Pocket, formerly known as Read it Later, and the app I rely on for saving all the articles I come across for offline/later reading, has announced that users across various platforms have saved to Pocket over 240 million times in 2012. The most-saved article this year was “Obama’s Way,” Michael Lewis’s 13,000-word presidential portrait for Vanity Fair, while the most-saved video in Pocket was (you guessed it) Gangnam Style. Some other stats include:
- There are currently 7.4 million users of Pocket
- Users save 10.4 items per second to Pocket
- 75% of active users have connected Pocket to two or more apps or devices
- The computer is the most popular platform for viewing content in Pocket (28%), followed by Android phones (25%), iPhone (21%), iPad (16%) and Android tablets (10%)
Below is an infographic and top 10 list for the most popular ‘pocketed’ items.
Remember Karateka? You know, that classic 8-bit side-scroller fighter that made your jaw drop back in the 80′s? Well Jordan Mechner, the man behind the game and who later made Prince of Persia, has brought Karateka back to life with the help of Jeff Matsuda’s artwork (The Batman) and music by Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin (Civilization IV). The remake first arrived on XBLA in early November and has now arrived on iOS.
The Gizmon iCa iPhone camera case is downright awesome. But what if you want a more hefty grip so that your iPhone literally feels more like a real digital point and shoot camera? Enter the Snappgrip, a cool bluetooth enabled case/controller that just started its Kickstarter campaign moments ago.
snappgrip provides camera controls for smartphones. The snappgrip controller mounts to a protective phone case so that you can conveniently attach it when you want to use your handset for some serious photography.
Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup today for the most recent freebies and price drops that are worth checking out. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time.
Walmart is now selling $50 Apple iTunes eGift Cards for only $40. Once purchased, the electronic code will be delivered right into your inbox (according to Walmart, within minutes in most cases). These codes can then be redeemed on iTunes for music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and of course apps and games. That’s an extra $10 to buy currently discounted games from EA Mobile and Telltale, all of which are on sale for a dollar. As for international users who have US iTunes accounts, this offer may not apply to you as these retailers now require that you have a US based credit card or Paypal account. Head over to Walmart to take advantage of this 20% off deal.
EA Mobile has once again dropped prices of their most popular iPhone and iPad titles to $0.99, and this one is likely their biggest of the year. Nearly all their iOS games are on sale for a dollar, and for the very first time, FIFA SOCCER 13 and Need for Speed Most Wanted can be had for a buck. If you have yet to pick up some of their more recent offerings or are a new iDevice owner, this holiday season would be a great time to pick up some great games on the cheap for yourself or someone else via iOS 6′s new gifting feature. The full list of games on sale can be found below.
Unsurprisingly, as we get closer to the Christmas holidays, the App Store has been seeing a ton of price drops on quality apps and games. Chillingo, one of the biggest publishers on the platform, is celebrating the holiday season with 15 iOS games you can download for free. Leading the way is ORC: Vengeance, an awesome action RPG that was recently named in Apple’s Best of 2012 under the “Showpiece Games” category. Others in the list include Endless Road, Pony Trails and Spice Bandits, a superb Tower Defense and one of my favorites in the genre [read about the making of Spice Bandits here]. The complete list of free Chillingo games after the break.
By now, you’ve likely already downloaded the recently released (and excellent) Google Maps app on your iPhone and made it your primary navigation tool. Unfortunately though, there’s no way to make it your default maps app without jailbreaking. But what if there was a way to make it so that Siri will give directions to a location using Google Maps? JailbreakNation discovered that by adding “via transit” to the end of your Siri command, a go-between “Routing Apps” page will appear and allow you to select desired navigation apps. For example, you can say “Give me directions to [destination] via transit“, or “Take me to the closest [POI] via transit“. Voilà. You can then select Google Maps and choose from one of the suggested routes. It’s not a perfect integration, but at least it’s there if you’d like to use both Siri and Gmaps. Check out the demo video below.
Just in time for the holidays, you can now start gifting apps right from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. This feature was available in iOS 5, but for one reason or another, Apple elected to leave it out when iOS 6 first launched. Now that it’s back, simply head to an app page in the App Store app, tap on the “action” icon located at the top right corner and select “Gift”. From there, enter the email of the person you’re sending the app to, leave an optional message (200 characters) and choose when you want the gift sent (today or a specific date up to 90 days in advance). This is especially handy when scheduling app gifting for someone’s birthday or other special occasions.
According to Digitimes’ sources, the iPad mini 2′s display will get a boost in resolution, which isn’t all that surprising considering how most, if not all, consider the current mini’s 1024×768 display to be its weakest link.
Apple’s next-generation iPad mini will focus mostly on enhancing the device’s display resolution, according to Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources.
The sources have yet to specify whether the device will use Apple’s Retina Display technology to enhanced resolution, but market observers said it is highly likely based on the development of past Apple products such as the iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad series.