With the launch of iOS 8, Apple has allowed developers to release third-party keyboards, which can be used in place of the system’s default keyboard option. Developers have jumped at the chance to create these experiences for users, and Apple has gone one step further, highlighting some of the options as featured apps in the iTunes App Store. Here’s a look at some of the keyboards you might want to check out for your iOS 8 device.
Mobli [Left] and Pheed [Right]
Mobli Media, creator of the Mobli content sharing mobile app, has announced it has acquired fellow content sharing platform Pheed, in a cash and stock deal. The terms of the acquisition haven’t been disclosed, but Mobli has announced it will invest $10 million into the “remake” of the Pheed app, which will remain a stand-alone platform.
Super Evil Megacorp is preparing for the upcoming release of Vainglory, its multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) for iPad 2+ and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Set for release in October, the game sees players competing in 3-vs-3 team battles, as they control a single hero and work with their partners to destroy a giant crystal, called the Vain, in the enemy’s base. Vainglory takes advantage of the A8 chip technology and Metal SDK to create a console-like experience for players, even on smartphones.
While mobile users have plenty of options for shopping on their mobile devices, Bestie’s self-titled app wants to be the best, offering an Instagram-inspired view of products from a user’s favorite stores, as well as other users. Available to download for free on iOS (and also available on the web), Bestie allows users to follow the stores they love, and view products posted in a selection of categories, from “women” to home and office products. Users can shop for items from directly within the app, or share their favorite items with friends, which can also be purchased.
Gameloft and Marvel have launched Spider-Man Unlimited on smartphone and tablet devices, giving players access to a new experience called a “web-runner.” The game is a take on the popular endless runner genre, and sees players racing across the rooftops of New York City, as well as swinging between buildings, in an effort to defeat Spider-Man’s enemies.
At an event today in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, with the company calling the devices “the biggest advancements in iPhone history.” The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively, and feature advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, the Apple-designed A8 chip, improved wireless technologies, increased battery life, and Apple Pay, a new way to use one’s phone for making payments in-stores and online.
Rovio has today launched the latest installment in its massively popular Angry Birds franchise: Angry Birds Stella. The game is centered around a cute pink bird named Stella, who must protect her home from the evil “Bad Princess.” The Princess is using pigs as her minions, so players will need to fling Stella and her friends at new pig-filled strongholds to earn stars on each of the game’s 120+ levels.
Social and mobile game company King has announced the launch of Diamond Digger Saga on mobile devices. The match-three game was originally released on Facebook earlier this year, and challenges players to dig their way into the ground, spreading water through their created tunnels to complete quests. The game offers cross-platform support, allowing existing Facebook players to connect to their accounts and begin playing where they left off.
Oculus VR and Samsung have today announced the development of the Samsung Gear VR, a mobile virtual reality headset, powered by Oculus, for the equally new Galaxy Note 4. The headset offers a wireless experience, as users will connect the Note 4 to the headset, with the Note 4 acting as the screen, and can instantly dive into a variety of titles, including games and Oculus-built apps.
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