Apple Retail Now Selling Kickstarter Funded Wireless External Light for Photography

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No matter how fancy Apple gets with its “True Tone” flash and backside illumination sensors, using direct flash to take a picture in the dark pretty much guarantees that a photo will be washed out and kind of weird looking. Professional photographers never rely solely on the direct flash of a camera, no matter how expensive. Most of the time, some additional light source is reflected from some other direction or against a wall to give the effect of diffused ambient light, which greatly improves the effect of flash.

When it comes to iPad photography, the tablet doesn’t even get the pleasure of having a flash at all. You are simply left in the dark when trying to take pictures on your iPad. I’ve always felt that this was unfair.

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Stride Rite Launches New Shoe-Sizing App for Growing Feet on iPad

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When I was a kid, my mom would have to get my feet measured every time we went to buy new shoes. I would place my foot in one of those weird metal measuring tools and have my shoe size determined by the length of my foot. For parents in this technologically advanced age of online shopping, the thought of using such an archaic device to measure a foot seems downright barbaric (O.K., I’m exaggerating).

Shoe retailer Stride Rite just launched an app on the iPad that actually measures your foot and analyzes the information to give you an accurate shoe size recommendation. All you will need is an 8.5 x 11-inch piece of paper and your feet.

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Apple Let’s you Deregister your Phone from iMessage with new Web Tool

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Apple’s iMessages app makes it possible for users to communicate from one iOS device to another without it counting against text messaging. The service registers a user’s Apple ID and iPhone phone number so that messages can be sent and received between all iOS devices, including iPad and iPod touch.

Unfortunately, ever since Apple launched the service in 2011, it has caused a bit of a raucous for people that switch from iOS to Android or Windows-based phones. Some users have experienced lost text messages from contacts that still use iMessages. It appears that messages are rerouted back to Apple’s iMessages service instead of going directly to the person’s new mobile device.

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iPad Still Dominant Tablet When it Comes to Web Surfing

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Sales numbers rise and fall depending on product releases and price schemes, but after all is said and done the iPad is clearly the most used device when it comes to tablet web traffic. Online advertising giant Chitika tracks millions of visits from tablet users and no other tablet comes even remotely close to the traffic generated by iPad users.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Molecules by Theodore Gray

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This is what the iPad should be used for. Sure, I’ll be the first to admit that I play games on my tablet than I do anything else. I don’t even read books on my iPad very often. But, I’ll also be the first to support the concept that educational books like the ones coming from Touch Press should be part of the standard curriculum for students. If books were interactive like this when I was in school, I might have been a scientist instead of a writer.

Molecules by Theodore Gray is the newest interactive title from the same app development team that made the Elements come to life and brought the entire solar system to the iPad.

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Griffin Technology Updates iOS Accessories with Harris Tweed Product Line

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As I noted earlier this week in our DIY project spotlight, fall and tweed go hand-in-hand fashion wise, in my opinion. That’s why it is no surprise that Griffin’s new line of products caught my eye. The company is working in collaboration with Scotland-based Harris Tweed to bring us an elegant, classic look for the iPad Air and iPad mini.

Harris Tweed is a one-of-a-kind authentic homespun wool textile that is handcrafted in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. It is rich in texture, rugged in form, and looks stunning on a winter coat.

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BeOn Home Security Lighting Lets You Control Your Lights from your iOS Device

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I leave my front light on all night. I know it is a serious waste of energy, but it keeps the house from being dark and makes it look like someone might be awake. It is my form of home security. I wish I could set the lights in my living room to go on and off at certain times, instead of having to leave them on all night. Let’s not even go into issues of being on vacation.

That’s where BeON comes in. This smart bulb home security system will turn your lights on and off at pre-scheduled times so that it looks like someone is home, even when they are not. We aren’t talking about full lights-on security either. The system will turn different lights on in waves, simulating the activity that would take place if you were home.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Atoms NG

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In 1992, a game developer named John Girvin created a freeware game for the Amiga called Atoms, which was actually based on the 1980s version of the same name. It has since been recreated a number of different times under a number of different nomenclatures (Exploding Atoms, KAtoms, etc.). This week, Girvin, with the help of a couple of buddies under the umbrella of Six Echoes Studios, launched a new-ish version of Atoms on the iPad and iPhone for your puzzle-solving pleasure.

Atoms NG (Next Generation) is the revised version of the 1992 game, which is based on the 1980 game. Although the mechanics are essentially the same as they were more than 20 years ago, it has been redesigned with graphics and animations for the 21st century.

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Researchers Discover Malware that Can Infect Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices Via USB and Mac

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Apple devices are pretty secure. For years, the Mac was considered the underdog of the computer world and most tech criminals didn’t even invest much time in Apple products because there just weren’t enough people using them.

Flash forward less than a decade and it turns out Apple has become popular enough to change those criminal minds. According to a recently released report from security research firm Palo Alto Networks, there is a new bug in town and it is specifically targeting Mac computers and iOS devices that connect to them.

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Microsoft Updates Office for iOS, Create and Edit Without Subscription, iPhone Support

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Microsoft has just announced an update to its mobile apps that brings support to Android devices, adds the iOS app for iPhone, and allows users to create and edit documents without needing an Office 365 subscription.

The company calls it the “Office Everywhere” campaign. Now, users of all different mobile devices will be able to work with the Office line of products. The best part is that you can do a lot more without having to spend a dime.

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