Mikey Digital and Spark Digital From Blue Microphones Get Lightning Upgrade

Blue Microphones

Back in 2012, Blue Microphones launched a line of digital microphones that connect to your iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately, later that year, Apple changed its connector port from 30-pin to Lightning, making Blue’s Mikey and Spark Digital microphones incompatible with new generations of iOS devices.

Recently, Blue Microphones upgraded both digital mics for Apple products, so you can plug directly into your iPad 4, iPad Air, or iPad mini without needing a separate adaptor.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Sago Mini Friends

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One very important lesson that young children should learn is how to share. Whether your little one is an only child or part of a big family, it isn’t easy to make sense of the concept of giving up something you want in order to let someone else have it. Even as grown-ups, we have a difficult time with that concept.

Sago Mini Friends is a children’s app that features adorable creatures that are also learning about sharing. Go on a play date with your favorite Sago Mini characters and find out just how fun having friends can be when you give a little.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Retro Fun Super Mega Worm

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Sometimes, we stray a bit from our “Flashback” rule and talk about a game that isn’t from decades gone by, but looks and feels like it. This week, we are wandering off of the classic path and onto the retro path with a fun pixel platformer that must been made by a team that spent their afternoons playing Nintendo.

Super Mega Worm is a fun auto run platform game where players get to take control of a hungry worm. Gobble up cows, birds, and anything in sight as you munch through layers of the Earth’s crust.

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Apple Spotlights Sale on 20 Amazing Productivity Apps

Amazing Productivity Apps On Sale

Recently, Apple has been encouraging developers of specific categories to temporarily drop the price of their apps so they can be highlighted on a special page in the App Store. Last month, Apple spotlighted puzzle games on sale. This month, it’s productivity apps. Some are as much as 70 percent off the original price. Take a look at the list we’ve compiled and see if any of the deals seem too good to pass up.

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Chinese Government Denies Apple Product Ban

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Just yesterday, we heard a report from Bloomberg that the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission, as well as the Ministry of Finance, “omitted Apple’s iPad, iPad mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro” from its government-approved device procurement list. Turns out, that was all a big misunderstanding.

According to a new report from Reuters, the Central Government Procurement Centre, as well as the Ministry of Finance and Apple, said the company never applied to be on the list in the first place.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic HD Now Shipping

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Nearly six months ago, IK Multimedia announced it was updating its popular iRig Mic with an HD version. In May, the device was available for preorder. However, for some unknown reason, the 24-bit A/D converter was not ready for sale by the estimated launch date. This week, the company announced that the iRig Mic HD is finally ready for shipping.

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Recent Hospital Study Finds iPads Calm Kids Better than Sedatives

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My nephew can get a little wild sometimes. He gets overly excited and it just, sort of, takes off. He calls it “running around crazy.” I can always calm him down by pulling out my iPad and opening one of his favorite interactive books (although, he’d usually prefer Minecraft). He can sit for hours, reading the pages of books, exploring activities, and listening to the read-to-me narration. It relaxes him.

According to a recent study in the Pediatric Anesthesia journal, playing with an iPad before going under could actually relax children more than a sedative would. They are able to calm down with distractions, without needing a mind-altering medication to help them.

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22Cans Launches Much Anticipated Godus iPad Game

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The “God Game” genre has just been turned upside down with the recent launch of 22Cas’ newest submission to the App Store. Play God as you grow your subjects’ villages, help them survive harsh winters, and punish them for not paying enough attention to you. You are in control of the fate of your people. Don’t forget that you exist because they believe in you.

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Artist Uses Tortoises as iPad Mounts, Raises Concerns of Animal Abuse

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The newly constructed Aspen Art Museum in Colorado is planning on hosting an art exhibition this weekend. The big unveiling party will take place on the building’s rooftop sculpture garden. Artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation, “Moving Ghost Town” will be on display. Oh, and three African sulcata (also known as “spurred”) tortoises will have iPads mounted to their shells.

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NFL Now App Brings Personalized Video Service to iPad

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Just in time for the 2014 American football season, the National Football League (NFL) launched a new app that allows users to keep up to date on all things related to the pigskin. By picking your favorite teams before you get started, your viewing experience will be customized just for you.

NFL Now is the newest delivery method for news and updates on the professional football league. You’ll be able to see a personalized video stream relating to your favorite teams, players, and coaches, right on your iPad or iPhone.

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