BGR regularly tries to draw readers’ attention to great paid apps when they become free for a limited time, and the latest addition to our growing list of great apps gone free is DataMan Next. In a world where unlimited wireless data is going the way of the dinosaur at many carriers, keeping tabs on your usage can go a long way to help you avoid getting slapped with overage charges. And if you have to monitor your data usage anyway, you might as well do it with an iPhone app that is as gorgeous as it is useful. More →
The iPhone 5s might have been our pick for the best smartphone of 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a multitude of minor annoyances with the popular phone. One of the many features the iPhone 5s and its iOS brethren lack is the ability to change the font in any given text box. Although you’re out of luck while typing within the the current system, one app will allow you to install your own custom fonts inside of apps that take advantage of the iOS font book. More →
Social media obsessives rejoice! If you can’t stand leaving your Facebook chat unchecked for even a moment, this jailbreak app will bring the ubiquitous “chat heads” to any screen on your iOS 7 device. According to iClarified, Adam Bell’s Message Box breaks your chat free from Facebook’s apps, allowing you to respond to messages from anywhere on your phone or tablet. You’ll need to have Paper installed for Message Box to work, but this jailbreak tweak will give you the ability to delete the Facebook Messenger app once and for all. No more annoying push notifications — chats are now always just one click away. Message Box is free to download on Cydia.
Orchard is a resource that iPhone owners can use not only to appraise their existing iPhones, but also to sell them when the time comes to upgrade, MobileSyrup reports. The used iPhone market is a $14 billion a year business, according to Orchard’s Bruno Wong, with the company aiming to better help interested buyers and sellers involved in used iPhone commerce get rid of or purchase devices. More →
If you’re looking for a fun and creative game for you iPhone or iPad, look no further. NightSky is easily one of the most beautiful and original iOS games we have ever seen, having received plenty of critical acclaim and several GDC awards. The concept is simple: transport a mysterious sphere through boards by swiping on the screen to spin. Swipe up to reverse gravity and swipe down to return gravity to normal. Obstacles lie in your path, so you must find ways around them or put them to use. And the entire game is set atop wonderful art with silhouettes and shapes reminiscent of a Tim Burton movie. More →
Software ecosystems are obviously among the most important parts of the mobile experience these days, and Apple’s is second to none. The company has managed to create an environment that fosters the creation of apps that are beautiful, useful and functional. Of course, these great apps are buried under a mountain of crap.
Part of our job here at BGR is to try to separate the great apps from the… not so great apps. We recently put together a collection of five fantastic apps that have beautiful designs and smart features, and now we’re continuing with five more great apps.
We try to pick apps from a wide range of categories for each post, and we’ve got a few terrific iPhone apps to show you this time around. As always, feel free to let us know about your favorite beautifully designed apps in the comments section here, or let me know on Twitter. More →
In addition to launching Office for iPad, a freemium app that requires a paid Office 365 subscription in order for users to also be able to edit their documents on the tablet, Microsoft has made some changes to its Office Mobile for iPhone and Android applications. Both mobile apps are now free of charge, The Next Web reports, but only for home use, speculating that business customers will likely require an Office 365 subscription for either version of the apps. More →
We love covering apps with great designs here on BGR, and we also enjoy covering fun apps with unique and creative features. Every so often, we find an app that covers all the bases. React Messenger was first released late last year but it has undergone a few big changes since then. The result is a beautiful app that differentiates itself in the crowded mobile messaging space by putting a creative twist on the gentle art of textless communication currently dominated by emoji. More →
Over the past few years, cameras on modern smartphones have become shockingly impressive. Well, some of them have, at least. Gone are the days of having to carry a cell phone and a separate compact digital camera, since the photos captured by many high-end smartphones like the iPhone 5s, Samsung phones and Nokia phones are nearly as good as images taken with point-and-shoot cameras. In fact, some smartphone cameras are even better than many dedicated cameras. As good as these mobile camera have gotten, though, they all have one fatal flaw: You’re the one taking the pictures. More →
Now this is a good idea. In the age of the smartphone as an extension of our bodies, people’s faces are always buried in their iPhones and Android phones while they walk around. We see people walking into each other and into stationary objects all the time on trips to and from our Times Square office. Is there nothing that can save these poor souls from awkward collisions? Thankfully, Apple may soon come to their rescue with a brand new invention… that was already invented years ago.