Pelican Town will soon be in your pocket. The charming and addictive farming sim Stardew Valley is coming to iOS devices on 10/24/18. It’s the full game – minus multiplayer – optimized for touch controls. An Android version will follow.
Run An Empire is an augmented reality game that motivates you to run. It tracks your location and makes areas you run through part of your virtual empire. As you run, you can invade other territories and earn coins to improve your kingdom. Available for both iOS and Android.
Apple’s iPhone Xs Max has a 6.5″ edge-to-edge display, while the Xs has a 5.8″ display. Both feature improved cameras, including the addition of a portrait mode that lets you adjust background focus after shooting. They also have a more powerful and efficient processor.
Amazon’s mobile app has a new augmented reality feature called Part Finder. It’s meant to identify screws, nuts, bolts or other types of fasteners to make shopping for them easier. Take a photo of the fastener and the app will try to identify it with links to purchase the item.
The new Nomad Battery Cable has a built-in 2800mAh battery, enough to charge an iPhone to full. When plugged in, the Lightning cable will first charge your phone before charging its battery. The cable is wrapped in durable nylon while the battery has an aluminum housing.
If you’d like to try out 360º photography and you’re not sure where to start, check out the PanoClip. It’s an affordable lens attachment for the iPhone that lets you create 360º and tiny planet photos. There are variants that fit the iPhone 7 up to the iPhone X.
After a brief public beta, Epic Games’ cartoonish battle royale game is now available for select iOS devices. Fortnite Mobile is still the 100-player free for all mode that’s become so popular, with added conveniences such as auto-aim. An Android port is coming soon.
Now you can make that one last turn on the go with this incredible port of Civilization VI for the iPad. All of the award-winning desktop strategy game’s features are here, including multiplayer and keyboard support. It requires an iPad Air 2 or better. Unlocking the full game costs $30.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp might just be Nintendo’s most faithful mobile game port yet. Available for both iOS and Android, it retains much of the spirit and gameplay of its 3DS counterparts. Make friends, collect items and upgrade your house, albeit at a smaller scale.
IKEA’s Place is a new app that takes advantage of iOS 11’s exclusive augmented reality features. Scan a space, then browse for furniture. Your chosen product will pop up on your iOS device’s screen, accurately scaled to your room. You can even go around and zoom in on the furniture.
Elk is an iOS app that provides currency conversion at a glance. It shows conversions in multiples of ten, hundreds, thousands etc. You can tap on a value to see smaller increments. It also has a very convenient companion app for the Apple Watch. $4 unlocks all currencies.
Ready to build your first iOS app? This bundle of online courses from instructor Rob Percival will teach you the basics of building apps for iOS – and includes training in both iOS 9 and iOS 10, as well as Swift 3. You’ll learn by doing, and make a variety of sample apps along the way.
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