Apps of the Week, Drafts 4, Angry Birds Transformers and More

Apps of the week

Apple dominated the headlines this week with new iPads, the incredible retina iMac and news that iOS 8.1 is right around the corner. There's no better time to be an iOS user and no better time to start downloading great new apps. This week, we see our favorite birds get weaponized, make a text entry app the center of our universe, and rekindle our love for classic Track and Field. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for October 19th, 2014. Angry Birds Transformers What seems like an unlikely pairing, there is a new Transformers version of Rovio's Angry Birds. The result is resonating with fans of both franchises, with an astounding 5-star rating from over 20,000 reviewers. Our favorite birds turn in their angry to … [Read more...]

Which iPad should you buy and what’s the best value?

Which iPad should you buy

Apple has introduced new iPads, while keeping a number of existing models in the lineup. Looking at the WiFi-only models, you have a choice between 5 different models. Pricing for the base models remains the same, with storage capacities remaining at 16GB. Like the iPhone 6, both the iPad 2 and iPad mini 3 do away with the 32GB storage option, replacing it with 64GB of storage. So which iPad offers the best value? If You Are Buying An iPad mini, What's The Best Value If You Need Cheap There are three iPad minis. The original iPad mini is the least expensive at $249. It's still a capable tablet, one that can be upgraded to iOS 8. It doesn't have a retina display and most of the internals were parts found in the iPad 2. That tablet … [Read more...]

Apple SIM In New iPads Lets You Easily Switch Carriers

Apple SIM cards

Apple made significant changes to their iPad line-up that includes the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Both of these new iPads come in a cellular version, but no longer do you have any level of commitment when choosing a carrier. A new Apple SIM card comes pre-installed in the new iPads, making it easy to switch between carriers. … [Read more...]

New Thinner, Powerful iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 With Touch ID, Gold Option

iPad Air 2

Apple's October Special Event saw CEO Tim Cook introduce iPad updates. The highlight centered around the iPad Air 2, which saw improvements to the design and significant upgrades. Among those upgrades is the addition of Touch ID. Apple's fingerprint scanner is the only feature change to the retina mini, which is being sold as the iPad mini 3. Apple's product line will include all three different iPad mini models – now marketed as 1, 2, 3, along with the original Air and today's iPad Air 2. Yes, there are 5 iPads in total across a slew of price points. iPad Air 2: What's New The iPad Air represented a major reboot of the full-sized iPad that included a slimming down to a ridiculously thin 7.5mm to 6.1mm. Last year's presentation saw … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Skullduggery, TeleStory and more!

Apps of the week

The leaves are starting explode with color, your favorite beverage is available in a pumpkin flavor and there are so many great new apps lining the shelves of the App Store. This week, we let the kids create their own TV shows, track down deadbeats in the afterlife, and find new ways to pair down our photo libraries. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for October 12th, 2014. TeleStory With TeleStory, it lets kids explore their creativity while creating original TV shows and more. The app lets you write, direct and star in their own program. Kids can choose from different categories that include music videos (The Band), science fiction (Star Adventure), mystery adventure (EyeSpy) and TeleStory for completely original … [Read more...]

iPhone 6 Review

iPhone 6 review

The introduction of new iPhones always bring great expectations. None bigger than this year, when it was largely anticipated that Apple would drastically increase the size of the display, bringing them more in line with the offerings from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Nokia. Every year, like clockwork, Apple releases a new iPhone. Every two years or so they make major changes to the design, with last such change ushering in the iPhone 5. In 'off' years, S models offer significant refinements and new product features. In recent years, we've seen Touch ID, Siri and faster networking among other improvements. Despite a steady stream of iPhones that have up to this point, have been well received and reviewed, not a one was offered in … [Read more...]

How to send quick audio messages in iOS 8

Send quick audio messages iOS 8

The number of features that are nestled in iMessage in iOS 8 is astonishing. Messages had always been a capable and very good messaging app, but Apple has packed new features inspired by some of the more popular third party apps like WhatsApp. As one of the primary stock applications in iOS, it's hard to not to appreciate the delicate balance of simplicity with robust features. Tasks like sending a quick photo or video have become even easier. Useful features like sharing or sending your location, let friends or family get a quick map of your location. In addition to pictures, text and maps, iOS 8 lets you send quick audio messages. … [Read more...]

How to share or send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8

My location

Tucked inside the Messages app in iOS 8 are new features that make it one, if not the best text messaging app. It's not even fair to call it a text messaging app, since it's so much more allowing you to quickly send short videos, photos and audio clips. One other useful feature found in iOS 8 lets you send a map of your location. Your iPhone can help you solve the age-old problem of two people trying to answer the question, "Where are you?" No longer will you need a long, convoluted message with mysterious landmarks. Just a single message, with map to your exact location. That's technology, working for you. Here's how to send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8. … [Read more...]

How to Quickly Send Photos or Short Videos Using Messages App on iOS 8

Tap record video

Typically when people go looking for new features in an iOS update, they look at changes to the operating system. In iOS 8, some of the biggest changes occur in the more frequently used stock apps. At the top of that list is the Messages app. In iOS 8, Apple has made it easier to send a quick photo or record and send a short video. All with a single touch. There is no debating that Apple creates great software. On occasion, they borrow good ideas, putting their own Apple spin on them. That's exactly what's happened with Messages in iOS 8. The ideas originated in third-party apps WhatsApp and Snapchat. By folding these features into a stock app like Messages, it increases the value of the software that ships with each new iPhone, iPad or … [Read more...]

Saying My Goodbyes To One-Handed Usability

One-handed usability

I've been using the iPhone 6 Plus extensively over the past week. It's got a heavy duty case on it, because I'm deathly afraid of dropping it. For all of the improvements, if you drop an iPhone, there's a good chance that beautiful screen will shatter. Unlike in previous years, the cost to repair is $129, significantly less now that Apple had the facilities to do them on location. I have not been able to use the iPhone 6 Plus with one hand, at all. It's strictly a two handed device. That's the trade-off for having a bigger than bigger phone. As for the iPhone 6, it feels incredibly small when I switch to that phone. My wife got the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6. I definitely feel a bit more comfortable navigating with one hand. With either … [Read more...]