My Talking Tom is an adorable app from Outfit7 Limited where you raise a cat from kittenhood, play mini games, and decorate a home for him. Recently, Outfit7 has created an animated web series based on the app that includes characters from the company's other releases.
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Halfbrick Studios is rebuilding Fruit Ninja from the ground up, with the next update including a streamlined experience, as well as a new menu and UI. Players will be able to equip different Blades and Dojos, each of which will have different effects on gameplay. As each player slices and dices their way to the top of the leader boards, their score will list what combination of items they used .
To accompany this new look for Fruit Ninja, Halfbrick is also releasing a five part Origins webisode series on their new official Fruit Ninja Youtube channel. The series will expand the Fruit Ninja lore and introduce the new hero, Katsuro. You can watch the first episode, “Ninjas in Training”, today.
The Fruit Ninja update will be available across all platforms early this October.
Soundwave, the music discovery app that tracks the music you listen to on a variety of platforms (YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, etc...), is getting a major update today. The app is receiving a fresh, new design and includes a Music Messenger feature allowing users to connect with their friends. Users can search for songs on the app and share them, private group chat, make group playlists with friends, and connect with other users that have a common music interests.
You can check out Soundwave for free on the app store.
When it comes to communicating with fans, sometimes the comments section on a blog post or YouTube video just won't cut it. For those that want to forge a stronger relationship with their audience, several former YouTube executives including the likes of Michael Todd, Bing Chen, and Dean Gilbert have joined together to create Victorious.
But what is "Victorious," you ask? It is a platform for reaching out to fans in a variety of different ways, with an emphasis on mobile interactions. The main idea is that content creators will be able to engage in an open dialog with their fans. The most intriguing part is that communication will be a two way street, where fans will be able to talk back just as freely with the rest of the community.
While details are scant as of now, it is exciting to see what some of biggest names in media have cooked up to revolutionize the world of mobile promotion. We will have plenty more details on Victorious' plans as they become available, soon.
TubeAlert is a new app that looks to help Youtube using iOS users to streamline the notification and sharing process.
According to the developer, the app was made to "enhance subscriptions" by creating more traffic to one's channel with instant notifications of newly uploaded videos. In other words, TubeAlert wants to help channels get exposure.
TubeAlert is available for free on the App Store.
vTube 2 claims to be "a better YouTube app for your iPad." Whether or not that's accurate is another matter entirely, but it definitely sports a rather impressive list of features.
The app offers typical YouTube services and options such as comments and subscriptions, includes an option that lets you listen to the audio from whatever you're watching if it's running in the background, will auto-play videos in fullscreen, and claims to circumvent ads before videos. With more features planed for the future of course.
If you'd like to check it out, you can download vTube 2 off the App Store right now for free.
I'm the kind of person who my entire family comes to with any tech or game related question. For my soon-to-be career in the IT world, I've probably already heard every silly computer related question I can think of; such as my parent's worrying I deleted all of their email in their Yahoo! email account when I reformatted their computer to my uncle calling me to tell me how this site he saw on an infomercial cleaned up his PC. Every facepalm, of course to those in the know, was from lack of knowledge of computers and technology.
So when it came to my grandmother - who is old, fragile, and not in the greatest of health - needing an upgrade from her ancient Mac Book this year, I candidly suggested she go to an iPad instead of a new computer. "Why?" my family asked, "How can a tablet replace a computer?" To which I gave them a brief summary of all the reasons I could come up with to justify the purchase of a $500 tablet versus a $1200 MacBook. The iPad's size, weight, cost, and usability were all crucial to my argument for the iPad versus another laptop.
Eventually I won out in this discussion, thus beginning a sort of experiment to see if my dad's mother could adopt to a mobile touch screen device. To many in our age group, the idea that someone may have trouble with an iPad sounds almost absurd. But keep in mind this was part of a family that I had to verbally instruct over the phone as to how to launch Skype on their MacBook.
The first baby steps of this experiment were to introduce her to popular apps, such as the iPad email interface, Safari, and Facebook. Facebook took great strides in 2013 to make their mobile app to have nearly all the functionality of the browser based version. I was even able to help her figure out how to hide the posts from a distant relative who'd post quite frequently about Justin Bieber and how much she'd spent on clothes. My grandma is cool like that.
Next up was showing her various forms of entertainment on the device. Now again, this amazing lady still owns two SD TV's, so an iPad with it's Retina display is by far the best visually striking screen in her house. I showed her various video apps; such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and even lesser known ones such as VUDU. Because I also deal with iOS games on a consistent basis, I introduced some simple but really fun games I thought she might be interested in trying. Two of them, which appeared to catch on with her, were games I considered to be some of the best but most overlooked games of 2013: 4 Thrones and FlowDoku.
There have been a couple of challenges in this adventure however, as anyone going from the familiar to the unknown can be a little daunted. My grandmother had issues figuring out her email, having been used to browser based clients. However, I was able to introduce her to the wide array of Google apps available on iOS, merging the Google and Apple worlds into one. She found the Google Mail client pretty useful for her needs, as well as Google Drive, so I could send her stuff such as wedding photos from the event that occurred some 3 years ago. Additionally, I was able to set her up with Skype on iOS so she could watch my sister's wedding, as well as the TED Talks app so she could see the various topics discussed.
There was also a little trouble getting my elderly grandmother adept at using the on-screen keyboard. Luckily the keyboard on an iPad is relatively big with easy to read buttons, especially in comparison to any Android device. It also responds perfectly to touch, with little to no issues responding appropriately. Once she learned to adapt to using a touch screen to not only replace the mouse but the physical keyboard as well, things seemed to go much easier.
My grandmother means the world to me, and it's absolutely devastating knowing she is nearing her final days on this Earth. But the notion that I could help simplify her life a little bit makes me feel a tad better. From helping her get a device that her frail body will be able to manage to setting her up with and showing her how to use some apps that were similar to what she was using on a MacBook, I feel as though my grandma has a great computing device, an awesome means of communicating with the outside world, and something that will help improve her life overall; regardless of how long or short that may be. Technology has many uses beyond business, entertainment, or whatever else. Sometimes it's just as simple as using it to aid the ones you love.
In honor of this week's inevitable new iPhone announcement, five of the top recommended apps are best described as 'App Classics.' Take a look:
Ah, the oldies but goodies! Hard to believe there was a time, not so long ago, when Facebook and Twitter weren't baked into iOS. Still, refreshes to these social networks' apps have made them must-haves for every iPhone and iPad user. And while a sequel and numerous copycats have followed in its footsteps, sometimes nothing beats the original Temple Run for pure, unadulterated endless-running goodness.
Google did a great thing and recently brought a major update to its YouTube app, breathing new life into one of its line of classic apps. And as for Shazam, does anyone else remember when this technology seemed like magic? Strange how quickly an app becomes old hat. For those wanting to know who's performing a song, however, it's still a must-own.
So all you young whippersnapper apps, take heed! You could learn a thing or two from these classics. Thanks to Powerslyde, the app that leverages your friends' app recommendations, for this week's list. What apps do you recommend? Drop us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!
I have a reputation for being able to go toe-to-toe with developers at their own games, beating their best times and high scores. This is Carter vs. the Developer.
I take on Kevin Pazirandeh's (Auxbrain, Inc.)high score in Zombie Highway: Driver's Ed. With the agreed-upon rules of starting at level 7 in experience with the second upgrade for all vehicle parts and the first popper upgrade bought, Kevin set a high score of over 110,000, which you can watch for yourself. I have ten minutes to best that score. Can I do it? Watch me try below.
YouTube's 2.0 Update Lets Users Browse For Videos While Watching One, Adds A Play All Button For Playlists
YouTube reaches 2.0 with its new update, adding a new feature that the app store description says is "just like picture-in-picture." Oh my! What this means is that, while watching a video, users are able to search for what they'll watch next without interrupting what they're currently playing. Also, users can now search for playlists and use the "play all" button.
The Next Web reports that Google released an update to its Gmail app, guiding users towards the use of other apps by Google. Now when you receive an email with links to YouTube, Google Maps, and Chrome, the links will open up in the app instead of the mobile web browser. This new feature is optional and can be turned off in the in-app settings. The update also lets users sign out of a single account instead of all accounts at once.
Having access to live streams is now possible with the latest YouTube update. Users can quickly access new uploads from their subscriptions feed as well.
Please don't use the fact that this app is on your iPad to hold the tablet up and record your kid's play, that concert you're at (especially when you're sitting in front of me), or the birth of your child. Honestly, use the iPhone if you must take video. That said, it's pretty cool that the direct capture and upload to YouTube app is now on iPad and iPad mini.
What's New in Version 1.2
New for iPad and iPad mini. Film a video and instantly make it YouTube-ready with background music, auto color correction, and auto stabilization. You can upload your video to YouTube and share to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ at the same time