Here it is: the last big iOS game release barrage in 2014. We may still see a couple things sneak out, but with the holidays ahead, the App Store is ready to take a weeklong snooze. Luckily, we’ve got some big-name releases to choose from: Papers, Please for iPad, as well as free new SimCity and Brothers in Arms games. Check these out and loop back on some of the other intriguing games we’ve covered this year, and we’ll be back in early January to resume our weekly release recaps!
This week's edition of the New App Recap is really bringing our A-game: There's not a single update in the batch! Readers will have plenty to choose from for the holidays, whether you want to make a personalized Santa video for the kids, conjure up a fun custom video with music, send someone a surprise, message more intimately, or have full control over your PDF files. We're in the ho-ho-holiday spirit, so here are eight apps to help get you in the same mood!
Apple’s holiday release cutoff is nearing, which means developers are chomping at the bit to get their games in the App Store before Christmas. As such, we’ve got a high-profile slate of new games in this week’s roundup, including entries from big franchises like Borderlands and Marvel Comics, as well as intriguing original options like Seabeard and Highrise Heroes. Scope these out and then check back in a week for more.
Even if you’ve never experienced a full-on, mortifying “Damn you, autocorrect” moment of the kind we’ve all seen shared online to much hilarity, you’ve probably still had your irritations with the system on iOS. Autocorrect might have taken a backseat to predictive text recently, but we still happen to think that autocorrect is largely quite a good thing, and it's useful to know how to manage it effectively.
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and we've got a bevy of new and updated apps coming to the rescue in this week's edition of the New App Recap. We'll kick things off with a personal shopping assistant, a new way to communicate with friends, and fast mobile food orders, then round things out with updates to favorite apps like PDFpen, Instapaper, and Amex Mobile. There's not a single Grinch in the bunch, so read on and get downloading!
This marks the second year that Apple has announced plans to participate in Code.org's "Hour of Code" campaign. If you've ever wanted to learn what it takes to be a coder yourself (or if you have a young one who's interested), you'll want to head down to your local Apple Store on December 11 to enjoy a free hour-long introduction to computer programming.
We took last week off for the holiday, but the App Store didn’t, unleashing a load of new games while everyone was scarfing down turkey. So we’ve got a couple weeks’ worth of intriguing picks in the latest column, including the first episode of Telltale’s Game of Thrones series, the first free-to-play Peggle, and newly released ports of older Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest, and Oddworld favorites.
Great puzzle games have a simple hook, and in Rules! that hook is, unsurprisingly, that you need to follow the rules. From this simplicity emerges total chaos, as you struggle desperately to remember all of the rules that the game keeps fiendishly adding to the process. Rules! is a game of memory and speed. It's totally entrancing, and it'll soon have you both frustrated and entertained in equal measure – at exactly the same time.
Many of us are becoming more and more concerned about having our online activities tracked. Some of us want to avoid a barrage of constant marketers and spam, while others want to dodge overzealous content blocking from their Internet service provider. Generally, though, most of us simply want to use the Internet as we please without our browsing being snooped on and logged by the authorities. Here’s how you can temporarily surf in secret in Safari, and how to use the Tor network and the Onion web browser to surf stealthily all the time.
We’re kicking off the merry month of December with another edition of the New App Recap! Our latest collection can be used to unlock your Mac with an iOS device, share pics of iPhone home screens, get free photo effects, collaborate with members of your household, and gain quick access to a doctor. The weather outside may be frightful, but this week’s apps are delightful!