Category: iPad News

PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Add Widgets to Notification Center in iOS 8

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By now, there have been at least a few hundred apps that have been updated for iOS 8 with dozens of them including the iOS widget feature. You may have noticed some of your productivity apps touting their ability to be seen at a glance in Notification Center. However, if you don’t add them, you won’t see them. We’ve got a quick tutorial to help you get those widgets onto your lock screen so you can perform actions with your apps without having to open them.

The widgets allow third-party apps to send content to Notification Center in iOS 8. Users can then pull down from the topmost portion of the screen to see what is going on in Today view, and even interact with some apps. For example, Wunderlist allows users to check off tasks that were listed in the to-do widget.

All apps that have been updated with the feature are already sitting in the Today view of Notification Center. However, they are hidden until you manually add them to your list.

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AppleWatch Said to Pack 4GB for Storage, Need Nightly Charging

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When Apple first announced its upcoming line of watches, one thing that was left out of the spec list was RAM and storage capacity. It is pretty clear that Apple still has a lot to work out before telling the world what the new device will do. One persistent analyst tracked down some information that may be true. At least, it sound reasonable. The Apple Watch, according to some in the supply chain, will come with 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM.

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Apple Reportedly Adding HomeKit Features to Apple TV


Apple’s newest mobile operating system comes with more new features than we can possibly cover in one afternoon. We are also finding out on a daily basis what unmentioned new activities we can accomplish thanks to iOS 8. One of the new software development kits that Apple made available is HomeKit, which allows third-party developers to create apps for smart hardware that can be linked with the iPad and iPhone so users can perform such tasks as turning off lights and locking doors. Forbes recently claimed that Apple TV now has access to HomeKit, as well.

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Apple Tops ‘Coolest Brands’ List, Making it a Three-peat for the Company

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Another round of valuable branding surveys have hit the street. This one is from Britain-based CoolBrands. According to the company’s research, Apple – for the third year running – has topped the list of most valuable brand. Right behind the tech giant is luxury carmaker Aston Martin, followed by Nike in third place.

CoolBrands’ survey, which is made up of 2,000 British consumers, as well as 37 trend-setters, showed that, of the top 20 ranked brands, 13 of them stayed in the running while the likes of Twitter, Prada, Adidas, and the BBC’s iPlayer all fell out of the ranks.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Set New Record with 10 Million Sales

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This past weekend saw the launch of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. From the long lines that were reported around the world, it was clear that Apple’s newest smartphone would be a big deal, and it was. This morning, Apple released the numbers and the combination of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales set a new record for weekend launch sales.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Plunder Pirates

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Ahoy there, matey. It is time to hit the big blue and explore new lands, invade pirates’ lairs, and build the most awesome hideaway ever. If you’ve ever wondered how fun it would be to set sail on a pirate adventure, this game will give you a taste of the wildlife, but also remind you that there is work to be done.

Plunder Pirates is a building game that allows players to create the perfect pirate island. Mine for gold, brew grog, and recruit pirates willing to travel far and wide, taking what they want in every port.

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iPhone 6 Plus Teardown Reveals Massive Battery, 1GB RAM

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Before Californians even woke up this morning to stand in line for the new iPhone 6, iFixit already meticulously took apart the new iPhone 6 Plus. What they found was no surprise, but it sure does look fun. The tinkering team managed to get their hands on a gold model and watching them tear it open and surgically remove its guts is nothing short of beautiful.

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Apple’s FaceTime May be in Jeopardy as Patent Infringement Suit Comes to Light


Apple gets accused of infringing on technology patents a lot. Mostly, we just hear about Samsung slinging the accusations, but due to the broad nature of tech patents that have been approved in the past, it is very easy for a company to claim that it had the idea first. For example, I could have patented an idea for a device that can be taken out of the home and used for communication with others and then claim that everyone with a cell phone infringed on my patent.

OK, so it’s not quite that broad, but you get the idea.

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Tim Cook Makes Special Appearance at Palo Alto Apple Store

Image Courtesy of Jacob Jimenez via Twitter

Image Courtesy of Jacob Jimenez via Twitter

As Apple Fans in Palo Alto, CA were shuffling into place, bleary-eyed from a long night of sidewalk posting, they were treated with a sight that made their sleepless line-sitting experience all worth it. CEO Tim Cook unlocked the front doors of the retail store for the first iPhone 6 buyers at 8:00 a.m. PT this morning.

An appearance from Cook to Apple Fans is tantamount to Star Wars fans seeing George Lucas at a movie premier. Or well, it would actually be more akin to seeing J.J. Abrams, if you really want to argue semantics. 

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Revive the Apple Fanboy Phenomenon

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As of yesterday at 3:00 p.m. PDT, lines outside of Apple retail stores around the world had reached epic proportions. It has been a while since a new iPhone has created such a frenzy. It appears that Apple is back in business as über fans are participating in the line-sitting experience again.

As a member of “geek culture,” I’ve sat in my fair share of lines for premiers of “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings” movie premiers. I’ve also been up at the wee hours of twilight to stand in hours-long lines for various iOS devices.

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