Physics-Based Game ‘Piloteer’ Named App of the Week, Available for Free

Challenging physics-based game Piloteer has been named Apple’s App of the Week, and as a result, it’s available to download for free for the first time since it launched in June of 2015.

In Piloteer, the goal is to navigate a jetpack-wearing inventor through three gameplay environments to complete a series of 60 missions. Piloteer‘s tap-based controls are easy to grasp but difficult to master, so the inventor spends a lot of time being flung around and crashing to the ground in a heap of limbs.

Blending elements of both physics and trick-based games, players will need to maneuver their state-of-the-art jetpack through the skies while completing a myriad of increasingly difficult missions to change public perceptions.

Players will find themselves immersed in a wholly integrated physics simulation, making the beautiful world around them feel dynamic, unpredictable, and alive.

Along with Career mode for completing missions, Piloteer also includes a Free Fly mode and a series of GameCenter achievements to earn.

Piloteer will be available from the App Store for free for the next week. [Direct Link]

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Google Maps for iOS Gains Apple Watch App

Google today updated its Google Maps app for iOS to version 4.11.0, adding support for the Apple Watch. As of today, there’s a Google Maps app that delivers directions on Apple’s wrist-worn device.

Along with a new Apple Watch app, today’s update also includes a tool for comparing estimated travel times across driving, transit, walking and biking directions, and it adds a feature for calling businesses and getting directions from a list of places. As with most updates, there are also unspecified bug fixes.

What’s New
– Easily compare ETAs across driving, transit, walking & biking
– Call business & get directions directly from a list of places
– Get directions to places now on your Apple Watch
– Bug fixes

This isn’t Google’s first app for the Apple Watch, but it will arguably be the most useful as there are many iOS users who still prefer to use Google Maps over Apple Maps.

Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]



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How the 6s camera compares to every iPhone ever made

The iPhone 6s has the best camera Apple’s ever made, but have you ever wondered how much better the new camera is than the original iPhone that launched back in 2007? Lisa Bettany has put the iPhone 6s camera through its paces in a new comparison test that pits the new device against the previous […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Skype Updates iOS and Android Apps With New Design, Improved Messaging, and Enhanced Search

Skype today announced a new update for both its iOS and Android mobile apps that introduce a new design experience, a few tweaks to the service’s messaging functions, and some enhanced search functionality. The new update, version 6.0, promises to be a „simple, familiar“ experience for Skype users, but with a bevy of new features and touch inputs that will help the service’s users get in and out of conversations with more ease.

The company has introduced swipe gestures to do just that, letting users quickly start calls and manage message threads with quick and easy right and left swipes. The message feature as a whole has been bolstered, with easier access to sharing photos, links, emoticons, and even location status while also on a video or voice call. Along with enhanced search and improvements to the iPad app, version 6.0 aims to be the most robust iOS Skype experience yet.

Here is what’s new:

Redesigned for iPhone and iPad – We’ve redesigned Skype for both iPhone and iPad to make the apps easier to use than ever before. The new navigation is simple, familiar and gets you to your conversations fast. With Skype 6.0 you can use swipe gestures to quickly make calls and easily manage your messages. We have also made it easier to share photos, web links, emoticons and your location while you’re on a voice or video call.

Enhanced search – We’ve made it easier to find things in Skype. Simply use the new recents tab to search your messages and find contacts and groups.

The features you love, now on iPad – All the features you love on Skype for iPhone are on your iPad too. We’ve made messaging on Skype for iPad a whole lot better – you can share your location, send large emoticons, see web link previews and easily send and receive photos. Skype for iPad also helps you stay in touch with your groups – now start a group chat or a group voice call straight from your iPad.

Skype for Android sees a handful of the same featured updates in its own overhaul, but has a few exclusive features – like an ever-present „floating action button“ to instantly start a call from anywhere in the app – that Android users can check out here. For everyone else, the Skype for iPhone [Direct Link] and Skype for iPad [Direct Link] apps are available to download from the App Store for free.



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