Apple Keeps Full-Press on Wearables by Courting Swiss Watchmakers

iWatch Mockup

iWatch Mockup

The so-called “iWatch” is practically an official product in Apple’s future. The company has been rumored to be looking for fitness experts to help develop possible health software for a wearable computer. There have also been reports that Apple is looking into solar power to charge the battery on a watch like device. Today, the Financial Times is reporting that Apple has been headhunting designers at luxury watch companies.

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Foxconn Continues to Ride Profitability on iPhone and iPad Sales

foxconnFoxconn is widely known as the manufacturing building where much of Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices are born. While the parts may come from a variety of suppliers, the final product is assembled at the Taiwan-based mega plant. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Hon Hai Precision, the parent company of Foxconn, saw a 13 percent increase in profit in 2013, bolster mainly by record iPhone and iPad sales.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Little Big Adventure

Little Big Adventure 3In 1994, EA Games and Activision launched an exciting fantasy game about a boy, Twinsen, who goes on a journey to find his true destiny as the hero of the inhabitants of Twinsun. The young magician goes on a quest to stop Dr. FunFrock from turning his world into a slave planet. This week, that epic adventure was ported to iOS so the world can again help Twinsen fulfill his destiny as the savior of his planet, only this time, you can take it with you where ever you go.

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Microsoft Announces Office for iPad, Freemium Download, Available Now

Office for iPadToday, Microsoft held a press briefing where they discussed the future of the company under the “Mobile First, Cloud First” campaign. In addition to demonstrating a number of services the company has to offer for end users, developers, and IT professionals, Microsoft officially announced that Office for iPad is available now in the App Store. Even more exciting, the suite of productivity apps is free to download.

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Patent Reveals Apple working on Smart Cover with Keyboard

Smart Cover with Keyboard 3Within months of the launch of the first ever iPad, it became popular knowledge that Apple’s on-screen keyboard, while good for simple typing, was basically useless for people who want to use it for writing documents. Since then, dozens, if not hundreds, of third party accessory makers have come out with a variety of iPad cases featuring a keyboard. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent from Apple, originally submitted in September of 2012, for a Smart Cover that features a keyboard.

The patent, simply titled, “Cover for Electronic Device,” describes a protective covering that covers both front and rear surfaces of both a tablet computer and an associated keyboard.

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Russian Government Drops iPad Usage over Hacking Concerns

Russian Government iPadAgence France-Presse (AFP) [via: Google News] is reporting today that Russian government officials have turned in their iPad tablets in exchange for Samsung devices under fears that Apple’s security protocols do not live up to their standards.

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m.phase DAW Remote Finds Perfect Balance of Simplicity and Power

m.phase

I am a big fan of developers that find new ways of doing things in the face of tradition. A new app called m.phase is a perfect example of throwing caution to the wind by changing the fundamental way that you can interact with your music production software.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Become a Musical Pro with Better Ears

wiki-ipadOne important talent that a good musician has is “an ear” for music. Some have the talent naturally, others have to learn it as a skill through exercises and training sessions. If you are one of the lucky people that is naturally talented, I’m jealous. If hitting the right key doesn’t come easily to you, check out Better Ears for iPad for a healthy dose of musical training.

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Winter is Coming, Game of Thrones Ascent is Now Available in the App Store

Game of Thrones AscentNow that George R.R. Martin’s hit series “A Song of Fire and Ice” has been turned into one of the most exiting television shows since “The Wire,” I’ve become completely obsessed with everything related to A Game of Thrones. If it has anything to do with any character in Westeros, you can be sure I’m interested. Today, Kongregate and HBO announced that the popular Facebook title “Game of Thrones Ascent” is now available on the iPad.

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Joe Danger Infinity Adds Daily Challenges, iOS 7MFi Controller Compatibility

Joe Danger Infinity 4Joe Danger Infinity was given Apple’s Editor’s Choice award in January. The wacky, action-packed arcade stunt game lets players race along toy chest-themed backdrops using an assortment of collectable characters and cars. This week, the app received a major update that brings daily challenges for a new game every day. Plus, Joe Danger Infinity is compatible with iOS 7 MFi controllers, so playing the game is more exciting than every before.
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