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.
After months of waiting for the best maps app for iOS 6, Google has finally released their highly anticipated Maps app for the iPhone. With a slick interface and all the features you’ve come to love but found missing on Apple’s own Maps app (i.e. public transit info and Street view), it appears the long wait was well worth it.
Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.
We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.
Mojo Bones’s The Curse is a Pocket Gamer Silver Award-winning collection of increasingly difficult puzzles, mini-games, and brainteasers.
Basically, you’ve opened an ancient book and unwittingly released a mischievous adversary known as the Mannequin. If you wish to banish your newfound foe and correct your mistakes, you must first complete the 100 challenges he sets you. These challenges involve solving riddles, completing electrical circuits, and finishing those pesky sliding block puzzles that everybody hates.
If you fancy challenging puzzles on your iDevice, be sure to grab The Curse while it’s still Free (was $2.99)
Toy Studio, The Curse – Free
With the announcement that Final Fantasy IV will be coming soon to iOS, Square Enix has dropped prices on their beloved FF games on the App Store. This marks the first time this year they’ve been discounted:
The annual “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway is back, as the app has been updated in preparation for the holiday season. Starting December 26th – January 6th, there’ll be daily freebies courtesy of Apple.
You and your friends can download a fantastic selection of songs, music videos, apps, books and TV episodes for free. Each download will only be available for 24 hours. Get our 12 Days of Christmas app to make sure you don’t miss out.
First released back in 2002 on the PS2, the follow up to the first ever 3D GTA has arrived on iOS and Android in form of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition.
From the decade of big hair, excess and pastel suits comes a story of one man’s rise to the top of the criminal pile. Vice City, a huge urban sprawl ranging from the beach to the swamps and the glitz to the ghetto, was one of the most varied, complete and alive digital cities ever created. Combining open-world gameplay with a character driven narrative, you arrive in a town brimming with delights and degradation and given the opportunity to take it over as you choose.
Smart watches have been gaining traction over two years and the latest to emerge is Casio’s ever reliable G-SHOCK, or more specially, the GB6900AA Series. Aside from the accustomed features like resistance to shock and water, this Bluetooth 4.0 will pair with an iPhone and G-SHOCK+ app (iPhone 4S and 5) for automatic time sync, alerts for incoming calls and emails, and a Find Me function to help you locate your misplaced/out-of-range iPhone. As for the battery life, thanks to the lower power consumption of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), users will get approximately 2 years on a single button-cell battery – this is assuming that the bluetooth function is used for 12 hours per day. Impressive.
The GB6900 retails for $180 and is available at select Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Tourneau. Check out the video trailers and specifications after the break.