Fresh iPhone Apps for June 25: Tumblr update, Stitcher Radio update, Yesterday

Jun 25, 2012
Games

We’ve got some big updates to start your week. Leading the charge is one that makes Tumblr’s iOS app better and easier to use, helping users post to their blogs from wherever they are. Stitcher Radio also has been updated with new features that help the app make recommendations about what you might like to […]

We’ve got some big updates to start your week. Leading the charge is one that makes Tumblr’s iOS app better and easier to use, helping users post to their blogs from wherever they are. Stitcher Radio also has been updated with new features that help the app make recommendations about what you might like to listen to, based on the things you enjoy. Finally, we’ve got a point-and-click adventure title to take care of your gaming needs. Yesterday features some adult themes and follows the hunt for a serial killer.

Tumblr update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Blogging service Tumblr has updated its app to make it easier to post text, videos, images and more to Tumblr websites no matter where you are, provided you have an Internet connection. The app already made it possible to quickly make posts from within the app, as well as to comment on other people’s posts and reblog them. It also lets you access multiple blogs to update from within the app, too.

The new update includes the ability to search by tags and includes Spotify support for blog posts. The user interface has been updated to make the app easier to navigate, and shortcuts have also been added that make it simpler to quickly access your device’s camera and make posts, or to switch to text posts. Tumblr has been optimized to run faster with the new update as well.

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Stitcher Radio update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Internet radio app Stitcher Radio is designed to bring lots of great news, talk, comedy and sports programming from all over the world to listeners in one easy-to-navigate place. The app allows you to create custom radio stations from Internet radio, listen to shows on demand, and access a wealth of content from stations all over the country and beyond. You can also share what you’re listening to with friends through Facebook and keep up with the news through Stitcher as well.

A recent update to the app brings a new “Smart Station” to your Stitcher listening options, which brings in the top content from thousands of sources to give you a sampling of what’s available and provides recommendations based on the things you tell the app you enjoy. There’s also some increased streamlining with sharing on Twitter, a new sleep timer that turns off your radio shows as you go to bed, and album art available on your device’s lock screen while you use Stitcher.

Yesterday (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

Point-and-click adventure games have seen something of a renaissance in recent years. With the rise of touchscreen devices such as the iPhone and iPad, the once-fading genre has seen a resurgence among indie developers that has helped revitalize the genre and its storytelling method. Yesterday is the product of the return of interest in adventure titles, making the hop from PC to iOS and bringing a dark story along with it.

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The game has players controlling various characters as they work through the comic book-styled telling of the story of serial killings taking place in a city. Players have to solve puzzles in their environments, picking up various objects and combining them in clever ways while advancing the story forward. It’s standard fare if you’re used to games like Broken Sword or Myst, and Yesterday’s adult story makes it something worth checking out, especially for fans of the genre.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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