Rovio has been on a tear this year. By the beginning of 2013, the indie game company had already surpassed one billion downloads. In March, the first Angry Birds cartoon launched online. In May, Angry Birds Friends found its way onto mobile devices. By September, the sequel to Angry Birds Star Wars delighted fans of the sci-fi classic. I could go on. Today, the newest bird flinging adventure has driven into the App Store. Angry Birds Go! will make you race.
I love Spotify. I listen to new music all of the time from my desktop or laptop computer. However, I don’t listen to it on my iPad. At least, I hadn’t in the past. That is going to change today. According to the company’s blog, mobile Spotify is now available for free on tablet devices. Sort of.
When you buy your iPhone from a carrier, or even directly from Apple, you are getting a huge break on the cost. The full price of an iPhone is more like $600 – $900. That means a 16GB iPhone 5s would cost you at least $400 more than the subsidized price through a carrier. Carriers pay the additional costs of phones in order to entice consumers into signing a two-year contract. AT&T doesn’t want to do that anymore.
Welcome back to our weekly column about DIY projects for the iPad. We are fans of making things from scratch. Whether it is a handmade bookshelf or a home cooked meal, doing it yourself shows that you care. Each week, we search the Web for projects that you can do at home, most of the time with items you can find around the house. Last week, we told you about a simple iPad Air sleeve made from art canvas. If you recall the ones previously available at Anthropologie, the project was inspired by the same style.
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 67% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
Even though Siri has changed the way a lot of people use their iPhones and iPads, there is still room for improvement in its ability to understand speech and comprehend meaning. Analyst Gene Munster has confirmed that Siri is better in iOS 7 but still grades the service at a C+.
Apple submits a lot of patent requests. Some of them make it into reality and become important additions to the iOS landscape. Others sit in obscurity, never to see the light of day unless someone finds a use for the patented technology. Apple has also been known to be working with companies on technology that would allow them to use curved glass for their various devices. In February, the New York Times claimed that Apple was working on “wrist-like” devices made of curved glass.
If you ever wonder why you’ve run out of storage space on your iPad, check your photos and videos. I regularly take up 2 or 3 gigs of space, just on pictures and videos that I take. The best way to keep your photos under control is to save them in a cloud storage service and delete them from your iOS device before they get out of hand. Amazon has such a service that is specifically dedicated to photos and videos.
A couple of years ago, I was reading an article, I don’t even remember where, and someone posted something in the comment section about Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts app. I excitedly opened my App Store app and searched for this wonderful gift giving present. It was nowhere to be found. It turned out that the 12 Days of Gifts app was only available in Europe, Japan, Canada, and just about everywhere else except the US.
Last night, Apple finally made my holiday wish come true by launching the 12 Days of Gifts app in the U.S. App Store. So, for those of you in my neighboring states who’ve been envying Apple’s worldwide generosity, starting January 26, you’ll be able to participate in 12 days of free apps, games, movies, books, music, and more.