PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Improving Battery Life in iOS 7.1

iPad BatteryBattery power is a source of frustration for many iPad owners, especially those of us who spend a lot of time playing games and watching movies. That whole 10-hour battery life seems like a myth in my household. Since Apple updated to iOS 7.1, I could swear the battery drains even faster than before. While there hasn’t been any official information, I don’t think I’m the only one to notice this problem.

We’ve got a couple of tips and tricks that might help keep your battery a few percent higher than average. We have already shown you how to preserve battery life, but Apple implemented some new features in iOS 7 and 7.1 that may be affecting your power This tutorial is for the new operating system.

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BeHere App – A New App Aimed at Teachers Uses Apple’s New Bluetooth LE iBeacon Technology

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As a teacher I am very interested in new technology and finding ways to bring it into the classroom. A new app called BeHere uses the iBeacon feature in iOS 7 to allow teachers to automatically record attendance and receive question alerts using iOS devices. While I love the idea of an easy way to track students and get them involved using mobile technology, there are a couple questions that aren’t clearly answered.

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Humor: In Response to Facebook’s Acquisition of Oculus VR, Yelp Launches ‘Yelpulus Rift’ Using iPad

Yelpulus Rift 2The big news this week in the tech world was the discovery that Facebook acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion. Not long after the new hit the street, a group of engineers with a sense of humor created the Yelpulus Rift for Yelp’s Hack-a-thon 13. The team who claims to have “augmented augmented reality” shows off their innovative new product using an iPad, a bicycle helmet, a soda can, and some duct tape.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice – Star Wars: Assualt Team

Star Wars Assault Team 1Last September, Konami launched a digital collectable card game (CCG) that featured official characters and sounds from the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars Force Collection was a blast to play, but frankly looked pretty bad. The graphics were subpar and the game mechanics were not up to the standards of what current technology can support.

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Apple Keeps Full-Press on Wearables by Courting Swiss Watchmakers

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iWatch Mockup

The so-called “iWatch” is practically an official product in Apple’s future. The company has been rumored to be looking for fitness experts to help develop possible health software for a wearable computer. There have also been reports that Apple is looking into solar power to charge the battery on a watch like device. Today, the Financial Times is reporting that Apple has been headhunting designers at luxury watch companies.

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Foxconn Continues to Ride Profitability on iPhone and iPad Sales

foxconnFoxconn is widely known as the manufacturing building where much of Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices are born. While the parts may come from a variety of suppliers, the final product is assembled at the Taiwan-based mega plant. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Hon Hai Precision, the parent company of Foxconn, saw a 13 percent increase in profit in 2013, bolster mainly by record iPhone and iPad sales.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Little Big Adventure

Little Big Adventure 3In 1994, EA Games and Activision launched an exciting fantasy game about a boy, Twinsen, who goes on a journey to find his true destiny as the hero of the inhabitants of Twinsun. The young magician goes on a quest to stop Dr. FunFrock from turning his world into a slave planet. This week, that epic adventure was ported to iOS so the world can again help Twinsen fulfill his destiny as the savior of his planet, only this time, you can take it with you where ever you go.

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Microsoft Announces Office for iPad, Freemium Download, Available Now

Office for iPadToday, Microsoft held a press briefing where they discussed the future of the company under the “Mobile First, Cloud First” campaign. In addition to demonstrating a number of services the company has to offer for end users, developers, and IT professionals, Microsoft officially announced that Office for iPad is available now in the App Store. Even more exciting, the suite of productivity apps is free to download.

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Patent Reveals Apple working on Smart Cover with Keyboard

Smart Cover with Keyboard 3Within months of the launch of the first ever iPad, it became popular knowledge that Apple’s on-screen keyboard, while good for simple typing, was basically useless for people who want to use it for writing documents. Since then, dozens, if not hundreds, of third party accessory makers have come out with a variety of iPad cases featuring a keyboard. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent from Apple, originally submitted in September of 2012, for a Smart Cover that features a keyboard.

The patent, simply titled, “Cover for Electronic Device,” describes a protective covering that covers both front and rear surfaces of both a tablet computer and an associated keyboard.

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Russian Government Drops iPad Usage over Hacking Concerns

Russian Government iPadAgence France-Presse (AFP) [via: Google News] is reporting today that Russian government officials have turned in their iPad tablets in exchange for Samsung devices under fears that Apple’s security protocols do not live up to their standards.

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