Josh Grant, 26, from London is upset after Apple asked him to provide a court order to unlock his deceased mother's iPad. Josh and his brother Patrick discovered that their mother had changed her Apple password before she had passed away from cancer earlier this year.
The brothers tried to restore the tablet to its factory settings before being told by Apple they would need “written permission" from their mother to gain access to the device. Apple then asked for a copy of her death certificate and will after Josh explained that his mother had died and he was the co-executor. But even that wasn't enough for Apple, who also asked the family "to provide a court order to unlock their mother’s tablet," according to The Independent.
The popular video platform for gamers Twitch announced today that the company is releasing an SDK that would allow mobile developers to add live broadcasting, capturing and archiving to iOS and Android games. Twitch hopes the new development kit will help their video service reach beyond PC and console gaming.
"Our vision is to provide the Twitch community with the ability not only to view, but to broadcast live video game content wherever they are, whether they’re on the go or in the living room,” said Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. “We’ve achieved that with our PC and console integrations, so the trifecta will soon be complete with our deep and concerted foray into mobile broadcasting.”
Twelve South has released its iPhone SurfacePad protective cover for the iPad mini. The SurfacePad is a thin leather shield that uses a special adhesive to attach itself to your iPad so it doesn't cover its design or add unnecessary bulk to your device. The best part is, Twelve South promises that you can remove and reapply the case without leaving a sticky residue or marks behind.
The iPad mini version also features a typing stand and hidden magnets, so you can prop up your device to watch movies or enable the iPad's built-in sleep/wake function. The cover is crafted from high-quality Napa leather and it is only 0.1 inches thick.
Telltale Games announced today that The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 2: A House Divided is now available for Mac / PC and PlayStation 3 download. The second episode of the hit game will also be available for the Xbox 360 tomorrow, and it will land on the App Store on March 6th.
You can download the full season for your Mac or PC for $25 via Amazon.com. Or you can download Episode 1 for the iPad or iPhone for $4.99 via the Apple App Store and purchase additional episodes as they're released.
Glitchsoft has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to create a mobile game based on 1981 Days of Future Past comic book story arc, which is also being made into a film by Bryan Singer. Glitchsoft says the game will be an "immersive and story-driven" 2D side-scroller that will "deliver a fast-paced, rewarding, and combat-focused experience".
“Marvel has created some of the most revered characters of all time,” said Wes Tam, founder and VP creative of Glitchsoft. “We are excited to work with Marvel to bring the Uncanny X-Men characters to mobile gaming. Being lifelong fans, it is an incredible opportunity and even larger responsibility to create a game that honors the property. Our goal is to deliver a mobile game that core fans will truly embrace.”
Best Buy keeps rolling out the deals on Apple products and the prices just keep getting better and better. This time the electronics retailer is offering up $200 off on select iPad models. You can save up to $100 on Wi-Fi only iPad Air models via Bestbuy.com, or up to $200 on cellular models at participating Best Buy locations.
The cellular model offer is in-store only and requires a 2-year agreement with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless. You can read the rest of the fine print by hitting the Bestbuy.com link above.
Don't forget, you should always call ahead to make sure your local Best Buy is participating location before you make any ill-advised trips. This sale ends on March 8, 2014.
Marvel Entertainment fans can unlock an early screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier by using the new Captain America Experience app for iOS devices. The app allows users to create a 3D image of themselves and Captain America by taking a photo of the official Winter Soldier poster. Fans can then share the image on Twitter or Instagram while using the hashtag #CaptainAmerica(Your City) for a chance to "Bring Cap to Their Town". You can see a complete list of participating cities listed on the image below.
The Captain America Experience is free to download from the Apple App Store. It is compatible with all devices running iOS 7 or later (Android version coming soon).
WedStyle is a new social network app that is a lot like Pinterest but for wedding planning only. The app not only allows you to search through thousands of wedding photos for inspiration, but you can also upload your own images to share with the WedStyle community. Users can then up vote or down vote your images to help you make various wedding decisions.
You can easily set up a WedStyle profile by syncing it to your Facebook page, Twitter, or by simply creating a new account using your email. Once your profile is created, you can then choose to peruse ALL the uploaded images, or search through categories like "Wedding Dresses," "Bridesmaid Dresses, "Beauty and Hair," and so on. If you see an image that you like, simply tap the + button to save it to one of your user created "Boards". Voting on each image is as simple as hitting the thumbs up or thumbs down icons.
Google has teamed up with Fox to give American Idol fans an easier way to vote for their favorite contestants. Here's how to vote using your iPad, iPhone or computer:
Simply open the Google Search app on your iPad or iPhone, or just go to Google.com on any browser and search "american idol". You will then be given a list of the current finalist to choose from. Click on the contestant's image that you want to vote for, and then use the slider to select how many votes you want to add. You can add up to 50 votes and vote for as many finalist as you want. Finally, just click submit to send in your votes.
ABC announced today that it will stream the entire live broadcast of the 86th Academy Awards to iOS devices, but there are a few catches. The Watch ABC app requires that you have a paid subscription with one of ABC's cable partners to stream live content, and the live stream will only be available these select cities: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.
iOS users who do not live in one of the select cities will still have access to ABC's behind-the-scenes Oscars coverage. The Watch ABC app is free to download from the Apple App Store. It supports all devices running iOS 5 or later.