The popular app Foursquare has been updated with iPad support after being revamped this summer. The app's main focus became about recommendations in July, and its original check-in feature was pushed to Foursquare's second app, Swarm. The revamped Foursquare app allows users to receive personalized suggestions on places to go based on their personal taste profile and friend recommendations. Users can now use both their iPhone and iPad to find local restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs and so on, or use the app to search individual cities when planning a trip.
The app was also updated earlier this year with display support for the larger iPhone 6 models, Interactive Notifications and 1Password integration. The new notification feature allows users to quickly save, like, and follow updates from notification banners they receive from the app.
iOS users should expect a busy holiday season on the App Store as developers race to get their new apps released before Apple's 2014 iTunes shutdown takes place on December 22nd. There will most likely be a flurry of apps and games released next week, which is good news for anyone stuck traveling to boring family gatherings. There were also a few big universal titles released this week, such as Marvel Contest of Champions and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies - Fight for Middle-earth
As you also probably already know, Blizzard released the first expansion to its collectible card game Hearthstone on Monday. The new set called "Goblins vs Gnomes" includes 120 cards that players can purchase for gold or real-world currency within the game. You can learn more about the popular strategy game and the expansion by visiting Battle.net.
If you have been kicking yourself for missing out on all those great iPad Black Friday sales here's your chance for redemption! Best Buy is offering discounts on all iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models. You can save $50 on all iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi models or $100 on any cellular model with a new two-year agreement with Sprint, Verizon Wireless or T-Mobile. Although it does not look like all T-Mobile models are available online.
The iPad mini discounts are based on storage starting at $50. So you can save $50 on all 16GB models, $75 on all 64GB models and $100 on all 128GB models. These deals apply to both the WiFi-only and cellular versions in any color.
Sons of Anarchy will live on after its seventh and final season wraps up on FX tonight. Orpheus Interactive has teamed up with Fox Digital Entertainment to develop an iOS game based on the hit television show. The game, titled Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect, will be an interactive episode-based title, like Telltale's popular Walking Dead and Game of Thrones series.
Fans of the show will be able to explore an entire new story involving another chapter of the infamous Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club. The game promises to deliver the same "treachery, graphic action, intrigue and life and death decision making" that fans have come to anticipate from the show. Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy, even tweeted that that the game is "pretty f**king awesome.“
After wrapping up its "Red" promotion for World's AIDS Day, Apple has quietly released its Best of 2014 list featuring the company's favorite apps and games released to the App Store this year. Not surprisingly, Apple chose Pixelmator as the iPad app of the year. You may remember Apple demoed the photo editing app at its iPad Air 2 keynote in October. Pixelmator is available on the App Store for $9.99.
The best iPad game of the year honors went to Monument Valley. The puzzle game has earned rave reviews for its surreal design and has been called one of the most beautiful iPad games ever created. It is also available for the iPhone but most reviews recommend playing it on the iPad only. Monument Valley is available for only $3.99 on the App Store.
Telltale this week released its highly anticipated Game of Thrones series to the App Store. Part one of the six part episodic series titled “Iron from Ice” is available now for $4.99. Additional chapters will be available as in-app purchases as they're released. The game allows players to explore the Game of Thrones universe as different members of the House Forrester, a noble family briefly mentioned in the fifth book “A Dance with Dragons". The game also includes the voices of Game of Thrones actors Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage.
This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart. You will take on the role of different members of the Forrester household, and determine their fate through the choices you make; your actions and decisions will change the story around you.
Realore Games is looking for beta testers for its upcoming multiplayer strategy title called Warhunger. The game has been in development for two years and will launch for the iPad after the final beta testing is complete.
Warhunger allows players to control one of two armies who have been embroiled in a centuries-long war. Players can build fortresses and attack their opponent's castles with armies led by heroes with individual abilities. The game also features PvE missions, a main story line to follow and the ability to build unique units and buildings depending on your faction.
The popular RSS news reader Unread for the iPad recently relaunched as a free download, however, users can only read their for first 50 articles for free before it changes to a 3 article per day limit. Of course you can unlock the unlimited version for $3.99 as an in-app purchase. This is exactly why Apple changed the "Free" button on the App Store to a "Get" button, but it is still a good deal if you want to give the app a spin before purchasing.
The pay version of the app includes unlimited reads, more themes, plus all the features found on the free version such as full-screen reading and background refresh. Other features include the ability to change the read/unread status of an article with a simple double tap and a persistent web browser that keeps track of your history.
Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad may see its first year of decline as "worldwide tablet growth is expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014," according to the market research company IDC. Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, said iPad sales are decreasing due to the longer lifecycle of tablets. This means tablet owners tend to upgrade to newer models less than they do with smartphones.
"What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years," said Reith.
Reith believes Apple's support of older devices is what is driving people to hang on to their tablets longer than expected. For example, an Apple product such as the iPad 2 normally has three years before it stops supporting the newest iOS release, and the device still has plenty of life even after it is discontinued.
After using Apple's stock iOS keyboard for so many years it is hard for iPad and iPhone users to get used to third-party keyboards. Some users even find Apple's new iOS 8 predictive suggestions annoying and were more than happy to disable the feature in the Settings app. However, this doesn't mean that iOS users should give up on third-party keyboards altogether. For example, if you hate the predictive typing bar at the top of Apple's stock iOS 8 keyboard but like the idea of word predictions, the Crimson Keyboard offers word suggestions just above the keys instead. This may be a better solution for some users who hate how the predictive typing bar draws their eyes away from their keys or text box while they're are typing.
Crimson Keyboard also eliminates the annoying autocorrect found on iOS devices and replaces it with its own feature that displays corrections in red also just above the keys. Users can quickly select the Smart Predictions or Passive Correction suggestions by simply swiping up, instead of having to break their typing stroke to tap away an iOS autocorrection.