At the beginning of the year, rumors were going around that Apple was looking into buying the social network mapping service Waze. The rumors were quickly refuted thanks to some clarification that low-level meetings between companies are a regular occurrence in the business world. Today’s rumor regarding Facebook and the aforementioned map app developer has a bit more weight to it. According to Israeli newspaper Caclalist, the term sheet has already been signed.
Apples mapping service may not be completely reliable for getting you from point “A” to point “B,” but it is great for virtually traveling the globe. Recently, Apple added 3D Flyover in its Maps app to 16 more cities and this week, iGen.fr is reporting that France’s city of love has received the graphic upgrade.
Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Apple parts supplier Pegatron was forecasting its “biggest drop in consumer-electronics revenue in six quarters as iPad mini demand falls.” Pegatron CEO Jason Cheng later claimed that the article, penned by Tim Culpan, was merely speculation and not based in fact.
That’s not to say that Pegatron isn’t seeing a drop in numbers, it’s just that Cheng never mentioned products or companies by name. Culpan, apparently, added the bit about the iPad mini on his own.
According to a report from CNNMoney’s Apple 2.0 department, Cheng told investors the potential outlook for Pegatron at the company’s Institutional Investors Conference. He spoke about the category of consumer electronic products, which does include tablets, but never gave details on products or customers.
Welcome back to Sound Stage. Music is one of the most important ways that we can communicate with each other and that is why each week, we spotlight apps and accessories that we think our music loving readers will enjoy.
Last week, we told you about a synthesizer app that lets you manipulate sound by dragging your finger across the screen. Novation Latchkey is a MIDI compatible app that makes your iPad sound like it’s from outer space.
This week, we have an app for musicians in training. Whether you are an opera singer, a concert flautist, or a jazz musician, SmartMusic has what you need to practice your chops.
Amazon has really been working to make its music service bigger than Apple’s iTunes. In January, the company launched “AutoRip” for its Cloud Player service, which turned every CD you’ve purchased on Amazon for the past 15 years into an MP3 file. In February, the Cloud Player app was optimized for the iPad. Just last month, the online retail giant added vinyl to the list of music purchases that get the AutoRip upgrade. Today, Amazon announced that all SYNC AppLink equipped Fords are now compatible with the iOS Cloud Player app.
Indie game developer Mark White has been in the business for six years. He previously worked with Firemint, but left when EA took over the upstart. For the past two years, in his spare time, White has been working on a survival game of the tiniest proportion. As of May 9, all of White’s afterhours efforts will pay off. Tasty Tadpoles launches in the App Store tomorrow.
You know that iTV that everyone keeps talking about? You know, the television set that the tech industry is claiming will be here by mid-2014 at the latest, the one that Foxconn is making for Apple. Well, according to the New York Times, Foxconn is working on a branded television set for itself in an effort to reduce its reliance on Apple.
Isn’t that how Samsung started? In March, Businessweek published an in-depth article about the Korean-based tech company. Samsung started as a parts manufacturer, making microprocessors and memory chips for other companies. Building a strong infrastructure to sell components to others helped Samsung get an idea for how the industry works.
As iPad owners anticipate the arrival of summer, many will want to use their tablets outside. There’s just one problem: glare. Everyone loves sunny days, but just try reading the iPad screen in broad daylight once, and you’ll soon realize it’s not an easy task. Hoodi, a magnetic shade for the iPad and iPad mini, solves this problem, while also protecting user privacy and preventing the device from overheating in the hot sun. Hoodi creator Cindy Ries Hodnett turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to bring manufacture and market this innovative iPad accessory.
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Every year, we try to come up with great ideas for great gifts for the mom in your life. No one deserves your undying love and bottomless pocketbook more that the woman who gave you life or the woman who brought life to your own child. That’s why this year we have five fantastic ideas for accessories for iPad loving moms everywhere.
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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 83% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.