How to make a bootable Yosemite installer drive

Installing OS X Yosemite is as easy as downloading the installer from the Mac App Store and getting started. But there are times when you might want to create a bootable drive to run the Yosemite installer from, instead. Follow these instructions for details.

Installing Yosemite from a bootable drive comes in handy if you want to do a clean install – wiping your hard drive and installing a fresh copy of the operating system, for example, or if you’re installing the software on multiple Macs and don’t want to have to download it each time.

To do this, you’ll need the Yosemite installer and you’ll also need a bootable disk. You can use a USB thumbdrive with 8 GB or more storage capacity or an external USB hard disk; either will work just fine.

To download the Yosemite installer, click here. The installer is free, though you’ll need to be signed in to the Mac App Store to download it. After it downloads, the installer app may automatically launch. Quit out of the installer if it does.

You’ll need to make sure that external hard drive or USB drive is properly formatted for the Mac.

To format the drive for the Mac

  1. Attach the drive to an available USB port on you Mac.
  2. Open the Utilities folder.
  3. Double-click Disk Utility.
  4. Select the hard drive or USB thumbdrive from the list on the left hand side of the Disk Utility window.
  5. Click the Erase tab. Name the drive whatever you’d like, but I’d recommend using one word, easy to remember. For the purposes of this How To, I’ve named it Installer. Remember it though, for the next step in our procedure.
  6. Format it for “Mac OS Extended (Journaled).” Click the Erase button.
  7. Quit Disk Utility.

To make the drive bootable for the Yosemite installer

The next step is to prepare the disk to operate as a bootable drive. This requires you to work in the Terminal application.

  1. Open the Utilities folder if it’s closed.
  2. Double-click Terminal.
  3. Remember how I mentioned it was important to remember what your hard drive or USB thumbdrive was called? If you didn’t call it “Installer,” you’ll need to change the pathname where it says /Volumes/Installer to the name of your drive. Copy the following text: sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --volume /Volumes/Installer --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --nointeraction
  4. Paste that text into the Terminal application and hit the Return key.
  5. You will be prompted to enter your system password — the password you use to update apps on your Mac, or to login at boot.
  6. The process of readying the disk as a bootable drive will begin. It should say “Copy Complete” when it’s done.

Once it’s done, you have yourself a bootable Yosemite installer drive. To use it, simply connect the drive to the target Mac with the power off. Turn the power on, hold down the Option key, and select the drive from the list that appears on the screen.

Have any questions? Let me know.

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 15:20 in News | Comments (0)

Tim Cook opens up about being gay, the importance of equality

Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned an op-ed where, for the first time, he opens up about his personal life, his pride in being gay, and how it has helped him develop empathy, and better understand the struggle of minorities and the importance of human rights. All things, he realized, that were worth sacrificing some of his closely-guarded privacy if it could help others. From Bloomberg:

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender. I’m an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things. I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I’m best suited for and the work that brings me joy.

Apple has been increasingly active in social issues, including supporting civil rights, employment non-descrimination, and inclusivity, and Cook has been at the forefront of those efforts for the past few years.

We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.

Source: Bloomberg

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 15:20 in News | Comments (0)

Microsoft’s first fitness tracker works with your iPhone too

Microsoft’s first fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, went on sale today across retail and online stores for $199. Featuring a total of ten sensors, the tracker also works with the iPhone via a free, downloadable app called Microsoft Health, which is now available on iTunes.

The Microsoft Band features a battery life of 48 hours, and is currently available only in the US. The fitness tracker allows you to monitor things like heart rate, steps, and general movement. Also included is the ability to measure UV exposure, and the band even tracks your stress levels through a galvanic skin response measure. Sleep tracking functionality is included as well.

The companion Microsoft Health app allows you to customize the look and feel of the Band, while providing a detailed view of your daily activities via 24-hour heart rate monitoring, automatic activity counting and guided workouts. You can also configure email and calendar alerts.

Interested? Head on over to Microsoft’s store from the link below to order your Band. The software maker is also throwing in a $5 Starbucks gift card and a screen protector for users buying online.

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 15:20 in News | Comments (0)

EE switches on 150 Mbps 4G+ network in London

EE customers in London will be able to enjoy blazing fast speeds on their smartphones and tablets as the carrier announced the completion of its 4G+ (LTE-A) network in the city. Live at 150 sites across London, EE’s LTE-A network allows you to download at 150 Mbps on a compatible device.

The carrier has stated that users in an area with 4G+ connectivity will see speeds up to 90Mbps, going up to as much as 150Mbps for 4GEE Extra or Corporate 4GEE plan customers. To access the faster speeds, you also need a device with an LTE Category 4 modem and above, which is seen in devices like the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha, as well as the Xperia Z3, HTC One M8 and more.

EE’s network uses the 2.6GHz high capacity spectrum, and is available across large swathes of central London, including Shoreditch, Old Street, Southbank, Soho, Westminster and Kensington. The carrier is expected to have full 4G+ coverage in London by June 2015, after which rollout will commence to other cities, like Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

In addition to the 4G+ rollout, EE has mentioned that its 4G coverage has now reached 300 cities and large towns.

UK readers, are you excited about the rollout of 4G+?

30th October 2014, EE, the UK’s biggest mobile operator, today switched on its 4G+ network in central London. The next step in 4G technology – also known as LTE-Advanced – will give customers access to one of the fastest networks in the world, delivering real world mobile data speeds of 150Mbps to a smartphone.

Mobile data usage is growing rapidly all the time, and faster speeds mean everyone can have quicker downloads, more efficient working, and quicker internet access. EE currently ranges two 4G+ compatible devices – the Samsung Alpha and the Samsung Note 4.

The new 4G+ technology uses EE’s 2.6GHz high capacity spectrum, and is available in large parts of central London, including Shoreditch, Old Street, Southbank, Soho, Westminster and Kensington. By June 2015, EE aims to have full 4G+ coverage across Greater London, and will then introduce 4G+ across the UK’s busiest cities, including Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

Faster 4GEE for everyone

4G+ will deliver peak speeds of around 150Mbps, on a par with the fastest mobile networks in the world. On top of this, the additional airwaves being used for 4G+ add new capacity for all EE customers, like adding extra lanes to a motorway, giving an uplift to all customers in the 4G+ enabled locations – great news as the capital’s streets fill with smartphone using shoppers in the run up to Christmas.

4G+ and the additional speeds and capacity will also be a huge boost for the tens of thousands of business customers in London, who can trust that EE will continue to invest in maintaining a highly reliable, high capacity service to support the UK’s increasingly mobile workforce.

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, said:

“The UK is now back to being a world leader in mobile networks. Just two years since we were behind every developed market from the US to Japan, we’ve invested in innovation, driven competition and given people in London a mobile network that’s faster than almost any other in the world, and even faster than most fibre broadband available here.

“We’re delighted to be able to exclusively offer our business and consumer customers on EE plans the fastest speeds available in the UK. We’re now the largest 4G network in Europe, but it doesn’t stop here. We’ll keep investing to make sure that all our customers can get access to the great mobile technology that can make a real difference to the way they live their digital lives.”

300 4G towns and cities

At the same time as delivering new 4G+ speeds to the capital, EE continues to roll out 4G to the whole of the UK. 19 more towns and cities have been switched on this month, with Warwick the 300th 4G town and city to go live. 4G from EE is available to more than 75% of the UK population.

The 19 new 4G towns switched on this month are: Alexandria (Scotland), Banbury, Biggleswade, Blaydon, Catterick Garrison, Cookstown (Northern Ireland), Garforth, Greenock, Holmfirth, Limavady (Northern Ireland), Maltby, Oxted, Penicuik (Scotland), Tring, Waltham Cross, Warminster, Warwick, Winterbourne, and Ystrad Mynach (Wales).

Double Speed 4G

EE’s unique Double Speed 4G is also expanding across the UK. The network with speeds up to 60Mbps is now available in 20 places and to more than 50% of the UK population, and will widely cover 20 more large towns and cities by the end of the year.

4GEE customers

Just two years since launching 4G into the UK EE now has more than six million 4GEE customers, making it the largest 4G network in Europe.

4G+: speeds and spectrum

Mobile data speeds in 4G+ areas will regularly be up to 90Mbps, and customers will see speeds as high as 150Mbps, for users with a compatible device on a 4GEE Extra or Corporate 4GEE plan.

The new speeds are achieved through ‘carrier aggregation’, combining 20MHz in each of the 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, enabling a theoretical maximum speed of 300Mbps.

The additional 20MHz of spectrum doubles the capacity of our network in London, increasing average speeds for all 4GEE customers, no matter what device they’re using or which 4GEE plan they’re on.

Fotis Karonis, CTO at EE, said:

“We’re building a network for the future. We’re making sure that there is enough speed, enabled by enough capacity, to let our growing 4GEE customer base do all the amazing things that are just breaking through now – 4K video over 4G, wearable technology, and increasingly sophisticated mobile business apps. Capacity is the lifeblood of a good mobile service, and we’re adding more here to give our customers the best possible mobile experience, now and into the future.”

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 15:20 in News | Comments (0)

Flipboard for iOS Updated with New ‘Topics’ Feature and Redesigned Look

Flipboard today updated its iOS app to version 3.0, bringing a refreshed design along with a number of new features for gathering and consuming content. The app now allows users to choose from over 30,000 topics to follow, with each topic containing stories from publishers, websites, and magazines curated on Flipboard. The service is also launching an in-app section called The Daily Edition, which is delivered to users at 7 a.m. daily and features articles that are picked by Flipboard’s staff.


With over 30,000 topics now available, your Flipboard can be as unique as you are. Topics range from “action hero” to “zoology” (and everything in-between), and you can find them via search or by tapping on the new topic tags on articles. Press “follow” every time you want to add something (or someone) to your Flipboard and watch as your experience becomes tailored to your life.

Want to catch up on the news in a fast, definitive way? Meet The Daily Edition, a carefully curated roundup of top headlines in news, business, tech, sports and culture, along with some fun elements, like a daily track and a Parting GIF to send you off on your day with a smile.

Flipboard’s version 2.0 update last year included the ability to collect and save content into “magazines” and support for notifications. Flipboard is a free app for iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 15:00 in News | Comments (0)

Flipboard undergoes major redesign, launches curated daily news section

News magazine app Flipboard picked up a major update today, which brings forth a new design as well as the addition of over 30,000 topics. Also new is a curated daily news magazine called The Daily Edition, which features a list of general news stories from a variety of categories.

Here’s the changelog for version 3.0:

  • Start your day with The Daily Edition, featuring articles selected by our team, ready at 7 a.m. every day.
  • Follow people to stay up-to-date on everything they’re collecting into their magazines.
  • Enjoy an overall design refresh, including full-bleed magazine covers, new typography, and more prominent comment displays and attribution.

The iPhone-only changes include:

  • A brand-new look and feel: use the new tab bar to quickly navigate between your Flipboard, everything you’re following, search, notifications and your profile.
  • Share, like or flip your favorite stories into magazines more quickly from easier-to-access buttons.

The new design is targeted at making content discovery easier on smartphones, which is where 70 percent of Flipboard’s user base comes from, according to CEO Mike McCue. The shift to a topic-driven interface should allow users to find their areas of interest faster. The engine behind the new topics section is powered by Zite, a mobile news recommendations service Flipboard acquired earlier this year.

The Zite engine is powering this, and it’s deep topic analysis — we use it to surface what other people are curating about that topic. But there is no algorithm for cool, or beautiful, or inspiring, so we are using a fusion of algorithm and human, the science and the art.

Do you use Flipboard regularly? What are your thoughts on the new design and the curated news feature?

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 11:20 in News | Comments (0)

On PCalc, widgets, and how the App Store works

Earlier today PCalc developer James Thomson was advised by Apple that he’d have to update his app to remove its Today view widget functionality. This comes over a month after PCalc, with exactly that functionality, was approved by the App Store review team and featured by the App Store editorial team. So, what happened?

This is far from the first time an app has been un-approved, either in whole or in part. It happened with app launchers-as-widgets a few weeks ago. It happened with multi-window workspace apps when the original iPad launched. It happened with tethering apps in the early days of the iPhone. In PCalc’s case, it’s happening because Today view widgets on iOS were never meant to contain full apps.

For anything more than short bits of glanceable information or quick interactions, they’re supposed to kick people out of Notification Center and into the app proper. Here’s how Apple describes them in the developer documentation:

App extensions in the Today view are called widgets. Widgets give users quick access to information that’s important right now. For example, users open the Today view to check current stock prices or weather conditions, see today’s schedule, or perform a quick task such as marking an item as done. Users tend to open the Today view frequently, and they expect the information they’re interested in to be instantly available.

For most widgets, the line is incredibly clear. The vast majority of apps couldn’t fit their core functionality into a widget even if they tried. A headline, a status update, a like, a share, are all examples of what’s meant to be in Today view widgets.

Calculators are nowhere nearly as clear. They’ve been widgets on OS X for years and remain so today. On iOS, however, Apple didn’t put their own calculator widget into the Today view. Still, for PCalc, it was technically possible. Its core functionality was light enough, and its developer smart enough, that it could be squeezed into Today view. The line was blurred.

Because it could fit in Today view is probably why PCalc’s widget made it through App Store review and got featured by App Store editorial. (It’s worth pointing out those are two separate things — App Store review, like developer relations, falls under SVP of marketing, Phil Schiller, while App Store editorial, like App Store management, falls under SVP of services, Eddy Cue.)

During an iOS launch, it’s hectic for both developers and Apple. Developers know that if they showcase Apple’s new, tent-pole technologies, they’re more likely to get featured on the App Store, which is among the very best ways to boost their downloads. At the same time, developers have also come to learn that if they implement new, tent-pole technologies in ways Apple didn’t expect, they risk rejection, either immediately or at some point in the future. That creates tension.

Meanwhile, as much as developers race to get their apps submitted in time for launch day, the App Store teams race to get all the apps reviewed and all the new features programmed in time for them to go live alongside the new version of iOS.

That might be why it took Apple over a month to determine that just because PCalc could fit into a widget didn’t mean it should. (My guess is that the time is also an indicator that the decision wasn’t hasty or arbitrary, and that the ramifications for everyone were considered before the call was made.)

To be clear, this absolutely wasn’t a case of Thomson trying to get an app approved that shouldn’t have been, nor of the App Store team trying to hurt a developer and his livelihood. It’s a case of a blurry line, and it’s a situation that’s bad for everyone — for Apple, because it gets them bad press and strained relations, for developers, because it costs them time, money, and faith in the system, and customers, because apps and features we like disappear on us.

It could be argued that Apple needs to communicate better, sooner, so that developers who come anywhere close to the line, blurry or not, get waved off long before their apps hit the store. However, at the App Store scale, and considering how Apple runs it, that simply won’t be possible for all apps, all the time. (When Apple says what developers do with their frameworks sometimes surprises them, that includes implementations they simply didn’t foresee.)

It could be argued that edge-cases should be flagged during the review process and kicked upstairs so a determination can be made and a policy set before any apps hit the store. However, again, not all edge-cases can be foreseen, and if too many flags get raised to often, the already lengthy review process — especially during the already insane iOS release cycle — could become untenable.

It could be argued that once an app is approved it shouldn’t be un-approved, and should instead enjoy an exemption to whatever policies are later put in place. However, that could also be considered unfair to apps that simply didn’t get into or through the approval process as quickly, and result in one app being allowed to do what its competitor is not, creating a whole range of different problems.

It could even be argued that what Apple truly needs is a dedicated, high-profile, passionate, engaged, empowered, VP of App Store, whose one and only job would be to collect and bring together the various parts and make an even stronger, better whole. Given how much revenue the App Store is generating these days, it could absolutely be worth the attention. However, that’s not the world we currently live in.

I’ve been a PCalc customer since the day it launched in 2008. I’ve been on the beta at times, and I downloaded the iOS 8 version the day it launched. I love the widget. I swipe down, type in the numbers, and then get on with whatever else I was doing, and I’ve barely had the need to launch the app itself in weeks. Losing it will put a severe cramp in my workflow.

Yet the reality remains that Apple currently doesn’t want full-featured apps in the Today view, including their own iOS calculator. Disallowing that, unfortunately, means disallowing PCalc. Because, if a functional calculator is allowed, why not a Twitter client, or a music player, or a note pad, or so on? The framework was just not designed to support it.

Apple could always change their mind at some point. It’s happened before. All sorts of apps are on the App Store now that weren’t allowed in the past. This is also Extensibility 1.0. The very first version. It will no doubt grow and expand its capabilities over coming years and versions.

For now, however, anyone considering a widget for the Today view would do well to keep it light, and to keep information and interactions glanceable and quick.

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 11:20 in News | Comments (0)

Out Now: ‘Run Sackboy! Run!’, ‘Woah Dave!’, ‘Twisty Hollow’, ‘Bumper Tank Battle’, ‘Vektor’, ‘Smash Champs’ and More

It’s Wednesday, which means new iOS games are just now hitting the US App Store. Earlier today it looked like it might be kind of a weak week, but things have picked up nicely throughout the day. As always all the videos, screen shots, forum links and app blurbs you could ever need are neatly listed below, so check out everything and let us know what games you’ve got your eye on in the comment section below.

Bumper Tank Battle

iTunes Description

How many tanks can you destroy before you get bumped off?!

Bumper tanks are fast, hard to control and have a range of zero feet. What’s not to love!

How to play:
1) Tap to change directions
2) Bump tanks from behind or the sides
3) Don’t get bumped off!

Each tank has a danger zone indicator. Tanks will only be destroyed if BUMPED and in the dange zone.

Forum Thread: Bumper Tank Battle (By Jared Bailey)

Drift ‘n’ Drive

iTunes Description

Follow your destiny to become the ultimate racing driver!

Drift’n'Drive is a vertically scrolling top-down racing game with lots of challenge and replayability. Progress through the career mode racing challenges, get to the top of leaderboards in time attack mode or challenge your friends to a local split screen multiplayer tournament!

Forum Thread: Drift’n'Drive by Kimmo Lahtinen

Grey Cubes

iTunes Description

Bounce and Break!

Grey Cubes is a modern variation on the brick-breaker-type game, based on real-time physics and three-dimensional gameplay. The game unites the classic elements of brick-breaker games (such as multiballs, exploding-ball bonuses, etc.) with new gameplay elements, including multi-layer brick patterns and real-life physics impacting on their in-game behaviour. Travel through 60 futuristics levels and break everything !

Forum Thread: Grey Cubes (by Bulkypix)

Human Crasher


iTunes Description

It is the year X.E. 3943 and our planet, Xtane, has fallen into an energy crisis. In order to save our race, we have to leave our planet and search for new energy resources. Our nomadic time in space has started.

Luckily for us, before running out of energy, we found a new planet, BlueStar, where there is an excess of organisms, which can be decomposed into energy. Don’t waste anything.

As an elite pilot, you need to capture as many BlueStar organisms as possible, while watching out for missiles and aircraft. If not, returning to the mother planet will be nothing but a dream.

Forum Thread: Human Crasher (by Funny Power)

Madow – Sheep Happens

iTunes Description

Become the best shepherd of all time: Get the bloody sheep safely down the mountain.

* A unique mix of fast-paced arcade action, quick reflex one touch controls, and outrageous straight-forward humor!!

* Not recommended for pregnant women or people with a pacemaker!! don’t be fooled with the soothing music, and calm nature!

Forum Thread: Madow | Sheep Happens (by TheRedOne)

Meat Factory


iTunes Description

Meat factory harks back to the old days of the game and watch. Easy to pick up and play, but hard to score big. With cute visuals, simple controls and a retro music, Meat Factory is addictive and nostalgic.

Join Fred, the mild mannered meat packer, who has had enough of seeing cute animals turned into pies. It’s time for liberation!

Save as many animals as you can while frantically avoiding crushers, smashers, giant chainsaws and lasers. The more animals you save, the harder the meat factory will work to stop you. It starts off easy as pie, but soon you’ll be playing for high steaks.

Forum Thread: Meat Factory (by Steve Cable)

Medford Asylum: Paranormal Case

iTunes Description

Alison Ester, insurance investigator, is responsible for leading the investigation in a dilapidated asylum with a grave and mysterious past.
Explore the ruins of the building in search of information. Make your way through the debris. Move forward in the asylum’s basements, and discover disturbing locals.
Be careful where you put your feet! Go through rooms with collapsed floors, reveal secret messages, decipher clues, and separate the paranormal from the rational.

Forum Thread: Medford Asylum: Paranormal Case (Full) (by Microids)


iTunes Description

Match -3, a mixture of classical lovely games: the player controls falling shapes and chooses what pieces want to delete.

The action takes place in a colorful cartoon world, the main characters – colorful kittens. One of the key features of the game – #mimimi. The player interacts with the kittens, they meow being touched, hold on foot, sharpening claws and yawn.

Forum Thread: MeowMix (By Anix LLC)

Monster Flash

iTunes Description

It’s a dark and stormy night… and your only defense against the ghosts and ghouls is your trusty flashlight. Creatures of all kinds surround you, coming from all directions. You can use your flashlight to protect yourself… Just don’t turn your back to the things that go bump in the night!

In this spooky top-down arcade game, you rotate your character to aim your flashlight at various monsters until they disappear into a puff of smoke.

Forum Thread: Monster Flash (by Robomodo)


iTunes Description

Hack away at endless enemy hordes in Obslashin’, the compulsive combat clicker! Slash through bosses, crash through barrels, and loot everything you can as you delve into the deepest dungeons. Upgrade your arsenal and level-up to make it further than any hero before!

Forum Thread: Obslashin’ (by Hashbang Games)

Run Sackboy! Run!


iTunes Description

Sackboy, the knitted hero from the multi-award winning LittleBigPlanet™ series on PlayStation® lands into the palm of your hand in this brand new endless platformer!

RUN as fast as you can through an ever-changing handcrafted world
DASH to ESCAPE the GOO and the clutches of the grumpy Negativitron!

Forum Thread: Run Sackboy! Run! (By PlayStation Mobile Inc.)

Secret Files Sam Peters

iTunes Description

When alien DNA is spotted in the genetic code of algae living at a crater site in Ghana, sassy reporter Sam Peters goes after the story of her lifetime. Before she can start her research at Lake Bosumtwi, however, she has to cleave through the wilderness and escape feisty jungle animals by day and demon-like creatures from African folklore by night. And soon she has to ask herself, whether a creditable article on the front page of an esteemed science magazine is really worth risking her life.

Forum Thread: Secret Files Sam Peters (by Deep Silver)

Smash Champs

iTunes Description

Rise to the challenge and battle your way to greatness!

Take on the role as trainer, prepare for combat and lead your Champs to victory against your friends.

The makers of Subway Surfers present an action arcade adventure like no other. Form a team, challenge your opponents and become the greatest trainer of Smash Champs!

Forum Thread: Smash Champs (by Kiloo)

The Survivor: Rusty Forest


iTunes Description

Welcome to the world of “The Survivor”, hit by unknown virus which has wiped out most of the world’s population. You are one of the few that have survived and now you must to fight for your life against what is left of the indigenous population now infected with the disease. In best traditions of survival and horror games, players in “The Survivor” must explore the open world to gather raw materials to build their own weapons, tools, fortifications, shelters, etc. against the dangers of the zombies, infected wildlife and the world itself.

Forum Thread: The Survivor: Rusty Forest (by Evgeniy Ershov)

Too Many Snakes

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iTunes Description

Help Jessie the mouse escape from bothersome snakes using super-psychic-mouse powers!
Can you solve all 75 mind-bending puzzles and help Jessie get back home safely?

A literal twist on the classic sliding-blocks puzzle game, Too Many Snakes swaps rigid blocks for flexible snakes that must be pulled and bent out of the way to reveal the exit for Jessie to escape. Collect Gold Stars by solving levels in the fewest moves possible!

Forum Thread: Too Many Snakes (by WhaleFood Software)

Twisty Hollow

iTunes Description

A self-appointed mayor is spinning the town of Twisty Hollow out of order with nonsensical rulings. His cryptic instructions range from the culinary – bacon is frowned upon – to the absurd (fashion tips for ghosts!?).

Support the citizens of Twisty Hollow by fulfilling their increasingly eccentric needs. Make smart combinations to create new goods; Farmer Bessie + bucket + cow = milk! Twist and match resources to make everything from burgers, to hand knit sweaters, to houses. Just be quick about it – the denizens of the Hollow are an impatient bunch.

Forum Thread: Twisty Hollow (by Arkadium)

Twitchy Thrones

iTunes Description

Twitchy Thrones is a fast and fun strategy game with a medieval fantasy setting.

Battle your way throughout the violent land of Lefteros! Conquer varied battles rendered in gory and detailed pixel art!

Complete challenges such as playing as the enemy, quickly losing a map and much more!

Help House Storker bring honor and justice to all the kingdoms!

Forum Thread: Twitchy Thrones (by Ricardo Moura)


iTunes Description

A highspeed game of endless running and slashing action.

In this free-to-play action game, you assume the role of “The Courier”. A wet-wired courier, whose mission is to deliver “top secret” data to aid the fight against the corrupt corporate goverment. While streching through the endless highway, you battle against the corporate merceneries, who would not hesitate to use any means necessary to prevent you from delivering the “package”.

Forum Thread: Vektor 1.0 (by Cagil Bektas)

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

iTunes Description

Lead the Sons of Russ into battle and slash your way through hordes of ferocious enemies with Boltgun fire and Chainsword teeth. Write your own saga in the annals of the Space Wolves Chapter as you hunt your sworn enemies – the Chaos Space Marines.

Savour the atmosphere, as you play this unique combination of turn-based strategy and collectible card game, where you can turn defeat into victory, where events on the battlefield depend on a wise choice of cards and decisions must be planned meticulously.

Forum Thread: Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf – (by HeroCraft Ltd.)

Woah Dave!

iTunes Description

The critically-acclaimed retro-styled arcade neo-classic is here!

WOAH DAVE! Help our hero, Dave Lonuts, survive an insane alien invasion and line his pockets with shiny pennies.

Hurl alien eggs, skull bombs and explosive WOAH blocks to stay alive and sky rocket yourself to high score fame and fortune.

Forum Thread: Woah Dave! (by Choice Provisions)

Zombie Catchers

iTunes Description

Zombie Catchers is an enterprising action adventure game in a world riddled by a zombie invasion! Planet Earth is infested with the undead, but we’re in luck: A.J. and Bud, two intergalactic businessmen, have decided to set up shop on our homeworld! Together, they plan to catch all the zombies and make Earth safe once more – while also making a handsome profit…

Use an arsenal of gadgets and traps to capture ripe zombies, take them to your secret underground lab, and… profit!

Forum Thread: Zombie Catchers (by Two Men and a Dog)

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 10:20 in Applications | Comments (0)

Microsoft Health available for iPhone to sync your (future) Microsoft Band

We just saw the official Microsoft Band sync app for Mac, which gave us our first look at Microsoft’s fitness tracker. Now we’re seeing a new Microsoft Health app on Windows Phone, Android and iOS. These apps allow you to personalize your Microsoft Band and offer fitness tracking thanks to the wearable.

Here’s the app description for Microsoft Health:

“Live healthier and be more productive with the Microsoft Health app for Windows Phone. Achieve wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality. Maximize your fitness with Guided Workouts, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, and automatic activity counting. Be more productive with email previews and calendar alerts at a glance. Take notes and set reminders with your voice using Cortana personal assistant. Personalize your Microsoft Band and get new features as they roll out.”

The Microsoft Health app gives us some insight into features we can expect from the Microsoft Band. Look forward to 24-hour heart rate monitoring, automated activity tracking and more. It also sounds like you might be able to take Cortana notes and set reminders using the Band.

At this point we can’t imagine an official announcement from Microsoft is far off. Anyone else looking forward to the Microsoft Band?

Thanks for the tips everyone!

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 07:20 in News | Comments (0)

How to manage your Apple Pay billing and shipping information

Apple Pay lets you not only make purchases with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at local retailers that support the service, but also online through many apps, which also supports many more devices. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your shipping and billing information is correct so merchants know where to send all the things!

How to update and manage your shipping and billing info for Apple Pay

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8.1 or later.
  2. Tap on Passbook & Apple Pay.
  3. Tap on either Billing Address or Shipping Address.
  4. Enter any additional addresses you need to, but tap on one address that you’d like to set as a default for each.

That’s all there is to it. Apple pay will abide by the settings you’ve chosen. If you ever need to change your billing or shipping, just repeat the same steps again. This is handy if you have work and home addresses that you choose for shipping equally. It’ll save you some time when checking out so you can just select them instead of having to enter information every time.

Posted Thursday October 30 2014 07:20 in News | Comments (0)

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