School District Runs out of Bandwidth After Deploying 20,000 iPads

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NBC News published an article this week that should serve as a good reminder for any school district that wants to provide iPads for all of their students, which is that you can’t neglect all of the peripheral issues and costs associated with creating a functional infrastructure. After pushing hard for 20,000 iPads but not for more data capabilities, two neighboring school districts which share the same connection all found themselves without enough bandwidth.

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Apple Wants to Save you Money with Back-to-School Tax Free Promotion on iPads, iPhones and Mac

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Nine states in the U.S. hold a “tax holiday” just before the start of the school year to help residents save a few dollars on back-to-school supplies. This year, Apple is reminding everyone that their state’s tax holiday is just around the corner. If you are getting your back-to-school electronics, you can save on your purchase of a new iPad, plus get a $50 Apple Retail Store gift card for even better savings. Read More »

Microsoft OneNote Gets Major Update – Adds File Attachments and Note Organization Features


The Back-to-School season is getting underway and to help you get ready for the most productive school year ever, Microsoft has updated its OneNote iOS and OS X apps with easier access to notebooks, the ability to insert PDF files, and better sharing features.

Version 2.3 now allows users to access work or school notebooks on OneDrive for Business. You can now open, sync, and create personal or shared notebooks on OneDrive for Business and easily access those files by directly signing into OneNote on iOS or OS X.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: iPad Speaker Buddy

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I’ve been listening to NPR One for many hours through my iPad Air (yes, I know the app isn’t optimized for the iPad, but that doesn’t change the sound quality). Basically, I’ve been listening to the app from the moment I found out it existed until right now while writing this article. One thing I noticed is that talk radio is much harder to hear clearly than music without some kind of extra help on the iPad. I just connect it to my UE Boom and I’m ready to go. However, not everyone has a fancy Bluetooth speaker on hand. Sometimes, you have to work with what you’ve got.

Today’s Do-it-yourself project spotlight comes from EnergyHandyman and we found it on one of the best places on the Internet for DIY projects of all kinds, Instructables.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Dark Ages Part 2 Now Available on iPad

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PopCap is on a roll with adding more and more updates to the sequel to its popular castle defense game. Drop your seeds and grow poison-spewing plants that knock the medieval zombie king right off his thrown in the Plants vs. Zombies 2’s latest content update, just released this week.

Dark Ages Part 2 features 10 new medieval themed levels, filled with a variety of mushroom militia and knighted undead. In addition to the new plants added in Dark Ages Part 1, there are two new plants, Peanut and Magnet Shroom.

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NPR One App Personalizes your Public Radio Listening Experience


A few months ago, Apple added an NPR channel to iTunes Radio, which includes rebroadcasts of popular segments and shows like “All Things Considered.” Prior to that, you could find your local station by listening to NPR News from the iPad app, or you could stream shows from the official website. Now, in addition to the NPR News app, NPR News and Culture on iTunes Radio, and the official website, you can now get a personalized experience with a new curated app.

NPR One is a streaming media app that combines NPR’s national segments with local news reporting to bring you a personalized on-demand experience.

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Researchers Warn Almost all Android Devices Prone to Attack Allowing Hackers to Steal Personal Information


Last week, security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski made some hefty claims that iOS devices are vulnerable to attack due to undocumented surveillance services that Apple has included in its mobile operating system. Apple quickly refuted the claim and made those services more transparent for those suspicious of their intent.

This week, Bluebox Security came out with a report claiming that Android phones are vulnerable to attack through an uninspected certification process, which allows hackers to access payment history, account credentials, emails, and more.

The way both companies handled the accusations are completely different. Although each has a valid reason for why they approached the issue the way they did.

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Indie Developer Reveals How Hard it is to Make a Living as an App Developer

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Being a writer in the iOS industry, I meet a lot of indie app developers. I can tell from correspondences with these hard-working men and women that creating an app or game, for at least a period of time, is their life and their passion. Many developers put their friendships on hold and families in the backseat. All of the sleepless nights pay of on one single day, the launch day.

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By This Time Next Week, You’ll Need Facebook Messenger To Chat in iOS


Until recently, I didn’t waste time with two different apps for Facebook communications. The official app works just fine for checking in, reading your timeline, and chatting with others. The only reason I ended up downloading Facebook’s Messenger app was to have faster, less distracted communication with my band mates who use it exclusively to communicate.

However, I still enjoy having the chat feature inside the Facebook app. When I’m browsing my friends’ status updates, I can easily talk with buddies who just want to say “hi.”

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Madefire Motion Books & Comics

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This past weekend, San Diego played host to tens of thousands of comic book collectors and celebrity chasers alike. We are big fans of comics around here and even have a list of apps that will help get you through Comic Con.

This week, Apple also celebrated San Diego Comic Con by making Madefire Motion Books & Comics the App Store Editor’s Choice. Not only can you download and read hundreds of digital versions of print comics by indie distributors like IDW, Valiant, and Top Cow, but you can also experience the new trend in the industry, motion comics.

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