PadGadget’s Sound Stage: iRig KEYS PRO Hands-on Review

KeysPro+iPadIt has already been a week and today marks the deadline for a new post of our weekly music column. Each week, we hunt for the coolest apps and accessories for the iPad. Last week, we told you about Caustic. Create a rack mount for your music needs without taking up space in the living room.

This week, we go hands on with IK Multimedia’s newest release. If you thought the iRig KEYS were cool, but wanted something a little more practical, you’ll be happy to know that the iOS music accessory maker heard your cries and upgraded the MIDI-compatible keyboard to a PRO version, complete with full-sized keys for realistic keyboard play.

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Humorous Infograph shows the iPad Air in its Many Uses Based on ‘Poetry’ Ad

Doghouse Diaries 1A few weeks ago, Apple launched a new commercial that featured the pivotal speech from John Keating (Robin Williams) in Dead Poets Society. The advertisement is intended to invoke inspiration from creative iPad users. Poets, writers, painters, and musicians are using Apple’s tablet in a montage. Humorists at Doghouse Diaries just released an info-graph of the many uses of the iPad as seen through the eyes of the “Your Verse” commercial.

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Watch the Super Bowl from Your iPad Thanks to Fox Sports Go

Super Bowl 2014According to Broadcasting Cable, Fox Sports has big plans for this year’s Super Bowl. Not only can cable subscribers watch the biggest football game in the U.S. on the go, but for 27 hours, Fox will allow iPad users to access programming from Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and local Fox broadcasting stations on Feb. 2 without authenticating that they subscribe to a cable service through the Fox Sports Go app.

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Apple’s First Quarter 2014 Analyst Sales Estimates show iPad a ‘Cash Cow’

CNN Money Analyst Predictions for iPad SalesCNN Money recently released data that has been collected regarding sales of the iPad for the previous quarter. CNN is calling the iPad Apple’s second biggest cash cow, right behind the iPhone. According to the estimates, Apple sold 25 million iPads in the first quarter of 2014, a 10 percent increase from last year.

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Leaked ‘iOS in the Car’ Screenshots Show Design

iOS in the Car 1When Apple demonstrated iOS 7 last fall, one of the features of the new mobile operating system was “iOS in the Car.” While not much has been seen in the car, app developer Steven Troughton-Smith may have gotten access to a few screenshots of the upcoming interface and has posted said screenshots to Twitter.

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Todoist Next is the New Update to the ‘World’s Best Task Manager’

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It is easy to review apps and services which seemingly duplicate built-in iOS features because we have something very clear to compare. In the case of Todoist Next we also have a wide range of apps available on a wide range of platforms. Does Todoist Next deliver on its promise to ‘forever change digital productivity’? We won’t know that for some time, but what we do know is that this is a very capable task manager.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: Another Kitchen Tablet Holder

DIY iPad Kitchen Stand 3Welcome to another weekly spotlight of cool do-it-yourself iPad projects. Nothing makes a crafter feel better than successfully creating a project that others love. We love projects that have to do with accessories for the iPad. That’s why each week we track down amazing and fun DIY iPad projects. Last week, we introduced you to Karen Kavette and her fun DIY collage cover for the iPad.

In celebration of Epicurious’s completely redesigned cookbook app, this week, we found a very easy project to display your iPad in a kitchen setting that uses items found around the house. What better place for a cutting board iPad case then your kitchen?

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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 4 productivity / entertainment apps and 4 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 83% 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 »

Apple Temporarily Gets Rid of ‘Intrusive’ Court-Appointed Antitrust Monitor

Michael BromwichLast July, the Department of Justice (DoJ) won an antitrust lawsuit against Apple for conspiring to price fix digital books. One of the provisions approved by Federal Court Judge Denise Cote was that Apple would have an external monitor appointed, whose job it would be to make sure Apple was working toward remedying its issue and wasn’t trying any more price-fixing tricks.

By December, Apple was pushing for a stay of the investigation by the monitor, claiming that the appointed watchdog, Michael Bromwich, was being too pushy by starting the investigation preemptively.

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Popular Recipe Site Epicurious Re-Launches All New iPad App

Epicurious 1One of my favorite things to use my iPad for is a cookbook. I regularly try new dinner recipes, cookie batches, and even specialty drink attempts. I’m one of those types that have more flour on my iPad than I do in my mixing bowl. A favorite app used to be Epicurious. However, I stopped using the food-discovery service about a year ago. No reason. I just started using Evernote Food to save recipes from my favorite food blogs, so most of my cookbook apps went on the “shelf.”

Epicurious has just been completely redesigned, renamed, and reimagined. So, I immediately redownloaded it and can’t wait to try a new recipe I’ve just found.

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