School is out for the year (or nearly so), and kids are more than a little antsy to get out in the sun and dive into a awesome medley of summer activities. While the distraction of friends, fun, and festivities is a welcome change of pace from pencils and books, it also tends to make their minds a little mushy as the year's accumulated knowledge fades slightly. Of course, there are plenty of ways to continue learning through the hot summer months between school sessions without skimping on the fun. Not only will these apps entertain your kids, they'll also help keep their noggins firing on all cylinders until the fall.
We got our first official glimpse at iOS 6 yesterday via the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2012 Keynote address, and the future appears very bright for both iPhone and iPad users. Due out this fall, the latest major refresh adds a bevy of enhancements to existing apps and features, including Siri and FaceTime, while introducing all-new experiences -- like an Apple-designed Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation that replaces Google Maps, as well as the sleek Passbook. Some 200 new features are promised, with many of those sure to be revealed in the months leading up to release; still, we got a great taste of what to expect yesterday, so here are the 10 features that really commanded our attention in the keynote.
WWDC's annual Apple Design Awards were moved to a prime spot on Monday afternoon, just a few hours after the exciting keynote. Awards were given to 11 gorgeous applications, including student projects, and apps for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Find out who won after the jump!
Once upon a time, it took piles of heavy rulebooks, a hefty supply of well-sharpened pencils, bags of dice, and a sea of dog-eared paper scraps to enjoy most tabletop RPG sessions. Thankfully, times have changed, and the marvels of modern techno-wizardry make it a lot easier to get the dungeon spelunking underway. Having an iOS device handy at the gaming table is so common these days that some thoughtful folks have whipped up a slew of helpful apps to enhance your dice-rolling fun.
For a while, it looked like computers would come with more storage than you could ever need, but some modern Macs are almost heading in the opposite direction. Solid-state drives mean you must now be a little careful about weighty files—the smallest MacBook Air, after all, has only 64GB of precious, precious disk space.
According to the Center for Hearing and Communication, 38 million people in the United States go through life with significant hearing loss or with the sounds of the world around them completely muted. Luckily, modern technology has made great strides in improving communication for people that suffer from hearing loss. We've compiled eight apps for iPhone and iPad that have made life a little louder for those with difficulties hearing.
Whether by fluke or design, the iPad is the perfect gaming device for our purring friends. It has a strong, sturdy screen that can sit flat on the floor, along with a capacitive multi-touch interface. Cats can paw and scratch at it without doing any damage (though doing so remains entirely at your own risk), and true to Apple tradition, it just works. Games made specifically for cats have emerged as a lucrative genre over the past couple of years, so join us in looking through eight of the best. But don't come back complaining if your cat ends up demanding to spend more time than you on your iPad.
iOS devices are great for showing off your photos to family members because of it’s ease of use and fluidity when perusing your photos. However, most of us don’t carry around our entire iPhoto library on our iPhone or iPad because of space limitations and Photo Stream's limited quanity. Fortunately, with the help of an application like Blinq, you can remotely access your entire iPhoto or Aperture library from home via your iOS device.
The process of keeping the mind sharp and punchy is a lot like going to the gym -- except instead of lifting weights and working up a nasty sweat, some of us prefer to engage in a bit of clever wordplay to keep the brain firing on all cylinders. When mental gymnastics are preferable to good old-fashioned physical exercise, the App Store is a hot spot for hunting down the best puzzle games for getting the job done. Get ready to flex some mental muscle and scarf down some tasty word salad with these stimulating gaming apps for the orthographically inclined.
With AirPlay, Apple allowed iOS devices and iTunes on the Mac and Windows PCs to stream audio (and video) to AirPlay-enabled devices.. However, Apple has yet to include a feature in OS X that would allow you to stream all system audio to an AirPlay-compatible device. Luckily, the folks at Rogue Amoeba have stepped up to the plate with the Airfoil application. Read on to learn how to use it!