Archive for category: iOS

Apple Sets WWDC 2014 for First Week in June

wwdc14-home-brandingApple devs mark your calendars: The company has finally revealed the dates for its next Worldwide Developers Conference. The annual event, typically a showcase for coming updates to OS X and iOS, will kick off on June 2 at San Francisco’s Moscone West and run through June 6. Unlike previous years, tickets to WWDC 2014 will be distributed via a lottery of developers who register for the event between now and Monday, April 7, at 10 am PT.

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More Ways To Die With FTL: Advanced Edition

Remember FTL? The rogue-like space survival indie game that made 2012′s best of year list? Well it’s back in a brand new Advanced Edition that adds a new ship along new tech such as a clone bay that replaces dead crew members and mind-control for attacking opposing crews. There’s also been a host of visual and gameplay tweaks in order to improve the overall game. “But I already bought FTL in one of the many Steam sales! Will I have to pay more?” The answer is no, as the Advanced Edition content will be added automatically to your copy of FTL. Also today the game finally sees a release for the iPad with all the content of the PC version, along with a tweaked interface to better enhance the touchscreen experience. So now you can fail to save your crew over and over anywhere you like.

FTL: Advanced Edition is available now on the iOS App Store for iPad (2nd gen or higher) and on Steam for PC and Mac for $9.99.

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Blizzard takes a stab at mobile gaming, brings its free card game to the iPad

Blizzard hasn’t really had a presence in mobile gaming… not unless you think the Battle.net Authenticator is rip-roaring entertainment, anyway. However, the developer is giving the category an honest try today by releasing Hearthstone for the iPad….

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Booqpad for the iPad Air Promises Protection and Versatility…

booqpad_black_comboWe’ve come to expect only the best from Booq when it comes to protecting our precious gear…and that applies to our tablets as well.

Taking everything they’ve learned from their excellent gadget bag line, Booq has just released the Booqpad for the iPad Air–offering full protection for your Apple tablet, while still providing functionality and full accessibility. While most would be satisfied with the folio-style design (that provides multiple typing angles) and the magnetic clasp system that keeps it all together, Booq adds that extra old-school touch by providing a pad inside of the case, letting us know that the ancient art of actually “taking notes” is still alive and kicking. Bravo, Booq–you had us at hello…

The new Booqpad for iPad Air retails for $60, and you can click past the jump for the full PR.

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Twitter now shows you video previews inside its mobile apps

Checking out a linked video from within Twitter’s official mobile apps is frequently a clumsy process, but it’s about to get a lot smoother. The social network has started rolling out simple in-line video previews on both its Android and iOS apps. If…

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Apple Starts Charging for Live Chat Support Cases

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 8.18.37 PMApple has begun charging for its online live chat support, with certain cases now yielding a per incident fee of $19. It is unclear exactly what kind of query will cost you the coin, but there are also a few predefined categories where support staff can also waive the fee–such as “I recently purchased Mac OS X” and “ I recently purchased Apple branded software, and I’m having issues using it with this computer.”  Though $19 is not a huge amount to pay for service that comes straight from Apple, it’s still a whole lot more than the free support many  customers are accustomed to.

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Apple Resurrects 4th Gen iPad & Introduces New 8GB iPhone 5C

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 1.13.58 PMApple has resurrected its fourth generation iPad, putting to rest the iPad 2. The fourth gen iPad is now being sold for a starting price of $399 (16GB, WiFi model) through Apple’s Online Store, leaving the first-generation iPad mini as the only non-Retina iOS device in circulation; it also puts to rest yet another iOS device with a 30-pin connector. Also this morning, Apple has launched a lower-capacity iPhone 5c model. The 8GB model is making its way into Apple Online Store’s internationally as we sit and wait to see if it will be introduced in the U.S. and Canada as well.

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Apple TV Update Brings Bluetooth AirPlay Features

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 11.31.08 AMIt’s always fun to fall upon new features after a product is released or updated–especially when that product is as near and dear to our hearts as Apple TV is. Following the 6.1 update last this week, a new report is out that Apple has enabled AirPlay device discovery over Bluetooth; this means that in addition to bonjour, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources via Bluetooth when it scans. We’re hoping for some more substantial Apple TV news next quarter–but for now, we’ll settle for some increased Apple TV functionality.

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Microsoft Rebrands Office Web Apps to Office Online

OfficecomHomeCrop780Microsoft has rebranded their online Office suite from Office Web Apps to Office Online. The suites have been rebranded which means they will be referred to as Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online. The company is promising that sharing will get better with this new rebrand, and, they are making hundreds of templates now available to online users as of today as well.

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Apple Releases iOS 7.1 with CarPlay, New Animations, and Improved Siri

screen-shot-2013-09-15-at-5-10-49-pmIn case you hadn’t heard, Apple made CarPlay official with the release of iOS 7.1…and in addition to the  new in-car functionality, their latest mobile OS update brings enhancements and changes throughout the operating system. New features hit Siri with the ability to press and hold down the home button, and Siri will wait for you to release it before responding; bug fixes are also along for the ride, as well as feature enhancements to iTunes Radio, Calendar, enhanced Touch ID recognition, new animations and icons, and much more. Make sure you tune in to this week’s episode of YourTechReport Radio (Saturdays at 1pm Eastern on SiriusXM ch. 167) to listen to our full review.

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