• Apple Pay continues to expand to additional service providers and online retailers with Amazon joining the group less than a week after Apple Pay went live. While the overall success of Apple Pay is still unclear, the addition of Amazon signals that the biggest players in the online marketplace are satisfied with it and willing [...]
  • Although not the first in the series of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) games, San Andreas was certainly the most popular. Ten years ago, the fifth installment in the hyper-violent driving game made its debut. Today, Rockstar Games has launched a special discount price on its three GTA titles in the App Store. Starting today players [...]
  • In 1984 Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis made a movie that would go down in history as arguably the best comedy sci-fi film of all times (so far, at least). The Ghostbusters franchise has grown beyond its original film and sequel and 30 years later, it is still a beloved story of friendship, [...]
  • As expected, the photo editing application Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) previewed at its 2014 iPad media event was released this week. Pixelmator is available now on the App Store for the introductory rate of $4.99. The iOS version was specifically designed from the ground up for the iPad, and it was built to take advantage of the faster hardware found in the iPad Air 2. The app includes advanced but simple to use photo editing tools to easily enhance and correct images on your iPad. Here's the App Store Link.

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    Here are the rest of this week's most noteworthy iPad app releases for 10/19/14 to 10/25/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is RGB Express - Mini Truck Puzzle. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/30/14. Also don't forget to check out our weekly App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.

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  • It appears that the events surrounding Apple relationship with sapphire glass manufacturer GT Advanced Technology is finally coming to an end. Yesterday, we learned that Apple plans to let the fledgling company out of its contract in exchange for a repayment of the $439 million it borrowed to equip the Mesa, AZ plant. Today, Apple [...]
  • A few days ago, rumors began swirling around that Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale was tapped to take on the lead role in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming biopic adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs.” I scoffed at the notion. Bale has been in such cerebral sci-fi films as “Equilibrium” and physiological thrillers as “The Machinist.” He [...]
  • When I’m in an unfamiliar town and looking for a gas station or a place to get a bite to eat, I open Google Maps and search for businesses nearby. I even use the service to plan out things to do while on vacation. I use Google Maps because it has way more retailer information [...]
  • One of my favorite events to take place after Apple launches a new device is the step-by-step teardown that iFixit does on these brand-new devices. Not only do we learn a lot more about the inner workings of Apple’s mobile devices, but the team has a great sense of humor and their insight is simply [...]
  • Earlier this week, research firm Greatfire.org made some pretty bold claims against the Chinese government. In a report, the organization accused the government of being behind a recent iCloud man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on users. Chinese officials vehemently denied the accusations. Today, State-run news organization Xunhua reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top [...]
  • The award-winning Mac app that Apple previewed at its October keynote is now available for the iPad. Pixelmator has been rebuilt from the ground up specifically for iOS 8 and Apple's tablet. During the iPad demo at Apple's keynote, developer Aidas Dailide said that the photo editor is 2x faster on the iPad Air 2 thanks to Apple's new A8X processor.

    Pixelmator

    Pixelmator is an advanced photo editing application that features professional effects, templates and tools that allows users to enhance images on the iPad. The app supports advanced image editing with layers and files such as PSD, JPEG, PNG, PDF and more. The app also supports iCloud Drive and Handoff, so users can open their edited images in other apps and work seamlessly between their iPads and Macs. Other features include the ability to add text to images, painting tools, one-touch color correction tools and so on.

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  • There are a number of delay effects apps available on the iPad, many of which are only part of a synth app that has many more effects alongside. Most of these apps are designed with the older iOS theme in mind. That is, they tend to look more like a real effects pedal and less [...]
  • Apple’s newest, thinnest, and fastest tablet is now shipping. As of yesterday, a handful of reviews have begun pouring in and the overall consensus is that it’s fast. Thanks to the upgraded A series chip, plus the tri-core processor, and lets not forget the coveted 2GB of RAM, the iPad Air 2 has managed to [...]
  • Yesterday was the first game of the 2014 World Series of Major League Baseball (MLB). It was also the first full day that Apple Pay was available on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The MLB media department (MLBAM) announced that Apple Pay would be available in both AT&T Park in San Francisco and Kauffman [...]
  • After bringing its online game Pokémon TCG Online to the iPad, The Pokémon Company has released Camp Pokémon to the App Store. The game is aimed at toddlers more than older Pokémon fans, but its release shows that the Nintendo subsidiary is willing to embrace mobile devices.

    The game encourages children ages 6-8 to "discover the amazing world of Pokémon" by participating in activities on a Pokémon-themed island. The app features six games for children to play to sharpen their Pokémon trainer skills. The activities include Poké Ball Throw, Find the Pokémon, trivia and more. You can see all the activities in action in the trailer posted above.

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  • Yesterday, GT Advanced Technology and Apple, Inc. met in court to decide what to do with regards to the former’s sudden bankruptcy filing earlier this month. The two companies have agreed to dissolve the partnership with GT Advanced required to sell off its production furnaces in order to pay back the $440 million it owes [...]
  • In my rental house, there is a light switch by the front door that turns the porch light on and off. If I want to light the living room, I have to walk all the way to the farthest corner where the floor lamp is. There is no other switch in that room. It would [...]
  • Primate Labs recently released a new Geekbench report via Twitter showing the performance of the A8X processor chip housed inside the iPad Air 2. According to the results, Apple’s latest tablet is the fastest iOS device around. Plus, the iPad Air 2 is faster than any other tablet on the market by a significant amount, [...]
  • Halloween is only about a week away. By now, most people have already, at least, figured out what their costume will be. If you are still trying to figure out what your youngling should wear, how about decking him out in the latest iPad Air 2 fashion? This project for a child-sized iPad Halloween costume [...]
  • Yesterday, Apple held its quarterly earnings meeting where the company’s CEO and CFO told investors how things are going. CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri gave additional details as to why the iPad is not a sinking ship and basically said the media should stop making up tales of the apocalypse when it comes [...]
  • The iPad is an amazing product! New models are more powerful and have additional bells and whistles, but even the original iPad is still so revolutionary that people continue to use it for surfing the web, checking email, and reading books. My new iPad Air 2 is arriving on Friday and yet most of my [...]
  • Just as Apple launches their new mobile payment service, a news report comes in that a group of hackers in China may have figured out a way to gain access to personal log in credentials for iCloud. Chinese research firm Greatfire.org claims that the “man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attack comes from the Beijing government. According to Reuters, [...]
  • With the launch of iOS 8, users were finally able to take advantage of third-party keyboard apps as the default on their iPad. I’ve tested about a dozen of them and love all of the special features they come with. The connection is still a bit buggy and needs some polishing, but it is still [...]
  • Yesterday, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, which included such features as OS X Yosemite Continuity, iCloud Photo Library, and the much talked about Apple Pay. The reviews are trickling in from tech writers that have tested it in the wild. Although there have been a few expected hiccups, the overall consensus is, “wow.” The next [...]
  • Zagg is now accepting orders for its invisibleSHIELD screen protector for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The invisibleSHIELD is a well trusted film that protects your iPad's display from scratches and abrasions while adding no unnecessary bulk to your device. It comes with a lifetime warranty and it is "engineered from advanced Military Grade technology" with "Nano-Memory Technology that allows it to self–heal" when damaged, according to Zagg.

    iPad Air 2 Screen Protector

    If you order now Zagg will ship your invisibleSHIELD immediately, which means it should arrive before your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3. Both of Apple's new tablets are expected to start shipping later this week (around 10/24/14).

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  • Apple has added some pretty cool features between its mobile and desktop operating systems. The Continuity category makes it possible for users to access “Handoff,” send and receive text messages from non-iOS devices, and make phone calls on the Mac and iPad. Until iOS 8.1, I was unable to access the features of Handoff. I [...]
  • There seems to be some confusion about Apple Pay now that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has released iOS 8.1. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 do support Apple Pay, but they do not support in-store purchases. Only the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone 5 or later can make in-store payments. Neither the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 ship with the Near Field Communication antenna that is required to utilize the Apple Pay readers coming to more than 220,000 retail locations.

    Apple Pay iPad

    iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 owners will be able to use Apple Pay and Touch ID to make online and in-app purchases when they begin shipping later this week. For example, you will now be able to pay for stuff within an app, like the Apple Store, by just placing your figder on your Touch ID. This eliminates the need to type in your App Store password every time you want to make an in-app purchase.

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  • Apple just finished its quarterly earnings call relating to the fourth quarter 2014. It was no surprise that the company made huge profits over last quarter thanks to record sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. At the same time, the Mac market proved to be the most successful quarter on record for Apple [...]
  • With the release of iOS 8.1, Apple makes its mobile payment service available on compatible devices. If you already have an iPhone 6 or 6Plus, or if you’ve preordered your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3, you’ll be able to take advantage of Apple’s convenient mobile shopping experience. In the past, research has shown [...]
  • At 10:00 a.m. PT, Apple rolled out the next big update for its mobile operating system. After downloading iOS 8.1, users will be able to access iCloud Photo Library as a public beta, continuity features will allow users to send and receive text messages from non-iOS devices on their iPad and Mac, and Apple Pay [...]
  • Today at 2:00 p.m. PT, Apple will hold its quarterly earnings meeting with investors and analysts. Traditionally, the company lays out the numbers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer sales, offers a rundown of profits for the quarter, and gives guidance for what to expect in the coming year (finance-wise, not new products). Ahead of [...]
  • The music industry is in flux right now. For decades, the music-buying world was easy to please. The only way to get you favorite tunes was to buy an album or single. Whether it was vinyl, tape, or CD, record labels were in control. With the advent of downloadable music, things have changed and record [...]
  • Now that Apple’s new tablet has been introduced, it is time to decide whether one should upgrade or stick with the current tablet. Of course, your decision to upgrade must be your own. However, for those of you looking for advice on whether to upgrade or not, we’ve got some opinions on the matter. The [...]
  • Believe it or not, Rovio is at it again with another Angry Birds mash-up. This time, the famous bird and pig duo is outfitted with giant robot gear. With a bit of a throwback theme, the Angry Birds have been redesigned with a 1980s vibe. Step back in time as Autobirds join forces with Deceptihogs [...]
  • There are hundreds of different types of music instruments in the App Store. You can pretend to strum a guitar, tap out the beat on a virtual drum kit, and even recreate the sounds of the traditional Indian Shehnai. There are apps for synthesizers, keyboards, and samplers. You can record performances, connect multiple apps to [...]
  • If you have already pre-ordered or are considering pre-ordering an iPad Air 2, then now is the time to sell your older iPad model. Companies such as Gazelle and Next Worth are fighting over your used iPad and trade-in values are at an all time high! For example, Gazelle is offering an extra $20, opposed to Next Worth's additional $10, on any iPad traded in that has a value of $75 or more through October 31st. Even if you're on the fence about upgrading or selling your used model, you can lock-in a free quote now and take up to 30 days to make up your mind. This way you can take advantage of the current trade-in values that will decrease once the iPad Air 2 starts shipping later this week.

    Gazelle iPad Air

    Selling your old iPad is easy, just visit Gazelle.com and select the device you want to sell. Select one of the three options "Broken," "Good" or "Flawless" and receive your trade-in quote. If you're happy with the quote, click the "Get Paid" button to lock it in. Gazelle will send you a free USPS or FedEx shipping label and will quickly review your device once you ship it in. If your device matches the condition you specified Gazelle will pay you via Amazon gift card or through Pay Pal. If your device does not match the condition you specified Gazelle will issue you a new trade-in quote. You will then have 5 days to accept the new trade-in value or have your device returned to you free of charge.

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  • In the midst of the big news from Apple this week there was a smaller announcement which made me even more happy! CBS has long resisted joining popular services such as Netflix and Hulu+, which means you are at the mercy of their website to view some of the most popular content on television after [...]
  • With all of Apple’s big updates to the iPad Air, the company conspicuously left off a new feature that, if used correctly (or with evil intent, depending on the side you take) could make switching carriers as simple as changing your shoes. Apple added something called an “Apple SIM” to the new line of tablets. [...]
  • As you already know Apple (NYSE: AAPL) this week held its next-generation iPad keynote in Cupertino, California. During the event Tim Cook and his team unveiled the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. The company also showcased some third-party editing apps on the new iPad Air to demonstrate what its new A8X hardware is capable of doing. In case you missed the event or needed a reminder, the first app was Pixelmator. The award-winning photo editor is currently available on the Mac Store for $29.99 and it will be available on the App Store for the iPad in a few weeks.

    Pixelmator

    The second app showcased at the keynote was Replay. This app allows users to easily turn their photos and videos into movies even if they don't know anything about editing. Replay is available now for free on the App Store. It requires iOS 7.1 or later and runs four times faster with Apple's A8X chip. The entire iPad event and app demonstrations are now available to watch on Apple.com.

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  • At yesterday’s media event, Apple announced a small, but awesome update to the iPad Air 2’s screen. The Retina display will be coated with an anti-reflective process that will make sun glare much less of an issue. Today, reports coming from the supply chain claim that the anti-reflective coating is causing yield rate issues that [...]
  • Apple announced the new iPad Air 2 yesterday and it is another large jump forward for tablet technology. It has all of the obvious improvements such as being thinner, more powerful, and having a better camera, none of which by themselves justify trading in your current iPad Air. The features which make this new product [...]