PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Capacitive Touch Clothespin Piano

Fiddlewax Homemade Piano

The iPad has fast become a serious and useful tool for musicians and recording artists. With the addition of Inter App Audio, you can now combine effects apps with sampling loops and record it all right on your Apple tablet. There are even instruments specially designed to connect directly to the iPad so you can get a real-life experience. A physical keyboard may be out of your price range, but one thrifty musician found a way to make a homemade keyboard out of clothespins, and it works.

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Judge Finally Signs off on Apple’s Antitrust E-Books Settlement

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Apple’s antitrust e-books collusion issue is still in its final stages. The iPad maker agreed to a $450 million conditional settlement in the case back in July. However, shortly thereafter, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote publicly stated that she did not approve of the settlement, claiming that one stipulation that Apple wouldn’t be required to pay out the full amount if the appeals court reversed her findings was “must troubling.”

This week, Reuters reported that Cote gave the final approval on Apple’s agreement. The company can now move forward with the appeals hearing.

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Apple Announces iTunes Connect Shutdown for Holiday Break

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Every year, Apple shuts down the App Store (and iBooks, and Newsstand, and iTunes) to new content in order for staff to have a few days to celebrate the holidays with their families. It isn’t a big deal. Developers are giving warning. However, it means no content will be able to have price changes or updates during that time.

According to an email sent to MacStories founder Federico Viticci [via: TUAW], the last day to submit updates and changes in iTunes Connect, iTunes Producer, and iTunes Connect for iOS is Dec. 22. The site will remain closed until Dec. 29, at which time developers will be able to make changes and updates again.

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Apple Watch Listed as one of Time’s Best Inventions of 2014

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Apple’s new wearable computer isn’t even finished being made yet, but it has already received critical acclaim from popular magazine publisher Time. The company’s annual Best Inventions list recently came out and the Apple Watch was listed as “Watches that redefine Smart.”

According to Time, the Apple watch “reimagines the computer for the wrist” because it combines a touch screen with physical buttons. Additionally, the Apple Watch received such prestigious recognition because of its many interactive abilities, like being able to send and receive messages, give directions, track fitness, and make wireless payments.

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Apple Promotes World AIDS Day with Apps for (RED)

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World Aids Day is Monday, Dec. 1. It was developed as an awareness campaign to remind the world that the disease affects tens of millions of people to this day. Apple collaborates with the (RED) campaign, which was co-founded by U2 front man Bono. This year, Apple is promoting the RED World Aids Day campaign with a new section of apps that include in-app purchases that support the foundation, a free $25 – $100 iTunes Gift Cards with qualifying purchase on Nov. 28, and on Dec. 1, a portion of proceeds of sales will be donated to (RED).

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Zagg Launches Slim Book Keyboard to Make your iPad Air a Mini MacBook – Hands-on Review

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At this point, there are not a lot of new keyboard cases that will impress me. The tech accessory industry has come a long way and there are some pretty impressive cases that work really well to make you feel like a productivity boss. So, when something new comes out, I give it extra scrutiny to see how it stands up against the best of the best that I’ve had personal experience with

Zagg’s new Slim Book for the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini has been under my scrutinizing eye for about a week now and I’ve got a hands-on review of how it held up for you today.

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Telltale Games Bringing Episodic Adventure ‘Game of Thrones’ to iOS

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The development company that made famous the episodic style role-playing adventures on iOS, Telltale Games, just launched the first in what is sure to be a series of sneak peaks of its upcoming Game of Thrones license. Similar to games like The Walking Dead: The Game and The Wolf Among Us is on track to give George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series the same treatment.

Game of Thrones will unfold in six parts and will follow members of the House Forrester. Based on the HBO drama, players will begin in the middle of The War of the Five Kings, trying to keep House Forrester from falling.

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Chase Dangles David Guetta Album to Cardholders Who Adopt Apple Pay

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Chase is encouraging iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to adopt Apple Pay by giving away David Guetta’s newest album Listen. This is exactly the type of promotion that is important for Apple Pay to inevitably conquer the mobile pay industry but there is a little bad news. If you plan on using a Chase card with Apple Pay on your iPad Air 2, you wont be able to take advantage of the free album.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Touch Rummy HD

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I can still remember the firs time I played Rummy Tiles. My mom had brought home this box made out of faux leather. Inside were a bunch of white ceramic tiles that sort of reminded me of playing cards, but also looked like Uno cards. I was confused and intrigued. To this day, I’ll sit down to a game of Rummy if anyone has a hankering. It’s just that fun.

The game of Rummy has unknown origins. It is an old Chinese card game that could date back as far as the 18th century and may have been an offshoot of Mah-Jong. There are probably hundreds of variations on the rules, but the one I remember as a kid involved tiles instead of cards.

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Square Register Goes International

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We’ve been following Square since it’s infancy as a very small startup in San Francisco with a big dream to change the way retailers deal with credit card companies. Since it started, the company has added software for brick-and-mortar stores, began branding physical stands specially designed for retailers, and even updated their card reader with EMV support.

This week, the little-big fish announced it is swimming into a much larger pool. Square is now available worldwide with support for 130 internationally recognized currencies.

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