The Room: Old Sins (download for iOS) is the latest in a long line of very popular puzzle games designed for Android and iPhones, combining gothic supernatural spookiness with challenging but fair brain teasers. But while the puzzles themselves aren't cryptic or tedious, the worlds around them will be much easier to navigate and understand if you keep a few important rules in mind. We've put together a collection of handy tips that should help you keep your... Read More »
The Final Fantasy series is one of the most popular franchises in gaming, and XV is generally regarded as a return to form after years of choppy waters -- but it doesn't run on mobile devices. However, publisher Square Enix anticipated this and began work years ago on a mobile-optimized version called Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition (Android, iOS). At $20, it's the most expensive Final Fantasy game for Android or iOS, which is saying a... Read More »
Alto's Odyssey, the sequel to the beautiful and captivating Alto's Adventure mobile game, is coming February 22 to iPhones and iPads everywhere.
Originally due last summer but then delayed, the much-expected side-scrolling endless runner takes Alto out of the mountains and puts him to the desert, swapping his snowboard for a sandboard. In the new Alto game, Alto and his friends will glide over dunes and bridges, bounce off hot-air balloons, interact with new landscapes, and navigate through... Read More »
Despite the trials and tribulations of office life, a lot of us still enjoy games about working at an office, and Game Dev Tycoon (Android, iOS) is arguably the best one we've seen; sadly, it hasn't been available for Android or iPhone users until now, five years after its debut on Windows and macOS. But it's quickly climbed into the top sales charts on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, and it's easy... Read More »
It hasn't even officially launched yet -- the game is slated for release later in 2018 -- but the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile game has already made a mysterious appearance in Google's Play Store and is soft-launching in a handful of regions.
iOS 11, coming Sep. 19, will include a raft of new features, in time for the ensuing releases of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X.Siri
Voice assistant Siri can now anticipate your needs -- thanks to advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence -- so it'll make suggestions even before you bother to ask.Messages
A revamped iMessage app in iOS 11 will include a drawer to easily find your iMessage apps and stickers. iMessage users will also be to... Read More »
Topics: iOS Software
Apple took the wraps off the next major revisions of its mobile and desktop operating systems at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference this morning, offering up speedier web browsing, person-to-person payment transfers via iMessages and Apple Pay, popular MacOS features for the iPad, and more.iOS 11
iOS 11, coming this fall, will include a raft of new features. A revamped iMessage app in iOS 11 will include a drawer to easily find your iMessage apps and stickers. iMessage users will also... Read More »
Child safety is critical, yet most parents can't monitor their children 24 hours a day. In those moments when children are out of sight or earshot, connected or smart devices can step in to play the role of guardian. At this week's Internet of Things World 2017, we found three revolutionary products that can help you protect your children, even when they're out of reach.Owlet Baby Care (iOS, Android)
The fear... Read More »
Glass Animals' singer Dave Bayley enjoys easily discovering new tunes on streaming sites, such as Spotify (iOS, Android), Apple Music (iOS, Android), and Amazon Music (iOS, Android). But, like most audiophiles, today, the psych pop frontman misses the context provided by the album artwork, band photos, and lyric sheets that historically accompanied record, cassette, and CD releases.
To give listeners insight into the characters who inspired Glass Animals' recent... Read More »
Google I/O 2017 demonstrates how Google is doubling down on artificial intelligence to give its products an edge over the competition.Announcing Google Lens
Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off I/O by announcing Google Lens, which will work as an extension of Google Assistant and Google Photos (Android, iOS) (with integration in other apps planned for the near future). It takes the input from your phone's camera and attempts to tell you more about it -- people, places,... Read More »
Siri and the Google App demonstrate that using your voice can be the fastest way to get an answer to something, from driving directions to the middle name of the 21st President of the United States ("Alan"). Amazon's popular Echo devices can work this magic as well, with a built-in AI the company calls Alexa. In May 2017, Amazon added free messaging and voice calling to the Alexa app and all Echos. The people on both ends of the conversation... Read More »
With so many drink delivery apps vying for your disposable income, how does Thirstie set itself apart?Watch our Download.com colleague, Carlos, make a Thirstie-inducing margarita
Thirstie offers on-demand delivery of beer, wine, and liquor (an hour or less) in 10-plus cities -- Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and the Hamptons (soon) -- but also ships within three days to 35 states without bottle markups. What sets Thirstie... Read More »
Cinco de Mayo may be a big drinking holiday in the U.S. (much grander than in Mexico, in fact). But why do we clink margarita glasses every May 5?Watch our Download.com colleague, Carlos, make a Thirstie-inducing margaritaWhat we are celebrating
The fifth of May marks the day the Mexican Army defeated their French invaders at the Battle of Puebla, back in 1862. No, it's not, as some think, Mexican Independence Day, which actually takes place on September 16. It's... Read More »
Is your cable TV bill too damn high? Or maybe you don't have cable but want to watch the cool new shows. Well, you can find solid alternatives to cable these days, and we're not just talking about Netflix (Android, iOS). With a collection of video apps on your smart TV or with an inexpensive streaming hardware hooked up to it, you can watch, pause, and record live channels and wade in an ocean of live... Read More »
With so many face transformation apps flooding the App Store today, do we really need another one?
Yes, say FaceApp's developers. Available for iPhones and Android devices, FaceApp lets you transform your standard selfies into something far more exciting -- or weird or creepy. Why go with basic when you can age yourself 40 years or even change sex?
This is how you do it:
Start by snapping your own selfie or importing an existing headshot from... Read More »
With Pandora Premium unleashed upon the suspecting public this week, the long-running music streaming service finally joined the on-demand listening party, after making its name as a radio-style service. Less expected was a big version bump for Google Earth, the fun-for-a-few-minutes 3D navigation app whose potential thunder has been mostly stolen by Google Maps for the last several years. Apple, YouTube, and popular indie game Lumino City also made a splash. Let's show you the highlights.Pandora Premium (Android,... Read More »
You've probably seen and heard the fictional tale of The Goonies, who sought One-Eyed Willy's Treasure, armed with only a map and a skeleton key. But it's far less likely you've heard of the real-life Waldos, who searched for a pot farm, near San Rafael High School, back in 1971, armed with only a treasure map and a few joints, even though their story's had a far-reaching impact. See, they met each day at 4:20 by the statue of... Read More »
In this week's Friday 5, Tidal becomes your main source for Jay Z, Spotify partners with UMG, YouTube TV streams Live TV for $35 per month, Hulu lets you stream entire TV seasons in under five minutes, and animation app FlipaClip entices new iOS users with a creative contest.Tidal (iOS, Android)
Jigga what? Jigga where? Jay Z fans had only one problem, this week, when they couldn't find much of the rap legend's music catalog... Read More »
As the twittering birds and golden sunshine of spring finally roll in, we must take stock of the dusty nest that winter turned our home into. Did you spend a lot of time parked on the couch under a warm blanket and binge on Netflix while the lighting and thunder raged outside your window? Well, now that you've reached the end of the gauntlet, let's show you several handy mobile apps that can help you reorganize your home and possibly... Read More »
In this week's Friday 5, Google Calendar becomes iPad friendly, Medium puts its premium content behind a paywall, Hardbound helps you read quicker-to-read versions of new books for free, Telegram adds end-to-end encrypted calls, and Messenger enables live location sharing.Google Calendar for iPad (iOS, Android)
Google Calendar, our favorite scheduling app, was never quite ready for the big screen. But with its latest update, all of Calendar's features are optimized for the iPad.... Read More »