New Research Shows iPad Air 2 is Three Times Less Reflective Than Competing Tablets

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When Apple announced the new iPad Air 2 earlier this month, all eyes were on the fact that the tablet now sports 2GB of RAM and the fastest processor chip around. Apple did mention that the tablet’s screen now has an anti-reflective coat, which makes it 50 percent less reflective than the iPad Air. According to DisplayMate, not only is the new tablet even less reflective than that, it is also three times better than any competing tablet on the market in terms of glare.

I can still remember when the iPad first came out. In 2010, Amazon had the leading e-reader on the market. Although the two devices were in separate categories, Amazon kept comparing its e-reader to the iPad. One of the features Amazon touted in its comparison was that users did not experience the reflection glare on the Kindle that iPad owners did, which was true at the time.

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Rite Aid and CVS Disable Apple Pay at In-Store Payment Systems Nationwide

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Last Monday, Apple launched its mobile payment service for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices across the US. Apple Pay might be the first successful service of its kind thanks to its security and convenience. However, some companies don’t want to be on board with Apple’s new near-field-communication payment options.

Over the weekend, both Rite Aide and CVS actually went so far as to disable Apple Pay on their payment systems, even though it was previously usable on their NFC devices.

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

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During Apple’s October media event, the company invited a handful of developers on stage to demonstrate how fast and smooth their apps worked on the new iPad Air 2. One of those demonstrations was for Pixelmator for the iPad. The app has been very successful on OS X, but the iPad version was still in the works until last week.

Pixelmator for the iPad is an imaging editor that lets you add a plethora of enhancements, effects, and filters to your pictures. From frames and basic shading to multiple layers and painting tools, this app has just about everything you would need to turn your snapshots into something spectacular.

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Steve Jobs Pushed for Video Relay Services for the Hearing Impaired in 2010 Thanks to an Email Request

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In 2010, when Apple first provided FaceTime to the world on the iPhone 4 one small company dedicated to bridging the communication gap for hearing people and the deaf and hard of hearing decided that they wanted that for their services.

CSDVRS, dubbed “Z” for short, was recently honored at this year’s Tampa Bay Business 100 awards ceremony. The event highlights the 100 largest private companies in Tampa Bay.

In his speech, CEO Sean Belanger detailed how he went about help from Apple for offering the video relay services (VRS) through Facetime. He was working with the program independently, but was struggling with how to merge the feature with the service.

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Tim Cook’s Talk with China About Security ‘Very Open,’ Apple Pay Priority in the Country

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/China Daily

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/China Daily

Just days after Greatfire.org reported that China’s iCloud was being hacked and accusing the local government of backing the attack, Apple CEO Tim Cook was already on his way to a meeting with Vice Premier Ma Kai. Although the iPad maker did not comment on the accusations against the Chinese government, Apple did acknowledge that it was aware of “intermittent organized network attacks.”

Today, an interview with Cook in China’s State-run Xinhua news agency revealed that Apple is hoping to make Apple Pay a big thing in the country. Read More »

iPad mini 3 Teardown Also Reveals NFC Chip, Possibly used as Secure Element Chip

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Our favorite DIY repairs website, iFixit, recently dismembered the brand new iPad mini 3. While 99 percent of the teardown is no surprise, it turns out the smaller screen tablet inexplicitly also features a near-field communication (NFC) chip. After discovering the chip in the iPad Air 2, speculation arose as to what Apple might have in store for the future of its mobile payment service and its tablet line.

The same NXP 65V10 NFC Controller that is in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and recently discovered in the iPad Air 2, is confirmed to be outfitted in the iPad mini 3. Just like its bigger brother, there is no NFC antenna, so the chip will not work for touch less purchases in retail stores.

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Yahoo! Publishes Top Ten Tablet Searches – iPad Dominates

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I don’t know how many people still use Yahoo! as their primary search engine but in an article recently published by Marc Saltzman of Yahoo! Shopping, we learn that iPads are highest on their list of tablet searches above everyone else. Which of the three available iPads top the list? The iPad Mini is the number one tablet searched for by visitors to Yahoo.com.

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Amazon Adds Apple Pay to its Rewards Visa Credit Card

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Apple Pay continues to expand to additional service providers and online retailers with Amazon joining the group less than a week after Apple Pay went live. While the overall success of Apple Pay is still unclear, the addition of Amazon signals that the biggest players in the online marketplace are satisfied with it and willing to let customers take advantage of the secure new service.

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GTA Trilogy On Sale for 40 Percent Off to Celebrate San Andreas 10-Year Anniversary

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Although not the first in the series of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) games, San Andreas was certainly the most popular. Ten years ago, the fifth installment in the hyper-violent driving game made its debut. Today, Rockstar Games has launched a special discount price on its three GTA titles in the App Store.

Starting today players will be able to save 40 percent or more on Rockstar Game’s three iOS GTA Titles, including San Andreas, Vice City, and GTA III.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Ghostbusters Pinball

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In 1984 Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis made a movie that would go down in history as arguably the best comedy sci-fi film of all times (so far, at least). The Ghostbusters franchise has grown beyond its original film and sequel and 30 years later, it is still a beloved story of friendship, love, and ghosts.

Ghostbusters Pinball is a lovingly designed pinball game for iOS that would have made the best arcade game ever, if it actually existed in real life.

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