Apple Expands iPad Educational Tools into Asia, Europe and Latin America

iBooks

I am currently in the middle of writing a new book using iBooks Author and I have found it to be a very fascinating experience. Creating a media rich textbook has never been easier and there is a lot of potential for the work Apple is doing to change the face of education. Apple announced today that they are expanding their scope by adding support for iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager into Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

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Apple Makes Samsung Patent Settlement Contingent on ‘Anti-Cloning’ Provision

anticloningOne of the reasons Apple took Samsung to court more than two years ago was because the latter had made their smartphones and tablets resemble the iPhone and iPad so much that it was hard not to take note of the similarities. While no one would mistake a Galaxy Tab for an iPad, it was clear that Apple didn’t like how Samsung was making a huge profit by taking design ideas from its supply partner, and now major competitor.

According to Foss Patents, in order to have an amicable settlement in the U.S. patent lawsuit trial, Apple will require Samsung to agree to an anti-cloning provision that would allow the former to sue the latter if their products resemble iPhones or iPads to closely.

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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 6 productivity / entertainment apps and 2 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 75% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

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Survey Shows iPad Air off to a Strong Start with Consumers

iPad Fourth Quarter Sales Estimates CIRPApple will release official sales numbers for the iPad at next week’s quarterly earnings call. Many analysts have predicted the possible number of iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, and iPad 2 models. However, when Apple tells the world how well it did in the last fiscal quarter, the individual models won’t be separated out. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) recently surveyed consumers on their Apple purchases to get an idea of what Apple’s numbers probably are. It looks like the iPad Air is the most popular tablet in the company’s line.

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Latest VLC App Update Adds Cloud Support for Google Drive and Dropbox

VLC

In a welcome update to VLC we finally have a new iOS 7 interface, added multi-touch gestures, streaming capabilities from Dropbox, and Google Drive integration. In addition to a number of high profile feature updates, there are also quite a few under the hood tweaks which improve audio playback and other media handling.

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iGear Unlimited Launches Keyboard Cover That Flips Around to Display Your iPad for Movie Watching

Flip Turn Case 2Keyboard cases are a dime a dozen these days. Well, not really. If they were that inexpensive, we’d all have one. My point is that there are plenty of options out there for your iPad keyboard needs. Accessory maker iGear Unlimited has just announced a keyboard cover that lets you flip it around to display your iPad at just the right angle for watching movies.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Get Siri to Check and Read Your Messages

Siri Checks Mail 3Are you a new iPad owner? Do you feel like you are in the dark when it comes to all of the features your new tablet has to offer? You’re not alone. There are lots of things your iPad can do that didn’t come in your start-up guide. Oh, wait. That’s right. You didn’t get a startup guide. That’s because Apple wants you to have fun finding out about all the cool stuff your iPad does by trying everything out. Unfortunately, some things are harder to figure out than others. That’s why, every week, we offer up some tips and hints to help you learn all about your iPad’s features. Last week, we told you how to customize “Do Not Disturb” so you can sleep through the night without getting sent notifications about new Facebook updates.

This week, we thought we’d let you know about some of Siri’s new features. Since iOS 7 Siri can now check your email and text messages, read them to you, and respond to them on your behalf. Hands-free communication is the future.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Storehouse

Storehouse 1Welcome to another edition of our weekly Editor’s Choice column. Each week, Apple picks a couple of apps for their unique qualities and spotlights them for the Editor’s Choice. Every week, we highlight one of the apps that Apple has given the award to. Last week, Joe Danger Infinity was given the special spot in the App Store for its fun and exciting arcade style game mechanics.

This week, Apple spotlighted a photography app that turns your pictures into stories that everyone can read and experience fully. Add text, videos, and photos to create an exposition that will be loved by others in the community.

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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 6 productivity / entertainment apps and 2 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 75% off 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 »

Adobe Almost Ready to Release ‘Lightroom’ Photo Suite for iPad

Lightroom iOSLast May, we learned that Adobe was working on a version of their photo editing software Lightroom for the iPad. At the time, the company’s group product manager for Lightroom, Tom Hogarty, had demonstrated a prototype of the program on the web-based show “The Grid.”

Today, 9to5Mac discovered that Adobe is almost ready to launch Lightroom for the iPad when it was referenced on the company’s website earlier this week.

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