PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: DIY Nail Polish Colored Headphones

DIY-Head-Phones-Craft-Crafts-Make-Project-Technology-Gadget-TechWelcome to the first DIY iPad project column of 2014. We’ve discovered a lot of fantastic projects over the past year. Crafters and DIY-ers are constantly coming up with great ideas for homemade iPad accessories. Last time, we told you about a stand that uses a microphone stand, so you can display your iPad at great heights.

This week, we head back to one of our favorite crafting blogs, Crème de la Craft for a fun how-to project for your headphones.

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Apple Denies Knowledge of NSA Spying Through iPhone ‘Backdoor’

Apple:NSAOver the weekend, German news magazine Der Spiegel published leaked documents from Edward Snowden that showed the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Access Network Technology (ANT) division had access to specialized hardware that would allow them to spy on people through a variety of ways, one of them including a “backdoor” to Apple’s iPhone.

Since then, tech writers, bloggers, and Apple-haters around the globe have been accusing the iPad maker of collaborating with the government to spy on U.S. citizens. One commenter on an unrelated blog post said iOS 7 should be changed to “iOS/NSA 7.”

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Court-Appointed Antitrust Monitor Speaks Out Against Apple’s Accusations

michael-bromwichEarlier this month, the Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial blasting court-appointed monitor Michael Bromwich for being overenthusiastic about his job. The WSJ accused Judge Denise Cote of hiring Bromwich to further her own agenda and claimed that the antitrust monitor rewrote his own job description to “investigate Apple all over again.” Around that time, Cote submitted a proposal to the Court that would give Bromwich more power than he was originally given, and would allow for the judge and the monitor to meet privately to discuss Apple’s status.

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Apple’s iOS 7 Adoption at 78 Percent, Increases Regularly Each Week

ios_7_adoption_december30Apple prides itself on having the highest adoption rate of any mobile operating system on the market. Part of the reason iOS is so popular is because the iPad maker gives it away for free and makes it possible to use on more generations of devices than any other company. Today, Apple added figures to its developer support page showing the adoption rate of iOS 7. While not up to 100 percent, iOS 7 is certainly gaining steam for Apple users.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Set Up a New Apple ID on Your iPad

Apple ID 1Welcome back to the last iPad Tips column in 2013. The next time you look to our knowledgeable writers for advice, we will be deep into a new year in the 21st century. Don’t worry. We won’t stop offering our expertise on a weekly basis. We want you to feel as comfortable using your Apple tablet as we do. That’s why we try to help you with much of the basics, and some of the more complex features of the iPad. Last week, we had a list of things every new iPad owner should do right away.

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Top 10 iPad-Defining Games

iPad Air GamesWhenever a friend or family member asks me what games they should get for their new iPad, I have a list of tried and true that are, what I consider to be the definitive games that have either revolutionized gaming in general, or epitomizes what playing games on the iPad is all about. Not every game is for every player, but every game is significant for its contribution to the iPad in some way.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 15 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 15 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 15 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 8 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 90% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

PlayArts Launches Artistic Hidden Objects Game for Fans of Renaissance

PlayArts Bruegel 2I’ve always been fascinated with Flemish Renaissance paintings. In Sacramento, the Crocker Art Museum contains a fairly decent sized collection of landscape paintings from the height of the Flemish era. Maybe that is why I appreciate the art so much. Pieter Bruegel the Elder is a particular favorite of mine because his paintings are so detailed and full of a variety of subjects. You could spend hours looking at one of his paintings and not notice every person, animal, or scene taking place on the canvas.

Today, PlayArts launched a searching game that will help you pay closer attention to the little scenes that play out in Bruegel’s masterpieces.

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New Concept Images show Curved Apple Television Set Running iOS 7

iTV Mockup Hajek 1The rumored Apple branded television set has been a part of tech news for so long now, it practically seems like it already does exist, except that no one has actually seen it. Analysts, suppliers, and gossips have told us that the living room device is coming our way, any day now. There have even a number of concept images made showing what the TV set could actually look like.

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Apple and Samsung Head Back to the Negotiating Table to Resolve Patent Dispute

Samsung vs. AppleIf 2013 was the year of patent disputes, then maybe 2014 will be the year of resolutions. That is, maybe this will be the year that Apple and Samsung finally resolve their differences and put these patent infringement accusations to bed. Based on an article from the Korea Times, the two most famous “frenemies” in the tech world may be on track to do just that.

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