Waze Version 3.9 ‘Places’ Adds Up-To-Date Info on Businesses


Whenever I’m about to go someplace I’ve never been, I try to get as much info ahead of time as possible. I’ll use Google Earth to try to get a visual description of a building. I’ll look up Yelp reviews to see what is good or bad. I’ll even try to find out what the parking situation is like, just in case I need to plan ahead for a long walk.

This week, Waze updated their social networking map app to include the ability to add and edit current pictures and information about businesses and residences. Now, you can take a picture of a restaurant that recently closed down and post it to Waze to let others know not to waste their time.

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Still Palin’ Around, Samsung to Supply iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro Display for Apple

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Apple is supposedly working on a 12.9-inch iPad model. Rumors have been bubbling up recently that the larger sized tablet will be ready sometime in early 2015, will sport the, slightly better, A8X processor chip, and might even come with 2GB of RAM. Today’s rumor is that Samsung will be on deck to supply the display screens for the so-called “iPad Pro.”

According to Korea-based news site inews24, Samsung will supply Apple with display panels for both the second-generation iPad Air and the iPad Pro. Samsung will supposedly begin manufacturing the panels, which are said to feature IPS technology, in the coming months.

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Apple Watch’s AMOLED Screen to be Pricier than Competing Screens

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The Apple Watch is still months away but information is continuing to trickle out about its capabilities and technical components which point towards continued innovation and high quality design. The display design uses a plastic AMOLED design that is lighter, thinner, higher quality, but cost several times more than the standard glass LED displays.

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Apple Breaks Standard Software Development Cycle by Working on Multiple iOS Releases Simultaneously

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In the past Apple would begin field testing new iOS versions only after finishing previous versions, which makes sense considering the sequential nature of those versions. The problem is that iOS has rarely been as polished as it should be when compared to hardware releases and so Apple is either shortening its development cycle to have new iOS versions be ready sooner or breaking away from the iOS and iPhone release pairing to make them both independent. Apple also has to worry about how iOS is at the center of so many new products and services, which means that updates have to be tied to their releases as well.

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Apple Watch Rumored to Hit the Runway at Paris Fashion Week

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We may get to see more Apple Watches in the wild during a special event in Paris at its annual Fashion Week. The Tuesday event is being co-hosted by Apple and fashion store Colette, and the invitation features a series of bubbles which look suspiciously like the Apple Watch home screen and suggests that Apple will be showcasing the watch.

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Foxconn Working to Reduce Reliance on Apple iPhone Business


Foxconn has been associated with Apple for a long time and many consider it to be an ‘Apple’ company. The reality is that Foxconn Electronics survives because of the work it does for Apple but they are expanding their business in an attempt to diversify and reduce their reliance on Apple.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Post-It Plus

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Even though I have all the world’s technology at my fingertips, I still reach for my Post-It notes on occasion for scribbling down reminders. Sometimes, they are stuck to my computer screen. Sometimes, I fold them in half and stuff them into my wallet. No matter how advanced the digital age becomes, it seems like the Post-It note will never be obsolete.

Now, with Post-It Plus, you can transform your physical sheets of colorful sticky paper into digital ones. Plus, you can organize and categorize your notes and share them with others.

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Apple HealthKit Apps Begin Appearing in App Store


After a tumultuous couple of days, Apple was finally able to push an update to iOS 8 that fixed the fairly egregious error with causing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to lose cell service and Touch ID. By this morning, you were probably already prompted to update.

Within a few hours of the update going live HealthKit created apps have started to appear in the App Store. Now, apps that use the HealthKit software development kit (SDK) can send information to Apple’s Health app so you can track such things as diet and exercise without having to open multiple apps.

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Apple Makes iPhone More Secure, Police Claim it is now the Tool of Choice for Criminals

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To add to the poor publicity Apple has been dealing with for the past week, Chicago Police’s chief of detectives is speculating that Apple’s new extra-secure mobile operating system, iOS 8, is like a magnet for pedophiles. First people are accusing Apple of collaborating with the NSA to give away user information. Now people are complaining because iOS 8 is too secure. This company can’t seem to get a break.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Speedball 2 Evolution

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In the late 1980s, cyberpunk was all the rage. Movies like RoboCop, The Running Man, and Total Recall graced the big screen. Around that same time, a sports-based video game called Speedball made its way onto gaming consoles. The game takes parts of ice hockey and handball and mixes it with hand-to-hand combat against opposing teams.

Speedball 2 Evolution is an iOS version of the popular sequel, which originally launched in 1990. Players can dive into a full career campaign season or spend a few minutes on a quick match.

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