Philips Shows What Hue Smart Bulb Control Might Look in iOS 8

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Philips Hue is a proven product with a very distinct style and a lot of momentum in the marketplace. With HomeKit announced, Philips has released a mockup (see below) of how Hue might look in the iOS 8 Notification Center and it is clear that their efforts to integrate into iOS 8 are well underway.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Tapper World Tour HD

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Way back in 1983, Midway Games released a game called Tapper, or Root Beer Tapper, that had a speedy young bartender racing from one table to another, passing out refreshing mugs of frosty suds. You might even say it was the first time management video game. However, unlike the burger and sweets joints you’ve managed on iOS, these patrons were much faster at drinking and much quicker to anger. Taking care of these drinkers was more than a handful.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 8 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 2 productivity / entertainment apps and 6 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.

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Messages for iOS Gets Voice Recording, ‘Do Not Disturb’ in iOS 8

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When iOS 8 drops this fall, we will see a lot of big changes to the way the system runs. Users will be able to set a third-party system wide keyboard, Family Sharing will make it possible for members to download each other’s purchased content, and Photos will get in-app editing capabilities. Oh, there’s more. Much more.

One big update we are looking forward to involves changes to Messages. With iOS 8, we will be able to record voice messages, send videos faster than ever, control group chats, and more. Practically everything we’ve always wished were possible with Messages will come true in iOS 8.

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Apple’s New ‘Swift’ Programming Language has been in Development for Years

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At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple blew developers out of the water with the announcement that the company would be moving away from the decades-long programming language it currently uses. With iOS 8, coders will throw Objective-C out the window in exchange for the easier-to-use Swift programming language. What does that mean for the rest of us? It means better apps with less code glitches and bugs because coders will have an easier time creating programs for us to use. Apparently, Swift has been in the pipeline for almost half a decade.

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Apple Opens Camera API to Developers, Offers PhotosKit SDK For Photos in iOS 8

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Apple has a few new things in store for us this fall. Basically, nothing is set in stone because Apple has unlocked much of its secrets to share with developers. In fact, there will be more than 4,000 APIs and services that can facilitate new apps and features in iOS 8. One area that Apple has loosened its grip is with the native Photos and Camera apps.

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Apple Will Allow Third-Party Keyboards System Wide in iOS 8

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When Apple launches iOS 8, the biggest change will come on the developer end. The company is know for keeping things closed off to developers. However, iOS 8 will bring the biggest changes for developers since the launch of the App Store. One of the biggest new possibilities coming this fall will be the ability to choose what keyboard you use system wide.

That’s right. Apple has unlocked the ability for developers to create keyboards that users can use as their main keyboard function. I can’t wait to see all of the fun colors and goofy symbols that will find their way into the App Store this year.

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What Devices Are Going to Be Compatible with iOS 8?

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This week, Apple unveiled the upcoming iOS 8 and many of the cool new features we can expect to see at the fall launch. With each new update, the question arises as to what devices will still be compatible with the ever-changing technology that Apple offers its users. With iOS 7, users as far back as the iPhone 4, iPad mini and iPad 2, as well as the fifth-generation iPod touch are able to use the current software. When iOS 8 launches, the iPhone 4 will be off the list, leaving the iPhone 4s and higher, the fifth-generation iPod touch, the iPad 2 and higher, and the iPad mini and higher.

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Temple Run Hits One Billion Downloads as Gaming Grows on iOS

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Today, game maker Imangi Studios announced that its popular mobile game Temple Run and the sequel Temple Run 2 have been downloaded more than one billion times since the launch of the original in 2011. It just goes to show that dreams can come true for independent game developers. Imangi Studios started as a husband and wife team working out of their apartment. Not bad for only three years later.

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Family Sharing Brings Useful New Features to iOS 8

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Multi-device households are becoming the norm and now there is going to be a new way to handle the sharing of purchases and content between family members. This is a must-explore feature that is going to revolutionize how families use iOS.

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