Located at 88 East Main Street, in lovely downtown Ramsey, New Jersey is an authorized Dealer for AT&T Wireless Services. They have been in the wireless business since 1999; but their cumulative wireless experience totals over 40 years.
This type of experience can only benefit their customer base. Since day # 1, the owner and staff have tried to steer clear of the stereotypical wireless dealership mentality. It has been their goal to be more of a consultant; than a salesperson. They treat “word of mouth” or “referral” business as their driving force.
Mobile Nations is not only the home of iMore, which covers everything Apple, but Android Central where you can get your Google on, and CrackBerry for BlackBerry, but we have a site dedicated to Microsoft as well. That site was once-upon-a-time called WMExperts, and for the last while has been WPCentral, but today they’ve got an all new name to fit with their expanded focus: Windows Central. Yes, they’re still covering Windows on phones, but they’re also covering Windows on tablets, hybrids, laptops, and desktops, on the Surface and Xbox, and on the cloud.
It should be clear now that coming into 2015 there is just one Windows, running on the Surface, Xbox One, PCs, laptops and even your phone. At the urging of many of our loyal and active readers, over the last year we have steadily ramped up coverage — beyond our historical Windows Phone focus — to also cover Xbox, Surface, and general Microsoft news. The response to the expanded coverage has been excellent and this past year has also seen the site and our community grow by leaps and bounds. Amazingly, WPCentral is now not only the top Windows Phone site in the world, but we are also one of the top Microsoft sites too. The fact of the matter is if you own a Windows Phone, you are likely to possess (or be interested in) the growing ecosystem of Microsoft products.
Daniel Rubino and company have been killing it for a long time now, and they show no signs of slowing down. So if you love Microsoft and Windows, Windows Central is where you want to be!
iCloud.com seems to have been added to a group of websites and services under attack in China. A new report indicates that users attempting to log in to iCloud.com from an insecure browser that trusts China’s Certification Authority are having their credentials captured. Users visiting through more secure browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox will be presented with a warning when they navigate to the site.
This is clearly a malicious attack on Apple in an effort to gain access to usernames and passwords and consequently all data stored on iCloud such as iMessages, photos, contacts, etc. Unlike the recent attack on Google, this attack is nationwide and coincides with the launch today in China of the newest iPhone.
There are certain precautions you can take to avoid this attack. You can set up two-step verification for your iCloud account. You can also use more secure browsers, like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Additionally, and this is very important: follow the SSL/TLS security warnings when they are presented to you. If you suspect that your iCloud credentials have been compromised, then you should change your password immediately.
Again, the reported attack only affects users running insecure browsers that trust the Chinese Certification Authority. It will not impact Apple services directly, Apple’s apps, or third-party apps that use proper validation.
It should be noted that the report of this attack is coming only from a single source. Users should, as always, take any normal security precautions, including those listed above. How do you keep your iCloud account secure? Let us know in the comments.
For those that keep losing their twenty-sided die and are tired of hauling around sourcebooks, we’ve put together our favorite role-playing games for iPhone. You’ll find plenty of action, strategy, puzzle, and gamebook elements throughout these RPGs, but the core fun of slaying bad guys, gathering loot, and levelling up are all here.
Without further ado, these are the smartest, best-looking, and most immersive RPGs you’ll find for iPhone right now.
Lone Wolf is based on the world of fantasy author Joe Dever, and shows equal amounts of literary and graphical polish. Players make decisions through an ongoing narrative based on character traits they pick at the onset, and engage in exciting turn-based combat with a variety of enemies. Combat mechanics require timing, finesse, and smart resource management to get through alive.
There are three acts currently available through in-app purchases for $ 4.99 each or as a season pass for $ 11.99. Lone Wolf provides both richly-textured story with a classic gamebook feel as well as intense action.
Order & Chaos Online is about the closest thing you’ll get to World of Warcraft on your iPhone. Players pick their class, race, and faction, embark on quests, party up with others online, hoard loot, and progress their character with new abilities. There are tons of social elements, like tournaments and guilds, and a lively chat section to keep you occupied between quests.
Despite being an obvious WoW knock-off, Order & Chaos is a franchise that has expanded into MOBA and card game genres on mobile. If you’re a people person and an fan of the Warcraft style, give this a shot – you don’t even have to deal with a subscription fee.
Battleloot Adventure over-the-top art style is immediately impressive, but you’ll quickly find that it has some very interesting game mechanics too. The perspective may seem similar to Battleheart, but at its core, Battleloot Adventure offers a healthy mix of strategic turn-based combat with real-time reflex-driven mini-game elements. Both party members and enemies have specific classes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses against other classes. This makes party selection extremely important. As usual, players progress their characters with new abilities as they gather experience, and deck them out in sweet armor and weapons.
Come to Battleloot Adventure for the charming art style, but stay for the rewarding RPG action.
100 Rogues is a retro-themed roguelike that plays great on iPhone. It features turn-based gameplay, randomly generated dungeons, and permanent death. These types of games are notoriously challenging, and 100 Rogues is no different. As you slay beasts, you earn experience points, level up, unlock new abilities, and upgrade your gear. Fighting off rats, undead, demons, and brigands isn’t the only thing you need to worry about, though; you also need to stay fed, as every step makes you a little more hungry. Make sure to find the exit fast and don’t dawdle. Three classes are available out of the box, with many more ready through in-app purchases.
100 Rogues is incredibly tough, but also has a healthy dose of humor.
Galaxy on Fire 2 is a sci-fi RPG that has players blasting through a beautifully-rendered universe. Quests range from hunting down space pirates to mining asteroids and everything in between. There’s plenty of trading to do, and you can always upgrade your ship and buy new rides with the credits you amass. There’s a lengthy storyline to enjoy, and expansions available through in-app purchases.
Galaxy on Fire 2 is a rich, exciting, wide-open RPG perfect for sci-fi fans.
Ravensword: Shadowlands is about the closest thing you’ll get to playing an Elder Scrolls game on your iPhone. The game features a vast, open fantasy world with stellar graphics and all the questing you could ask for. Players earn reputation with various factions, slay all manner of beasts with steel and magic, while evolving their character based on their playstyle.
For RPG fans that need a big world with lots of back-story to chew into, Ravensword: Shadowlands has you covered.
Arcane Legends is a fantasy MMO which plays more like an action game than Order & Chaos Online. Players pick one of three classes, and are partied up with other players online on an ad hoc basis – odds are you’ll naturally bump into and team up with others on the same quest as you without needing to send party invites or anything like that. The most distinctive part of Arcane Legends are the pets you can acquire which help out in a number of ways, like attacking enemies or gathering loot for you.
For those that want the multiplayer RPG experience but are looking for something a bit more lightweight than Order & Chaos, Arcane Legends is great. Be sure to check out Spacetime Studio’s other MMOs if you’re looking to mix things up.
Chaos Rings II is the conclusion to a built-for-mobile JRPG franchise by Square Enix. Players are thrust into the crucible of crisis as a hero fated to sacrifice innocent lives to save the world. Throughout the game you chose to embrace or defy your destiny and combat otherworldly creatures. The action follows the familiar turn-based structure, and boasts stellar 3D graphics.
Grab Chaos Rings II if you’re in the market for an over-the-top epic, or better yet, start off with the original Chaos Rings and the sequel, Chaos Rings Omega, before getting into this one. Chaos Rings 3 is already in the Japanese app store and should be available in English soon. Square Enix has also ported and remastered all of their classic games for mobile, so be sure to check them out if you’re into the Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest series.
The Banner Saga is a highly polished tale chock-full of Norse mythology. Jump between meaningful dialog sessions and turn-based tactical combat with 25 different characters spanning 5 different classes. Manage scarce resources to improve your heroes and keep your band moving across a cold and desolate landscape.
The art style alone in The Banner Saga is enough to pick it up, but it also strikes an excellent balance between strong, character-driven story and classic RPG-style combat.
Dungeon Hunter 4 is a traditional action-RPG with stellar graphics.
Players work their way through a linear storyline, slaying all manner of monsters using one of four different character classes and their unique special abilities. As they progress, new powers are unlocked and new gear is picked up and upgraded. Players can hook up online for co-operative of competitive multiplayer.
Sure, the hack-and-slash gameplay might not be a massive departure from what you’re used to, but you know what they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Don Melton was formerly director of internet technologies at Apple, and responsible for WebKit and the Safari browser. He’s also co-host of the 80s movies episodes of Review and a frequent and insightful guest on the Debug. And now he’s doing his own, monthly show. The conceit is I call him up and he talks for an hour about whatever he’s working on and thinking about. In the first episode, that includes his second home, plans for HomeKit, True Justice Season 2, video transcoding, and the perils of light prototypes.
The second episode will likely cover the new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, the realities of streaming 4K, and more. I’m not sure how many we’ll post here on iMore, so make sure you subscribe using RSS or iTunes via the links below.
It’s another week, and we’ve gathered together the very best apps and games that have been released over the last seven days for iPhone and iPad.
This go-around are quite a few video apps, but there’s a little something for writers, too. On the games side, we’ve got a healthy mix of arcade, strategy, sports, and shooters.
Bust open the App Store, and get downloading our top ten new releases for iPhone and iPad.
The Bot Squad
The Bot Squad is a fun, cartoony game that combines tower defense and attack mechanics. Players manually guide their robots through a series of treacherous mazes to reach the end in one piece. Grab objective stars and orbs en route if you can manage. Occasionally the tables will be turned, and you will need to organize towers to defend against waves of enemies. Orbs are used to upgrade your bots and towers between levels. Keep in mind that freemium mechanics such as energy meters, upgrade timers, and premium currency are in play here.
The Bot Squad boasts fantastic animation and a nice strategic mix.
Drone: Shadow Strike is military shooter where you rain down fire on enemies from above. The gameplay and style will be familiar to anybody that has tried out Zombie Gunship, but there are a few interesting changes in the formula here. For one, you’re dealing with fully-colored 3D models, and not just silhouettes (though infrared mode can help you spot sneakier enemies). You’ll need to be on your toes to deploy flares and avoid getting hit by surface-to-air missiles. After working through a series of missions, you’ll get the chance to upgrade your drone with enhanced armor, radar, stealth, and countermeasures, as well as purchase new drones to fly in. Free-to-play elements such as premium currency and boosters are employed here.
Drone: Shadow Strike is a great little on-rails shooter and worth a look.
Enterchained is a dual-stick beat-em-up, not-so-subtly inspired from the movie Gladiator. Players hack and slash their way through coliseum battles while shackled to a fellow gladiator. Throw your weapon, execute downed enemies, complete quests for extra glory, and do your best to stay alive. The stark art style is punctuated by bright red splotches of gore. There are no in-app purchases at all here, and 45 items to unlock, each with their own unique characteristics.
Enterchained is a brutal button-masher and tons of fun.
2K’s official NBA game launched on iOS this week. NBA 2K15 offers substantially improved graphics while playing on the basketball court, and a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline by doing stuff like answering questions at press conferences and training their custom-made character. The soundtrack is curated by Pharrell Williams, which should keep gameplay moving nicely. It looks like hardware controller support is in the mix here too which is always a great addition. NBA season officially starts on October 28, so this is a great warm-up.
Angry Birds Transformers combines one of the most beloved franchises on mobile with the retro charm of cartoon robots from the 80s. In this side-scrolling shooter, players roll out as one of the many recognizable Angry Birds characters that have been tweaked with some vehicular characteristics. As a Transformer, you switch between humanoid running and vehicle mode, upgrade for stronger weapons and abilities unique to each character, and blow up baddies as the pop up on screen.
Angry Birds Transformers is an imaginative pairing and a refreshing new game type for Rovio’s avians.
Drafts 4 is built specifically for iOS 8, and it does a fantastic job of taking advantage of the new capabilities.
Live HD/R is a great new video app that allows users to shoot in high dynamic range (or tonemapping, if you want to get technical). Basically, this makes your videos pop with additional definition and dramatic color. Settings can be tweaked for global and local contrast, radius, noise reduction, gamma, and saturation to achieve exactly the kind of feel you want. The final result outputs at 720p and 30 frames per second.
Live HD/R is a great way to show off the new capabilities of your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Strom is a powerful professional music app for iPad that grabs samples and helps you sequence and slice it in some really imaginative ways. Strom ties in with the Rytm drum computer with a $ 19.99 in-app purchases, which might seem steep, but it opens up a whole range of new possibilities.
Musicians eager to try something new should find some great possibilities with Strom.
Microsoft has introduced a surprisingly interesting image sharing app called Xim. In it, you’re able to shoot off a link to friends, and when they open it on their device, everybody can pan and zoom around pictures, flip to other pictures, and chat with one another. This way you can share images without having to hand off your phone. Though the recipients of invites don’t need the app, if you do, you’re able to add pictures to the collection to share with others. Short messages can also be shot out to the group. After awhile, the Xim expires, so no need to worry about stocking up on cloud storage.
Xim is a neat idea, and the perfect way to share vacation photos with friends and family.
Qik is a new video messaging app from Skype that helps you easily share moments with whole groups of friends. Videos can be shot straight from the app or pulled from clips you’ve recorded earlier. No log-in or usernames are required, and messages are wiped after two weeks, making Qik very low-maintenance. You can delete videos from group conversations easily enough, too.
Looks like the out of court settlement between Bose and Apple-owned Beats over patent disputes wasn’t the final straw in the on-going battle between the two companies, as Apple has now removed Bose products from its online and retail stores.
Models from other brands like Sennheiser, Bowers & Wilkins and Marshall are available for purchase, suggesting that the removal is a more targeted effort centering on Bose’s offerings. The two companies locked horns recently over an NFL sponsorship deal that forbade players from wearing non-Bose headphones during press conferences and any on-camera events. Beats’ co-founder didn’t seem to mind the coverage, however, stating that the ban generated a lot of free publicity.
Regarding the removal of Bose’s products, an official statement wasn’t provided by either organization, although with the on-going series of conflicts, you’re better off looking elsewhere for the QuietComfort 15.
Apple’s venerable Mac mini is its least expensive Mac model, and a good entry-level system that’s an attractive option for PC users making the switch to the Macintosh. It’s long overdue for a refresh, but at Apple’s October Mac and iPad event, it finally happened. The Mac mini has finally joined the rest of the Mac product like with Intel’s “Haswell” fourth-generation Core processors. Here’s what you really need to know about the new Mac mini.
1. Rewinding the price back to 2005
Apple introduced a new $ 499 model, $ 100 less than the previous entry-level Mac mini. When the Mac mini first debuted all the way back in 2005, it was a $ 499 machine, but as features and capabilities increased, the price crept up to $ 599. So we’re back where we started from, at least on price.
To get the iMac in the $ 499 price zone, Apple has duplicated its iMac strategy: The new less-expensive model also features a slower CPU, a 1.4 GHz dual core i5. Some people are going to shake their head, but hear me out: That’s actually good enough for most general users. It’s the same clock speed as a MacBook Air, for example, though the regular hard disk drive won’t make things feel as peppy as they do on the pure-SSD Air.
2. Bye bye FireWire
The Mac mini has two Thunderbolt 2 ports but it’s also removed FireWire 800, which was available on the previous-generation model. If you have legacy FireWire gear you’d still like to use, Apple and others make Thunderbolt to FireWire interface adapters that will get the job done.
3. No more off-the-shelf server configuration
Apple previous offered the Mac mini with OS X Server pre-installed, equipped with a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor and two 1 TB internal hard disk drives that could work separately or be striped or mirrored as a RAID array using Disk Utility. That system is gone.
In its place is a $ 999 2.8 GHz dual-core i7 system equipped with 8 GB RAM and a 1 TB Fusion Drive. Even without a four-core option, that’ll be a nice speedy system. But if you want OS X Server, you’ll have to download it yourself from the Mac App Store — another $ 19.99 expense.
With the addition of Thunderbolt 2, external connectivity on the Mac mini is faster than ever, and there are plenty of server-class Thunderbolt 2 RAID systems to choose from if you’re looking for redundant storage.
4. No more quad-core offering
The Mac mini has long borrowed heavily from the parts bins of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. With no new “standard” MacBook Pro to borrow from, Apple’s using the MacBook Pro with Retina display as a template for the Mac mini instead. And just like the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, there’s no quad-core processor option to choose from.
Instead, Apple’s incremented clock speeds on dual-core i5 chips. It offers a 3.0 GHz dual-core i7 processor as an option too. (No surprise here, because the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro offers the same option.) But 3.0 GHz and dual-core is as fast as the Mac mini gets these days. Anything more for a headless Mac and you’re jumping to Mac Pro territory (and tripling the price).
5. You can use the Mac mini to drive a 4K display
You can connect two Apple Thunderbolt Displays up to it via the Thunderbolt 2 ports, or the equivalent: The Mac mini enables you to drive two displays at 2560 x 1600 pixels. But the Mac mini also has a HDMI port that complies with the HDMI 1.4 spec.
This HDMI port can be used to drive a 4K display, albeit at slower refresh speeds. So with that HDMI port, you can connect a 4K display and expect to see 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30 Hz, or 4096 x 2160 resolution at 24 Hz. Again, that’s the same as the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
6. You may be stuck with RAM
I’m still trying to get a definite answer from Apple on this, but early indications are that the Mac mini no longer has user-upgradeable RAM. There’s no longer any mention of being able to upgrade it on Apple’s web site. So you’ll have to decide when you place your order how much RAM you think you’ll need, and hope it’s enough.
7. 802.11ac is now standard
In addition to a faster CPU, faster graphics, and a faster peripheral interface, the Mac mini also gets faster Wi-Fi: It joins the other Haswell-based Macs with 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking support, which can work up to three times faster than 802.11n. Of course, if you’re still using a pokey older AirPort Extreme Base Station or Time Capsule, you’ll have to upgrade before you see any speed benefit, but that’s the price of progress.
The bottom line
Many of us have been waiting for a new Mac mini ever since Apple refreshed the MacBook Air with Haswell processor in 2013, so it’s about time we finally got a new Mac mini. Is this the Mac mini you’ve been waiting for, or are some of these changes making you think twice? Sound off in the comments, let me know what you think.
And the updates just keep rollin’ in. Flare 2 for Mac and Flare Effects for iOS have just been updated to 2.0 and 1.0, respectively. The popular photo filter apps have been brought into line with Apple’s new design language for both Yosemite and iOS 8.
Be sure to check for these updates if you haven’t already. If you’re a new user or interested party, you can purchase Flare 2 for Mac here for a temporarily discounted $ 9.99 (regularly $ 14.99). For iOS, you can pick up Flare Effects for free here
We’re live at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters for the 2014 iPad and Mac event! We’re expecting to see OS X Yosemite, maybe iOS 8.1, as well as iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and perhaps some new Macs with perhaps some preposterously large pixel sizes… or much-awaited mini updates. Apple is streaming the event, but we’ll bring you all the color, commentary, analysis, highlights, and hands-on you can handle, so bookmark this page and join us at 10am PT, 1pm ET on October 16. You’ll be glad you did!
Good news for those eager to take advantage of Apple Pay: 9to5Mac had obtained a leaked internal memo from Panera Bread that points to Monday, October 20th as the launch date for Apple’s new mobile payment platform.
According to the memo, Panera employees have access to an online training course for utilizing Apple Pay on VeriFone readers, and stores without the hardware will reportedly receive further instructions on the 20th.
This message is intended for bakery-cafes that have installed Verifone systems. As you are aware, Panera is a featured partner with Apple in their announcement of the iPhone 6 and the new Apple Pay platform. Now, we are excited to share that Apple is very close to releasing Apple Pay and actually planning to launch on October 20th… With the release of Apple Pay, we expect customers coming in to use Apple Pay, as well as an increase in other customers coming in to use other types of Tap & Pay like Google Wallet or SoftCard.