With voice messaging in Messenger, you open a conversation (new or existing) are shown a red “record” button. Similar to Facebook Poke’s video recording interface, you press and hold the button, talk or record a sound up to one minute in length, and then release the button to stop recording. You can then send then audio message which appears in the conversation stream as a little wave form that can be listened to. Voice messages will also be available for listening from the web interface.
Boolagoon, a new studio founded earlier this year by three former Angry Birds developers from Rovio, have been cooking up a new iOS game – Noble Nutlings – set for release next thursday. No, it doesn’t involve catapults or birds, but rather some nutty squirrels and a rickety wooden cart. Billed as an physics based action-racing, you’re charged with piloting said squirrels through 36 levels of terrain (while trying to keep them safely onboard), with an emphasis on being able to customize your ride with fruits and other power-boosting objects.
You may already have noticed that into the New Year, the Do Not Disturb feature on iOS 6 stays on even after the scheduled time has elapsed. If so, fret not because you’re not alone. Apple has acknowledged the issue via their support page, basically stating that all will be well after Monday, January 7th.
Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013. Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.
The 12 Days of Christmas promotion started 5 days ago, and for its sixth feature gift, it’s none other than SEGA’s Sonic Jump. Not to be dismissed as just a Doodle Jump clone, this variation of Sonic the Hedgehog is a welcome addition, with addictive gameplay and solid replay value (be prepared to spend some dosh on IAPs). While the 12DoC is technically open only to international App Stores, the game did go free 2 days ago in the US, so this is certainly one worthwhile freebie that’s available to all iDevice users.
As a New Year treat, Apple is offering the bestselling albums of 2012 on iTunes for only $6.99.
Ring in the new year with a great deal on some of the bestselling albums of 2012. From now until January 3, get the latest albums from Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, One Direction, Justin Bieber, and more…
Google has posted some handy tips on getting the most out of the Google Maps app for the iPhone. For instance, did you know that you could zoom in and out of maps with just one finger? (double-tap an area, hold second tap and move your finger up/down). Or how you can enable compass mode (to orient yourself) by tapping on the My Location button (bottom left) twice? If you’re still fairly new to the fantastic Gmaps – you have downloaded it already, right? – check out the list of useful tips below.
The Best App Ever Awards is now in it’s fifth year – and is a celebration of the greatest apps in the universe. Its goal is to honour the best apps, and not just the best selling – you could almost think of the awards as the Oscars of the app world. Last year saw a record 1.5 million votes for thousands of apps, and crowned Jetpack Joyride the 2011 Best App Ever.
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.
If you enjoy a good hidden object game on your iPad, MumboJumbo’s holiday sale should be right up your alley. Their entire iOS library is now either Free (Luxor 2, 7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour and more) or down to just $0.99, which include their HOG/Adventure titles like Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials, Haunted Houdini and Samantha Swift and the Fountains of Fate. Theses normally go for $4.99, so that’s a nice 80% discount. The sale is good until the end of the year, so you’ll have plenty of time to decide which of these great games to grab for free or just a dollar. The entire list of MumboJumbo’s iOS games can be found below.
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.