J.D. Power Names Amazon as Number One in Tablet Customer Satisfaction Survey

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Every six months, J.D. Power performs a survey where more than 2,600 tablet owners are asked about their tablet experience with a device they have owned for less than one year. Volume 2 of the 2014 study was just released. According to J.D. Power, Amazon’s tablet ranked number one.

The results of the survey taken between March and August of 2014 shows that Amazon ranked highest in the categories of “Ease of Operation” and “Cost Factor.” Apple ranked second place, while Samsung took third. Both tech giants “performed particularly well” in the categories of “Performance” and “Styling and Design Factors.”

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: iPad Baby Stroller

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Since Halloween is only a few days away, this will be our last costume-related DIY project spotlight for a while. We’ve had fun, but dressing like an iPad after Oct. 31 is just plain weird. Today’s costume is for your baby’s stroller. You may have figured out everything you need to look the part for trick-or-treating, but finding that perfect costume for your baby can be the hardest part, especially if he or she doesn’t like wearing hats or shoes… or clothes.

This funny and simple project to turn your baby’s stroller into an iPhone or iPad comes from Whitney Moss at RookieMoms. The original project is for the iPhone, but they looks so similar these days that you could argue that it is either.

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Waterfield Unveils Rugged Outback Slip Case for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

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Waterfield has been one of our favorite iPad case makers for years. The company’s high quality craftsmanship and eye for design makes every one of their products eye-catching. This year, with the launch of Apple’s newest iPad line, Waterfield has released a newly designed Outback Slip Case specifically designed for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Luckily, they are nearly identical in size to their predecessor, so owners of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display could take advantage of these new products too.

The Slip Case has that worn in look, complete with minor scuffs. The thick, waxed canvas will help keep your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 safe from accidental scuffs. The grain leather accents make it look like something Indiana Jones would protect his iPad with.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Rocket Ranger

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In the early 1980s, an art-deco style hero showed up in the pages of our childhood comics. The Rocketeer stared a young pilot that stumbled into his crime-fighting career when he discovered a rocket-propelled jetpack that could send him flying. Excited about the possibility of flying around with jetpacks, we fell in love with the character.

By the end of the 1980s, around 1988, Rocket Ranger was born. While not an exact replica of our beloved Rocketeer, the game’s creator obviously had an affinity for the jetpack-wielding super hero.

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Apple Replaces iPad Air That Was Destroyed By NASA Antares Rocket Shockwave

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Earlier this week, news reports came in that an unmanned rocket ship that was headed to the International Space Station with supplies for the crew exploded on takeoff. There were no human casualties, but one bystander off in the distance lost his iPad when the blowback of the explosion sent it into the swamp below.

Out of the kindness of their hearts, staff at the victim’s local Apple Store decided that, although the tablet was not covered for such an accident, they would replace his iPad Air with a brand new one for free.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: MIDI over Bluetooth Lets You Wirelessly Control Instruments on Mac Via iPad

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When Apple first demonstrated the integrated things you can do thanks to Continuity on OS X Yosemite, I was excited. You can send and receive non-iOS text messages, make and receive phone calls from your desktop, and “Handoff” works in progress, like documents and web searches.

What Apple didn’t mention is that Continuity would also allow users to connect their iOS device to their Mac wirelessly using Bluetooth LE to control MIDI devices. Thanks to MIDI over Bluetooth, musicians no longer need to connect their iPad to their Mac to control a compatible MIDI instrument.

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ARQ Doc 2.0 Lets You Nest Your Mobile Devices While They Charge

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At this point in time, if you have owned an Apple device for more than two years, chances are you own more than one Apple device. I have six of them. When it comes to charging and displaying your many mobile devices, they either take up space laying all over your desk, or each have a different docking station in a different place, with a different look.

20 40 Design Studio is an accessory maker that works on finding solutions for such a problem. The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the redesigned ARQ Dock. The campaign has already reached its funding goal, so you can preorder one today and get it by early December.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How To Wipe Your iPad Data Before Reselling it or Giving it Away

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By now, if you were planning on getting a new iPad, you probably have. Or, you at least have it on your Christmas list. If you’ve spent the last few years with your old iPad and are now ready to send it out into the wild to be used by someone else, you probably want to make sure that no one has accidental access to all of those pictures, apps, and personal information stored in Safari Keychain.

It doesn’t take much time, but these few steps will ensure that, when you send your old iPad off to your college- aged child (or worse, a stranger), he or she won’t be using your credit cards or posting to your Facebook account without your knowledge.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Opens Up About Equality, ‘I’m Proud to be Gay’

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In an editorial this week in Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO told the world he is gay. The company has long been an open supporter of equality for people of any gender, race, or sexuality. Cook’s decision to publicly announce his homosexuality comes as he has been faced with a desire to do more in support of human rights and equality.

In the essay, Cook mentions a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, who said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” Pondering that question has led him to let the world know that he is gay.

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The Gamers’ Guide to iPad Games Fishes Out the Best Titles for Gamers

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Since the development of mobile devices, and more specifically, the iPhone, gaming culture has changed significantly. People that used to call themselves “gamers” were a very small and passionate community that dedicated much of their waking hours playing video games.

With the popularity of mobile games, so came the popularity of casual games. In turn, many, many more people associated themselves with the gamer community.

When the iPad first launched, it was also considered to be little more than a mobile device dedicated to casual games. However, since the launch of the iPad Air and its 64-bit architecture, tablet games have really begun to push the boundaries of what is possible on mobile devices and gamer games are becoming popular again.

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