• News coming from Square is blowing up right now. Recently, the company announced it would begin taking orders for an EMV compatible card reader. Then, international support was added to Square register. Now, Square’s founder Jack Dorsey told CNN Money that the company has plans to begin accepting Apple Pay sometime in 2015. “Our mindset [...]
  • X-Doria is taking advantage of the fact that consumers want an iPad for Christmas. While Apple is offering $50 gift cards for every iPad purchased on Black Friday, you can also hop over to X-Doria for an Engage Folio or SmartJacket for your tablet. Every iPad case the company has will be on sale for [...]
  • The Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic nearly fell into the abyss. For months, we hadn’t heard a peep about its progress. Then, Sorkin himself announced that Christian Bale was to play the leading role. Shortly after Bale backed out of the project, Sony announced it was dropping the film. Now that Universal has promised to [...]
  • Now that GT Technologies is out of the picture, Apple is undoubtedly exploring new options for mass production of sapphire glass. It is an unlikely coincidence that Foxconn recently asked for permission to build a new plant in Zhengzhou, China immediately next to one of their iPhone plants. Rumors suggest that the new plant will [...]
  • You may recall in 2012 that Apple’s stock had reached a record high just before the company announced the launch of the iPad mini. It seemed that the iPad maker was on top of its game, turning investors into slobbering monsters. Then, only six months later, Apple’s stock price began to drop, causing tech analysts [...]
  • A friend of mine showed up at a get-together with a tooled leather book cover that his sister had made him. It looked amazing. The book took on this sort of antique aesthetic that made it seem much fancier than it was. Imagine what that would look like as an iPad cover? This week’s project [...]
  •   Back in August, Fantasy Flight announced it was developing a digital version of the popular board game BattleLore. This week, the company made good on its promise and the epic fantasy fighting gaming is now available on the iPad. In BattleLore: Command, players lead the Daqan army into battle against the invading Uthuk Y’llan [...]
  • The iPad revolutionized the tablet industry but for the first time it has seen a decline in yearly sales. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) tablet sales rates are declining and are projected to continue their decline through 2018. The reasons for this are a lengthening product cycle and perhaps a lack of innovation, [...]
  • The popular RSS news reader Unread for the iPad recently relaunched as a free download, however, users can only read their for first 50 articles for free before it changes to a 3 article per day limit. Of course you can unlock the unlimited version for $3.99 as an in-app purchase. This is exactly why Apple changed the "Free" button on the App Store to a "Get" button, but it is still a good deal if you want to give the app a spin before purchasing.

    Unread for iPad: RSS News Reader

    The pay version of the app includes unlimited reads, more themes, plus all the features found on the free version such as full-screen reading and background refresh. Other features include the ability to change the read/unread status of an article with a simple double tap and a persistent web browser that keeps track of your history.

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  •   ShopAdvisor recently launched a report on consumer interest in Christmas presents based on views within the shopping app. Along with the likes of Xbox, laptops, and television sets, the iPad is still among the top five categories of most searched terms. A picture book about cats was also one of the top five. Not [...]
  • I don’t have any trouble getting to sleep. I could literally fall asleep anywhere, including during rock concerts and action films (which I have actually done). I’ve even fallen asleep while standing up. Once asleep, however, it doesn’t take much to wake me up. Whether it is the sound of traffic outside my window, the [...]
  • Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad may see its first year of decline as "worldwide tablet growth is expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014," according to the market research company IDC. Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, said iPad sales are decreasing due to the longer lifecycle of tablets. This means tablet owners tend to upgrade to newer models less than they do with smartphones.

    IDC 2014 tablet report

    "What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years," said Reith.

    Reith believes Apple's support of older devices is what is driving people to hang on to their tablets longer than expected. For example, an Apple product such as the iPad 2 normally has three years before it stops supporting the newest iOS release, and the device still has plenty of life even after it is discontinued.

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  • The iPad has fast become a serious and useful tool for musicians and recording artists. With the addition of Inter App Audio, you can now combine effects apps with sampling loops and record it all right on your Apple tablet. There are even instruments specially designed to connect directly to the iPad so you can [...]
  • After using Apple's stock iOS keyboard for so many years it is hard for iPad and iPhone users to get used to third-party keyboards. Some users even find Apple's new iOS 8 predictive suggestions annoying and were more than happy to disable the feature in the Settings app. However, this doesn't mean that iOS users should give up on third-party keyboards altogether. For example, if you hate the predictive typing bar at the top of Apple's stock iOS 8 keyboard but like the idea of word predictions, the Crimson Keyboard offers word suggestions just above the keys instead. This may be a better solution for some users who hate how the predictive typing bar draws their eyes away from their keys or text box while they're are typing.

    Crimson Keyboard

    Crimson Keyboard also eliminates the annoying autocorrect found on iOS devices and replaces it with its own feature that displays corrections in red also just above the keys. Users can quickly select the Smart Predictions or Passive Correction suggestions by simply swiping up, instead of having to break their typing stroke to tap away an iOS autocorrection.

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  • Apple’s antitrust e-books collusion issue is still in its final stages. The iPad maker agreed to a $450 million conditional settlement in the case back in July. However, shortly thereafter, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote publicly stated that she did not approve of the settlement, claiming that one stipulation that Apple wouldn’t be required [...]
  •   Every year, Apple shuts down the App Store (and iBooks, and Newsstand, and iTunes) to new content in order for staff to have a few days to celebrate the holidays with their families. It isn’t a big deal. Developers are giving warning. However, it means no content will be able to have price changes [...]
  • Apple’s new wearable computer isn’t even finished being made yet, but it has already received critical acclaim from popular magazine publisher Time. The company’s annual Best Inventions list recently came out and the Apple Watch was listed as “Watches that redefine Smart.” According to Time, the Apple watch “reimagines the computer for the wrist” because [...]
  • World Aids Day is Monday, Dec. 1. It was developed as an awareness campaign to remind the world that the disease affects tens of millions of people to this day. Apple collaborates with the (RED) campaign, which was co-founded by U2 front man Bono. This year, Apple is promoting the RED World Aids Day campaign [...]
  • There are a variety of reasons one might want to hide or restrict access to apps on their iPad or iPhone. For example, you may want to limit the amount of time your child surfs the web on their device, or you may want stop someone from accessing the camera on your iPad. You can do this by removing some select stock Apple apps from your Home screen.

    iOS Restrictions

    Navigate to Settings > General > Restrictions. Your device will ask you to pick a passcode the first time that you open the Restrictions panel. Enter a 4 digit passcode only you will remember and proceed to the Restirctions settings page. From here you will see a list sliders for stock apps such as Safari and FaceTime. Tapping any of these sliders will turn them to OFF / White and will remove that app's icon from your Home screen.

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  • At this point, there are not a lot of new keyboard cases that will impress me. The tech accessory industry has come a long way and there are some pretty impressive cases that work really well to make you feel like a productivity boss. So, when something new comes out, I give it extra scrutiny [...]
  • The development company that made famous the episodic style role-playing adventures on iOS, Telltale Games, just launched the first in what is sure to be a series of sneak peaks of its upcoming Game of Thrones license. Similar to games like The Walking Dead: The Game and The Wolf Among Us is on track to [...]
  • Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The update improved stability and performance for both the iPhone 4s and iPad 2, and patched the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8 devices. Apple also released its WatchKit SDK and first beta for iOS 8.2 to developers on Tuesday. According to the release notes, iOS 8.2 along with WatchKit allows developers to create apps for the Apple Watch, which is launching next year.

    Apple Watch

    Apple dealt a blow to Freemium games by replacing the "Free" download button with a "Get" button on the App Store. The move is to help identify apps that claim to be free but include in-app purchases. It was also a big week for sequels on the App Store. Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Earn to Die 2 and the prequel Kingdom Rush Origins were all released this week and blew up the Top Paid App Charts.

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  • Chase is encouraging iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to adopt Apple Pay by giving away David Guetta’s newest album Listen. This is exactly the type of promotion that is important for Apple Pay to inevitably conquer the mobile pay industry but there is a little bad news. If you plan on using a [...]
  • It was a big week for the App Store as two of the most anticipated sequels launched for iOS devices. Five Nights at Freddy's made the leap from Steam to iOS on Thursday, and Ironhide Games Studio released Kingdom Rush Origins, which is actually a prequel. As expected, both titles shot to the top of the Apple app charts and are now two of the most downloaded paid games of the week.

    Five Nights at Freddy 2

    In other App Store news, Telltale revealed all the characters in its upcoming Game of Thrones series, and Disney Interactive announced that Disney Infinity 2.0 will be coming to both the iPad and iPhone in December.

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  • I can still remember the firs time I played Rummy Tiles. My mom had brought home this box made out of faux leather. Inside were a bunch of white ceramic tiles that sort of reminded me of playing cards, but also looked like Uno cards. I was confused and intrigued. To this day, I’ll sit [...]
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    We’ve been following Square since it’s infancy as a very small startup in San Francisco with a big dream to change the way retailers deal with credit card companies. Since it started, the company has added software for brick-and-mortar stores, began branding physical stands specially designed for retailers, and even updated their card reader with [...]
  • Telltale Games has made a name for itself by bringing the popular Walking Dead franchise to iOS devices and other platforms as an interactive episodic video game, and now the studio is tackling HBO's popular series Game of Thrones. Unlike The Walking Dead game where players assume the role of a character not found in the comic book or TV series, players will be able to play as five different members of House Forrester, a banner house mentioned briefly in the fifth book “A Dance with Dragons".

    Telltale released the first trailer and revealed some of the main characters who will appear in the game to various websites on Thursday. No release date or price has been announced, but Telltale series normally cost around $4.99 per episode. The first season of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will include six episodes.

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  • Not to be outdone by Walmart, Best Buy has launched its own pre-Black Friday sale one day early and is offering up to $100 off on select iPad Air models. Customers can save $80 on the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $100 on the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model via Bestbuy.com. This isn't the best Black Friday iPad deal we have seen, considering you can nab a 16GB iPad Air 2 for $489 and receive a $100 gift card with your purchase from Walmart starting tomorrow. It is up to you if want to nab an iPad now or risk missing out during the week and a half long Black Friday frenzy.

    iPad Air Black Friday Sale

    Other Best Buy Apple deals include the fifth-generation iPod touch for $249.99 ($50 in savings) and Solo HD Drenched Beats for $99 headphones ($70 in savings). Best Buy is dropping the price of the iPad Air by $100 and the iPad mini 3 by $75 for its actual Black Friday sale.

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  • Much flotsam has floated to the surface over the past few months regarding the as-yet-unfinished Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biographical movie. In late October, Sorkin himself announced that Christian Bale would play the starring role. A week later, “The Batman” bowed out, claiming that he didn’t think he was right for the part. Two days [...]
  • So, this is what happens when a company really does protect the privacy of its customers in the US. The government throws everything but the kitchen sink at you to try to get access to your secrets. Ever since Apple CEO Tim Cook explained in an open letter that, with iOS 8, “Apple cannot bypass [...]
  • In light of last year’s class-action lawsuit, where Apple was investigated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for its in-app purchase transaction policies, the company has been working toward making it as clear as possible that free does not mean free. One easy way of clarifying that for the average mobile device user is to [...]
  • The Telegraph UK [Via: The Verge] recently reported that the godfather of punk, Sex Pistols frontman and current PiL singer John, “Johnny Rotten” Lydon spent more than $15,000 on games and apps for his iPad over a two year period. Cult of Mac also pointed out that, earlier this year, Shaquille O’Neal admitted to the [...]
  • This week, the Human Rights Campaign published its annual Corporate Equality Index, which ranks U.S. based companies on their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality policies. This year, Apple earned the “baker’s dozen” by getting a score of 100 percent for the 13th year in a row. The ratings are based on a survey [...]
  • Walmart today announced that it will be rolling out some of its Black Friday deals one week early starting Friday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 a.m.. The retailer will also match some of its competitions Black Friday deals on 40-inch LED HDTVs, LEGO sets and more. One deal that popped up on Walmart.com is a PlayStation 4 bundle with Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us for only $399.99. This is a great deal considering the console itself retails for the same price, so you're basically getting two games for free.

    iPad Air 2 Black Friday

    As for Apple products, Walmart shoppers will be able to nab a 16GB iPad Air 2 for $489 and receive a $100 Walmart gift card with their purchase. Walmart is also giving away a $75 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 6, and the new Apple smartphone will be available for only $179 with a two year service agreement on Sprint, AT&T or Verizon. The iPhone 5s will be on sale for $79 with a new contract.

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  • After spending an extremely large sum buying Beats Music, Apple has been running its new streaming business without making any substantial changes. The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is finally going to up its efforts to grow subscriptions by including the service in the default iOS bundle of included apps in 2015. We’ll also [...]
  • In early October, the tech world, and even Apple, was surprised to find out that GT Advanced Technology filed for bankruptcy. At the time, Apple’s response was to focus on preserving jobs in Arizona. “We will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps,” said Apple spokesperson Chris Gaither. [...]
  • At this point, coming up with new, interesting stands for the iPad is getting harder. It seems like it has all already been done. There are cases made out of old life rafts, stands made out of LEGOs, and bidets with iPad mounts attached to them. Today, Griffin Technology announced a partnership with Rail Yard [...]
  • While we search around for new and interesting do-it-yourself projects, sometimes we come across interesting ideas that make use of unusual materials. If you are looking for ideas for handmade holiday gifts, or just want to make something special for yourself, why not make a copper pipe stand for your iPad? This DIY stand was [...]
  • When Apple first announced its upcoming wearable computer, a lot of speculation was made as to which apps would be available right out of the gate and which companies would have to wait until later to be able to design a companion app for the tiny screen. We saw a handful of possibilities flash onto [...]
  • Over the past few years, we’ve come to find that consumers prefer online shopping to in-store buying during the holiday season. Additionally, since the iPad launched in 2010, mobile shopping has grown exponentially. With the addition of Apple Pay available on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as for online with the iPad [...]