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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 TV Continues Content Expansion – Adds PBS and Yahoo to Lineup

Downton-AbbeyWhen Apple first launched the second-generation Apple TV, there was plenty of speculation as to whether the company would make the set-top box into an App Store compatible device. There is a limited amount of storage space in the unit that led tech followers to speculate that there was more to come for the “hobby.” They were right.

As the years have gone by, Apple has added more and more channels to its line-up of streaming media possibilities. Most recently, HBO Go, Disney, and ESPN have become available channels. Today, Apple has signed on with two additional media providers to add even more content to Apple TV. Yahoo Screen and PBS now have apps for watching content directly on your television set.

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Seems the Wi-Fi – Only 32GB iPad mini with Retina is Your Best Bet for Availability at Apple Stores

iPad MiniSince the new iPad mini with Retina quietly launched last week, there really hasn’t been any hubbub for overwhelming sales. At the time, in-store pickup options were limited.

However, there have not been any 48-hour sellouts like there was when the first generation model launched last year. It appears that Apple has finally caught up with demand. Either that, or the tablets just aren’t as popular as they used to be.

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Apple Working on Bigger iPad – Suppliers Set to Release 12.9-inch Display Next Year

Image Courtesy of BrianKane.net

Image Courtesy of BrianKane.net

The rumors of an “iPad Maxi” or “iPad Pro” have increased in the past few months. Only two weeks ago, Chinese-language tech website PadNews claimed to have information that Apple would be launching a 12.9-inch tablet in 2014. A few months ago, Macotakara had reported that display maker Quanta was working with Apple on the design of the pro sized screen. Now, Korea-based Korea Times has information from an unnamed source at Apple’s biggest supplier of iPad parts (company not named) is currently in production of a 12.9-inch Retina display to be used in the new iPad.

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Steelcase’s New ‘Gesture’ Chair Designed for iPad and iPhone Users

Gesture 2The world is changing. Technology is changing. The way we sit has been drastically altered because of it. When you are at your desk, do you sit upright with your arms at a 45-degree angle at all times? Maybe while you are typing on your computer you do. But, what about when you are texting, checking something on your iPad, or are deeply engrossed in a lengthy blog post? Chances are, you are not practicing good posture techniques. This can lead to back and neck pain. Steelcase has come up with a solution.

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Analysis Shows Apple’s App Store Clearly Ahead of Competition

appstore-131118-1Research firm Pfeiffer recently released a report on app store maturation that compared Apple, Google, and Amazon. The report, “2013 App Store Maturation Shootout,” showed strengths and weaknesses from all three. However, Apple still won out over its competitors by a landslide.

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Nation’s Oldest General Interest Magazine, Harper’s, Now Available on iPad

Harpers 1Harper’s Magazine released its first issue in June of 1850 and quickly sold out of every single issue of the 7,500 copies made. The publication has featured such literary greats as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Hunter S. Thompson. Politically-charged contributions from Seymour Hersh, Noam Chomsky, and Howard Zinn have peppered the pages of this distinguished magazine.

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iPad Air’s Display Packs More Colors than new iPad mini Retina

AnandTech DisplayWhen Apple told the world that the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display would finally be fitted with the same technology, it made the higher price of the smaller sized tablet justifiable. Both now have 2048 x 1536 screen resolution, which actually makes the iPad mini the highest pixel density of any Apple product. They both have the A7 64-bit processor and M7 co-processor. They both have a 720p HD video front-facing camera and a 1080p HD video back-facing camera. They share the same battery life. Finally, the iPad mini finally is every bit the iPad, only smaller. Or is it?

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Apple Makes a Move to Acquire PrimeSense – Kinect Style Motion Detection Coming to iOS

PrimeSenseApple added an “M” chip to its newest line of mobile products. The M stands for motion. The chip is a motion processor that collects sensor data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to track your movement. This bit of tracking technology is great for noting how many calories you’ve burned while walking around, or how fast you were riding down the bike trail. However, it is not a motion sensor in the way that, say, Microsoft’s Kinect is. You can’t use it to capture your movement while playing video games.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Bring Back Thicker Fonts to iOS 7

iOS 7 Bold Text Font How To 1Welcome back to another of our weekly tips and tricks column. Each week, we offer advice and tips on how to make your iPad work to its fullest potential. Your Apple tablet does not come with an instruction manual. However, there is a lot to learn about it. Especially when Apple updates to a new operating system. iOS 7 has had the biggest change in that everything looks completely different.

Last week, we told you how to teach Siri to pronounce your friends and family members’ names properly. Finally, you won’t be rolling your eyes anymore when Siri mispronounces your mother-in-law’s first name (how embarrassing).

This week, we have a tip for getting the iOS 7 default font to look more like the iOS 6 default font.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Makr

makr 4The App Store has a huge influx of new apps every Thursday. Actually, there is a huge influx every day, but it is particularly big on Thursdays, some of us in the tech media world call it “New App Day” because our inboxes fill with press releases, letting us know about new launches. Thursdays are also big because Apple resets the App Store with a new App of the Week and a new set of Editor’s Choice titles. Last week, Apple spotlighted Rayman Fiesta Run for it’s entertaining and action-filled adventuring.

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