iOS 10.2 public beta now available

iOS 10.2 Screen Effect

One week after publicly rolling out iOS 10.1 to iPad and iPhone owners, Apple has released the first public beta for iOS 10.2. The second major update is now available to anyone who has signed up for Apple's beta testing program. You can download the first beta of iOS 10.2 by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update, on any supported device.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Civilization VI and more

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI was released for Mac via Steam just in time for Apple's MacBook Pro refresh. The new MacBook Pro won't be available for a few weeks, but you can pre-order it starting today through apple.com. Aspyr also announced this week that it is working on a Mac Store version of the strategy game, in case you don't have a Steam account.

Lots of games have received Halloween updates this week, including Hitman: Sniper, PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator and King Rabbit. Most of these updates are only available for a limited time, so make sure you download or upgrade them today. For more Halloween apps and app updates, visit out sister site's yearly Halloween tag.

How to live stream Apple's “hello again” event on your iPad, iPhone or Apple TV

Apple hello again 2016

Like all previous events, Apple will live stream its "hello again" keynote online, but you won't be able to watch on just any device or browser. Apple limits its live streams to its own services, such as Safari, on iOS and Mac products. Here are the requirements for streaming today's event.

  • iPad: iOS 7.0 or later with Safari
  • iPod touch or iPhone: iOS 7.0 or later with Safari
  • Mac or MacBook: OS X 10.8.5 or later with Safari 6.0.5 or later
  • PC: Windows 10 with Microsoft Edge web browser
  • Apple TV: 2nd or 3rd generation with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation) running any version of tvOS. 4th generation owners may have to download the live event app.
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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI now available for Mac, coming soon to Mac Store

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Aspyr released Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for the Mac on Monday -- just three days after its October 21 PC launch. The game is listed as "coming soon" to the Mac Store and it is currently only available through Steam.

Like previous Civilization titles, players can create their own empire, and compete against other great leaders to build the best civilization in the history of the world. The sequel offers a variety of new ways to interact with your world and build your empire. New features include expansive empires with cities spanning multiple tiles, the ability to embed support units with other units, enhanced multiplayer and more

iOS 10.1 with iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Camera now available [changelog]

iOS 10.1 Changelog

Apple has released its first major update to iOS 10 after releasing several minor updates with bug fixes. iOS 10.1 is mostly about the iPhone 7 Plus and its Portrait Camera mode. The new Portrait mode allows iPhone 7 Plus users to utilize the device's wide-angle and telephoto lenses to create a "bokeh" effect, or blurred backgrounds.

The update includes new Maps features, various bug fixes, and the ability to replay Message effects. Apple has also added an option to utilize Message effects when the Reduce Motion is enabled. You can disable the replay option by disabling the Auto-play Message Effects slider in Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Reduce Motion.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Halloween Edition

Sister Location

If you have been hoping to play the Five Nights at Freddy's spin-off, Sister Location, for Halloween you may have to wait until November. Developer Scott Cawthon has delayed the official version of the game due to its mature content. However, fans who do not want to wait can download an unofficial version of the game in chapters.

After receiving criticism for delaying the game, Cawthon decided to release a mature version of Sister Location to Game Jolt. The mature version of the game does not continue the story of Five Nights, and it is not recommended for fans who enjoy following the official canon of the series.

Apple sends out invites to October 27th event

hello again

Apple has confirmed that it is holding a new product event on October 27th, a few hours after Recode announced that the company was planing to refresh its Mac lineup. Invitations with the tagline "hello again" were sent out to members of the media on Wednesday. The event is being held on Apple’s campus at 10:00 a.m.. This will likely be the last event held at Apple's Town Hall conference center before its Campus 2 opens.

Sources confirm new Macs coming October 27

MacBook Air

Apple plans to announce a fresh lineup of Macs on October 27th, according to Recode. Citing unnamed sources, Recode reports Apple will hold a keynote on its Cupertino campus to unveil the new lineup. Recode also mentioned Apple launching MacOS Sierra last month, and the upcoming holiday shopping season as positive signs that the iPhone-maker plans to launch new Mac products this year. If the report is true, this will be the first major Mac refresh since 2015.

Sprint rolls out unlimited data plan for tablets

Sprint iPad Deals

Sprint is now offering an unlimited data plan exclusively for tablet users. Like all carrier deals, the new plan comes with some fine print attached. To qualify you need to purchase a cellular tablet through Sprint, have at least one active phone line with the carrier, and enroll in their AutoPay program. This means you can't get unlimited data for an iPad you already own, and you obviously must be or become a Sprint customer.

The unlimited data plan is $20/month and comes with a resolution and speed cap for video/music streaming and online gaming:

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Hidden object game Magician's Handbook available free for limited time

The Magician's Handbook: Cursed Valley

They may not be considered hardcore gamers, or be widely discussed on gaming forums, but there is a dedicated bunch of hidden object enthusiast out there. Hidden object games are so popular on iOS, that developers like Big Fish Games and G5 Entertainment release 1 to 2 titles a week. Hidden object games also tend to be either fantasy or spooky, which makes them great Halloween titles.

Starting today, G5 Entertainment's popular The Magician's Handbook: Cursed Valley is free. This is the full version with all 13 enchanted levels and unlimited replay. The game also includes 2 game modes (casual and apprentice), 12 mini-games and secret items to unlock.

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