If you ever wonder why you’ve run out of storage space on your iPad, check your photos and videos. I regularly take up 2 or 3 gigs of space, just on pictures and videos that I take. The best way to keep your photos under control is to save them in a cloud storage service and delete them from your iOS device before they get out of hand. Amazon has such a service that is specifically dedicated to photos and videos.
A couple of years ago, I was reading an article, I don’t even remember where, and someone posted something in the comment section about Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts app. I excitedly opened my App Store app and searched for this wonderful gift giving present. It was nowhere to be found. It turned out that the 12 Days of Gifts app was only available in Europe, Japan, Canada, and just about everywhere else except the US.
Last night, Apple finally made my holiday wish come true by launching the 12 Days of Gifts app in the U.S. App Store. So, for those of you in my neighboring states who’ve been envying Apple’s worldwide generosity, starting January 26, you’ll be able to participate in 12 days of free apps, games, movies, books, music, and more.
Ever since Apple launched iTunes Radio, music streaming services have been working extra hard to keep their listeners. Both Spotify and Pandora have received iOS 7 redesigns. Pandora has been especially active since iTunes Radio launched. In September, the company finally made their iOS app available for the iPad.
Today, the first streaming music service to hit the big time has just updated their iOS app to include a feature that has been on everyone’s wish list. Pandora for iOS now has an alarm clock.
Apple’s new near field identification technology is really getting a lot of press lately. Last week, we found out that Apple rolled out iBeacon transmitters across 254 of its retail stores to demonstrate what the technology can do. Plus, software company Exact Editions announced plans to make full magazine editions available to “browse” for free in specified locations with the BySpace transmitter.
In direct competition with Apple’s iBeacon, Qualcomm recently announced the launch of a line of similar proximity beacons that will allow users to provide content to passersby through their iOS or Android device.
This week is Computer Science Education Week (CSEW). A tech friendly non-profit organization called Code.org hosts an annual computer science awareness campaign to get kids interested in coding and to advocate for adding computer science to the core curriculum of public school education. This Wednesday, Dec. 11, Apple will participate in CSEW by offering a free class for “Hour of Code” day. Children and teens can sign up for a free coding class at a participating Apple retail store.
Right Now, Square is the biggest name in mobile payment processing. Retailers around the country have switched from the clunky, heavy cash registers of yesteryear in exchange for an iPad and a tiny white dongle. Not only did Square make it easy for retailers to minimize the payment counter, but they also revolutionized the way credit cards are processed. One thing that keeps the company on top is their ever-expanding line of products.
Today, the company announced an update to the Square Reader that makes it thinner (not that it really needed that) and more accurate at reading credit cards.
This winter is proving to be one of the coldest in recent U.S. history. When the weather gets cold, the cold goes skiing, or bakes cookies, or heads to a more tropical environment. Whatever activities you partake of this winter, you will need something to protect your iPad Air from rain, sleet, and snow. The Pelican ProGear Vault is a rugged case that keeps your iPad from scratches and dents. It also protects it from weather with a water resistant seal.
Welcome back to our weekly column filled with tips, tricks, and advice on how to use your iPad to the best of its abilities. This Thanksgiving, I was able to show my uncle how to backup his iPad by connecting it to his laptop. He has had the tablet for over a year and didn’t know he could back it up by plugging it into his computer. It was a reminder to me of how important it is to tell others as much as possible about what the iPad can do. Last time, we showed you how to make your images fit better as wallpaper on your iOS device. Now, you have a better chance of getting that picture of your puppy in a Santa hat to fit without chopping off his ears.
This week, we are getting you ready for Christmas with help on giving your kids the perfect gift without breaking the bank every month for the rest of their childhood. Apple now offers spending allowances for iTunes purchases and we’ve got a tutorial to explain it to you.
Welcome to another week of apps, games, and everything iPad. Every single day, new apps and games make their way to the App Store. For some reason, Thursdays seem to be a big day for releases. We like to call it “New App Day.” In addition to a huge push of new titles, Apple also spotlights a few apps and games as the Editor’s Choice for the week. Last week, Apple gave the award to Icycle: On Thin Ice from Chilingo.
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 80% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.