How to use stickers in the Messages app on your iPad

iMessage App Store

One of the new messaging features introduced in iOS 10 is Stickers. These are static or animated images that you can attach to text bubbles in the Messages app. Stickers are available in packs on the App Store. You can access sticker packs by either downloading an app that features its own stickers or by downloading specifically created sticker packs from the iMessage App Store.

The access the iMessage App Store, open your Messages app and tap the grey arrow next to the iMessage text box. Tap the App Store icon to open your app drawer, then tap the four grey dots in the lower left hand corner. Finally, tap the blue + sign labeled "Store" and you will not be able to access all the premium and free available sticker packs.

How to watch the 2016 Presidential debates on your iPad

Clinton vs. Trump

The first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is schedule for Monday, September 26 at 9pm EST. Trump versus Clinton is expected to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. The event is being broadcast on several different networks which all have their own iOS and Apple TV apps. Here's a list of apps you can download to watch the debates if you do not have access to a television.

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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Batman The Telltale Series and more

Batman - The Telltale Series

The long awaited episodic video game series starring Batman from Telltale is finally here, but shockingly the first user reviews are overwhelmingly negative. Batman - The Telltale Series has received a disappointing 3 stars on the App Store due to glitchy graphics, bad controls and slow loading times. This may be due to the game being recommended for newer devices, such as the iPhone 6 or later, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

If you have a newer device and want to give Batman a spin, the first episode is available for $4.99 on the App Store. You can also purchase the entire series for $14.99.

The 'world's first real flame smart candle' is almost here

LuDela

Have you ever wished you could use your iPhone to light a candle? Not turn on an electrical candle, but light a wax candle with an actual flame. Believe it or not, there is an app for that. Pre-orders are now being excepted for the "world's first real flame smart candle" called LuDela. At first glance the LuDela may look like an insane idea, but a smart candle is not as crazy as it sounds.

Animation Throwdown for iOS is a huge disapointment

Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards

Kongregate's Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards had the potential to be the next Pocket Mortys, but instead we got another Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. In which I mean another boring game that you can play with your eyes closed while you wait for timers to expire.

Animation Throwdown has all the pieces to be an epic game, but it doesn't know what to do them. Collectible card games are all about rare cards, combinations and strategy. While Animation Throwdown does offer a lot of fun cards to collect, it suffers from lackluster game play.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Animation Throwdown and more

It was a big week for Apple, not only did the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus officially launch today, but iOS 10 was released earlier in the week. The big change to the App Store came in the form of Stickers, and a Notify me option for the eagerly anticipated release of Super Mario Run. iOS fans can access the Super Mario Run App Store page early to sign up to be notified when the game is released. To sign up for the Super Mario Run notification, just tap the Notify button like you would do to download a game.

Animation Throwdown brings Family Guy, Bob's Burgers and more together on iOS

Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards

Kongregate's new card battling title brings five of Fox's popular animated shows together in one game for the fist time. iPhone and iPad users can now play as their favorite characters from Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, Futurama and King if the Hill. The game includes hundreds of cards featuring characters such as Stewie, Bender and more. Each character also has different versions of themselves with unique abilities and stats.

Reduce Motion disables iOS 10 message effects

iOS 10 Screen Effects

A lot of iPhone and iPad users were confused on Tuesday after installing iOS 10 on their devices. Not only did some users experience a brief issue while downloading iOS 10, but many could not access the new screen and bubble effects in the Messages app.

The main new features in iOS 10 are message effects. This includes the ability to send animated messages such as balloons or fireworks, the ability to add stickers to message bubbles and more. To send screen or bubble effects you must press and hold the new blue arrow that has replaced the Send button in the Messages app. Tapping and holding the arrow opens the "Send with effect" screen where you can select from a variety of animations to enhance you text messages. iOS users with the Reduce Motion slider enabled are not able to access this screen or see message animations.

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Are you prepared for iOS 10?

iOS 10

iOS 10 is finally being released on Tuesday, September 13th after being in beta since mid-June. The updated software will introduce a variety of new features to supported devices. Apple previewed most of the new features in iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 earlier this year, and we've already discussed the pros and cons of installing iOS 10 on your iPad. Today we will help you prepare your device for the upcoming upgrade launching tomorrow.

iPad mini survives another Apple product refresh

iPad mini 4

There have been all kinds of rumors about the future of Apple ever since the company posted its first decline is sales in 2016. Apple saw a slump across all product lines, but the iPad has seen the biggest slide as interest in tablets has slowly declined over the years. This and the introduction of larger handsets have made many ponder about the fate of Apple's 7.9-inch tablet, the iPad mini.

The last iPad mini model was released over a year ago on September 5th. Apple has since released two iPad Pro models, but there hasn't been much chatter about a fifth-generation mini in the rumor mill. Some analysts believe that Apple plans to discontinue the smaller tablet since its sales are being cannibalized by the larger iPhone Plus models.

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