iOS 8: Using (and Disabling!) the New Spotlight Features

8:45 AM, Sep. 26th, 2014 · · iPad

The search feature has been revamped under iOS 8, and we really like the changes! In this comprehensive Quick Tip, we'll discuss how to invoke Spotlight to find items on your device, what stuff you can now search for, and how to turn off the new "Spotlight Suggestions" if you don't like them. 

Apple Buys Prss iPad Magazine Publishing Platform

9:22 AM, Sep. 24th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple has purchased the digital magazine design company Prss, which could be a sign that the iPhone and iPad maker plans to do for periodical design what it did for books with iBooks Author. Prss started life as the production tool for the award winning iPad magazine Trvl and was spun off as its own company in 2013.

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If Apple is planning on offering its own digital magazine design tools, that could open substantially lower the bar for hopeful publishers. Depending on what Apple offers along with Prss's tools, it could eat into expensive digital magazine publishing platform sales.

iOS 8 Adoption at 46%, or Maybe 35%

9:55 AM, Sep. 23rd, 2014 · · iPad

Apple's iOS 8 has reached a 46 percent adoption rate only six days after it was released, according to the company's developer site data. Tracking services Appsee and Mixpanel, however, are showing a lower adoption percentage at around 35 percent, which still accounts for a substantial number of iPhones and iPads upgrading in just a week.

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iOS 8 is trailing a little behind iOS 7's first week adoption rate, and that may be because some features are waiting on OS X Yosemite's release for the Mac. We could see a jump in updates once Yosemite is available.

Chinese Site Reports Apple Planning October Release for iPad Air 2

8:24 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2014 · · iPad

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Apple is planning to release the next iPad in October, according to Chinese-language site Commercial Times. Citing sources in Apple's Chinese supply chain, the site said that Apple would release the "iPad Air 2" next month, while the iPad mini won't be updated until the first quarter of 2015.

iOS 8: How to Change Safari’s Default Search Provider to DuckDuckGo

6:40 AM, Sep. 19th, 2014 · · iPad

As much as I love Google's ability to find exactly what I want, I've grown concerned about the amount of data they collect from my searches. You've probably experienced that lovely phenomenon of casually searching for a product and then seeing ads for that same product all over the 'net. Luckily for those concerned about such things, there's DuckDuckGo, a search engine that makes privacy its number one concern. Even more luckily, Apple's added it to iOS 8's list of search providers.

iOS 8: How to-Enable Safari Extensions

8:25 PM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iPad

Extensions are one of the new features in iOS 8, a way to add cross-app functionality to iOS. Kelly explains how to turn on the extensions available to Safari on iOS.