Yesterday’s roundup of Wednesday’s best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a great one, and there are still several free downloads remaining in that post if you missed it. Of course, we’ve got a fresh new batch of limited-time sales for you to check out on Thursday, so you’ll find 10 new apps below.
This post covers paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. BGR is not affiliated with any developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app anyway, you will be charged by Apple.read more
Splatoon 2 may not launch for the Nintendo Switch until tomorrow, but Nintendo’s new online app for iOS and Android — essential for playing the game like a normal online shooter — launched yesterday. For those that don’t know, the online app is used for voice chat, arranging private matches and tracking some in-game stats. If all that stuff sounds like something you usually don’t need an entirely separate piece of hardware for, it’s because it is. Nintendo’s online app always sounded like nonsense, and now that people are finally getting their hands on it, we seem to be able to confirm — it’s nonsense. The app has been met with near-universal scorn because the concept of using your phone for voice chat is cumbersome, convoluted and ineffective. Paul Tassi explains why in a bit more detail here. read more
Amazon is getting into the social media game, but this network is more about shopping than sharing pictures of your kids or latest meal.
Dubbed Spark, the new Instagram-like feature encourages Amazon customers to post images, stories and ideas about products they like. Other users can then react to the posts with comments and “smiles,” much as one would “Like” a Facebook post.
“Whether you’re looking for inspiration for home décor or seeking advice for the best long-distance running shoes, Spark makes it easy to discover — and shop — stories and ideas from a community that likes what you like,” Amazon said in an introduction to the service.read more
For more than two decades, Nintendo Co.’s twin product lines were the envy of its rivals: a home console and a handheld gaming device. But signs are emerging its new hybrid Switch may upend all of that.
Starting with 1989’s Game Boy, the Kyoto-based company has effectively doubled its market audience by getting gamers to buy one device for home and another for outside. That also allowed Nintendo to market consoles like the Wii as the higher-end product, with game titles costing more and averaging nine per household, versus five for handheld systems.read more
Apple today released iOS 10.3.3 to the public following several weeks of beta testing with six betas provided to developers and public beta testers. iOS 10.3.3 comes more than two months after the launch of iOS 10.3.2, a minor bug fix update.
iOS 10.3.3 is a free over-the-air update available to all users with a compatible iOS device. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC.
No outward-facing changes or features were discovered during the short beta testing period, so it appears iOS 10.3.3 focuses on bug fixes, security enhancements, and other minor improvements, much like iOS 10.3.2.
The Kingdom Hearts III development team is still debating whether or not it will include Final Fantasy VII villain Sephiroth as a secret boss, director Tetsuya Nomura told Mirror.co.uk.
“I can’t say for certain [if there will be secret bosses],” Nomura said. “I hope, hint hint hint. I can’t say for certain. In terms of Sephiroth, do you feel like you want to battle Sephiroth again? (Laughs.)”
After some back and forth with Mirror’s Ryan Brown about how Brown’s mother plays the Kingdom Hearts series and was able to defeat Sephiroth, Nomura said, ” I don’t think I can beat him!(Laughs.) In terms of the secret boss, we can’t say anything at this time, but in terms of Sephiroth specifically, my development team are worried that we’ve had him come back so many times, so they’re maybe worried it might be redundant at this point. We’re still deliberating on it.”read more
Doom was acclaimed upon its release last year, but it was in large part due to its stellar campaign. Its multiplayer component was widely regarded as the weaker of the two components, but a new update has introduced some very welcome-sounding improvements.
Most notably, Bethesda and id Software are doing away with Doom’s $40 season pass and unlocking its multiplayer DLC for all players. That means that everyone who owns the game–or anyone who now picks it up–will get their hands on nine additional maps, three guns, three demons, and new armor and equipment options for free. You can see a trailer for the third and final DLC pack above.read more
Buick calls the 2018 Regal GS a “sport sedan,” but it’s no more a sedan than a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a coupe. Based on the Regal Sportback, a 5-door hatchback with a rakish roofline, folding rear seats, and scads of utility, the new Regal GS blends performance, utility, and value in a compelling way.
Given that it is priced from $39,990, you might question my assertion of value. After all, that is a high number for a mainstream midsize car.
When we think about a slider, we usually imagine an image gallery slider, or the infamous carousel, or perhaps off-canvas navigation, with the overlay sliding in from the side. However, this article is not about those kinds of sliders. Instead, we’ll look into the fine details of designing better slider controls for selecting a value or a range of values. Think of price range sliders, 360-degree-view sliders, timeline sliders, health insurance quote calculators, or build-your-own-mobile-plan features.read more
Could future iPhones come with a built-in panic button to discreetly summon the cops? It’s certainly a possibility, judging by Apple’s recent patent filings.
According to a patent granted to Apple on Tuesday for “Biometric Initiated Communication,” the panic button could operate from a number of inputs including “a particular finger or finger sequence,” “a particular timing or cadence,” or whether input was “entered with a particular force.”
One possible application of the button is “to call emergency services without that fact being known to an assailant or other aggressive person that prompted the emergency call,” and potentially send GPS data and/or streaming audio or video to the authorities. It could also be used to execute a wipe of any crucial data on the phone, like social security numbers.read more