iPort, the maker of the LaunchPort inductive charging and magnetic mounting systems has just announced two new products for their line of iPad sleeves. Now, you can charge your iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display faster than Apple’s own power adapter. Plus, the new in-wall iPad mount makes the iPad Air fit seamlessly into your wall for space-saving use.
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Today, Facebook announced the upcoming launch of a new app that is both separate from and connected to the social networking site. Paper, a news reader app, does more than aggregates news that you might like. It brings your friends and family’s stories to you.
According to the company’s blog, the first section of Paper will be the user’s news feed, where they will see photos, videos, and long posts. You can customize Paper ton included other sections, including themes and topics, like photography, sports, food, and more.
Now that the iPad has been out for a few years, and is even in its fifth generation, people have started getting used to the on-screen keyboard. You just don’t hear as many complaints about it as you used to. It doesn’t mean Apple improved the keyboard. Other than the way it looks, it hasn’t changed. It is still kind of a pain. That’s why keyboard cases are so popular. That’s one reason Microsoft brags about having a better tablet. Apple’s iPad keyboard is great as a touch screen feature, but not particularly productive.
It appears that this is going to be the year of supercharged versions of IK Multimedia equipment. Not only has the company launched an HD and Pro version of its iconic iRig instrument adaptor, but the iRig KEYS PRO just came out recently, and now the iRig Mic has been updated with HD technology. Last week, we had a hands-on review of the iRig KEYS HD. The big brother keyboard is the perfect companion for the musician on the go, who also wants larger keys.
Dead Trigger was a highly popular zombie killing arcade shooter that was almost as cool as Dead Rising, and you could take it with you on your iPad. The sequel launched in the App Store only a few months ago and has already been spotlighted as one of Apple’s Best of games for 2013. Tens of millions of zombie-killing fans have enjoyed hours of time logged as players engage in real-time Global Resistance missions and battles. The game’s developer, Madfinger, recently updated Dead Trigger 2 with some fun new features and some fantastic new content.
Clash of Clans is one of the most popular free to play games in the App Store. It has maintained its spot in the top ten through much of its year-and-a-half life. The game is loads of fun and fans are willing to dump plenty of cash into winning. The proof is in the fact that it regularly sits high on the list of Top Grossing Apps, as well. Currently, no other free app is also one of the top 10 Grossing Apps.
Today, the game’s developer, Supercell, updated the battle app with tons of new features, including new Hero abilities.
At Apple’s quarterly earnings call earlier this week, CEO Tim Cook admitted that growth of tablet sales in North America had slowed. More than 60 percent of the company’s record-breaking sales were international. According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, worldwide tablet shipments grew to 76.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, which is a 62.4 percent growth from the previous quarter and 28.2 percent growth from the same quarter one year ago. According to the report, growth is down significantly, considering it was at 87.1 percent growth in 4Q12 versus the previous year.
With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, I thought that now might be a good time to get started with heart-themed iPad projects to get you in the mood. Last Valentine’s Day, I found the cutest iPad cupcake tutorial. I was hoping someone out there would improve on the concept with an iPad Air or mini food-related project. We’ll see. Last week’s DIY cutting board iPad stand project inspired me to spend some time in the kitchen this past weekend making Macarons. Let me just say that, it would have been way easier and less time consuming just to make the iPad stand instead.
This week’s project will put you in the mood for love. With a red heart and a purple sleeve, who wouldn’t love this adorable Valentine’s Day themed needle felted iPad cover?
These day you can get monthly subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, streaming movies and television shows, even video games. On the iPad, you can read your periodicals, watch your shows, and play video games until your thumbs are sore. What is sorely missing from subscription-based media is books, books, books. Kids these days need less television and more reading.
Epic! – Books for Kids hopes to do something about that by offering unlimited access to as many books in their children’s book library as you want, all for only $9.99 per month.