Los Angeles School District Suspends Troubled $1Billion iPad Rollout

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The Los Angeles school district announced Monday that it was pulling the plug on its contract with Apple and Pearson. The LATimes.com reports that the decision comes “amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.” I found it interesting that the LA Times focused on everything surrounding the issue in this article except one kind of important detail: the students.

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Google Completes Productivity Suite with Slides, Updates Docs and Sheets with New Features

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Google offers a fairly robust document-editing program that is free to anyone with a Gmail account, which is practically everyone these days. The company has already launched two productivity apps for iOS, Docs, which is like Word or Pages, and Sheets, which is like Excel or Numbers. Today, Google has rounded out its line of productivity apps with the new Slides app, which is similar to PowerPoint or Keynote.

Additionally, Google has updated the other two apps with features that allow you to sync with all Google documents, edit offline, and work on Office files without having to convert them first.

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Atom Run Goes Free as App Store’s Free App of the Week

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Every week, Apple collaborates with a developer to drop the price of a title to free in exchange for a spotlight on the front page of the App Store. This week, Fingerlab games made the sacrifice so that we could have the joy of controlling Atom Run for free.

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TSMC Reportedly Working on A9 Chip for Future Generation iPad and iPhone Devices

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Will they? Won’t they? The question continues. Apple has been rumored to be working with Samsung on the A9 processor chip since at least 2013. Even amidst many rumors and speculations that imply Apple has dumped Samsung for the chip-making business, new information points to a continued relationship between the two. Just last month, we heard that Samsung would be making the A9 chip at a manufacturing plant in the U.S., due out in 2015.

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Tickle Will Teach Your Little Ones How To Code, As Easy as Playing With LEGOs

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When I was growing up, it would have been unheard of to think that children could learn how to code computer games. Only anomalies like D.A.R.Y.L. could be capable of such advanced technological knowledge at an early age. It is hard to believe that, within my short lifetime, we’ve gone from computers that take up entire rooms to ones that fit in your pocket. It is also hard to believe that my six-year-old nephew could be more knowledgeable about coding than me.

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King of Fighters Celebrates 20 Years, All SKN Apps On Sale for $0.99

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On Aug. 25, King of Fighters (KOF) will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The popular fighting game first launched on the Neo Geo arcade cabinet in 1994 and spawned a dozen sequels, many of them coming out every year after the first.

To commemorate the landmark anniversary, the game’s developer SKN Playmore is holding a giant sale where every title from the company is only $0.99 for a limited time.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Elevate – Brain Training

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So, just before summer started, or maybe for the New Year, you probably hopped on the exercise bike, renewed your gym membership, or started a regular yoga routine. Why not? Getting fit and staying healthy is important to a long and happy life. But, what about your brain? That mass of gray matter that sits, protected under your thick skull needs regular workouts, too.

Elevate – Brain Training is a training routine for your brain. Users take short tests every day in order to increase their brainpower. Daily training sessions include three challenges that you complete for a boost in activity that feeds your brain.

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SETA iPad Stand Uses NanoSuction Technology to Keep your iPad Secure

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A new KickStarter is proving that their simple stand design is both highly effective and also popular. With 12 days to go the SETA Tablet Stand has met its funding goal, and it continues to find support in all the right places.

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Apple in Talks with Insurance Giants UnitedHealth and Humana Regarding HealthKit

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Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 8, is well on its way to being finalized and ready for the public. The company recently released beta 5 to developers and there is a possibility it will be the last one before the Gold Master, which is the last beta before it launches publicly.

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Over 90% of Apple Devices Run iOS 7 While only 20% of Android Devices use Latest OS

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This July, Apple published another milestone for its current mobile operating system. As of July 26, iOS 7 was running on 90 percent of all iOS devices (currently at 91 percent). A recent report from OpenSignal compares that to Google’s current mobile operating system, Android 4.4, which is only running on 20.9 percent of devices.

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