Microsoft has just released Wordament, their first XBox Live game for the iPhone. Wordament is really well regarded on Windows Phone, but the iPhone version is... disappointing, especially coming from one of the biggest, best software developers in the world, and one that owns its own mobile and gaming platforms. It doesn't support the iPhone 5 screen size, it doesn't properly support multitasking, and the interface is just not very good.
It took a long while, but The Wall Street Journal has finally come to Apple's iOS Newsstand. The paper joins thousands of other publications that are publishing via the magazine/newspaper service, and like many, the Journal's gone for a traditional layout that echoes that of the dead tree version. That said, the Newsstand distribution of the Journal is significantly more flexible than its paper cousin, offering full-screen image viewing, three text sizes, social network sharing options (that frustratingly don't use the built-in iOS sharing and require separate authorizations), and faster navigation between articles. It's not quite the authentically-digital that is The Magazine, but it's better than the PNG/JPG images that many publications are unfortunately vomiting into Newsstand.
It's been a long time coming, but ESPN ScoreCenter for iPhone has finally been updated with a refreshed interface that mirrors that of its larger iPad-fitted version. The new interface ditches the swiping five-panel layout of the old ScoreCenter, opting instead for a simplified layout while adding support for ESPN's rapidly-growing video catalog and greatly improving app performance. Everything you liked about ScoreCenter is still there, while a lot of what you disliked has been excised or improved. And it's still free - can't beat that.
There's an argument to be made that one of the best Google phones on the planet right now is the iPhone 5. Over the last few months Google has been rolling out better looking and more functional iPhone and iPad apps. From Google+ to Gmail, Google Maps to YouTube, Chrome to Google Drive, they've introduced a more consistent, more usable, more human experience on iOS -- arguably even more so in some ways than what they offer on their own, competing platform, Android. That includes playful pull-to-refresh implementations, prominent photos and profile pictures, and other consistent cues that suggest a coordinated maturation of their design language. To find out more, Matthew Panzarino of The Next Web spoke to Jason Cornwell, lead designer of Gmail for iOS:
Over the last few weeks iMore has compiled the absolute best, most interesting, most enjoyable, most fun, most fantastic gifts for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple, and gadget aficionados, and fans of the finer things alike. Whether you're still doing some last minute shopping, waiting for the New Year sales, or just need a great gift idea any time of the year, here are your go-to devices, apps, accessories, and all-around awesome stuff.
ReadQuick lets you read everything you care about, while teaching you to read it faster at the same time. With support for both Instapaper and Pocket, partners including Longreads, Talking Points Memo, The Feature, and GigaOm, and a full, built-in browser, ReadQuick presents a word at a time, at a pace of your choosing, and the more you use it, the faster your reading and comprehension will become.
Yes, you read that right. Facebook has released an iPhone app dedicated to their most useless feature -- poke. Stop rolling your eyes! They've improved upon it! With Facebook Poke now you can attach a message, photo, or video to your pokes and choose how long the recipient can see it for (max of 10 seconds). And if the recipient takes a screenshot of your poke, Facebook Poke will notify you with a special icon next to the person's name. This app is just screaming "use me for sexting!" Now you can roll your eyes.
Weather apps like Weather 2x, Dark Sky, and Today Weather may not be the hardcore weather apps that some users want, there are people out there that just want something minimal and beautifully designed. If you only care about the current weather and a few additional features such as short term forecasts, there are lots of scaled down apps that focus on providing that data quickly and beautifully.
Weather 2x, Dark Sky, and Today Weather all have gorgeous interfaces and focus on showing you what you need to know at a quick glance. The only question is, what one should you choose? Keep reading and we'll help you decide.
Facebook has pushed out small updates to Facebook Pages Manager and Facebook Camera that include security, performance, and bug fixes as well as the ability to swipe to delete comments in Facebook Pages Manager. More notable than what's included in these updates, however, is what's not included -- iPhone 5 support in Facebook Camera.
Less than two weeks after adding the new Willow filters and other tweaks, Instagram for iPhone has added yet another filter called Mayfair. This update was actually available last night caused a bit of an uproar with a misleading privacy toggle. It appeared that private accounts were switched to public, but it turns out that was only a bug and private accounts were actually still private, and a new update today fixes that bug.