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A non-technical blog by a tech blogger

Author / Steve Sande

What to play this weekend: Adventures of Pip

Let me set the scene for you. PAX East, 2015. My 10-year-old and I visit the Tic Toc Games booth, where a playable demo of Adventures of Pip is set up. He picks up the controller and begins playing this fun, retro platformer. He’s doing well, and clears the first major hurdle. He figures out the first puzzle on the first try. “No one has gotten that on the first try,” the developer says. A small crowd has gathered. 

He beats the next hurdle, and the next. Puzzles are solved. The princess is rescued, the demo level beaten. First try, first life. 

“Well, @!#*”, says the developer.

How to use the mini music player while browsing Apple Music

The new Music app in iOS is chock full featueres, including Beats 1 radio content, the For You recommendation engine and the Connect social network. The Music app is all about music so it make sense that Apple`would include a mini player that allows you to control your music while you browse through all the content in the app. Read on to find out more about the mini player and how to use it. 

 

Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor talk Apple Music

Apple Music launches later today, along with Beats 1 and updates to iOS and iTunes. It’s a massive undertaking for the company that redefined the music industry with the original iPod in 2001  and iTunes Music Store in 2003. Now positioned to do it again with a streaming service and global radio station, Apple is coming off of two less-than-successful music projects.

The music-focused social network Ping never caught on and was closed in 2012. More recently, iTunes Radio failed to capture an audience like that of music streaming rival Spotify. What’s different this time around? Apple’s Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor gave interviews this week that answer that very question. 

Today in the App Store, featuring LEGO® Batman: Beyond Gotham and TV Food Maps

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include the new LEGO® Batman: Beyond Gotham; an update to TV Food Maps and a discount on all Snowman apps icluding Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar, Checkmark 2, Alto’s Adventure and Circles.  All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apple, IBM collaborate on app for teachers

The Coppell Gazette reports that Apple and IBM have been working on a “Student Achievement App” aimed at educators. Representatives from both companies attended a meeting of the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees to discuss the solution, which will provide teachers with “actionable intelligence on a per-student basis.” The app will reportedly run on Apple hardware exclusively. 

A pilot program is scheduled to roll out in 2016 and include US school districts, including Coppell, Texas. 

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