Beat Electronics LLC became an official part of Apple last week, and today the first Beats by Dr. Dre accessories appeared on Apple's online store. An official Beats by Dr. Dre category can be found between the Apple Accessories and Exclusives tabs on the Shop Accessories page. Apple customers can now shop for Beats headphones, which start at $169, Beats speakers and other accessories such as earpods and "Beats Pill Dudes".
Beats headphones are available in a variety of colors and are compatible with all iOS devices including the original iPad and iPhone 3G. They're also wireless and feature noise canceling capabilities. Beats also offers a line of in-ear headphones starting at $99.95. The in-ear headphones are equipped with an in-line mic for calls just like Apple's earpods.
Just in time for pre-season, NFL Now has hit the App Store. The new app "delivers a personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches right to your iPad or iPhone," according to the official App Store description. The app also promised to deliver hundreds of videos based on your personalized tastes and real-time in-game highlights.
The app is free to download but premium access will cost users from the U.S., Mexico and the U.K. $1.99 a month. NFL fans in the rest of the world will have to shell out $4.99 a month for full access. The service is also now available as a new channel on Apple TV.
NFL Now the app supports all devices running iOS 7.0 or later.
2K Games, the team that successfully brought XCOM: Enemy Unknown to mobile devices, is working on BioShock for iOS. For those who don't know, BioShock is a popular first-person shooter that was released for the Xbox 360 in 2007. The iOS version will be another "premium" title, meaning it will cost around the same amount as XCOM when it was originally released for the iPad and iPhone. 2K Games caused an uproar on social media when it was originally announced that XCOM would be available for $20 on the App Store. Even with its high price tag the game was met with positive reviews and it was eventually dropped to only $10.
BioShock has been scaled down graphically to work with Apple devices. The iOS version is also "distinctly less immersive" than the original, according to Engadget. Both Engadget and Polygon said the game plays well on the iPad but not when using the touch controls. Luckily BioShock will come with Bluetooth support so players will be able to use an external MFi controller instead of the onscreen option.
There has been a serious lack of second-generation iPad 2 rumors, unlike the iPhone 6 which has had almost all of its components leaked online. Some alleged images of an iPad Air 2 dummy unit were posted in June, and now we have our first look at a purported second-generation rear shell. The images posted below were first spotted on China’s microblogging site Weibo on Sunday.
The new images reveal a redesigned speaker grille and relocated microphone next to the camera lens. The volume buttons also seem "more recessed than before," according to Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate].
Apple on Friday posted a message on its website welcoming Beat Electronics and Beats Music to its family.
"Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t wait to hear what’s next."
Apple purchased Beats Electronics and its music streaming service Beats Music from Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre for $3 billion in May. Both Iovine and Dre have accepted positions with Apple, and Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers was assigned as the head of iTunes Radio to help it compete with other music streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.
Delta Airlines today updated its Fly Delta iOS app with new in-flight entertainment options. "Delta Studio" allows passengers to stream a variety of movies and television shows on all domestic flights. There are "up to 300 movies available at your fingertips," according to the Delta website. The selection depends upon your "route and aircraft type," but the upcoming August lineup includes movies like Spider-Man 2, Veronica Mars and Draft Day. The page also states that Delta Studio content is "free for international, First Class and Economy Comfort™ passengers."
The best part about Delta's new service is all the content is stored on the aircraft so service should not be slow. Just make sure you download the app before your board the plane to ensure there are no delays. The Fly Delta app also allows customers to book flights, reserve preferred seating, map air time and access all of Delta's services like checking bags.
This week Microsoft added some of the top requested features to its suite of Office apps for the iPad. All three apps, Word, Excel and Power Point, now feature the ability to send files as PDFs, use third party fonts and crop images. Powerpoint was also upgraded with a "Presenter View" option and Excel now supports third-party keyboards. Forsaken released the first trailer for Phantom Rift on Wednesday, and Square-Enix announced Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen will be coming to iOS devices.
Both Kingdom Rush and its sequel Kingdom Rush Frontiers were updated with a new stage called "Ruins of Nas'de". The new level is an endless quest where players can earn points by fending off waves of enemies from previous levels. You can share your highest scores with us here.
Four months after its official release, the ultra popular productivity suite, Microsoft Office for iPad, has added some of the most sought after features in its latest update.
Powerpoint for iPad now includes "Presenter View," a very useful tool that allows the presenter to see more information on his iPad screen than what is being projected to the audience. For example, the presenter will be able to see notes and what's coming next and more. Additionally, integrating video and audio recordings into presentations has become easier. They now play directly from Powerpoint for iPad and you can insert them directly from your Camera Roll. There is also a new pen and eraser setting that allows you to make annotations during presentations more easily. You can now edit hypertext links from within the app as well.
Towards the end of summer when many parents have to spend money on back to school items, several states hold weekend long sales tax holidays in effort to ease the burden (or promote spending, if you prefer). In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, Apple has launched a promotional page encouraging people to take advantage of the lower prices.
The sale period begins this Friday, August 1, and runs through Sunday, August 3 in all states that have the holiday except for Georgia, where it ends on Saturday. The states involved include:
Foursaken Media today released the first teaser trailer for Phantom Rift. The game is being described as a mix of Bastion and Mega Man Battle Network with tons of equipment, abilities and customization." In the game, players take on the role of a wizard who must journey through various dungeons while battling random monsters and collecting loot.
The game will feature a unique battle system with over 120 spells. Players will be able to carry up to 30 magic spells at one time, but will only get a "random selection of 5 spells" to use when they fill their special meter during a battle, according to Touch Arcade. This will give battles a sense of randomness and force users to use various combinations of spells to defeat their opponents instead of sticking to a few favorites.