Stylish connected stylus for iPads heavily discounted in MacNN Deals
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If the launch of the iPad Pro and its pressure-sensitive Pencil stylus is making you jealous, have a look at the Pencil from FiftyThree, a stylus that can be used on any capacitive touch device, but also includes a number of extra features for iOS devices thanks to a Bluetooth connection.
Changes to version 3.0 makes Paper more useful for productivity
FiftyThree has made a number of changes to Paper, the digital sketchbook app, with version 3.0 now becoming a universal app that works on both iPhone and iPad, rather than just on iPad. The milestone release also includes a number of other changes focused on making it more helpful for productivity, with the app now allowing users to take photographs and capture notes quickly, with images able to be annotated and added to a virtual sketchbook "Space" dedicated to an idea or concept.
Big China carriers now offering latest LTE-capable iPad models for first time
Apple's sales in China are set to further increase now that the country's second- and third-largest carriers will offer the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the latest iPads, the first time China Unicom and China Telecom have been able to do so. The special iPad models, which vary slightly from the North American and European versions, will support China's proprietary TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as other LTE versions.
Spotify Music updates iPad app, adds discovery feature
Music subscription service Spotify has released an update for its iPad app. Spotify allows users to stream music from their favorite artists, create playlists and more. The Discover feature is now present for iPad, which offers the ability to peruse personalized recommendations in a succinct format. Free to download, Spotify's app requires iOS 7.0 or later. Users can listen for free with the accompaniment of ads, with Premium access available with a monthly prescription.
Paper 2.0 released for iOS, adds Mix sharing platform
Drawing and design app Paper by FiftyThree has released a major update, featuring a new sharing platform. The iPad app allows users to create sketches, diagrams, illustrations, note or drawings, and share them easily. Paper v2.0 includes Mix, a new open platform for collaborative art-making. Any idea that has been publicly shared can be used as a starting point to "remix," create and evolve. In addition to Mix, Paper 2.0 offers fluid surface pressure control when using the Pencil stylus with iOS 8. Its new and improved zoom loupe function expands when you need more space, and improved palm rejection will also be available under iOS 8. Free to download, Paper by FiftyThree requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Griffin Technology's Survivor Slim rugged iPad Air case now available
Griffin Technology has announced the release of a new rugged case for use with iPad Air. The Survivor Slim aims to deliver protection for all conditions, featuring a shatter-resistant shell and silicone bumper for absorbing the shock of a drop. Its accompanying screen shield prevents scratches and smudges, and the flexible button covers deflect dust, dirt, and rain from entering vulnerable places on the tablet.
FiftyThree announces upcoming iOS 8-exclusive Pencil stylus control feature for Paper
FiftyThree will be adding a new stylus feature for its Paper drawing app for the upcoming iOS 8. Called "Surface Pressure," the feature will allow the Pencil tool's tapered tip to shade, fill and draw according to how much of the rubber tip is in contact with the screen. Fine lines can be created with the nib of the Pencil, and broad strokes as well as shading can be achieved by tilting the stylus to one side. The input feature will also work with Paper's existing digital brushes. The updated Surface Pressure feature will be available this fall upon the release of iOS 8, and will be automatically available for owners of the Pencil stylus. Paper by FiftyThree is free to download from the App Store; the Pencil stylus is available through Amazon starting at $60.
Facebook board member investor in FiftyThree
Facebook may be formally challenged for the use of the word "Paper" as an app name. FiftyThree, the developers of the iPad drawing app Paper has requested Facebook change the name of its latest magazine-style app, which is using the same name. To reinforce the request, FiftyThree has filed with the United States Patent and Trade Office for a trademark on the name, with a filing of January 30, the same day as the Facebook launch.
FiftyThree studios announces Pencil stylus
FiftyThree, the studio behind popular iPad sketching app Paper, have announced the availability of a new stylus the iPad. Dubbed "Pencil," the stylus mimics the look of its namesake, with a hardwood exterior molded to look like a architect's pencil. The new device will pair with FiftyThree's existing app, enabling a number of previously unavailable features for Paper.
Paper for iPad gets record interest early on
Fiftythree sent word late Wednesday that its Paper app for the iPad (App Store) has crossed the 1.5 million download mark in its first two weeks. The same interval saw a total of seven million pages created at the same time, suggesting that every user made at least one page. It's not clear how many had paid for extra drawing tools beyond what's free.