Developer FiftyThree has updated its iPad sketching app with a new open platform for "creating together". Mix is a social network for sharing and viewing sketches and drawings created on the Paper app. Users can share their own portfolio and view other works within the app or via the Mix website. Users can also use Mix to gain inspiration from other users, collaborate on open sketches and search various channels like Learn, Sketch, Play, Write, Design, and Think.
The Paper by FiftyThree app with Mix is available to download on the Apple App store for free with additional tools available as in-app purchases. Paper by FiftyThree promises to offer a simple way for anyone to sketch ideas with "no fussy settings or distractions," and it was rewarded the iPad App of the Year & Apple Design Award in 2012.
The app supports all iPad models running iOS 7 or later and it is compatible with FiftyThree's stylus Pencil.
Yahoo has added several new iPad-related features to its News Digest app. The biggest addition is a weekly video segment featuring the company's new Global Anchor Katie Couric. The new show will be uploaded to the News Digest app every Sunday and feature "a significant story from the week before," according to the Yahoo Tumblr post.
The news app has also been optimized for tablets and it now includes the option to customize notification delivery times. Users can choose to receive their morning news updates anytime between 6am to 10am and their late edition news anytime between 5pm to 9pm.
Twelve a Dozen is the first of several educational games that education start-up Amplify plans to release this year. The New York-based company creates digital K-12 educational products for parents and teachers, and it plans to release 30 iPad games for students this October. Amplify has teamed up with the developer Bossa Studios Ltd to release its first game that "help students build key algebraic skills," according to their website. The pairing is kind of an odd match since Bossa Studios' previous games include Surgeon Simulator and Deep Dungeons of Doom.
Twelve a Dozen is a puzzle-platformer that follows the heroine named Twelve and her companion Dot, a living decimal point voiced by British actress and comedian Lucy Montgomery. Twelve and Dot must use addition, subtraction, division, multiplication to solve puzzles and save Twelve's family after disaster hits her home town Dozenopolis.
Apple just didn't announce its new iPhone models and smartwatch on Tuesday, the company also announced its own mobile wallet called Apple Pay, new iCloud storage pricing and that iOS 8 will launch on September 17th.
Apple Pay will allow iPhone owners to simply tap their device on a payment terminal and use their Touch ID fingerprint sensor as an electronic signature to pay for products at participating retailers such as Starbucks. The advantage of Apple Pay is that no credit card information is stored on Apple's servers and Apple has no interest in tracking your purchases. Merchants will also be blocked from seeing your card numbers and the Find my iPhone feature will allow users to suspend mobile payments if their phone is lost or stolen.
Apple today announced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, but the company did not unveil a new iPad model like some iOS fans had hoped they would.
Tim Cook and company finally unveiled the long awaited "iWatch," which is officially being called the "Apple Watch". The new wearable device is equipped with a sapphire display, four sensors, a "Digital Crown" physical button and it will be offered in three different collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. The different collections will offer three different finishes, aluminum, stainless steel, 18-karat gold, and six different band choices at launch. The bands feature their own unique connecting mechanism, which means users will be stuck using only the six Apple-approved choices.
Cook made it clear that the Apple Watch is not a miniature iPhone that straps to your wrist, but it does require an iPhone 5 or later to work. It also features WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and it ships with stock third-party and Apple apps. The Apple Watch will be available early 2015 starting at $349.
This is not what Apple had planned for the week leading up up to their huge press conference at Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9th. Instead of enjoying the consumer buzz about its upcoming product refresh, Tim Cook and team were busy dealing with accusations that an iCloud security breach led to a hacker leaking tons of private nude celebrity pictures to the internet. Even though Apple says none of the stolen passwords were leaked from the company's servers, Tim Cook had to focus on defending Apple's iCloud service instead of preparing to announce the iPhone 6.
Cook told The Wall Street Journal that the "celebrities' iCloud accounts were compromised when hackers correctly answered security questions to obtain their passwords, or when they were victimized by a phishing scam to obtain user IDs and passwords." Cook also announced that Apple would be adding extra security features in iOS 8 to protect users from future attacks. Users who still want to opt out of iCloud photo sharing can learn how to do so here.
If you have somehow missed the frenzied hype, Apple will be holding an event next Tuesday, September 9th, at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino. The venue has almost four times the capacity of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, where Apple typically announces new products, so this one is expected to be big. The obvious seat of honor will belong to the iPhone 6, but many analysts and amateurs alike expect a wearable device (popularly dubbed "iWatch") to be introduced as well. Now there are rumors that the next generation iPad Air may also make its first appearance.
According to a research note written by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (obtained by AppleInsider), he believes the iPad Air 2 will debut on Tuesday alongside both iPhone 6 models (the 4.7" and the phablet size 5.5") and the iWatch. About iPads, he writes that only the iPad Air 2 will see significant upgrades in 2014, which implies that the next generation iPad mini may not launch this year as some expected.
Wacom has unveiled three new pressure sensitive stylus at IFA in Berlin. The new lineup includes a new third-generation Bamboo Stylus, a new fineline Bamboo Stylus and the Creative Stylus 2. The Bamboo Stylus 3 features a new easy to replace carbon fiber tip which helps reduce friction. It is available now as a solo model for $20, or as the "duo" which features a refillable ballpoint pen on the flip side. The duo is also available now on wacom.com for $30. Both models are available in silver, grey, blue, green, orange and pink.
The fineline promises to deliver the "most natural writing experience" on a tablet thanks to its pressure sensitive 1.9mm solid plastic tip. The stylus supports the iPad 2 or later and Wacom's Bamboo Paper app available on the App Store, Google Play, Windows App Store and Amazon App Store. The Bamboo fineline is $60 and it also available on silver, grey, blue, green, orange and pink.
While the world waits for the iPhone 6 and iWatch to be announced on September 9th, the supply chain is gearing up production for the next-generation iPad Air, according to the DigiTimes. The Taiwanese trade publication said "touch panel makers TPK and GIS are among some of the makers receiving orders from Apple," and that the iPad Air 2 "will remain unchanged in terms of size and resolution," but it will be "thinner". Previous leaks of purported iPad Air parts have also revealed that the new tablet will not feature any cosmetic changes worth getting excited about.
The iPad Air 2 is also expected to ship with the an improved version of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone 5s. What "improved" means is still unknown at this time, but you can bet Apple will be pushing its Touch ID technology even harder after the alleged iCloud breach.
Microsoft has really been listening to Microsoft Office users when it comes to their suite of iPad apps. The company has been adding user requested features, such as printing support, since the apps first landed on the Apple App Store back in March. Now Microsoft has announced that users can buy a monthly Office 365 subscriptions instead of having to pay for it yearly.
An Office 365 subscription is required to access all the features of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the iPad. An Office 365 Personal is $6.99 a month and an Office 365 Home account is now $9.99 a month. A Personal account allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet to be connected to the service, and a Home account allows for up to five computers and tablets to be connected.