US President Barack Obama recently announced $750 million in corporate commitments to get students in the public school system wired into the future through a new technology program called the “ConnectED” initiative. Apple is doing their part for the program by pledging $100 million in iPad devices, computers, and other tools.
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In three days, the 2014 Winter Olympics will begin. Leading up to the big event, sports writers focus on profile stories on some of the top athletes. Recently, Yahoo Sports profiled a couple of members of Tea USA. According to the article, both Patrick Deneen and Billy Demong use the iPad in connection with a $5 app during training.
Moshi Monsters has made its way across The Pond and into the U.S. App Store. If you or a youngster you know plays the game, they can now build their own Moshi Monster Village for free on the iPad.
I have to admit, I’ve never heard of the tiny monsters or their enormous impact on PC gaming in the UK. The game’s creator, Mind Candy, claims to have more than 87 million registered users across 150 countries. Not too bad.
Mind Candy released the village building app in the U.K. in December and generated 250,000 downloads within its first two weeks. Clearly, I’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years.
Case maker Dodo is always thinking of something different to cover your iPad. The company made a huge hit with its original book style case. In 2012, the company opened up the design process to users, so anyone could customize the perfect DODOcase for their personality. The have even teamed up with Pan Am to produce iPad cases that look like a mid-century pilot’s log.
What makes the DODOcase stand out is the way it is made. The San Francisco, CA based company employs traditional bookbinding techniques to create each handcrafted cover. Today, the company launched a beautiful love-themed cover that will make the woman in your life swoon.
A few years ago, research firm Canalys decided that tablets should be considered PCs instead of fitting into some other mobile device category, or being separate from everyone else entirely. Because of that, Apple skyrocketed to become the number one PC seller in the world. This year, thanks to a decline in traditional PC sales, the iPad helped the category maintain growth that would have otherwise not existed in fourth quarter of 2013.
On Sunday, The New York Times published an article regarding Apple’s attempt to create a better battery. Not only does the iPad maker want a power source that will last longer, but plugging in is no longer an option. This morning, Gigaom published an article that suggests that Apple’s new iWatch will be solar powered. Plus, the wearable computer will come stock with a new “Healthbook” app that the company plans to launch in its next big mobile operating system update. Both bits of future technology would be a great addition to the iPad, but will Apple spend the research and development effort to integrated those features in future tablets?
Apple’s iconic flagship computer celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Last week, the company updated the website with a video showing the history of the Macintosh over the years. Around the same time, tech bloggers were predicting that Apple would participate in this year’s Super Bowl, the way it did 30 years ago. No “30 years of Mac” advertisement made it to the multi-million dollar airtime space.
It happens to all of us. Sometimes, the mistake is harmless and just makes us look like we are bad at grammar. Sometimes, iOS’s autocorrect feature gets us into deep trouble, or just makes for a very funny joke. This week, we are going to show you how to turn off the autocorrect feature on your iPad so that, when you are quickly typing those iMessages and emails, you won’t accidentally hit send before correcting, “Can you give me a rise to the shaping mall?”
The week has refreshed and so has the App Store. Every week, Apple puts up a handful of apps and games under various spotlights. One such spotlight is the Editor’s Choice. Last week, Apple put In Fear I Trust on the front page of the App Store. Have you managed to escape yet?
This week, Apple has noted the release of Launch Center Pro for the iPad. This productivity app makes it possible for you to perform actions on your iPad with one tap. No more opening an app, going to a section, tapping a function. You can redirect actions into Launch Center Pro for quick use.
One look at the iPad Air and you can easily tell how Apple was able to make it so much thinner than every previous iPad. The landscape bezel is significantly slimmer. The reduction in finger space is well worth the cost to have a lighter tablet. However, the missing edge can cause accidental actions in some instances. Personally, I’ve only noticed that error once or twice in the past few months. It has happened, though. According to a new patent from Apple, there may be a time in the future when the iPad will shrink even smaller in size and the bezel won’t even be an issue thanks to smart sensor technology that would detect whether the screen was being touched for action, or simple being held.