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The Best Keyboards for iOS 8

Now that you have iOS 8 on your iPhone (whether it’s a 5 or the new 6), there are a bunch of new features and extensions to explore — including third-party keyboards. We’re here to guide you through some of the top keyboard apps that can replace your regular iPhone keyboard. Four of these apps have been available for a while on Android. More

Meet Yapp: Our New Product Video is Up!

This summer, we did a lot of updating to Yapp, inside and out. The site and apps have a cleaner look and much improved performance, and we have new features and goodies cranking for you to see in the fall.

So with all of this new stuff, we decided we also needed a new introductory video to make it even easier for you to share what your favorite app maker is all about. Enjoy and share!

A huge thanks to Sean Meehan, who directed and edited; Chris Loughran, who shot; Lindsey Simcik, Donald Chang and Steven Conroy, who acted; Cesar Suarez who composed the original music; JCC Manhattan for the event space; NearlyNewlywed.com for the wedding attire, and the entire team at Yapp.

Tips & Tricks: Sharing Your Yapp

You’ve spent a few hours putting together an awesome app, complete with all the info your group could possibly need. Now, it’s time to share it. We’ve pulled together a few proven tips and ideas to help you get the word out.

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Customize your ID. Once you publish your Yapp, you’ll see an option to customize your Yapp ID. This adds a little flair to your Yapp and simplifies sharing with friends, family, colleagues and others. If you don’t see the blue ‘Customize’ button after you publish, you can tap the Gear icon in the upper right corner of your Yapp’s info card on the dashboard and choose “Customize.”

Spread the word. Now that you have your ID, share it! You can do this using one of the 5 options on your dashboard (email, Twitter, Facebook, QR code, and SMS text) or you can send it out through your own email client, phone, or other method.

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You should include your sharing link in the body of the email just in case users have trouble with the buttons. This way, they’ll still be able to refer back to retrieve the app, simply by tapping the link in the email.

It’s also helpful to include download instructions. We’ve put together an easy 3-step script that you can copy, paste and distribute:

  • Visit my.yapp.us/[CUSTOMID] on your iPhone or Android
  • You’ll be taken to the app store to download Yapp.
  • Open Yapp and [Your App Name] will sit inside.

 

Have other great ideas for sharing your Yapp? Let us know in the comments!

What the Tech?! Minecraft

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Minecraft, n;

An online world in which players build structures, tools, and objects from found resources. It was announced Monday that Microsoft would purchase Minecraft’s parent company, Mojang, for $2.5 billion.

The things built in Minecraft are created with low-fi, 3D textured cubes. People have recreated cities, campuses, and fictional worlds, among tons of other things. The game doesn’t have a plot, and isn’t played to be won (though it can be, if you destroy the Ender Dragon). Users can play in different modes to add game elements, like survival, creativity or adventure. There are also challenges and activities to complete that grant you more resources to build more of your world.

Minecraft has been used by players of all ages. Parents use it to teach useful skills to their kids. Schools use it to teach geography and foster a new level of creative exploration and learning. In Denmark, the government used it to recreate the country digitally and provide geographical data for the public. Many see the game as a gateway to computer programming, and as stimulating as toys like Legos and Lincoln Logs. It’s also been praised by parents of children with autism — the game allows them to concentrate fully on one thing and the players can’t lose.

Microsoft will add Minecraft to it’s devices, including the XBox and Windows mobile platform. The team behind the game will stay on to continue to develop it with Microsoft’s resources.

3 Apps That Will Look Awesome on the iPhone 6 Plus

Courtesy of Business Insider

 

So, you’ve heard about the iPhone 6 Plus, right? It’s giant. With a 5.5″ screen, it’s one of the largest phones out there (just .2″ smaller than the Galaxy Note, which is considered a phone-tablet hybrid). They even changed some of the phone’s functionality so that it’s easier for your thumb to reach the upper buttons.

Though these big screens may or may not fit comfortably in your pocket, it will be awesome for certain types of apps. Here are three we’re excited to check out on the 6 Plus. More

3 Highlights from Apple’s Announcement Event

In case you missed the Internet exploding earlier (or, if you were watching Apple’s live stream of the event), Apple introduced a slew of new products today at a hyped event in Cupertino, Calif. The team unveiled new phones, the rumored watch, and more. Here are the highlights you need to know for this afternoon’s watercooler talk.

 

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple released two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, both with larger screens. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7" display and the 6 Plus a 5.5" display, a  jump from the iPhone 5s

Apple released two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, both with larger screens. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7" display and the 6 Plus a 5.5" display, a jump from the iPhone 5s' 4" display. Both screens have a high-quality Retina HD screen, curved edges, and the full LCD color range. (Basically, they'll show you some really quality images.) On those really nice glass screens, you can view apps in landscape (just like an iPad!), great pictures taken with the new and improved iPhone cameras, and check out high quality slow-motion videos. The phones will run iOS 8 and are available Sept. 19th. The iPhone 6 will start at $199 and the 6 Plus starting at $299.

Apple Pay

Apple announced its gut-punch to the wallet world with  Apple Pay. The service, which CEO Tim Cook called an "entirely new payments solution," stores your credit and debit cards on your iPhone in hopes that you

Apple announced its gut-punch to the wallet world with Apple Pay. The service, which CEO Tim Cook called an "entirely new payments solution," stores your credit and debit cards on your iPhone in hopes that you'll toss the plastic. Each card is encrypted and given a unique code during each transaction, so neither Apple nor the stores at which you shop can record your credit information. Your cards are stored within Passbook and can be used with the NFC antenna or Touch ID to pay for goods at more than 20,000 different retailers. Add cards from your iTunes account, or with your iSight camera. Read more about Apple Pay in our blog's What the Tech?! series.

Apple Watch

Finally joining the smartwatch market is the Apple Watch, which comes in a classic, sport and special edition collections. It works with the iPhone 5 and up.

The watch is fairly customizable — you can adjust your watch face and your watch bands — but is a different interface experience than the iPhone. Rather than touching and swiping primarily to move around, there is a dial on the side of the watch that controls most things. It works with a variety of apps, and the number is growing. It

Finally joining the smartwatch market is the Apple Watch, which comes in a classic, sport and special edition collections. It works with the iPhone 5 and up. The watch is fairly customizable — you can adjust your watch face and your watch bands — but is a different interface experience than the iPhone. Rather than touching and swiping primarily to move around, there is a dial on the side of the watch that controls most things. It works with a variety of apps, and the number is growing. It's also a great tool for fitness, as it pairs with the iPhone's HealthKit app. The Apple Watch collections will be available in early 2015 starting at $349.