Apple Releases the Next Chapter in the ‘Your Verse’ Campaign

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Apple has been releasing a new Your Verse advertisement every month since the campaign launched in January 2014. We’ve seen how the iPad has been used to climb the highest mountain, protect athletes, and create beautifully choreographed dance routines. Today, Apple takes us on a trip around the world with a hearing-impaired travel writer. We also find out how an orchestra conductor writes his music.

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Australian iPads and iPhone are Being Hacked and Held for Ransom

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That’s right, according to The Age, hackers have been making the rounds in Queensland, SWN, Western and Southern Australia, and Victoria. Owners of iPhones, iPads, and Macs have reported having their device held hostage.

One victim in Sydney reported that she woke at 4:00 a.m. to the sound of an alarm with a pop up message on her iPhone that read, “Device hacked by Ogel Pliss. For unlock device OK.” After tapping the “OK” button, she was instructed to send $50 to a PayPal account before the device could be unlocked.

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Apple Reportedly Working on Home Automation System Ahead of WWDC

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The rumor-mill is in full swing ahead of the WWDC keynote next week and one rumor in particular is suggesting that Apple is going to enter the smart home market. A number of companies already have items such as thermostats, lighting, security systems, and weight scales which are app connected but if Apple jumps on board then we can expect tighter iOS integration with all of the polish for which Apple products are known.

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Retro Instagram Viewer for iPad Gets Video Download, Night Mode, and Complete UI Redesign

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Because Instagram doesn’t offer an iPad-optimized version of their service, we are relegated to using the 2X zoom method or finding a third-party app that works. Retro is a third-party iPad app specifically designed to make your Instagram feed look like a million bucks. It was recently rebuilt with a better user interface, video downloads, and a new night theme.

Retro for Instagram lets you connect your Instagram feed so you can view your friends’ posts, “like” pictures, comment, and follow new users. You can view posts by hashtags, see uploads from other users, and discover new Instagramers with the curated trending now section.

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iCorners Brings Case-less Protection to your iPad

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Buying an iPad is a substantial investment that you will want to protect, but often the cases that provide the most safety also detract from the benefits from having a lightweight mobile device. A company called Simple Innovations has designed an elegant solution called iCorners that protects your iPad through the use of high quality corners, which add minimal weight and stay out of the way of normal use.

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Atom Run Review – Run for the Life of All Humanity in This Platformer

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Last week, Fingerlab launched a new iOS platform game that looks good enough to be a console game. The quality graphics combine with the retro gameplay to bring a solid arcade style game to the iPad.

Atom Run is a platform game that requires skills and timing that push your abilities to their maximum. The game may seem easy on the surface, but if you want to get anywhere, you’ve got to be good.

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Osmo – iPad Gaming with a Real World Twist

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It is an idea that is so simple that it will feel like it’s always been a part of iOS, yet it is magical enough that it has the potential to add an entire new category of gaming on the iPad. A startup named Tangible Play has created a technology called Reflective Artificial Intelligence, which integrates the environment around the iPad using its camera to promote learning and fun through an expanded tactile experience.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Rubik’s Cube

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The Rubik’s Cube turned 40 years old this week. It may not have exactly stood the test of time the way some other toys do, but even younger generations know what that colorful cube is and how hard it is to solve. In celebration, we wanted to let you know that there’s an app for that.

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Popular ‘djay’ App Launches New Update with Spotify Integration

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In perhaps the biggest music news of the week, Algoriddim has released an update to their popular Djay software with built in Spotify access. Now with a premium Spotify account you can now access the full 20 million songs currently available, or in other words your holiday BBQ on Monday is going to totally rock.

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iMessage Bug Fix Coming in New iOS Update

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Apple has admitted that its Messages app still has unresolved issues and promises that a fix is coming in a future update. The problem is manifest when switching between using iMessages and text messages, but the system has also been plagued by server-side issues.

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