Apple’s Cool iTunes Refill Feature Now Available in the US

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Earlier this week, word came down the pipeline that Apple was starting to roll out a new refill service for Passbook. Called “iTunes Pass” the service allows users to walk into an Apple Retail Store and add money to their iTunes account. The service started in Japan, but today it has found its way to the U.S. and Europe.

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Siri May get Much Smarter Thanks to Apple and IBM Partnership

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Yesterday, Apple announced a partnership with IBM that will put the latter’s “renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips.” What exactly will that mean for you and I? For one thing, Siri might get an upgrade to her intellect thanks to IBM’s powerhouse of information.

Businessweek recently reported on IBM’s popular, but as yet unavailable, personal computer, Watson. You may recall a few years ago that the supercomputer managed to beat a human opponent at the game of “Jeopardy.” What makes the program so unique is just how much information is stored in its computer brain.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia’s iKlip Xpand Hands-On Review

iKlip Xpand

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about IK Multimedia’s newest musician’s accessory for the iPad. The iKlip is one of the first products that the company launched and has since been its most popular accessory. After a few years of tinkering and tweaking, IK Multimedia redesigned the iPad mount to be a universal fit with all tablet, while maintaining the durability and support you know from the original. We’ve got a hands-on review of the iKilp Xpand for you today.

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Apple Agrees to $450 Million Conditional Settlement in E-Books Antitrust Case

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Apple’s agreed-upon settlement has just been made public. Unlike the $840 million that the plaintiffs’ attorney Steve Barman was hoping for, the iPad maker agreed to pay out $450 million to consumers. This resolution comes with a condition. Apple gets to wait for the ruling of the appeal before dishing out the dough.

According to Reuters, Apple agreed to pay $450 million in damages in connection with the 2013 antitrust lawsuit the Department of Justice brought against the company regarding price fixing of e-books.

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Protect Your iPad Air With the Comfort of a Paperback Book with FlipBook Air

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Accessory maker Felix just announced the iPad Air version of their popular FlipBook case. This versatile case features 10 viewing angles, plus has a smart cover that flips over, so it’s just like reading a soft cover book.

The FlipBook Air is made from soft, vegan leather (in other words, not leather at all), and features a sturdy backside stand that allows you to position your iPad Air in one of 10 different angles, perfect for a multitude of activities. It also supports landscape or portrait mode, so you don’t have to be stuck with only one screen direction.

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Apple and IBM Partner to Take on the Global Enterprise Market

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IBM has a strong track record over the years of being both resilient and innovative. If you compare how people look at IBM in comparison with Apple, however, you’ll see a much different picture. In a move that has the potential to shake up the business world, IBM and Apple have joined together in a groundbreaking partnership to bring big data in new ways to iOS.

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Paul McCartney Releases 5 Classic Albums as iPad Apps

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In recent years, some bands have turned their digital downloads into interactive apps, bringing back the joy of exploring everything an album has to offer, not just the music. Paul McCartney has joined this medium by launching five of his classic albums as interactive apps.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Floppy Disc iPad Sleeve and Stand

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I have a friend that recently inherited a huge box of floppy discs. He has this clever idea for recording a one-minute song on them and giving them away. The average person won’t even be able to listen to the music, thus making the recording super rare.

I think this project from Instructables is a much better use of the obsolete storage discs. It is more functional, and you can actually use the discs for something.

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Looks Like Apple will Need to Come up with Another Name for ‘Touch ID’ Fingerprint Reading Feature

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The US Patent & Trademark Office finally published a letter originally sent to Apple in May, which explains that the requested trademark on ‘Touch ID’ has been refused because there is the ‘likelihood of confusion’ with Kronos Touch ID. Apple has 6 months from the time of notification to present an alternate solution or change the name.

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iWatch to Come in three Configurations with Top Model Featuring Sapphire Glass Display

iWatch Concept Courtesy of Stephen Olmstead

iWatch Concept Courtesy of Stephen Olmstead

The iWatch rumors are again in full swing. This time, news from the pipeline suggest that Apple is planning on producing three different models. Similar to Apple’s line of iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices, customers will be able to choose from three pricing categories. However, storage size doesn’t seem to be the determining factor in the options. Screen size and glass quality are.

According to a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily, Apple will make two different sized iWatch devices, one with a 1.6-inch display and the other a 1.8-inch display. Additionally, a third, top-tiered model with a 1.8-inch display will feature Apple’s more durable Sapphire glass.

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