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April Fools' Day: iPhone and iPad pranks that'll leave you in stitches

AppleWorld.Today - 1 hour 28 min ago

It's April Fools' Day, which means it is time to fool your friends and family using some these harmless and humorous pranks below. We include the old standards as well as few new techniques to expand your pranking repertoire. We finish off the list with a few good apps that'll leave you, and hopefully your target, in stitches.

Are you talking to me?

One handy feature of messages is the "three dots" icon that appears when a person is typing a response during a conversation. Fake a response and keep your recipient waiting by sending them this animated Gif of three dots.

Frozen Home Screen Prank

This prank is an oldie but goodie that still works on iOS 8 devices. Take a screenshot of the person's home screen by simultaneously pressing the home button and the power button. Next move all the app icons from the first home screen pane to another screen. Set the screenshot as the background by going to Settings -> Wallpaper -> Choose a New Wallpaper -> Camera Roll. Move and scale the screenshot as needed. Then hit "Set" and "Set Home Screen."

Going Gray

Make it look the iPhone display is broken by changing the phone's colors to grayscale. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Grayscale to make the changes and accompany your friend to their genius bar appointment for maximum hilarity.

Zoom me up, Scotty

This prank one is more annoying than funny, especially to novice users who may not know that the zoom box is an accessibility feature. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Zoom. Turn on zoom and adjust zoom level as desired.

Take a Shortcut

Use the shortcut feature in iOS to change what friend sees when they type out a message. Just get your friend’s phone for a few minutes and head over to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut. Add a commonly used word, like "OK", and change it to something funny like "Yes, banana."

Talking gibberish

Change Siri's language options so she (or he) will speak in a different language by going to Settings > General > Siri > Language. Change the language to something unique and wait for the look of confusion the next time they ask Siri to "Read me my texts."

The Ole Switcheroo

If you have access to your friend's phone, you can open the contacts app and switch your contact information with another entry. To get the best laugh, pick a contact that is a close friend, a co-worker or a relative. Edit that contact's information by deleting their phone number and typing in your phone number. If you want to be less cruel, you can store that deleted phone number in a note or another contact entry. Save the new contact details and start sending messages that will appear as someone else.

Broken Phone

This prank is a great one for teens and tweens to play on their parents. Download a cracked iPhone wallpaper, like this one for the iPhone 6 . Open the image in the Photos app and view it fullscreen. While the image is still open, place your phone where your parents will see it. This prank works best when your parents are busy and only have time to glance at your phone. If they pick up your phone, they will notice it is fake. You also can purchase physical screen protectors that provide the same effect, but look a bit more realistic.

Prank Apps

Any good prank list would not be complete without a few apps to help you prank your friends. Fart cushion is a digital version of the whoopie cushion -- just place your phone on a seat and wait for your victim to arrive. Enhance the effect by connecting the phone to a Bluetooth speaker before deploying. You also can make your friends sweat using this lie detector app that generates random results or can be rigged to embarrass your BFF.

If farting is not your thing, then you may get a kick out of the Scare Prank app by TapFury. Challenge your friend to play one of the games and wait for the freaky face to pop out of nowhere. Just make sure your phone has a rugged case on the off chance they victim drops your phone in fear.

If you have a little bit of The Jerky Boys in you, then you may want to give Call Voice Changer a try. If you have a little bit of The Jerky Boys in you, then you may want to give Call Voice Changer a try. The app allows you to change your voice for the phone call. You can apply the change before the call or switch in mid-conversation. There's even a demo call that'll let you test out the voice before going live. As an added twist, this Voice Changer app from Acetelecom lets you add in background noises so can fake your location as well as your voice. Both apps are free, but you have to purchase minutes so use them wisely.

iOS 8: Manually Adjusting Your iPhone Camera’s Exposure

MacObserver - 1 hour 34 min ago

In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to cover how we can manually adjust our iPhone or iPad's camera exposure under iOS 8. Heck, she's even gonna throw in a bunch more suggestions for using the Camera app, so come check it out!


The 10 Mac games you need to play from March 2015

MacWorld - 3 hours 39 min ago
A month of Mac gaming to savor

March’s selection of intriguing new releases serves as a testament to how strong Mac gaming has become. It’s a wide selection of experiences—large and small—spanning a nice array of genres: City building, role-playing, strategy, simulation, action, puzzle, and more. And what’s especially great is that almost every game on this list launched at the same time as on other platforms—waiting for ports is much less of a concern on Mac these days.

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The best iOS services for tackling your taxes

MacWorld - 3 hours 54 min ago

Hooray! It’s tax time again: Another year, another opportunity to step into the IRS income confessional and spill the details of your personal financial life. Luckily, if you own an iOS device, it may be all you need to settle up with the taxman. H&R Block, Intuit’s TurboTax, and TaxACT all offer apps or mobile web experiences that, depending on your needs, will do the job and do it well. Although the ability to file taxes on a mobile device is not a new concept, the programs are better than ever this year.

“Will you look at those morons? I paid my taxes over a year ago!”

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How to stream Major League Baseball games to all your favorite devices

MacWorld - 4 hours 24 min ago
Major League Baseball has an impressive streaming package, but make sure you're aware of its pesky blackout rules.

Samsung Galaxy S6 delivers poor graphics performance vs. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

AppleInsider - 4 hours 58 min ago
While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy S6 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games -- particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple announces Chinese iPhone and iPad trade-in program

AppleInsider - 5 hours 39 min ago
Apple iPhone and iPad owners living in Greater China are now able visit one of the country's 18 Apple Store locations to trade in their old hardware for store credit, which can subsequently be applied to a new device purchase.

ExtraBITS for 1 April 2015

TidBITS - 7 hours 16 min ago
In today’s collection of ExtraBITS, the Apple TV gets more channels, Adobe announces Flash for the Apple Watch, Apple is considering rebranding iCloud once again, and Apple’s next big thing hits a regulatory wall.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist for 1 April 2015

TidBITS - 7 hours 17 min ago
Notable software releases today include Pixelmator 3.3.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5, Minecraft 1.9, and BBEdit 11.4.1.

 

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Apple Dramatically Expands Edition Line

TidBITS - 7 hours 18 min ago
“Go for the gold” is no longer just about the Olympics, as Apple introduces 18-karat gold “Apple Edition” versions of a number of its popular products for the burgeoning luxury tech market.

 

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Early Look: Eight Custom Apple Watch Bands

TidBITS - 7 hours 19 min ago
Apple may have bands for the Apple Watch in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, but that’s not stopping creative accessory makers from going even further. Here are eight bands that bring new capabilities to the Apple Watch.

 

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Mac micro Redefines Desktop Mac Sizing

TidBITS - 7 hours 20 min ago
Apple continues to reduce the size of Mac components in its drive to produce smaller and more energy-efficient Macs. The little-heralded Mac mini is the latest to wander into the beam of Apple’s shrink ray, emerging as the Apple TV-sized Mac micro.

 

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Apple Watch to Act as Lie Detector

TidBITS - 7 hours 21 min ago
Thanks to a Twitter slip from Apple Watch tester Christy Turlington, we’ve learned that the Apple Watch can use its pulse tracking sensors in conjunction with a private API to work as a simple lie detector.

 

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TidBITS Online to Bolster Membership Revenues

TidBITS - 7 hours 22 min ago
We’re pleased to announce TidBITS Online, our latest experiment to find new revenue streams. Give it a try and tell us what you think!

 

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IRS Offers iTunes Credit for Tax Refunds

TidBITS - 7 hours 23 min ago
U.S. taxpayers expecting a small-to-medium refund this year can opt to receive it in the form of iTunes credit (with some qualifications).

 

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Apple and IBM unveil 8 new MobileFirst iOS apps, new healthcare and industrial products categories

AppleInsider - 7 hours 42 min ago
As part of mobile applications and services initiative MobileFirst, Apple and IBM on Tuesday released eight new iOS apps serving various enterprises, adding new services for the healthcare and industrial products segments.

Apple Watch TV ad makes primetime debut during NBC's 'The Voice'

AppleInsider - Tue, 2015-03-31 20:30
Apple's first television commercial for its upcoming Apple Watch wearable premiered during Tuesday night's airing of NBC show "The Voice," marking a start to what will no doubt become a full media blitz over the coming weeks.

UK's Carphone Warehouse denied Apple Watch at launch, hints at Apple retail plans

AppleInsider - Tue, 2015-03-31 19:44
The CEO of Carphone Warehouse, Britain's biggest cellphone retailer, on Tuesday said that his company's 800 stores were left out of the Apple Watch launch scheduled to kick off on April 24, suggesting other big box chains around the world are in the same situation.

Today in the App Store -- 1Password for iOS, Thunderspace 4K and more

AppleWorld.Today - Tue, 2015-03-31 18:00

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 a discount on Thunderspace 4K, the new Gunpowder game and an update to1Password for iOS. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Dash Race [Now free, down from $0.99] Steering, speeding up, braking, cutting, blocking: who is the smartest driver in this strategic racing game, leaving his opponents behind and passing the finishing line first?

Thunderspace 4K ~ Sleep Relax Meditate in a Thunderstorm with Rain Sounds [Now free, down from $2.99] You will sleep better with Thunderspace because it plays thunderstorms in 3D for headphones + realistic lightning flashes.

Stickyboard 2 [Now free, down from $4.99] Nothing beats a whiteboard and sticky-notes for capturing lots of loose information and seeing the big picture.

Download Expert - your ultimate download manager [Now free, down from $2.99] Download Expert can handle almost all kind of files and documents you need.

iOS Apps On Sale

Bleep!BOX [On sale for $3.99, down from $7.99] bleep!BOX is a drum machine, synthesizer and sequencer for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

MacJournal for iPhone [On sale for $2.99, down from $3.99] MacJournal for iPhone offers an even greater opportunity to document important life events while on the go. It's no wonder MacJournal is the world's most popular journaling app for the Mac.

Teleprompter Pro [On sale for $3.99, down from $6.99] Teleprompter Pro is the professional teleprompter system for your iPad, Used by CBS, ABC, BBC, Fox, ITV, Channel 4, UKTV and thousands more!

Those Days(+Journal/Calendar/Reminder/Photo) [On sale for $0.99, down from $1.99] Those Days lets you arrange and view your photos more efficiently, while keeping you up to date on your events.

Discounted Mac Apps

ColorStrokes [On sale for $1.99, down from $3.99] Colorstrokes bring you tools and features that are not available in any similar app. You'll feel inspired and creative.

iFlicks 2 - Your Videos in iTunes [On sale for $18.99, down from $24.99] Use iFlicks to add your video files to iTunes and iOS devices.

Twin Moons (Full) [On sale for $1.99, down from $6.99] Reveal shocking secrets from the past and save the future in this thrilling hidden object adventure!

Menu Eclipse 2 [On sale for $1.99, down from $3.99] Dim, Colorize and Scrub the menu bar. And more.

New and Notable Apps

Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey [$2.99] It’s time to fly. Beyond the doors of your struggling pizzeria.

Crowntakers [$4.99] Crowntakers combines turn-based strategy with RPG elements and takes you at the behest of the crown into a medieval fantasy world full of challenging encounters and epic adventures.

Gunpowder [$4.99] Play as Incendio, our hero, armed with your wits and a keg of gunpowder to liberate the town’s gold from the evil Boss Grimshaw in this explosive new puzzle game!

Updates you don't want to miss

Paste+ | Clipboard Action Widget [$3.99] Paste+ is a useful clipboard widget designed for performing quick tasks with text and images copied from your iPhone or iPod touch. Version 1.0.1 brings the following changes:

  • Support iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • More actions will be added in coming versions.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet [$Free] 1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single tap. 1Password is free. Start using it today! Version 5.3 brings the following changes:

  • We have packed a ton of bug fixes and other improvements into this version of 1Password. But if you asked us to name the Big Ones for version 5.3, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the improvements to the 1Password Extension and the 1Password Brain. Read on for all the juicy details!
  • The new 1Password App Extension now saves you 400% more time. It can create new Logins in 1Browser, Safari, and even other apps. It can also fill Identities and Credit Cards, even in other apps.
  • Great Scott! There is so much great stuff going on with 1Password that we added a new Message Center to keep you in the know. It brings you 1Password news and tips right in our in-app Settings. Don’t worry, Push Notifications need not apply.
  • Good news, everyone: iPhone 6 Plus, Zoom Mode, and 1Password now happily play together! We fixed a bizarre situation where the lock screen animation was broken and jittery on iPhone 6 Plus. Even worse, it would sometimes cause the iOS Springboard to restart (which looked like your phone was rebooting)! Our thanks to everyone who helped us pin this one down.

Game of War: How to Play and Win a Casino Event

MacObserver - Tue, 2015-03-31 17:54

Game of War-the mobile-only MMO (massively multiplayer online game) for iOS and Android-features a number of "Events" that are key to leveling your empire and growing your army. One of the most important is the Casino Event, both the Solo version and the Inferno Solo version. Completed properly, these events are the single most profitable events in the game, but you have to do them right. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.


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