There's a new motion tracking app in town, and it's from the developers of the highly popular RunKeeper app and service. Breeze, by FitnessTracker, utilizes the M7 motion coprocessor in the iPhone 5s to monitor your movement and provide you with updates and motivation throughout the day. That M7 data is constantly and consistently being tracked by iOS anyway, so you can install Breeze now for free and have a week's worth of data right off the bat.
Depending on who you are and how you feel, iOS 7 either took the training wheels off to fully embrace digital design, or it removed so much interface as to crush usability. Both are true. iOS is used by a wide range of people, from the digital and mobile immigrant — those who grew up reading newspapers or using PCs — to the digital and mobile native — those who were born to iPhone and iPad. One, single, static default choice can never properly meet the needs of everyone across that range. But what if iOS 8 could make affordance and accessibility dynamic?
An upcoming update to Mac photo editing app Pixelmator will include a rather impressive repair tool. With it, you’ll be able to remove entire objects simply by painting on them and letting the software do the rest. The same tool will be able to remove blemishes and dust with ease. A similar feature has existed in Adobe Photoshop for several years, but Pixelmator is generally much more user friendly and always significantly more affordable.
Following a fairly successful soft launch in Canada, Zynga’s FarmVille 2: Country Escape launches globally today on iOS and Android. The Facebook version has been out since 2012, though the new mobile version won’t require a social plug-in to bug your friends for resources. You can also play offline, which is a nice change of pace from these types of games. The usual freemium city-building tropes are here: gather resources, plant new crops, wait on timers, or speed them up through in-app purchases, and co-operate with friends.
This iPad Air flip case is a combination of an Italian polyurethane and a cloth-like texture to provide some impact protection while giving your device a snazzy look. What's more is the case folds into a personal viewing stand for two optional angles for typing and viewing media.
Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got an update to a great scanning app, a moviemaking app rebuilt for iOS 7, and a cool new feature in a popular Twitter client.
Eyefi has introduced a new cloud service to complement their Wi-Fi-enabled SD memory cards for photographers. Eyefi Cloud provides a polished dedicated interface through new Android and iOS apps for users to view their photos at full resolution, add tags, organize into collections, and sync collections with other devices. The new service will run you $49 for a year of unlimited uploads, plus a free three months when you first download the app. Unfortunately the new app only plays nice with the Eyefi Mobi card for direct camera-to-phone downloads. Anyone with an older card will have to stick with Eyefi’s existing app.
Official BBC and Sky apps for iOS have ceased to function as they should. According to a report over on BBC News, the issue is down to a fault with Apple's platform. Apps affected include iPlayer, Sky Go and Now TV on both iPhones and iPads. Neither party has been able to explain exactly what's causing the issue and why only a limited selection of apps are affected.
Square Enix has launched Hitman Go on iOS, a puzzle-based mobile game from the popular Hitman series of video games. It's unlike other titles in the franchise as Agent 47 is limited to movement via a grid and there's more emphasis on puzzle solving, rather than adventure and action. Don't let that fool you into thinking Hitman Go isn't worth checking out as this title will surely put your mind to the test.
Come iOS 8, you might soon be able to ask your iPhone what song is playing and get an answer. Apple is reportedly prepping an update to Siri that will enable music identification. Instead of rolling their own music ID software and library, however, Apple is doing as they've done with many Siri features and partnering with an existing force in the space — in this case, music ID powerhouse Shazam.