Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 07/11/2016

July 11, 2016 by macjeff

Cross DJ Pro - Mix your music , BlackCam - Black&White Camera , Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden HD (Full) and more


Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden (Full) ( $4.99 → FREE )

Robert Marceau, a famed underwater explorer, has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Tag along with his fiancée as she descends into the depths of the ocean to find and rescue him. As you make your way through the haunted sunken city of Eden, you’ll need to find all kinds of hidden objects and complete more than 20 mini-games. Abyss includes 40 underwater locations, 16 scenes to search, three difficulty settings, and achievements via Game Center.

Sky Live™ - Stargazing & Weather Forecast to View Clear Night Sky ( $0.99 → FREE )

Sky Live presents you with the sky visibility percentage in your area over a beautiful backdrop. The main view also allows you to see sunrise and sunset times. Swipe upwards to get even more detailed data like the current moon phase, light pollution levels, and planet, constellation, and star visibilities. All data is viewable up to seven days out, so you can plan accordingly.


Cross DJ Pro - Mix your music ( $4.99 → FREE )

You’re able to import any two non-DRM protected songs from your library. You can then manipulate the two digital turntables by sliding your fingers over them. If you lack the necessary DJ skills to create something tolerable, just enable the Automix mode and allow Cross DJ to do the work for you. The app also includes live recording, automatic beat matching, 72 samples, and MIDI support.

BlackCam - Black&White Camera ( $1.99 → FREE )

BlackCam does one thing and does it well. It provides you with dozens of lens filters to choose from, all of which are shown live on your feed. You can also add simulated grain and vignette, and adjust the contrast, brightness, and exposure at will. The app outputs at full resolution, providing you with the best possible results.

Next - Numbers ( $1.99 → FREE )

Next requires your complete and utter attention. All you have to do is tap numbers in their correct order as quickly as you can. The difficulty is that the numbers are spread out across a complicated and completely random grid. The game includes two modes, with one requiring you to find all of the numbers at your own pace and the other having you race against the clock. Both allow you to utilize power-ups in case you find yourself stuck.

Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden HD (Full) ( $6.99 → FREE )

Robert Marceau, a famed underwater explorer, has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Tag along with his fiancée as she descends into the depths of the ocean to find and rescue him. As you make your way through the haunted sunken city of Eden, you’ll need to find all kinds of hidden objects and complete more than 20 mini-games. Abyss includes 40 underwater locations, 16 scenes to search, three difficulty settings, and achievements via Game Center.

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Complete Guide to Using an External Keyboard With an iPad

July 11, 2016 by macjeff

ipad external keyboard featured 1 The 9.7 inch iPad Pro turned me into an iPad believer. And while Split View, Slide Over and Apple Pencil are awesome, it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t attached an external (physical) keyboard and the productivity that comes with keyboard shortcuts.  

If you’ve got an external keyboard for your iPad, here’s everything you can do to be more productive with the iPad.

Pairing a Keyboard with iPad

If you’ve got a Smart Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro, all you have to do is attach the keyboard magnetically to the iPad and you’re done. If you’re using an external Bluetooth keyboard – Apple’s or third party – you’ll need to pair it first. To do that, go to “Settings” -> “Bluetooth” and turn on Bluetooth. ipad external keyboard guide 9 Then make sure the keyboard is turned on and is discoverable. On the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard, you can do this by pressing and holding the power button. ipad external keyboard guide 6 Once the keyboard shows up in the list. Tap it, enter the numbers on the keyboard to authenticate and you’re paired.

Command + Space For Spotlight Search

If you’re going to use the external keyboard, get used to searching for apps (or files inside apps) directly from Spotlight. ipad external keyboard guide 3 Instead of extending the fingers to the screen, just press the “Command” + “Space” shortcut, and start typing. If you’re on the home screen, start typing directly. When you find something as the “top hit” (the first search result), press “Enter” and that app will be opened.

Function Keys Work

You can use the F1 to F12 row on the Bluetooth keyboard to perform system functions. F1 and F2: Control brightness F7: Previous track F8: Play/Pause F9: Next track F10: Mute F11 and F12: Control volume

Switch Between Apps

Just like on your Mac, press the keyboard shortcut “Command” + “Tab” to bring up the app switcher. It looks just like the Mac one. Once the app switcher is up, press the “Tab” button while holding the “Command” key to move to the next app. ipad external keyboard guide 5 If you want to move to the previous app, hold “Command” and “Shift” while pressing the “Tab” key to move between apps.

Go Home

Want to quickly go to the home screen? Just press the “Command” + “H” keyboard shortcut. If you’re using iOS 10, you’ll find a “Home screen” shortcut at the end of the app switcher. So another way to go to the home screen is by tapping “Command” + “Shift” + “Tab”. But I prefer the “Command” + “H” shortcut.

Basic Text Selection And Navigation

ipad external keyboard guide 1 Ever since I’ve started using the iPad as a primary writing machine, I had the hardest time with navigating around a document. I’m used to just swiping around with the trackpad on my Mac. But on the iPad, I don’t want to extend my finger all the way to the screen. Plus, even if I do, the touch screen text selection just isn’t accurate or intuitive. But thankfully I have rediscovered some old school shortcuts for navigating in a text document. And once you get used to them, navigation will become super quick. Command + Left: Jump to the end of the current line. Command + Right: Jump to the start of the current line. Command + Up: Jump to the top of the document. Command + Down: Jump to the bottom of the document. Shift + Left/Right: Start text selection on the left/right of the cursor, one character at a time. Shift + Command + Left/Right: Select the entire line, left/right of the cursor point. Shift + Command + Up/Down: Select all the text in the document up/down from the cursor point. Also, if you’re in a text editor, Mac based shortcuts for bold (Command + B), Italics (Command + I) should work as well.

Hold Command Key For App Based Shortcuts

Now that iOS 9 supports app based shortcuts, you should hold the “Command” key in your most used apps to see if the app supports shortcuts and what they are. Do this and you might be surprised at what you find. ipad external keyboard guide 2 Tweetbot, for example has keyboard shortcuts for jumping to the top of the timeline and for switching between tabs like Mentions and more. Mail app has keyboard shortcuts for everything from replying to a mail to navigation to archiving a mail. You could, in theory, get to Inbox Zero even without touching the iPad’s display. If you’re looking for a compact list of most important keyboard shortcuts, check out our list here.

Pro Tip: Use Markdown

If you’re going to be typing a lot on the iPad (the Smart Keyboard cases on the newer iPads make this a really intriguing prospect), you should probably spend some time and learn Markdown. Markdown is a simple syntax based language, similar to HTML but just a lot simpler to use. Basically, with Markdown, you can do stuff like format text as headings, bold, italics, crate lists, insert links and a lot more without ever lifting your finger off of the keyboard. For me, I don’t see how I could type all my articles on the iPad if it weren’t for Markdown. I would suggest get a Markdown editor. I’m currently using 1Writer because it supports Split View, Universal links (searching from spotlight becomes easy), and has a great widget for bookmarking documents). They also have an Action directory if you want to do some text automation.

Troubleshooting When Repairing Bluetooth Keyboards

If you use the external keyboard with multiple devices, you might find that when you come back to the iPad, it just won’t connect again, even though the iPad shows the keyboard in the “Paired” devices. ipad external keyboard guide 7 The only solution I’ve found to this issue is repairing the keyboard. Yes, it’s a drag. Tap the “i” button next to the keyboard and select “Forget this device”. Now pair the keyboard again and it should work. If you use Smart Keyboard Cover, this shouldn’t be a problem for you.

Your Favorite iPad Tips and Tricks?

What are your favorite productivity tips for the iPad? Share with us in the comments below.
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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 07/10/2016

July 10, 2016 by macjeff

Places Around , MiniStats , ClockTunes and more


Places Around ( $1.99 → FREE )

All you need is the sound of your voice to discover new and interesting places nearby. Just speak to Places Around and it will instantly find what you need. You’re also able to browse through 40 predefined categories, search the map, or use keywords. You’re able to save places as favorites for quick access later on, allowing you to plan ahead. You can also receive and share directions and details for each place.

MiniStats ( $1.99 → FREE )

MiniStats allows you to track your mobile data usage with ease. Simply enter your data plan limit, billing start date, and duration of your plan. You’re also able to set alerts for when your usage hits specific thresholds. The app will display your usage in real-time, or you can monitor it from a Today widget or your Apple Watch. MiniStats displays your iPhone’s connected Wi-Fi network, battery charge, memory usage, and storage space as well.


eXtra Voice Recorder: record, edit, take notes, and sync with Dropbox (Perfect for lectures or meetings) ( $1.99 → FREE )

The app provides you with full control over every aspect of your recordings. While recording you’re able to add comments, bookmark important sections, and even sync photos with sections. You can then go back through your recordings to split, trim, and remove unwanted sections. All of your recordings are stored locally, but you can also upload them to your favorite cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote. Recordings can also be resumed at any time, shared, and searched for by title or comments.

Ask Me Colors Preschool and Kindergarten Core Skills Preparation Free ( $3.99 → FREE )

Today only: Unlock everything free of charge! Simply tap the “Unlock” button on the main screen, and enter the provided passcode to confirm your action. All current and future puzzles will be available to you and your child free of charge. The app will present your child with a cute and colorful object, and they must find all of the matching ones at the bottom of the screen. Each object is accompanied by hand-clapping music and rhyming narration. The app includes over 100 objects to discover.

ClockTunes ( $1.99 → FREE )

ClockTunes turns your iPad into an all-in-one clock, music player, and digital photo frame. ClockTunes includes tons of free downloadable clock faces to choose from, or you can design your own using XML and PNG or JPG for images. When you’ve come up with something you like, share it with the community. You’re also able to tap into your photo library to create an animated slideshow, and control all of your music.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 07/09/2016

July 09, 2016 by macjeff

Beer Buddy - Barcode Scanner , BriefKey – Custom Swipe & GIF Keyboard , LeechTunes and more


Beer Buddy - Barcode Scanner ( $3.99 → FREE )

Let Beer Buddy be your shopping guide. Walk into you favorite beer store, pick up an interesting new brew, and scan its barcode. Beer Buddy will provide you with everything you need to know about that particular brew including its style, origin, IBU, alcohol percentage, and even the estimated calories. You’re also able to read reviews posted on The app includes the ability to search for beers by name, tap into a database of stores and restaurants, and create a favorites list.


BriefKey – Custom Swipe & GIF Keyboard ( $1.99 → FREE )

BriefKey is for those who want full control over their typing experience. It puts an intelligent, self-learning swipe keyboard at the tips of your fingers. But it gets its name from its custom keys. BriefKey provides in-keyboard access to calendar events, contacts, photos, GIFs, emoji, and stickers. It even is able to translate messages in 40 languages, search the internet, make cartoons, and get directions without ever leaving the app you’re in.

LeechTunes ( $1.99 → FREE )

LeechTunes is simply beautiful. You’re able to select from 21 built-in skins and themes or make the app truly your own by utilizing a photo from your library as your background. The customizable gestures make it easy to control your music no matter if you’re in the car or on an outdoor adventure. The app also includes voice notifications, a sleep timer, the ability share what you’re listening to via your favorite social networks, landscape orientation support, and artist info.

Pocket Travel Currency Converter, Tip & Discount Calculator • Best currency conversion tools that's simple and easy to use for global business travel, with offline converters to convert currencies with free foreign exchange rate's from around the world ( $2.99 → FREE )

Pocket Travel is the only traveling companion you need. It’s actually three apps in one, allowing you to quickly convert prices between currencies, calculate tips, and calculate discounts. It’s able to automatically detect what country you are in and identify the currency so you don’t have to. It also supports more than 240 countries and 150 currencies, and you’re able to utilize it offline.

AdBlock ( $1.99 → FREE )

Tired of wasting data, speed, and battery life on unwanted content? Then install and enable AdBlock today. The process is really simple. Just launch the Settings app, tap on Safari, tap on Content Blockers, and then enable AdBlock. You’re also able to create your own list of blocked domains and sync your filters via iCloud.

ReliCam ( $0.99 → FREE )

ReliCam allows you to take the best possible photos. It provides you with manual control over focus, ISO, shutter speed, and zoom. Slide your finger left or right to adjust each parameter or use the fine tune controls. ReliCam also provides helpful grid lines when necessary. All captured photos and videos are directly saved to your library.

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The Little Mermaid – a Magical Augmented Reality Book Is Simply Awesome

July 09, 2016 by macjeff

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If there’s one technological movement that I’m all for, it’s virtual and augmented reality.

It’s pretty cool to be able to point your iPhone at something and make a scene come to life.

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is an incredibly fun augmented reality book that’s off to a great start.

This innovative eBook, by Books & Magic for iPhone and iPad, provides an amazing augmented reality experience and kids will no doubt enjoy using it.

Concept and Functionality:

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is the first interactive storybook by Books & Magic, and I’m definitely willing to say that it’s a home run.

In order to use the book you need to either have a secondary Apple device (another iPhone or an iPad) handy.

You also have the option to purchase a physical book, and I’ll talk about that in greater detail later in this review.

Once you’ve acquired the book via secondary device or you picked up a physical copy, you can open The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book and point your primary device towards an open page in the book.

This will make illustrations come to life and kids can interact with all sorts of mini games while learning about the classic story of The Little Mermaid.

When it comes to ease-of-use, parents don’t own a secondary Apple device are at a bit of a disadvantage because you’re pretty much limited to purchasing a physical copy of the book.

I couldn’t find an option from the developer to purchase a digital copy of The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book in PDF format (or another digital format).


Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

The Little Mermaid iPhone App

As you could probably imagine, The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book definitely includes tons of great features that make it an amazing app for youngsters.

Not only does it allow 3-D exploration, but there are plenty of fun mini games that follow along with the classic storyline.

Parents will also be happy to know that The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book doesn’t include advertising or distractions, so kids are much less likely to divert away from the game while using your device.


The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. You want to purchase the full book digitally, you can do so via in-app purchase for $9.99.

If you want a physical copy of the book you’ll be spending much more; it’s just over $37 USD free shipping.

Overall, The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is an incredible book that makes it very easy for kids get excited about the world of augmented reality.

It’s a little bit tricky to set up and it has its disadvantages if you’re not a multi-device household, but once you get it going it’s something that your child will definitely enjoy.

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Booklittle_mermaid.jpg requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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