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Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite

Capture Stunning Images of Birds with Bird Photo Booth and iPad — iPad Gear Review

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Last December, Bird Photo Booth exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal by over twenty percent. Now this one-of-a-kind iOS photo accessory is available for purchase from the company website. I love birds, and was excited to test Bird Photo Booth to see if I could capture any unforgettable shots of my back yard visitors. While there is a bit of a learning curve, I found that not only does Bird Photo Booth take great pictures, but it’s also very entertaining to use.

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Dutch to Roll out 11 iPad-centric ‘Steve Jobs Schools’

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Lots of schools across the US and elsewhere have begun to integrate the iPad into school curricula on an experimental basis, dipping a collective toe in the pool of digital knowledge. There’s nothing tentative about the iPad-centric, utterly digital “Steve Jobs Schools” that will open this August in the Netherlands. Children aged 4 -12 who attend school in the town of Breda will work at their own pace through paper-free curricula via an iPad.

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First-Ever PLAY-DOH App Brings Learning and Fun Together — iPad App Review

playdohappPLAY-DOH is a timeless childhood toy that just debuted on the iPad. With PLAY-DOH Create ABCs, children can take PLAY-DOH practically anywhere and enjoy a mess-free virtual version of the real stuff.

While this app doesn’t replace the tactile experience of making noodles with the Fun Factory, it does a very good job of translating PLAY-DOH to iOS. The app is the first in a planned series of kid’s edu-apps from Hasbro and developer PlayDate Digital, and, based on the strength of this app, I look forward to seeing what else is forthcoming from this partnership.
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The Surprising Story Behind the Inception of iBooks

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According to Eddie Cue, Apple’s senior senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, who testified yesterday in Apple e-books trial, Steve Jobs did not initially back the creation of Apple’s iBooks. In 2009, prior the the iPad’s release, Cue first approached Jobs about the idea, but discovered that Jobs thought the Mac and iPhone wouldn’t lend themselves to use as reading devices. It wasn’t until the iPad was on the horizon that Jobs reconsidered.

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Apple Claims 20% of US e-book Market

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During the ongoing Apple e-book trial, US v Apple, Apple’s e-book market director, Keith Moehrer testified that Apple holds 20 percent of the US ebook market. In the trial, which began at the beginning of the month, the Department of Justice has accused Apple of colluding with book publishers over the price of e-books sold through iBooks.

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IBM Set to Serve Up 2013 Wimbeldon Matches via New iPad App

wimbledonKeeping up with Wimbledon, pro Tennis’ most storied tournament, will be easier this year thanks to IBM and the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), who plan to release an iPad app that is sure to enhance the tennis viewing experience for fans throughout the world.

The app, whose release is still pending app store approval, will be free to download. It promises to bring the user closer to the on-court action than ever before. The app’s interactive UI allows the user to track matches on specific courts, so he can a specific player through the tourney.

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iPad has Sparked a Revolution – Study Finds One Third of Americans Own a Tablet

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A new survey conducted by Pew Research Center’s Pew Internet and American Life Project revealed that, for the first time, more than a third of Americans own a tablet computing device. According to the survey 34 percent of Americans over the age of 18 now own an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire. This figure dwarfs last year’s 18 percent ownership percentage, showing that tablet adoption is still on the rise. When Pew bagan tracking tablet ownership in 2010, only 3 percent of the target group owned a tablet.

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Apple Makes it Official: iTunes Radio Coming This Fall

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Though we were all disappointed that a new iPad model wasn’t revealed during yesterday’s WWDC Keynote Address, Apple finally officially announced that the release of iTunes Radio this fall. This free radio streaming service will work across platforms, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as Macs and Apple TV.

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Apple’s iRadio Service is Ready to Launch – All Three Major Music Labels are Onboard

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Apple’s iRadio service took another step toward release readiness as Sony cut a deal with the Cupertino-based tech giant. Sony Music Group was the last of the big three music companies to take this step, which paves the way for Apple to announce plans to release iRadio at the upcoming WWDC next week.

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It’s a Spoon! It’s a Stylus! Umbra’s iSpoon is Fun and Functional

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For more than 30 years, household goods maker Umbra, purveyor of the famous Karim Rashid “Garbino” waste can, have spruced up every day items with an infusion of modern design sensibility, and often humor, that never interferes with the item’s usefulness. One of Umbra’s newest offerings, the ispoon kitchen stylus, which was designed by Jordan Murphy, is an example of just such an object.

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