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 achieve this by activating 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:


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.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Flappy Golf 2 and more

Really Bad Chess

Noodlecake Studios released the followup to its popular wacky golf game, Flappy Golf. The sequel includes Race mode, 29 courses, simple flap controls and online and local multiplayer options. Flappy Golf 2 is available for free on the App Store.

Really Bad Chess by Zach Gage flips the classic game on its head making it more accessible to new, bad and disinterested players. Gage's game allows you to play different matches with totally random pieces, such as 8 Knights or 4 Bishops. Players can compete in ranked, daily, or weekly challenges vs. an AI. The game is free, but you can pay to unlock the full ad-free version which offers alternate color-palettes and the ability to see captured pieces. Really Bad Chess is available now on the App Store.

Amazon undercuts Apple Music by launching new $7.99 streaming service for Prime members

Amazon Music Unlimited

Amazon today announced its new streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited. The unlimited streaming service is available for $9.99/month for non-Prime members or $7.99/month ($79/year) for Prime members. The $7.99 member fee undercuts Apple's music plan, which is $9.99/month for iOS users. Amazon is also offering a $3.99/month plan for users who want to stream music exclusively on the company's Echo smart-speaker.

Pirates meet Monopoly: Pirates War now available on the App Store

Pirate Wars

As the great LL Cool J once said, "don't call it a comeback, I been here for years."

At least once a year the media declares that horror movies are dead and that board games are making a comeback. Of course neither of these claims are true because both horror movies and board games are here to stay. Board games may dip on and off the radar a bit based on the next big release, but they have and never will completely disappear. This is especially true if you consider digital titles like Idiocracy's Pirates War - The Dice King a bonafide board game.

Apple removes third-generation Apple TV from online store

Apple TV

Apple has discontinued the third-generation Apple TV. All links now redirect to the fourth-generation set top box, and only refurbished models of the third model are available online. Apple has not publicly announced that the third-generation Apple TV has been discontinued, but it has been confirmed in an email sent to employees and education partners, obtained by 9to5Mac.


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