Canva: Beatiful Online Design Tool Launching iPad Version Today

 

So here’s one thing I know and one thing I just learned last night thanks to that one thing I know:

— The One Thing I Know: If I get an email from Guy Kawasaki, old school Apple evangelist and all-round tech legend and badass, I will be giving that email my undivided attention. Big time.

— The One Thing I Just Learned Last Night: Kawasaki is now the chief evangelist (super cool title) for Canva, which is an awesome looking online graphic design tool that I’d never run across before receiving the email tonight. I’m a little late to the Canva party – just shuffling in after some 850,000 users.

Why am I blathering on about which emails get my full attention and awesome looking online graphic design tools? Because Canva is releasing an iPad version and it’s coming to the App Store today.

Now, take a look at the Canva iPad app video and tell me you don’t want that on your iPad yesterday.

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iOS 8: Voice Messages

iOS 8 voice message

Voice Messaging has been one of the surprise hit features of iOS 8 for me. My family — especially my dad — have really taken to sending quick little voice bytes in lieu of text messages. The iMessage app in iOS 8 makes it easy to send a quick voice message to a contact. All it takes is a quick tap-and-hold on the microphone button to start recording a voice message while chatting with someone, and letting go of the button lets me preview the message before I send it off (which is something the selfie feature in iMessages should do!).

I like the way that these voice messages can replace quick calls, especially when you go into iMessage settings and set voice messages to stick around for only two minutes after you’ve listened to them. This keeps the messages ephemeral and fun — like Snapchat users know — and prevents me from having to manage an archive of audio files. However, it’s nice to know that I can save a particularly useful or sentimental voice message by simply tapping on the small “keep” text in the main window of iMessage.

One of the things my family and I still need to get used to is that voice messages are not dictation. Voice messages free us up to use inflection while speaking, which Siri has gotten me used to ignoring while dictating. As a quick comparison, here’s what it’s like to send a voice message vs. a dictated Siri message:

“Hey dad, wanna see a movie this Monday?”

“message my dad hey dad COMMA wanna see a movie this Monday QUESTION MARK”

Could you tell which one was which? :)

That’s not a knock against the awesomeness that is Siri’s dictation capabilities (which also got better in iOS 8), but it’s been fun and natural using my Mac and iOS devices like a long range walkie-talkie. Voice messages have shaken up my messaging dynamic, and I’m really happy for this addition. I often write about features I’d dearly wish for in a future version of iOS, but this is one of those cases where a totally unexpected feature was plopped onto my lap, and I’m only realizing now how much I’m enjoying the surprise.

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New Photos Appear to Confirm Touch ID and Enhanced Processer for iPad Air 2

iPad Air 2

With Apple’s iPad + Mac special event on October 16 fast approaching, last minute leaks and speculation are increasing pace as expected.

Over the weekend, photos emerged that are said to show clear evidence of a Touch ID button for the new iPad Air 2 (or whatever name Apple gives the next gen of the iPad Air) and for an enhanced graphics chip, the A8X.

MacRumors has details on the photos and they don’t seem to be classing them as fake right now.

Apple.club.tw (Google Translate) has shared new images that appear to show a variety of components from the iPad Air 2, which include pictures of the logic board, home button flex cable, front panel, and volume control flex cable.

The home button flex cable appears to contain a space for a Touch ID home button, complete with the stainless steel ring.

Now all we need is a photo showing that the new iPad Air carries 8GB of RAM. Smile

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iPad Art: October Tree

iPad Painting

Well, if this iPad painting isn’t a perfect image for Autumn and October and Halloween, then I don’t know what is. I love how the colors and the movement in the image evoke this time of year.

It’s titled ‘October Tree’ and is the work of Helene Goldberg – created with the ArtRage app. As always

You can enjoy more of Godberg’s lovely iPad paintings at her hgberk Flickr stream.

And of course you can browse through the beautiful iPad paintings of numerous iPad artists in our own iPad Art section.

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Deals: World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp at 95% Off

iOS 8 Swift Bootcamp

If you fancy learning how to be an iOS developer, then today’s featured deal might be just the sort of thing to help you get started, or to hone your skills and learn Swift. It’s the iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp – offered at just $99, 96% off the standard price of $2,956.

Here’s the quick intro on the bootcamp and its most notable features:

This is the largest iOS 8 course out there today.

You get access to 24 Swift/iOS 8 courses in which you will be guided along as you learn app design fundamentals and build over 70 working apps in Xcode 6. The apps you’ll build include a Twitter/Facebook app, several children’s educational apps, lots of productivity apps and much much more.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

By taking the courses offered in this package, you get a ton of app creation experience. This course is 100% practical and is intended to make you a rockstar Swift developer. The lectures offer step-by-step instruction with video – no work is done off screen. Every app is built right before your eyes.

TOP FEATURES
  • Build over 70 apps using Swift and Xcode 6 – Social networking, alarm clock, calculator, media player, educational, and productivity apps
  • 24 step-by-step courses
  • Over 80 hours of video content (1,000+ videos)
  • Great for coding novices and experienced programmers alike
  • Get tips on how to start your own business using Swift
  • Learn how to upload apps to the Apple app store
  • Learn app design fundamentals

You can see lots more detail and get your order in at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad App Of The Week: Next for iPad

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week. Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out […]

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New iPad (and Mac) Event Confirmed for October 16

Just as the rumors last week predicted, Apple has confirmed another special keynote event for next Thursday, October 16. As usual, the event invitation doesn’t give much away, but this is expected to be the event where this year’s new iPad models will be unveiled – likely alongside new Macs and  final preview of the […]

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Giving Up On Evernote For Task Management

I just finished my major trial run of Evernote as a task manager. The service is really great, but I learned that there are downsides to having all of your notes and tasks in the same place. Evernote doesn’t make it easy to filter tasks by date, and I found it cumbersome to re-schedule tasks […]

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iOS 8 App Updates: PhotoToaster

PhotoToaster, one of the very best photo editing apps for the iPad, was updated for iOS 8 over this past weekend. The new version of PhotoToaster is 6.6.2 and here’s what it brings: Complete iOS 8 and iPhone 6 and 6+ support! We made a Preview video but in 30 seconds it’s hard to show […]

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