Tim Cook Makes Special Appearance at Palo Alto Apple Store

Image Courtesy of Jacob Jimenez via Twitter

Image Courtesy of Jacob Jimenez via Twitter

As Apple Fans in Palo Alto, CA were shuffling into place, bleary-eyed from a long night of sidewalk posting, they were treated with a sight that made their sleepless line-sitting experience all worth it. CEO Tim Cook unlocked the front doors of the retail store for the first iPhone 6 buyers at 8:00 a.m. PT this morning.

An appearance from Cook to Apple Fans is tantamount to Star Wars fans seeing George Lucas at a movie premier. Or well, it would actually be more akin to seeing J.J. Abrams, if you really want to argue semantics. 

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Revive the Apple Fanboy Phenomenon

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As of yesterday at 3:00 p.m. PDT, lines outside of Apple retail stores around the world had reached epic proportions. It has been a while since a new iPhone has created such a frenzy. It appears that Apple is back in business as über fans are participating in the line-sitting experience again.

As a member of “geek culture,” I’ve sat in my fair share of lines for premiers of “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings” movie premiers. I’ve also been up at the wee hours of twilight to stand in hours-long lines for various iOS devices.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Snake Rewind

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Back in April, we told you about Snake ’97, which was a lovingly recreated version of the game that was made hugely popular for appearing on millions of Nokia phones in the late 1990 and up. That game was made by a fan that simply wanted to play Snake on his iOS device.

Earlier this month, Rumilus Design announced that the game’s creator, Taneli Armanto, would be on board to collaborate on an all-new iOS game based on the original Nokia Snake we loved so much.

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How to Enable Third-Party Keyboard Apps as the iOS Default Keyboard

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Within the first 24-hours of the release of iOS 8, the most popular new feature appears to be the ability to customize the keyboard. Currently, Swype – Keyboard is the top paid app in the App Store and SwiftKey Keyboard is in second place for the top free apps. I have already downloaded Fleksy Keyboard within the first hour after updating my iPad and iPhone to iOS 8. I love the colors.

If you are thinking about adding a third-party app as your default keyboard, there are a few things you should know before you make it official and a few steps you must take after you download the app.

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1Password is Now a Freemium App

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Yesterday, amidts all the hubbub surrounding iOS 8, a few incredible things happened. One of them is that 1Password for iOS, formerly $9.99, is now a freemium title with extra features available as an in-app purchase. If you’ve always thought about getting the top-quality app, but were intimidated by the cost, you can now have the most important features of 1Password for free.

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Apple and U2 Secretly Collaborating on New Digital Music Format

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The way we listen to music is ever changing. Less than 30 years ago, vinyl was the main medium for albums, then it was cassette tapes. The CD took over by the 1990s, but didn’t really last because digital music took over, thanks in part to Apple’s iTunes. What format will music be delivered to us in the future? Will we eat it like a cupcake? Will it be injected into our blood stream? I doubt it, but these are the things that U2 and Apple are thinking about right now as they brainstorm on the digital music format of the future.

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Apple Adds New ‘Tips’ App in iOS 8 for iPad and iPhone, Publishes Official User Guide for iBooks

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Every week, we offer how-tos and advice on how to get the most out of your iPad with our iPad Tips column. It appears that Apple feels its users might need a little extra help when it comes to some of the new features in iOS 8 (as well as older features we may not have known about). The company added a convenient “Tips” app that comes stock in iOS 8, plus, an official user guide for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are now available for free in the iBookstore.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia Announces iRig Mic Field Ready for Preorder

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As much as I love IK Multimedia’s many versions of their iOS compatible microphones, they are not quite as convenient as Blue Microphone’s Mikey Digital when it comes to recording live bands at shows, which I do all of the time. The latter is more compact and connects directly to the headphone port of my iPad, so I don’t have to hold it in my hand or set up a separate mic stand.

As if they heard my thoughts, IK Multimedia recently announced a “field” microphone similar to the Mikey Digital that you can take with you to concerts and get the best possible audio for your video recording.

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Griffin and Crayola Release Kid Friendly Stylus and Coloring App

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I am always looking for ways to get my kids to use the family iPad in fun and educational ways and while they have the fun part down, there are still many untapped uses they haven’t discovered yet. My 7 year old daughter is the only one that likes drawing on the iPad and up until now Paper has been her app of choice, but I finally think there is a stylus / app combination from Crayola that will become very popular at my house.

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Tim Cook’s Open Letter on Customer Privacy

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A lot has been discussed about Apple and privacy this month and Apple CEO Tim Cook wants you to know that they are taking your privacy very seriously. In a letter posted on Apple.com Tim explains that personal data is never collected or used for marketing and that they don’t treat us as their product, which is clearly a reference to companies such as Google, Amazon, and even Facebook.

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