Minecraft Is Getting Cross-Play On Multiple Platforms

With the upcoming release of the Better Together this summer, Mojang will unify the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under the Bedrock Engine family. (excluding Java Minecraft which will continue to be supported as an independent version)
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Apple iOS Apps

So I’ve been writing articles for a while and I never really spent time to put together something that lists apps for Apple devices. So here’s my first run in no particular order.

Lookout – Backup, Security and Missing Device

by: Lookout, Inc.
Don’t lose your iPhone or iPad again! Lookout is the best way to protect your precious iOS device from data loss, theft and other threats that put your personal information at risk.
Download from App Store

Norton Mobile Security – Lost Phone Finder

by: Symantec
Norton Mobile Security delivers powerful, effective protection for your iPhone and iPad against theft and loss. Remotely locate your phone from any place with an Internet connection or set off an alarm on your lost device.
Download from App Store

Free VPN – Onavo Protect

by: Onavo, Inc.
Onavo Protect helps keep you and your data safe when you browse and share information on the web. This powerful app helps keep you safe from malicious, phishing and unsecure mobile websites. It also helps secure your details when you login to websites or enter personal information such as bank accounts.
Download from App Store

Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple

by: DeskConnect, Inc.
Workflow is your personal automation tool, enabling you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create powerful workflows for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Download from App Store

Inbox by Gmail – the inbox that works for you

by: Google, Inc.
Inbox by Gmail requires an invite. Email inbox@google.com to request one. Your email inbox should help you live and work better, but instead it often buries the important stuff and creates more stress than it relieves. Inbox, built by the Gmail team
Download from App Store

Hours Time Tracking

by: Tapity, Inc.
Free for a limited time, celebrating the Apple Watch version. Hours is the time tracker you will use.
Download from App Store

RunKeeper – GPS Running, Walk, Cycling, Workout and Weight Tracker

by: FitnessKeeper, Inc.
Track your run pace, measure workout distance, chart weight loss, crush training goals and more with LifeHacker’s Best Running App! RunKeeper is the simplest way to improve fitness, whether you’re just deciding to get off the couch for a 5k, biking every day, or deep into marathon training.
Download from App Store

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

by: MyFitnessPal.com
Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter for iOS. With the largest food database by far (over 5,000,000 foods) and amazingly fast and easy food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off!
Download from App Store

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

by: Mojang
Play the biggest update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition so far! It’s the overhaul of a generation. Download it now and see for yourself! Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures.
Download from App Store

Quick Scan Pro – Barcode Scanner. Deal Finder. Money Saver.

by: iHandy Inc.
Quick Scan Pro – Find the lowest price for any product! Ever want to shop wiser? Quick Scan will be your best shopping companion. Just a fingertip away, low prices and product details from 1000+ online shops and local retailers en route to you anytime, anywhere.
Download from App Store

Map My Walk+ – GPS Walking and Step Tracking Pedometer for Calories and Weight Loss

by: MapMyFitness
Start walking with the MapMyWalk+ community. Record GPS-based activities to view detailed stats; connect with 400+ devices to import and analyze all your data in one place; log over 600 different activity types.
Download from App Store

OmniFocus 2 for iPhone

by: The Omni Group
OmniFocus for iPhone brings task management to your fingertips. Keep track of tasks by project, place, person, or date. With OmniFocus for iPhone, you’ll always have your important information at hand, whether it’s a shopping list, agenda items to discuss at work, things to do at home.
Download from App Store

OmniFocus 2

by: The Omni Group
Now a Universal iOS App with Apple Watch Support! OmniFocus for iOS brings the in-depth task management features of a desktop app to your fingertips. With flexible viewing options, location awareness, and on-the-fly task entry from just about anywhere.
Download from App Store

Mail+ for Outlook

by: iKonic Apps LLC
Securely access Outlook Email and Calendar – #1 Outlook/Exchange Email App – Top 5 business apps, peaked at 55 overall. Keep your work and personal email accounts separate.

Duolingo – Learn Languages for Free

by: Duolingo
Duolingo is Apple’s 2013 App of the Year! Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.

Learn Spanish – Brainscape

by: Brainscape
Did you know that you may be wasting a huge portion of your time learning Spanish due to inefficient learning methods? Let me tell you how you can learn FASTER. It’s all about a new technique called Intelligent Cumulative Exposure.
Download from App Store

How to Cook Everything

by: Culinate, Inc.
This first-of-its-kind app of the bestselling cookbook—How to Cook Everything® from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman—has 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and a host of features that appeal to cooks on the go.
Download from App Store

That’s it for now. I will be adding more lists over time.

Minecraft to get Story Mode in 2015

Telltale Games has announced on its blog that it’s working with Minecraft developer Mojang to create a series of games set in the world of the hit franchise.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice. It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices.

Telltale has made games in the Walking Dead, Back to the Future, and Game of Thrones universes, to name a few.

Creating your Own Minecraft server – EASY!

We showed you how to create a Minecraft server on Linux, here’s how to do it on Windows. Go have fun 🙂

Minecraft has many qualities that assisted it to turn into a gaming phenomenon: ever-expanding environments to explore, the freedom to craft complex things from simple materials. But one of my favorite aspects of Minecraft is how easy it’s to host your own Minecraft server. With only a Windows computer, a decent internet connection (with a static IP), and some computer knowledge, anyone can build a private world for a few friends to share.

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How to migrate your Xbox 360 Minecraft Maps to your Xbox One

Build with your imagination! Minecraft, the best-selling game on Xbox 360, is now available on Xbox One. Create and explore your very own world where the only limit is what you can imagine – just be sure to build a shelter before night comes to keep yourself safe from monsters. Play on your own, or with up to 4 players split screen, or 8 players online.

If you’ve played Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition you can get Minecraft: Xbox One Edition for only $4.99*. You also are able to get content you already paid for on your 360 on your One by heading to the store and selecting “Get It Free” from the store page.

Migrating

The migration process is fairly simple but lengthy if you have several to numerous maps to transfer, reason being that you can only transfer one map at a time and you have to complete a full transfer before you can move on to another map. One thing to note is that despite the Xbox One version supports larger maps, your existing maps will remain the same size.

On the Xbox 360

  • Log into your console
  • Start Minecraft
  • Go to the Play Game screen
  • Highlight a saved game and press Y to upload it to the cloud.

On the Xbox One

  • Log into your console
  • Start Minecraft
  • Go to the Play Game screen
  • Press X to download your map from the cloud.

Keep doing that until you have all your maps migrated. Have fun.

* Upgrade price is available for players that have played Minecraft: Xbox 360 with their Xbox Live Gold account.

Microsoft to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5B

Microsoft confirmed it will acquire the studio that created the hit “sandbox” game Minecraft for $2.5 billion, a move that could help bolster the company’s Xbox and mobile ambitions.

In a statement released Monday, Microsoft says the deal will close by the end of this year.

“Minecraft is more than a great game franchise,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a statement. “It is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

Launched in 2009 for PCs, Minecraft is an open-world game where players roam a simple landscape with forests and beaches, breaking apart the environment and building new objects like a digital Lego set.

It has surged in popularity over the last five years. Microsoft says the game has topped 100 million downloads. Although it’s been available on Apple’s iOS devices for nearly three years, it’s currently the second most popular paid app for iPhone. Retail versions of the video game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were the third best-selling titles in the U.S. last month, according to NPD Group.

“The Minecraft players have taken the game and turned it into something that surpassed all of our expectations,” says Mojang CEO Carl Manneh in a statement. “The acquisition by Microsoft brings a new chapter to the incredible story.”

Microsoft says Minecraft will remain available on all its current platforms, including PlayStation, a rival to the company’s Xbox brand. Continue reading Microsoft to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5B

How To: Minecraft Server on Ubuntu

So I’ve been playing Minecraft on the Xbox360 for some time now and it started getting a bit repetitious and bland. My son got into the PC version and I was sitting with him and his friends for a few sessions and it got my interest. This weekend I decided to set up a server so they can have somewhere to put their creations and not have to worry about being kicked from someone else’s server or have their city griefed (Griefing is the act of irritating and angering people in video games through the use of destruction, construction, or social engineering.) as well, they were talking about starting to make YouTube vids so this will be good for them. I thought this would have been harder that what it turned out to be, but it wasn’t. So for those wanting to do it but are not sure about how go about it or are afraid of getting their hands dirty in Linux, I created this tutorial. Continue reading How To: Minecraft Server on Ubuntu

Educational Minecraft

All video games are not created equal.

I wouldn’t recommend we encourage youth to play just any game. I doubt transferable skills are learned by repeatedly flapping a bird into a drainage tube. The best educational interventions are those that meet youth where they are and use the energy associated with that space to encourage learning.

So where are the youth? Minecraft.

Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the United States with over 100 million registered users. It’s not as flashy as typical video games—the graphics are lo-fi and 8-bit. At first glance, the game play seems incredibly simple: In creative mode, the goal is to build structures in an open 3D environment.

In this way, Minecraft is different than other video games because the object is to construct, not to tear down. It’s a video game, but it can also be classified as a building toy.

Parents are faced with difficult choices about technology. The prevailing wisdom is that “screen time” is bad for children. But can Minecraft be lumped in with the rest of the things that kids might do on a computer or phone?

Minecraft offers youth the opportunity to explore an environment that is not rule-based like the rest of their lives. “On Minecraft, you can do whatever you want,” a 9-year old Minecraft player told me.

Not only does the open-world nature of Minecraft give children the opportunity to be more creative, it allows them to feel like they have a sense of control over themselves and their environment.

It’s an implicit way for them to develop self-regulation skills that then transfer to offline spaces—through having this freedom to create on Minecraft, they learn how to identify and work towards offline goals like finishing class assignments or graduating from college later in life.

Playing Minecraft teaches kids useful skills. The most clearly visible are visuospatial reasoning skills—learning how to manipulate objects in space in a way that helps them create dynamic structures. Visuospatial reasoning is the basis for more abstract forms of knowledge like the ability to evaluate whether a conclusion logically follows from its premises.

Minecraft also helps youth learn how to collaborate to solve problems, and collaborative learning improves critical thinking skills that support motivation for learning.

Consider the boundless supply of youTube videos from new childhood heroes like users stampylongnose and iHasCupquake.

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