I’m a huge college sports fan in general, but the one that hooked me first was college basketball. I grew up in Memphis during the heyday of what was then Memphis State, now the University of Memphis, basketball, so becoming a fan of the home team was pretty natural. My parents and I rarely missed a game on TV or radio and there was nothing that could top one of the best championship tournaments in all of sports- March Madness.
Apple is all about the services lately. Apple Music has been growing fast, but we already know that there’s a lot more on tap in the near future. Apple’s video streaming service is coming as soon as next month or so, and their new News service powered by the Texture acquisition should also be here by Summer. However, Apple may not be stopping there.
I say that Find My iPhone seems trivial until you need thanks to freshly gained experience. Before, it used to be a nice feature that was really handy for tracking down the kids’ devices when they misplaced them in the house or left them out in the car. Before yesterday, the only time I had to use it to track down something that was really lost was when my daughter left my wife’s iPhone 5 sitting on the trunk of my car one Summer night.
1Password for iPad and iOS has been updated this week (to Version 4.5) – and it’s the biggest update ever for the already excellent password manager app.
The update starts strong by making a change that the developers say is by very, very popular demand – making search always accessible at the top of the categories tab and on each main category.
Here are just some of the other highlights of this latest update to 1Password for iPad:
1Password – The Reimagined Edition
– AirDrop – Share items more conveniently, face-to-face
– Our sharing menu is now a good iOS 7 citizen
– iPhone item details for viewing and editing items are now 75-90% more viewtiful and edible. Wait, editable. Yeah
– Nothing says “reimagined” like a brand new app icon
Multiple Vaults & Sharing
– If you create multiple vaults with 1Password 4 for Mac or Windows, you can now add them to 1Password for iOS and switch between them in Settings. Great for securely sharing items with team members or family, or simply for your own organization!
– Demo Mode is dead, long live the new Demo Vault – We moved our popular Demo Mode feature to Settings > Vaults. You can add demo information as a secondary vault to demonstrate 1Password without revealing all your personal information
– Multiple Dropbox accounts – Have more than one Dropbox account? Great! You can now sync vaults that are shared from different Dropbox accounts
1Browser is better than ever
Our built-in browser is faster and more powerful, making it easier to login, checkout, and fill forms with a single tap.
This week Microsoft has launched Office 365 Personal – a new flavor of Office 365 that makes it more affordable for iPad users and others who don’t need to install it on a large number of devices. It’s priced at $69 per year – about 30% off the standard $99 annual subscription.
Office 365 Personal subscription allows installation on one iPad or Windows tablet, and installation on one Mac or Windows PC. The $99 standard Office 365 allows for installs on up to 5 supported PCs and tablet devices.
The Office 365 Personal subscription provides the latest versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access; full editing features on the Office iPad apps, 7GB of OneDrive cloud storage, and automatic upgrades on the Office applications.
This is a very good move by Microsoft to release this new version of Office 365. This should lead to a lot more sales to iPad users, and to many users who don’t need to install these apps on more than a couple of devices.
You can see more details and buy Office 365 Personal via Microsoft or at Amazon for the same price.
NBA Game Time for iPad 2013-2014 was updated yesterday, to Version 5.3.
This update is specifically for the NBA Playoffs, which tip off today. Here are the changes in this update:
It’s that time of year again, NBA Game Time has been updated for the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
We’ve added a live playoff bracket showing status for each series and the most recent games.
For each series there is also a series hub, which includes:
• Series Status
• Series Videos
• Series Schedule
• Series Leaders
• Series Notification Toggle
Good stuff, especially for those times where a game you really want to see is not on TV or you just can’t be around a TV. As always, I’m looking forward to the playoffs – and this is a great app to help me keep up with them.
Here’s an App Store link for NBA Game Time 2013-2014; it’s a free app.
iOOTP Baseball 2014 is the latest, greatest version of the excellent baseball management game for the iPad and iOS. It hit the App Store yesterday and it’s got quite a nice set of new features for this year’s edition, including:
• Real Opening Day 2014 rosters. Every player on every major league team is available, along with the top 20 minor league prospects for each team. Major league player ratings are based on PECOTA by Baseball Prospectus, the best player projection system available today.
• Player Editor. Players can edit everything from names and biographical information to hitting, fielding, and pitching ratings.
• Improved AI, including a direct port of the new player evaluation AI from OOTP 15
• Retina display support
• iOS 7 support (iOS 4.3 is the minimum required)
The best movies app for the iPad just got another great update yesterday. Fandango Movies has a new icon, a very cool new Spotlight carousel feature, and a few more nice improvements.
Here’s the short but very sweet change list for Version 6.0 of Fandango Movies for iPad:
We’ve made your Fandango mobile experience even more exciting. Check out our latest updates:
• The Spotlight carousel now available for both iPhone and iPad!
• Our brand new look features visual enhancements to movie pages, theater lists, as well as a new rating system and easy-to-spot ticketing information icons
• Sign in to your Fandango account using Facebook or Google+ (iPhone only; iPad coming soon). Don’t have an account yet? Create one now for one-tap purchases and to save your favorite theaters.
Fandango has been an excellent iPad app as long as I can remember. It makes it quick and easy to find a great movie, check out when it’s showing in nearby theaters, choose seats and book tickets right within the app. This is a very nice update to this already stellar app.
Here’s an App Store link for Fandango Movies; it’s a free app and a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.
Well here’s a new iPad app that I never expected to see – WordPerfect X7, a new version of the word processing app and old-time rival of Microsoft Word.
I didn’t realize WordPerfect was still around, though I do recall my brother mentioning to me years ago that it is very popular with lawyers and law firms. Anyway, it looks as if it still going strong, and it now has a new iPad version – though it is currently a limited free trial and a ‘virtualized desktop’:
This is a free trial, available for a limited time and subject to limited availability. This virtualized desktop companion requires you to be connected to the Internet. During the trial period we recommend you connect to the internet through Wi-Fi for enhanced performance.
Here’s a bit more of the app’s description:
WordPerfect X7 ® iPad companion is designed to work with the new WordPerfect X7 ® for desktop. Availability is limited… activation is required
With WordPerfect X7 iPad Companion, you can experience a full-featured word processor which offers hassle-free, easy-to-use formatting options that help you do more with documents on an iPad.
Word Processing essentials on the go!
· Open Microsoft® Word documents
· Streamlined document creation
· Reveal Codes and other classic features
· New collaborative tools and applications
A little bit of an odd way to launch an iPad app, especially hot on the heels of the release of a full-blown version of Word and Microsoft Office for iPad, but likely still of interest for hard-core WordPerfect users.
Here’s an App Store link for WordPerfect X7 for iPad.
Do we have any WordPerfect or WordPerfect for iPad users here?
The Ziner RSS Reader iPad app has had a recent update, to Version 2.2. The update doesn’t offer any huge, attention grabbing new features, but instead a lengthy list of smaller improvements to the app and some useful bug fixes.
I just picked Ziner as our iPad App of the Week a couple of weeks ago, and I think it’s a very good option for keeping up with your RSS feeds on the iPad. While this update doesn’t have any big headline features, it’s full of just the sort of little enhancements that can greatly improve the user experience.
1Password is a superb password vault / password manager app – for iPad, iPhone, Mac, and Windows. It’s on sale right now at a full 50% off – down from $17.99 to $8.99. This sale has a very particular theme –it is titled ‘Heartbleed Sale’.
Of course this is a week where we should all be giving a great amount of thought to how we handle our passwords – as it’s the week where we’re learning about Heartbleed, which has been described as the worst bug ever on the internet. It has also been described like so by leading security expert Bruce Schneier:
“Catastrophic” is the right word. On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.
If you haven’t already done so, its worth reading up about Heartbleed and figuring out which of the sites and services you use have been affected by it – and changing your passwords at an appropriate time.
And to look for a good password manager app if you don’t already have one.
Here’s an App Store link for 1Password; it’s a universal app that is designed for both iPad and iPhone.