Rovio's Bad Piggies for iOS has been updated with new levels and features. For those who don't remember Bad Piggies, it's the spin off of Angry Birds which puts the pigs front and center. The player is tasked with building crazy contraptions to help the pigs reach the birds' eggs.
This latest update brings with it 15 new levels. Additionally, Bad Piggies is now capable of recording your game play so that you can show off your best in-game tricks. A new suction cup gadget has been introduced along with a new spring-loaded boxing glove.
Finally, an all-new sandbox mode has been introduced. Rovio has yet to introduce their new Accounts feature that saves your progress to the cloud. We're sure that the feature isn't too far away from being introduced. The latest version of Bad Piggies is available in the App Store.
Google has released an updated YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app. According to Google, the app has been "completely redesigned" to take full advantage of most Windows Phone 8 features. For users stuck on the older Windows Phone 7.x, Google says a version is in the works and will be released soon.
The most notable change to the YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app is the ability to pin videos, channels, and playlists directly to the Start Screen. The full list of changes/features:
- Pin any video, playlist, channel, and search queries to Live Tiles.
- Manage your YouTube profile with your unique My YouTube page.
- Manage your playlists, uploads, and video lists.
- Find channels, videos, and playlists with the quick access search bar.
- Share videos to your social networks, e-mail, and text messages.
- Let your kids watch safe videos in Kid's Corner and keep their own profile
You can pick up the updated YouTube app directly from the Windows Phone Store. For those on Windows Phone 7.x, stay tuned to TweakTown as we'll let you know when your version is released.
Today Rovio announced a new feature being added to its widely popular Angry Birds series that will allow users to create an account to save their in-game progress.
While saving your games progress is something that Angry Birds has had since the beginning, this new feature will let users resume playing their game on any device that has Angry Birds on it. Rovio has also extended the account save process to its latest game, The Croods.
When you register, your game progress from the device will be saved to the cloud. If someone has already registered an account on that same device, it will ask you if you want to save the device's progress or not. If you choose not to save it, you will start the game as new, blank... When you sign in on a device for the first time, you will be asked if you want to add the scores, stars and feathers from that device to your account. If you say yes, the game progress from that device will be merged with the one already in the cloud.
Windows Phone 8 users finally have access to Hulu Plus thanks to a new app released today. Now available in the Windows Phone Store, the official Hulu Plus app provides access to your favorite TV shows and movies next-day. The app, like on competing platforms, will require a Hulu Plus subscription for $8 per month.
The Hulu Plus app fits right in with the Windows Phone modern styling, as you can see in the picture above. It can be pinned to Start for Live tile updates regarding new shows and films and is capable of updating your Lock screen wallpaper for updates. Like you would expect, the app features seamless transition between it and other devices. Start on one device and pick up where you were on another.
You can download Hulu Plus from the Windows Phone Store at source #2 below.
Google have updated their YouTube Capture for iOS app, which is a video sharing app for Apple's mobile OS. Google have pushed it up to version 1.3, which includes a bunch of colorless enhancements like faster startup times, an upload timer and HD previews of image enhancements.
The biggest change YouTube Capture for iOS version 1.3 includes is the ability to flick on Wi-Fi-only sharing, which is great for those of us without unlimited mobile data plans. The new update is 28.3MB, and you can get it from the iTunes Store.
Instagram has been updated, reaching version 3.5 and now includes the new feature of photo tagging. You've been able to use hashtags up until now, but tagging your friends in your photos is a great new addition.
You can take your picture, drop it, apply whichever filter you like best, then tap the tag button to select one or more friends in your photo. You can add any of your friends, as well as other accounts you follow such as a restaurant or business. The person who took the photo is the only one who can tag others, which will help with spam, thankfully.
If you're tagged in one of your friends' photos, it will turn up in your profile as "Photos of You", where you, or anyone else, can see them in one single spot.
Apple's App Store is getting close to hitting the 50 billion download mark and wants to celebrate. They've started another countdown, this time to 50 billion and will be awarding a $10,000 gift card to the person who manages to snag the 50 billionth app download.
As part of the countdown, Apple has listed up some of the all time most downloaded free and paid apps, citing these apps as being what helped propel the App Store to such great heights. Interestingly enough, the top paid app is Apple's Pages and the top free app is Microsoft's Skype for iPad. Goes to show what we use these devices for the most.
Blockbuster was acquired by Dish back in 2011 after filing for bankruptcy in 2010. The defunct movie rental company has had a desktop app, Smart TV app, and Android app since January and has now added an iOS app to the line up. The new app performs the same functions as the other currently available apps.
Users are able to browse, rent, then stream movies from Blockbuster's catalog of almost 5,500 different movies. Pricing ranges from $2.99 all the way to $6.99 for new releases. You'll need a free account, which you can create through the app or on Blockbuster's On Demand website.
Blockbuster has some competition in the streaming market. Netflix is rather well established and Redbox has recently entered into the market. It's going to be an uphill battle, but definitely doable. The app is available from Apple's App Store.
Google has debuted a Keep Chrome web app, bringing the functionality of the Android app to the desktop. For those who don't know, Google Keep functions much the same as Evernote, providing content storage and syncing between devices. This content is generally notes and other journal-like data.
The new app, available from the Chrome store, offers up offline support on the desktop. Google Keep allows users to store notes, pictures, and other content and sync it between devices.
The Google Keep Chrome app launches in its own window, so you can create notes, cross out your to-do lists, and attach photos to tasks while you work on other things. And if you don't have an internet connection, don't fret: the Chrome app works offline because we all know that ideas (big and small) can be sparked at any time.
Rovio's Angry Birds Friends released, features Facebook integration to allow playing against friends
Rovio has delivered the latest Angry Birds game in the form of Angry Birds Friends. The new Angry Birds game features Facebook integration to allow users to play the game with friends. Players can expect new levels and tournaments each week along with daily gifts and challenges.
The game syncs progress between the Facebook version and the app, allowing you to seamlessly transition from one device to the next. The gameplay doesn't deviate too much from the standard Angry Birds that you've come to know and love over the past iterations of the game.
A Google employee has taken to the Macworld forum to deny claims that Google Now for iOS is tough on battery life. There have been numerous reports that Google Now rapidly drains a device's battery, but this Google employee says these reports are "incorrect."
Many have blamed Google Now's Location Services, but Google counters this by saying the app is built differently to minimize the impact of Location Services. Instead of GPS, it relies on cell towers and WiFi hotspots. Reports claim that the Location Services arrow is displayed "permanently" after enabling Now and only goes away after deleting the Search app.
According to Google, who says they tested the Google Now for iOS app for months, they did not observe any significant battery drain. What qualifies as significant is up for argument.
Twitter has released yet another update for its iOS app, bringing with it the typical feature additions and bug fixes. This specific update brings with it support for location-based Trends, making it easy to view Trends in hundreds of locations.
Other feature additions include the ability to invite friends to join Twitter via the app. Twitter has also instituted numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements. Vine videos now feature improved playback, replies to retweeted Tweets now include both the author and person who retweeted the Tweet, and various other bug fixes have been implemented.
You can download the latest version of Twitter for iOS from the App Store.
Today Amazon announced that it had updated its Kindle for iOS app to incorporate more accessibility features for users who are visually impaired.
The biggest of the updates is the integration with Apple's VoiceOver technology, which is now capable of reading aloud more than 1.8 million Kindle Store offerings.
Also included in the update are improvements to UI navigation, Search Tools, and other features like X-Ray, End Actions, sharing, highlighting and bookmarking. Amazon said, "Accessibility features make it easier for blind and visually impaired customers to navigate their Kindle libraries, read & interact with books, and more. Enable VoiceOver in your device settings to begin."
Facebook is looking for volunteers to use its new beta app and recommend changes to make it better. The announcement was made via the Windows.com blog and calls upon "all tinkerers" who "love Facebook and enjoy playing around with pre-release software."
The app is available through the Windows Phone Store, though it won't show up in normal search results. You'll need to use this direct link to the app to be able to download and use it. They note that those who don't like app crashes should steer clear of this app as it is a beta product.
As you'll see, the app is undergoing a major redesign and now includes several much-requested features, including new support for high-res photos, post sharing, and Facebook Timeline. Once you've put the beta app through its paces, we hope you'll pass along bug reports, feature requests, and other feedback by going to Settings>About in the app. You can also post a Store review. Your comments and suggestions will inform future releases.
WMPowerUser received an anonymous tip that Instagram would finally be making the jump to Windows Phone 8 alongside the Nokia Lumia 928 launch. The report says that Microsoft is planning to release INstagram, Temple Run 2, and Jetpack Joyride to Windows Phone devices when the Lumia 928 is launched.
We expect the Lumia 928 to make its appearance sometime next month, so hopefully these apps will also materialize. These three apps would mark significant improvements to the app ecosystem over on Windows Phone, though Windows Phone is still lacking many popular apps that are on iOS and Android.
As with all rumors, it's best to take this with a grain of salt until an official announcement is made.
Social traffic and mapping app Waze is looking for beta testers ahead of its launch on the Windows Phone platform. For those who don't know what Waze is, let me explain. Waze is a social traffic app that allows users all over the country and world to report accidents, police, and hazards so others can avoid them.
Waze is one of the major apps that is available on Android and iOS and by working on a version for Windows Phone, it signals some belief in the Windows Phone platform. In order to apply for the program, you'll need to head over to waze.centercode.com. Note that applying does not guarantee a spot in the beta.
In order for Windows Phone to be successful, it needs to have some of these killer apps that are available on the competing platform. Waze is certainly one of them, but there are plenty more that Microsoft needs to bring over.
Beginning today Skype will be available via Outlook.com in the UK, enabling users to make and receive calls via their inboxes. US users should not get very excited just yet though as the service will not become available stateside for a few more weeks.
Microsoft has planned on merging the two services since it acquired Skype back in 2011. A browser plugin must first be installed before you can use the service, which will merge both your Outlook.com and Skype accounts.
Additionally, users will also be able to import all of their Skype contacts into Outlook.
With Glass set to be the best big thing, it would make sense that the second biggest social network in the world begin testing their application for the wearable eyewear from Google.
Google have been using the hashtag "#throughglass" on their Google+ posts using their Glass hardware, and earlier in the week we had Twilio developer Jon Gottfried hacking his own Twitter Glass application using Google's Glass API. He also used that same hashtag for tweets sent through his app, GlassTweet.
The developer also noticed some other tweets showing up with the #throughglass hashtag, but these tweets had an official "Twitter for Glass" label on them. If you're a developer, you can't just slap "Twitter" on any tweet, as the social network restricts the creation of apps with "Twitter" in the name. So this might actually be the real deal.
Rovio has taken to their official Angry Birds Twitter account to announce that Angry Birds Friends is coming to both iOS and Android on Thursday.
Angry Birds Friends is currently limited to being a web-only Facebook title, so Angry Birds fans should be happy to hear this news. Angry Birds Friends allows you to join up with friends and hold tournaments to compete together, a huge change in the usual way Angry Birds is played.
Google just launched its Google Now app via an update to the Google Search for iOS app. The app appears to be exactly the same as the Android version with the exception of users being able to swipe up to launch the Now application.
Google Now pulls information from all of your Google services like Search, Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Chrome browser history, and anything else that is connected to your Google account, then it provides pertinent information to the smartphone owner before they know they need it. Basically it is a concierge without an annoying voice.
Baris Gultekin, Director of Product Management at Google, had the following to say:
"The history of Search can put Google Now in the best context. It's gone from serving links to being able to serve up links, and images, and videos, and deliver a rich experience. And then we wanted to answer natural questions, both in text and in spoken word. So to us, Google Now is the next step. It is answering the question before you ever ask it."
This morning Google implemented changes to its terms and conditions to ensure that apps can no longer push updates from outside the Google Play Store. This update comes not long after both Facebook and Adblock Plus began pushing updates to their apps independent of Google and Google Play.
"An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify, replace or update its own APK binary code using any method other than Google Play's update mechanism", reads the new sentence in Google's terms and conditions.
While this change will have very little effect to Facebook, it seems like another major roadblock for Adblock Plus who was using the independent update method to keep its banned app updated.