D&D Reader app brings paper reference books to your tablet

Dungeon Masters can rest a bit easier now that the library of Dungeons and Dragons core rulebooks will soon be available in an easy-to-lug digital edition. Instead of a stack of heavy paper-bound volumes, you'll be able to take your iPad or Android tablet to your next gaming session loaded up with the upcoming D&D Reader app, which should be available this fall.

IKEA’s Place app for iOS previews furniture in your home

Now that Apple's augmented reality platform is nearly here, developers are ready to show off what it can do... and one of the first examples will be particularly handy if you're updating your living room. IKEA has unveiled IKEA Place, an iOS app that uses ARKit to preview how furniture will look at home. As hinted at back in June, the software is smart enough to not only show off furniture at the proper scale (98 percent accuracy, IKEA says), but with the right kind of lighting and shadows. You'll know if that couch is too large for your apartment, or whether or not that reading chair would be too gauche for the room. Naturally, you can share images to ask for your friends' advice and jump straight to the IKEA website to buy your selections.

Source: IKEA

Korg’s revives another classic synth in its latest iOS app

Korg has a habit of reviving old synths via an app for iPad and iPhone, and this week the audio company revealed its latest creation. Korg claims the new, $20 iMono/Poly app for iOS reproduces every feature of the original Mono/Poly analog synth, first released in 1981. The mobile app recreates the original's 4 voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) that let you dial in a seemingly endless variety of harmonic and melodic sounds. The app also adds a couple of modern additions, including two multi-effects units and eight virtual patches for even more functionality.

Via: FACT

Source: Korg

Ripplemaker brings modular synths to all skill levels with an iOS app

There are plenty of apps that can turn your phone or tablet into a synthesizer, but they tend to fall into two camps: they're either affordable and simple or pricey and robust. While that's sometimes due to the nature of the instruments they're replicating, it can frustrating if you want an app that covers all the bases. However, music app developer Bram Bos may have managed just that. He recently released Ripplemaker, a patch-based modular synth for iOS that's designed to ease you into the West Coast synth method (where you add harmonics to a waveform to produce an effect) while still giving you room to grow.

Via: FACT, Synthtopia

Source: App Store

Google’s official calendar app is finally ready for your iPad

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/e9a6b6003fff86c83bfbf14c52bd2076/205103402/google-calendar-ipad.jpg" /><a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/03/10/google-calendar-for-iphone/">Google Calendar for iOS</a> can be exceptionally useful if you're tired of Apple's stock scheduler, but there has always been one inescapable catch: it's only designed for iPhones... or rather, it was. Two years later, Google has <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/google-calendar-make-the-most-of-every-day/id909319292?mt=8">updated</a> Calendar to add iPad support. Yes, you can finally jot down appointments and set goals while taking advantage of your <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/31/ipad-pro-9-7-review/">Apple tablet's</a> larger canvas. That's the only major update on deck right now, but there are promises of more in the pipeline.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/google-calendar-make-the-most-of-every-day/id909319292?mt=8">App Store</a><!--//-->

Netflix has another app now, but it’s for DVD and Blu-ray movies

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3500x2333+0+0/resize/1600x1067!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/2ab35639a85734095582f892285993c7/204766889/RTX14IZN.jpeg" />Last year, Netflix used its CES keynote speech to <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/01/06/netflix-teams-with-lg-for-prepaid-streaming-worldwide/">announce the launch</a> of (nearly) worldwide access to streaming. This year it won't take the stage directly, but ahead of the show it's <a href="http://blog.dvd.netflix.com/new-dvd-releases/new-year-new-app">highlighting</a> something a little more limited in appeal: an app built for its 4.2 million or so remaining DVD rental customers. These days the disc side of the business is <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2011/07/12/netflix-dvd-only-unlimited-plan-appears-price-for-streaming-and/">billed separately</a> and segmented <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2012/03/30/netflix-dvd-com-domain/">over on DVD.com</a>, but it's reportedly <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/business/while-its-streaming-service-booms-netflix-streamlines-old-business.html">still profitable</a>. Managing your queue of discs (which often includes movies and TV shows that have left streaming, or never show up there at all), has been missing from official apps since it <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2011/03/03/netflix-for-ipad-updated-with-a-new-custom-ui-but-loses-feature/">disappeared after an update back in 2011.</a>
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="http://blog.dvd.netflix.com/new-dvd-releases/new-year-new-app">Netflix DVD Blog</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=1169772776&amp;mt=8">iTunes</a><!--//-->

Apple releases iOS 10.2 and its companion TV app

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/e5f7ce402c20a6d5d4cc50b0c6c26cf9/204696068/s.aolcdn.jpg" />Apple is making good on its promise of giving you a <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/27/the-new-apple-tv-app-is-tv/">unified video streaming experience</a>.  The company has released iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1, both of which include the company's centerpiece TV app.  So long as a given service supports the feature, you no longer have to jump into and out of apps to catch up on your viewing -- you can resume your favorite show or check out recommendations from a single place.  Netflix isn't included in TV at the moment, alas, but this and the recently launched <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/06/apples-tv-single-sign-on-feature-goes-live-in-the-us/">single sign-on</a> should save you a lot of hassle.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="http://www.macrumors.com/2016/12/12/apple-releases-ios-10-2/">MacRumors</a><!--//-->

Apple TV’s new iPhone remote control app talks to Siri

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/f99699ea1af173440f38453552599993/204149677/apple-tv-remote-app-siri.jpg" /><a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/13/apple-tv-slingtv-single-sign-on-remote-app/">As promised</a>, you no longer need to use the new <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/11/06/apple-tv-review-2015/">Apple TV's</a> standard remote control to take advantage of all the media hub's features.  Apple has <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-tv-remote/id1096834193?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">released</a> a brand new Apple TV Remote app that drags its iOS interface into the modern era.  You can not only use the same touch-based control as on the hardware remote, but talk to Siri -- handy if you lost the physical controller between the couch cushions.  It also supports motion controls for games, and there's even a Game Mode that strips things down.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-01/apple-releases-iphone-app-to-control-apple-tv-using-siri" >Bloomberg</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-tv-remote/id1096834193?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4" >App Store</a><!--//-->

Electro-Harmonix brings ’80s synth sounds to your iPad

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/bed4f1d679e5c49dcf3f3ba4904a9672/204126558/electro-harmonix.jpg" />The likes of <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/05/26/korg-im1-synth-app-ipad/">Korg</a> and <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/05/03/moog-model-15-synthesizer-ios-app/">Moog</a> have their own <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/05/korg-gadget-80s-arcade-synth-bandai-namco/">synthesizer apps</a> for iOS devices, and now there's a new option for loading up a virtual instrument on those mobile devices. Electro-Harmonix has released a version of its <a href="http://www.vintagesynth.com/misc/eh_minisynth.php">Mini-Synthesizer EH-1600</a> for iPad and iPhone that delivers a digital re-creation of the '80s analog gear. The original had pretty basic controls, but it was responsible for some fairly iconic synthesizer sounds like you've heard from Rush, Van Halen and more.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://www.factmag.com/2016/07/26/electro-harmonix-mini-synthesizer-ios-app-released/" >Fact Magazine</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mini-synthesizer/id1126845799" >App Store</a><!--//-->

Netflix now does picture-in-picture video on your iPad

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/28cdfc20e365c9a6de8123aad8a5b257/203954876/s.aolcdn-ed.jpg" />Ever since Apple introduced picture-in-picture video in <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/09/22/ios-9-review/">iOS 9</a>, iPad owners have been wondering one thing: when can I use the feature with Netflix? At last, it's here. An <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/netflix/id363590051?mt=8">update</a> to the iOS app has introduced picture-in-picture for any iPad running at least iOS 9.3.2, giving you an easy way to keep that <em>House of Cards</em> marathon going while you check email or chat with friends. Netflix is more than a little late to the party (<a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/09/16/hulu-picture-in-picture-on-ipad/">Hulu</a> and others had the feature soon after iOS 9 arrived), but it's good to know that the streaming service is listening to what viewers want.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/netflix/id363590051?mt=8" >App Store</a><!--//-->

Moog’s new app brings the iconic Model 15 synth to your iPad

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/a5a7228838da7f582e34d894286c4fb5/203771779/moog-ed.jpg" />Moog may be <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/23/analog-synthesis-the-life-and-legacy-of-bob-moog/">known for</a> its <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/01/moog-mother-32-synthesizer/">analog synthesizers</a>, but the company has also crammed those sounds <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/21/animoog-2-0-accelerometer-modulation/">inside iOS apps</a> for making noise on the go. With its latest app for the iPhone and iPad, the company created a digital version of its iconic <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/23/analog-synthesis-the-life-and-legacy-of-bob-moog/">Model 15 instrument</a>. In fact, Moog says the new app is the first modular synth and learning tool created for Apple's mobile devices. Thanks to <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/07/how-much-does-metal-matter-to-ios-developers-a-ton-apparently/">Apple's Metal technology</a>, you can pan and zoom around the app to situate those patch cables and tweak nobs in a way that feels natural. Without Metal, the company says this level of detail and smooth movement wouldn't have been possible.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a href="http://www.moogmusic.com/products/apps/model-15-app" >Moog Music</a><!--//-->

Moog’s new app brings the iconic Model 15 synth to your iPad

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/a5a7228838da7f582e34d894286c4fb5/203771779/moog-ed.jpg" />Moog may be <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/23/analog-synthesis-the-life-and-legacy-of-bob-moog/">known for</a> its <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/01/moog-mother-32-synthesizer/">analog synthesizers</a>, but the company has also crammed those sounds <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/21/animoog-2-0-accelerometer-modulation/">inside iOS apps</a> for making noise on the go. With its latest app for the iPhone and iPad, the company created a digital version of its iconic <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/23/analog-synthesis-the-life-and-legacy-of-bob-moog/">Model 15 instrument</a>. In fact, Moog says the new app is the first modular synth and learning tool created for Apple's mobile devices. Thanks to <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/07/how-much-does-metal-matter-to-ios-developers-a-ton-apparently/">Apple's Metal technology</a>, you can pan and zoom around the app to situate those patch cables and tweak nobs in a way that feels natural. Without Metal, the company says this level of detail and smooth movement wouldn't have been possible.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a href="http://www.moogmusic.com/products/apps/model-15-app" >Moog Music</a><!--//-->

Apple and the MLB team up to put iPad Pros in the dugout

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/4474x2978+0+0/resize/1400x932!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/9cd355758613212a1caf3406fad1a2a7/203616303/RTSB80E.jpeg" />When the commentators during a baseball broadcast refer to the tablets Major League Baseball coaches are holding as "iPads," unlike <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/12/microsoft-paid-nfl-400m-for-surface-deal-announcers-call-them/">pro football announcers</a>, they'll actually be correct. Apple and the MLB have signed a deal that'll put <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/19/ipad-pro-review/">12.9-inch iPad Pros</a> in dugouts and bullpens around the league, offering up everything from performance stats, videos of plays from past games to pitcher-batter matchups, according to <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/baseballs-latest-recruit-is-an-ipad-1459310403"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>. All that data comes from a custom app co-developed by Apple and the league, MLB Dugout.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/baseballs-latest-recruit-is-an-ipad-1459310403">The Wall Street Journal</a><!--//-->

Apple and the MLB team up to put iPad Pros in the dugout

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/84ec1b97d64c186ba188e590c2ecc2a7/203619044/RTSB80E-ed.jpg" />When the commentators during a baseball broadcast refer to the tablets Major League Baseball coaches are holding as "iPads," unlike <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/12/microsoft-paid-nfl-400m-for-surface-deal-announcers-call-them/">pro football announcers</a>, they'll actually be correct. Apple and the MLB have signed a deal that'll put <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/19/ipad-pro-review/">12.9-inch iPad Pros</a> in dugouts and bullpens around the league, offering up everything from performance stats, videos of plays from past games to pitcher-batter matchups, according to <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/baseballs-latest-recruit-is-an-ipad-1459310403"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>. All that data comes from a custom app co-developed by Apple and the league, MLB Dugout.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/baseballs-latest-recruit-is-an-ipad-1459310403">The Wall Street Journal</a><!--//-->

YouTube veterans want you to livestream cooking

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/5259f42d59e070e9699786d113ffb2b5/203520906/nom-iphone.jpg" />There are plenty of <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/20/cooking-with-watson-peruvian-potato-poutine/">cooking</a> <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/10/netflix-chefs-table-documentary/">shows</a> in the internet era, but they tend to be pre-recorded, passive affairs.  The results are predictable, and you probably won't get to ask questions about the recipe.  That's where YouTube veterans Steve Chen (who co-founded the company) and Vijay Karunamurthy think they can help.  They've launched <a href="https://nom.com/">Nom</a>, a service that's all about livestreams for cooking and eating.  Think of it as a specialized, gastronomical take on <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/26/livestream-your-next-gopro-video-through-periscope/">Periscope</a>.  Individuals and whole teams can broadcast live video from PCs or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/nom-live/id987728658?mt=8">iOS devices</a>, take input from viewers (including images and videos), and schedule shows.  They can even use two live cameras, if the budget allows.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/youtube-cofounder-steve-chen-launches-nom-live-video-for-foodies-2016-3?r=US&amp;IR=T" >Business Insider</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://nom.com/" >Nom</a><!--//-->, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/nom-live/id987728658?mt=8" >App Store</a><!--//-->

YouTube veterans want you to livestream cooking

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/5259f42d59e070e9699786d113ffb2b5/203520906/nom-iphone.jpg" />There are plenty of <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/20/cooking-with-watson-peruvian-potato-poutine/">cooking</a> <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/10/netflix-chefs-table-documentary/">shows</a> in the internet era, but they tend to be pre-recorded, passive affairs.  The results are predictable, and you probably won't get to ask questions about the recipe.  That's where YouTube veterans Steve Chen (who co-founded the company) and Vijay Karunamurthy think they can help.  They've launched <a href="https://nom.com/">Nom</a>, a service that's all about livestreams for cooking and eating.  Think of it as a specialized, gastronomical take on <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/26/livestream-your-next-gopro-video-through-periscope/">Periscope</a>.  Individuals and whole teams can broadcast live video from PCs or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/nom-live/id987728658?mt=8">iOS devices</a>, take input from viewers (including images and videos), and schedule shows.  They can even use two live cameras, if the budget allows.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/youtube-cofounder-steve-chen-launches-nom-live-video-for-foodies-2016-3?r=US&amp;IR=T" >Business Insider</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://nom.com/" >Nom</a><!--//-->, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/nom-live/id987728658?mt=8" >App Store</a><!--//-->

Donald Rumsfeld helped make an iPhone game

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3000x2000+0+0/resize/1400x933!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/239857ea55c75f45955f8f047eb28704/203303777/590103113.jpg" />Like him or hate him, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/08/rumsfeld-resignation-captioned-well-by-mac-os-x/">Donald Rumsfeld</a> has been a jack of all trades -- and apparently, that now includes mobile games. The veteran politician has teamed up with programmers to release <em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/churchill-solitaire/id1030804846?mt=8">Churchill Solitaire</a></em>, an iOS game based on the card game that Winston Churchill supposedly played to sharpen his strategic thought processes. Rumsfeld was strictly a creative director (he's not exactly a coder by trade), but his influence is everywhere. Reflections on Churchill's life appear while you're playing, and even the pricing mirrors Rumsfeld's values -- while the base game is free, hints and retries cost money ("there are damn few undos in life," <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/former-defense-secretary-marches-into-new-territory-videogames-1453483137?mod=e2tw">he says</a>).
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/former-defense-secretary-marches-into-new-territory-videogames-1453483137?mod=e2tw" >Wall Street Journal</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/churchill-solitaire/id1030804846?mt=8" >App Store</a><!--//-->

Leaked Apple support app could save you a trip to the store

        <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/21/apple-support-app-leak/"><img alt="Grand Central Apple store" data-caption="NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: People are trained by an Apple employee at the Genius Bar at the Apple Store in Grand Central Terminal, on March 14, 2013 in New York, New York. This Manhattan store is one of the largest Apple stores in the world. The store offers 15-minute training sessions, a feature not available in other locations. The Metropolitan Transporation Authority, MTA, is leasing the space to Apple in the east balcony and an adjacent one in the terminal. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)" data-credit="Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images" data-mep="1056485" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/5373x3582+0+0/resize/1200x800!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/d200a334be14882500484c0defc0b63b/203020534/164148944.jpg" /></a></div>
The Genius Bars in Apple's retail stores are supposed to be convenient ways to answer questions and get repairs, but the ever-growing deluge of customers sometimes makes it a pain. Ever waited 20 minutes just to get a Lightning cable replaced? Well, the Cupertino crew may have a clever way to speed up that wait time... and in some cases, save you a trip altogether. Both uSwitch and leaker Sonny Dickson understand that Apple is working on a support app for iOS that would help you get the fix you need. The app would narrow down the cause of your problem by asking questions, and offer chances to contact support, book a Genius Bar appointment or (if it's a relatively minor issue) fix it yourself through how-to guides. Think of it as Apple's support website distilled into a simpler, more powerful form. Source: uSwitch

Google’s mobile app answers your complex questions

        <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/16/google-app-handles-complex-questions/"><img alt="Google Now redesign" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/fb373bf283bb52c2af51229258a22909/202573422/google-now-logo-redesign.jpg" /></a></div>
Google's mobile search app just got much better at handling the sort of detailed, nuanced questions you'd ask a real human. The Android and iOS software now does more to gauge the true intent of a question, including multi-layered questions that would previously have thrown it off -- ask for the population of a country in a specific year and you'll get the exact number you wanted. The app also understands superlatives like "biggest" or "smallest," and it knows how to deal with ordered items (say, the tallest buildings in the US). Google is quick to admit that its upgraded engine still makes mistakes, but it's good enough that you can expect useful results whether your requests are very specific or slightly fuzzy. Source: Google Inside Search