iFixit’s Teardown of iPad Air 2 Shows NFC Chip, Will In-Store Apple Pay be Available in Future Devices?

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One of my favorite events to take place after Apple launches a new device is the step-by-step teardown that iFixit does on these brand-new devices. Not only do we learn a lot more about the inner workings of Apple’s mobile devices, but the team has a great sense of humor and their insight is simply fun to read.

Yesterday, iFixit got ahold of a brand new gold model iPad Air 2 with 128GB of storage. The most notable change in this teardown is how much tech was packed into the 6.1mm shell. When it comes to the motherboard’s features, one chip that stands out is the NXP 65V10 NFC module, which is the same one Apple uses in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Discusses User Privacy with Chinese Premier

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Earlier this week, research firm Greatfire.org made some pretty bold claims against the Chinese government. In a report, the organization accused the government of being behind a recent iCloud man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on users. Chinese officials vehemently denied the accusations.

Today, State-run news organization Xunhua reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top Chinese government official in Beijing to discuss the incident and protection of user data.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Vandelay, the Most iOS 8 Looking Multiband Delay Ever

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There are a number of delay effects apps available on the iPad, many of which are only part of a synth app that has many more effects alongside. Most of these apps are designed with the older iOS theme in mind. That is, they tend to look more like a real effects pedal and less like a digital program.

Vandelay by Klevgränd is not afraid to take an effects program into the iOS 8 design scheme. It is heavily based on multi touch gestures and looks absolutely nothing like a real life delay board, and that’s a good thing.

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The Reviews are in, the iPad Air 2 is Super Thin, Super Fast, but Lacking Innovation

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Apple’s newest, thinnest, and fastest tablet is now shipping. As of yesterday, a handful of reviews have begun pouring in and the overall consensus is that it’s fast. Thanks to the upgraded A series chip, plus the tri-core processor, and lets not forget the coveted 2GB of RAM, the iPad Air 2 has managed to “wow” tech writers that are comfortably happy with their first-generation iPad Air.

Endgadget notes that the iPad Air 2 is “speedy.” Of course, every new iPad is faster than its predecessor, but the difference between this model and last year’s is so significant that it can’t go unmentioned. The tech site also noted that the battery life is similar to the iPad Air due to the power efficiency of the A8X chip. However, last year’s model does seem to outperform this years. Additionally, the iPad Air 2’s speakers are noticeably louder and fuller than the first-generation model.

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Use Your MasterCard with Apple Pay for a ‘Priceless Surprise’ at the World Series

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Yesterday was the first game of the 2014 World Series of Major League Baseball (MLB). It was also the first full day that Apple Pay was available on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The MLB media department (MLBAM) announced that Apple Pay would be available in both AT&T Park in San Francisco and Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for this year’s World Series games.

Today, MasterCard followed up with two new commercials announcing its collaboration with Apple Pay. The series of commercials is dubbed “Priceless Surprises,” and shows cardholders being awarded special gifts and prizes that they win just by making purchases with their MasterCard. “Use your MasterCard with Apple Pay for a chance at Priceless Surprises like tickets to the World Series.”

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Apple Agrees to Settlement with Sapphire Glass Supplier, GT will Sell Furnaces to Payoff Debt

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Yesterday, GT Advanced Technology and Apple, Inc. met in court to decide what to do with regards to the former’s sudden bankruptcy filing earlier this month. The two companies have agreed to dissolve the partnership with GT Advanced required to sell off its production furnaces in order to pay back the $440 million it owes Apple for the equipment loan.

According to the Wall Street Journal, GT Advance’s attorney Luc Despin described the split as an “amicable parting of the ways.” In the court hearing, Despin noted that the settlement between his client and Apple, Inc. allows GT Advanced to sell more than 2,000 furnaces at the Mesa, AZ sapphire manufacturing plant and give the money to Apple. “GT Advanced would surrender its claims against Apple, under the deal, and agree not to disparage the technology giant,” Despin was quoted as saying.

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Avi-on Labs Launches the First Ever Movable Light Switch, Powered by Bluetooth

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In my rental house, there is a light switch by the front door that turns the porch light on and off. If I want to light the living room, I have to walk all the way to the farthest corner where the floor lamp is. There is no other switch in that room. It would be nice if there were a switch by the front door so I could turn on the light right when I walked into the room.

The Avi-on Switch is a moveable Bluetooth powered light switch that can be placed anywhere without having to gut the wall and redirect the wiring. With it, you can put a light switch by the front door without permanently damaging your landlord’s wall.

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Apple iPad Air 2 Benchmark Proves to be the Fastest iOS Device

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Primate Labs recently released a new Geekbench report via Twitter showing the performance of the A8X processor chip housed inside the iPad Air 2. According to the results, Apple’s latest tablet is the fastest iOS device around. Plus, the iPad Air 2 is faster than any other tablet on the market by a significant amount, including the Android-based Nvidia Shield Tab, which previously held the crown.

What is probably the most interesting revelation with Primate Lab’s report is that it shows the iPad Air 2 actually houses three cores, and the best news of all, 2GB of RAM. These additional tech specs on top of the faster A8X processor chip push the iPad Air 2 into desktop computer performance arena.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Kids’ iPad Costume for Halloween

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Halloween is only about a week away. By now, most people have already, at least, figured out what their costume will be. If you are still trying to figure out what your youngling should wear, how about decking him out in the latest iPad Air 2 fashion?

This project for a child-sized iPad Halloween costume comes from Kids Activities Blog. It is completely DIY and even comes with a template for Halloween-themed apps to compliment your spooky tablet.

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IBM’s ‘Mobile First’ iPad Apps for Enterprise Set to Launch Next Month

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Yesterday, Apple held its quarterly earnings meeting where the company’s CEO and CFO told investors how things are going. CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri gave additional details as to why the iPad is not a sinking ship and basically said the media should stop making up tales of the apocalypse when it comes to Apple’s tablet line.

In the quarterly earnings call, Cook noted that IBM’s Mobile First iPad apps are on schedule to launch as early as next month. This new line of enterprise apps will be a big boost for Apple’s push to capture the corporate market.

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