I’m a big movie nut. I love watching silent films of the 1920s, Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s, and any Disney movie that comes out at any time. In order to stay informed on new movies coming out, I oftentimes check Apple’s iTunes Movie Trailers app. The app was recently updated to include Push Notification for favorite upcoming movie releases. Plus, now you can read critic reviews of films through Rotten Tomatoes integration.
Last week, we spotlighted a simple way to add decorations to your iPad without putting out much effort. The Washi Tape iPad accents idea came to us from travel and photography blogger Agus Yornet. In the process of researching her blog, we discovered another clever and creative way to decorate your iPad accessories with little effort.
This project is for decorating your headphone cord. All you need is at least one color of embroidery thread, although using a few different colors makes it look more interesting.
Popular accessory maker Booq recently announced the launch of their new Booqpad for iPad Air. The company has successfully developed a line of iPad folios that are specifically designed for the business-minded user. The iPad Air case gives professionals a simple solution to secure their tablet while taking traditional pen and paper notes. Your boss won’t even know what you’ve got hidden in your folio until you show off your presentation.
The Booqpad for iPad Air is a tablet case and notepad in one. The multifold cover connects to a polycarbonate snap case using an array of magnets so you can quickly remove your iPad from the folio with little effort.
Apple’s “Your Verse” advertisement campaign has shown the iPad being used by filmmakers, mountain climbers, and more. Today, the company has added another chapter to the Your Verse story. This time, the iPad helps keep track of sports-related head injuries to ensure that, if a player suffers a concussion, he won’t be sent back out onto the field.
Apple scored another victory in the fight for patent domination with Samsung in Japan. Tokyo District Court Judge Koji Hasegawa ruled in favor of Apple and denied Samsung’s claims that the iPhone 4, 4s, and iPad 2 infringe on data patents.
Oh, the App Store. It is both the joy of the iOS user and the bane of our app discovery. Admittedly, the discovery software has improved over the years, but Apple is still sorely behind when it comes to finding new apps and games based on likes and wants. Today, an iOS 7.1 iPhone user unwittingly discovered something new being implemented into an App Store search that may improve discovery.
Apple’s newest mobile operating system is proving to be a particularly popular version. Today, the iPad maker published data pertaining to the overall adoption rate of iOS 7 on its mobile devices over a seven-day period ending Mar. 24. It appears that 85 percent of all iPad and iPhone users are running iOS 7. In comparison, Google’s adoption rate, which was last updated on Mar. 3, shows that only 2.5 percent of Android users are running the most current operating system.
Apple’s App Store Distribution developer support page shows 85 percent of all devices running iOS 7, while 12 percent are still holding out with iOS 6. Approximately three percent of iPhone or iPad users are using iOS 5 or older. The operating system has steadily grown by five percent since January of this year.
Today is a big iTunes and iTunes Radio news day. We learned that Apple is considered making iTunes Radio a standalone app. Then, it turns out we may be paying more for digital downloads starting in 2015 thanks to changes in VAT law in the UK. Now, it turns out that Apple has added the hugely popular news source National Public Radio (NPR) as the first news channel available on the streaming audio service.
Right now, the average cost to download a new song in the UK is £0.99. Thanks to recent regulation changes by Chancellor George Osborne, the cost to download a new song in the UK could shoot up by as much as 20 percent by 2015. A new law has been passed to ensure that the value-added tax (VAT) rate is enforced across the globe.
According to The Guardian, Osborne recently announced that he would use this year’s financial bill to impose a new law that would ensure that Internet downloads are taxed in the country where they are purchased.
Apple Considering Making iTunes Radio a Standalone App With a Subscription Fee and Android Compatibility
Since its launch in September 2013, iTunes Radio has skyrocketed in success, outpacing even Spotify in popularity. At the same time, U.S. digital album sales are down 13 percent and individual track sales are down 11 percent. According to Billboard, Apple is thinking of turning iTunes Radio into something more akin to Spotify and even making an Android app so that more mobile device users can get in on the action.
While sales of digital music have been on a downturn, revenue from streaming services has taken an upturn. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, streaming services generated $1.4 billion in subscription, advertising, and licensing revenue in the U.S. in 2013, up 39 percent from the prior year. Music downloads were down 3.2 percent overall to $2.9 billion.