Category Archives: App Store

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Free ‘App of the Week’: Cinamatic

Hipstamatic’s Cinamatic is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.1 or later.

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Cinamatic is the best way to create beautiful short films. Record multiple short clips that transform into amazing short motion pictures. Your Cinamatic videos can be shared straight to Instagram, Vine, or Facebook.

• Shoot 3 to 15 second films
• Choose from an amazing set of video filters
• Instantly post videos to Instagram, Vine, or Facebook
• Get even more filters from the shop

Download it for free here.


Free ‘App of the Week’: Assassin’s Creed Pirates

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Pirates is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later.

Become one of the most feared pirates of the Caribbean in this exclusive Assassin’s Creed adventure on smartphones and tablets!

Play as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious captain, a pirate eager to take on the fiercest of enemies…

Break all the rules, challenge empires and make your own fortune!

Download it for free here.

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Free ‘App of the Week’: Day One

Bloom Built’s Day One is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later.

Record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure.

Capture all your favorite memories and photos with Day One.

Download it for free here.


Apple Rolls Out “Best New Updates” Section in App Store to Improve Discoverability

In a bid to improve discoverability on the App Store, Apple has rolled out a “Best New Updates” section showcasing apps that have been recently updated.

appstoreThere are slight differences between the naming of the section in the United States and Singapore stores though. In the U.S., the section is labelled “Best New Updates” whereas in Singapore, it is given a more specific title – “Best New Game Updates”.

However, as of now, there are no notable differences between the apps showcased as both appear to focus on games. Currently, featured games include Plants vs. Zombies 2, Farmville 2: Country Escape and Dungeon Hunter 4, all of which were updated in the past week.

Prior to the change, Apple had grouped new apps and app updates together in a “Best New Games” section, making it somewhat cumbersome for users to sift through the list and identify which apps were legitimately new.

The change follows the addition of a monthly “Best Of” section back in April, which allows users to view some of the best games and apps for the month, curated and handpicked by the App Store editorial team.


Free ‘App of the Week’: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

Gameloft’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later.


Play as Captain America and lead your S.H.I.E.L.D. Strike Team as they struggle to contain a massive global attack by several nefarious criminal organizations. Stop the attacks and then take the battle to your enemies.

Captain America must use all his tactical skill as he commands his Strike Team to combat threats on every front. Grow your agents into a potent fighting force, and when the odds are against you, call in Black Widow and Falcon to help turn the tide.

Expose the villains behind these brazen attacks, unravel their plans and discover how the Winter Soldier fits into their scheme.

Download it for free here.


Apple Reportedly Rolling Back Policy On Incentivised Sharing In Apps

Shortly after reports emerged that it had begun rejecting apps that incentivise ad viewing and social sharing, Apple has reportedly reversed course on its decision, with some of these initial rejections being declined, according to a new report from TechCrunch.


Sources in the video ad industry have reported that app rejections related to this matter have now declined, indicating the policy is being rolled back. We’re also hearing that some of the initial, and more worrisome, rejections are being undone – that is, the apps are being allowed back in the App Store.

Initial reports had claimed that Apple was rejecting apps based on specific sections in its App Store Review Guidelines that prohibit “manipulation” or “cheating” of user reviews or chart ranking with paid or fake reviews. Another issue of contention was incentivised sharing in apps, in which developers offer rewards to users for sharing to social media sites such as Facebook.

According to TechCrunch, Apple has begun rolling back its policy, with its App Store team reportedly being told to give apps that encourage users to watch video ads or post to social media sites to earn incentives a pass.

However, the site noted that apps which “offer incentives designed to get users to review their app, rate their app, or download other apps” will still be disallowed, as these activities can “influence an app’s position on the App Store’s Top Charts”.

Apple is also allowing developers to show video ads that highlight their own apps or those belonging to others, but prohibits incentivised downloading of apps through such promotions.


Free ‘App of the Week’: Fish Out Of Water!

Halfbrick Studios’ Fish Out Of Water! is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 5.0 or later.


Launch a daredevil group of fishy friends to the sky in Fish Out Of Water, an adventure across the sun, sand and surf!

This is a brand new mobile masterpiece from Halfbrick, creators of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride!

Fish Out Of Water is the story of six feisty fish longing to soar above the ocean. To help them get airborne, players simply throw their fish of choice right out of the water and watch as it flies through the clouds and skips merrily along the waves!

Battle the elements and choose your throw wisely as the weather changes every few minutes. Expect the unexpected with crazy tsunamis, icebergs and even an immense jellyfish swarm!

The Crab Crew will score your overall performance, and that’s where the action really heats up. Compete in daily competitions with friends or a huge variety of individual challenges. As objectives are completed, players level up and unlock crystals that can be crafted to unleash awesome bonus powers!

Download it for free here.


Rovio Announces Tie-Up with Hasbro for Angry Birds Transformers Mash-Up Game

Finnish game developer Rovio has just announced a tie-up with Hasbro Inc. to develop the next iteration of its popular Angry Birds app, titled Angry Birds Transformers, bringing together two of the most popular entertainment brands in the world.


“Angry Birds Transformers provides fans worldwide with a fun, new story and characters, and innovative ways, like our TELEPODS platform, for consumers to engage with the brand” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer at Hasbro. “We collaborated with Rovio to create opportunities for kids and families to experience Autobirds and Deceptihogs across multiple formats and entertainment platforms, for a completely immersive branded experience.”

As noted by Forbes, Angry Birds Transformers will likely be an extension of Angry Birds Go!, the popular kart-racing game in the franchise co-developed by Rovio and Exient Entertainment. The game will apparently feature new characters based on the Transformers series, along with a set of race courses themed after the popular action cartoon.

The Angry Birds Transformers franchise follows successful collaborations between Hasbro and Rovio including the Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Go! product lines, as well as the upcoming Angry Birds Stella TELEPODS line which will be available September 2014.

Rovio did not state a release date for Angry Birds Transformers, but interested users can follow the title’s official website for updates.


Apple Reportedly Clamping Down on Fake App Store Reviews and Ratings

Apple is stepping up efforts to remove fake ratings and reviews for apps on its App Store, as noted in a report by TechCrunch yesterday.


For some period of time — it’s unclear exactly how long — Apple has been removing fake reviews from the App Store that have unjustly helped certain apps climb higher in the charts than they would have otherwise.

The practice of buying reviews or manually posting fake ratings or reviews in order to boost their apps’ rankings in the App Store has long been prevalent amongst a handful of developers, although few have admitted to doing so. The App Store’s ranking algorithm, which was reportedly changed last year to take into account app ratings, seemingly incentivises such practices.

As noted by TechCrunch, speculation had been rife among developers that Apple had begun taking down fake reviews some time back, as many had reported seeing a large chunk of their reviews disappear overnight. The site has now confirmed Apple’s actions, citing the example of an app called “Better Fonts Free”, which reportedly had thousands of its reviews removed in a single night.

The only way for ratings to disappear like this would have to be from Apple’s intervention. That’s because there’s really no other way for a developer to remove their ratings, short of pulling the app down and then re-releasing it as a new application, going through Apple’s sometimes lengthy review process along the way. That was not the case here; the app was always live, but the ratings just disappeared.

It is unclear, however, how Apple had discovered the alleged rating manipulation by the app. The report claims that Apple usually investigates cases of manipulation based on its own findings or via tip-offs from other developers.


Free ‘App of the Week’: ReadQuick

Action Now’s ReadQuick is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later.


The world’s best speed reading app. ReadQuick helps you read faster than ever before. Designed for iOS 7, this app helps you speed read your way through your Pocket, Instapaper and Readability reading lists. Watch your comprehension sky rocket in just one day.

ReadQuick displays the articles of your choice one word at a time at a pace you set. It is the only app that teaches you how to speed read while getting through your daily reading.

You can access articles you want to read through our partners like Pocket or find them yourself through the built-in Web browser. You can also choose to read think pieces suggested by our great content partners such as Macworld, Talking Points Memo, Longreads, TechMeme, GigaOm and more. ReadQuick will tell you how long each article will take you to complete based on your words per minute rate.

The more you use this app, the faster your reading rate will become. With ReadQuick, you read – and comprehend – more faster.

Download it for free here!