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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

iOS Users Spend More Time Using Apps Than Android Users

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It’s no secret that iPad owners love their apps. Whether you prefer to spend time with indispensable social media, gaming, and weather apps or prefer to seek out mind-broadening educational offerings, there is something for everyone on the App Store, whose offerings run broad and deep. A new report from Flurry Analytics confirms their popularity isn’t just anecdotal, as the company recently reported that iOS users spend more time with apps than Android users do.

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Is Apple’s New Music Streaming Service Almost Ready?

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Though we’ve yet to hear an official announcement from Apple on whether the company plans to launch a Pandora-esque music streaming service as early as next week, the company’s actions offer a few tantalizing clues.

The New York Times reported yesterday that Apple’s streaming service, dubbed iRadio by tech writers, will be free (yay!) and ad-supported (le sigh). Apple’s been hard at work securing the necessary rights from music labels. Thus far Warner Music Group struck a deal encompassing recorded music rights and music publishing rights, while Universal Music Group’s deal is only for recorded music rights. Apple and Sony are still at the table.

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Acrylic Stand Turns Your iPad into a Rotating Billboard

ipadblbrdWhether you are selling your wares as a craftsperson at an open market, attending a trade show, or marketing a small business, this sleek, modern iPad stand adds pizazz to any display by turning your iPad 2, 3, 4 or mini into a rotating billboard.

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Twitter iOS App Update Makes Tweeting Pictures a Snap

tweetphoto2Still smarting over Instagram and Twitter’s parting? Social media savvy shutterbugs will be happy to learn that Twitter’s most recent update speeds up photo sharing from within its iOS app.

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Bridging Book app Blends Physical and Digital into Single Reading Experience

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Digital? Print? Book lovers don’t really care; we just want more books. A digital-print combo, however, is certain to capture our attention. Portugal-based engageLab unites the two modes of reading with Bridging Book, and app that allows the reader to turn the pages of a printed book while, through the magic of magnets, the app follows along, extending the book into the iPad’s screen.

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Video While You Work with MirrorCase for iPad — A Successful Kickstarter Project

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Students or professionals who use the iPad to record video while note taking know that this variety of multitasking requires more than a little juggling on the part of the user. RHP Multimedia’s MirrorCase for iPad plans to solve this (decidedly first world) problem, and they’ve turned to Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds to produce this useful iPad accessory. MirrorCase lets you use the rear camera while the iPad is in the horizontal position, affording the notetaker a chance to record while he writes.

While the MirrorCase has already bested its modest 5K goal by more than 50 percent, the funding period ends in less than two days! There’s still time to back this project and get your own MirrorCase as soon as it’s ready to market and for less than MSRP.

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Apple Drops Prices on Refurbished iPad 4th Generation and iPad Mini Models

ipadrefurbIf you’re looking for a deal on a 4th Gen iPad or iPad mini, check out the recent price drops on Apple certified refurbished models. A buyer can save 15 percent on most models. This is the second time Apple has dropped prices on refurbished tablets. The first set of mark downs came in March 2013, as these tablet models arrived in Apple’s refurbished store for the first time. All of Apple’s refurbished products come with a 1-year warranty, so you can buy with confidence.
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Shazam Updates App, Adds TV Auto-tagging & Charts to iPad

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Shazam, the popular music identification app, just got a major update. Shazam is now a universal app, and it offers some cool new features for the iPad. The user can now auto-tag songs, view real-time top track charts, and check out top tags from TV shows, friends or by geographical locations including countries, cities, and neighborhoods.
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Get Your iPad Mini Ready for Summer with new Waterproof Case from LifeProof

lifeproofLifeProof makes cases for real people. The company’s iDevice accessories are water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof, so whether you want to take an iPad out on an outdoor adventure, or you’re just worried about dropping it, these sturdy cases will protect your tablet. LifeProof’s newest case, which will be available for sale next month, will protect the iPad mini that is slim and sleek, yet allows access to all the important device buttons.

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Ex-Intel CEO Admits Not Building the Chip for the iPhone and iPad was a Huge Mistake

iPhoneThe Atlantic recently profiled Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who ceded his post after 8 years helming the renown chip maker. Yesterday was Otellini’s last day in the office. Though his Intel colleagues, and even former rivals, like AMD CEO Hector Ruiz, were willing to praise Otellini’s accomplishments, the man himself admits that he could have done even more for the company had he agreed to make chips for the iPhone prototype.

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