Apple’s 2014 iTunes Festival Line-Up Announced

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Apple’s eighth annual music festival is coming back to London’s Roundhouse this September and the line-up is already looking pretty amazing. According to an announcement earlier this morning, the 30-day shebang will feature more than 60 acts that fans can watch for free on iOS, OS X, and Apple TV.

So far, the September lineup includesMaroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde. Of course, this is just a few of the bands that will rock the stage at the month-long event.

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European Commission Criticizes Apple for Misleading Free Apps with In-App Purchases

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Have you ever been browsing on the App Store and seen an app that looks really great and you see that it’s free, but later you realize that the app is going to cost you money with in-app purchases? I can’t speak for everyone but I have started to skip downloading some games that are free on the onset in favor of games that cost a couple dollars with no future strings attached. It turns out I am not alone in this and Apple has been publicly criticized by the European Commission for it’s lack of commitment to resolving in-app purchasing issues.

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Wonderblox Combines Classic Toys with iPad Experience

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A new Kickstarter campaign from Stui showcases a simple, lo-tech method of bringing toy blocks into collaboration with the iPad screen and iOS apps. The campaign is over half way through and is still unfunded, but if you have kids that love using your iPad then you should check it out.

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iblazr Lights Up a Room So You Can Take Great Photos and Video with Your iPad

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I’ve mentioned before that I wish Apple would give a little more love to the iPad’s camera functions. The native camera doesn’t have the same specs on the iPad as it does on the iPhone. The iPad’s iSight camera is only capable of 5MP resolution and it doesn’t even come with a flash. The iPhone’s iSight camera can take 8MP pictures and comes with “True Tone” flash, which gives better lighting quality in different low-light situations.

We may not be able to do anything about the low megapixel problem, but thanks to the iblazr, we can now have a flash on the iPad so we can take better pictures and videos in any lighting situation.

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Best iPad Apps to Beat the Heat This Summer

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As I sit here, sweat dripping from the back of my knees, trying to withstand turning on the air conditioner for just a little bit longer, I look to my iPad for companionship in the sweltering heat.

Sure, my iPad can get so hot at times that it feels like I’ve got a heating blanket on my lap, but at least my digital companion has everything I need to have fun in the sun this summer. If you are looking for some ideas for your vacation, have plans to build a garden, or just want to see what it looks like on the other side of the globe, we’ve got a list of the best iPad apps to beat the summer heat.

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Future iPads and iPhones Could Automatically Detect if They Have Been Stolen

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A new patent application from Apple showcases a system which tracks user patterns and creates notification when users stray from their normal routine. While this might seem like something the NSA would have thought up, Apple developers are more interested in helping protect users in cases such as theft or loss.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Jenga – Now Universal, Free for a Limited Time

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In 1983, a 3-D block un-building game launched a thousand cries of frustration when Jenga hit store shelves. This family favorite party game requires players to remove one block at a time without destroying the tower. Hilarity ensues.

In 2010, Natural Motion (makers of PadGadget favorite Clumsy Ninja) launched a hyper realistic version of the game on the iPad. After many revisions, and the combining of the iPhone and iPad version, the game is now universal, supports multiplayer mode, and is free for a limited time.

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Turn Your Pictures Into A Beautiful Photography Magazine With ‘Photo Book Flip’

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I love showing off pictures of my recent vacations, shows I’ve been to, and cute snapshots of my nephew. I usually break out my iPad whenever I have a captive audience and make them sit through swipe-after-swipe of pictures. What I really need is an attractive way to display my many photos so my friends and family don’t get bored with the same old stuff every time.

Photo Book Flip is a digital picture book that automatically loads images into an attractive looking display so your pictures look like a photo magazine. Your friends won’t even have a chance to get bored.

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Apple’s Cool iTunes Refill Feature Now Available in the US

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Earlier this week, word came down the pipeline that Apple was starting to roll out a new refill service for Passbook. Called “iTunes Pass” the service allows users to walk into an Apple Retail Store and add money to their iTunes account. The service started in Japan, but today it has found its way to the U.S. and Europe.

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Siri May get Much Smarter Thanks to Apple and IBM Partnership

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Yesterday, Apple announced a partnership with IBM that will put the latter’s “renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips.” What exactly will that mean for you and I? For one thing, Siri might get an upgrade to her intellect thanks to IBM’s powerhouse of information.

Businessweek recently reported on IBM’s popular, but as yet unavailable, personal computer, Watson. You may recall a few years ago that the supercomputer managed to beat a human opponent at the game of “Jeopardy.” What makes the program so unique is just how much information is stored in its computer brain.

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