Facebook rolling out new ‘Save’ read-it-later feature

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Facebook today announced a new feature that will allow users to save interesting items on the social network for later viewing. Users will have the ability to save things like links, places, recipes and media, and go back and view them at a later time.

Similar to apps like Pocket or Instapaper, Facebook’s new Save feature allows users to consume content on their own time, making them less likely to skip over it. It also helps filter out annoying posts like quizzes, mobile game invites, and other fluff…... Read the rest of this post here


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Fields of Battle – Paintball without the Pain

Fields of Battle is a FPS with a slight twist, rather then being a simulation of modern warfare of a historic battlefield it’s a simulation of everyone’s favourite ‘knee deep in mud’ pass time activity – Paintball.

Paintball has always enjoyed immense popularity, combining pseudo battle tactics, teamwork and adrenaline fuelled suicide runs, it provides a great fun filled team building experience. Not to mention there’s a real incentive not to get hit, not only because it usually ends your game but it can really (really) hurt.
Traditionally a very hands-on activity there is some question as to whether Paintball adapts well to a small screen gaming experience. Enter Fields of Battle on iOS.

A great Paintball experience

A great Paintball experience

Allowing you to play against real people on real paintball fields, Fields of Battle provides a pretty intense gaming experience, tight & varied gaming arenas and plenty of human players emulates the feel of a paintball field very well.

The in game graphics are a little way from cutting edge with relatively basic texturing and limited detail, but this keeps the frame rate high and motion very smooth to allow unrestricted accurate aiming.
Mobile games sometimes struggle to provide a connected experience but the control system of the game is designed around the hardware of the iPhone with touch screen input used to control your movement and tilt detection to control your view. This can be customised to your personal preference, personally I tend to turn gyroscopic movement off but still use tilt to look and shoot around obstacles.

Extra pressure is added to the game by it’s business model.
The game is free to download and provides a limited number of paintballs and coins. Each event costs coins to enter, as does restocking your stock of ammo, so as you use your initial batch of coins you will need to top up to be able to enter new games.
Extra coins are earned by performing well in events and a great game can keep you in credit for a while, of course extra coins can always be purchased through In-App purchases but you need to be aware that the more shots you take the more it may cost you more in the Long run. You can try and minimise the cost by watching out for special free paintball events where the paintballs you use don’t get removed from your personal stock.

The Fields of Battle Virtual Market

The Fields of Battle Virtual Market

As Fields of Battle uses real arenas and you are playing against real players you tend to find that real Paintball tactics work as they would in real life. Clever use of cover certainly gives you an edge over more naive players and ‘run and blast’ players easily become cannon fodder allowing you to rise up in the player rankings.

There are different variations of paintball, from the rapid rush of speed ball, to strategic village assaults, Fields of Battle pretty much simulates most types of the game, and different rejoining rules are applied, so make sure you understand the rules of each battle before joining.
Running mindlessly through a gun fight in a ‘one hit and you are out’ game will have negative impact on your team, and you need to remember that your teammates are real people who have some level of finance invested in the experience.

Fields of Gold will appeal to fans of both Paintball and CoD styles games, and whilst it may be a little rough around the visual edges it delivers one heck of a fun experience, albeit one that requires a little responsibility to be a good team mate.

Note – If you’ve got Android then it’s available for you too. Just check out the Google Play store. The iOS version is here.

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Letter Hero lets you build words that can leap tall buildings

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Word games seem to be the theme of the week. The App Store was recently graced with a couple of interesting games that feature spelling as the main function. Being the wordsmith that I am, I’ve always had an affinity for the genre.

Letter Hero is a simple word game where all you have to do is tap a few letters to create words within a specified period of time. Add the random element of power ups and word bombs to turn a simple game into a crazy caper…... Read the rest of this post here


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Starbucks preparing coffee ordering service for mobile app

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Great news Starbucks-goers. You may soon be able to order your coffee using your iPhone. In a recent interview with Recode, the company’s Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman said that it plans to start testing a pickup service later this year via its mobile app.

The move comes as Americans are increasingly turning to smartphone-friendly services like Uber and GrubHub. And with nearly 15% of Starbucks’ US purchases now coming via its mobile app, adding the ability to order from it seems like a natural evolution…... Read the rest of this post here


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The best email apps for iPad

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Just like when we gave you a list of our favorite calendar apps for both iPhone and iPad separately, we decided to add a list of our favorite email apps for iPad. Sure, some of the same apps below are also on the iPhone list, but there are other apps that work better on one device than the other and we’ve separated them for your convenience.

If you have an iPhone and an iPad, you have probably already discovered that the screen’s size makes a big difference with different app features. Check out our list below of what we think are the best email apps for the iPad…... Read the rest of this post here


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No Brakes: it’s like driving therapy for your mind

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I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a game that sports a cute hero. Whether it’s a small animal or an abstract shape with a cute face, I can’t seem to resist helping the little guy to victory. So when I stumbled by the app icon of the game No Brakes (and heard Sebastien mention the game on the last episode of Let’s Talk iOS), I knew I just had to give the game a chance. Read on for my full review…... Read the rest of this post here


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Apps of the week: Red Ball 4, Dragon Raiders, Ninja Up!, and more

Apps of the week

As summer starts to heat up, we try our best to stay cool. One way to beat the heat is to keep out of the sun. Stay indoors, play some mobile games, and veg out with your various gadgets.

Whether you need help with tracking your freelance work, are getting excited about Marvel’s new movie, or just want to dig into some good old-fashioned fun, we’ve got a list of apps and games to keep you sheltered indoors this weekend…... Read the rest of this post here


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Gameloft posts new Modern Combat 5 trailer ahead of launch

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After more than a year of waiting, Gameloft is finally ready to release Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The studio announced earlier this month that the game will launch for iOS and Android on July 24th, which is next Thursday.

To hold you over until then, Gameloft has posted an official Launch trailer for MC5. While we’ve seen videos before, this new clip is over a minute long and offers an entertaining look at the game’s graphics and gameplay…... Read the rest of this post here


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Ultratext is a fun app that will spice up your iMessages

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I’m not big on messaging. I don’t do Snapchat. I don’t do Whatsapp. I barely use Twitter DMs. However, I’m a pretty big iMessage user, the messaging platform introduced by Apple along iOS 5 in 2011.

iMessage is great because it allows you to communicate with any iOS user in a very simple way. There is no app to download, no account to create, and no password to remember. Oh, and yes, it works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac too.

While trawling the App Store earlier today, I found Ultratext, a fun app that lets you send GIF messages to your contacts, giving iMessage a little more spice and colors…... Read the rest of this post here


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Celebrating 40 years of synthesizers, 8 Yamaha music apps go free

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Good news for all of you aspiring musicians out there. In celebration of 40 years of Yamaha synthesizers, the company is offering a number of its iOS apps for free. This includes some smaller titles, like Set List Organizer, and more prominent ones like Cloud Audio Recorder.

We’ve listed 8 of the apps below (there may be others), which are normally priced between $1.99 and $15.99. Admittedly, many of them were built to compliment actual instruments, but some, like Mobile Music Sequencer, are fun to tinker with on their own as standalone apps…... Read the rest of this post here


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