Castro, the podcast player app by Supertop, is bold but minimalist by design. It also makes use of gestures for several of its more handy features. If you've been using Castro but haven't poked around enough to find them yet, here's what you need to know.
There are a ton of veritable sketching, drawing, and handwriting apps out and about on the App Store, but the one that holds a special place in my dock is FiftyThree's Paper. The app's won many a convert for its excellent drawing tools, previously encumbered by an $8 in-app purchase; as of Thursday, however, those tools are now completely free for everyone and anyone to scribble to their heart's content.
Hot off her Super Bowl XLIX halftime show performance, singer-songwriter-ascendent-pop-queen Katy Perry is poised to get her very own mobile game. The as-of-yet untitled game is being developed by Glu Mobile, the same company that inflicted Kim Kardashian: Hollywood on the world.
News junkies, listen up: Reuters has just launched a new app for iOS called Reuters TV. As you might suspect, the app offers up on-demand access to video coverage of news events around the world, directly from Reuters. One of the cooler features, called "Reuters Now" even lets you create a customized news show based on your interests.
Two well reviewed educational iPhone and iPad apps from San Francisco-based developer Launchpad Toys, Toontastic and TeleStory, are now free to download from the App Store. The change comes on the same day Launchpad Toys announced they are being acquired by Google.
Sports apparel company Under Armour has announced plans to acquire two leading fitness-themed apps: Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The two deals, which are scheduled to close before the end of the first quarter of 2015, will cost Under Armour a total of $560 million, with $475 million to acquire MyFitnessPal, and another $85 million for Endomondo.
Big iOS updates, bigger app bundles, and 16GB devices have many an iPhone and iPad user tearing their hair out when it comes to doing just about anything. But there's a better way than manually deleting images on your phone or removing apps — it just requires a nearby Mac.
Apple's built in Calendar app covers the basics: appointments and schedule management. For anyone brand new to the iPhone, it's more than enough to get started. The App Store, however, is full of alternatives that'll suit a wide variety of different tastes and workflows. Whether you need to organize yourself, your family, your business, or everything, there's certainly a calendar app for you. Which one you choose will depend on what's most important to you.
Attention iOS developers: you might want to check out Reveal if you aren't using it already. The team behind the iOS development tool for Mac, which allows developers to inspect and debug layers of an interface in 3D, has just released an update bringing it up to version 1.5. The update boasts over 35 new features, including auto layout inspection, new inspectors, and a new built-in example app so you can start tinkering right away.