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Apple Store App


The Apple Store app keeps getting better. Whether you want to order a new device, check on the status of an order, book a genius appointment or get reviews of products, Apple has made this app simple and efficient. It works with your iOS devices and Apple Watch to help you with a personal shopping experience.

If you are in an Apple Store you can scan an item to check the price or purchase it. If you need to look back on orders, you can pull up your history of purchases as well. If you search for upcoming workshops to learn skills with various Apple apps too.

Download the Apple Store app to order, review and keep up with your Apple purchases.

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Notes Plus Updated


Notes Plus continues to be the go to app for handwriting notes or jotting drawings to get my ideas down quickly. The app was recently updated to improve or fix the following:

User experience improvements and bug fixes:
– Better handle Apple Pencil with small strokes when palm is conflicting with multi-tasking and control center
– Add notebook covers for 2017
– Fix overflowing text bugs in text mode
– Fix crashes with unknown VGA output devices
Update to latest Wacom SDK, now support Wacom’s Bamboo Fineline 3 stylus

If you are looking for a digital app to replicate the hand writing experience with the bonus of searching, text conversion, shape conversion and more, check out Notes Plus.

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LiquidText PDF Reader Improvements


LiquidText PDF Document Reader: Annotate & Excerpt app is a fun and cool way to markup and gather together annotations from one or more PDFs. The most recent improvements include:

• Improved Highlight Rendering: highlights better maintain text contrast to improve readability.

BUG FIXES

• Fixed bug that could cause a crash when scrolling with scrollbar while holding document in place with other finger.

• Fixed bug that could cause a crash when tapping a link button on an excerpt or comment while in portrait mode.

• Fixed bug that could prevent the table of Contents from displaying correctly in some circumstances.

LiquidText GIF

This productivity app is free. However, you can purchase additional functionality via an in app purchase.

LIQUIDTEXT’S COMPLETE FEATURE SET INCLUDES:

► MULTIDOCUMENT USERS RECEIVE (requires one-time in-app purchase):

Work with multiple documents and webpages in a single workspace
• Pull together excerpts from different documents.
• Search across all the documents in a LiquidText workspace.
• Compare documents in parallel.
• Make comments that refer to multiple documents.

Global Keyword Search (Requires iOS 10)
• Search for keywords across all your LiquidText files.
• Search from LiquidText home screen, or from Spotlight.
• Find keywords in title or text of your documents.

► ALL USERS RECEIVE:

View
• Read and interact with text in a flexible environment
• Compatible with PDF, Word, and PowerPoint documents and web pages
• Import from Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, email, and more
• Import content from webpage or send to LiquidText directly from Safari

Interact
• Workspace area for writing notes and pulling out excerpts
• Organize and group excerpts and notes
• Tap comments and excerpts to find original source
• Pinch document to compare different sections
• Collapse text to see annotated parts side-by-side
• Collapse text to view search term(s) side-by-side
• Scroll to navigate through pages
• Scrollbar shows where highlights, comments, excerpts, and search results are located

Annotate
• Highlight text, images, comments, excerpts, and notes
• Add margin notes/comments to text, images, notes, and excerpts
• Comment on two or more selections simultaneously

Share
• Export file as notes only, highlights only, notes and highlights, or entire document with annotations
• Export as LiquidText file, PDF, or DOCX (supported by most word processors)
• Send files by email or to Dropbox, iCloud, Box, and more

LiquidText allows for active highlighting of PDFs and organizing ideas from them.

 

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Screencasts Online App


If you subscribe to Screencasts Online, you will enjoy the improved app that gives you access to the library of video tutorials.

With the SCO Member Tutorials app, you can stream tutorial videos or download them for offline viewing. There are even controls that allow you to rate or control the speed of the show.

If you are not a member, you can download the app and view any of the free tutorials or purchase individual ones.

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iScore Baseball App Update


iScore icon

iScore, an app for tracking baseball games and stats, has had a major UI overhaul. The fixes and improvements include:

– Complete new look for the new year
– Added a 3D “rotate” option when viewing Player Card hit chart under Player Manager
– Player cards have significantly increased functionality
– General usability enhancements throughout
– iPhone now has a “light skin” option for better contrast in the sun
– Support for MLB 2017 rosters

iScore Field

This app is used to track a baseball or softball game. Coaches, parents and fans can keep a detailed record as the game progresses. One of the many benefits is you do not have to know how to use a scorebook. You will need to know a little bit about the game.

iScore Stats

Once you enter the plays, you can generate and share stats and a scorebook easily.

iScorecast

Another great feature is the ability to “broadcast” the game to those who cannot be present or to rewatch the game. In the app, go to options and tap on Admin Website. Then, in a browser, go to my.iscorecentral.com. You will be able to enter your user name and password to access the team registration, roster, etc.

iScore Broadcast

From your iOS device, you will be able to send a link to the “live” game and as you enter information, the audience can see the game progress. You can share your game via email and the links will be sent.

Training

To watch the app in action and learn how to use the tools, watch the various iScore Tutorials. Do not wait until a game before you first learn how to use this app. You will get frustrated. A fun way to learn this app is to try watching a game on TV  and enter the plays as they take place. This practice will pay off for when you get to the real game.

In-App Purchases

You can buy several in app purchases like a team website or the 2017 Major League Rosters but, it is not necessary.

Conclusion

As training begins for travel and school baseball, if you want to be the team statistician or have fun broadcasting the game to parents who could not make it, check out iScore.

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iOS 10.2.1 Update


iOS 10

Apple has released an update to iOS 10. Version 10.2.1 offers various fixes and security enhancements. It is safer to make a backup of your iOS device before updating.

To update, while using a Wi-Fi network, tap on Settings > General > Software Update then download and install.

The security fixes include the following items:

Auto Unlock
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Auto Unlock may unlock when Apple Watch is off the user’s wrist
Description: A logic issue was addressed through improved state management.
CVE-2017-2352: Ashley Fernandez of raptAware Pty Ltd
Contacts
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted contact card may lead to unexpected application termination
Description: An input validation issue existed in the parsing of contact cards. This issue was addressed through improved input validation.
CVE-2017-2368: Vincent Desmurs (vincedes3)
Kernel
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
Description: A buffer overflow issue was addressed through improved memory handling.
CVE-2017-2370: Ian Beer of Google Project Zero
Kernel
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
Description: A use after free issue was addressed through improved memory management.
CVE-2017-2360: Ian Beer of Google Project Zero
libarchive
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Unpacking a maliciously crafted archive may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: A buffer overflow issue was addressed through improved memory handling.
CVE-2016-8687: Agostino Sarubbo of Gentoo
WebKit
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may exfiltrate data cross-origin
Description: A prototype access issue was addressed through improved exception handling.
CVE-2017-2350: Gareth Heyes of Portswigger Web Security
WebKit
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.
CVE-2017-2354: Neymar of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (tencent.com) working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative
CVE-2017-2362: Ivan Fratric of Google Project Zero
CVE-2017-2373: Ivan Fratric of Google Project Zero
WebKit
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: A memory initialization issue was addressed through improved memory handling.
CVE-2017-2355: Team Pangu and lokihardt at PwnFest 2016
WebKit
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved input validation.
CVE-2017-2356: Team Pangu and lokihardt at PwnFest 2016
CVE-2017-2369: Ivan Fratric of Google Project Zero
CVE-2017-2366: Kai Kang of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (tencent.com)
WebKit
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may exfiltrate data cross-origin
Description: A validation issue existed in the handling of page loading. This issue was addressed through improved logic.
CVE-2017-2363: lokihardt of Google Project Zero
CVE-2017-2364: lokihardt of Google Project Zero
WebKit
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: A malicious website can open popups
Description: An issue existed in the handling of blocking popups. This was addressed through improved input validation.
CVE-2017-2371: lokihardt of Google Project Zero
WebKit
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may exfiltrate data cross-origin
Description: A validation issue existed in the handling of variable handling. This issue was addressed through improved validation.
CVE-2017-2365: lokihardt of Google Project Zero
WiFi
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: An activation-locked device can be manipulated to briefly present the home screen
Description: An issue existed with handling user input that caused a device to present the home screen even when activation locked. This was addressed through improved input validation.
CVE-2017-2351: Sriram (@Sri_Hxor) of Primefort Pvt. Ltd., Hemanth Joseph

You can view more information about the various iOS updates here.

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iOS Battery Issues ? Try These Tips


Battery Percentage

If you find your iPad or other iOS device won’t charge or hold a charge, here are some tips from Apple.

Will Not Charge – Change Power Sources, Adapters or Cables

Plug into the USB power adapter that came with your device. A third party adapter may not work properly. If that still does not work, try plugging into a different source of power: wall power outlet, computer, etc. Also, consider trying another cable in case the one you are using is bad.

As your device charges, you should see a battery icon with a little lightning bolt next to it in the status bar or a large battery icon on the lock screen.

Will Not Fully Charge – Force Restart, Try Again

Try this: force restart your device by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo. Then, let your device charge for another half hour or longer and see if it will fully recharge.

Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan

  • Software Update

Always make sure you are using the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. If one is available, you can plug in your device to a power source and wirelessly download and install the latest version.

  • Screen Brightness

Optimize your screen brightness settings to help preserve battery life. You can dim the screen or turn on Auto-Brightness. To adjust your brightness, while your device is on, swipe up from the bottom of any screen to open the Control Center and drag the Brightness slider to the left. You will see your screen get dimmer. You can drag the slider to the right to make the screen brighter.

To turn on Auto-Brightness which will adjust your screen to lighting conditions automatically, go to Settings > Display & Brightness and set Auto-Brightness to on.

  • Use Wi-Fi

Using Wi-Fi to access data uses less power than a cellular network connection. So, turn on and use a Wi-Fi network. You can turn on your Wi-Fi by swiping up to open the Control Center and tap on the Wi-Fi icon and log into a Wi-Fi network.

Low Power Mode

When your battery power starts to get low, you can turn on Low Power Mode. You may receive an alert when your battery is low and turn it on then or in Settings > Battery. Apps may then begin to perform less background tasks to save power.

The chart below shows many of the battery functions discussed in this article.

Battery Settings

What’s Using The Power?

If you phone is not charging, you can view which apps are using the most power. To view the power usage, go to Settings > Battery and then you can tap on Last 24 Hours or Last 7 Days to see a list of the guilty apps.

You can read more about maximizing battery performance on this Apple Support page.