PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia Announces New iRig Mic HD

iRigMicHD+iph5s+ipad+mac+cablesIt appears that this is going to be the year of supercharged versions of IK Multimedia equipment. Not only has the company launched an HD and Pro version of its iconic iRig instrument adaptor, but the iRig KEYS PRO just came out recently, and now the iRig Mic has been updated with HD technology. Last week, we had a hands-on review of the iRig KEYS HD. The big brother keyboard is the perfect companion for the musician on the go, who also wants larger keys.

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Drink Giant Pernod Ricard Unveils iPad Controlled Cocktail Mixer

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In a project dubbed ‘at-home mixology’, the iPad finds its way into semi-automated drink mixing. The announcement of an experimental cocktail mixer showcases one of the smartest new designs that I have seen in some time. Project Gutenberg is a collection of modular drink containers that are controlled and monitored through an app, which makes the process of mixing drinks more efficient from beginning to end.

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Dead Trigger 2 Zombie Shooter Gets Video Sharing, New Content, and More

Dead Trigger 2 2Dead Trigger was a highly popular zombie killing arcade shooter that was almost as cool as Dead Rising, and you could take it with you on your iPad. The sequel launched in the App Store only a few months ago and has already been spotlighted as one of Apple’s Best of games for 2013. Tens of millions of zombie-killing fans have enjoyed hours of time logged as players engage in real-time Global Resistance missions and battles. The game’s developer, Madfinger, recently updated Dead Trigger 2 with some fun new features and some fantastic new content.

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Felix Releases Simple Yet Versatile FlipStand for iPad

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After opening their doors in 2012, Felix has proven that they have something to offer the iPad accessory market. Their latest offering builds on the same craftsmanship and creativity that they’ve shown in the past by creating a product which is simple to use and still very flexible. The FlipStand is best at being a stand, but also functions as a protective case. The biggest catch? It currently isn’t available for the iPad Air.

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Hit iPad Game ‘Clash of Clans’ Adds New Hero Abilities and Game Features

Clash of ClansClash of Clans is one of the most popular free to play games in the App Store. It has maintained its spot in the top ten through much of its year-and-a-half life. The game is loads of fun and fans are willing to dump plenty of cash into winning. The proof is in the fact that it regularly sits high on the list of Top Grossing Apps, as well. Currently, no other free app is also one of the top 10 Grossing Apps.

Today, the game’s developer, Supercell, updated the battle app with tons of new features, including new Hero abilities.

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Automatic Link’s Driving Assistant Joins the iBeacon Wave

Automatic LinkAutomatic Link is an app and gadget combination that collects data based on your driving habits and tells you how you are performing. You will be able to tell when you are braking too hard, speeding, or accelerating too fast. By altering your driving habits, you will be able to save on gas, car repairs, and peace of mind. Today, the company announced that the driving assistant gadget now supports iBeacon technology so you can get info about your driving habits.

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Apple Still Top Tablet Vendor, But Competition is Growing Fast

IDC Tablet TrackerAt Apple’s quarterly earnings call earlier this week, CEO Tim Cook admitted that growth of tablet sales in North America had slowed. More than 60 percent of the company’s record-breaking sales were international. According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, worldwide tablet shipments grew to 76.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, which is a 62.4 percent growth from the previous quarter and 28.2 percent growth from the same quarter one year ago. According to the report, growth is down significantly, considering it was at 87.1 percent growth in 4Q12 versus the previous year.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: Needle Felted iPad Cover for Valentine’s Day

DIY Needle Felt iPad Case 4With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, I thought that now might be a good time to get started with heart-themed iPad projects to get you in the mood. Last Valentine’s Day, I found the cutest iPad cupcake tutorial. I was hoping someone out there would improve on the concept with an iPad Air or mini food-related project. We’ll see. Last week’s DIY cutting board iPad stand project inspired me to spend some time in the kitchen this past weekend making Macarons. Let me just say that, it would have been way easier and less time consuming just to make the iPad stand instead.

This week’s project will put you in the mood for love. With a red heart and a purple sleeve, who wouldn’t love this adorable Valentine’s Day themed needle felted iPad cover?

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 8 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 6 productivity / entertainment apps and 2 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 80% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

New ‘All-You-Can-Read’ Children’s Book Service Debuts on iPad

Epic 1These day you can get monthly subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, streaming movies and television shows, even video games. On the iPad, you can read your periodicals, watch your shows, and play video games until your thumbs are sore. What is sorely missing from subscription-based media is books, books, books. Kids these days need less television and more reading.

Epic! – Books for Kids hopes to do something about that by offering unlimited access to as many books in their children’s book library as you want, all for only $9.99 per month.

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