HopStop Stories December 21, 2012


Just Released:

MapChoice | $0.99: A new app just released on the App Store provides you with access to both Apple’s new Maps and Google Maps in a single app. Your position will transfer from one map to the other, and it also includes StreetView and Foursquare integration.

MapChoice gives you a choice between old and new maps. You can also view Street View and search using FourSquare.


Instagram-iconInstagram version 3.4.0 | FREE: Instagram gets updated today with support for 25 languages, a new “Mayfair” filter, Facebook iOS 6 integration, and more.

– Instagram is now available in 25 languages! – New filter: Mayfair – Share photos from any album – Facebook iOS 6 integration – Improved performance and bug fixes

The Wall Street Journal version 5.0 | FREE: The Wall Street Journal just updated its iOS app, moving content on iPhone and iPad to Apple’s Newsstand and providing users with automatically updated issues each morning. WSJ will now offer in-app subscriptions, billing users directly to their iTunes accounts monthly. The updated app also includes Alerts for breaking news.

Newsstand & Alerts – WSJ is now in Newsstand! Get new issues automatically delivered to your device overnight. To use Newsstand, tap ‘Allow’ when prompted. – Note: WSJ App icon will now appear in the Newsstand Folder. – Breaking News Alerts from WSJ. To get alerts, tap ‘Allow’ when prompted. In-App Subscriptions StubHub Seat Maps– Purchase a monthly subscription to WSJ through your iTunes account. With a digital subscription you get access to iPad, iPhone, WSJ.com and more.

StubHub version 4.1.0 | FREE: The StubHub iOS app gets updated with more interactive seat maps, the ability to see your view before buying tickets, iPhone 5 support, and more:

• Interactive seat maps for certain football and basketball games: filter ticket listings by section • View from section: see the view from your section before you buy (for many events) • iPhone 5 support • Improved sharing (Twitter, Facebook, and text messaging) • Ability to add events to your calendar • User interface enhancements

MapQuest version 3.3 | FREE:

• You can now send maps and routes from mapquest.com to your phone and open them in the MapQuest App

Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin | $0.99: Microsoft’s previously Windows Phone-only title gets iPhone 5 support and new features: expand full story

HopStop Stories August 3, 2012

Real Racing 3: EA officially announced the next title in its Real Racing series, which is now being handled by developer Firemonkeys (recent merger of Firemint and and IronMonkey), and also released the rather impressive announcement trailer above featuring pre-alpha footage. More info is coming later this year but there is additional Porsche footage on the game’s Facebook page if you can’t wait. A little bit of what to expect from Real Racing 3 below:


Gamers will enjoy graphics that have been meticulously hand crafted to produce photorealistic visuals as they zoom around in cars from manufacturers like Porsche, Dodge and Audi.


For the first time in the series, Real Racing 3 will also include a full lineup of real world tracks from the top names around the world including Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Silverstone. With a 22 car grid, gamers will be able to pit themselves against 21 other drivers in one race.


Fans can experience the glory of championship racing on real tracks recreating the full race-day pressure and environment in a game that harnesses the full power of mobile hardware to produce a beautiful racing environment.

Twitter version 4.3.2: The Twitter iOS app was updated today with improved pull to refresh and infinite scroll “in enhanced events experience,” unfortunately we still await an update to the official Mac client while the Tweetbot for Mac alpha received a ton of new features in its latest update last night.

Wash Post version 2.0.0:The Washington Post’s official iPhone app received a big update today with a brand new design and tons of new features including live weather conditions, 7 day forecasts, weather alerts, real-time traffic updates, metro arrival times and schedules for the DC Metro area, and more. Also included is Retina display enhancements for all full links within articles, graphics, and galleries.

HopStop Transit Directions version 1.2.1: We told you about an update to the HopStop iPhone app for transit directions in NYC, Boston, Chicago, and San Fran, and today its app with support for 100’s of cities throughout the US, Canada, and Europe was updated with the London Underground map and support for the following new markets:

– Arrive by Directions and Schedules Search!

– New markets: Palm Springs, Burlington VT, Fresno, Missoula, Orlando

– London Underground map has been added

– Various bug fixes and improvements

HopStop Stories August 1, 2012

Apps & updates: Readdle 5th anniversary sale, Amazon Mobile, Dead Trigger, HopStop, more

Today’s list of apps and updates hitting the App Stores kicks off with a huge sale on Readdle apps to celebrate the publisher’s fifth anniversary. As always, we will update the list when more apps hit the store.

Readdle 5th anniversary sale: Readdle, a premier productivity application developer for iOS, has begun a major sale for its suite of popular productivity App Store software. The company is doing this sale in celebration of its fifth-year anniversary as a company. The sale begins today and will run for the next 48 hours. The folks at Readdle created a new web page that describes their work and success so far. It is an interesting read for both other app developers and app users. Here are the discounts:

Scanner Pro: $6.99 to $1.99

PDF Expert: $9.99 to $4.99

Remarks: $6.99 to $0.99

Calendars: $6.99 to $1.99

ReaddleDocs: $6.99 to $0.99

PrinterPro: $6.99 to $1.99

PDF Converter: $6.99 to $1.99

Shakespeare Pro: $9.99 to $1.99

Amazon Mobile version 2.0.0: Amazon’s universal mobile app for shopping through Amazon.com received a notable update that includes the ability to utilize the “Subscribe & Save” option at checkout to get 5 percent to 15 percent off purchases. You can also now shop by department.

HopStop version 2.0: The popular iPhone app that provides subway and bus directions and transit maps for NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Fran (and elsewhere) was just updated with an all-new design that includes interactive route overview maps and built-in compass functionality, “station-to-station schedule search,” and much more.

Dead Trigger version 1.1.2: Madfinger’s latest title has been getting a ton of praise from game reviewers lately, and it received a huge update today that brings tons of new weapons, upgrades, gadgets, zombies, and environments. A full list of new features and fixes is below:

New weapons: Chain Saw, Lewis Machine Gun, Marine Engine with blades and American West Rifle

*New gadget: Head-Flator X100 to inflate the heads of zombies to XXXL size!

*New zombies: mutated mobsters or armoured SWAT members

*New environments: underground car park or secret research base

*Survival arena, that is tailor-made for massacre of hordes of zombies

*Daily rewards

*Casino: try your luck with a slot machine

*Save game data with cloud backup

☣ Bug Fixing

* Revive Kit (cooldown, number of usage during mission)

* Crash in Menu when too many missions were “available”

* Booster “Ammo Supply” did not working properly

⋆ Crash in GameCenter code

⋆ Various fixes in missions and graphics

☣ Tweaks

* Enemy AI

* Aiming on crawling enemies when enabled iron-sight

* New Hope accessible after first mission

* Shop ( items with zero owned pieces, etc. )

* Damages caused by mines, deactivated turret, cutters, exploding barrels that did not injure enemies on higher ranks

☣ Weapons, Gadgets, Upgrades

* Decrease price of various items

* Decrease required ranks

* Damage tweaks, etc

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