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Review: Ultimate Stick Fight – A Great Independent Arcade-Style Fighter for iOS

Posted on 24/06/2013 by John Manners

In the 80s and into the early 90s arcade style fighting games were in their glory days. A lot of developers have tried to bring that nostalgia back. Fighting games on iOS are a good fit because they’re easy to pick up and play, but some aspects of these fighting games have certain features, which might effect it like controls, which may not respond as well on a touch screen. Dragon Nest Studio is hoping to find the right balance of gameplay and controls with Ultimate Stick Fight on iOS.

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What’s New in iOS 7 Beta 2: iPad Support, New Siri Voices, Messages Enhancements, and More!

Posted on 24/06/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

Following Apple’s release of the 2nd iOS 7 beta today (and the first iOS 7 beta for iPad), many are wondering exactly what is new and different in the latest build. While we refuse to break the non-disclosure agreement we signed with Apple, many other sites do not feel similarly, and several have outlined detailed lists of changes in the new beta.

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Apple Shares Once Again Drop Below $400, Despite Excitement Over Future Releases

Posted on 24/06/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

Despite an unparalleled level of excitement over Apple’s WWDC announcements – including major changes to both OS X and iOS – the company’s stock has continued to decline following their keynote. This morning, shares of AAPL once again dipped below $400 per share, for the first time since April (via 9to5Mac).

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Further iPhone 5S ‘Leaks’ Reveal New A7 Chip, Dual-LED Flash, and More

Posted on 24/06/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

Following last week’s leaks of a detailed set of supposed iPhone 5S images, a new leak from Fantastic Fone reveals even further details. New parts in the latest images include a new front-facing camera, and a new main SoC chip model number that appears to match up with Apple’s next-gen A7 chip.

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Apple Seeds Second iOS 7 Beta to Developers

Posted on 24/06/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

Right one cue, consistent with betas of previous iOS versions, Apple has seeded the second beta of iOS 7 to developers exactly two weeks after introducing the first preview. The updated is available now via OTA update on devices running the first beta (through Settings, General, Software Update).

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How to Turn Pixelmator Into a Vector Graphics Editing App

Posted on 24/06/2013 by Chris Hauk

You know the folks here at Mactrast are HUGE fans of Pixelmator, the fantastic low-cost Adobe Photoshop alternative that’s available in the Mac App Store for just $14.99. But, did you know there is a hidden mode in Pixelmator that turn the app into a full-fledged vector art app similar to Adobe Illustrator? Here’s how to activate the hidden mode.

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iPad mini Goes on Sale in Brazil Tuesday

Posted on 24/06/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

Eight months after the U.S. debut of the iPad mini, Brazilian fans will finally be able to get their hands on the smaller version of Apple’s popular device.

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Tim Cook’s CEO Bonus Stock Award Modified to be More Performance Based

Posted on 24/06/2013 by Chris Hauk

Apple’s Board of Directors has modified the award of restricted stock to CEO Tim Cook that he received after being promoted to the top post in August 2011. Cook requested the modification, which changes the award of 1,000,000 restricted stock units to a more performance-based compensation system.

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Bug in Apple Java Update Fixed – Here’s How to Check Your Version

Posted on 24/06/2013 by Chris Hauk

Apple issued a Java Update last week via Software Update, and it had a bug in it that could prevent some Java applications from working. Good news though, Apple has fixed the bug, and has released a new update. However, you will want to check to make sure you don’t have the old version still installed.

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Weekend Funnies: Apple Families

Posted on 23/06/2013 by Chris Hauk

I know I’m not the only one who has turned my whole family onto Apple devices and computers, I’m sure many of our readers have done their best to turn their friends and family away from the “dark side” and toward the warm glow of the Apple light. These are for you!

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Indiegogo of the Week: Voltmaker – The World’s First Smart Charger

Posted on 22/06/2013 by Chris Hauk

If you’re like me, your phone’s battery gives out at the worst of times. And when it does, I never have an outlet handy to grab a quick charge. This leads us to this week’s Idiegogo of the Week, Thoe Voltmaker, “the world’s first smart charger.”

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Wallpaper Weekends: OS X Mavericks Walls For Your iPhone!

Posted on 22/06/2013 by Jim Gresham

Wallpaper Weekends is a series that works to bring you stunning, high quality wallpapers for your iPad, iPhone, and/or iPod Touch. A few days back, graphic artist AR7 posted his version of the OS X Mavericks wallpaper for iOS on twitter.

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Apple Takes a Jab at Android Fragmentation

Posted on 21/06/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

In an apparent jab at Google’s highly fragmented Android platform, AppleInsider notes that Apple has updated their “Optimizing Apps” page for iOS 6 with a shiny new pie chart, noting the profound lack of fragmentation in iOS devices. Notably, the chart shows that 93% of all users are running iOS 6, while just 1% are using a version earlier than iOS 5.

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