and distracted walkers” to an oncoming emergency vehicle or the sound of tires screeching on the pavement. If you happen to be wearing headphones when the background app picks up a distressing noise, it could pause your music and emit a word of warning. One Llama is also looking to include the app in wearable devices in the future as well. The technology is far from perfect, but if an app is able to detect danger before the human ear, it could speed up our increasingly sluggish reaction times.
One of the less enjoyable parts of living in a city comes when you go to your car and see a brightly colored parking ticket envelope slapped onto your windshield. Sure you can always contest your parking tickets but doing so means you’ll have to waste a lot of time filling out paperwork or going into traffic court. This is one reason why a lot of parking tickets simply go unchallenged. More →
The EverythingMe Launcher Android app has been updated to offer users advanced contextual features including predicting what apps the user wants to use at a certain moment of the day, The Next Web reports. The software will automatically sort apps into folders based on certain themes, and then it will place the apps on the homescreen at different times of the day, based on what it learns about the user. More →
While a Rutgers University professor is working on an Android application that will tell you when other apps access the GPS functionality of your smartphone in order to track your location, well-known developer Chainfire has already released its first version of a new application called Pry-Fi. The incredibly useful new app can completely turn off Wi-Fi tracking without actually turning off Wi-Fi features of Android devices, in order to stop, or at least minimize tracking. More →