PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Become a Musical Pro with Better Ears

wiki-ipadOne important talent that a good musician has is “an ear” for music. Some have the talent naturally, others have to learn it as a skill through exercises and training sessions. If you are one of the lucky people that is naturally talented, I’m jealous. If hitting the right key doesn’t come easily to you, check out Better Ears for iPad for a healthy dose of musical training.

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Winter is Coming, Game of Thrones Ascent is Now Available in the App Store

Game of Thrones AscentNow that George R.R. Martin’s hit series “A Song of Fire and Ice” has been turned into one of the most exiting television shows since “The Wire,” I’ve become completely obsessed with everything related to A Game of Thrones. If it has anything to do with any character in Westeros, you can be sure I’m interested. Today, Kongregate and HBO announced that the popular Facebook title “Game of Thrones Ascent” is now available on the iPad.

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Joe Danger Infinity Adds Daily Challenges, iOS 7MFi Controller Compatibility

Joe Danger Infinity 4Joe Danger Infinity was given Apple’s Editor’s Choice award in January. The wacky, action-packed arcade stunt game lets players race along toy chest-themed backdrops using an assortment of collectable characters and cars. This week, the app received a major update that brings daily challenges for a new game every day. Plus, Joe Danger Infinity is compatible with iOS 7 MFi controllers, so playing the game is more exciting than every before.
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Popular Productivity App ‘Clear’ Finally Getting Reminders This Spring

remindersRealmac launched Clear in 2012 and it quickly became a big hit for its simplistic design, colorful look, and easy-to-use interface. By September, the developer had added a Mac version that would allow you to sync with your iOS app. In February, the app was finally updated with iPad optimization. Today, the company announced that the biggest requested feature, Reminders, will finally be added in the next major update, due this April.

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iOS 7.1 Glitch Allows Folders-within-Folders. A Sign for iOS8?

iOS 7.1

Macnn.com published details of two bugs in iOS 7.1 which allow folder nesting and app hiding, both of which are useful when customizing iOS. While it is clear that these are bugs, it is still interesting to know that iOS is fully capable of doing them and I wonder if we’ll see similar functionality added in iOS 8.

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New York Times to Launch ‘NYT Now’ Tiered Subscription Package

NYT iPadThe New York Times lets the general public read articles from its website for free within limitations. You can visit the site 10 times per month before you are faced with a pay wall. After that, visitors are offered the option to pay the subscription price for unlimited access. Today, the famous news organization announced it will begin offering limited access to curated content for only $8 per month.

According to AppleInsider, The New York Times will soon launch the NYT Now app exclusively on the iPhone. The entry-level subscription will cost $8 per month. If you are a current subscriber to the paper, you will be able to access NYT Now for free.

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Apple Updates ‘iTunes Movie Trailers’ App with Push Notification and Rotten Tomatoes Integration

iTunes Movie Trailers 3I’m a big movie nut. I love watching silent films of the 1920s, Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s, and any Disney movie that comes out at any time. In order to stay informed on new movies coming out, I oftentimes check Apple’s iTunes Movie Trailers app. The app was recently updated to include Push Notification for favorite upcoming movie releases. Plus, now you can read critic reviews of films through Rotten Tomatoes integration.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: DIY Embroidery Headphones

DIY Embroidery Headphones 2Last week, we spotlighted a simple way to add decorations to your iPad without putting out much effort. The Washi Tape iPad accents idea came to us from travel and photography blogger Agus Yornet. In the process of researching her blog, we discovered another clever and creative way to decorate your iPad accessories with little effort.

This project is for decorating your headphone cord. All you need is at least one color of embroidery thread, although using a few different colors makes it look more interesting.

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Booqpad for iPad Air Magnetically Secures Your Tablet While You Take Notes

Booqpad 1Popular accessory maker Booq recently announced the launch of their new Booqpad for iPad Air. The company has successfully developed a line of iPad folios that are specifically designed for the business-minded user. The iPad Air case gives professionals a simple solution to secure their tablet while taking traditional pen and paper notes. Your boss won’t even know what you’ve got hidden in your folio until you show off your presentation.

The Booqpad for iPad Air is a tablet case and notepad in one. The multifold cover connects to a polycarbonate snap case using an array of magnets so you can quickly remove your iPad from the folio with little effort.

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New Apple ‘Your Verse’ Story Shows How the iPad Helps Reduce Sports-Related Concussions

Your Verse concussion 1Apple’s “Your Verse” advertisement campaign has shown the iPad being used by filmmakers, mountain climbers, and more. Today, the company has added another chapter to the Your Verse story. This time, the iPad helps keep track of sports-related head injuries to ensure that, if a player suffers a concussion, he won’t be sent back out onto the field.

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