Apple has confirmed that its digital card service has been discontinued. A message on the Cards: Frequently asked questions page reads:
"As of September 10, 2013, the Cards iOS app service is no longer available. Cards ordered before 1 PM Pacific time on September 10, 2013, will be delivered, and push notifications will continue to work."
Apple suggests iOS users use iPhoto on their Macs in place of the Cards app. Users can also access their previous purchases by tapping "Saved Cards" in the app.
Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s big Apple announcement, how does one decide between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c?
It all really boils down to size, performance and what you want out of your iDevice.
The 5s has an Apple 7 processor versus the 5c’s Apple 6 processor. This means the 5s is faster, with a larger storage capacity. For example, the 5s can hold up to 16,000 songs as opposed to the 5c which holds a maximum of 8,000. Although they both come with iOS 7, the 64-bit A7 is roughly 40% faster than the 32-bit A6. It can do almost twice the work in the same amount of time with twice the power.
Both products have an 8 megapixel camera, but the 5S has slow-motion video recording, automatic image stabilization, and a dual white and amber flash which creates better color temperature and picture fidelity.
Apple officially announced the release date for iOS 7 at its press conference held in Cuppertino, California on Tuesday.
The new operating system, which CEO Tim Cook called in June the “biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone,” features a few aesthetic changes as well as significant upgrades over its predecessor, iOS 6. The most important improvements can be found in the Control Center, Airdrop, Siri and Multi-tasking functions, with a few adjustments to Safari.
When it comes to the look of iOS 7, Apple has tweaked the fonts, interfaces and icons to achieve a flatter, more rounded appearance. The widgets and buttons have been replaced with text labels.
The hit Brazilian game Le Ninja is free for a limited time in the US App Store. The endless runner was created by indie developer BivisSoft, and it is modeled after one of the largest humor blogs in Brazil. The game shot to the top of the Brazilian App Store charts after its release, and it is now making a splash with US fans thanks to its use of universally recognizable internet memes.
Le Ninja is a side scrolling platform game that tasks players with saving the world from a robot invasion. Players must utilize the power of other ninjas and avoid obstacles to complete missions and save the world. Each ninja has a special skill that can help you along the way. For example, the Red Ninja has a magnetic power to collect coins, and the Green Ninja gives you a super boost.
KGI-Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has gone on record predicting Apple has plans to release the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2 with an A7X processor in time for the upcoming holiday season. Since the A7X will be a significant upgrade from the current A5 processor found in the iPad mini, Kuo believes this indicates the second-generation mini will use a Retina display like its larger counterpart.
Retina displays decrease the amount of pixelation the human eye detects at a normal viewing range while increasing resolution. The analyst’s prediction of the A7X chip in both devices is based on the fact that only an A-Series-X chip is powerful enough to run a Retina display, eliminating an upgrade to an A6. However, some pundits believe this doesn't rule out the possibility of an A6X powered mini.
Konami has released the first Star Wars collectible card game for iOS devices. The Star Wars Force Collection features 230 characters and vehicles from Star Wars Episodes I-VI. Players must collect and upgrade individual cards to build a competitive deck in order to defeat other players in online strategic battles.
Players can earn more cards by recruiting allies, completing quests and defeating bosses. They can then use these cards to battle other players on "exotic planets" featured from the Star Wars universe.
Stunning new images detailing the front assembly of a white iPad 5 have surfaced on Sonny Dickson. As the fall release of the next generation iPad and iPad mini are fast approaching, higher quality photos and parts leaks are becoming the norm. Right in line with previous leaks, the part shows a thinner bezel on the next generation iPad.
The revised design brings the full-sized iPad in line with the iPad mini, which is also expected to see a refresh this fall. The iPad mini could feature a Retina display, increasing resolution. When it comes to the 5th generation iPad, Apple is expected to use the same film-based display technology featured in the iPad mini to reduce screen thickness.
Apple has its sights set on three-dimensional gestures if a recent patent filing detailed by AppleInsider is any indication. The write up describes 3D additions to the commonly used swipe and pinch, including push, pull, twist and sculpt. Ultimately to work, a future iPad would require additional sensors to detect the proximity of user input to the display.
Lifting one's fingers off the screen would result in iOS or a compatible third-party app generating or manipulating a 3D object. Shapes or clay objects could be rendered on the display in real time, taking advantage of the iPad Retina display. Titled "Working with 3D Objects," the patent points to several potential uses that could make iOS devices more useful for a variety of applications.
Game Technologies has announced today that Dice+ is now available to purchase through its website. The digital game die is capable of interacting with Bluetooth-enabled smart devices which allows users to play a handful of Apple and Android-based board games. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of supported games currently available, but Game Technologies has promised there is a "wide range of titles based on popular franchises" coming soon. Game Technologies has also released a development kit so app developers can create new games for the Dice+ controller.
Wacom believes it has filled a gap in the very crowded tablet stylus market with the Intuos Creative Stylus and its "realistic pen-on-paper feel". The Bluetooth 4.0 enabled device features 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity which "reproduces the feel and artistic control of traditional brushes and markers," according to the press release. The Creative Stylus is also compatible with Wacom's free Bamboo Paper app, Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad, ArtRage by Ambient Design, and ProCreate by Savage Interactive.
"It's great to finally see the trusted Wacom Intuos brand enter the creative mobile landscape. We're very excited to announce that ProCreate supports the new Intuos Creative Stylus and we can't wait to see what artists achieve with these two powerful mobile tools", says James Cuda, co-founder of Savage Interactive and developer of ProCreate for iPad.