Whole Foods to Use Square iPad Cash Registers to Speedup Checkout

Whole Foods MarketA few years ago, my local grocery chain remodeled three checkout lanes. They were turned into six self-checkout stations. Now, on any given day, there will be more people standing in line waiting for a self-checkout station than there are people being processed through the traditional checkout lanes. It isn’t particularly efficient. The computers have glitches, you can’t pay for alcohol at self-checkout, and if you set your item down incorrectly in the bag, all hell breaks loose.

What the store really needs is a couple of iPads and some friendly checkers who know how to use them.

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Give Your Sweetheart the Gift of UE’s ‘BOOM’ this Valentine’s Day – Hands on Review

UE BOOM 1Almost exactly a year ago, we spotlighted a portable Bluetooth speaker from Logitech’s sister company, Ultimate Ears. The UE Boom started as a social music experiment to see what music means in a social environment. Today, the experiment continues with the newest feature of the best speaker in its class. The UE BOOM can now be customized with a special audio recording.

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New Medical Study Shows iPad Can Cause Motion Sickness

motion sicknessShortly after Apple launched iOS 7, word got around that the parallax feature and new way that things are animated were causing some pretty severe motion sickness. Some even complained of missing work due to sickness, headaches, and nausea. We tried to help out with a few suggestions for those suffering from nausea by turning on the “Reduce Motion” feature in Accessibilities, plus a few more suggestions. However, they were not a cure-all by any means.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 9 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 9 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 9 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 2 productivity / entertainment apps and 7 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 80% 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 »

New ‘Play Nice’ Brings Fresh Approach to IAP


Have you ever avoided downloading an app because of in-app purchases? Every time I see a ‘free’ app in the App Store I make sure to check if any content requires an IAP and I often skip apps that look pricey in the long run. It seems that developers are pushing the concept of IAPs by making it easy to spend a lot of money to keep gameplay alive.

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‘Ken Burns’ iPad App Lets You Explore American History Through a Different Lens

Ken Burns 3Ken Burns may be the most popular documentary maker in the U.S., at least when it comes to history. The award-wining filmmaker is best known for his in-depth narratives of the Civil War, National Parks, and Major League baseball. Today, the man behind the camera launched an iPad app that takes an entirely new look at American history by watching playlists that include coverage of eras that Burns has investigated throughout his career with Ken Burns.

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iPhone With ‘Flappy Bird’ Installed Listed at $100K on eBay, Others Selling for Thousands

iPhone flappy birds installed on ebayThis story just keeps getting weirder. Last week, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen told The Verge his free-to-play game was generating $50,000 per day in advertisement revenue. Then, over the weekend, Nguyen decided the quarter-of-a-million dollars per week wasn’t worth the attention he and his game were getting. Now, it seems that users who managed to download the game before it was pulled from the App Store are making a killing off of selling the app, device included, at excessive prices.

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LinkedIn to Eliminate iOS ‘Intro’ Integration, No More iPad Support Prior to iOS 6.0

comparison-1040Back in October, LinkedIn announced a new feature in iOS that would allow you to link your profile with your native Mail app so that you can see the profile of the person who sent you a message. The feature was very popular. However, LinkedIn recently announced that Intro will be “shut down” next month.

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Flappy Bird Creator Pulls his Smash Hit Game from App Store

Item Not Available in App StoreLast week, we found out that the number one title on the Top Free Games in the App Store list, Flappy Bird, was generating $50,000 per day in advertising revenue. The game’s creator and the founder of dotGears, Dong Nguyen, was interviewed by The Verge recently and told the tech news site that he didn’t even know why the game skyrocketed to the top spot.

In a surprising and unprecedented twist, Nguyen announced on Saturday through Twitter that he was pulling the game in less than 24 hours. Much to the surprise of gamers accusing Nguyen of pulling a publicity stunt, the game came down on Sunday afternoon.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Slice Fractions

SliceFractionsBannerOne of my dearest friends is a math professor. He is constantly telling jokes that no one gets, except maybe other mathematicians. Math can be an intimidating subject for some kids. It really isn’t as scary as you think. With the right learning tools and a lot of practice, anyone could become a mathematician and tell jokes that no one gets.

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