This past holiday season, I spent many hours sitting in front of my computer monitor, giggling until my sides hurt as I watched various gamers fail miserably at attempts to perform heart surgery. The game is hilariously difficult. No matter what you do, you inevitably end up dropping something important on the ground or leaving a scalpel inside the patient’s chest cavity. Hours of good times.
Welcome to another installment of PadGadget’s weekly music column. You may have already noticed how important music is to the writers around here. At least half of us are musicians of some kind. Our own Sam McGuire has even written books on the subject. Each week, we track down apps and accessories we think musicians and fans of music will enjoy. Last week, we told you about IK Multimedia’s new (and strange) gesture-based effects app controller. Now, you don’t even have to touch your iPad to turn up the shred on your rock star solo.
This week, we have a fun sampling rig that will make your iPad sing like its summer all over again and the dance party has just begun. Caustic – version 3 is a synthesizer app inspired by the rack mount design so you can mix and match samples to create a dance beat that will get your heart pumping.
The L.A. school board has approved a $115 million proposal that will be used to purchase iPads for an additional 38 school campuses. According to the L.A. Times, the iPad are being purchased for a whopping $768 apiece and will be accompanied by Apple training and Apple TV units for each classroom. While technology doesn’t fix many of the problems in education, these iPads are going to make a difference in the lives of the students and faculty members in these schools.
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 75% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
We’ve had our eye on newMacgadgets for a few years now. The company regularly updates its acrylic line of iPad displays with new designs to keep up with changes to the tablet and changes in Apple’s retail stores. Recently the accessory maker launched a new “Apple Store iPad/iPhone Acrylic Base” that replicates the Apple retail Store display so your device will look great in any room.
There is an interesting trend happening in education when it comes to faculty and students using the iPad as a part of the learning process. Companies that offer course management software solutions to school districts and universities are releasing iOS apps which have powerful features, but which are only available when you have their full service.
This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a letter to all employees, letting them know that the company has agreed to sign a decree with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding in-app purchases in the App Store. You may recall that Apple came under fire a few years ago when it was discovered that children were making unauthorized purchases during the 15-minute window in which an account password was still active.
Cook explained that, even though Federal courts had already approved of the actions that Apple took to compensate customers and keep children from making in-app purchases without their parents’ consent, the FTC decided to get involved. Instead of taking the FTC to court and spending time and money on lengthy trials in order to clear their name, Apple decided to sign their decree, since it pertained to actions the company was already going to take anyway.
For the past few months, the rumored 13-inch iPad has been on the minds of tech writers. For at least a year, Apple fans have been chomping at the bit for the supposed iWatch. Ever since the iPhone 5 came out, naysayers have been complaining that the screen is still too small. Today, DisplaySearch published a report on their prediction for display panel sizes in 2014. If their forecast is correct, we will see all three devices in the coming year.
On Jan. 17, Apple’s latest line of iPhones will finally be made available on the world’s largest cellular carrier. While it doesn’t guarantee that Apple’s share of the smartphone market will increase, it is likely to have a huge impact on worldwide adoption of the iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down alongside China Mobile’s chairman Xi Gouhau in Beijing for an interview with CNBC. Cook praised China Mobile called this week’s launch a “watershed moment” for the iPhone.
Welcome to another edition of our weekly spotlight on DIY accessories for your iPad. Each week, we rummage around the Internet, looking for fun and interesting projects you can do at home. Most of the time, we like to spotlight projects that can be made using stuff you have lying around your house. Last week, we showed you how to make a custom photo case out of your Instagram pictures. The best of 2013 never looked so good.
This week, we found a fun project that takes very little effort, but requires you to be creative and ready to experiment. With some scissors, old magazines, and a love of abstract design, you can make a cool-looking iPad cover out of magazine pages.