This week is Computer Science Education Week (CSEW). A tech friendly non-profit organization called Code.org hosts an annual computer science awareness campaign to get kids interested in coding and to advocate for adding computer science to the core curriculum of public school education. This Wednesday, Dec. 11, Apple will participate in CSEW by offering a free class for “Hour of Code” day. Children and teens can sign up for a free coding class at a participating Apple retail store.
Right Now, Square is the biggest name in mobile payment processing. Retailers around the country have switched from the clunky, heavy cash registers of yesteryear in exchange for an iPad and a tiny white dongle. Not only did Square make it easy for retailers to minimize the payment counter, but they also revolutionized the way credit cards are processed. One thing that keeps the company on top is their ever-expanding line of products.
Today, the company announced an update to the Square Reader that makes it thinner (not that it really needed that) and more accurate at reading credit cards.
This winter is proving to be one of the coldest in recent U.S. history. When the weather gets cold, the cold goes skiing, or bakes cookies, or heads to a more tropical environment. Whatever activities you partake of this winter, you will need something to protect your iPad Air from rain, sleet, and snow. The Pelican ProGear Vault is a rugged case that keeps your iPad from scratches and dents. It also protects it from weather with a water resistant seal.
Welcome back to our weekly column filled with tips, tricks, and advice on how to use your iPad to the best of its abilities. This Thanksgiving, I was able to show my uncle how to backup his iPad by connecting it to his laptop. He has had the tablet for over a year and didn’t know he could back it up by plugging it into his computer. It was a reminder to me of how important it is to tell others as much as possible about what the iPad can do. Last time, we showed you how to make your images fit better as wallpaper on your iOS device. Now, you have a better chance of getting that picture of your puppy in a Santa hat to fit without chopping off his ears.
This week, we are getting you ready for Christmas with help on giving your kids the perfect gift without breaking the bank every month for the rest of their childhood. Apple now offers spending allowances for iTunes purchases and we’ve got a tutorial to explain it to you.
Welcome to another week of apps, games, and everything iPad. Every single day, new apps and games make their way to the App Store. For some reason, Thursdays seem to be a big day for releases. We like to call it “New App Day.” In addition to a huge push of new titles, Apple also spotlights a few apps and games as the Editor’s Choice for the week. Last week, Apple gave the award to Icycle: On Thin Ice from Chilingo.
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.
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, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
Chillingo has released a new app called Zya which puts you in the recording studio with some of today’s biggest hits and lets you remix them on your way to becoming a star. Does it live up to its potential? It might not make you famous, but it sure it fun.
In July, Apple, Inc. was found guilty of conspiring to price fix digital books in the U.S. by a District Court in New York. Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple played a “central role” in conspiring with book publishers to set book prices at between $12.99 and $14.99. One of the effects of the ruling was that Apple would be required, at their own expense, to hire an external monitor to keep track of the company’s activities to ensure that anti-trust related shenanigans did not continue.
An interesting patent from Apple was recently published through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). As discovered by UK-based The Register, this patent appears to be for a device that will allow users to activate Siri on their iOS device without having to touch anything. You’ll be able to yell at your personal assistant from the other room to do something for you, just like in real life.