iOS developers have long been able to offer promotion codes, which give customers free copies of their apps — but Apple has never allowed such codes to be used for in-app purchases, at least not until this week.
We’ve got a great variety of intriguing-looking releases in the mix this week, including an iPad port of acclaimed indie platformer Thomas Was Alone, the colorful tower defense affair Demons vs Fairyland, and the very attractive Table Tennis Touch. Give these new releases a good look, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
Flappy Bird once again made headlines Wednesday as the Vietnamese developer announced plans to resurrect the overnight sensation later this summer in a supposedly less-addictive version. According to BGR, Rovio has soft launched their own take on the popular game with Retry, which the company bills as "an eight-bit time machine." You'll have to take our word for it, though, because Retry is only available in Finland, Poland, and Canada for now, but will presumably fly the coop and go global eventually.
Amazon kicked off the weekend by adding 15 more cities to its Sunday delivery lineup, growing from New York and Los Angeles to Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dallas, and other markets. The partnership with the U.S. Postal Service doesn't cost Amazon customers an extra dime, so if you happen to be in one of the now 17 cities served, you'll now have one less reason to leave the house each weekend. Speaking of which, here's a handful of other news bites you might have missed this past weekend...
If you came looking for great deals on Mother's Day apps, welllll, just don't go looking for traditional moms. Now if your mom likes to blow stuff up and go on adventures, then have we got a treat for your dear mama. So get your fingers ready to go and pick out some great games for mom for this weekend. Or just grab a bunch of cool titles for yourself.
Some great-looking games are on tap this week, notably Record Run from Rock Band creator Harmonix and the offbeat action-puzzler Kiwanuka, plus we’re curious to see how freemium licensed titles MLB Perfect Inning and SoulCalibur Unbreakable Soul stack up. Give these new releases a good look, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
Have a story to tell but overwhelmed by the challenge of how to get started? Adobe wants to lend a hand in getting your voice heard with a new cutting-edge iPad app that takes the drudgery out of storytelling process.
A sketchy rumor posted overnight to Taiwan-based Industrial and Commercial Times claims that supplier Pegatron has already received 15 percent of Apple's orders for the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 ahead of a September launch. Apparently the supplier will produce something in the neighborhood of 50 million iPhones this year, which includes the current generation as well as the new model, which just so happens to pop up again in today's recap...
Google is showing a bit more attention on the iOS side of things lately. Last week, it split off Docs and Sheets apps (with Slides incoming) from Google Drive for increased visibility, and now today, the company updated its Google Maps app to a 3.0.0 version with several new and upgraded features. Chief among them is an official offline maps option, which lets you save them for network-free browsing — ideal for international travel or when exploring areas with minimal reception.
Rumored mockups of an iPhone 6 simply refuse to die, with the latest popping up Friday afternoon on an Italian website (via MacRumors), showing how the device might stack up against a new Samsung Galaxy S5. Coincidentally, Samsung's latest Android smartphone also factors into one of the stories in our weekend recap, a story that also reveals the perils of speaking your mind on Twitter. Read on for that and much more!