Dating app Blume makes sure your amour isn’t a fake

Online dating services promise plenty of fish in the sea. They just can’t stop the catfish from biting. But the pretenders might not have the same luck with the new dating app Blume. Once a match is made, the two users must exchange selfies, using the smartphone camera in-app, before any communication can begin. “The […]

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


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Flagship Apple Stores Outfitted With Interactive Tables to Highlight 3D Touch

Flagship Apple Stores in San Francisco and New York have been outfitted with new „Force Touch“ tables, which are designed to show off the new 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. In these retail locations, there’s a special table that houses iPhone 6s models.

When a 3D Touch force press gesture is used on the screen of one of the iPhones, which all display a fish, the table reacts to the pressure with a neat rippling water visual. The touch-enabled table can be seen in the video below from Grate App. (via 9to5Mac).

These tables are only in San Francisco and New York at the current time, but it’s possible Apple could install them in additional stores around the world as part of an iPhone 6s promotional effort. The fish theme of the table and iPhone duo is also used on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus boxes and in their live wallpapers.

Apple calls 3D Touch, the flagship feature of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the „next generation“ of Multi-Touch. 3D Touch enables new pressure based gestures, allowing users to „Peek“ at content link links in Messages or Mail with a light press and „Pop“ into that content with a longer press. 3D Touch also includes Quick Actions for accessing app content directly from a press on an app icon on the Home screen.



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Claimed ‘iPhone 6s’ Box Appears Similar to ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ Packaging

A new image of the packaging for the „iPhone 6s“ has turned up online (via MacX), appearing similar to images of a box for the „iPhone 6s Plus“ that were shared in late August. Both boxes showcase a koi pond-like fish against a white surface, suggesting the rumored packaging could be what Apple will use to box the next-generation iPhones, which are expected to be the centerpiece of the company’s September 9 event tomorrow.

The fish image has also begun rumors surrounding the „iPhone 6s“ and „iPhone 6s Plus,“ suggesting the new smartphones will include a motion wallpaper feature. Similar in spirit to the dynamic wallpapers Apple introduced in iOS 7, the supposed update would bring something more akin to the in-depth motion backgrounds of the Apple Watch and will feature images from fish in a koi pond to different color smoke clouds.



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Don’t Starve brings hunger game to iPhone

Seriously, try not to starve. That’s the entire point of Klei Entertainment’s runaway hit game Don’t Starve, a test of survival set in a darkly humorous, Edward Gorey-esque world filled with vicious hounds, creeping spiders, herds of stampeding Beefalo and slimy fish men. Now you can get in on the action on iPhone, as the […]

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Lethal chameleon tongue does not disappoint in slow-mo

Gene Simmons has a show-stopping demonic tongue wag. But it’s nothing compared to the tongue action of a panther chameleon. BBC Earth’s web series Earth Unplugged put the quirky chameleon in its slow-motion studio, shooting him at meal time at…Read more ›



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‘Epic Zen Garden’ Metal Demo Shown Off at WWDC Now Available for Download

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple unveiled Metal, an API designed to improve game performance on iOS. Epic Games took the stage during the event to show off Epic Zen Garden, a game built using the Unreal 4 Engine and the Metal API.

The game, which was designed to show off the impressive graphic enhancement features possible with Metal, demonstrated an expansive world with a fully interactive environment. Users could touch a tree to send a cascade of leaves and cherry blossoms swirling to the ground or interact with a group of koi fish.

As of today, Epic Zen Garden is available for download, letting users see some of the things that will be possible in iOS games in the near future. The game supports a resolution of 1440 x 1080 at 30fps, and can display 3,500 butterflies at once. One of the major features of Metal is that it allows for more draw calls, letting a huge number of objects be displayed on the screen.

Epic Zen Garden is a beautiful graphical environment showcasing the power of iOS 8, developed by Epic Games with Unreal Engine 4. Tap to navigate this interactive oasis brimming unmatched detail on mobile. Swipe the Sakura tree to make thousands of cherry blossoms swirl in the air, graze the koi pond to summon leagues of fish, and rake the sand with your finger to create subtle designs. Touch the well to bring throngs of butterflies out of hiding.

More information on how Metal works, Epic Zen Garden and the Unreal Engine 4 can be seen in the video below.

Epic Zen Garden can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

(Thanks, Eli!)




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This Is How Many MacBook Airs $1.1Million Buys

Have you ever wondered what 1107 MacBook Airs would look like? I sure hope not. I mean, hopefully you have more pressing things on your mind, like how to solve world hunger or where to get a burrito for lunch. But if you do fantasize about stacks-on-stacks-on-stacks of Apple products then check out this massive […]

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Halfbrick’s Newest Title ‘Fish Out Of Water’ Hits the App Store [iOS Blog]

Halfbrick Studios, the team behind hit iOS apps like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, has released an addictive new game called Fish Out Of Water. In Fish Out Of Water, the idea is to launch fish through the air, earning scores based on flight time and number of skips across the water.

The game incorporates a variety of fish with different abilities, along with hourly weather changes that alter the fish hurling conditions. Players will experience tsunamis, icebergs, and swarms of jellyfish while competing to throw fish the furthest. Our sister-site TouchArcade has an overview of the gameplay:

Imagine skipping stones in a constantly changing ocean that’s directly linked to the weather in game, only instead of stones you’ve got a variety of fish that each have slightly different abilities such as being able to fly extra far or being able to skip across the surface like mad.

Each attempt is graded by a set of judges who each look for specific things in your tosses, and doing well involves not only choosing the right fish for the weather but also throwing them appropriately to best handle the current state of your waves.

After three fish tosses players are judged and given an overall score to compete in daily league score competitions with friends. The game also incorporates Game Center support with leaderboards and achievements.

Fish Out Of Water is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for $0.99. [Direct Link]


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