PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: iPad Speaker Buddy

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I’ve been listening to NPR One for many hours through my iPad Air (yes, I know the app isn’t optimized for the iPad, but that doesn’t change the sound quality). Basically, I’ve been listening to the app from the moment I found out it existed until right now while writing this article. One thing I noticed is that talk radio is much harder to hear clearly than music without some kind of extra help on the iPad. I just connect it to my UE Boom and I’m ready to go. However, not everyone has a fancy Bluetooth speaker on hand. Sometimes, you have to work with what you’ve got.

Today’s Do-it-yourself project spotlight comes from EnergyHandyman and we found it on one of the best places on the Internet for DIY projects of all kinds, Instructables.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Dark Ages Part 2 Now Available on iPad

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PopCap is on a roll with adding more and more updates to the sequel to its popular castle defense game. Drop your seeds and grow poison-spewing plants that knock the medieval zombie king right off his thrown in the Plants vs. Zombies 2’s latest content update, just released this week.

Dark Ages Part 2 features 10 new medieval themed levels, filled with a variety of mushroom militia and knighted undead. In addition to the new plants added in Dark Ages Part 1, there are two new plants, Peanut and Magnet Shroom.

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NPR One App Personalizes your Public Radio Listening Experience

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A few months ago, Apple added an NPR channel to iTunes Radio, which includes rebroadcasts of popular segments and shows like “All Things Considered.” Prior to that, you could find your local station by listening to NPR News from the iPad app, or you could stream shows from the official website. Now, in addition to the NPR News app, NPR News and Culture on iTunes Radio, and the official website, you can now get a personalized experience with a new curated app.

NPR One is a streaming media app that combines NPR’s national segments with local news reporting to bring you a personalized on-demand experience.

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Researchers Warn Almost all Android Devices Prone to Attack Allowing Hackers to Steal Personal Information

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Last week, security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski made some hefty claims that iOS devices are vulnerable to attack due to undocumented surveillance services that Apple has included in its mobile operating system. Apple quickly refuted the claim and made those services more transparent for those suspicious of their intent.

This week, Bluebox Security came out with a report claiming that Android phones are vulnerable to attack through an uninspected certification process, which allows hackers to access payment history, account credentials, emails, and more.

The way both companies handled the accusations are completely different. Although each has a valid reason for why they approached the issue the way they did.

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Indie Developer Reveals How Hard it is to Make a Living as an App Developer

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Being a writer in the iOS industry, I meet a lot of indie app developers. I can tell from correspondences with these hard-working men and women that creating an app or game, for at least a period of time, is their life and their passion. Many developers put their friendships on hold and families in the backseat. All of the sleepless nights pay of on one single day, the launch day.

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By This Time Next Week, You’ll Need Facebook Messenger To Chat in iOS

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Until recently, I didn’t waste time with two different apps for Facebook communications. The official app works just fine for checking in, reading your timeline, and chatting with others. The only reason I ended up downloading Facebook’s Messenger app was to have faster, less distracted communication with my band mates who use it exclusively to communicate.

However, I still enjoy having the chat feature inside the Facebook app. When I’m browsing my friends’ status updates, I can easily talk with buddies who just want to say “hi.”

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Madefire Motion Books & Comics

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This past weekend, San Diego played host to tens of thousands of comic book collectors and celebrity chasers alike. We are big fans of comics around here and even have a list of apps that will help get you through Comic Con.

This week, Apple also celebrated San Diego Comic Con by making Madefire Motion Books & Comics the App Store Editor’s Choice. Not only can you download and read hundreds of digital versions of print comics by indie distributors like IDW, Valiant, and Top Cow, but you can also experience the new trend in the industry, motion comics.

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Federal Judge Who Ruled Apple Violated Antitrust Law is Unhappy with Settlement Agreement

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Earlier this month, Apple’s settlement agreement in its antitrust case was made public. Although nearly half the price the prosecuting judge was originally seeking, the settlement appeared to be reasonable as the Department of Justice agreed to it.

Last week, the ruling judge in the case, Denise Cote, publicly noted in a teleconference on the matter that she found some portions of the settlement “most troubling,” including the stipulation that Apple may only be required to pay $70 million if the appeals court reversed her findings.

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European Union Approves Apple’s $3 Billion Beats Acquisition

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When Apple announced plans to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion, the only real hurdle was whether the world would consider the merger to be a monopoly of sorts. If federal or international regulators found that the Apple-Beats union would create an unfair leg up against market competitors, the acquisition would not have been able to go through.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Create Different Signatures for Email Accounts

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Most people have at least two different email accounts these days. Typically, the average person has a personal email account and a work-related email account. However, some have many more. There is the throwaway spam catcher, the eBay or Craigslist responder, and the secret one that no one else knows about. You get the idea.

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