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All posts tagged "iOS"

  • 8 essential apps every budding technology journalist needs

    Apple likes a tag-line or two, doesn’t it? Remember that “There’s an app for that” quip that instantly turned into a meme? We’re all for that line. In fact, we believe that you should be equipped with an app for every potential situation one should find oneself. And you know what? There is an app for every situation out there — from being lost in a big African city to snapping that perfect picture of a yellow daisy. The possibilities are endless. As journalists, we also have a habit of equipping ourselves with a plethora of apps, just in case. So we’ve...

  • The Apple’s out the basket: possible iWatch, iPhone announcement coming 9 September

    It’s official, Apple is planning something mega come 9 September, just 11 days away. Will it be the launch of Apple’s ultra-secretive iWatch, or the first official sighting of the iPhone 6? Hilariously, the first official announcement of the season inspires even more speculation than any clarifying factoids. But we kinda know what the new iPhone will feature. Have a look at our iPhone 6 rumour round up for a summary. Either way, we’ll likely get an announcement that it is in fact, a real device running iOS 8. But what of the iWatch? It’s a more speculative matter. For one, there...

  • Timberman game review: the game we never axed for, but seeded all along

    What goes up, must come down. This is the embodiment of any simple arcade game, especially Timberman (available now on iOS, Android), an “an oldschool arcade style casual game” with a lot more going for it than Flappy Bird — its spiritual predecessor — could ever muster. Here’s the premise: a team of time-travelling lumberjacks have reached Gaia, the immortal tree mother and have to chop at her as fast as possible, lest she grow too tall and cover the sun itself. With meteorite axes fused in the heart of the sun, each swipe of Gaia removes another chunk from her...

  • TwoDots review: beautiful frustration

    What do you look for in a casual game? Something quick and sweet to entertain you while you queue? Or something so addictive and potentially frustrating you’ll become numb to what’s going on around you, miss your bus stop while intensely sliding across your screen or throw your phone across whatever room you’re in? Having just come back from making myself a cup of hot chocolate to calm down (after sending the Gearburn editor an eloquent and descriptive message reading “KILL IT”), I can safely attest that TwoDots falls into the later category. The sequel to mega hipster Tetris puzzler...

  • Google Glass update adds SMS support for iOS, Glassware Calendar for all

    Good news Apple and Glass fans — Google has announced that iOS users will soon be able to receive text messages from their friends using Google Glass. After last week’s Google Glass Explorer program saw a one day only Glass sale in the US, the company has presumably received a voluminous amount of useful feedback from the lucky few. Intelligently bowing to consumer advice and demand, the text messaging feature already available on Android will now be included on iOS devices as well. A post over on Google’s official Glass blog explains: “iOS fans, by popular demand you can now get...

  • New report finds Android apps more stable than iOS, Galaxy S4 most reliable

    Are you looking for a stable experience on your smart devices? According to a new report by performance monitoring company Crittercism, Android is said to have less reported app crashes than iOS. To further rub some salt in the wounds of Apple fans, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to be the most stable device out there. Based on the research company’s 1-billion active participants, the report notes that while Android apps crashed an average of 1.7% of the time on Gingerbread, Google’s mobile OS beats iOS overall. Newer Android versions: Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat, were...

  • Tap the Coin review: simple pleasures

    Let’s just quickly get this out the way: if you hate Flappy Bird and the millions of clones just like it, you’ll despise Tap the Coin, a Flappy Bird homage. What you won’t hate is that for a game that took an hour to dream up and week to make, it holds up incredibly well. Tap the Coin was made by Thoopid, developers of SnailBoy, possibly the best-looking game to come out of Cape Town, South Africa. They’ve sacrificed graphics for gameplay this time, as Tap the Coin is simple, playable and exciting. Warning: it’s more addictive than frozen yoghurt. What...

  • Miracle Machine really turns water to wine

    Wine drinkers, smartphone owners, rejoice and drink in the fruits of your success. The Miracle Machine is real (pricey) and guaranteed to impress hipsters and wine imbibers. For roughly the price of an iPhone 5s, we can soon turn water into wine via our iOS or Android phones. Too good to be true? Not really. While the winemaking machine is still in the funding stages (so it may not make it to our reality), it’ll cost US$499 when it eventually launches. The makers of the Miracle Machine named it after the “miracles in the bible” but it’s science, not faith...

  • 5 Android/iOS games we can’t stop playing

    Addiction is a terrible thing. Except when it comes to games. We wholeheartedly support gaming and gear addiction, and these five games are still burning down our batteries. When will it ever end? Hopefully never. Flappy Bird (no longer available for download) Addictive is an understatement when it comes to Flappy Bird. You take control of a flying bird (more like a tennis ball with a face and wings), navigating it through the pixel-art retro world, taking caution not to hit the Mario-style pipes protruding from the top and bottom of the screen. It is a simple game to understand but...

  • Xbox Live features reportedly coming to iOS and Android games

    In a post first spotted by The Verge, Microsoft is flirting with the idea of pushing Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games, making it an alternative (and competitor) to Google’s Play games and Apple’s Game Center. Xbox Live is currently limited to Xbox consoles and Windows Phone games with one exception. As it stands, the only app available on iOS and Android which has Xbox Live features is the free-to-play word puzzle game Wordament. iOS and Android users can keep track of their achievements by logging in with their Xbox accounts. In the job posting, Microsoft stressed that the...

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