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Best iPhone and iPad apps of October

Hopefully you guys are gearing up for a fun-filled Halloween, but we wouldn’t let October slip by without rounding up the very best games and best apps for iPhone and iPad that have been released in the last 30 days. We’ve got a ton of running and racing games this month, plus one of the best RPGs we’ve seen in the App Store in awhile. There are also lots of high quality creative apps to check out, whether your into music, art, or videography.

We’re always eager to hear what you guys have installed, so be sure to hit up the comments with your favorite new apps. With that, let’s dig into our top ten new iOS apps that were released in October.

Vektor

Vektor is an aggressive cyberpunk endless runner. You’re a futuristic courier trying to deliver sensitive material to a corporate customer, and mercenaries are busy trying to take you out. Simple controls help you weave through traffic while avoiding would-be attackers. The neon, Tron-inspired art and music style is entirely hypnotic and the ever-increasing challenges are likely to keep you coming back for more.

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Minuum receives largest update yet, brings support for 12 more languages

Third party keyboard ‘Minuum’ has received it’s largest update yet today. The update contains support for 12 new languages, fifteen new themes, along with some new advanced customization settings.

You can find the full change log below:

NEW LANGUAGES: German, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese (BR), Portuguese (EU), Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Czech

NEW THEMES: Choose from 15 limited edition FLAG THEMES and other colorful themes!

MORE CUSTOMIZATION (Advanced Settings)

  • Turn sounds on/off
  • Turn autocorrect on/off
  • Turn auto-capitalization on/off
  • Turn double-space for punctuation (,.!?/-:;@#) on/off

INTERNATIONAL CHARACTERS (ç, ø, ñ, ü, etc.)

Minuum is just one of a spate of third party keyboards released with iOS 8, and it’s nice to see it receive such a large update within such a short time-frame.

Have you had a chance to try out Minuum or any other keyboards? Let us know how it went for you in the comments.

Source: Minuum

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Apple faces iPhone trademark challenge in India

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According to Patently Apple, the Cupertino company may be facing another trademark battle over the iPhone name. This time the skirmish is taking place in India, where a technology firm is challenging the Cupertino company’s legal rights over the iPhone name.

iVoice Enterprises, based in Tamil Nadu, has asked India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) to re-evaluate the iPhone trademark that belongs to Apple. Rather than dismissing the rectification petition, the IPAB is asking Apple to respond to the challenge and has given the company until November to respond.

Several years ago, Xerox faced similar situation when photocopy shop owner B.V.I. Himachalpathy filed a rectification petition that claimed the Xerox name was a generic term and no longer subject to trademark. The IPAB sided with Xerox in that case, but a similar favorable outcome is not guaranteed with Apple.

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How to deal with zip files on your iPhone or iPad

Zip files—that is, single-file bundles that contain multiple items—are incredibly useful tools. On my Mac, I use zip files for all sorts of tasks: shrinking document sizes, transferring data from one place to another, and collecting various files together into a single bundle.

On the iPhone and iPad, zip files are a bit less convenient, due to iOS’s lack of central file system. You can’t currently open downloaded files in iCloud Drive, so you’re left to rely mostly on third-party apps for viewing, unzipping, and compressing your own zip files. Here are a few of my favorite ways to handle zip files on iOS.

If you get zip files in an email or iMessage

It used to be that if you got an emailed zip file, the only way to handle it was to use iOS’s “Open In” feature to send the file to a third-party app. Not so anymore: As of iOS 7, the Mail and Messages apps automatically decompress zip files after downloading, so you can view each component file within the bundle using the Quick Look feature. From there, you can individually select files to send to other apps on iOS, or send the entire zip bundle to a third-party app.

Mail and Messages are currently the only iOS apps that offers this Quick Look feature; Safari just prompts you with an “Open In” command, should you stumble across a zip file while browsing.

If you get zip files from anywhere else

If you’re downloading a zip file from Safari, AirDrop, or in any other place on iOS that can’t handle opening zip files, you’ll more likely than not be presented with an “Open In” command. This offers you a list of zip-file-compatible apps; you can then choose which one you prefer by tapping it.

Of all the apps I’ve tested over the years, Transmit and GoodReader are my personal favorites for dealing with zip files, though Dropbox isn’t bad if you just want to host a zip file for someone else to download. (The app won’t unzip files, sadly.)

Goodreader and Transmit work very similarly, downloading the zip bundle to the app’s local file repository. From there, Goodreader offers to automatically unzip your file, while Transmit requires a tap on the zip file and a subsequent tap on “Decompress” to unzip.

You can also zip folders in both GoodReader and Transmit. In GoodReader, select the folder and tap Zip; in Transmit, tap the checkmark in the upper right corner, select the folder or multiple files in question, then tap the Actions > Compress.

Zip like a pro

What about you, folks? Have you any need for zipping or unzipping files on your iOS device? Have a way to make this even easier? Let’s chat in the comments.

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Verizon responds to AT&T by offering more data on $80 & $100 plans, $150 port-in credit

Verizon responds to AT&T by offering more data on $80 & 00 plans, 50 port-in credit

Craving more data for your money? Verizon has just announced that it is upping data allotment on its midrange More Everything plans for a limited time. $80 will now score you 10GB of data per month, while $100 will net you 15GB. Perhaps even better, the deal isn’t limited to new customers; existing More Everything customers can get in on the action too.

In addition to the data increase, Verizon is also running a limited promo intended to snag new customers by offering $150 to those who port their numbers over to the carrier in red:

In addition, customers who switch to the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network and purchase a new 4G LTE smartphone with either a two-year contract or under Verizon’s popular Edge program will now receive a $150 port-in credit.

Both deals start tomorrow and will run for a limited time, although Verizon didn’t state exactly when they will end. Still, this is an interesting response to AT&Ts similar announcement earlier today.

Will you be taking advantage of either of these deals? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Verizon

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Monster Flash Review

Monster Flash Review

Solid shooting and a surprising amount of spooky tension make Monster Flash a great portable piece of Halloween.

A child, paralyzed by fear and armed with only a flashlight, holds off doom as long as they can against the endless encroaching monstrous hordes – but it’s futile. When described like that, Monster Flash sounds like a lavish, AAA survival-horror game instead of a mobile arcade-shooter. But while playing it, players will be surprised to find that those two things don’t have to be so different when it comes to quality.

monster flash (1)monster flash (2)Monster Flash plays sort of like a scrolling shoot-em-up where instead of players guiding their character to blast enemies, the avatar remains fixed while enemies come to them. In this case, targets include all manner of spooks and specters like evil pumpkins and Frankenstein’s monsters. To survive the night, players rotate themselves to point their everlasting flashlight at foes. Tiny enemies vanish the instant they get hit, but larger opponents can soak up more damage before succumbing.

The various sizes of each abomination are where the game draws most of its tension from. Obviously it’s important to take care of the most pressing threats, the fastest and weakest monsters. But players must also remember to deal with the slower but larger and stronger opponents looming in the background before it’s too late and they get overwhelmed. Later on, the game starts introducing enemies with other quirks like vampire bats that split apart upon death. Dividing one’s limited attention span becomes like spinning plates, and it’s stressful yet fun like the restricted ammo of, say, Resident Evil.

monster flash (3)monster flash (4)But effective horror also needs effective presentation. Fortunately, with its spooky monster designs and dark but still kid-friendly atmosphere, Monster Flash does a great job at luring players into its tiny world of terror – even if it is unfortunately unchanging. The lighting is especially impressive, which makes sense given the importance of the flashlight. Glowing eyes slowly emerge from a blanket of shadows, lightning bolts briefly illuminate the graveyard, and a barrier of red flares briefly keeps the ghouls at bay after players collect the power-up. But the most entertaining visuals are the various off-brand character skins players unlock like “Gus Buster,” “Louie G.” and “Ruby Roo.”

Monster Flash is a well-crafted little piece of Halloween fun for your mobile device. Come from the high scares, stay for the high scores.

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Retry Review

Retry Review

Flappy who? Let Retry wash all those bad bird-related memories away on a cool retro-flavored flight… right into the side of a cliff. Over and over and over again.

I was mercifully out of the mobile gaming loop during that dark time at the beginning of 2014 when the world went temporarily insane. I am speaking, of course, of the madness wrought by the abomination that was Flappy Bird. My return to 148Apps came as the rest of the world was crawling collectively out the hot ashes left in the wake of the game’s App Store delisting. It was a post-Flappy Bird world and everything was different, changed. Flappy clones stalked the landscape, hunting for scraps and attaching themselves to confused, wounded consumers for sustenance. In time, society began to recover. And then, just when we had almost forgotten, Retry came along.

RetryUnlike the endless procession of knock-offs, cash-ins, and clones, Retry actually finds Rovio substantially iterating on the Flappy formula, mixing in the star-ranked progression that drove their own mega-hit. Instead of tapping and flapping through an endless procession of pipe gaps, Retry has players guiding their tiny propeller-driven plane from airport to airport in an elusive search for that perfect landing.

It’s no easy feat to fly in Retry, with the inexorable grip of gravity and the drag of momentum screwing up those carefully laid flight paths. Too steep of a climb will pull you over into a loop. Not enough feathering of a descent sends you propeller-first into the ground. But when that sweet spot is delicately finessed out of the greedy grip of physics’ and you manage to glide gracefully out of a near-fatal dive, taxiing to the very edge of the final runway? Sublime. And hey, if not, just tap the screen again; there’s always another retry waiting.

A couple of elements can be grating, such as the ridiculously egregious sponsored levels (no thanks, Captial One – I’m good with my current bank). And those with a low tolerance for frustration likely wouldn’t be down for this kind of game in the first place. But those few concerns are easily washed away on the soothing neon crest of a synthpop and chiptune wave that sounds straight out of a 1980s television show. In fact, combined with the retro-styled graphics it’s easy to imagine Retry as some long-forgotten classic that never gained the cultural traction it richly deserved.

RetryI enjoy that you can choose to watch an ad, rather than spending gold to unlock airports as restart points. It’s still a monetized decision, but having options allows players to pick which route of “paying out” they’d prefer to take: the time and skill required to finish without needing restarts, a brief ad, milking their premium currency, or dropping real cash. It’s a shrewd and calculated business decision either way, but I always enjoy having options rather than being forced down a single pathway.

Rovio’s Retry is a masterpiece of elegant simplicity. It rewards precision and skill, while still offering assistance for those who may need a nudge in the right direction. It’s the right balance of intensely frustrating and “I can’t put it down!” addiction that had people shelling out thousands of dollars for secondary market iPhones that still had Flappy Bird installed. However, this time around the experience is nuanced, deeper, and far more rewarding. I missed the dark days of Flappy Bird, but I don’t regret it one bit. I’m actually thankful, because I got to be here, untainted by its specter, when Retry came along and did the whole experience better.

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Don’t do Drugs, do Sugar! Underworld: Sugar Wars is Out Now

A-Steroids Studios has created a ‘family-friendly’ game of shifty-eyed sugar dealings with Underworld: Sugar Wars.

In a world where sugar is now illegal, players must trade with “dealers” to negotiate prices and move their cavity inducing product. Underworld: Sugar Wars lets players become a criminal boss in charge of a team of Runners and Bookkeepers. You must create fronts to sell your candy and buy weapons to protect it from your enemies. So maybe it’s not quite so family-friendly. But at least there aren’t any drug in it!

Will you become a ruthless sugar baron or just a two bit candy cartel? Download Underworld: Sugar Wars for free on the App Store to find out.


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Dementia: Book of the Dead Review

Dementia: Book of the Dead Review

A witch hunter is sent after a demonic book in the spooky but short-lived Dementia: Book of the Dead.

Dementia: Book of the Dead tells the story of a moody witch hunter sent to a remote and seemingly sleepy town to investigate a series of paranormal disturbances, presumed to be the work of demons. In search of the Abbott of the church, he discovers a book on necromancy lay at the heart of the town’s troubles, and sets off in search of the dangerous text.

IMG_2087.PNGFrom the first-person perspective of the witch hunter, players use floating joysticks to navigate the various sites for clues and over-the-top townsfolk. There is also a designated button for switching between a pistol and a gas lamp used to illuminate the candle-lit town. It’s fair to say that Dementia‘s presentation is its strongpoint. The graphics run off the Unity3D engine and are well-detailed, using the sparse lighting and 360 degree sound effects to add suspense and gravitas to proceedings.

Dementia has a few fundamental problems, though. Enemies are a dime a dozen, and while they might give a good scare when they appear out of nowhere without warning or sound, they’re more of an inconvenience than anything. Having to constantly switch between the gun and the gas lamp was my main grievance, especially since he holds the gun in one hand. It’s too much of a distraction from the objective at hand, rather than a challenge.

IMG_2093.PNGSpeaking of objectives: though the diary acts as a guide for what to do next, the game itself feels somewhat aimless. I spent too long wandering around each area looking for a certain object or person, and it soon started to grate. Lastly, the somewhat poor translation means that the tension and narrative often suffer due to comical and out of place exclamations (did people really say “Jeez” in Medieval England?).

Dementia: Book of the Dead looks great, and thanks to its presentation I did feel suitably nervous as I rounded each corner. The story moves along at an acceptable pace and it managed to conjure up enough intrigue to keep me interested, but sometimes the dreary search for a specific item became too much – especially when the checkpoint sigils are few and far between. Still, for those in search of a paranormal horror game Dementia might be something worth hunting down.

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