Apple to Launch HomeKit and HealthKit Ready Wearable Product Next Month

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Re/code is claiming to have insider knowledge about Apples, still unconfirmed, Sept. 9 event. In addition to unveiling two new models of iPhone, the company will supposedly launch a new wearable device that will feature the HealthKit software development kit and HomeKit framework.

Although it is not mentioned, the rumored iWatch is likely the device Re/code is referring to. However, after hearing that it will support health and fitness software, as well as control connected home devices, it can hardly be called a watch.

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Apple Not Giving Up On L.A. Unified iPad Program, Plans to Rebid Contract

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Earlier this week, the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) announced it was suspending its one billion dollar contract with Apple for the massive iPad rollout it planned for the upcoming school year. The suspension stems from scrutiny by the school board over how the initial bidding process was formed and whether it was legal.

Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple isn’t giving up just yet. Instead, the company, along with the textbook publishing company Apple was working with, Pearson, will simply rebid the program along with everyone else.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: iPad Composition Notebook Cover

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School is back in session for most districts. In honor of our readers who are toting around a backpack full of textbooks, pencil cases, and scientific calculators, we have a do-it-yourself (DIY) project for an iPad cover that will fit nicely with the rest of your back-to-school gear.

This project on Lil Blue Boo for a composition notebook iPad cover is actually three years old, but it fits perfectly for the back-to-school theme. The original measurements are for the iPad 2, but you can update it to fit whichever model tablet you have.

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Apple’s Tim Cook Sees Recent Decline in iPad Sales as ‘Just a Speed Bump’

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If you hear the way financial analysts talk, the iPad is just about to crash-and-burn and our landfills will be piled with tablets within the decade. Sales of the iPad have declined significantly in the past year. Research firm IDC determined that Apple captured only 26.9 percent of the market share in the third quarter of 2014, a nine percent decline from a year ago.

That does not mean the death toll for the iPad, though. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook recently told Re/code in an interview that sales slumps are nothing new in the tech world. “I’d call what’s going on recently a speed bump, and I’ve seen that in every category.”

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Apple TV Gets Updated iTunes Festival Channel, Plus Premium ‘Showtime Anytime’ With Limited Free Content

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It appears that Apple has finalized the line-up for this year’s iTunes Festival starting on Sept. 1. Along with the full schedule, the company has updated and relaunched the iTunes Festival channel on Apple TV, complete with information on bands, the Roadhouse, and performance dates.

At the same time, Showtime’s on-demand viewing program finally showed up on hour Apple TV Home screen. Not only can subscribers watch their favorite shows whenever they like without having to mirror it from their iPad, but non-subscribers can get a taste of the action with a handful of free full episodes that don’t require any kind of account sign-in.

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Larger 12.9″ iPad Pro Slated for Early 2015 Release

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The rumors of a 13-inch iPad have almost gone the way of the dinosaur. Recent leaks have turned up a plethora of iPad images showing Apple ID, recessed buttons, and a slightly thinner design. However, none of them have been larger than 10-inches.

Today, however, Bloomberg reported that Apple is working on a larger tablet, so-called “iPad Pro,” that will be ready for launch in early 2015.

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Instagram’s New Video App ‘Hyperlapse’ Makes Fluid Motion Time-lapse Mini Movies

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Instagram is known for one thing, Instagram. The social networking photography service is the most popular of its kind and has been since it started. However, The development team behind the app has never seemed interested in expanding its options, until now.

Today, Instagram, Inc. launched a brand new video capturing app, Hyperlapse from Instagram, that takes time-lapse shots and stitches them together so they appear to be more like a smoothly filmed clip in fast-motion.

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Ralph Lauren Smart Tech T-Shirt May Be An Example of What Can Be Connected With iWatch

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This week, fashion design guru Ralph Lauren began testing its new line of smart apparel at the U.S. Open. A handful of participants were outfitted with the company’s “Polo Tech” sporting shirt, which features sensors woven into the material to read health and fitness data of the wearer.

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Los Angeles School District Suspends Troubled $1Billion iPad Rollout

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The Los Angeles school district announced Monday that it was pulling the plug on its contract with Apple and Pearson. The LATimes.com reports that the decision comes “amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.” I found it interesting that the LA Times focused on everything surrounding the issue in this article except one kind of important detail: the students.

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Google Completes Productivity Suite with Slides, Updates Docs and Sheets with New Features

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Google offers a fairly robust document-editing program that is free to anyone with a Gmail account, which is practically everyone these days. The company has already launched two productivity apps for iOS, Docs, which is like Word or Pages, and Sheets, which is like Excel or Numbers. Today, Google has rounded out its line of productivity apps with the new Slides app, which is similar to PowerPoint or Keynote.

Additionally, Google has updated the other two apps with features that allow you to sync with all Google documents, edit offline, and work on Office files without having to convert them first.

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