Using iPads, iPhones, and Macs to Delay Dementia

9:30 AM, Sep. 25th, 2013 · · App Store

Dementia

Dementia affects about 24 million people in the world. Studies have begun to assert that active computer use can significantly delay the onset of dementia. Nancy Carroll Gravley looks into this issue and suggests apps that can contribute to sustained memory and cognitive functioning.

Apple’s App Store Adds Old App Downloads for Legacy Devices

9:57 AM, Sep. 17th, 2013 · · App Store

Apple has extended the life of legacy iPhone and iPod touch models by adding the ability to download older versions of apps from the App Store. The new feature gives users the option of downloading apps that are compatible with the version of iOS that's running on their device, instead of facing alerts that say the apps they want aren't compatible.

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This is a very welcome App Store feature, and it means even more legacy iOS devices can continue to do their job instead of ending up in desk drawers collecting dust.

2 Free iOS Apps For The Shakespeare Lovers and More

6:30 PM, Aug. 30th, 2013 · · App Store

Free on iTunes

Enjoy Shakespeare? Vern Seward points out two free iOS apps that'll help you get the most out of The Bard's master works in this week's Free on iTunes. They're called Shakespeare and SwipeSpeare, and he has some more freebies to share with you, too.

3 Free Fun Flicking Games For iOS

6:10 PM, Aug. 23rd, 2013 · · App Store

Free on iTunes

Fill you free time with fun flickers for iOS. In this week's Free on iTunes, Vern Seward points out 3 good games that only require a flick to play. Gong Show Saucer King, Skim it, and Glass Pong 2.

When Apple’s Iron Fisted Control Backfires Users Suffer

9:00 AM, Aug. 23rd, 2013 · · App Store

Apple released an update for Find My iPhone on Thursday that updated the app's icon, but also temporarily blocked access to its features unless you had an Apple Developer Account. The issue was fixed relatively quickly, but it highlighted why the soon to be released iOS 7 needs a way for users to prevent some apps from auto-updating.

iTunes App Store Antitrust Lawsuit Dismissed, but Not Dead Yet

9:19 AM, Aug. 16th, 2013 · · App Store

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed a lawsuit against Apple on Thursday that claimed the iPhone and iPad maker was violating antitrust laws by limiting iOS app sales to its own iTunes-based App Store. The judge tossed out the case because the plaintiffs hadn't actually bought any of the apps mentioned in filing, or shown that they had personally suffered from Apple's policies. The case can, however, be amended to address the issues the Judge listed, so the lawsuit isn't dead yet.

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Apple loves to control the user experience, and limiting iOS app sales to its own App Store is part of that. The company screens the apps that are available for sale, which hopefully improves security and overall quality. It also cuts down on confusion as to where consumers can find third-party apps for their iPhones and iPads, plus Apple gets its 30 percent cut from sales. Don't expect to see Apple back down if the amended antitrust case gets the green light to proceed.

3 Free Field Trip Guides for iPhone and iPad

8:12 PM, Aug. 9th, 2013 · · App Store

Free on iTunes

Summer is almost gone, but there's still time to get in a same vacation. Vern Seward points out 3 iOS tour guides to help. Rock Creek Park Walking Tours, New York Beyond Sight, Palace at Versailles, all free for your iPhone and iPad.