Google's Helpouts site debuted last year as a rendezvous point for common folk and experts from a variety of fields. If you want to learn how to play guitar, take a walk-through of photography basics, or want to sharpen your programming skills, take a look at Helpouts - it is a treasure trove of quality information. It went mobile last November when Google released it for Android, and now it is available for your iOS devices.
Microsoft today announced that Office 365 Personal is now available for $69.99 a year, or $6.99 a month through the Microsoft Online Store and through its retail partners. A subscription to the service gives iPad users the ability to edit and create documents using Microsoft's Word, PowerPoint and Excel iOS apps. An Office 365 Personal account can also be used on one additional computer, and it is cheaper than a $99.99/year subscription to Office 365 Home.
As of right now, Office 365 Home is the only subscription being offered as an in-app purchase. An Office Home subscription allows for up to five computers and five tablets to be connected to the service. Office 365 Home is also available for purchase through MicrosoftStore.com.
Apple's MFi game controller support in iOS 7 allows third party developers to create external gamepads that support the iPad and iPhone. This should have opened many doors for mobile gaming on Apple devices, but unfortunately, most of the MFi game controllers on the market are too expensive. Not to mention, there are only a few that support both the iPad and iPhone, and most require a Lightning connection for them to work. This is why the jailbreak tweak Controllers for All was such a welcome addition to Cydia.
Controllers for All allows iOS gamers to use console controllers, such as the DualShock 4, to play games on their jailbroken devices. The tweak originally only supported Sony PlayStation controllers, but as promised, it has now been updated with Wii U and iPEGA 9025 support. The tweak works with all iOS 7 devices and is only a $1.99. That is a lot cheaper than shelling out $60 to $100 for a MFi-enabled gamepad from a third party developer.
Griffin Technology's Airstrap Case for the iPad Air is now 30% off when you use the promo code AIRSTRAP during checkout. The promotion starts today and is only available through Griffintechnology.com. This offer ends on Saturday (04/19/14), so make sure you take advantage of it now.
The Airstrap Case for the iPad Air features a built-in hand strap that allows you to hold your tablet with one hand. This is great for reading or when using your iPad on the go, since it frees up one hand for navigating the display. The case is a thick molded frame that protects your iPad from edge-to-edge, and it also includes contoured edges for an easier grip.
MagBak, the creators of the MagStick, have resurfaced with a new Kickstarter campaign to fund a second "world's thinnest mount" for the iPad. The MagBack is an iPad mount that can adhere itself to "most metal surfaces". The mount features a minimalist and thin design that adds very little bulk to your iPad Air or iPad mini, and it also protects the back of your tablet while doubling as an easy to hold grip.
The MagBak iPad mount has already doubled its goal of $15,000 with 590 backers, but you can still get in on the action and pre-order either the MagBak Air or Mini with a $34 pledge. The "Basic Bundle" will nab you any color MagBak mount plus an additional MagStick mount.
nds4ios is a Nintendo DS emulator for iOS devices. However, this emulator is different because it works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices, and installing it is super easy. Here's how:
How to install nds4ios on a jailbroken device (works with iOS 5.1.1 or later and ARM64 devices)
First you need to install Karen's Pineapple Repo. To do this open Cydia and navigate to Sources then tap "Edit" > "Add". Enter the URL http://cydia.angelxwind.net into the pop up box, and you're done.
Rodeo Games' Warhammer Quest is Apple's Free App of the Week. The mobile game is based on the Games Workshop tabletop version that was popular in the 80s and 90s. The game normally retails for $4.99 on the Apple App Store, but it will be available free of charge until April 17, 2014.
Warhammer Quest is an RPG / strategy game set in a fantasy medieval world filled with elves, dwarfs and so on. The game has been met with mostly positive reviews since its launch, however, it does take a little patience and a lot of love for the genre to get totally immersed.
Earlier this week it came to light that a widely used encryption software, OpenSSL, has a major security flaw, now known as Heartbleed. Apple today announced that iOS, OSX and other key web services were not affected by the vulnerability.
Heartbleed was discovered independently by a team of security engineers at Codenomicon and by Neel Mehta of Google Security, both of whom reported it to the OpenSSL team. Officially designated as CVE-2014-0160, the Heartbleed bug allows hackers to steal information that would otherwise be encrypted by OpenSSL, the most popular open source cryptographic library used to encrypt internet traffic. At risk are security keys, usernames, passwords, emails, instant messages and documents among other pieces of
T-Mobile has announced the second part of its new Un-carrier mobile initiative called "Operation Tablet Freedom". Phase one was the company's all new Simple Starter plan that offers unlimited talk, text and up to 500MB 4G LTE data for only $40. The magenta carrier eventually plans to roll out three "initiatives designed to advance the Un-carrier consumer revolution on multiple fronts".
Operation Tablet Freedom is a "full-on assault against the restrictions and pain points that keep tablet owners from experiencing life beyond the Wi-Fi zone," according to John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile.
T-Mobile customers can now upgrade their Wi-Fi tablet to a 4G LTE-enabled model for zero down and pay no more than the original Wi-Fi-only model price. For example, you can nab a 16GB 4G LTE iPad Air for $499, instead of the normal asking price of $630.
According to a research note written by KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo and obtained by AppleInsider, an updated iPad will be out later this year in the form of the iPad Air 2, and a new, 12.9" iPad Pro will launch some time in 2015.
Ming-Chi, who is known for having accurate predictions regarding Apple products, writes that the iPad Air 2 should be released some time late in the third quarter of 2014 rather than early Q4, as was previously thought. The new iPad will include an A8 processor, manufactured for Apple by TSMC. It will also have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the rear camera will be upgraded to 8 MP.