Twitter Updates iPad App With Improved Functions, Rolls Out Mute Feature

Twitter

Today, Twitter dropped a big update bomb that is specifically meant for the iPad. The larger screen device has been given a few cool features to make tweeting and discovery better than ever. Plus, the company recently announced the rollout of the much-needed Mute function for iOS.

The app’s update to version 6.5 includes a more comprehensive search feature, better viewing of photos and vines, more integrated social features, and more. You can access direct messages quicker, add filters to photos, and see what is trending in the Discover section of the iPad app.

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iStick is a Flash Drive for your iPad or iPhone – a Kickstarter Project

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One major argument I hear from friends regarding why they think their tablet is better than the iPad is the USB connector port. No, the iPad does not have a USB port. However, you can plug a USB device into it using the USB Camera Adapter. You can’t however, just plug in a flash drive and drag-and-drop files between devices. That is, until now. The iStick is a USB flash drive with a Lightning connector that includes a compatible app for downloading content from the stick to your iPad.

The iStick is a basic flash drive. When you connect it to your Mac or PC, a file window opens up automatically and you can drag content from you computer to the file window. Then, you can flip the switch on the drive, turning a USB connector into a Lightning connector.

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Google Play Music Already Coded for iPad Optimization, Update Imminent

Google Play Music

Last September, Google launched its own music player app on iOS. The app allows users to store up to 20,000 songs from their personal collection in a cloud-based storage service to access anywhere. A recent discovery by a user show that Google Play Music is already coded with iPad optimization, which likely means that the app will get the official update soon.

Discovered by a reader for 9to5Google, the iPad update is supposedly already in development. A second reader followed up with additional support claiming that changing the iPhone app’s “UIDeviceFamily” key to 2 instead of 1 in its info.plist file results in the iPad layout. The recoding was tested by 9to5Google to be true.

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Samsung Largest Supplier of iPad Displays in Q1 2014

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With all of the back and forth we hear about Apple and Samsung in the news, you’d think that the two tech companies would not be willing to share the same air space, let alone work together. However, based on new information coming from ZDNet’s Korea affiliate, not only are they still business partners, but Apple appears to be relying more on Samsung than any other company for manufacturing of iPad display screens.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: CastleStorm – Free to Siege

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Once a genre starts to get a little worn out, the best way to rejuvenate things is to mash it up. That is, why not mix a bit of rhythm tapping with a platformer? Or, how about throwing some battle card action into a fighting game? The world is all wonky with all these mixed up, mashed up game genres. Isn’t it delightful? Read More »

PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Best Practices for Battery Life Conservation

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My mom called me one day, frantically asking for help with her iPad, which had just up and died on her. She couldn’t get it to turn on. It was working fine when she left the house to spend the day at the lake, but when she tried to turn it on at the end of the day, nothing happened. “Did you take it with you to the lake?” I asked. “Yes, but I left it in the car, so it didn’t get wet or anything,” she responded. My mom lives in Arizona where a cool day is about 95 degrees. That meant her car was probably well over 100 degrees, which is the perfect condition to drain a battery to its last spark of energy.

My mom protested. She had just charged her iPad before leaving the house, so the battery was full. I encouraged her to plug it in to charge it and leave it alone for about 10 minutes. Of course, the next phone call was to thank me for “fixing” her iPad. I love my mom.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 9 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 9 iPad Apps on Sale

For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 9 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 4 productivity / entertainment apps and 5 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 86% off, a couple 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 »

The Walking Dead: Season Two’s Third Episode ‘In Harm’s Way’ Coming Next Week

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The popular hit The Walking Dead: The Game from Telltale Games has been on track, providing new episodes in the second season on a regular basis. The first episode, “All That Remains,” launched in mid December of last year. Episode two, “A House Divided,” made it to iOS in early March. Now, only two months later and we are about to find out what happens to little Clementine in the next installment of the zombie apocalypse series. Telltale Games has just announced that episode three, titled “In Harm’s Way,” will be available for download on iOS this Thursday, May 15.

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NamcoBandai Launches Battle Card Version of SoulCalibur Franchise

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At the turn of the century, Namco launched a combat game that rocked the console gaming world. SoulCalibur brought the eight-way run to the fight. The game was a huge hit and has been ported numerous times to multiple platforms, including iOS. This week, NamcoBandai launched a new and completely different version of the game that will upset fans of the original, but might bring new gamers into the fold.

My emotions are split on the card battle game Soulcalibur Unbreakable Soul. On the one hand, this is not even remotely close to fitting in with the man-to-man fighting franchise that has existed for nearly 15 years. On the other hand, I love card battle games, so of course I’m drawn to the mechanics.

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Flurry Publishes Tablet Report Four Years in the Making

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Flurry Analytics began studying the iPad right out of the gate. The company quickly began analyzing activities performed by tablet users and by the end of the first year had determined that they would become a powerhouse of media consumption. Four years later, tablets have also turned the PC world upside-down and even begun leaking into the living room with replacement streaming, or at least second-screen companion apps.

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