Last month we reported that EA had pulledBattlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store following reports of large-scale bugs and crashing. We have now confirmed from an EA spokesperson that the game will not be returning to the App Store, and the Aftershock servers will be shut down on March 31, 2012.
“In the interest of bringing consumers only the highest level of quality mobile entertainment, EA Mobile has decided to suspend development and support of Battlefield 3: Aftershock and refocus its resources on other titles,” said EA in a statement. “The Aftershock servers will be live through March 31st, 2012, and customers who have already downloaded the game can continue to play until then.”
The EA rep we spoke to also confirmed that the company has no immediate plans for future Battlefield titles on iOS. So anyone hoping for a mobile fix of the shooter franchise is out of luck for at least the near future.
Today at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona the the winners of the 8th Annual International Mobile Games Awards were announced. These apps represent the cream of the crop from every corner of the globe, so rest assured that when you download these you’re getting only the best of the best. Also, 148Apps has a special connection to the awards as our owner, the ruggedly handsome Jeff Scott, is a member of the judges panel (hi boss!). So without further ado, here are your winners.
iOS users with a Sprint subscription are in for a treat as the company has just launched SprintTV, a new way to stream television content right to your iPhone or iPad. The app offers free episodes of TV shows like 30 Rock, NCIS, Access Hollywood, and more, as well as live sports from ESPN Mobile and breaking news from ABC and NBC.
The basic service is free to all Sprint subscribers, with options to purchase additional packs for a monthly fee. Channels, such as Nickelodeon, Lifetime, Discovery and more are available, and Sprint offers a number of packages for folks who would rather watch their TV on a tablet than at home.
Sprint’s appearance marks another entrant into a marketplace featuring apps from ESPN, ABC, HBO and others. It seems we’re quickly marching towards a future where nearly all of our entertainment is available not only through our home TVs and cable boxes, but via smartphones and tablets as well. Seems that the day when we may be able to cut cable and live a life free of the service providers could be fast approaching.
Every song in your iTunes library has a story, and it’s a safe bet you don’t know much about any of them, until now. iAlbums is now available in alpha, and the app promises to teach you everything you could want to know about your favorite songs, and then some.
This neat app lets you dive into any song you’re listening to, looking up lyrics, album reviews, artist bios and more all with a simple tap. The current version of the app has info on over 600,000 artists and 10.5 million songs, so it’s pretty likely that at least a good portion of your music collection is already in the iAlbums database.
One quick caveat, the app is still in its alpha stage, so bugs and glitches are common. The full version of the app will launch in June, but this is a great opportunity to check it out right now for free if you’re curious and would like to get a bit more info on your favorite musicians and songs.
If your love of the String Dance, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and NBA Mascots Who Should Never Dunk knows no bounds then you’ll be pleased to know that TBS has launched the brand new Team Coco app for the iPad. The app will feature full episodes of Conan, as well as bonus behind-the-scenes footage, video clips, and a full schedule of what guests will be appearing on upcoming episodes.
Perhaps the coolest feature of the Team Coco app is the inclusion of a sync feature which allows the app to function as a second screen for the show. While watching an episode fans can grab exclusive content and join the conversation surrounding the show in real-time. It’s the perfect companion for those who can’t get enough of the gangly redhead.
We’ll be interested to see what other late night shows consider a similar app, or if this remains largely the domain of Conan. Such an app likely wouldn’t work well for Leno or Letterman since they largely play to an older audience. Younger hosts like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon have a limited app presence, but nothing quite the scale of Team Coco. In any case, kudos to Conan for being the first out of the gate with this.
Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Vimeo announced the launch of a brand new edition of their iOS app. Among the upgrades is full support for the iPad.
“We’ve seen mobile traffic triple since we launched our original iPhone app in early 2011,” Joseph Schmitt, lead mobile developer at Vimeo told VentureBeat. “Now, we’ve taken what we learned while creating our previous apps and applied it to the updated iOS to improve overall design and usability. We’re especially pleased with the awesome iPad user interface, which the Vimeo community has eagerly awaited.”
In addition to iPad support, the app will allow users to browse other videos while watching, as well as including a video editor and the ability to incorporate licensed music from the Vimeo Music Store into your videos right on your iOS device. The app is free and the new update is available right now. Enjoy!
Putting together a really great prank phone call is hard work; you have to figure out who you’re going to call, come up with a scenario, practice the script and come up with an escape plan if things go wrong. Or at least, you used to have to do all that before Kidding Mo, now you can just pick a phone number and a scenario and let the magic happen.
The app lets potential pranksters choose from a number of different scenarios, then customize and fine-tune the whole underhanded affair. The app uses a hidden caller ID so your friends won’t know it’s you, and all calls are made over the Internet, so no worries about using up your monthly minutes with a bunch of prank calls. The company claims that there’s also a way to block your number if you’re getting annoyed by Kidding Mo‘s pranks, but the link they provide seems to only go to the app’s Facebook page, so that may be a prank in and of itself. We apologize in advance for giving your friends this brand new way to annoy you.
At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Garmin has announced that it will be adding Google Street View to all Navigon apps later this Spring. This new addition will allow users to get a close-up view of their destinations before they depart, letting them zoom in on target buildings or cross streets so they can more easily spot a previously unvisited locale.A specific launch date for the update was not given, but it should be arriving soon.
This upgrade is a godsend to people like me who really want a street-level view of unvisited locations. It’s just so much easier, in my opinion, to find the place you’re looking for when you’ve seen the building, know what side of the street it is on and can see what other buildings and landmarks are nearby. This addition makes an already impressive GPS app even better, and it’s getting really hard for just about everyone else out there to compete with Garmin’s Navigon offerings.
If I could be any woodland creature, I think I’d be a rabbit. Think about it, they’re adorable, they have long ears and twitchy noses, and they get to spend their days chowing down on lettuce and carrots. Of course there are predators to watch out for, but it’s still better than being a dumb old squirrel. Sadly, I can never be a bunny, but I can live the life vicariously through the upcoming Hungry Rabbit iOS game.
The premise seems simple enough, navigate through a bunch of puzzle-platform levels, grabbing lettuce and carrots along the way. It’s never that simple though, as dangerous traps and sneaky rats conspire to destroy our fluffy friend at every turn. But you’re smarter than a rat, right? So just turn the tables on them and lead them into the traps instead.
The game is slated to feature 96 levels when it initially launches, and the physics-based gameplay will require players to land their hops with pinpoint precision. Hungry Rabbit is scheduled to launch by the end of the month so… it should be out pretty darn soon.
As we move closer to the mythical digital wallet, credit card companies are working overtime to come up with ways to allow users easy access to their accounts via their phone. Visa is now jumping into the fray with their Akimbo Card, letting cardholders transfer money to and from their accounts digitally, as well as instantly sending money to friends and loved ones via email, Facebook or text message. Suddenly spending money just got a whole lot simpler.
In addition to its other functions, Visa is touting Akimbo as a safe spending option when shopping online or traveling abroad. The idea is that instead of carrying your bank debit card or connecting various online vendors to your checking account, you instead load up your Akimbo card and use that for your shopping. That way, if the card’s lost or stolen there’s no way for someone to access your actual bank accounts, and your money stays safe. For some this seems like a hassle and an unhelpful extra step, but for those who are extra-sensitive about identity theft or fraud it may be a bit of a comfort.
Sadly we don’t have a release date for the Akimbo app yet, but those interested in the service can head over to the Akimbo website and apply for a card right now.
In a long awaited move [adult swim] has gotten rid of the iPhone and iPad versions of Robot Unicorn Attack and finally released a universal edition of the game. That means going forward all updates, new content, and other creamy goodness will be available across all devices simultaneously, unlike the previously staggered update schedule.
Sadly the news isn’t all good, as there’s no word if Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal Edition or Christmas Edition will also get the universal treatment. As of right now both titles retain separate iPhone and iPad versions. There is also the question of whether or not [adult swim] will be offering any sort of special reward for owners of the now defunct iPad version of the game, or if those poor souls just paid an early adopter tax.
Overall, though, this is great news for fans of unicorns, rainbows, and awesomeness. We’re also hoping that a unified app means the updates will come fast and frequent from now on. Gallop on unicorn, into my dreams and through all the echoes of time.
After a launch plagued with bugs and lag, as well as numerous negative reviews from both the users and the press, EA has chosen to remove Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store. The news was broken by IGN, who obtained the following statement from EA.
“EA Mobile is committed to delivering mobile entertainment experiences that are on par with the content and quality users have come to expect from their favorite EA gaming brands. To this end, we have decided to remove Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store and are currently re-evaluating the app in response to the consumer feedback we’ve received. We thank all the fans who have downloaded the game to date.”
We’re glad to hear that EA has done the responsible thing and pulled the title. Even though the game has done some damage by being available but virtually unplayable for two weeks, we’re hopeful that EA can figure out what went wrong and get the game back up in a timely manner. As yet there is no word if users who already downloaded the game will have their purchases refunded or if they will be compensated in some other manner.
A year ago today a massive earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving 185 dead and the lives of thousands in shambles. The country’s second-largest city was horrifically damaged, and to this day aftershocks and unstable buildings have caused large sections of the city to be rendered completely uninhabitable and unsafe. It is a major tragedy, and one which has sadly been too quickly forgotten by the international community.
But out of this darkness comes a light, as at least one publisher is taking action to support those affected by the earthquake. Polar Bear Farm founder Layton Duncan has penned a heartfelt letter on the company blog stating that all Polar Bear Farm apps are going on sale for today only, with 100 percent of the proceeds devoted to earthquake relief. The money will be funneled into a charitable trust with the sole purpose of restoring and rebuilding downtown Christchurch so that the city’s inhabitants can have their city back.
For those unfamiliar with Polar Bear Farms, they make a variety of neat utilitarian apps like Showtime, Face Match, Convert, and many more. For a full list of the company’s apps just pop them up in iTunes and have a look.
If you’re looking to pick up a few new apps this week and also want to do a little social good then this is your chance. Also, please spread the word to friends and loved ones so we can help the people of New Zealand and show them that even a year later they’re still on our minds. I mean, the apps are already on sale AND all the money is going to charity, what more reason can you possibly need to contribute?
How much time have you spent culling your music library before a party in order to create the perfect playlist? Even worse, what about when that embarrassing Ace of Bass song slips past your defenses and your friends all snicker as you fumble with your iPhone while “I Saw the Sign” blasts through the speakers? Anthm wants to eliminate such problems by being your official mobile jukebox, using the power of Rdio to supply your party with a nearly limitless supply of tunes.
Anthm taps into Rdio‘s library of over 15 million songs and allows party attendees to control the playlist by voting songs up or down on the fly. You can also make requests by punching in specific songs and artists in order to hear that track that’s been stuck in your head for days.Anthm is free to download, but whoever signs in as the party’s host must have an Rdio account in order to use the app. No more subjecting your personal music collection to scrutiny, let Anthm supply the tunes for you.
Moby Dick is one of those great pieces of literature which everyone claims to have read, but very few people actually get all the way through. It’s no surprise either, considering that the book is long, dense and at times so boring you’d rather stab yourself repeatedly with a harpoon than turn the page. Arcade Sunshine Media thinks they may have a solution to the issue with the newly released Moby Dick – A Digital Odyssey.
In addition to access to the complete Melville e-book, users can also access infographics, videos with literary experts, an interactive glossary, and more. A couple other cool features include a timeline of the life of Herman Melville and explanations on how different events of his life shaped the book, as well as a map of the journey of the Peaquod. those interested in historical context can also learn more about the whaling industry without ever having to leave the app.
There’s a hefty amount of content offered for a relatively cheap app, and it’s a great way to bring a literary classic into the modern era. Sure, you probably still won’t read the book, but at least you can sound smart at parties when facing off against inferior intellectuals who only read the Cliff’s Notes.
As a companion to the 2012 Swimsuit Edition, Sports Illustrated has officially launched its companion iPhone app. The free version of the app allows access to a selection of photos for each of this year’s models, while those who pay the $6.99 upgrade will get every single photo from this year’s issue as well as exclusive videos, the ability to rotate the photos, and more. Those who already have a subscription to the magazine can grab the premium version of the app for free, all you have to do is punch in your subscription info and the upgrade is yours.
For those who want to show off to friends, the app also supports Airplay, so if you happen to own an Apple TV you can easily stream all the content directly to your HD television. Furthermore, due to “popular demand,” SI has included pinch-and-zoom capabilities, so you can get up close and personal with all those beautiful… bikinis. What? You’re just checking the labels to see what sort of swimwear to buy your wife, right? Yeah, that’s what we’ll tell her.
With Spring Training starting up it’s time for baseball fans to not only oil up their mitts but also grab their favorite companion apps as the prepare to root on their chosen teams. It’s been confirmed to EverythingCafe that MLB At Bat 12 will not only make it’s return this season, but the iOS apps will be free and included as part of the subscription package. Previously, MLB.TV subscribers had to pay an extra fee in order to access the service on their iPad and iPhone. MLB At Bat 12 is scheduled to be available starting February 29th.
The At Bat will offer users access to 150 Spring Training games, as well as all 2430 regular season contests. Just remember, local blackout rules apply, so if your home team is playing on television that day you won’t be able to access the game on iOS. Furthermore, the app also features highlight videos, expert analysis, and unique team-by-team content. No matter which teams you follow you’ll have everything in the palm of your hand with At Bat, and this year it won’t cost an extra cent.
There are a thousand different ways to learn how to play guitar, but have you ever wanted to do it by playing along to Offspring songs on your iPad? Of course you did! And as luck would have it now you can with Rock Prodigy. The app is a fully-featured guitar trainer, allowing users to play along with three different Offspring songs and learn all the riffs made famous by Dexter and Noodles. The feature list is pretty staggering, showcasing a chromatic tuner, the ability to slow down, loop or auto pause tracks, polyphonic pitch detection that can tell the difference between single notes and chords, an optional Line-in so you can hear your guitar in the track and much more.
The app works with any electric or acoustic guitar and comes pre-loaded with instructions and all the various guitar parts for “Come Out and Play (You Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated). Furthermore, users can also download full lessons for “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” and “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” from within the app totally for free. Granted, if you hate The Offspring then this would be the worst possible way to learn the guitar, but for fans this is an awesomely complete app at a shockingly reasonable price.
EA has unveiled a brand new twist on an old classic with the release of Monopoly Hotels. The game takes the familiar red plastic buildings of the game and turns them into living, breathing things as players work to build and manage their very own five-star resorts. Players are tasked with not only building hotels, but maintaining and upgrading them with aquariums, movie theaters, bowling alleys and more. Truly exceptional hotel managers will find VIP guests like Mr. Potato Head and other famous Hasbro figures checking into rooms.
Monopoly Hotels is free to download, with in-app gold purchases available to help players quickly grow their innkeeping empire. As with most games of this type, the speed at which you succeed is largely dependent on how much real-life cash you’re willing to fork over in order to get the upgrades you want right now. Still, this seems like a pretty cool way for Monopoly fans to experience the game in a fun new way.
Every time I think I’ve seen it all, an app comes along that proves to me we’ve not yet even scratched the surface. Presenting The Battle of the Wordsmiths, which, dare I say, is the first game to combine chess, collectible cards and the Yoruba visual arts. Yoruba is a region of Nigeria, and the game conveys the area’s native art through character cards which are composed entirely out of words. The result is incredibly hip, and definitely unlike anything else you’ve seen before on iOS.
The starter deck allows players access to Creature and Element cards, and the developer has promised that the deck will be expanded in future updates. We don’t yet know if the expansions will be free or require an in-app purchase, but considering The Battle of the Wordsmiths is free to download, it would make sense to anticipate some sort of freemium model for future additions.
If you’re interested in the game’s art style then check out the intro trailer. Sadly there’s no gameplay to be seen, but you’ll at least get a feel for what the game has to offer visually.
Today is a momentous day, as Apple is counting down to the 25 billionth app downloaded from the App Store. Take a moment to wrap your head around this, that’s roughly 3.5 apps for every single person on the planet Earth. You can check out Apple’s countdown clock and watch it tick towards the magic number: how else are you going to spend a Friday afternoon? Working? Pah, that’s for chumps.
Also, Apple is goosing things along by promising that whoever nabs the 25 billionth app will win a $10,000 App Store gift card. While that won’t buy you every single app ever released it will go a very long way to ensuring you have the most robust collection of games, tools and utilities this side of Cupertino. You better act fast though, because that ticker is moving awfully quick and we fully expect the winning app to be downloaded within the next few hours.
So let us just say congrats to Apple on this momentous occasion. Now if only they would give us a dollar for every app downloaded.
Today is a good day for fans of music like the indigenous folk rock music of southern Papua, New Guinea as NPR has launched an updated version of their music app for the iPad. The newly launched NPR Music is a one-stop listening shop for iPad users, providing free access to basically everything NPR has to offer. Users have access to extensive music collections from a variety of genres, all organized by category for easy perusal. Furthermore, you can check out news, signature NPR programming, listen to live events or even stream entire stations all with a couple taps and swipes.
In a move that will really please audiophiles, NPR Music allows you to save playlists for later offline listening, a free service which normally locked away as a “premium” features in apps like Spotify. We do however assume that at some point the app will bombard you with endless pledge drives until you find some way to insert $20 into your iPad. But isn’t that a small price to pay the first time you whip out your iPad, load up your NPR app and completely blow the minds of your hipster friends?
Apple shocked the world today by announcing a brand-new operating system for desktop devices, less than a year after the launch of OS X Lion. Codenamed Mountain Lion, the latest update further blurs the line between home computers and tablets, bringing a host of features that make your MacBook or iMac run more like an iPad. Here’s a rundown of some of the major additions and how they work.
Messages – Built to replace the current iChat system, the Messages app seamlessly integrates with iMessage, allowing users to chat across platforms. If you’re at work but want to get a message out to a loved one’s iPhone all you have to do is pop into Messages and start typing. The service is free and supports text, photos and even high-def video sharing.
Reminders – Create and organize tasks and to-do lists on your computer, then push them out to all your devices via iCloud. Need to run a bunch of errands this weekend? Reminders has you covered.
Notification Center – Another iOS concept ported over to the Mac, Notification Center groups all your alerts in one place to easily view and/or dismiss at your convenience. No more alerts popping up all over the screen, now things are contained to one place off to the side, minimizing interruption.
Game Center – You know it, you love it, it’s here. Any questions?
For those who can’t get enough, Apple has also released the following video showcasing all the cool new features present in OS X Mountain Lion:
While no price has yet been announced Apple expects to launch Mountain Lion this summer. Furthermore, developers can sign up for access right now and begin tinkering with this new, iOS inspired operating system. Apple has long been the company most devoted to making the desktop and mobile experience as analogous as possible, and things seem to be going to a whole new level with Mountain Lion. In the immortal words of Philip J. Fry, “Shut up and take my money!”
Dream Heights, the new freemium game from Zynga that looks an awful lot like Tiny Tower, has officially been launched on the US App Store. And, proving that gamers have long and vengeful memories, the title has promptly been slammed with a whole mess of One Star reviews. Choice morsels include “Blatant copy of Tiny Tower mechanics /w a Zynga art dept. skin. But I have to say, the way Zynga innovated with regards to being stingy with in app currency is nothing short of ground breaking,” and “Wow, not a Tiny Tower ripoff. Not at all. Completely different in every way.” As of right now the game has received 311 One Star ratings, but that number has been largely overwhelmed by the 1263 Five Star ratings it’s also seen.
Zynga has been accused of shady business practices in the past, but this time around the community seems to be taking particular offense. Part of the controversy stems from the fact that Zynga attempted to buy outTiny Tower developer Nimblebit at one point, but was refused. Thus, many are taking the launch of Dream Heights as a slap in the face to the smaller company. Still, it seems the rage has all but abated, and it appears Zynga may weather the fury of the Internet and come away largely unscathed. The game is currently averaging a Four Star overall review score, and the average iOS social gamer is probably largely unaware of the controversy. We’ll wait a bit and see if there’s any long-term effects, but for now it seems that Zynga’s future (and stock price) remains mostly unaffected.
The advent of smart televisions is great, but sometimes it can be a pain in the rear trying to fiddle with a browser on a device that wasn’t really designed with such things in mind. Enter Clik, a new app which allows you to connect your smartphone to a television, computer or pretty much anything else with a screen and a browser. Then, you can browse YouTube and display anything you choose up on the big screen. Even better, the company is looking to lock in deals with developers to bring games and other content to the service, eventually making it a one-stop shop for your entertainment. You can even link multiple smartphones to the same screen so you and your friends can all set the playlist or, theoretically, play games together.
The process of getting Clik up and running is super-simple. All users need to do is download the app, head to the Clik website and scan the onscreen code. The service works on all the major cellphone carriers as well as via Wifi, so no matter your setup you’re good to go. We can’t wait to hear about all the fights that break out when friends and loved ones interrupt your hilarious cat video marathon with a RickRoll, because you know that’s going to happen on a ridiculously regular basis.
Social media power users will be pleased to hear that the official Google+ iOS app has been updated to allow photos and videos to be instantly uploaded onto the service. Now, instead of manually going through the entire Camera Roll, picking out the images you want uploaded and waiting for them to appear, users can instead opt to have everything instantly uploaded and shared with their circles. Furthermore, the update also adds the What’s Hot stream, so this latest update puts the iOS app on equal footing with the Android version of Google+
One thing to keep in mind before you switch on Instant Upload, remember that any photo or video you take will be immediately added to your profile, so you might want to exercise caution. Now that Valentine’s Day is over we expect there will be fewer inappropriate pics taken with phones, but do remember to either exercise restraint or, at the very least, turn off Instant Upload before you do anything that may cause embarrassment later.
Air Miles, the premiere rewards program for Canadian frequent fliers, has announced a revamped and relaunched version of their app. The new and improved app will offer users easy access to their account balances, as well as improved browsing of the rewards catalog and tons of opportunities to take advantage of in-store bonuses at sponsor locations. A new map feature even allows users to quickly spy all nearby sponsor locations and get vital info such as phone numbers or directions.
Perhaps the biggest new addition is the Air Miles Check-in Challenge, which is scheduled to run until April 30th. The contest will pit Collectors against one another to see who can manage the most check-ins during a given month. The top 50 power users will receive double rewards points for the month, allowing them to save up for that nifty prize they’ve had their eye on that much faster. Everyone loves a rewards program, but they love it even more when there’s a shot at double points. The update is available right now so stop wasting time if you’re in Canada, and go earn double points!