Apple has made it very easy for you to send a special app to someone through App Store gifting. Not only can you directly send an app, but you can also buy a friend an iTunes gift card, right from your iPad. Plus, now you can set up an allowance to make it possible for you to give the gift of apps all year long. Apple has finally made gifting a digital book from the iBookstore possible. You can finally get your dad a digital copy of Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story.
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Welcome to another edition of our weekly music column. Each week, we test the mics, tune the guitars, and search for new and interesting apps and accessories for musicians and music lovers. We try to offer well-rounded content that is useful for new musicians and pros, active performers and basement rock stars, and all around fans of everything music related. Last week, we told you about IK Multimedia’s new iLoud speaker. If you are having a holiday party this year, the iLoud can supply the music.
This week, we are taking the volume down a few decibels with a smaller, more compact, Bluetooth speaker that would be a great gift for the college student in your life.
A few years ago, rumors began to swirl that Apple was working on a smaller screened tablet. At the time, I scoffed at the possibility. Apple wouldn’t dream of making a small iPad. According to former CEO Steve Jobs, a 7-inch screen would be “dead on arrival” because no one would want it. Jobs was wrong about consumer desire and I was wrong about Apple.
This year, the rumors are beginning to swirl that Apple is working on a larger screened tablet. As the year draws to a close, more bits of information is leaking out and it is causing me to rethink my initial opinion that an iPad “maxi” would be silly because it is nothing more than a MacBook without the keyboard.
Shortly after Apple announced the new iPhone 5s, chipmaker Qualcomm’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher told TechWorld that the device’s 64-bit A7 processor was nothing more than a marketing gimmick.
The company quickly back out of Chandrasekher’s statement and sent him to the proverbial basement. As reported by HubSpot, it is more likely that Chandrasekher, as well as the rest of the tech world, was just trying to downplay Apple’s super fast processor chip because he was worried about how it would affect the market.
As we inch closer to the big gift-giving day, it is important to remember that a good old-fashioned DIY project shows your friends that you love them just as much, if not more than, a brand new shiny object. Each week, we try to find creative and unique projects that you can make at home for your iPad. Last week, we found a simple pattern for a sleeve that will make your iPad look cool, motorcycle gang cool.
This week, we found a project on Instructables that is pretty much a do-it-yourself version of IK Multimedia’s iKlip mic stand iPad holder.
This year was a very good year for apps and games. We saw fantastic titles, like Fetch, Makr, and Dropchord receive the week’s spotlight for Editor’s Choice. Plus, game companies produced sequels, prequels, and spinoffs of their most popular titles. Today, Apple announced the winners of its annual “App Store Best Of” list and we have a rundown of the top iPad app winners for 2013.
If you are still looking for gift ideas for a new iPad mini owner in your life, Moshi has a great looking sleeve that doubles as a stand. So, you can protect your device with a slim, unobtrusive cover and you don’t have to stuff it in your bag while using your iPad mini.
From visiting PadGadget, you may have noticed that, sometimes, advertisement space seems to directly reflect your recent Internet activity. For example, if you were just looking at socks on Amazon, you may see an ad in the sidebar for socks on sale on Amazon. This type of advertising is called real-time bidding (RTB) and it is used to better target visitors to a website and increase interest in the advertisement.
Google has been offering a service, called AdSense, to publishers on the Google Network that allows for interactive media advertisements based on RTB. According to a recent article from AdWeek, Apple is in the process of doing the same. The focus in 2014 will be on iTunes Radio.
As soon as the iPad mini with Retina display launched, supplies were constrained. It wasn’t as bad as launch sales of the first generation 7.9-inch tablet were, but getting your hands on one usually took about two weeks. Even after you could order one for in-store pickup, most Apple Retail Stores still weren’t letting consumers walk in and buy one.
Today, Apple has updated shipping time of the iPad mini with Retina from five to 10 business days to one to three business days. This comes just in time for last minute shopping for Christmas next week.