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

Getting a new iPad? Best Ways to Sell Your Old One

iPad for Sale

Apple is hopefully about to announce the next generation of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display at its big media event. If you’ve already decided you are going to upgrade, you can soften the blow to your pocketbook by selling or trading in your old model.

We’ve got a list of some of the best places for trading in your old device, hassle-free, plus the one place you could actually make a decent dollar on your used tablet if you are willing to take the risk.

Our list references the 16GB Wi-Fi only model of iPad Air for a basic breakdown. Obviously, your make and model will vary, but the descriptions will give you an idea of the best way to get the most for your efforts.

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U2 Admits Free, Forced Download of New Album Wasn’t a Smart Move

Bono U2

On Sept. 9, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2 front man Bono, announced to the world that the music group’s new album, Songs of Innocence” would be given to every single iTunes account holder for free. In the somewhat vague instructions Cook recited, he noted that it is in your iTunes library and all you have to do is play it in order to keep it in your playlist.

Excitement quickly turned to outrage is iOS owners realized that U2’s new album was not just available to them for free, but already on their device, without their permission. It didn’t take long before Apple created a new tool that would let people “give back” the album, permanently removing it from their iTunes account.

In an interview conducted on Facebook yesterday, U2 answered fan questions about their lives and experiences. Early in the interview, on fan commented on the free album debacle, to which Bono politely replied, “Oops, sorry about that.”

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Supplies of Next Generation iPad Air to be Limited by Component Shortages

iPad Sold Out

All signs point to an unveiling of the iPad Air 2 at Apple’s media event tomorrow. We are hoping the new tablet will be on store shelves by Oct. 24. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there may not be enough to go around.

According to a research note supplied to Cult of Mac, Kuo told investors to expect the second-generation iPad Air at tomorrow’s media event. However, supplies of the tablet “will be quite limited early on.” Kuo expects Apple will only have between seven and nine million units available. Apple shipped 12 million first-generation iPad Air units last year.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Moving Picture Wanted Poster for Harry Potter Costume

DIY Harry Potter Costume 1

One of the neatest ideas I remember reading about in the Harry Potter series of books was the idea that pictures moved. Interestingly, it took less than a decade to make that fiction a reality. Instead of newspapers with stationary black-and-white pictures on them, we can read the same news story on our iPad and watch videos of the events at the same time.

Today’s DIY project is in honor of my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween. If you are planning on bringing back the Harry Potter costume and want a fun way to “wow” your friends, this moving Sirius Black “Wanted” poster is sure to turn their heads.

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iPad Air 2 Set to Ship October 24

iPad Air 2

Tomorrow is the big day. Around hear, we are betting that Apple will unveil a new model of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. It’s practically a given. What’s less of a sure thing is when the new tablet line will be ready for purchase. According to unnamed sources speaking with Mac Rumors, the next-generation of iPad will be on store shelves Oct. 24.

Mac Rumors is reporting that Apple is preparing for tomorrow’s event by “shipping mass quantities of a new product into the U.S.” Although it is not known what that new product is.

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August Smart Lock Soon to be Available directly from Apple Store

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When I go out of town, I have to ask a friend to stop by my house to take care of my cat. I know I’m not the only one passing keys around to whomever can help out. I’ve handed out house keys to so many people that I can’t even remember who has them anymore.

August Smart Lock is a HomeKit compatible deadbolt that electronically locks and unlocks your front door so that you can send a virtual key to anyone at any time. You don’t have to he home to let your out-of-town guest in. You don’t have to drop off your spare key to your friend before leaving town. You don’t have to worry about hiding a key under the mat, risking theft by a criminally minded opportunist.

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Apple Watch Faces Adoption Hurdles with Europeans

Europeans Smartwatch Survey

The security of Apple Pay is regularly questioned. The public is still reeling from the stolen celebrity iCloud-stored nude photos fiasco. Even as government officials are calling Apple’s mobile operating system “too secure,” it is an uphill battle for the tech giant to convince the world that their data is safe. Today, market research firm GfK released a report showing that the Apple Watch may not be a big hit in Europe mainly due to the fact that consumers aren’t interested in using a mobile device to pay for goods and services.

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New iPads Drive Revenue Growth for Component Manufactures

Casetek Holdings

You might say that the Apple ecosystem contributes to a worldwide improvement in the economy (although Finland’s prime minister would say different) since there are so many ways in which companies around the globe see the financial benefits of working with the iPad maker. Today, DigiTimes is reporting September revenue growth directly relating to orders from Apple for components for the next generation of iPad.

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Skype Launches Video Messaging App Qik

Skype Qik 5

I regularly Skype with my uncle, my nephew, and my friend that lives in Japan. It is fairly easy to ring up my nephew at any time. My uncle has a weekly calling schedule. My friend in Japan, however, is usually asleep when I’m ready to talk, so video calling can be a bit of a problem. Skype just launched a new video messaging app so you can send a clip to your friend without having to be in touch with them in real time.

The idea behind the creation of Skype Qik is that not everyone wants to, or is able to participate in a video call in real time. Sometimes, you just want to send a clip of friends that got together for dinner saying “hi” to a sick buddy, or get video of a celebrity that you know your mom would be screaming at if she saw in real life.

With Skype Qik, you can capture and share a moment with a group of friends and family without having to be there at that moment.

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New Info Suggests Next-Gen iPad mini Will Be Ready For Thursday’s Media Event

iPad Air and iPad mini

Apple’s next media event is only a few days away. Traditionally, the October gathering involves all-things iPad. Many rumors have bubbled to the surface involving the second-generation iPad Air, including claims that the tablet will feature 2GB of RAM. However, most of the buzz surrounding the iPad mini with Retina display involves its refresh being postponed until sometime in 2015.

A new report from Mac Otakara claims that the next-generation iPad mini will indeed be ready for launch this Thursday, Oct. 16.

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