• 9/18/2014 7:51:46 PM
    Yesterday, amidts all the hubbub surrounding iOS 8, a few incredible things happened. One of them is that 1Password for iOS, formerly $9.99, is now a freemium title with extra features available as an in-app purchase. If you’ve always thought about getting the top-quality app, but were intimidated by the cost, you can now have [...]
  • The way we listen to music is ever changing. Less than 30 years ago, vinyl was the main medium for albums, then it was cassette tapes. The CD took over by the 1990s, but didn’t really last because digital music took over, thanks in part to Apple’s iTunes. What format will music be delivered to [...]
  • Every week, we offer how-tos and advice on how to get the most out of your iPad with our iPad Tips column. It appears that Apple feels its users might need a little extra help when it comes to some of the new features in iOS 8 (as well as older features we may not [...]
  • As much as I love IK Multimedia’s many versions of their iOS compatible microphones, they are not quite as convenient as Blue Microphone’s Mikey Digital when it comes to recording live bands at shows, which I do all of the time. The latter is more compact and connects directly to the headphone port of my [...]
  • I am always looking for ways to get my kids to use the family iPad in fun and educational ways and while they have the fun part down, there are still many untapped uses they haven’t discovered yet. My 7 year old daughter is the only one that likes drawing on the iPad and up [...]
  • A lot has been discussed about Apple and privacy this month and Apple CEO Tim Cook wants you to know that they are taking your privacy very seriously. In a letter posted on Apple.com Tim explains that personal data is never collected or used for marketing and that they don’t treat us as their product, which [...]
  •   Early this morning, Apple sent out notifications to users of two-step verification for iOS. The email provided users with information regarding updates to the double-security feature. Starting today, two-step verification protects all data stored in iCloud. If you haven’t already, now is the time to activate the feature. You may recall that two-step verification [...]
  • Read this article before you download the iOS 8 update. According to a handful of developers, and detailed by The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), iCloud Drive is not compatible with OS X Mavericks and earlier desktop operating systems. So, basically, if you upgrade to iCloud Drive during iOS 8 installation, you may lose the ability [...]
  • Big surprise. An unnamed source familiar with Apple’ plans told AppleInsider that the company is planning another media event in mid-October. I could have guessed that. Apple’s previous two iPad announcements have taken place at the same time. The fourth-generation iPad was announced on Oct. 23, 2012 and the iPad Air was announced on Oct. [...]
  • Apple’s newest mobile operating system is officially ready for download. If you don’t know what to do, check out our how-to guide. Hopefully, you’ve already back up your iPad and iPhone ahead of time. The update takes up 1.3GB of space. At this time, it will take approximately 20 minutes to download iOS 8. Be [...]
  • Apple still has a few new products up its sleeve and the company is planning to unveil all of them around mid-to-late October, according to AppleInsider. Citing an inside source that has "shared reliable information on product introduction and timing in the past," AppleInsider claims Apple has set "internal project and marketing deadlines of mid-October," and plans to announce its new products later that month.

    iPad / Apple TV Refresh

    While Apple is expected to eventually announce a second-generation iPad Air and new iPad mini, rumors have also suggested that the Cupertino company may be working on a refresh of its Apple TV and MacBook Air lineup.

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  • Coffee Stain Studios' Goat Simulator has landed on the Apple App Store one day before its announced September 18 release date. The simulation game was created as a joke but became a viral hit after some early game play videos were posted to YouTube. The game's first official trailer has received over 7 million views. Goat Simulator was released to Steam to mixed reviews on April 1, and now it is available for iOS devices.

    Goat Simulator

    Goat Simulator features the "latest in goat simulation technology" which allows users to live out their fantasy of being a goat. The game is played from a goat's perspective as players try to do as much damage as possible in a open world. Players can wreck havoc by bashing and licking things, and earn points by performing goat stunts.

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  • In 2010 when the iPad was new and the iPhone was already fairly well established, Apple was hard at work figuring out how to improve and innovate with the iOS interface. Patent No. 8,839,150 titled ‘Graphical objects that respond to touch or motion input,’ describes a system that handles files and folders in way that [...]
  • Apple’s upcoming wearable computer will come stock with a handful of apps, many of which we’ve already told you about. However, by the time the Apple Watch is finally available for sale, not only will Apple have a large number of apps available for us, but many third-party developers will be on board, as well. [...]
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook recently participated in an exclusive interview with PBS’ Charlie Rose. The first in a two-part interview had Cook speaking with Rose on such topics as iPhone sizes, competing companies, and new products. During the first half, which aired last Friday, Rose questioned Apple’s stance on consumer right to privacy. Cook made [...]
  • Developer FiftyThree has updated its iPad sketching app with a new open platform for "creating together". Mix is a social network for sharing and viewing sketches and drawings created on the Paper app. Users can share their own portfolio and view other works within the app or via the Mix website. Users can also use Mix to gain inspiration from other users, collaborate on open sketches and search various channels like Learn, Sketch, Play, Write, Design, and Think.

    Mix for Paper

    The Paper by FiftyThree app with Mix is available to download on the Apple App store for free with additional tools available as in-app purchases. Paper by FiftyThree promises to offer a simple way for anyone to sketch ideas with "no fussy settings or distractions," and it was rewarded the iPad App of the Year & Apple Design Award in 2012.

    The app supports all iPad models running iOS 7 or later and it is compatible with FiftyThree's stylus Pencil.

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  • Well, we were wondering when it would happen. Apple’s recent connection with the theft of celebrity nude “selfies” via iCloud was sure to put the iPad maker in the hot seat at some point. PayPal appears to be the first to use the issue against Apple. Apparently, the online payment service feels a bit threatened [...]
  • When Apple announced its upcoming Apple Pay feature, it quickly became clear that the service required a near-field communication (NFC) chip, which doesn’t exist in any currently existing iOS device. Sure enough, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will come equipped with NFC technology, something Apple has resisted for years. The Apple Watch will likely [...]
  • This Wednesday, Apple will make iOS 8 available to the public for download. Thanks to a few technology tweaks a few years ago, Apple has made it possible for users to simply tap “Download” in order to update their devices to iOS 8. However, nothing ever goes as smoothly as that. Apple’s media event and [...]
  • Apple’s upcoming wearable computing device is called the Apple Watch, but it is so much more than just a timepiece. It promises to bring a more intimate way to connect with people, an easier way for you to communicate, and interactivity with your iPhone unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The Apple Watch requires an [...]
  • In a publicity stunt surely meant to impress rather than offend, Apple gave away U2’s latest studio album last week to everyone with an iTunes account. They didn’t just offer it to everyone, they placed it into each account as if it had already been purchased and that didn’t sit well with everyone. Honestly I’m [...]
  • Apple devices are universally recognizable, but incredibly individualized. Every mobile device, as well as desktop and laptop computers, can be customized, personalized, and accessorized. The Apple Watch will be no different. It is simply a matter of figuring out what users want to do with their wearable technology. We’ve got some ideas for what we’d [...]
  • Another Samsung advertisement has surfaced recently. In it, the company makes fun of Apple for being late to the game with the larger sized screen. The first Galaxy Note, which has a 5.3-inch screen, came out in October of 2011. Samsung notes that Apple is three years behind when it comes to the larger screen. [...]
  • Last week, Apple opened up preorders for its newest model of iPhone. Within a few hours, reports were coming in of massive shutdowns and online load errors that didn’t really clear up until the wee hours of the morning, at which time the iPhone 6 Plus was already backlogged with a delayed shipping date. This [...]
  • Last week, Sam gave his expert advice on why upgrading to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is a good idea and who it is a good idea for. Today, I’ve got a different opinion on the matter. For the first time since my first iPhone, I won’t be upgrading to the most current model [...]
  • The Apple Watch looks pretty amazing but it is still just an iPhone accessory and as such will take some getting used to in the way you use it along side your phone. Apple is framing the Apple Watch as an extension of the iPhone experience and this is probably the best way to think [...]
  • Old Spidey is back and ready for a new adventure. This time, the multiverse is taking action against the Sinister Six, led by the Green Goblin. Also this time, Spider-Man and his other-dimension selves are running for their lives in a free-to-play title with a twist. Spider-Man Unlimited is a free endless runner style game [...]
  • Pre-ordering the iPhone 6 may have had its share of challenges this morning but that didn’t stop the masses from sending in their money. For many iPhone users this may be the last Apple Store purchase they make without Apple Pay, and that is an interesting prospect. Apple Pay is an entirely new system which [...]
  • At precisely 12:01 a.m. this morning, Apple was supposed to make the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus available for preorder. According to a number of reports, that just didn’t happen. In fact, it took until approximately 12:20 a.m. for the online retail store to be “open” for business. The site didn’t really get on track [...]
  • The Apple Watch will come with many features, like mobile payment, messaging, maps, and person-to-person doodling. One big feature that Apple hopes will literally change lives is its fitness integration. Thanks to a series of sensors on the back of the shell, the internal accelerometer, and GPS and Wi-Fi on your iPhone the Apple Watch [...]
  • Yahoo has added several new iPad-related features to its News Digest app. The biggest addition is a weekly video segment featuring the company's new Global Anchor Katie Couric. The new show will be uploaded to the News Digest app every Sunday and feature "a significant story from the week before," according to the Yahoo Tumblr post.

    Yahoo News Digest for iPad

    The news app has also been optimized for tablets and it now includes the option to customize notification delivery times. Users can choose to receive their morning news updates anytime between 6am to 10am and their late edition news anytime between 5pm to 9pm.

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  • If the specs are to be believed then the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will provide over 10 hours of LTE browsing and the same for HD video viewing. On a fairly typical day I run out of battery on my iPhone 5s before I get home and I often turn off everything extra to [...]
  • In the mid 1980s, a fun little role-playing adventure game (RPG) swept across Japan and won the heats of RPG-ers. Shortly there after, it crossed the ocean under the name “Dragon Warrior” in the U.S. It became so popular that it spawned a series of games, a few of which have already made it to [...]
  • Twelve a Dozen is the first of several educational games that education start-up Amplify plans to release this year. The New York-based company creates digital K-12 educational products for parents and teachers, and it plans to release 30 iPad games for students this October. Amplify has teamed up with the developer Bossa Studios Ltd to release its first game that "help students build key algebraic skills," according to their website. The pairing is kind of an odd match since Bossa Studios' previous games include Surgeon Simulator and Deep Dungeons of Doom.

    Twelve a Dozen

    Twelve a Dozen is a puzzle-platformer that follows the heroine named Twelve and her companion Dot, a living decimal point voiced by British actress and comedian Lucy Montgomery. Twelve and Dot must use addition, subtraction, division, multiplication to solve puzzles and save Twelve's family after disaster hits her home town Dozenopolis.

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  • At about 11:50 a.m. PT on Sept. 9, Apple announced to the world that U2’s new album “Songs of Innocence” would be free for everyone with an iTunes account. It took about 10 minutes for the free content to appear in the iTunes Store, but it did appear and it is free. I downloaded it [...]
  • Within 24 hours of Apple’s product launch, Samsung has followed up with a series of commercials that poke fun at Geniuses. The 30-second advertisements are clever and might give you a chuckle. However, what they don’t do is show a single Samsung product. It is like we are watching someone who has been dumped, making [...]
  • Four years ago, Apple announced a new product line in its family of mobile devices. The tablet had existed previously, but became more popular than PC computers thanks to the iPad’s incredible technological advancements. This past Tuesday, Apple made another announcement about a new product line, and analysts are already predicting that it will revolutionize [...]
  • You may have never heard of the ondes Martenot. I’ve been an active musician, and for a time was a music major in college, but I had never heard the name until recently. You probably have, however, heard the sound that the instrument makes. It has been around since the late 1920s and is used [...]
  • Apple finally made a watch. We all knew it was coming. We even had a pretty good idea of what it would be capable of. What we weren’t sure of was what it would look like. Yesterday, all was revealed. Apple was smart enough to realize that one watch does not fit them all. So, [...]
  • During Apple’s big media event, where the company demonstrated the upcoming Apple Watch, there was not a single left-handed orientation in the house, leaving some to wonder how this gadget is supposed to work for the 10 percent of the population who doesn’t wear a watch that way. Some speculated that Apple simply forgot about [...]