Save $3.99! Nightgate is the free iOS app of the week

Curious to know which title is this week’s free iOS app of the week? We won’t hold you in suspense. It is a game called Nightgate that usually costs $3.99. From now through Wednesday it is free. The game takes place in 2398 when the only life form is a computer network. You must go inside the network and battle your enemies over 50 levels. The goal is to turn back on the parts of the network that have been shut down. There are no in-app purchases offered, and the app is a universal download for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

Features of the game include:

Universal app for …

Get a handle on your inner world with these 5 mood tracking apps for Android and iOS

Sometimes life can make one feel like riding a roller coaster of emotions. Moods, thoughts, and feelings shift up and down at random, unpredictable intervals – making it difficult to stay grounded in reality. For better or worse, there’s no such thing as manual controls for one’s inner world, but thankfully, there are many ways to cope with whatever’s bothering our brains.

Keeping a mood diary is often recommended by psychologists and therapists treating people who can’t get a grip on their mood for one reason or another. It’s also a source of interesting insight for the curious minds …

Apple belatedly reveals bug fix that was on iOS 10.2.1

Even though iOS 10.2.1 was released last month, only now is Apple revealing that the update included a bug fix for certain models of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Apparently, some of these iPhone models were abruptly shutting down after being given a task that required heavy duty processing power. Those units containing an older battery were more likely to shutdown after trying in vain to handle what was asked of it.

The update didn’t completely exterminate the bugs, but Apple claims that with the release it has seen a decline in the number of iPhone 6s shutdowns …

Gboard for iOS gets voice typing and new emoji

Are you a rebel, using Google products on your iPhone 7 Plus? Well, we have good news for you, then. Gboard, Google’s keyboard app, is getting an update.

First of all, Google included more languages to the supported ones for Gboard. The keyboard can now work in Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Catalan, Hungarian, Malay, Russian, Latin American Spanish and Turkish. In order to use one of those languages, you can go to Languages > Add Language from inside the Gboard app.

Google has also beefed up the emoji support for Gboard. Users can now …

Update to iOS 10.3 beta 3 for developers includes "Find my AirPods"

Apple started sending out today to developers, the third beta versions of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2. The new version of iOS includes Find My Air Pods for those who are missing at least one of their expensive wireless ear buds. The feature will not only allow you to see their location on a map, it will also prompt the AirPods to make a telltale noise just in case they are lost somewhere like in a pants pocket. For the AirPods to show up on the map, they need to be paired with one of your iOS devices and be nearby that specific iPhone or iPad.

The iOS 10.3 beta 3 update includes …

Singles using iOS are more likely to phone shame a date who uses an Android device

According to, how you are judged during a date depends greatly on the kind of smartphone you are using. According to the matchmaking website’s annual “Singles in America” survey, iOS users are 21 times more likely to give their date a bad grade if they are using an Android flavored handset. Can you imagine this conversation taking place between a mother and daughter? “So, how was your date last night, Petunia?” “Mom, I thought this could be the one. He has a secure high paying job. He loves kids and puppies, and we both voted for the same candidate.  We watch the exact same television …

5 activity tracking apps for Android and iOS that will quantify your life

Living in the age of the quantified self provides some interesting possibilities. It lets you become a quasi-RPG character or science subject, if you so prefer, monitoring your “performance stats” and raising your “level” as you see fit. Even mundane activities like going for a walk can be made curious when you’ve got information like speed, distance covered, and calories burned – or a sexy chart of all the routes you went through. That’s pretty much the kind of thing these five apps can pull off. You don’t have to be a fitness buff to use them – you just want to be a little extra aware of …

Want to know the free iOS app of the week? It's Chameleon Run!

Developer Jan IIavsky came up with the idea for Chameleon Run after he broke his arm. He devised a runner game that could be played one-handed. And because he is color blind, changing colors is a major part of the game. As you jump from level to level, the idea is to switch your color to match the ground. Chameleon Run, by the way, is the free iOS app of the week. From now until Thursday, you can download the game for free on your iOS device.

Android users can also pick up the game from the Google Play Store for the low price of $2.00. According to the game’s preview page, Chameleon …

Apple didn’t just fix its dongle hell problem with a miraculous new connector

It takes a lot of courage to make changes that customers may like, and Apple is one prime example of that. The company is planning a wireless future for its devices, but that road is paved with lots and dongles and adapters that are needed to bridge the past to said future. The best examples in that regard are the iPhone 7 which lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and the 2016 MacBook Pro which lacks any ports but USB-C connectors.


A report on Monday hinted that Apple may be working on a new type of connector for iPhone accessories that would be thinner than USB-C and Lightning ports, the Ultra Accessory Connector or UAC. It turns out that’s not the case.

Documentation shared with Made for iPhone (MFI) partners seen by 9to5Mac reveals the UAC is an 8-pin connector that measures 2.05 x 4.84mm at the tip. The connector might be used by some accessory makers instead of USB-C or Lightning ports, to save space, but won’t be found in future iPhones or Mac.

A second report in Ars Technica explains that the UAC connector that will be used in MFi accessories already exists. It’s called Ultra Mini Connector by Mitsumi, while Nikon calls it UC-E6.

Apple confirmed to Ars that it’s adding the port to the MFi program at the request of licensees, not because it’s looking to adopt a new kind of connector for the accessories made for iPhone and Mac.

Apple’s specs for UAC indicate that the new connector will be used for headphones, 9to5Mac said in its original report. Apple will let manufacturers create Lightning to UAC, USB-A to UAC, and 3.5mm to UAC, adaptors.

Yes, that means you might need even more dongles for future iPhone accessories. In other words, Apple is far from fixing its dongle hell problem.

Roofbot is the free iOS app of the week

Every week, Apple selects one paid app from the App Store that it offers to iOS users at no cost for one week. This week’s free app is Roofbot, a puzzle game that has a seemingly simple objective of placing the proper color ball into the proper slot. Sounds easy enough, right? But these slots are located on top of roofs, each with a different architecture that makes your task much harder than it sounds. As the preview page says, “Every step you take may lead you closer to the goal, or trap you on the roof forever.”

Android users don’t have to be jealous. Roofbot is also available …