PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Vindicated Vinyl iPad Record Album Cover Cases

iPad Record Cover CaseWelcome back to another edition of our weekly music column. Each week, we find interesting apps and accessories that musicians and fans of music will love. Last week, we told you about the iPad keyboard accessory for Little Tikes. It’s never too soon to get your kids started in music and tech gadgets.

This week, we found a fun iPad case made from recycled records. If you want the world to know just how much you love vinyl, this is the way to do it.

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Apple Reportedly Working on A6 Minis Without Retina Displays

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A developer has shared information about a new iPad Mini with 9to5mac.com and among other things it appears that it will continue to lack a retina display. This information comes from a compatibility list of devices with iOS 7 hidden in the iOS 7 SDK.

While it is not guaranteed that the devices listed in the report will ever ship, it seems likely that the new Minis will have similar specs. The lack of the display isn’t a total loss since the faster processor is still a jump forward in power and system capabilities.

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Ex-FaceBook CTO Takes Wraps off Quip – a Cool New iPad Word Processing App

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Bret Taylor and Kevin Gibbs have announced the release of Quip, a modern word processor with a lot of mobile and social offerings. These guys have spent years in the trenches at Google and FaceBook and this release is a curiosity to see if Quip can succeed in a ‘Microsoft Office’ world.

At first glance Quip looks like a very capable mobile word processor and in fact some of the features certainly promise to be very useful but it represents a transition to a mobile paradigm that many companies aren’t ready for. This would be fine except that it appears the earning model for Quip is aimed at businesses and not with the free version anybody can download.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 7 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 7 iPad Apps on Sale  For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 7 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 4 productivity / entertainment apps and 3 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 50% off, several 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 »

XCOM Shows Users are Willing to Pay Premium Prices for iOS Games

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All of us love a good deal and that’s reflected in the pricing trends for iPhone and iPad apps.  We’ve seen developers shift from paid apps to ‘freemium’ apps that cost nothing up front but then nickel and dime you for in-app purchases of virtual goods and new levels.  While this trend has proven profitable for many developers, 2K Games thought it would try something a little different when it released XCOM: Enemy Unknown at a rather steep price of $19.99.

When XCOM was first released many commenters said the developers were out of touch and the app was doomed to failure due to its ‘ridiculously high’ price tag.  Well guess what, Take Two Interactive’s CEO says the game has been a resounding success proving all the naysayers wrong.

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Apple Opens Spam Reporting Feature for iMessage Users

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Apple’s iMessage service has been a huge hit with iOS users with over 300 billion messages sent from  millions of iPhones and iPads.  Apple initially created iMessage as a feature of iOS 5 back in June, 2011 to get around the costly SMS and MMS fees carriers were charging mobile subscribers.  With iMessages’s success has also come an increase in unwanted ‘Spam’ messages delivered to iOS devices.

Apple now has a plan to help combat some of this unwanted Spam by allowing users to report unsolicited messages directly back to Apple.  The company has outlined a three step reporting process in a new support document posted earlier today.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: The $5 Wooden iPad Dock

DIY 5 dollar iPad stand 1It is time, again, for another episode of our weekly DIY iPad project spotlight. Every week, we search the Interwebs for projects we like that accessorize your iPad. Last week, we showed you a great project for making an iPad case that looks like a Moleskin notebook. Talk about classy.

This week, we found a fun project that only requires a block of wood.

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Android Continues to Struggle with Fragmentation Compared to iOS Ecosystem

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In a report published by OpenSignal.com, Android fragmentation has increased over the past year and the number of distinct Android devices has tripled. The report compared  devices, manufacturers, screen sizes, and operating systems all which are showing more diversity than in previous years.

In a comparison with iOS, Android versions were split and the biggest share holder was version 4.1-4.2 Jelly Bean at 37.9%. iOS, on the other hand, was split with iOS 6 at 95%, iOS 5 at 5%, and all the rest at below 1%. Screen size is another element that OpenSignal analyzed and found that Android devices come in all kinds of sizes while iOS devices have only four.

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‘Co+op Kitchen’ Brings Interactive Video Cookbook to iPad

Co+op KitchenIf you are looking for a better way to eat, the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) may have just the app you need. The new Co-op Kitchen iPad app is a fantastic new online culinary video resource that gives you full, step-by-step instructions on creating healthy meals for healthy living.

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Netflix Begins Rolling Out User Profiles to Apple TV Owners

Netflix on iPadAbout six weeks ago, Netflix announced that users would soon be able to set individual profiles for multiple users under the same account. The new service, scheduled for launch in late August, will be made available on a variety of different devices, including iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Apple TV. According to 9to5Mac, the profile option has started to show up on Apple TV.

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