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Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik

Apple iTunes Radio Streaming Music Service Adds NPR Channel

NPR AppToday is a big iTunes and iTunes Radio news day. We learned that Apple is considered making iTunes Radio a standalone app. Then, it turns out we may be paying more for digital downloads starting in 2015 thanks to changes in VAT law in the UK. Now, it turns out that Apple has added the hugely popular news source National Public Radio (NPR) as the first news channel available on the streaming audio service.

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The Cost of Digital Downloads May Rise in 2015 Thanks to Changes in VAT Law in UK

itunesRight now, the average cost to download a new song in the UK is £0.99. Thanks to recent regulation changes by Chancellor George Osborne, the cost to download a new song in the UK could shoot up by as much as 20 percent by 2015. A new law has been passed to ensure that the value-added tax (VAT) rate is enforced across the globe.

According to The Guardian, Osborne recently announced that he would use this year’s financial bill to impose a new law that would ensure that Internet downloads are taxed in the country where they are purchased.

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Apple Considering Making iTunes Radio a Standalone App With a Subscription Fee and Android Compatibility

itunes radio on ipadSince its launch in September 2013, iTunes Radio has skyrocketed in success, outpacing even Spotify in popularity. At the same time, U.S. digital album sales are down 13 percent and individual track sales are down 11 percent. According to Billboard, Apple is thinking of turning iTunes Radio into something more akin to Spotify and even making an Android app so that more mobile device users can get in on the action.

While sales of digital music have been on a downturn, revenue from streaming services has taken an upturn. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, streaming services generated $1.4 billion in subscription, advertising, and licensing revenue in the U.S. in 2013, up 39 percent from the prior year. Music downloads were down 3.2 percent overall to $2.9 billion.

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Apple Wants Comcast for Apple TV Improved Streaming Video Service

AppleTV2It looks like we’ve gotten a little big closer to the truth about Apple TV. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that unnamed sources claimed that Apple is talking with Comcast about a streaming television service that would let the set top box have special treatment to bypass Web congestion, making content from the cable provider faster, clearer, and unaffected by public Internet use.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple wants to allow users to stream live and on-demand programming from Comcast via Apple TV, as well as store digital-video recording in iCloud.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Reduce Visual Stress in iOS 7.1

iOS 7.1 accessibility 3When Apple completely redesigned its mobile operating system, one thing the designers didn’t take into account was the effect the new features would have on some more sensitive iPhone and iPad users. One huge complaint that arose was the feeling of nausea, severe headaches, and other forms of visual stress. Since then, Apple has made some minor adjustments to reduce overall effects of motion sickness and visual stress.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Monster Legacy

Monster Legecy 2We’ve gone over this before. Nintendo is not going to budge. There is no way we are going to get games like Legend of Zelda or Pokemon in the App Store. Instead, we should stop dreaming about the past and move on with our lives and invest in new games. Oceanhorn will satisfy your desire to play puzzle based RPGs and this week’s Editor’s Choice winner may just give you something new to catch.

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‘Camera Plus’ Now with iPad Support, Use iPhone as Remote with AirSnap

Camera Plus 14Camera Plus is one of those popular photography apps that has been around for years. It had a rough start, but has since improved in quality, design, and features. The most recent update brings with it two major features that lets you take pictures on your iPad remotely using your iPhone as the trigger.

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HEXBUG Fans Can Now Race Electronic Insect on their iPads With ‘HEXBUG Havoc’

HEXBUG HavocI have to admit, every time I go to my local toy store, I see those cute little creepy-crawly micro robots and think, “I’m gonna get one of those.” So far, I’ve talked myself out of it. I am, after all, a grown adult with no kids of my own. What would my peers think? Today, the toy’s creator, Innovation First International, announced the imminent launch of a new racing game that lets fans of HEXBUG race their favorite mechanical creature.

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Rovio Releases Frost New ‘Angry Birds Go!’ Sub-Zero Episode

Angry Birds Go Sub ZeroYesterday was the first day of spring. For some, it means the icy streets will finally begin to thaw. For others (like Californians) it means the drought will be sticking around for a while longer. For Rovio, it means “winter is coming.”

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iDog Clinics Use iPad to Teach Dogs to Read

iDog ClinicWe all know someone like it. That person who buys Halloween costumes for their dog or brings their pet with them literally everywhere they go (literally). Maybe it is a friend. Maybe it is a family member. Maybe it is you. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that there is such a thing as a course on teaching your dog how to use an iPad. Because there is.

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