Category: iPad News

National Federation of the Blind Praise Apple’s Accessibility Efforts While Asking for More

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On July 5 of this year, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) passed a resolution regarding policies, standards and procedures to ensure and maintain accessibility of App Store apps. In it, the NFB commends Apple for its efforts to make its operating system accessible to sight impaired with VoiceOver. At the same time, the advocacy organization notes that app developers are not required to include VoiceOver support.

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Rumor of the Day: Future iPad Devices May Include Mobile Fuel Cell Technology

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One big complaint from all mobile device users is that battery life is just not long enough. Apple has worked hard to design a battery that is both lightweight, and long lasting. However, the masses are still not pleased. Of course, the company is likely to be always on the lookout for any other method of energy saving possible, even technology that doesn’t yet exist. That’s why a recent rumor from Daily Mail doesn’t seem that far fetched, even if its content is practically still considered science fiction.

According to Daily Mail out of the UK, Apple and Intelligent Energy are working together on a secret project that could bring fuel cell technology to iPhones and iPads.

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Google Brings Popular MMO Augmented Reality Game ‘Ingress’ to iPad and iPhone

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Are you a member of the Enlightened, or the Resistance? If you don’t know what that means, you probably don’t have an Android-based mobile device. Gamers have been saving humanity in one way or another for nearly two years now on Android devices. Today, iOS users can join the fight to either bring on a new era of human evolution or preserve our way of life. Whether Enlightened or Resistance, you can now be a part of the Ingress phenomenon.

Ingress is a massively multiplayer online augmented reality game with more than one million members already. It started in fall of 2012 on Android devices. Players join one faction and fight for their side by creating portals at real life locations near them. Portals are linked by creating a virtual triangulation field. The area within a field is considered to be controlled by the given faction.

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

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If your little one has a hankering for space travel, this paper craft game may be just the right title to trigger an imaginative adventure. Join Polo as he travels across the galaxy from Earth to Tropy in this week’s App Store Editor’s Choice.

Astropolo is a handcrafted group of eight mini games that little ones can play. Each game features a different mechanism, requiring players to interact in a variety of ways with the story’s character.

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Apple Censors Adorably Violent ‘Kawaii Killer,’ Pulls it From the App Store

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Last week, I came across a funny little slash-em-up arcade game that takes a few shots at the overly adorable big-eyed animation trend, while giving gamers a Fruit Ninja style game with interesting mechanics. Only a week later, Kawaii Killer has been pulled from the App Store. According to the creator, Tabemasu Games, Apple’s reason for censoring Kawaii Killers is that “the app is not appropriate for the App Store in its current state.”

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Tweetonig’s ‘Tuna Knobs’ Adds Real Buttons to your iPad

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If you have every used a deejay app or synthesizer app with virtual knobs, you’ll know that fine-tuning the controls can be a real hassle. The physical movement of turning and the virtual 2-D knob are just not compatible. You will oftentimes find yourself turning up when you wanted to turn down, or vice-versa.

Tweetonig aims to solve the problem of poor performance of touch screen knobs with a physical controller that sticks to the iPad screen, giving you a realistic experience.

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Apple’s A8 Processor Chip Said to Be Significantly Faster, More Efficient

A8What do you hope Apple will change with the next generation of iPad Air? It is already about as thin as can be and last year’s redesign made it slimmer than ever. For me, there are three updates I’d like to see. I wish Apple would make the iPad’s camera as good as the iPhone’s. I look forward to the added security of Touch ID. The only other improvement I can possibly imagine is a faster processor chip. Not that the A7 isn’t incredibly fast. However, there is always room for advancements in mobile technology.

Chinese media outlet cnBeta recently claimed insider knowledge that Apple’s A8 processor chip will reach speeds of 2.0 GHz or higher per core. If the rumors are true, Apple’s iOS devices will be the fastest on record by leaps and bounds.

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FTC Goes After Amazon for kids In-App Purchases Issues – Is Google Next?

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The issue with unauthorized in-app purchases goes back years. We first heard complaints from parents back in 2010 when little ones were filling their barrels with Smurfberries. Four years later, Apple had made changes to their in-app policies, and updated the App Store with more noticeable warnings, but the company was still required to sign a decree with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) promising compensation of $32.5 million to qualified recipients, as well as making a few more changes that would ensure consumer’s express consent.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Gargoyle Ruins

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The quirky game development company that first launched Tower of Fortune and later Devil Shard is back with a slightly different decade of retro gaming. While the first two titles focused on the monochrome screen style of mid 1980s mobile gaming, Gargoyle Ruins features colorful characters, a platform design, and graphics that will take you back to playing games on those mini tabletop arcade cabinets.

Gargoyle Ruins is a side-scrolling platform game where players must rescue fair maidens from the greedy clutches of gargoyles. It is the prequel to Game Stew’s first title, Tower of Fortune and features 8-bit art.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Griffin and Algoriddim Collaborate on Pro Quality DJ Accessory

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One of the most important aspects of being a good deejay is the ability to cue up the next song of a playlist so that it blends seamlessly with the current one. A good record spinner won’t miss a beat so that dancers won’t miss a step. One problem with mobile deejaying is that iPhones and iPads only have one output connector, so you can’t play music over your speaker system while simultaneously listening to the next song in your headphones without some kind of splitter.

That’s where DJ Connect comes in. There are plenty of splitters on the market, but this one has an external volume control and dual stereo outputs so deejays have more control and functionality over the music they play for the masses.

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