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Join This Day In The Rolling Stones – iPad App Review

rsUnless you have been living under a rock since the early 1960′s, chances are good that you have not only heard of the Rolling Stones but that you’ve listened to a few of their songs. Heralded by many as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time, The Rolling Stones have certainly earned their considerable fan-base.

Whether you wish to have ‘moves like Jagger’ or you just want to study and become their most knowledgeable super-fan, This Day In The Rolling Stones is a must-have app for your iPad!

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Can Your iPad Tell You if the End of the World is Coming?

mayanPerhaps the rock band REM said it best when they sang that “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” Or maybe it’s one of the (many) jokes going around that suggests the Myans knocked off early to go for a beer while working on their calendar, stating that if it didn’t get done it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

Some people are panicking, some are ignoring it and some are choosing to have some fun with the whole idea (Kraft Canada has even offered free samples of Kraft Dinner – Macaroni and Cheese for those Canadians who wish to make it their last meal).

But the real question on all of our minds: how can we involve our iPads in this impending doom? Fortunately, we have a few suggestions for you.

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iPad and iPhone Chips Production Expected to Move to a New US-Based Plant

200px-PinkAzaleaWhen you hear the codename “Project Azalea,” the first thing that may come to mind is a James Bond style action movie.

While economic development opportunities on United States soil may be exciting by some measures, the reality of this project is far less mysterious: it is expected that this term is referencing Apple’s efforts to move chip production to North America. If the rumors prove true, New York, California, Texas and Oregon are competing to become home to a “major semiconductor manufacturer.”

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Rumor of the Day: Apple Working Double Shift to Release iPad Mini 2

mini-121024-2We all know there will be a second generation iPad Mini. What we don’t know is when it will arrive. The rumor mill is working overtime today, suggesting that Apple is ramping up their usual schedule and already making arrangements for an updated version of the smaller device.

While no details are known yet regarding what the new iPad Mini will include, though the most talked-about expectation is that it will have a Retina display. Inner workings aside, it appears that one of the biggest changes is that new suppliers are being tapped on the shoulder for assistance –including quite possibly Texas Instruments.

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Rhapsody Finally Comes to iPad

rhapsodyUsers of Rhapsody’s subscription music service will be thrilled to know that the much-anticipated iPad specific app has finally been released! Featuring a catalog with a mere 13 million songs (with new releases available every Tuesday), Rhapsody delivers on their promise to be a premium music streaming service for your home audio systems, or using mobile apps.

If you are new to Rhapsody, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to see what you have been missing!

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Revamped iPad Mini Likely to Have Retina Display

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This isn’t the first time we have heard the rumor that the next version of the iPad Mini will include a Retina display. Most analysts and consumers alike are a little confused as to why the smaller-form-factor iPad didn’t include Retina to begin with– it’s certainly becoming an Apple standard issue feature, seen in the last few generations of the regular-sized iPad and the iPhone (not to mention the recent upgrades to the display options from the MacBook Pro lineup).

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Watch Full Length HISTORY, A&E and Lifetime Shows on Your iPad

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There is good news today for those of you who like to watch television programs on the A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime networks: a new series of apps are now available that “enable users to watch full episodes, full movies and exclusive clips of their favorite A+E Networks programming, including current and previous seasons of Storage Wars and Duck Dynasty on A&E; Pawn Stars and Swamp People on HISTORY; and Dance Moms and Project Runway on Lifetime.”

If you also happen to be a subscriber to Xfinity TV from Comcast, additional content like complete previous seasons is also available.

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Google Maps App Out for iPhone, iPad Version Coming

gmapsOne, two, three… everybody breathe a collective sigh of relief. After much weeping, crying and gnashing of teeth over the replacement of Google Maps with the oh-so-hated Apple Maps, the navigational security blanket has returned. Thank you Google! (for those of you who couldn’t care less and happen to have no issues with Apple Maps, the download is optional so don’t worry about it)

Fortunately for those who loved the old Google Maps app, the new one is much the same. While Google claims to have started from scratch with this one, the most talked-about addition seems to be the turn-by-turn directions –the previous exclusion of which is rather ironically the feature that Apple claims as the reason for migrating away from Google’s mapping product to begin with.

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FCC Asking Apple’s iMessage to Suppport Text-to-911

fcc-logo_white-on-blackEarlier this month, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that there were plans to “accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployments expected in 2013 and a commitment to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014.”

The logical extension of this service has been proposed as a requirement today: extending this service to include iMessage-to-911. But, will it work?

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Zynga Brings Free 3D Person Action Adventure to Your iPad in Horn Free – iPad App Review

hornZynga is a name that is fast becoming synonymous with mobile gaming, handily delivering smash-hit after smash-hit for iOS-based devices. For those gamers who love adventure-based 3D titles, Horn has become one of the most beloved and impressive high-definition games available. If you are apprehensive to spent USD $6.99 on a game before you have had a good chance to evaluate it, consider grabbing Horn Free!

Blurring the lines further between iOS gaming and console gaming, Horn Free is every bit as beautiful and engaging as the developers promise.

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