Apple’s Move to Diversify iPhone and iPad Supply Chain is Hurting Samsung’s Profits

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We reported last month that Apple had finally broken its reliance on Samsung for the A-series processor chip. According to the Wall Street Journal, TSMC had picked up a large portion of the manufacturing of Apple’s iPhone and iPad chips. Today, the Wall Street Journal has all but confirmed that earlier rumor with a statement right from the “horses mouth,” so to speak.

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Newly Publish Patent Shows iPad Backside As Game Controller

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With the release of iOS 7, Apple made it possible for third-party accessory makers to design officially compatible controllers under the “Made for iOS” or MFi nomenclature. It turns out, Apple has had its sights on developing a different kind of gaming experience all the way back in 2011. This version deals with hidden buttons on the backside of the iPad.

Apple Patent 8,799,803, which was recently granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, shows a number of configurable input devices pertaining to a virtual keyboard for laptops and desktops. There is also a section dedicated to sensors on the backside of the iPad with corresponding imaging within the touch screen on the front.

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Flappy Bird Returns, But Not on iOS

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As promised a few months ago, developer Dong Nguyen released Flappy Bird in August. However, something he forgot to mention at the time was that the game has a few major changes and it is only available on the Amazon Fire TV platform at this time. It looks like iPad-owning fans will still have to wait for the return on iOS.

As discovered by IGN, the Amazon Android app store has been gifted with Nguyen’s incredibly popular Flappy Bird title. This new version is called “Flappy Birds Family” and includes multiplayer mode, which is player vs. player, and includes even more obstacles than before. It is only available on Amazon Fire TV.

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Fifth Beta of iOS 8 Now Available to Developers


If past experience is any indication of what is coming up with iOS 8, the public launch of Apple’s next big update to its mobile operating system will arrive in approximately six weeks. Today’s launch of Beta 5 to developers is a positive indication that we will see iOS ready for download sometime in mid to late September.

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2K Bringing Full BioShock to iPad and iPhone Later this Summer

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Today, 2K Games announced that one of their biggest titles would soon make its way to the App Store. BioShock first appeared on the scene in 2007 and was such a big hit that a film adaptation was in the works for years (the project was canned by creator Ken Levine), a popular sequel and subsequent parallel timeline game made their way into living rooms across the U.S., and various books and soundtracks have launched in the past seven years.

Today’s announcement is the first time the BioShock phenomenon will be made available on iOS. Similar to Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, this is a full port of the original game, complete with MFi controller compatibility.

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Leaked Images of Purported iPad Air 2 Shows Minor Tweaks


Back in July, we discovered a set of leaked images that showed of a few of the changes that may be taking place in the next generation of iPad Air. Today, Chinese news site Weibo [Via: NoWhereElse] has released a few more images that give us a closer look at those minor tweaks.

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‘LEGO Friends’ Arrives Just in Time for Kids to Enjoy Before School Starts Back Up

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A new game experience from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and the LEGO Group brings the popular toy series called LEGO Friends to iOS and it passes the most important test I could throw at it; my 7 year old daughter won’t stop playing it today.

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Precision Touch ‘Dart’ 2mm Stylus Hands-on Review

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At this point in the life of the touch screen, accessory makers should be capitalizing on different ways to make a variety of stylus pens that can be used to accommodate different tastes. So far, we’ve seen software developers like FiftyThree and Adobe launch pens that only work with compatible apps. We have also seen the development of excellent quality 8mm tip pens like Pogo that feel more like a marker than a writing pen. However, the “fine-tip” stylus is still a rare thing in the touch screen world.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to See What Percentage of Your Battery is Used

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If you are somewhat new to the iPad or iPhone, you may be wondering why it is that you can’t see how much battery percentage you have left. You can see the icon with a meter bar, but no number to help you keep track of exactly how much of your battery is used up. I know I like to see that little number. It gives me an idea of how much longer I can use my iPad before the battery is fully drained.

The solution is surprisingly easy and we have a quick tutorial to tell you how. Why it is that Apple doesn’t have this setting defaulted on is a question for another time.

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Funny – Team Coco Builds an iPad from Household Items

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Normally, we’d save a post like this for our DIY iPad Project spotlight. However, this project is so easy to make and such a money saver that we felt obligated to share it with you now so you can start your weekend off with a brand new, homemade iPad.

The segment comes from former Upright Citizens Brigade star Matt Walsh, who currently hosts Conan O’Brien’s “Team Coco DIY” show. In it, Walsh shows you how to make your own iPad out of household items. The project should take about a half hour to put together, but will need 12 hours to “ferment.” So, make sure you have enough time to prepare.

As described in the video, you will need some sort of monitor for the screen. Walsh uses an Etch-a-Sketch. You’ll also need some wires and a string of Christmas lights, because each bulb of the Christmas lights equals one app that you can have on your iPad. Be sure to get the longest string of lights possible for additional storage capacity.

You’ll also need a few more items from around the house, like Duck Tape, peanut butter (you know, for the conduit gel), and a half-eaten birthday cake. “The sugar catalyzes the conductive quality of the circuits,” notes Walsh.

The first thing you will do is tape the wires and Christmas lights to the Etch-a-Sketch and then tape the whole thing up with the Duck Tape. Add the peanut butter all over the top. Don’t forget to go from positive to negative. Then drop the device into a large punch bowl and mash it together with the birthday cake.

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There are a few more steps in the process that we’ll let you see for yourself. We don’t want to give away the entire secret to building your iPad at home. Just remember that the fermenting process takes 12 hours and you can’t peek at it during this resting period or it won’t work.

Check out the video at the Team Coco Website to find out what happens after 12 hours.

[Via: BGR]

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