Education Update: Coursera Releases iPad App with 600+ Free Courses

Coursera

Proving that they are still the leader in offering massive open online courses (MOOCs), Coursera has released a beautiful native iPad app that provides access for learners on the move. The internet continues to change education and freely available MOOCs are just one example of a thriving open community.

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Apple Wants Samsung to Pay $40 for Every Tablet and Phone Sold

Samsung-vs-AppleApple and Samsung are famously fighting each other in courts around the world. One of the most famous is a trial that Apple won in 2012 in California. Thanks to a variety of appeals and the Northern District of California’s help in getting the damages reassessed, the trial has remained in court for a year. The two attending a hearing on Jan. 23 where it was recently made known that Apple is requesting damages of $40 per phone or tablet sold as unpaid royalties for devices that Samsung infringed the patents of.

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Apple Maps to Focus on Improved Reliability and Public Transit Features in iOS 8

maps-transitApple’s biggest failure in the history of iOS, Maps, is finally getting some much-needed attention. According to sources familiar with the matter, the iPad maker is on track to add transit directions with the launch of iOS 8. Additionally, Apple has been snatching up map service startups in order to bolster its reliability across the globe. Maybe this time, Maps will get it right.

According to 9to5Mac, unnamed sources claim that Apple is working on improvements to Maps for the next major iOS update. The company is putting a lot of effort into making the native mapping application something that will eventually live up to the “incredibly high standards of Apple’s customers.”

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Setting Up a More Robust Passcode on your iPad or iPhone

Complex Passcode 4With all this talk about Apple security lately, it makes me want to take stock of what I do to protect my iPad in case it does get stolen. “Find my iPad” is on. I’ve got “My Photo Stream” connected to my iPhone and Mac so that I can see any pictures that a stranger may take with it. I’ve set a passcode so that no one can get into it without knowing the four-digit code. Hm…, only four digits. There should be a way to make it harder for someone to get into my iPad. Something a little longer, and with symbols.

Luckily, I can do that. It only requires a few simple steps that I’m about to show you.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 8 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 5 productivity / entertainment apps and 3 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 75% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

Apple Updates iTunes Festival App, Adds Channel to Apple TV

iTunes Festival 1Apple’s first U.S. iTunes Festival is only one day away. To ensure that as many possible viewers have a chance to watch their favorite artists perform, Apple has updated the iOS app to include information for this week’s show. Additionally, Apple TV now has the newly redesigned channel available. Users can watch live concerts, buy music, and more from both the iOS app and the Apple TV channel.

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Beats Music Launching API to 3rd Party Developers

Beats MusicElectronics company Beats is working very hard to make their name known in the mobile streaming music industry. In January, the company launched its branded music player, “Beats Music” to much fanfare on the iPhone. The company recently announced it would make its application programming interface (API) available to third-party developers, giving them access to more than 20 million songs

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Apple Releases iOS 7.1 Update for iPad and iPhone

iOS 7.1 UpdateIt’s finally here. Apple’s next big update is now available for download. It is “packed with interface refinements” and adds a bunch of new features, including CarPlay. Plus, you’ll have more control over Siri, better iTunes Radio features, and more. That annoying bug that would crash your iPad on the home screen… gone.

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Pizza Hut Shows Off Giant iPad Table to Let Customers Build Their Own Pie

Pizza Hut iPhone Touch Screen TablePizza Hut is heading toward the future. Last week, the company launched a concept commercial showing what it would be like to sit down at a table in the restaurant, build your own pizza, order it, and pay for it using a giant touch screen and your iPhone. We may not have flying cars and jetpacks, but I’d be happy with a table-sized iPad.

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Apple Decides to Stick with Samsung for A8 Chip in Upcoming iPhone and iPad

Samsung Semiconductor Plant Austin TXAlthough recent rumors have pointed in a completely different direction, it appears that Apple’s frienemy will be at the helm of production for the company’s next A-series processor. The chipset will be made at the same Texas facility that Samsung used for production of the 64-bit A7 chip that is used in the iPad Air.

According to a report from ZDNet Korea, an unnamed source claims that Samsung has signed a manufacturing agreement with Apple to produce the next generation A-series processor. The chipmaker is scheduled to begin shipping the A8 this fall.

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