Nintendo Brings Fire Emblem Heroes RPG to iPhone, iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

OK, Nintendo fans, you have another game to take up your free time: Fire Emblem Heroes. The fantasy-based role playing game (RPG) puts you on a quest to save heroes from different worlds and stop the Emblian Empire’s evil rule. The game is based on the Fire Emblem game franchise and pits you in battles and duels as you explore. Unfortunately, you’ll need an active internet connection to play, just like Super Mario Run because Nintendo seems to think we’re all clever hackers out to steal their game. Fire Emblem Heroes is a free download for the iPhone and iPad, and it includes some in-game purchases.

Nintendo Brings Fire Emblem Heroes RPG to iPhone, iPad

Apple Profits, Mac Sales, and Fun with Apple's Cash Hoard - ACM 396

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple turned in a record December quarter this week, and Bryan and Jeff look at the numbers. They also look at this one weird trick Apple did to goose Mac sales—the company released a new Mac. And for grins, they discuss some of the things Apple could do with the astounding $246 billion in cash the company has squirreled away.

Surprise: Hardback Book Sales Overtake E-books Despite iPad and iPhone

· John Martellaro · Analysis

iPad with e-Book

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Whatever the causes for the decrease in e-book sales, the decline has resulted in something that many publishing experts thought would never happen—unit sales of hardcovers overtook unit sales of e-books.” Yep, you read that right. John explains what’s going on.

Iconfactory Gets iPad Sketch Apps Right with Linea

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Iconfactory is jumping into the iPad sketch app market with its brand new Linea app, and based on our tests, it’s pretty cool. Linea is going for drawing and sketching, not digital painting, and it has the right tool set for the job. It comes with four pen tips an dan eraser tool, support for five layers, blending and transparency modes, graph paper grids, and one of my favorite features: tap a swatch on the color palette to see several shades for that color. It also includes Apple Pencil support and offers pretty flexible image export options. Linea is priced at US$9.99, and it’s one of the few sketching apps that gets to stay on my iPad Pro.

Iconfactory Gets iPad Sketch Apps Right with Linea

HBO Go Gets TV App, Single Sign On Support

· Jeff Gamet · News

HBO Go adds TV app support for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

HBO is finally going all in with Apple’s TV app thanks to a just released update for its HBO Go app. The new version adds TV support, just like the HBO Now app already had, so you can search for HBO content and keep track of what you’re watching in Apple’s app.

Astropad Studio Could Replace Your Wacom Tablet

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Many photographers and designers who rely on digital editing tools seem to favor gadgets like the Wacom tablet. With good reason; it’s a device that lets you edit photos and manipulate graphics with a stylus. This allows for greater precision. But if you have a Wacom tablet along with an iPad, you may find yourself juggling the two devices. An app called Astropad Studio can turn your iPad into a Wacom tablet. It lets you mirror your computer screen on the iPad, so you can make good use of the Apple Pencil, along with more powerful configuration than the Wacom. I tested the app on my iPhone and I may write a review of it in the future.

Astropad Studio Could Replace Your Wacom Tablet

How To Fix The iPhone Rainbow Emoji Message Crash

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

rainbow emoji message

Another messaging crash for iOS devices is making the rounds. This time, it involves the colorful rainbow emoji. The bug affects both iPhones and iPads running iOS 10.1 or below, but a variant of the crash can affect devices running iOS 10.2. Luckily the fix is very easy, and we’ll show you how.

Apple's Multiple OS Family Used to Be a Good Idea

· John Martellaro · Editorial

The new Microsoft Surface family

When all we had was Mac OS X (now macOS), our Mac life was simple on Intel-based Macs. Then came iOS with Cocoa Touch, a derivative of macOS for touch devices using ARM CPUs. That seemed so very sensible in 2010. Then, of course, came tvOS and watchOS which means Apple has even more code bases to maintain. While perhaps only a mild burden, the biggest problem may be the future development of Apple devices. John explains.

iOS: Turning Off Safari Suggestions

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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This Quick Tip is about turning off Safari Suggestions, those top results that’ll appear within Safari on your iPad or iPhone to offer you, say, App Store content based on your search. Find those as irritating as Melissa Holt does? Then let’s stop them!

Apple TV and Amazon Prime TV, iPad Rumors, Apple Departures - ACM 393

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Nvidia is adding Amazon Prime TV to its Shield TV settop box, leaving Apple TV as one of the only devices that doesn’t support the #2 streaming service. Bryan and Jeff think Apple needs to fix this. They also look at some sketchy iPad rumors and talk about key departures from Apple’s executive ranks.

Apple Appears Ready to Restructure the iPad Lineup

· John Martellaro · Analysis

iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

A recent report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Quo suggests that Apple appears ready to restructure the iPad Product line.  The goal is, apparently, to clearly correlate increasing size and sophistication with price to make sure customers can update or enter the market at the desired level. Ming-Chi Quo believes sales and ASPs will benefit, but there may be more going on. John explains.

Make Virtual Worlds with Play-Doh Touch Shape at CES 2017

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Play-Doh is all about mixing learning with fun, and that’s just what you get with Touch Shape. Jason Beene shows Jeff Gamet how to use an iPad to put the Play-Doh characters you make into the Touch Shape world at CES 2017.

The Unspoken Limits of Apple's iPad Are Strangling its Evolution

· John Martellaro · Editorial

iPad Pro & pencil

Like the original 128K Mac, the iPad was conceived as a closed, simple appliance device needing little maintenance. But the original Mac evolved out of its childhood, flourished, and supplanted the Apple II. Today, the iPad is also being strangled by its early vision and limitations.  To supplant the Mac, the iPad has to become not just its equal but dramatically better. John explains.

iOS 10: Three Tips on Notes!

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Today’s Quick Tip gives us a few nifty tricks to use in the Notes app under iOS 10. Wanna save some items only on one device or another? Would you like to add any pictures you take within the app to your photo library? We’ll tell you how to do that stuff and more!

iOS 10: How to Prioritize Downloads

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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If you’ve ever been stuck waiting for an important app to download when you’re doing a bunch at once, then you need to know about iOS 10’s “Prioritize Download” feature. It’ll let you tell your iPhone or iPad to push the one you need to the front of the line, pronto!

How to Transfer Files Between Mac and iPhone With iTunes

· Andrew Orr · Tips

imovie transfer in itunes

There are multiple ways to share files between Apple devices. You can use AirDrop, iMessage or even email. But an oft-overlooked feature is iTunes File Transfer. Andrew Orr explains how to use this feature to transfer files between your iPhone and Mac.

iOS 10: Inviting People to Control Your Home Accessories

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to walk us through how to allow someone to access the devices in our Home app. It’s fun! We live in a very strange future in which your friend across the country could turn your lights on and off to mess with you…but only if you know how to invite him in first.

Super Mario Run Available for iPhone and iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Super Mario Run on the iPhone

As promised, Super Mario Run for the iPhone and iPad launched on Apple’s App Store on Thursday. The game marks Mario’s first official appearance on Apple’s mobile devices and was first teased this fall, and if the hype is any indication productivity is going to take a serious hit for the rest of today.

Brydge Keyboards for iPad Go on Sale at Best Buy Starting 12/15

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Brydge 12.9 Keyboard for iPad Pro

My favorite accessory for my iPads has been the line of Brydge aluminum keyboards.  These are first-class, full featured, Bluetooth keyboards that use a unique, secure hinge attachment to the iPad. The result looks a lot like a MacBook. Now, Brydge is offering reduced prices at Best Buy only starting 12/15. I’ve reviewed these keyboards in the past and love them all. The link here is to the latest reviewed product, the Brydge 12.9 for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch.  Here are the new Best Buy prices. These new prices will propagate to all sales locations over the next week.

  • iPad mini 2 and mini 4 keyboards (BrydgeMini and Brydge 7.9) US$99 (was $129)
  • iPad Air, Air 2 and Pro 9.7 (Brydge 9.7) to $129 (was $149)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (Brydge 12.9) $149 (was $189)