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Five Apps to Help You Win at Valentine's Day

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February 14 is known as the most romantic day of the year. If you want to win over your love and make Valentine's Day a success, check out these five free apps.



Bug Lets a Text Message Reboot an iPhone

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I'm torn about publicizing this, but iPhone owners need to know that their Messages app could become unusable or their iPhone could reboot automatically because of a bug. A basic text message can cause this behavior and, as you can imagine, folks are using this for nefarious purposes. I won't post the offending text message here, but you can read about a workaround at 9to5mac.com.



New "Home" App in iOS 9 May Manage Smart-Home Devices

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I'm looking forward to the June 8–12 developers conference, during which Apple is expected to show off iOS 9 and announce new products. Apple has already confirmed that new devices compatible with their HomeKit platform will launch in June, so many are expecting the Worldwide Developers Conference to feature this forthcoming platform. In announcing HomeKit, Apple said it would be used with devices that control a home's locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, switches, and more. Smart-home devices are becoming increasingly popular, and a platform that integrates their function and gives them a common interface would be a huge boon — and a big step forward for the industry. The timing is right.



Rumor: iOS 9 Maps to Include Transit Directions

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Details of iOS 9 are continuing to leak as we get closer to the June announcement of this new version of iOS at the Worldwide Developers Conference. 9To5Mac is reporting that Maps in iOS 9 will now include transit directions — a feature that was rumored for iOS 8 but wasn't ready in time. Now it's said to be ready and will include subway, train, and bus information. 



Into The Circle is Solid Sliding Fun!

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Into The Circle (Free) is a ridiculously addictive, endless physics challenge that requires precise rhythm and proper vector throttling in order to advance to the ever higher levels. The freemium game is inspired by the sport of curling, and though I couldn't watch even five minutes of the real thing, it translates well to the hybrid platform-like application represented in this game. One try and I guarantee you will not want to stop trying to get into the circles.



I Left My Font for San Francisco

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If you have an Apple Watch, you're using a new font developed by Apple dubbed "San Francisco." That font is only available for the Apple Watch and developers cannot use on the iPhone or iPad. That could change with iOS 9, expected to be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The San Francisco font was designed to be more legible, especially on small screens, but that could also benefit the iPhone and even iPad. 



Hunting for the Best Apple Watch Apps?

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Now that the Apple Watch has been available for a month, some experienced users are developing strong opinions about the best and most useful apps. And they've taken the time to post short lists of these.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 16: Tuning Up Core Data

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How to Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 16 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to Swift 1.2, iOS 8, and Xcode 6.3.)

In my previous blog post, you learned how to add Core Data to a project and design entities in a data model. In this post, you will learn how to generate entity classes from the entities in a data model and use them within your app. You can get the latest version of the iAppsReview project at this link.



What I Learned While Writing Apps for the Apple Watch

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It seems like I have been waiting for an app-enabled smartwatch since my calculator watch days in the early 1980s. I'm still waiting, because while the Apple Watch runs apps as extensions of the iPhone's screen, those apps still run on the iPhone. Apple has said that developers will be able to write apps that run natively on the Apple Watch, but it hasn't committed to a date. Perhaps June's Worldwide Developers Conference will shed some light on this limitation.



Grading Tests in a Zip With ZipGrade

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What it is: ZipGrade ($1.99 2 months/$6.99 1 year subscription), an automated multiple choice grading app for teachers on the go.
 
Pros to using ZipGrade: 
 
  • Scores are returned instantaneously as the student waits.
  • You can see how your entire class did on a test from the Item Analysis screen. 
  • You can import students and classes and then export them to many online grading sites.
  • Backed up to the cloud.
  • You have


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