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iOS holds 88% share of enterprise apps, iPad 90% of tablets in Good’s business activations — Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology detailed in its latest quarterly report that companies continue to overwhelmingly prefer Apple’s mobile platform over Android or Windows Mobile alternatives. The firm also noted a jump in government adoption of iPads.
iPhone vs. Tricorder: seeing the future with blurred vision — It’s interesting to see how the blinders of the present affect our predictions of the future. The Star Trek Tricorder vs. the modern Apple iPhone is a case in point.
Time Lapse! beats iOS 8 Camera app to the punch — I’ve always been fascinated by time lapse photography, where you capture a still image a few times a minute, then create a movie with a very speeded-up effect. The 1982 documentary film Koyaanisqatsi is really striking with its creative use of time lapse photography. Apple is adding a time lapse function to the Camera app in iOS 8, but if you’d like to play around with time lapse photography now try Time Lapse! for NZ$2.59.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition’s evolution into a mobile juggernaut — Minecraft is an absolute sensation of a game, having sold more than 54 million copies across platforms and spawning all sorts of officially licensed doodads.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition for iOS and Android, the bite-sized, touch-centric take on the building block sensation, which had sold more than 21 million copies as of April. It makes sense on the surface: Pocket Edition is the lowest-priced version, and there are hundreds of millions of active devices that can run the game. But this is the same game critically shrugged off upon release less than three years ago, derided for being a hollow shell of the PC experience.
Apple highlights 20 ‘amazing’ productivity apps with App Store sale — Apple recently kicked off a new limited-time sale on the top 20 productivity apps in a section of the App Store aptly titled “Amazing Productivity Apps.” The promotion highlights popular titles such as Scanner Pro by Readdle, Scanbot and Tydlig Calculator. Some discounts are as high as 50%.
Apple adds Family Sharing support information to iOS, Mac App Store listings — Apple on Friday activated a new iOS and Mac App Store asset that notifies customers of compatibility with the company’s upcoming Family Sharing program, which will allow family members to share purchased content.
Microsoft releases celebrity tracking app for iPhone — Microsoft has [somewhat bizarrely] launched a free new iOS app called Snipp3t (pronounced “snippet”) that lets you subscribe to your favourite celebrity, thereafter providing a personalised stream of headlines and social media feeds about them. You can also offer your own thoughts about these famous people and see what other fans have to say. [Stalk away.]
Total War Battles: Shogun — The Total War series is an exceptionally popular strategy series that combines real-time tactics with turn-based strategy. Eschewing cartoonish violence and gimmicks for complex strategy and patient gameplay, the Total War series is revered as much as it is many ways the opposite of what you’d expect from an iOS game. While most iOS games favour quick play sessions and dumbed-down gameplay, Total War Battles: Shogun, developed by Sega and the Creative Assembly, requires patience, a mature understanding of tactics, and a deft hand.
1Password for iOS/Mac gets temporary price cut, upcoming iOS 8 version to be free update — Popular iOS and Mac password management app 1Password is on sale for a limited time, and that a future built-for-iOS 8 version with Touch ID support will be available as a free update for existing users.
Formula Force Racing — There are a few other downsides to the game. There are no in-race sound options. Instead, you have to exit to the main menu to change the volume. Also, unlocking modes and cars is not clear. There is an option to pay to unlock all of the championships and car classes, but it greatly lowers replay ability but the art is beautiful in even the simplest tracks and even more amazing in other complex ones. For NZ $1.29, it is worth the download, reckons TUAW.