Notable iPad App Updates: Minecraft – Pocket Edition

Minecraft Pocket Edition

Here’s some good news for just about every kid I know (and a fair few grown-ups): Minecraft – Pocket Edition just got another update. Version 0.9.5 is the latest update for the pocket edition of the incredibly popular block-building, world-building game.

Here’s the details on what’s new in the new Version 0.9.5:

0.9 – biggest update EVER!
Infinite worlds!
Caves!
Loads of new blocks and items including Monster Eggs and huge mushroom blocks.
Wolves! Tame a loyal companion.
Loads of new flowers! So pretty.
New mobs, including the spooky endermen and less spooky Mooshrooms.
New biomes from the PC version, including mesas, jungles, swamps and extreme hills.
Abandoned mineshafts, villages, and many other cool places to explore.
A brand-new “interaction” button. Never accidentally punch a sheep again!
New feature generation, including lakes, vines and monster rooms.
Many bugs fixed, and possibly a few added.

My daughter, and many of her friends, are huge fans of this game. I imagine she’ll be giving this update some serious usage very soon.

Here’s an App Store link for Minecraft – Pocket Edition; it’s priced at $6.99 and is a universal app design for both iPad and iPhone.

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iOOTP Baseball for iPad Contest: Winners

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Thanks to all who participated in our recent contest to win free promo codes for the excellent iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition for iPad.

Here are our lucky winners:

AlienInCA, Vernitis, and Paul Redmond.

Winners, please check your Inboxes and spam folders, as we’ll be sending out your codes very soon.

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Quick Look: Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

The Belkin WeMo Insight isn’t an iPad-specific accessor — its companion app is really designed for the iPhone — but I’ve been using it across both of my iOS devices anyway. The WeMo Insight is part of Belkin’s WeMo suite of home automation accessories, and the Insight works like an AC adapter that allows you to wirelessly switch an attached device on or off.

The Insight does this by logging onto my local Wi-Fi network and cutting or providing power based on incoming network signals. This allows me to control power to a single piece of equipment — be it a lamp, coffee maker, or space heater — with a single tap inside of the WeMo app. That’s already pretty cool, but Belkin went a step further and added support for IFTTT and a set of timed triggers.

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Explain Everything for iPad Review: The 21st Century way to present

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We’ve all done it before. Sitting in a classroom on a hot, hazy afternoon, the teacher explaining something to the class in great depth, only for your mind to wander to the latest cricket score, what you’re going to have for dinner or what time you’re meeting your mates for an after school kick around. Suddenly, it’s work time and the teacher asks you to apply this knowledge they have so painstakingly imparted and you haven’t listened to a thing they have just said. So, the teacher will either have to patiently explain it to you again, or say “weren’t you listening to anything I just said?” and you have to desperately ask your mates for an explanation. Either way it’s not an effective use of either student or teacher’s time. As a teacher and student, I’ve been there on both sides of this situation and if Explain Everything was around in the 90s, I wouldn’t have had to worry about my mind wandering during lesson time. [click to continue reading…]

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Deals: The Mac Mastery Bundle – Become a Mac Power User Courses at 90% Off

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Today’s featured iPad Insight deal is a sweet one if you’re looking to get to know your Mac better and become a Mac master. It features 8 video courses from the popular Udemy online learning academy and others. These courses are normally valued at $408. With is deal you get them for just $29 – 92% off.

The video courses in the bundle include Mac Clarity – Master Your Mac, Productivity for Mac Users, One on One Apple Personal Training, Mastering Keynote Presentations, Become a Rocker with GarageBand, and Clean & Organize Your Mac in Under 2 Hours.

Here’s the description of just one of the 8 video courses included in the bundle, the Productivity for Mac Users course:

Sometimes you just feel like you’re spending to much time doing the simple things. That is exactly what this course will change. Now you can learn the tools and shortcuts to 10x your Mac productivity.

These productivity hacks will allow you to write faster, blaze through email, use Microsoft Office at 5x the speed and get more of the normal things done in a much faster timeframe.

This course will help you reclaim your valuable time and be more productive for the rest of your computing life. Even if you have grown up with computers, this course will teach you to use your Mac like a PRO.

You can check out all the details and grab this bundle deal at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad Art: F#%k! Run! No! Fly!

Here’s today’s featured iPad painting. It’s titled ‘F#%k! Run! No! Fly!’ – which is just perfect for this awesome and hilarious image. It’s the work of Rafael Co, a big-time favorite iPad artist here – Raffy’s images are always both striking and full of fun and humor. This one was done with the Procreate app. […]

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Another Quick Take on Screens VNC for iPad

Our very own James Potter recently reviewed Screens for iPad and gave a great breakdown of how the iPad can be used to remotely control a Mac or PC. However, I wanted to quickly post on how Screens — and its companion desktop app, Screens Connect — has helped me. A few months ago, I […]

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If the iPad Was a Company …

As I mentioned yesterday, iPad sales numbers for the latest quarter were down a bit, and this has been seen to be a very disappoint result for Apple – even though iPad is still the clear tablet market leader. Hard times for the iPad would be great times for others – the 13 million iPads […]

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Revolution 60 Now Available for iPad

Revolution 60, the first title from dev studio Giant Spacekat, is now out on the App Store. Rev 60 is a good example of mobile-first gaming experiences (which is increasingly common thanks to iOS), and also a great example of a video game with strong female protagonists (which is still quite rare). The mix of action and […]

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