Apple Adds New ‘Tips’ App in iOS 8 for iPad and iPhone, Publishes Official User Guide for iBooks

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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 have known about). The company added a convenient “Tips” app that comes stock in iOS 8, plus, an official user guide for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are now available for free in the iBookstore.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia Announces iRig Mic Field Ready for Preorder

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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 iPad, so I don’t have to hold it in my hand or set up a separate mic stand.

As if they heard my thoughts, IK Multimedia recently announced a “field” microphone similar to the Mikey Digital that you can take with you to concerts and get the best possible audio for your video recording.

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Griffin and Crayola Release Kid Friendly Stylus and Coloring App


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 until now Paper has been her app of choice, but I finally think there is a stylus / app combination from Crayola that will become very popular at my house.

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Tim Cook’s Open Letter on Customer Privacy

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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 Tim explains that personal data is never collected or used for marketing and that they don’t treat us as their product, which is clearly a reference to companies such as Google, Amazon, and even Facebook.

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Two-Step Verification Officially Protects iCloud Ahead of iOS 8 Update

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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.

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Warning: iCloud Drive for iOS 8 May Cause Document Syncing to Fail on OS X Until Yosemite Release


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 to sync all of your iCloud documents on your Mac.

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Apple iPad Launch Event Rumored to Happen in Late October

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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. 22, 2013. I’ll go one step further and predict that Apple’s iPad event will be on Oct. 21 this year.

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It’s Time, iOS 8 is Now Available for Download


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.

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Patent Shows Glimpse of Alternate iOS Interface

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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 is similar to OS X but with some unique features such as size / mass correlation and motion based transfer.

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Apple Watch Apps, Stock and Third-Party, That will be Ready at Launch

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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.

A patient and detailed reader recently posted on MacForums all 64 apps that were quickly shown off at Apple’s Sept. 9 media event. There are 23 Apple apps and 17 third-party apps, plus a slew of unidentified apps that could be ready for launch in 2015.

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