Notable New iPad Apps – Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

Family Guy Quest for Stuff iPad app

Fox’s hit animated comedy show ‘Family Guy’ has a brand new iPad game in the App Store – Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.

Here’s a slice of the App Store description for the game:

After another epic battle with the giant chicken, Peter Griffin has accidentally destroyed Quahog! Play for FREE and rally your favorite FG characters (even Meg) to save the city in a hilarious new adventure from the writers of Family Guy. Or don’t, and regret it forever!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ONLY ON THE APP STORE: Play the “Fool’s Gold” quest line to help Peter realize his dream of becoming filthy rich! ONLY available for players on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices!

If the game is 10% s funny as the show then it would still make for a hilarious bit of entertainment on the iPad. I installed it this morning just to take a quick peek – and I have to say the imagery and animations are pretty impressive.

Here’s what’s not so impressive to me right off the bat – the game is free but offers (or more like nearly demands) In-App purchases that range from $1.99 all the way up to $99.99. I’m a Family Guy fan and the game looks fun after just a few minutes with it, but I just can’t stand games that are almost immediately nagging you to pay up to move through them quicker – especially when there are In-App purchases at the huge numbers that are in this game.

Here’s an App Store link for Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. I’m sure we have plenty of Family Guy fans here – what do you think of this game, and any iPad game with iPad In-App purchases at the $50 and 100 levels?

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Rumored Features for New iPads This Year & Next

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Over recent days I’ve started seeing early talk of new iPads expected this late this year and in early 2015. Apple Insider has a report up, citing an analyst (Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI) with a respectable track record on these sort of subjects, that talks about some expected features for new iPads that are now on the horizon.

The highlights so far, at least for the next-gen iPad Air, seem to be:

– A new A8 mobile processor

– A Touch ID sensor as the new iPhone 5s has

– An 8 megapixel rear-facing camera

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Review: Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition for iPad

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The Jot Script is the joint effort between Adonit and Evernote to create the ultimate pen for Penultimate. The Script offers two major advantages over most other styli: the PixelPoint tip and Bluetooth connectivity.

The PixelPoint tip makes it much easier to see where your strokes will end up on the iPad’s screen. Other styli make this a bit of a guessing game with large foam or rubber tips that require varying amounts of pressure, but the Script is a stylus that anyone can use right off the bat, without any major learning curve. 

The Bluetooth connection allows Script-compatible apps (e.g. Penultimate or Noteshelf) to more accurately track where the stylus tip is, as well as help to ignore any other contact points on the screen (a.k.a. palm rejection). The Script is powered by a single AAA battery, and the stylus won’t even be registered by the iPad unless you turn it on.

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StackUp iOS App Bundle: Up to 83% Off a Dozen Top-Rated iPad & iPhone Apps

iOS Apps Bundle

Here’s a cool idea, and a sweet way to get some great iPad and iPhone apps at a big discount: it’s the first iOS apps bundle from the lovely folks at StackSocial.

On offer are 12 leading iPad and iOS apps at up to 83% off their standard prices. There are some top names in this bundle, including the superb Parallels Access app down from $49.99 to $14.99, TextExpander touch down from $4.99 to $1.99, Scanner Pro down from $6.99 to $2.99, and nine more similar big bargains.

The sale is just for a limited time, so you may want to hurry and check out the deals at the StackUp iOS Bundle page. These discounts are available only via this StackSocial page – not directly in the App Store.

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Brainfeed for iPad: Paying for free content

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Apps like Brainfeed frustrate me somewhat. It’s a great looking app, but it has some content issues. The idea behind Brainfeed is that it serves up educational videos in a variety of topics, some of which are free to view, but most of the videos require an in-app purchase in a variety of tiers, the cheapest being $15 for a yearly subscription. However, (you can probably guess where this is going) a 20 second check of YouTube revealed that the videos were easily available here. Fair enough, I thought, the free videos on Brainfeed are available on YouTube. What would be interesting though is are any of the paid videos available? The short answer is yes. The app doesn’t give you the titles for the locked videos, only screenshots, but it is easy to find the locked videos on YouTube with a quick search of videos from the video creator’s channels. To give an example, one of the locked videos was by ‘Stuff of Genius’. I dialed up their YouTube channel and the locked video was there to watch for free. [click to continue reading…]

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“Quitting Apps in iOS Can Actually Worsen Battery Life” – If This is Accurate, then It’s the Best Advert Yet for More RAM in iOS Devices

Thorin Klosowski has a piece up at Lifehacker where he states that quitting apps in iOS can actually worsen battery life – and quotes a former Apple Genius Bar tech on the subject: Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse [...]

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iPad Art: Paint on!

Wow, lots of reasons to love this week’s featured iPad painting. It’s titled ‘Paint on!’ and created by Hotel Midnight. Apart from the fact it’s the work of a favorite iPad artist, of course I love the fact that it’s an iPad painting that’s all about painting on the iPad. Here. the artist herself can [...]

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Stick Around for iPad: Powerful App for Educators

When teaching, one of the great practical ways to inspire discussion, debate and higher order thinking skills is by categorisation/card sort exercises, ideally where a student can decide to put things in a certain order, and change their mind by moving their idea about depending on the discussion. Back in the ‘good old days’ (pre-iPad), [...]

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iPad App of the Week: Ziner RSS Reader

iPad apps are, and have always been, a big part of what makes the iPad such a powerful device. Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to [...]

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