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Notable iPad App Release: Foldify Zoo - Papercraft fun!

App Store description:

"Foldify Zoo takes the classic Foldify experience to the next level! Have fun whilst learning about your favourite animals! The fun isn’t limited just to device either - print your animal figures from the app then assembly is easy, just cut it out and fold it up!"

Notable iPad Game Release - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

From the App Store description:

"DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE. INSANELY FUN.
Pick up your cards and throw down the gauntlet! In Hearthstone, you play the hero in a fast-paced, whimsical card game of cunning strategy. In minutes, you’ll be unleashing powerful cards to sling spells, summon minions, and seize control of an ever-shifting battlefield. Whether it’s your first strategy game, or you’re an experienced pro, the depth and charm of Hearthstone will draw you in."

 

1Password: Price Drops 50% - In Response to Heartbleed Bug

I've posted about the excellent password manager 1Password numerous times. All I can say is, if you are not already using this app GET IT RIGHT NOW! 

If you haven't heard of Heartbleed here's the scoop from Mashable:

"An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years."

Go to the full Mashable article here for a list of major services that were affected by Heartbleed. If a service you use is listed you should change your password immediately. 

Using 1Password can take some of the annoyance out of changing/remembering passwords so when something like Heartbleed occurs you can reset with strong passwords that you don't have to remember (because 1Password does it for you.)

1Password can synch over cloud services (Dropbox or iCloud) so you can install it on all your devices and always have your passwords with you. I have it on my Mac, iPad and iPhone and it works flawlessly.

 

Notabe App Release: Adobe Lightroom for iPad

From Terry White's Tech Blog:

Today we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile extends your existing workflows beyond the desktop. Lightroom mobile allows you to utilize your iPad to do all sorts of great things and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalog at home, including:

  • Access images in your Lightroom catalog
  • Make selects, reject unworthy photos
  • Apply a preset
  • Refine your adjustments using all your favorites from the Basic panel, including Highlights, Shadows, and Clarity
  • Import new photos directly from the camera roll

Lightroom mobile utilizes Smart Previews to provide raw editing functionality on your iPad. First introduced in Lightroom 5 beta, Smart Previews are:

  • Based on the DNG file format
  • Limited to 2560 pixels on the long edge
  • Smaller versions original raw files
  • Can be used to make adjustments even when the original files aren’t available locally
  • Adjustments made to Smart Previews are applied to the original when the original files are available

Note: Lightroom Mobile is free to download but requires an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription plan. A 30 day free trial is available.

 

The Woman Behind Apple's First Icons

From priceonomics:

"Thirty years ago, as tech titans battled for real estate in the personal computer market, an inconspicuous young artist gave the Macintosh a smile.

Susan Kare “was the type of kid who always loved art.” As a child, she lost herself in drawings, paintings, and crafts; as a young woman, she dove into art history and dreamed of being a world-renowned fine artist.

But when a chance encounter in 1982 reconnected her with an old friend and Apple employee, Kare found herself working in a different medium, with a much smaller canvas -- about 1,024 pixels. Equipped with few computer skills and lacking any prior experience with digital design, Kare proceeded to revolutionize pixel art."

Great read, I love learning about Apple's early history.