Some L.A. Schools Switch to Laptops After Troubled iPad Rollout


We’ve been following the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) iPad program for quite some time. The reason is that LAUSD is the second largest school district in the U.S. and can be considered a tastemaker when it comes to new programs. When the District’s school board approved a $30 million contract with Apple to provide iPad tablets for every student, it piqued our interest as to whether this would become the new way of classroom learning.

Turns out, no.

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Akamai Expands Quarterly Internet Report Analysis

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The internet is continuing to change and Akamai is tracking those changes on a global stage. In addition to testing for 4K media streaming capabilities and IPv6 adoptions rates, Akamai is also expanding their analysis of mobile connectivity. Their published quarterly report is an interesting read and showcases the trends of internet availability on a variety of platforms around the world including the iPad and iPhone.

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Apple Joins San Francisco Pride Festival, Hands out Free Music to Attendees

Every June, San Francisco plays host to a huge celebration that spans then entire world. The yearly Pride Festival takes place in major cities in the U.S. as well as France, Spain, Mexico, and other international locations. The San Francisco Pride Celebration boasts the largest gathering of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

This year, Apple, along with Facebook and Google, joined the festivities in support of gay pride and human rights equality. Apple employees attended en masse donning the company’s iconic logo with the universally known gay pride rainbow colors. Apple employees handed out playing card style certificates with a promo code for one free song on iTunes. The card, also sporting the rainbow Apple logo, simply reads, “Pride.” Recipients can use the card to add one dollar to their iTunes account and choose one song (or app) of their choice.

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Go Go Ghost Haunts the App Store

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The endless runner genre goes on, and on, and on. It’s like… endless. After a while, games all start to seem the same with a different skin. However, from time to time, a new title will pop up that adds a twist to the traditional format, giving us something new to love.

Go Go Ghosts is one such game. It follows the traditional endless runner schematic. However, you’ll be treated with a few interesting additions, like creature collecting and boss fights.

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Apple Adds iTunes U Educational Tools To Help Teachers and Students Collaborate on iPad

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Back in 2012, Apple added the iTunes U app to iOS. This education app allows educators from leading universities, as well as other schools, the ability to add content for students to access from their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The free app makes it possible for people all over the world to take courses from such educational institutions as Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and more.

Today, Apple announced an update to the iTunes U app that makes it possible for teachers to create, edit, and manage entire courses directly on the iPad. Additionally, students have new ways to collaborate with others, including starting a class discussion and asking a question, right from their iPad.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: 120 Sports

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With the World Cup turning everyone upside down, it’s no wonder Apple as spotlighted a sports related app for this week’s Editor’s Choice. There are plenty of sporting apps in the App Store. The first thing I thought was, what’s so special about this one? Turns out 120 Sports is special thanks to the fact that you don’t need a subscription or cable authentication to enjoy it.

120 Sports is a collaboration between MBL, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, and Time Inc. that brings the company’s online content to mobile devices. It features eight hours of live programing every day from 4:00 PM to midnight PT every day. Content is broken up into clips that cover baseball, basketball, hockey and more.

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Hand Cut Paper Craft Musical Adventure ‘Ephemerid’ Unfolds in the App Store

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When writing a song, some people like to start with the music and add the lyrics after the basic structure is built. Others start their inspiration with lyrics and add music around the words. When it comes to making games, I didn’t think there was more than one process for creation.

However, Ephemerid started as a soundtrack and the game was built around it. The two-man development team of SuperChop Game that created this musical adventure used the music as the inspiration for making a rhythmic fantastical world for players to immerse themselves in.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Remove Duplicate Songs in iTunes Match

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If you subscribe to iTunes Match, there is a chance that you have experienced an issue with duplicate content on your iPad. The reason is that iTunes Match adds music to your device. It doesn’t replace it. So, if you already had music on your iPad or you sync your music when you connect to iTunes, both versions (iCloud and local) will show up. There is a work around for this situation.

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Apple launches ‘Best New Game Updates’ category for iOS App Store games

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You may have noticed, over the past year or so, that Apple’s “Best New Apps” and “Best New Games” categories are a bit confusing since more than half the titles in each category are not new at all. Previously, Apple listed recently updated apps and games in the same category as new ones. Yesterday, iTunes received a fairly noticeable change that helps clarify things a bit. There is now a “Best New Updates” category.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Walks

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In 1969, a revolutionary sketch comedy show staring a troupe of British comedians took the world by storm. “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” is still the most popular sketch comedy show around the globe. In 1970, one of the Flying Circus’ most famous sketches made its first appearance. In “The Ministry of Silly Walks,” actor and co-Python John Cleese performs a series of ridiculous walks on his way to work at the Ministry, where he encounters a young upstart seeking government funding to work on his silly walk. Hilarity ensues.

This week, under the title “Boondogle Studios,” the Python troupe launched its first of what will hopefully be many humorous games, The Ministry of Silly Walks. In it, players control the minister, voiced by Cleese, on an endless runner style obstacle course.

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