100GB iDrive Cloud for iPhone and iPad

iPhone users can now get 100GB of cloud storage for $1 per year

By on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

iPhone users can now get 100GB of cloud storage for $1 per year

After offering Android users 100GB of combined backup and sync cloud storage for just $0.99 per year, iDrive on Wednesday announced that it’s bringing the same offer to iOS device users. The company will offer iPhone and iPad users 50GB of cloud for data backup purposes and 50GB for syncing, thus matching its offer for Android devices. More →

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Kelso's Quest iOS Android Game

Video: Meet Kelso’s Quest, one of the hottest-looking iOS games we’ve seen this year

By on April 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM.

Video: Meet Kelso’s Quest, one of the hottest-looking iOS games we’ve seen this year

Kelso’s Quest is the latest creation from Avocoder, the mobile app developer behind Toasty Boy, a Flappy Bird parody that managed to crack the top 100 free games chart on the App Store last month. Unlike Toasty Boy, Kelso’s Quest is a completely original title, mixing in elements of the puzzle and adventure genres as the eponymous Kelso journeys through treacherous environments in search of his kidnapped son. At the end of each set of levels, Kelso will face off against a boss, learning more about the motivations behind the kidnapping as he takes down a variety of evil beasts. Kelso’s Quest is expected to launch on the App Store this week and Google Play in the future. The full trailer follows below.

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Task Player iPhone Free Download

Download this app right now: Task Player for iPhone is now free

By on April 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM.

Download this app right now: Task Player for iPhone is now free

This isn’t an official count but by our estimation, Apple’s iOS App Store is currently home to about 4,973,812 task manager apps. The reason is simple: task managers fall squarely into the category of apps that are very easy for developers to make. Making them well, however, is a different story entirely — which is exactly why we feel the need to tell you when one of the most interesting and creative task apps out there is made available for free for a limited time. More →

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ProCam iPhone Download Free

Download this app right now: ProCam turns your iPhone into a DSLR, and it’s now free

By on April 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

Download this app right now: ProCam turns your iPhone into a DSLR, and it’s now free

The iPhone 5s has one of the best smartphone cameras in the industry, but Apple’s camera software is also one of the most simple and lackluster stock camera apps out there. While rival companies like Nokia, Samsung and HTC add exciting new features to their camera software, Apple continues to rely on third-party developers to issue nifty camera enhancements for the iPhone. And with apps like ProCam in the App Store, it’s easy to see why. More →

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Free to Play Mobile Games Retention

66% of players quit free-to-play mobile games after a single day

By on April 10, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

66% of players quit free-to-play mobile games after a single day

The Candy Crush Sagas and Clashes of Clans of the app market appear to be the exceptions to the following rule: A majority of smartphone gamers don’t stick with free-to-play games for longer than 24 hours. Re/code has shared the results from app testing firm Swrve’s “April 2014 New Player Report” that tracks the tendencies of 10 million players over the course of 90 days. With more than 30 titles being monitored, including titles from Activision, Epic Games and Gameloft, Swrve found that 66% of new players abandoned games with microtransactions almost immediately, spending an average of 45 cents over the course of the three month study. More →

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Best iOS Apps Seer

New iOS app eliminates everything you hate about managing email on your phone

By on April 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

New iOS app eliminates everything you hate about managing email on your phone

Do you have friends that send you long-winded emails that take forever to get to the one point that you actually want to respond to? Don’t worry: New iOS app Seer will scan the email for you and give you only the relevant bits. Seer, which is available to download for free from the Apple App Store, bills itself as a personal assistant app whose sole job is to help you manage the voluminous amount of email you get every day.

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Apple iOS Design Jony Ive

Apple’s Ive ousts Greg Christie, designer of the iPhone’s most iconic feature

By on April 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM.

Apple’s Ive ousts Greg Christie, designer of the iPhone’s most iconic feature

Greg Christie, a longtime Apple engineer who spearheaded the design of the iPhone’s slide-to-unlock feature, is apparently leaving Apple after repeated clashes with Apple senior vice president of design Jony Ive. 9to5Mac’s sources say that Christie’s departure as Apple’s human interface vice president means that Ive has now taken complete control over the design of iOS and that this represents a major shakeup to the iOS design team.

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Reactr Image Sharing iOS and Android App

This app will tell you whether you should sext professionally

By on April 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

This app will tell you whether you should sext professionally

iOS and Android users who share a lot of images and videos with their friends and would like to see the actual expression on their faces when they receive the photos and clips can try out Reactr. The application, which was launched on iOS last fall, is now also available in the Google Play Store as a free download. More →

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Apple Vs. Samsung Patent Trial Steve Jobs Holy War

Unearthed email shows Jobs saw battle with Android as a ‘holy war’

By on April 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

Unearthed email shows Jobs saw battle with Android as a ‘holy war’

As we’ve noted in the past, Apple’s patent spat is about much more than money — it’s very personal to the company. Reuters legal reporter Dan Levine brings us word that at the latest Apple-Samsung patent trial, Samsung attorney Bob Quinn presented an email sent by late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs back in 2010 that declared Apple was in a “holy war” with Google over the future of mobile computing and worried that Apple might lose its position as the dominant player in the smartphone market. Quinn revealed the email as part of his argument that Apple is really trying to attack Google’s Android operating system and not Samsung. We’ve heard in the past that Jobs had vowed “thermonuclear war” against Google for what he saw as a “stolen” product but this is the first time we’ve heard of him invoking religious imagery to rally his troops.

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Custom Fonts iPhone iPad

This is the best way to get custom fonts on your iPhone and iPad

By on March 31, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

This is the best way to get custom fonts on your iPhone and iPad

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 →

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Top 5 iPhone Apps

5 more gorgeous iPhone apps you really need to check out right now

By on March 28, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

5 more gorgeous iPhone apps you really need to check out right now

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 →

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When Will Flappy Bird Return

Flappy Bird to officially make its triumphant return to the App Store

By on March 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM.

Flappy Bird to officially make its triumphant return to the App Store

Has it only been a month since Flappy Bird mania gripped the world? Sadly, it has and Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen seems to have realized that he walked away from a huge pile of money when he quickly dropped his game from the App Store and Google Play back in February. Gawker has spotted a message sent out by Nguyen on his Twitter account letting a fan know that he does plan on bringing his highly addictive game back to the App Store, “but not soon.” This means that you shouldn’t expect Flappy Bird to un-retire Jay-Z-style for the next few months although Nguyen would be wise to get it back as soon as possible before the world moves onto the next huge mobile game.

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iOS Android Multiplayer Games Support

Google wants iOS and Android fans to play nice with each other

By on March 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

Google wants iOS and Android fans to play nice with each other

Google is going to announce new features for its Google Play game services engine that will let iOS and Android users actually play together in turn-based and real-time games,  The Verge reports. Although iOS and Android developers will need to include such features in their existing and upcoming games to ensure compatibility, it looks like Google is going a long way toward making gaming between the two platforms easier than ever. More →

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