Yes, I know, we were supposed to move the show to 11am PT, 2pm ET, but I once again screwed up the schedule so we’re once again keeping it at 1pm PT, 4pm ET. Sorry about that! Next week it moves for sure! (Fingers crossed!). So, join me, Peter Cohen, and Derek Kessler as we bring you the week in iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Every week at iMore we publish more breaking news, in-depth reviews, helpful how-tos, and editorial views than you can shake an apple at. While we’re waiting for the week that will be to begin, here’s a look back at the week that was, and at the very best iPhone, iPad, Mac, app, and accessory coverage we brought you! This week iTunes Extras finally arrived on Apple TV, we kept up with explaining iOS 8, and we stepped up our game on inclusivity and accessibility. Here’s everything you don’t want to miss!
- Apple and accessibility: Pushing back against unacceptable realities: What Apple has done and what they continue to do for accessibility and inclusivity, and what iMore is going to do to try and help.
- National Federation of the Blind wants to work with Apple on accessibility: Tough questions about if and how accessibility and inclusivity should be regulated and enforced, from governments to platforms to carrots to sticks.
- Accessibility hub: iMore’s new single point of access for all of our accessibility and inclusivity coverage.
- Accessibility forum: Our community discussion group for everything and anything accessible and inclusive.
- iMore show 410: Extra accessible metal: Rene, Peter, and Derek Kessler talk all about iTunes Extras on Apple TV, iPhone and iPod touch screen sizes, Apple A8 processors, Metal on OS X, and enforcing accessibility.
- Debug 41: Nitin Ganatra episode III: iPhone to iPad: In part 3: In part 3 of the Nitin Ganatra trilogy, the former Director of iOS apps at Apple talks to Guy and Rene about iOS interface and API decisions, scaling to iPad, life after Apple, and what comes next.
- Iterate 71: Joe Cieplinski of Bombing Brain: Joe Cieplinsk of Bombing Brain and Release Notes joins Marc, Seth, and Rene to talk about Teleprompt+ 3 for iOS and Mac, Setlist, charging premium prices, adaptable layout in iOS 8, and more!
- Vector 48: 64-bit, Metal, and the state of the chipsets: Anand Shimpi of AnandTech joins Rene to talk about 64-bit processors, mobile GPUs, ART, Extension Pack, Swift, Metal, camera and battery technology, and more!
- ZEN & TECH 69: Facebook, social experiments, and what you need to know!: Georgia and Rene talk about the recently reported Facebook psychology experiments, how social affects our moods, and how to handle online anxiety.
- Review 16: Real Genius: Don, Matt, Guy, and Rene visit Pacific Tech to talk Real Genius. While they don’t hammer any six inch-spikes, they do get into Martha Coolidge’s directing, Val Kilmer’s acting, and how the idea of the military exploiting science back in 1983 plays in 2013. This one’s for Jason!
- The TV Show 8: Doctor genocide: Dave and Rene talk about 24 and whiplash antagonists, HBO and Damon Lindelof’s Leftovers, and catch up on Doctor Who starting with Christopher Eccleston and Series 1. (Now with time code!)
iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Explained
- Inter-app photo and video editing in iOS 8: Explained: Photo extensions are part of iOS 8′s new Extensibility feature, one of the biggest platform advances since the launch of the App Store. With Photo — and video — extensions, we get the ability to access filters and effects from any app right inside Apple’s Photos and Camera apps. So, how does inter-app photo and video editing work?
- Custom keyboards in iOS 8: Explained: Custom keyboard extensions, part of iOS 8′s new Extensibility feature, allow developers to almost completely replace the default, system-wide iOS keyboard with ones of their own devising. (That’s in addition to Apple’s own, new QuickType predictive keyboard.) Not only does that include favorites from other platforms, like Swype or SwiftKey, but it opens the door to ones that offer new languages, novel input methods, special options, and more. So, how do the new custom keyboard extensions work?
- Family Sharing on iOS 8: Explained: Phones, iPod touches, iPads everywhere — everyone in the family has devices and uses them for everything. One of iOS 8′s key improvements is more convenient family sharing. This is what it is and how it works.
- Action extensions in OS X Yosemite: Explained: OS X’s Yosemite’s new Markup tool is an example of a new class of technology called Action extensions. Action extensions promise to save you time and make you more productive with the software you’re already using.
- Apple reaffirms commitment to protecting privacy everywhere, including China: Following China’s decision to call iOS location tracking a threat to their national security, Apple has posted a lengthy article on its Chinese website, both in Chinese and English, reaffirming their longstanding commitment to privacy.
- Apple launches Swift blog to keep developers up to date on the new language: Apple has launched a new blog focused on their new Swift programming language. At the moment, there are two posts to the blog. The first is a welcome post. The second deals with Swift’s compatibility with current apps, source code, and more
- iTunes 11.3 gives your movies all-new, all-streaming iTunes Extras: Apple has released iTunes 11.3, bringing some improvements to iTunes Extras for HD movies. This biggest change is that you will no longer need to download iTunes Extras to your computer before using them.
- Clean energy the focus of Apple’s environmental report: Apple has just released its environmental report for 2013 where the company is highlighting its clean energy use at its offices, stores, and employee initiatives. The report makes note of Apple’s use of renewable energy, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and reduction of carbon footprint.
- Best task and reminder apps for Mac: GoodTask, Clear, Due, and more!: Looking for the best Mac app to help you handle your checklists and reminders? Most of us have lots of things to remember each day and making sense of all of it can sometimes be overwhelming. Luckily there are lots of Mac apps available to help you remember what needs your attention and when.
- Best airport companion apps for iPhone: FlightBoard, LoungeBuddy, App in the Air, and more!: Looking for the very best iPhone apps to help you track flights and navigate your way through airports across the globe? If you travel frequently, knowing where you’re going and how to get there on time is important. Planes wait for no one.
- Capo touch for iPhone and iPad: Learn to play songs faster: Capo, the renowned song-learning app for Mac, is now available on the iPhone and iPad. Called Capo touch, all the power of the original, the ability to “reverse engineer rock and roll” as they put it, now fits into the palm of your hand.
- Minecraft Pocket Edition for iPhone and iPad uncovers infinite worlds: Mojang has released a fairly substantial update for the Pocket Edition of Minecraft, available for iOS and Android. This release focuses on adding more mobs, features and extended functionality, while also addressing the size of worlds and squashing any known bugs affecting the immersive experience.
- Learn a new language with Duolingo on your iPhone or iPad: How we communicate and how we think are limited only by our command of language, beautiful, lyrical, contextual, nuanced, delicious language. And apps like Duolingo make it easier than ever to learn a new language, to do it from your deck or poolside, from your living room or hotel room, and right on your iPhone and iPad
- How to watch iTunes Extras on your Apple TV: iTunes Extras are like DVD to Blu-ray movies extras that play right inside iTunes on the Mac or Windows, and on your Apple TV. They can include director’s commentary, deleted scenes, bonus scenes, making-of documentaries, and other features. Not every movie has iTunes Extras, but for those that do, here’s how to find and enjoy them!
- Having issues skipping, stopping, and playing music tracks in your car over Bluetooth? Here’s the fix!: Unfortunately some iPhone users have reported issues with these functions under iOS 7. Either skipping, pausing, and playing don’t work with car controls or there is a serious lag. Regardless what issue you’re experiencing, the good news is that there’s an easy fix!
- How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide: Siri is the name of Apple’s personal digital assistant. It’s basically voice control that talks back to you, that understands relationships and context, and with a personality straight out of Pixar. Ask Siri questions, or ask Siri to do things for you, just like you would ask a real assistant, and Siri will help keep you connected, informed, in the right place, and on time.
Your most important story of the week?
That’s just some of what we published last week. What do you consider the most important story? Did we list it or did we miss it? Let me know!
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A few days ago Wizards of the Coast made the D&D Basic Rules available as a free download in PDF format. For anyone who ever played Dungeons & Dragons in any of its incarnations, from Gary Gygax to TSR to now, from Greyhawk to Dragonlance to Forgotten Realms, to — well, you get the idea — the potential fun to be had is obvious. Best of all, you can download the straight into Apple’s iBooks app if you’d like, or any other PDF-friendly app you might have installed on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
The Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons is a PDF (over 100 pages, in fact) that covers the core of the game. It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells, 5 backgrounds, and character sheets.
- Free – D&D Basic Rules (PDF) – Download now
How to add the D&D PDF to iBooks
If you want to keep your free copy of the Dungeons & Dragons basic rules safe, you can easily store it in iBooks.
- Go to Wizards of the Coast.
- Tap on the regular or print version of the PDF.
- Tap someone on the screen to show the Open In… controls.
- Tap on Open in iBooks.
If you’d rather use a different PDF app, just tap on Open In… and select the app from the list.
Give the D&D Basic Rules a look and let me know what you think of them!