It’s been ten weeks since the Facebook Paper iOS app launched, so it’s just about the right timing for an update. And it’s a pretty big one, with a slew of new features that aim to make reading updates of your Facebook stream more enjoyable, fruitful and fun. Facebook Paper now stands at v1.1 and is available as a free download from the App Store.
Photographers and videographers alike will find something to like in the Grip&Shoot iPhone camera rig. Essentially a Bluetooth remote control/handle combo and companion app, the Grip&Shoot lets you smoothly control your iPhone’s camera without shaking. You use the handles built into the grip instead of touching the screen or camera to shoot, which is less wobbly, and its detachable design means you can quickly reconfigure to use the handle as a wireless remote control.
Okay, I know that quote is from the wrong Spider-Man series, but I haven’t seen the new one. I’m sorry. I’m just not that into superhero movies. But I am into superhero video games, and that’s why I want to make sure you know Gameloft has released The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the official game of the forthcoming movie.
First up in the best free apps this week is the latest from the makers of RunKeeper. Yes, it’s another fitness app, but this one is even easier to use and probably a lot more laid back. If you’re looking for a new game to play instead, this week’s list is full of them.
Aspects is a tower defense game in which you summon phantoms to attack your enemies and totems to defend yourself. Play as one of three aspects, each with unique totems that give different strengths and weaknesses as you play against the computer or friends.
If you’ve got an iPhone or an iPad, you’ve got to charge it, right? A great way to do that each night is to dock it with a Lightning compatible clock radio, letting the device serve as both your alarm clock and charging station. iHome has two new products that’ll care of that for you. And if you’re just looking for some Bluetooth audio, they’ve got a new product there, too.
In my day, we didn’t have all these fitness wristbands you kids are running around with. Like our ancestors, we strapped our iPhones to our arms as we exercised and laid railroad tracks and built ships and whatnot. If that’s still your method, too, you’ll want to check out PureGear’s PureMove sports armband with Dry+Flex technology.
The Feeling Skin iPhone case may sound like a cybernetic experiment, but it’s actually a case+app combo. Recently launched on Kickstarter, its goal is to let you share moods and emotions with close friends via simple mood up/down indicators and an LED-equipped iPhone case.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a fast-paced card game now available for the iPad, in addition to OS X and Windows. Choose from nine heroes from the Warcraft games and create a deck of 30 cards from hundreds, including minions, spells, traps, secrets, weapons, and more to crush your opponents.
Temple Run 2 (a game of which you may have heard) has been updated with some notable new features, the biggest of which has to be cloud support for iOS devices (Android/Windows will get their update next week). There’s also a new Save Me Wheel and some fun Easter artifacts.
We met David Duncan, co-founder of TAPPD, at Macworld / iWorld 2014. In fact, we filmed an interview with him, then talked about “Australia’s Game” for a while. As fun as that looks, it’s not relevant here, so we’ll stick with TAPPD, your app to help you find good apps, from the sources you trust….because we know you can’t always trust us.
Third Eye Crime is a stealth puzzle game featuring Rothko, a smooth-talking criminal who can telepathically predict what his enemies will do.