'PUBG: Battlegrounds' Now Free to Play on all Platforms

KRAFTON, Inc announced on Wednesday that its game PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS is now free to play on PC and consoles. With the game’s transition to F2P, it introduces BATTLEGROUNDS Plus, an optional premium account upgrade that allows players to access a variety of new and exclusive in-game features. While all new players will start with a Basic Account that offers access to most game features, they can upgrade to BATTLEGROUNDS Plus for a one-time fee of US$12.99 USD and gain access to the following: Bonus 1,300 G-COIN; Survival Mastery XP + 100% boost; Career – Medal tab; Ranked Mode; Custom Match functionality; In-Game items, including the Captain’s Camo set, which includes hat, camo mask and camo gloves.

Update to 'Apple Frames' Shortcut Supports Apple Watch Series 7, 2021 MacBook Pro

Over at MacStories, Federico Viticci updated his Apple Frames shortcut. This is a brilliant tool I use nearly every day to frame my screenshots into an Apple device frame, or outline. He recently updated it to support the Apple Watch Series 7 and 2021 MacBook Pro. You can find Mr. Viticci’s article at the link below. “Starting with Apple Frames 2.1, the Shortcuts app will detect whether you have an older version of the Frames.json installed in iCloud Drive, and it’ll automatically replace it with the latest one from the MacStories CDN. That’s it. If an old version of the Frames.json file is found, Shortcuts will send you a notification and re-download the file from cdn.macstories.net.

Apple TV+: Author Cece Belle Explains 'El Deafo' Sound Design

In a new video, author Cece Belle discussed the intricacies of sound design for the animated adaptation of her comic book El Deafo. As you might imagine for a show about hearing loss, there are a number of factors involved, as showmakers tried to make things as realistic as possible. Similar issues were discussed in the production of the movie Coda too. The new family series is available to Apple TV+ subscribers now.

Usborne Books to Teach Coding for Kids Available as Free PDFs

Usborne books were a popular way to get kids into coding. From the website: “Many of today’s tech professionals were inspired by the Usborne computing books they read as children. The books included program listings for such iconic computers as the ZX Spectrum, the BBC Micro and the Commodore 64, and are still used in some computer clubs today.” These books are now available to download for free in PDF form.

Family Show 'El Deafo' Premieres on Apple TV+

As previously announced, El Deafo premiered on Apple TV+ on Friday. The three-part kids and family series is based on the New York Times best-seller and Newbery Honor-winning graphic memoir of the same name by Cece Bell. The series tells the story of young Cece who is losing her hearing but finds the superhero inside. The author herself narrates the series. The soundtrack is also available.


'PDF Expert' for iOS Lets You Convert PDFs to Word, More

PDF Expert’s latest update lets you convert PDFs to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, PNG, TXT, and other formats. The built-in PDF converter is a part of the PDF Expert PRO subscription at US$49.99/year. The PRO subscription also allows you to edit the text and images in PDFs, sign documents, redact sensitive data, and more. The current PDF Expert PRO subscribers get the new converting functionality at no extra cost.

Shazam Publishes 'Predictions 2022' Apple Music Playlist Highlighting Hot New Artists

Shazam has published its ‘Predictions 2022’ playlist on Apple Music. The playlist contains 50 tracks by 50 different artists, five of whom artists have been highlighted. They are Ayra Starr, DannyLux, Lyn Lapid, Sad Night Dynamite, and STAYC. You can check it all out, and maybe discover who you’re going to be listening to for the next 12 months!

Highlighting How Apple Watch Can Help in an Emergency

Apple has published a new video showing how an Apple Watch has helped people during an emergency. With an additional wireless service plan, those in trouble could make contact with the emergency services even when they didn’t have their phone on them. This feature is available in the latest Series 7 range. The clip focuses on U.S. cases, but I have also seen adverts in the UK highlighting this capability.

Watch a Tesla Model S Get Blown to Smithereens

When Tuomas Katainen learned it would cost half the value of his car to repair his 2013 Tesla Model S, even though it had less than a thousand miles on it, he did what any rational human being would do. He had a crew strap 66 pounds of dynamite to it and blow it to kingdom come. Katainen started experiencing errors with the electric vehicle, and his local repair shop told him it needed the entire battery replaced. That work would have set the Finnish man back €20,000, or about $22,600 USD. Since the 2014 Tesla Model S retails at around $43,000 USD in Finland, Katainen had every reason to be spiteful. He reached out to a local YouTuber known as Pommijätkät, or Bomb Dudes, to help him exact his revenge on the misbehaving motor vehicle. They took the Tesla to an old quarry, set up the cameras, and wired up the dynamite. You can see the rest for yourself.