Apple Sets New App Store Record – Tops $10 Billion in iPad and iPhone App Sales

iPad Air GamesNow that 2013 is over, we will start to see official numbers trickle in as to how many devices were sold and how much money was made by Apple and its affiliates. The first official numbers to come out of the tech giant’s data base is regarding app sales. Apple prides itself on the huge iOS ecosystem it offers to iPhone and iPad users and can boast more apps than any other mobile device operating system.

Today, Apple announced that iPad and iPhone users spent more than $10 billion in the App Store in 2013. One billion dollars of those sales took place in December alone with nearly three billion downloads during that month. Incidentally, last year’s record December had two billion downloads. We may not have doubled it, but downloads have certainly increased significantly in one year’s time. According to Apple’s press release, developers have now earned $15 billion in sales from the App Store.

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Apple’s Next iPad May Help Prevent you from Catching a Cold

Gorilla Glass antimicrobialEvery time I visit my brother’s family, I bring my iPad. My nephew loves to play Pocket Minecraft and Club Penguin on it. He spends hours taping around on my tablet. I usually wipe it down with a damp cloth when I get home. Sure, it is partly because of the peanut butter smears he leaves behind, but it is also partly because I know that little tyke carries around a lot of germs on his hands.

This week, Corning, the creators of Gorilla Glass, unveiled a new version of the tough glass that promises to resist germs. The New Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass is the first ever EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 10 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 3 productivity / entertainment apps and 7 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 67% 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 »

Acoustic Research Releases New iPad and iPhone Accessory Lineup Designed for Her

AR for Her 3Back in November, we told you about Acoustic Research’s new line of iPad accessories in the “For Her” series. In November, AR announced that the line up would include a tufted design in black or white, a pink and white polka dot design or a leopard print look. Today, the company has unveiled the entire spring 2014 collection, with a few new designs, plus a few new accessories.

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Griffin Releases New Lineup of Kid Friendly iPad Cases and Chargers

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The 2014 CES is getting underway in Las Vegas and so you should expect a number of product announcements this week. Griffin has made their official announcement regarding iPad and iPhone accessories and while there isn’t anything revolutionary, these products are worth a look.

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SteelSeries Launches Stratus Gamepad for iOS 7 Devices

Stratus Game Controller 1When Apple updated its mobile operating system to iOS 7, one major feature that was added included the ability for developers to code their games with classic console control schemes so that players can use third-party controllers to play iOS games like they would on a console device. SteelSeries has just unveiled a new controller that puts you in the hot seat with full, dual-stick, D-pad, and XY button controls. Now, you can game like you want to with titles like Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8.

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Griffin Let’s Musicians Record their Jam Sessions with New StudioConnect HD for iPad

studioconnect-hd-1There are hundreds of recording apps in the App Store. There are single-track recorders, eight track recorders, and even 48 track recorders. Some, like Auria and Logic Pro X are professional-grade digital recorders that make capturing individual instruments easy, but if you have a multi-channel input device, it would be way better. Griffin Technology has just announced the upcoming launch of StudioConnect HD, which makes it possible for you to plug multiple instruments into your iPad at the same time for multi-track recording.

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Need More Space on your iPad? LaCie’s New Fuel Drive Gives you 1TB of Wireless Storage

Fuel_with_iPadWhen you are out on an extended trip, do you find yourself having a difficult time keeping your iPad from filling up with all of the movies, music, and T.V. shows you want to bring with you? If you regularly capture video of your family on vacation, you may eat up all of the storage space on your iPad before you get to the end of your trip. If you want more storage for your iOS device, LaCie has a solution.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Download Previously Purchased Content on Your New iPad

iCloud 1Welcome to PadGadget’s first edition of iPad Tips in 2014. We’ve been hot on the trail of all kinds of tips, tricks, and advice for iPad owners throughout 2013. Now, it’s time to ring in the New Year. Last week, we told you how to set up a new Apple ID on your iPad. It is hard to imagine that everyone in the U.S. doesn’t already have an Apple ID, but it is possible.

This week, we have some tips for iOS users who have a new device and want to add old content to it. If you’ve recently upgraded from an older iPad and didn’t transfer content, you can still download the apps, games, movies, and music that you have previously purchased in iTunes.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Feed Me Oil 2

Feed me Oil 2 1Apple has started the New Year off with a Bang. This is the first week of 2014 to have a spotlight for new and updated apps and games in the App Store. Each week, Apple gives a special nod to a collection of apps that are deemed worth of the Editor’s Choice award. Last week, Starguide received the nod. The recently updated app now features 64-bit compatibility for time-lapse imaging.

This week, Chillingo was honored once again for a fun physics-based game. This sequel has better graphics, improved game mechanics, and plenty of brand new puzzles.

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