iTunes Radio May Be a Major Competitor, But Pandora Still Rules the Roost

iTunes Radio 5The big news this week is how Pandora won its fight against major record labels for royalty fees for streaming music. What the court hearing revealed is that 40 percent of Pandora users are accessing the service on their iPhones and iPads. Apple’s iTunes Radio may have made a splash when it launched a few months ago, but over coming a 40 percent loyal user base will be an uphill battle for the contender.

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Biffy Buttler: A Bidet with a Mount for your iPad, and No, It’s Not a Joke

Biffy ButtlerAround here, we giggle like school children over potty humor, especially when it has to do with the iPad and, well, the potty. We all know where the average person spends most of their time using their iPad. Why not have a stand that makes toilet time more convenient? We’ve introduced you to the classy Pedestal Stand and shown you a great way to potty train the little ones. Now, there is an iPad stand that helps you clean your nether regions while you play Angry Birds (or Flappy Bird, if you are lucky).

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Apple’s Newly Patented Power Management System Could Predict How You Use Your iPad and iPhone

Apple Battery Management PatentMaybe its just me, but it seems like my iPad’s battery power gets used up a lot faster since iOS 7.1. It used to be that I could keep my iPad above 50 percent every day and not need to plug it in for a charge until I went to bed. Lately, I run down the battery to 25 percent almost every night. Sure, I use my iPad a lot. But, my activities haven’t changed since iOS 7.1. Or have they?

I’d love to be able to keep my iPad mostly charged for most of the day and not have to plug it in every single night. Apple may have come up with a solution for battery drain based on a recently published patent application from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Samsung Continues to Slam iPad in Latest TV Commercial

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You’d think it was election season judging by the way Samsung is attempting to run a smear campaign against it’s biggest competitors. Of course if this was an actual election we all know who the winner would be based on overwhelming sales, and it isn’t Samsung.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: unrealBook for iPad Now Compatible with iRig BlueBoard

iRig BlueBoardMusician Aron Nelson created a songbook app way back in 2010. Of course, one of the first thing a musician would do with this type of technology is figure out a way to make it work with an instrument. His app, unrealBook, makes it possible for stage musicians to import their entire collection of PDF songbook files into a single app. The app has recently been updated for compatibility with IK Multimedia’s iRig BlueBoard to offer hands-free page turning of your sheet music.

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Flappy Bird Creator Says Über-Addictive Game Will Return to App Store

Flappy Bird Dong NguyenFor some of you out there, Flappy Bird was the be-all, end-all of casual games. Not only did this fan favorite make its developer, Dong Nguyen, a reported $50,000 per day, but it also spawned dozens of knockoffs, ridiculously high eBay listings for iPhones with it installed, and even a robot that could play the game to a score of 155.

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Latest LAUSD Drama: Teachers Upset About $1 Billion iPad Program, Want Repairs Instead

LAUSD 1Last June, the Board of Education approved a multimillion-dollar iPad program for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). For more than six months, the District has faced security issues, budget woes, and other issues relating to the iPad program. The tech world has been following the LAUSD’s adventure because the second-largest school district in the United States is the perfect testing ground for a widespread rollout of such a program.

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IGIO Announces iPad, iPhone, and MacBook-Friendly “Ruck 20” Backpack

ruck22_3The iPad may be a replacement for much of the average computer user’s needs, but there are still a large group of tech lovers (like me) who carry around a laptop, tablet, cell phone, and whatever other gadget we can fit in our bags. For those of you who can’t leave the house without the proverbial kitchen sink, OGIO has the rucksack for you.

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Controversial Book ‘Haunted Empire’ Causes Apple CEO to Publicly Criticize its Content

Haunted EmpireThis past Tuesday, former Wall Street Journal tech reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane’s book about Apple, Inc. was released under HarperBusiness. In it, the reporter concludes that the most admired, highest valued brand, most profitable tech company in the world is “on the decline” after the death of its former, enigmatic CEO Steve Jobs.

In response to Kane’s assertion that the current CEO can’t fill the shoes of his predecessor, Tim Cook released a statement that called the book “nonsense and said that it “fails to capture Apple, Steve, or anyone else in the company.”

In response to Cook’s statement, Kane released a statement in which she said her book “must have touched a nerve” with Cook for him to react so negatively about it. Read More »

Education Update: iPad Hasn’t Affected Mac Education Sales

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Given the success of the iPad in education settings I was positive that it had cut into the success of other Mac products. While the iPad currently sells more than Mac, both continue to see growth in sales which points towards the growing popularity of Apple in education.

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