The wonderful Khan Academy iPad app has been updated this week, to Version 2.0.
This is a major update for an already superb educational app. It brings access to everything that’s available at Khan Academy online – including some 150,000 learning exercises as well as personalized recommendations.
Khan Academy is a great educational tool for all ages; the iPad version has always been a great app – and now it’s even better.
Here’s an App Store link for Khan Academy – it’s still a free app, and also a universal app designed for use on both iPad and iPhone.
In less than two weeks now, on February 1st, the greatest show on earth will be plastered across the majority of TV sets in America and around the world. This year, NBC has the honor of broadcasting the gala event. As part of their TV Everywhere content promotion of Super Stream Sunday, NBC is offering 11 hours of free online programming. The day’s events will include Super Bowl Sunday pre and post-game shows, the Super Bowl itself, and the half-time show featuring Katy Perry. In addition they will also include a feature presentation of The Blacklist.
All this programming will be offered free of charge. Users will able view all the Super Bowl content offered without even having to create a username or password. The streamed content will be available on iPads (tablets) and via desktop computers. However, mobile users on carriers other than Verizon will have to pay to watch the Super Bowl on their phones due to an exclusive deal.
The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for the iPad in the App Store for free!
I’ve been using Due for a good three years now, and it has become one of those apps that makes me hesitate ever switching away from iOS devices. Due isn’t a task app, but rather a reminders and timers app, and it really excels in that area. I know that once I’ve put a reminder into Due, I can trust the app to alert the living hell out of me when it’s time to get something done.
Due 2.0 came out yesterday, and after spending one evening with it, I’m happy to report that it’s all I wanted out of an upgrade, and more.
The whole app is now easier to read, thanks to an even more spartan interface. Due 2.0 is a great iOS 8 citizen, with features like a sidebar menu with “sloppy” swiping (i.e. you can swipe right from anywhere to activate the menu), background syncing via Dropbox, and vastly empowered notifications. It used to be that you had to open up Due in order to get a reminder to shut up, but with these new iOS 8 notifications, you can now snooze or complete a reminder right from the banner or alert pop-up.
If you’re a new user to Due 2.0, the app is $5. If you’re upgrading from a copy of Due you already own, there’s an in-app purchase of $2.99 for a few new features — which is a a price I gladly paid for three years of great performance.
Due 2.0 is so good I think it warrants a full review of the app, and so I’ll be working on that in the next week.
Procreate is touted as ‘the most powerful and intuitive digital illustration App available for iPad’, and it’s had a big recent update that makes it even more powerful and takes advantage of some of the new features of iOS 8 and the power of the new iPad Air 2.
The app is exclusive to the iPad and already offered 120 brushes and 64-bit power prior to its latest update to Version 2.2. This update is apparently 6 months in the making and one of its headline new features is Palm Support – described like so:
Palm Support is like palm rejection, but better. It’s always on and you can use a regular capacitive stylus or even your finger. You can finally use gestures in tandem with resting your palm on the surface of the iPad screen without the worry of drawing over your canvas. Palm Support is completely transparent and will not interrupt performance or your workflow.
Also added is support for iCloud Drive, AirDrop, and AirPrint directly from within the app. You can also now import from and export to any storage service that offers an iOS 8 extension. Here are a few other notable changes in this update:
- Rebuilt some major parts of Procreate to improve stability and memory usage
– Updated all stylus SDKs
– Added eyedropper as a stylus button option
– Added Merge Down to layer options menu
– Improved Palette Library interface
– Improved Brush Settings interface
– Interface tweaks throughout Procreate
– Bug fixes
I wish I could say that I’ve given the updated version of Procreate a spin, but I’m barely capable of drawing a stick figure on my best days. I do know though that many of the incredible iPad artists whose outstanding works fill our iPad Art section love this app.
Here’s an App Store link for Procreate; it’s priced at $5.99.
You know the drill: a new update for Fleksy is released and I inevitably give it a shot, despite the unbelievable instability of all third-party keyboards on iOS 8 thus far. I tried it out because the feature list here really is quite amazing:
- new themes (OK)
- new keyboard extension for GIFs (cool)
- new extension for a numerical pad (great!)
- new extension to help with cursor movement (cool!!)
- an even faster way to add punctuations (at last!)
The newly-added extensions are modular, and you can have three of them active at any one time. There are a few more of them, but I only tried the ones I was actually interested in today.
I actively tested Fleksy 5.0 at work and experienced at least 10 crashes across my iPhone and iPad, which is too bad, because this keyboard really is awesome. I really, really want to use it, but the stability in iOS 8 just isn’t there yet, and there are too many times where I’m left with a simply blank keyboard. It’s astounding that Apple hasn’t fixed this yet.