Author Archive for Sam

Teacher, writer, composer, and family man. Maker of delicious Halušky. Contact me via Twitter: @Sam_Denver

iOS 7 Helped Me Get My Stolen iPad Back

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On Friday morning my iPad was stolen. Technically I left it on the roof of my car and in a distracted moment I drove away, but by the time I realized what I had done it was no where to be found. I will never know if someone snatched it before I left or if it fell off the roof as I sped down the highway and yet as I write this it is sitting next to me once again thanks to iOS 7, a payoff, and a baseball bat.

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Griffin Release Survivor Slim iPad Air Case


Griffin has released a new iPad Air case which brings their tradition of quality into a lightweight case that is perfect for protecting your tablet at the highest level. If you are tired of lugging around what is supposed to be a super light device just to keep it safe, then this is the case you should look at.

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Apple to Release Public Beta of OS X Yosemite with Powerful iOS Integration

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iOS has been a game changer for Apple and as the devices which run it become more powerful, iOS hasn’t started to look more like OS X, as some surmised would happen, but just the opposite with OS X clearly looking more like iOS with each version. If you are an iPad owner who still uses Windows, however, then OS X Yosemite might be a substantial reason to finally take the plunge into an Apple computer. Our mobile devices are at the center of our lives and Yosemite has the potential to make our Macs the best iOS accessory ever.

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European Commission Criticizes Apple for Misleading Free Apps with In-App Purchases

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Have you ever been browsing on the App Store and seen an app that looks really great and you see that it’s free, but later you realize that the app is going to cost you money with in-app purchases? I can’t speak for everyone but I have started to skip downloading some games that are free on the onset in favor of games that cost a couple dollars with no future strings attached. It turns out I am not alone in this and Apple has been publicly criticized by the European Commission for it’s lack of commitment to resolving in-app purchasing issues.

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Wonderblox Combines Classic Toys with iPad Experience

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A new Kickstarter campaign from Stui showcases a simple, lo-tech method of bringing toy blocks into collaboration with the iPad screen and iOS apps. The campaign is over half way through and is still unfunded, but if you have kids that love using your iPad then you should check it out.

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Future iPads and iPhones Could Automatically Detect if They Have Been Stolen

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A new patent application from Apple showcases a system which tracks user patterns and creates notification when users stray from their normal routine. While this might seem like something the NSA would have thought up, Apple developers are more interested in helping protect users in cases such as theft or loss.

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Apple and IBM Partner to Take on the Global Enterprise Market

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IBM has a strong track record over the years of being both resilient and innovative. If you compare how people look at IBM in comparison with Apple, however, you’ll see a much different picture. In a move that has the potential to shake up the business world, IBM and Apple have joined together in a groundbreaking partnership to bring big data in new ways to iOS.

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Looks Like Apple will Need to Come up with Another Name for ‘Touch ID’ Fingerprint Reading Feature

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The US Patent & Trademark Office finally published a letter originally sent to Apple in May, which explains that the requested trademark on ‘Touch ID’ has been refused because there is the ‘likelihood of confusion’ with Kronos Touch ID. Apple has 6 months from the time of notification to present an alternate solution or change the name.

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Medical Report Finds Some People are Allergic to their iPad

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A case report published this month in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics describes a case in which an 11-year old boy was affected by nickel content in a first generation iPad. Allergic reactions to nickel are not usually life threatening but consumers with Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD) should consider several possible solutions that could help avoid an uncomfortable situation.

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Apple Patent Reveals All Glass iPhones and iPads Could be in our Future

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Apple was awarded a patent this week for a glass fusing process that can be used for both mobile devices and larger monitors and televisions. While we may never see this in a released product, it demonstrates Apple’s interest in alternate designs and it showcases a process which could create very interesting new structures.

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