BioShock for iPad Hits the App Store Today

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It looks like a lot of people will be taking a “personal” day from work today. 2K Games just launched BioShock on iOS today. As promised earlier this month, the award-winning first-person shooter has been ported for mobile devices. That is, mobile devices that can handle the work. The game is only available on the fourth-generation iPad, iPad Air, and second-generation iPad mini, as well as the iPhone 5 or newer.

BioShock plunges players deep into the underwater utopia of Rapture, where a failed experiment in creating the perfect existence has produced deranged residents dead-set on survival at any cost.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Gumdrops 32-Step Sequencer

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When I think about drum apps, what comes to mind is a virtual drum kit with toms, stare, kick, and cymbals. Users tap out a rhythm using multiple fingers, hoping to create a flowing beat. But, that’s not how drumming works. You need arms and legs and the ability to keep one beat going while changing up another.

Gumdrops is a beat sequencer that doesn’t pretend to be a real drum kit. Instead, it uses the same idea that goes into physical drumming to allow non-musicians to create beats that are more natural and realistic, or as the name says, “Beats so sweet, you’re bound to get ill.”

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Block and Report Spam in Messages on the iPad and iPhone

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Have you received any spam messages on your iPad recently? There have been reports of a handful of spam attacks on iOS users’ devices. Wired published an article earlier this month claiming that Apple’s Messages app is “being taken over by spammers.” It turns out it isn’t the apocalypse that Wired made it out to be. However, Messages spam is real. I have not personally experienced the issue as of yet, but I do have friends who have noted the issue to me recently.

While there isn’t much we can do on the user end to stop spammers from bombarding our Messages app, we can at least let Apple know it is happening and block the sender from ever being able to bug us (from that particular ID) ever again.

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Apple Apps to Get a Bit More Annoying with new iAd Formats

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Apple’s iAd service is a way for independent app developers to make a bit of money while giving away their product to iOS users for free. We don’t particularly like it, but we tolerate it so we can play fun games without having to spend money. The small banner at the top or bottom of the menu screen is fairly unobtrusive, so we don’t complain… much.

Back in March, Ad Age reported that Apple was planning on upgrading its iAd service. This week, Apple announced the upgrade, which  allow companies to buy full-screen advertisement banners, as well as pre-roll videos. So much for unobtrusiveness.

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Apple to Launch HomeKit and HealthKit Ready Wearable Product Next Month

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Re/code is claiming to have insider knowledge about Apples, still unconfirmed, Sept. 9 event. In addition to unveiling two new models of iPhone, the company will supposedly launch a new wearable device that will feature the HealthKit software development kit and HomeKit framework.

Although it is not mentioned, the rumored iWatch is likely the device Re/code is referring to. However, after hearing that it will support health and fitness software, as well as control connected home devices, it can hardly be called a watch.

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Apple Not Giving Up On L.A. Unified iPad Program, Plans to Rebid Contract

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Earlier this week, the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) announced it was suspending its one billion dollar contract with Apple for the massive iPad rollout it planned for the upcoming school year. The suspension stems from scrutiny by the school board over how the initial bidding process was formed and whether it was legal.

Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple isn’t giving up just yet. Instead, the company, along with the textbook publishing company Apple was working with, Pearson, will simply rebid the program along with everyone else.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: iPad Composition Notebook Cover

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School is back in session for most districts. In honor of our readers who are toting around a backpack full of textbooks, pencil cases, and scientific calculators, we have a do-it-yourself (DIY) project for an iPad cover that will fit nicely with the rest of your back-to-school gear.

This project on Lil Blue Boo for a composition notebook iPad cover is actually three years old, but it fits perfectly for the back-to-school theme. The original measurements are for the iPad 2, but you can update it to fit whichever model tablet you have.

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Apple’s Tim Cook Sees Recent Decline in iPad Sales as ‘Just a Speed Bump’

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If you hear the way financial analysts talk, the iPad is just about to crash-and-burn and our landfills will be piled with tablets within the decade. Sales of the iPad have declined significantly in the past year. Research firm IDC determined that Apple captured only 26.9 percent of the market share in the third quarter of 2014, a nine percent decline from a year ago.

That does not mean the death toll for the iPad, though. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook recently told Re/code in an interview that sales slumps are nothing new in the tech world. “I’d call what’s going on recently a speed bump, and I’ve seen that in every category.”

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Apple TV Gets Updated iTunes Festival Channel, Plus Premium ‘Showtime Anytime’ With Limited Free Content

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It appears that Apple has finalized the line-up for this year’s iTunes Festival starting on Sept. 1. Along with the full schedule, the company has updated and relaunched the iTunes Festival channel on Apple TV, complete with information on bands, the Roadhouse, and performance dates.

At the same time, Showtime’s on-demand viewing program finally showed up on hour Apple TV Home screen. Not only can subscribers watch their favorite shows whenever they like without having to mirror it from their iPad, but non-subscribers can get a taste of the action with a handful of free full episodes that don’t require any kind of account sign-in.

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Larger 12.9″ iPad Pro Slated for Early 2015 Release

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The rumors of a 13-inch iPad have almost gone the way of the dinosaur. Recent leaks have turned up a plethora of iPad images showing Apple ID, recessed buttons, and a slightly thinner design. However, none of them have been larger than 10-inches.

Today, however, Bloomberg reported that Apple is working on a larger tablet, so-called “iPad Pro,” that will be ready for launch in early 2015.

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