PadGadget’s Sound Stage: MIDI over Bluetooth Lets You Wirelessly Control Instruments on Mac Via iPad

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When Apple first demonstrated the integrated things you can do thanks to Continuity on OS X Yosemite, I was excited. You can send and receive non-iOS text messages, make and receive phone calls from your desktop, and “Handoff” works in progress, like documents and web searches.

What Apple didn’t mention is that Continuity would also allow users to connect their iOS device to their Mac wirelessly using Bluetooth LE to control MIDI devices. Thanks to MIDI over Bluetooth, musicians no longer need to connect their iPad to their Mac to control a compatible MIDI instrument.

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ARQ Doc 2.0 Lets You Nest Your Mobile Devices While They Charge

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At this point in time, if you have owned an Apple device for more than two years, chances are you own more than one Apple device. I have six of them. When it comes to charging and displaying your many mobile devices, they either take up space laying all over your desk, or each have a different docking station in a different place, with a different look.

20 40 Design Studio is an accessory maker that works on finding solutions for such a problem. The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the redesigned ARQ Dock. The campaign has already reached its funding goal, so you can preorder one today and get it by early December.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How To Wipe Your iPad Data Before Reselling it or Giving it Away

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By now, if you were planning on getting a new iPad, you probably have. Or, you at least have it on your Christmas list. If you’ve spent the last few years with your old iPad and are now ready to send it out into the wild to be used by someone else, you probably want to make sure that no one has accidental access to all of those pictures, apps, and personal information stored in Safari Keychain.

It doesn’t take much time, but these few steps will ensure that, when you send your old iPad off to your college- aged child (or worse, a stranger), he or she won’t be using your credit cards or posting to your Facebook account without your knowledge.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Opens Up About Equality, ‘I’m Proud to be Gay’

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In an editorial this week in Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO told the world he is gay. The company has long been an open supporter of equality for people of any gender, race, or sexuality. Cook’s decision to publicly announce his homosexuality comes as he has been faced with a desire to do more in support of human rights and equality.

In the essay, Cook mentions a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, who said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” Pondering that question has led him to let the world know that he is gay.

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The Gamers’ Guide to iPad Games Fishes Out the Best Titles for Gamers

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Since the development of mobile devices, and more specifically, the iPhone, gaming culture has changed significantly. People that used to call themselves “gamers” were a very small and passionate community that dedicated much of their waking hours playing video games.

With the popularity of mobile games, so came the popularity of casual games. In turn, many, many more people associated themselves with the gamer community.

When the iPad first launched, it was also considered to be little more than a mobile device dedicated to casual games. However, since the launch of the iPad Air and its 64-bit architecture, tablet games have really begun to push the boundaries of what is possible on mobile devices and gamer games are becoming popular again.

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iOS 8 Now On Half of All Apple Mobile Devices

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After Oct. 20, when Apple updated its mobile operating system to 8.1, iOS saw a spike in adoption. Thanks to such things as Continuity, iCloud Drive, iPhoto Library, and Apple Pay, users were ready to update. According to Apple’s developer webpage, since Oct. 5, has increased by five percent and passed the halfway mark to 52 percent. While still not as quickly adopted as iOS 7, Apple’s newest operating system is gaining steam.

Early adoption reports of iOS 8 showed that software download was at a crawl. Shortly after the launch, 46 percent of devices were running iOS 8, but that number only grew by one percent in the next three weeks.

Around the same time last year, when iOS 7 had been available for about a month, Apple reported that 64 percent of iOS devices were running the software. This year’s numbers are proving to be slower than before.

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Apple Pay’s Biggest Competitor and Retailer Backed Payment System CurrentC Hacked

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If Apple Pay users were told their financial information was going to be stored on iCloud servers I’m pretty sure that Apple Pay would be dead in the water after the recent iCloud security breach. If the day comes when there is a break of trust with Apple Pay, then people will likely stop using it and that is a reputation which would be hard to rebuild. CurrentC is building a smart phone commerce system which bypasses credit cards and uses the cloud to store personal information, and they have announced that a hacker accessed customer email addresses.

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Logitech Launches Keys-to-Go iPad Portable Keyboard, Updates Cases for iPad Air 2

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I love using an external keyboard to type with my iPad. It really enhances my productivity on the touch screen device. Personally, my favorite keyboard case is Logitech’s FabricSkin Keyboard Folio, but some people may not necessarily want to hide their iPad Air inside a case. Or, they may want a keyboard that will work with all different models of iPad.

Today, Logitech announced the Keys-To-Go keyboard, which is a standalone ultra slim keyboard that is as small as the tablet, but doesn’t require you to have a specific model (or even an iPad, for that matter). It is 9.53 inches wide, 5.39 inches high, a quarter-of-an-inch thick, and weighs only 6.35 ounces.

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Best Apps to Help You Celebrate Halloween

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As the spookiest holiday of the year inches near, it is time to get your costume together, plan your scary movie list, and fill your belly with candy. To help you get in the mood for carving pumpkins, we’ve got a list of some of our favorite apps and games that feature Halloween themes or scary content.

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Why CVS and Rite Aid Banned Apple Pay in Stores

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Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that both Rite Aid and CVS had disabled their near-field communication payment systems in order to stop customers from using Apple Pay. An internal memo to Rite Aid revealed that the company was already working on a different mobile payment option in collaboration with a group of retailers through the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX).

Today, the New York Times explained the situation a bit further. It turns out that companies like Rite Aid, CVS, Walmart, and Target all signed a contract as far back as 2012 stating that they would not accept competing mobile payment products or they would incur heavy fines.

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