PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Floppy Disc iPad Sleeve and Stand

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I have a friend that recently inherited a huge box of floppy discs. He has this clever idea for recording a one-minute song on them and giving them away. The average person won’t even be able to listen to the music, thus making the recording super rare.

I think this project from Instructables is a much better use of the obsolete storage discs. It is more functional, and you can actually use the discs for something.

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Looks Like Apple will Need to Come up with Another Name for ‘Touch ID’ Fingerprint Reading Feature

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The US Patent & Trademark Office finally published a letter originally sent to Apple in May, which explains that the requested trademark on ‘Touch ID’ has been refused because there is the ‘likelihood of confusion’ with Kronos Touch ID. Apple has 6 months from the time of notification to present an alternate solution or change the name.

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iWatch to Come in three Configurations with Top Model Featuring Sapphire Glass Display

iWatch Concept Courtesy of Stephen Olmstead

iWatch Concept Courtesy of Stephen Olmstead

The iWatch rumors are again in full swing. This time, news from the pipeline suggest that Apple is planning on producing three different models. Similar to Apple’s line of iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices, customers will be able to choose from three pricing categories. However, storage size doesn’t seem to be the determining factor in the options. Screen size and glass quality are.

According to a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily, Apple will make two different sized iWatch devices, one with a 1.6-inch display and the other a 1.8-inch display. Additionally, a third, top-tiered model with a 1.8-inch display will feature Apple’s more durable Sapphire glass.

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FitStar to Followup Award Winning Personal Trainer App with all New FitStar Yoga iPad App

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I woke up this morning with a sore neck and a stiff back. I thought about how I should probably download a beginner’s yoga training app on my iPad, but which one is the best? There are so many to try. By the time I started my workday, my anxiety was calmed when I saw that FitStar will soon launch a new app dedicated to the art of yoga.

According to the company blog, FitStar will be launching a new app for yoga fans on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch this fall. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned vet, this app will have class instruction style sessions for every level.

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ZAGG Introduces Rugged Folio Case to Give your iPad Extra Durable Protection

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ZAGG is best known for making good quality iPad keyboard cases and folios. The company is not particularly known for offering the kind of rugged protection needed for outdoor activities, until now. Today, the company unveiled its first ever Rugged Folio keyboard case for the iPad Air.

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Apple Says A Whopping 90% of iPads and iPhones are Running iOS 7

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Apple’s most current mobile operating system is the most popular of all versions. Today, the company published a record high adoption rate for iOS 7 of 90 percent. Too bad iOS 8 is only a few months away.

When Apple launched iOS 7 10 months ago, it was immediately successful with 18 percent adoption within the first 24 hours. The mobile operating system had seen drastic changes. Some love it. Some hated it. After only two months, the adoption rate had grown to 78 percent, and by April 87 percent of all iOS devices were running on iOS 7.

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Apple Rolls out ‘iTunes Pass’ in Japan with Unique Passbook Payment Feature

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There has been talk in the tech world that Apple is looking to capture the digital finance market. The introduction of Passbook is one way that Apple makes purchasing of services and merchandise easier. Today, the iPad maker unveiled a new service for Passbook, exclusively in Japan, that allows users to refill their iTunes account by purchasing credit in Apple Stores.

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National Federation of the Blind Praise Apple’s Accessibility Efforts While Asking for More

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On July 5 of this year, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) passed a resolution regarding policies, standards and procedures to ensure and maintain accessibility of App Store apps. In it, the NFB commends Apple for its efforts to make its operating system accessible to sight impaired with VoiceOver. At the same time, the advocacy organization notes that app developers are not required to include VoiceOver support.

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Rumor of the Day: Future iPad Devices May Include Mobile Fuel Cell Technology

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One big complaint from all mobile device users is that battery life is just not long enough. Apple has worked hard to design a battery that is both lightweight, and long lasting. However, the masses are still not pleased. Of course, the company is likely to be always on the lookout for any other method of energy saving possible, even technology that doesn’t yet exist. That’s why a recent rumor from Daily Mail doesn’t seem that far fetched, even if its content is practically still considered science fiction.

According to Daily Mail out of the UK, Apple and Intelligent Energy are working together on a secret project that could bring fuel cell technology to iPhones and iPads.

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Medical Report Finds Some People are Allergic to their iPad

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A case report published this month in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics describes a case in which an 11-year old boy was affected by nickel content in a first generation iPad. Allergic reactions to nickel are not usually life threatening but consumers with Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD) should consider several possible solutions that could help avoid an uncomfortable situation.

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