April is set to have a Super Pink Moon on the night of Tuesday, April 7, but for those who want to explore Earth and other exoplanets in space, there’s an app for that. It’s called NASA Eyes, and this free software lets you venture through the galaxy and explore beyond our solar system like never before. You’ll be able to view asteroids, comets, planets and their moons and the spacecrafts exploring them. Read more for a video and additional information.
People working from home or students taking online classes are probably familiar with communication apps like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, but there’s one that you may not have heard of. Called Houseparty, it’s essentially a video-chatting app that lets hold virtual parties with up to 8 people. For those who don’t know, the makers of Fortnite, Epic Games, acquired this platform back in June 2019 for an undisclosed amount, so they definitely have the infrastructure to handle the influx of new users. Read more for a video and additional information.
Coronavirus cases are surging in South Korea and app developers are looking to help stop its spread. Developers are now using public government data to enable users to see how close they are to where a confirmed Covid-19 patient has been. Once downloaded, the app shows the date a patient was confirmed with the disease, their demographic data, and most importantly, their location history. Read more for a video and additional information.
Vine co-creator Dom Hofmann launched Byte, a new Android / iOS app that lets its users share six-second looping videos. Even though it was just released, its biggest competitor comes from China’s Bytedance, the maker of the popular social app TikTok, which lets you string together 6-15 second clips into a 60-second (maximum) video. Read more for a first look at the Byte beta and additional information.
SEGA announced today that it will be rolling out Sega Catcher Online, a service that lets people to play real UFO Catcher machines online via their iPhones and Android devices. Simply put, this service enables users to control real crane game machines, such as UFO Catcher online, and can be played whenever and wherever, 24 hours a day. Prizes won in-game will be delivered to a specified address for free. Read more for a video showing how it works and additional information.
Developer Elvin Hu revealed a similar app, but Rewound managed to make it onto the App Store first. Simply put, it’s a music player for your Apple Music library that enables users to easily browse and play their music, complete with customizable on screen buttons and gestures. In other words, it’s perfect for one-handed use. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
Design student and developer Elvin Hu is currently on working on a music app that turns the iPhone into an iPod Classic, complete with its iconic click wheel. He’s been tinkering with it since October, and shared his progress on Twitter. For those who never owned an iPod Classic, these devices have all five buttons integrated into the click wheel — a design which gives an uncluttered, minimalist interface, though the circuitry contains multiple momentary button switches. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Built upon Google’s Persistent Cloud Anchors platform, Mark AR is a mobile app that lets you create digital artwork that will be visible to other users in a specific location using augmented reality technology. This app, which made its official debut at New York Comic-Con 2019, was created by iDreamSky and Subway Surfers developer Sybo. In the hands of talented artists, the sky is the limit, and we could soon see AR masterpieces all over the world once the app is released. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
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Developer Riley Testut introduces AltStore, an alternative app store for non-jailbroken devices that doesn’t rely on enterprise certificates, but instead uses a developer feature that allows you to use your Apple ID to install apps you’ve developed yourself with Xcode. In other words, it’s a fully native, sandboxed iOS application that allows you to side-load apps by tricking your device into thinking it’s installing apps that you developed. It just requires your Apple ID and password to communicate on your behalf with Apple’s developer servers. Read more for a video and additional information.
Google Play Pass is launching this week in the U.S., and it’s a new $4.99-per-month subscription service that gives you access to over 350 paid apps and games without ads or in-app purchases. For those who wish to try before they buy, there’s a 10-day free trial, and if you decide to sign up in the first couple weeks after launch, the Play Pass subscription will be locked in at $1.99-per-month for 12 months before the price goes up to the standard $4.99-per-month. You’ll also be able to share your Google Play Pass subscription with up to five family members at no extra cost. Read more for a video and additional information.