I love rumor season and in spite of iOS 7.1 being released only earlier this week, version 8 is already lighting up the iOS rumor mill. The latest from 9to5mac.com, however, is good news because the Game Center might finally be phased out.
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is big on inspiring the world to make movies. Not only movies, but more specifically, animations. Last June, the organization launched a comprehensive catalogue of Norman McLaren’s short films, which included a few workshop features where users could create their own McLaren-esque animations. Today the NFB announced the launch of another app that lets future filmmakers try their hand at animation. This time, it involves the stop motion kind.
Epic role-playing adventure games hit their stride in the mid 1990s. With some help from titles like Final Fantasy turning the gaming world upside-down. A lot of game makers wanted to try their hand at the genre. In 1995, Namco launched the first in its “Tales” series, which grew in popularity to the point it has been ported to a number of different device, including the recent port to iOS.
When Apple launched iCloud three years ago, the company intended to make seamless integration between iOS and OS X. Since then, major updates to the company’s productivity apps for both operating systems have improved greatly and iCloud has helped make integration much better than it was before. Today, 9to5Mac claims to have information that Apple will be adding OS X’s TextEdit and Preview apps to iOS with the next version of the mobile operating system.
I should have seen it coming. I think, secretly, I knew it was. Amazon just sent out emails to Prime members letting them know that the subscription to the service has increased to $99. Members whose renewal date starts after April 17 will be charged the new fee. Student Prime subscribers will see their rate increase to $49.
Commercial Airlines have been slowly inching toward integration of mobile device use on flights. By 2011, United Airlines had already begun trading heavy flight bags with iPad tablets for the company’s pilots. Once the Federal Aviation Administration approved passenger use of portable electronic devices, all bets were off. Today, United Airlines has announced a new in-flight entertainment program that will allow iPad and iPhone users to watch TV shows and movies on their own devices.
Flipboard is good for a lot of things, the most important being that it is a great way to discover new content relating to things you like. Unlike RSS readers, Flipboard lets users curate and create content by making their own magazines to share with others. One such magazine is iPad Music.
This iPad music based content aggregate is curated by the website of the same name, iPadMusic, which regularly reviews apps, gadgets, and accessories that are related to creating music on the iPad.
Its no secret that Microsoft is holding back on releasing a full version of Office for the iPad. The company has not offered the service for any other mobile device than its own Surface line of tablets. Last year, a hedge fund named ValueAct Capital purchased nearly $2 billion in Microsoft stock, which only amounts to about one percent. This hedge fund, however, is an activist fund and managed to get its squeaky wheel heard. Yesterday, under duress, Microsoft added ValueAct president to its board of directors.
Quarriors! is a dice building game that uses similar mechanics to deck building games, only with dice. There are few games like this in existence, one being from the same developer who created this title, The Lord of the Rings: Dice Building Game. The game was ported to the iPad last November, making it much easier to keep all of your dice from getting lost (I’m missing a couple from my physical game set already). Today, the company has added the Quarmageddon expansion to the game, adding 40 more dice to the game. To celebrate, Quarriors! is on sale for free for one week.
Accessory maker CruxCase recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new keyboard case. This one is the perfect fit for the iPad Air. Additionally, the CruxENCORE will be available in a variety of colors for those who want a little spice in their life.