PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: IkeaPad Stand

IkeaPad Stand 2If you are looking for a very simple do-it-yourself iPad stand project, IkeaHackers has a great selection of simple tutorials, many of which are so simple they only require a minimum amount of work. The hardest part is going to Ikea to get the items needed. I know when I go to Ikea, it takes hours to get out because I can’t help but wander around in all of the furnished rooms.

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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, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

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Gameloft Announces ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Launching This April

Amazing Spider-Man 2 1Marvel Entertainment has been highly prolific since the Walt Disney Company acquired it in 2009. Before that, there was a movie here and there, a few cartoons, and some televisions shows. Now, the company churns out blockbuster hits on a regular basis. The next in line is Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (Not to be confused with plain old “Spider-Man”). In connection with the upcoming sequel, Gameloft announced today the launch of a new game by the same name.

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Apple’s iTunes Radio Already More Popular Than Spotify

iTunes Radio share via Edison ResearchAccording to research firms Triton Digital and Edison Research, only six months after its debut, iTunes Radio is the third most popular music streaming service in the United States. Pandora is number one. iHeartRadio came in second, leading iTunes Radio by only one percent.

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

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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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