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Dempsey poses for a Caturday centerfold. Image courtesy of Kyle Hagen.
Dempsey is a very, very lucky cat belonging to Kyle Hagen and Melissa Caolo. That's her iPod touch - Kyle let us know that "Now that Dempsey's owner has upgraded to an iPhone she has claimed his iPod Touch as hers. 'Finally a device I can operate without thumbs!'"
With that intent look in those beautiful green eyes, I don't think there's any way Kyle is going to get that iPod touch back... ever. Does Dempsey have her own Apple Music account yet?
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Thanks, and a fuzzy head bump to Kyle, Carol, and Dempsey.
Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't quite as draconian as I originally thought. But you know what? They're still pretty confusing for most people, and iCloud Music Library is still screwing up music collections when it shouldn't.
This week we're taking a look at Moveo Calc (free) for iPhone and Apple Watch, a calculator app with minimal looks and speedy operation. It looks really nice on the Apple Watch, and is lightweight and speedy. Here's our look at Moveo Calc.
Really it's all about the looks here. Developer Manish Dudharejia has managed to get all of the functions on a single screen, even on the Apple Watch. The result is colorful and friendly...a far cry from the utilitarian calculators I remember as a kid that were more function than form.
Moveo Calc isn't a scientific calculator, so don't expect to find advanced calculations. But for quick, back-of-the-napkin math, it's fully capable and nice-looking to boot.
Apple ships a calculator app of course, but Moveo Calc is so friendly and colorful, you may choose to use it instead. As a free app, you can't really go wrong.
Another month begins, and that means it's time to thank our generous patrons over on Patreon. You folks keep the pirate ship afloat. Thanks to your backing, we're building the best coverage of Apple Music that we can, hand-picking games you'll love, sharing our thoughts, making videos and so much more.
You folks are the best. We'll keep working for you. Thank you...
Here, let me show you how this is done.
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.
Today, Adventures of Pip is among the best new games in Apple's App Store and deservedly so. My child's prodigious video game skills (my wife and I are so proud) shouldn't dissuade you from guiding heroic young Pip through the crumbling kingdom. This game looks great, sounds great and will delight fans of side-scrolling platformers. Here's my look at Adventures of Pip.
Pip is gloriously retro. You start as a single pixel who awakes in rumbling castle. The evil queen is reducing everything to a single pixel. Only you can stop her!
As you play, you'll have chances to evolve into more fully-realized 8-bit and 16-bit versions of yourself. But beware, a massive 32-bit boss is waiting for you.
The music and sound effects are great too, and enhance the theme.
You'll find classic side-scroller tropes here: dropping floors, spikes, tricky jumps. There are treasures and gems to collect and plenty of opportunity to show off you dexterity.
The controls work well on both the iPhone and iPad. Tic Toc's devs have managed to make them effective and unobtrusive. I never felt that my fingers were in the way of the action, and the controls themselves are quite responsive.
Remember Pip's ability to evolve to larger forms of himself? He can also go devolve into smaller forms. In fact, you won't be able to solve certain puzzles if you're not in the proper form. Figuring that out is a good part of the fun and unique enough to add something quite delightful to the game.
Adventures of Pip is a delight and perfect for kicking back on the holiday weekend. Have a great time saving the kingdom...even if you can't on the first try.
"Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears for Fears will forever remind me of riding in my then girlfriend's crappy Oldsmobile Omega, windows down, sun shining, off to have some fun.
Van Halen's "5150" brings me back to away games with my high school soccer team.
Nitzer Ebb's "Join In The Chant" recalls my first year living in Boston.
These summer anthems are inextricably linked with time, place, and feelings: speeding in the Olds, the camaraderie of teammates, a new adventure beginning.
All of it was fueled by radio.
As soon as the iPod and iTunes Store happened, I all but abandoned radio. The immediacy of hearing whatever I wanted to hear, whenever I wanted it was irresistable. Later, streaming services with seemingly limitless, ubiquitous libraries reinforced my conviction that radio and I had broken up. I didn't realize that the summer anthem would be a casualty of the split.
One side effect of listening to Tears For Fears and Van Halen over and over is that I failed to make new associations between song and summer. What track defines the summer of 2004? Well, the same ones I listened to in 2003, 2001, 2005, 2014 and so on. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I didn't even notice it until I started listening to radio again.
Barely a week into the Beats 1 experiment, I can tell you that, years from now, "Little Monster" by Royal Blood, "Reapers" by Muse and yes, that I've-already-heard-it-too-many-times Pharrell song will remind me of driving the kids to the beach, getting my daughter from ballet and driving through town, windows down, rediscovering radio.
Well done, Apple. You've restored something I didn't realize was missing. I'm glad to have it back.
The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery - that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I think thatâs only half of it. To truly unlock discovery a serviceâs users need to be able to learn from each other. The world is full of stories where like-minded-yet-anonymous people have tipped one another to the next great band.
To entice users to check out Apple Music, Apple is providing three free months of the paid service at launch. These paid features include access to the Apple Music streaming service, unlmited track skipping in Music Radio and full access to Music Connect social network. Similar to most trials, Apple automatically will charge you for your first month of paid service when that trial period ends.
If you want to enjoy the trial without being hit by a surprise credit card charge in three months, you should take a few minutes now and turn off the auto-renew option before you forget.
Now you can sit back and enjoy the rest of your trial without worrying about being charged because you forgot to cancel. If you decide you want to keep the service, you can reverse these steps and turn auto-renewal back on.