Category: iPad News

Amazon Unveils Fire Smartphone, What Does it Mean for iOS Users

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Today was a big day for new product announcements. Not only did Adobe launch the new mobile line of Creative Cloud apps, but now Amazon has slapped us in the face with its big surprise, the Fire smartphone. While the hardware itself may not turn heads, one thing that Amazon has that makes it stand out as a worthy competitor in the market is its integrated ecosystem. Users will be able to access lots of content, some of it included with an Amazon Prime subscription.

The phone has a 4.7-inch 720p display and features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM. It connects to AT&T through Global LTE connectivity. The dual stereo speakers are outfitted with Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound. It has a 13 MP real-facing camera with low-light performance and 2.1 MP front-facing camera, both with 1080p HD video resolution.

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Adobe Unveils Stylus and Ruler for Mobile Devices Alongside New Creative Cloud Apps

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Today, Adobe announced the launch of a new line of hardware and software tools dedicated to its Creative Cloud system. At a special Adobe Creative Cloud Keynote address, the company demonstrated a free form drawing app called Adobe Line, a precision drawing app called Adobe Sketch, a masking app called Photoshop Mix, a stylus for Creative Cloud called Ink, and a digital ruler called Adobe Slide (previously called “Project Mighty” and “Project Napoleon” during development). Read More »

KLab Games Unveils Sneak Preview of Age of Empires: World Domination Gameplay


For those who have been waiting patiently for the summer release of the upcoming summer launch of Microsoft and KLab’s Age of Empires: World Domination (AOEWD), the iOS game’s developer recently posted a gameplay preview trailer to whet your appetite for things to come.

Although still no official release date has been announced, AOEWD is due this summer and the one-minute video clip will show some insight into what to expect.

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iPad Mini Gets its Own MFi Controller From Wikipad

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Even though iOS 7 has been out for nine months and Apple has already announced iOS 8, there still aren’t a whole lot of MFi controllers for the iPad on the market. However, at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, accessory makers were showing off their upcoming submissions to the market.

One such company, Wikipad, unveiled its newest game controller that is exclusively designed for the iPad mini. The Gamevice wraps around the 7.9-inch tablet so you can hold your iPad mini the way you are familiar, but you can game like a boss at the same time.

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iOgrapher Video Rig Makes Shooting Movies on your iPad Smooth

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Photography accessory reseller Photojojo just announced that it is carrying the new iOgrapher iPad Video Rig, which is a case specifically designed to make video shooting easier on your Apple tablet. No more shaky camera syndrome or taping a microphone to the back of your iPad. With the iOgrapher, you’ll be shooting in style.

The iOgrapher case is made with a durable outer shell to protect your iPad. It features two handles, one on each side of the landscape mode tablet. The handles make it easy for you to shoot video with a steady hand for less shakes in the final cut. Plus, you’ll have a better grip on things so you can get that risky shot from outside the car window.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: Magnetic Macro Lens

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Finding wide-angle or macro lenses for the iPad are about as rare as seeing an albino tiger in the wild. It seems like most accessory makers want to steer clear of anything relating to photography on the iPad. There is some kind of stigma against using an iPad to take pictures. What these companies are slowly starting to realize is that people do use the iPad to take pictures.

Although I have yet to see a macro lens specifically designed for the iPad, I’ve always wanted one. Macro lenses zoom in super close to a subject, making it possible for you to see the smallest details on objects. Not only does it magnify the subject, it narrows the focus of the picture, creating a crisp, clear close up that makes the image appear to have either been taken by a tiny person, or the subject to have been gigantic.

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Apple Camp for Kids is Back Again this Summer, Creative Creatures Wanted

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Last summer, a friend of mine sent their kids to “Apple Camp.” At this three-day workshop, the eight and 10-year-old girls learned how to make and edit a movie. They also came home with a bunch of Apple Camp swag, which I tried to coax out of them in exchange for some cookies. They weren’t buying my pitch.

This year, Apple is opening up the camp to more content options. In addition to learning how to use iMovie, kids ages eight to 12 will be able to learn how to create their own digital book in iBooks. Campers will be using iPad tablets to draw illustrations for books and edit soundtrack music for movies.

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FiftyThree Updating Pencil and Paper to allow more Expressive Control with iOS 8 Update

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Art hardware and software maker FiftyThree recently announced an upcoming update to its popular stylus, Pencil, which will make it more like a real artist’s tool than anything on the market. Coming in iOS 8, Pencil will feature Surface Pressure, which will allow the user to control the lines created on a digital canvas based on how much of the stylus’ tip is touching the iPad screen.

From the company’s blog, Pencil will receive a software update this fall in conjunction with iOS 8 that will make it possible for users to draw thick or thin lines, shade, smudge, and erase in varying widths on the iPad without having to select a tool from the settings menu.

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Apple Reaches Settlement over iPad e-Book Price Fixing Claims


The long drawn out e-book price fixing lawsuit is reaching the end of its life as Apple has agreed to settle out of court for damages. U.S. attorney Steve Berman, who represented the plaintiffs, maintained that Apple should pay an estimated $840 million, which is triple the amount the company gained from the price fixing collusion between Apple and a number of e-book publishers.

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Facebook Begins Testing Game Discovery Features in Updated iPad App

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When you are using the desktop version of Facebook, you’ve probably noticed some interesting content in your sidebar. Most of the content is related to advertisements, but there are also some suggestions for pages you may like or trending stories. Today, the social networking company announced that game discovery and trending videos would soon be added to the iPad app’s sidebar for our convenience.

According to TechCrunch, more than 70 percent of people who use Facebook on their iPad played a Facebook-connected game in the past 90 days. So, the company is looking to make the two more integrated with the new homepage sidebar, only available on iPad.

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