Use Your iOS Device To Unlock Your Padlock with Noke

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I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone for a bike ride, arrived at my destination, and discovered that I didn’t bring my bike lock key with me. I have to either have my riding companion lock our bikes together, or ask the business I am patronizing to allow me to store it somewhere inside where I can keep an eye on it. What I almost never forget to bring with me is my iPhone.

FŪZ Designs has created a padlock that uses Bluetooth technology to talk to your iOS device so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your key or your combination. Even if you’ve forgotten your iPad or iPhone, there is a backup way you can unlock the padlock that only you know about.

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Have Your Own Holodeck with Two iPads and $50K

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The research team at HybridLab out of the University of Montreal, Canada is working on an immersive illustration platform that allows users to collaborate on a virtual 3-D plain by using an iPad and $50,000 worth or technology.

The Hyve-3D is a system that allows the user to view projections in a 3-D environment. There is no virtual reality headset. Users see the action in front of their eyes on a giant, concave screen.

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Apple Announces More Artists for Next Month’s iTunes Music Festival in London

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Apple’s eighth annual music festival is starting to fill up. The month-long musical showcase starts on Sept. 1 and the company only has two weeks to finalize the lineup. Today, Apple announced new artists added to the bill and the dates they will play in September.

Featured artists include the likes of Blondie + Chrissie Hynde, Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5 and Beck. So far, the opening act has not been scheduled, nor has the last act of the festival. Both days traditionally feature the biggest artists, so we’ve still got some surprises in store before the first of the month.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Set Up Your iPad for AirPrint Printers

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I received another one of those messages from my mom over the weekend, “Do you have time for a Facetime this afternoon?” That usually means one thing; she can’t get some device to work and needs my help. Sure enough, it turns out she was having trouble getting her iPhone and iPad to print to her AirPrint printer.

Today, I’m going to go over the basics of how to print from your (or anyone’s) AirPrint compatible printer. It is much easier than you might think.

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Flappy Bird Creator Unveils Addictive New ‘Swing Copters’ Game

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Boy, Dong Nguyen of dotGears has received more attention for his now-defunct “Flappy Bird” game than PopCap has for the creation of Plants vs. Zombies. Earlier this month, we found out that the addictive arcade game relaunched exclusively on Amazon Fire TV (with a few changes).

Today, Touch Arcade reported on a hands-on review of dotGears’ newest game, soon to be launched on iOS. Swing Copters appears to have all of the elements required for another super addictive arcade game similar to the one that launched Nguyen into the spotlight.

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Apple Discounts Beats Headphone and Speaker Line by 10 Percent

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Earlier this month, Apple and Beats officially came together, with each company respectively announcing the merger on their websites. At the time, it was noted that all Beats products would now be sold directly through Apple’s retail stores.

Right now, Apple is having uncharacteristic sale on Beats headphones and speakers, listing all but a handful of products on sale. Right now, you can get the iconic brand over-the-ear headphones, in-ear headphones, or Pill Bluetooth speaker for 10 percent off.

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Analyst Says Sapphire Glass iPhones are Unlikely this Year

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It’s stronger and more scratch resistant, but it looks like sapphire glass needs more time time before it is ready for prime time on a large scale. Rod Hall, an analyst at JP Morgan, told investors that sapphire glass is likely to be released as an iPhone display, but not in 2014.

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New iPad and iPhone Rumored to Include Reversible USB-Side Cable

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When Apple first announced that the Lightning cable for new generations of iOS devices would have a reversible connector, the tech world was excited. Personally, I was a bit disappointed. Sure, a cable that can be plugged into the iPad either way is nice, but I have a harder time with the USB end. My ports are on the back of my computer and I’m always trying to cram them in the wrong way.

This week, rumors are swirling that Apple is making a new cable that has a reversible USB and Lightning connector.

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Pokémon Trading Card Game is Finally Coming to the iPad

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Over the weekend, games writer Josh Wittenkeller tweeted a picture of the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) being played on an iPad. Wittenkeller was on site at the Pokémon World Championships in Washington D.C., which took place Aug. 16 and 17. The game looks like it will be a port of the online version currently available on Mac and PC.

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Apple Commercial ‘Misunderstood’ Wins an Emmy

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At a time when tech companies like Samsung and Microsoft are releasing commercials that put down iOS devices in order to make their own look better, Apple is busy releasing commercials that win Emmy awards. About a year ago, Apple started a series of campaigns that highlight the iPad and iPhone. Some of them are informative. Others are creative. “Misunderstood” is emotional.

Misunderstood tells the story of a teenage boy who seems to be spending too much time on his iPhone around the holidays. While the family is building snowmen and trimming the tree, the boy’s face is aglow with the bluish hue of the iPhone screen.

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