Disappointed that Apple Didn’t Make a Reversible USB Cord? Get a BelayCord Instead


Back in August, rumors began to spread that Apple might make the next-generation of Lightning cable USB reversible. There was even a patent published around that time. There is still hope that Apple will have its own reversible USB cord by 2017. In the meantime, if you don’t want to wait for one that comes with your iOS device, you can invest in the future with the BelayCord Kickstarter campaign.

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New Rumor Suggests Oct. 16 iPad Event

iPad Air 2

Re/code’s John Paczkowski may actually have a legitimate friend on the inside of Apple because he has been pretty dead on when it comes to correctly identifying rumors. Back in August, the tech writer revealed that Apple would hold the iPhone event on Sept. 9.

Today, Paczkowski reports that Apple is planning on holding its next media event on Oct. 16. My earlier prediction of Oct. 21 appears to be off the mark.

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Tech Accessory Maker Asks, ‘What Does America Say Good Morning To?’

Kensington Survey

Accessory maker Kensington recently surveyed Internet users to find out how the average American spends time on tablets. The digital age has changed the way we communicate with each other. Apparently, less than one-quarter of Americans would rather speak to their significant other before using their tablet.

My 12-year-old niece was explaining to me what the lunchroom is like at her middle school. According to her, during the most social activity of the day, kids are using their mobile devices instead of chatting with each other. Most casual conversation involves showing one another a post from a social networking site.

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Microsoft Founder Bill Gates Loves Apple Pay


Within the next few weeks, Apple is going to launch its payment service, which is only available on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at this time. Apple Pay will either be a big hit or a total flop. Some are speculating that it will revolutionize the mobile payment industry. According to an interview with former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, Apple Pay will make credit card purchases more convenient and secure.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Abalone

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In 1987, two friendly game designers created a strategy game that was not entirely unlike Chinese Checkers. While Abalone didn’t become a phenomenon, it did earn a name for itself in the annals of board game history. Today, the game is played in 30 countries worldwide, and thanks to Bulkypix, you can play it right now on your iPad.

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Velvetwire Announces New Powerslayer Blu HomeKit-Enabled USB Charger

Powerslayer Blu

Velvetwire is a company known for creating fast-acting, environmentally beneficial power chargers. The original version included technology that would detect when your device was fully charged and then switch off in order to cut electricity trickles that happen with traditional chargers.

This week, the company announced the launch of the Powerslayer Blu, which is a Bluetooth-compatible charger that works with HomeKit-controlled devices so you can reduce energy consumption even more.

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New Apple Tool Lets You Ensure Resale iPad or iPhone Activation Lock is off

Activation Lock

When Apple launched iOS 7, it added a security feature called Activation Lock that would prevent someone from erasing or activating a device without first entering the user’s Apple ID. It is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPad or iPhone. Because of this new feature, a device is rendered useless if it is resold while still activated. That’s why companies like Gazelle and NextWorth estimate your device’s value at “worthless” if you haven’t deactivated the feature.

Yesterday, Apple released a web-based tool that will allow you to check the status of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and ensure that Activation Lock is not on.

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Future Apple Remote App may Pack Interactive Apple TV Content


The Apple TV is an interesting product that has never made a big splash in the news but has still slowly developed into an integral part of many people’s home entertainment systems. An interface update last week reminded me that Apple is still working on refining the device and a newly published patent application suggests that even bigger changes are in store.

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ZAGG Releases Damage Report to Remind Device Owners to Get a Case

ZAGG Damage Report

ZAGG has just released a report titled “ZAGG Device Damage Study: 2014.” The data is made up of 768 US residents 18 years or older that were surveyed regarding damaged mobile devices. Not only are consumers worried about breaking their devices, but about half of all smartphone users and a quarter of all tablet users are currently using a damaged device.

Many of my friends have a smart phone with a cracked screen. It is practically inevitable, especially if you don’t have a protective case. I’ve dropped my iPhone from standing height about four times and never even got a scratch on the screen thanks to the case I’ve always kept it in. However, I have watched multiple friends do the same without a case and end up with damage.

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Angry Birds Developer Rovio Announces Lay-off of up to 16 Percent of Employees


Rovio blew up on the mobile gaming scene in late 2009 when the independent company launched a simple little title called Angry Birds. Five years and more than a dozen Angry Bird spinoffs later, the company has grown exponentially bigger than anyone could have imagined, except Rovio.

Today, the company announced that it had higher expectations than the market needed and will be downsizing by as much as 130 employees over the coming months.

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