Report: Google to pay $3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine on iOS

Securities firm Bernstein sent a note to clients today, stating that Google will end up paying approximately $3 billion to Apple this year to remain the default search engine on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. That is triple the amount that Google paid Apple three years ago for the same licensing rights. The revenue from Google is counted by Apple towards its rapidly growing services business. According to Apple, if its service business was considered a separate company, it would qualify for the Fortune 500.

Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. said in his firm’s missive to investors that …


New iOS 11 icons surface for Apple Maps, App Store and Clock; iOS 11 beta 6 is released

A tweet from iCulture reveals some new icons discovered on the latest beta version of iOS 11, released today. The new Apple Maps icon has something of an inside joke to it as it shows an automobile heading past Apple Park. In the top right, part of the circular building can be seen on the icon. This replaces the current icon which shows a car driving on the I-280 overpass about to make a left turn.

The App Store icon has been made less complex as the paint brush, pencil and ruler that help form the letter “A” (for App) have been replaced by popsicle sticks? Lastly, the font on the clock …

Time for deals: These iOS and Android apps and games are free right now

Deals, promotions, price reductions… who doesn’t love these? Almost each and every week, we get treated to a round of notable iOS and/or Android apps and games that are available for less than usual and carry a smaller price tag.

Surely, we are among those who can’t wait to get their hands on a sweet bargain, that’s why we always try to get hold of the discounted app and games. But sharing is caring, so we usually inform you about these in a timely fashion.

We’ve aggregated a brief pick of iOS apps and games that are currently available for bread crumbs. As usual, however, these …

Gmail for iOS now features phishing warnings

Gmail for iOS will now alert users whenever a link appears that seems, well, suspicious. The suspicious link warning will come in the form of a box that states how the link leads to an untrusted site. Another warning from Google provides the perfect definition of a phishing scheme and says, “The site you are trying to open has been identified as a forgery designed to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information.” If either box appears before you click on a link, your best bet is to stop in your tracks and do not proceed.

Google originally offered the anti-phishing …

You have a few hours left before these free iOS apps become paid again – get them now

Deals, promotions, price reductions… who doesn’t love these? Almost each and every week, we get treated to a round of notable iOS and/or Android apps and games that are available for less than usual and carry a smaller price tag.

Surely, we are among those who can’t wait to get their hands on a sweet bargain, that’s why we always try to get hold of the discounted app and games. But sharing is caring, so we usually inform you about these in a timely fashion.

We’ve aggregated a brief pick of iOS apps and games that are currently available for bread crumbs. As usual, however, …

iOS 11 beta 5 is out: Tons of bug fixes, 32-bit apps officially get phased out

iOS Developer Preview beta 5 is now out, bringing a host of small incremental changes to the current state of the operating system that will most likely make it to the final release of iOS 11, though nothing’s written in stone – with probably one beta to go before iOS 11 goes public, we’re likely in for some further changes to Apple’s latest software.
Gimmicky changes like icon changes aside, the big news here is that iOS 11 Beta 5 now officially ditches 32-bit app support, which will be one of the highlights of the upcoming software release from Apple. If …

Titanfall: Assault mobile strategy coming to Android and iOS next week

Titanfall and Titanfall 2 are pretty polished AAA titles for consoles and PC, which have you don the battle armor of a future soldier that can walk on walls, double-jump in the air, and do ninja slides, as well as pilot a giant war mech. Yeah, it sounds cool on paper, and the second game really did a lot to try and improve on all the criticisms the first one received, yet its playerbase seems to be dropping for one reason or another.

That said, we are a bit befuddled that the franchise is getting its mobile title just now, 9 months after the latest main game has …

Microsoft closes down Word Flow for iOS, encourages users to get SwiftKey instead

Word Flow keyboard app for iOS was a product of Microsoft’s Garage project. I say “was” because Microsoft decided to pull the plug on the development and remove Word Flow from the App Store.

According to a message posted on the app’s page on Microsoft Garage, the development of Word Flow was an experiment that it’s now complete (whatever that’s supposed to mean). Moreover, the developers recommend those who used Word Flow on their iOS devices to go ahead and download SwiftKey instead.

The Word Flow experiment is now complete! We encourage you to download …

Google Gboard for iOS now integrates Maps, YouTube, and a drawing feature

Gboard, Google’s official keyboard app, received an update earlier today, although only on iOS.

iPhone and iPad users who have Gboard installed on their devices can now access Google Maps and YouTube directly from the keyboard, just by tapping on the G button located on the upper left side. This way, it’s easier than ever to share your current location, or maybe a funny YouTube video, with friends – without switching apps.

Another new feature that the updated Gboard (version 1.8.0) brings is called Ink – you can find it by tapping on the emoji button, then on the dedicated pen button. …

Fighting Fantasy Legends RPG card game drops on Android and iOS

If you’ve played and liked Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! game on either Android or iOS, you’ll probably love Fighting Fantasy Legends, the new RPG card game from the co-founders of Games Workshop (Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone) and Nomad Games.

Fighting Fantasy Legends is a card-based role-playing game that features roguelike elements. The game features thousands of choices, which makes the replay value higher than most mobile games in the same genre.

Make no mistake, this is RPG of epic proportions, as you’ll be playing through the stories of three famous …