Just How Big is a 12-Inch iPad? New Concept Video Shows Us

iPad Air Plus Mockup

The rumors surrounding the iPad Pro, iPad Air Plus, or iPad Maxi, whatever you want to call it, has picked up enough momentum that it is like a giant snowball rolling down a mountainside and will soon cause an avalanche. We still don’t have enough evidence to even believe the larger screened tablet really exists. Much like the Apple branded television set, we are frothing at the mouth for a ghost.

Today’s iPad Air Plus (I like this new name) frenzy comes in the form of a concept video created by an Apple Fanboy. YouTuber Canoopsy created a mockup of a 12.2-inch tablet and compared it to a number of different Apple devices, including the 13-inch MacBook Pro. When you put the two together, the iPad Air Plus mockup looks like a removable screen for the MBP.

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Satechi’s 10-Port USB Hub Charges All of Your Everything, All at Once

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Behind my computer, I have a USB hub with four ports. In one of those ports is a second USB hub with four more ports. I leave two of my three direct-to-Mac ports free so I can plug my iPad and iPhone in and actually charge the devices. The rest of the ports in the hubs are used for loading pictures from my DLSR camera, charging my wireless keyboard, Backing up data to an external hard drive. The list goes on. One hub to rule them all is a great idea, but iOS devices also need their own special charging power, not just USB connection access (which is why I reserve two ports on my computer for them).

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DotEmu Launches Month-Long X-Mas Sale, One Game Per Day for 24 Days

DotEmu Advent Calendar

DotEmu, developer of classic PC game ports for iOS, has just launched a holiday campaign ad. From now until Christmas Eve, the company will put one app on sale on either the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

Details on the sale are sparse. It is intended to be a surprise in the same way that an Advent Calendar reveals a special gift each day.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Silence Those Prolific Group Messages in iOS 8

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Now that you know how to send and receive non-iOS text messages on your iPad, you may have notice just how many pings you get in a single day. I communicate with multiple groups every day. Some of them are band-related. Some have to do with get-togethers with friends. Sometimes, those text notifications get downright out of hand, especially when I am trying to work or am in the middle of a meeting.

Thanks to iOS 8, you can temporarily turn those notifications off using “Do Not Disturb” for texts and we have a short tutorial to explain how to turn the feature on and off.

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Leaked Schematics Show 12.2-inch iPad Pro, Possible Launch in Spring 2015

Mac Fan iPad Air Plus Schematics

The latest issue of Japan-based Mac Fan magazine shows a copy of a full-scale blueprint of a 12.2-inch Apple tablet with an LCD screen. The so-called “iPad Air Plus” is detailed with size, screen dimensions, features, and processor information. The tablet will supposedly ship between April and June of 2015.

According to the article, as provided by Macotakara, the magazine claims the iPad Pro, or iPad Air Plus (which makes more sense at this point), will measure 12.2 x 8.7 x 0.28 inches. The tablet is slightly smaller than previous rumors of a 12.9-inch screen. However, still fall within the rumored “12-inch tablet” nomenclature and is in-line with Makotakara’s earlier report.

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Apple Goes (RED) for World AIDS Day on Cyber Monday

Apple RED World Aids Day Campaign

Last week, Apple launched a huge campaign to promote its support for World Aids Day and its collaboration with the (RED) campaign. Throughout the past week, Apple featured apps that include special exclusive in-app purchases for (RED) whose proceeds will go directly to the foundation. Today’s big Cyber Monday sale at Apple’s online and retail stores will also support the cause. A portion of every item sold today will be donated to the Global Fund via (RED).

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Domino’s Pizza Launches Cyber Monday Deal, 50 Percent Off Orders through iOS App

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The first Monday following Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Cyber Monday” since the rise in popularity of online shopping. Retailers offer discounts on items exclusively through digital channels. While you are busy ordering those ridiculously cheap Minecraft slippers for Uncle Dave, why not take a break and order yourself a pizza. Domino’s has a 50 percent off special for Cyber Monday.

From now until Sunday, Dec. 7, Domino’s Pizza is offering 50 percent off all menu items (no special orders) that are placed online or through the company’s new iOS and Android apps. Simply log in, pick your pizza, and have dinner at your door in 30 minutes.

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Study Finds iPhone 6 Plus Taking Readers Away From iPad

Pocket Data iPhone 6

When it first launched, the iPad was hoped to be the savior of the magazine industry. Industry speculator predicted that people would start reading again thanks to the new tablet market. They were right, for the most part. The iPad may not have exactly saved the magazine industry, but people are definitely reading a lot on tablets.

This week, Read It Later, makers of Pocket, released data from its users that shows a trend leading away from iPad reading and toward iPhone reading instead. The data was culled from more than two million articles and videos that were opened from Pocket. Researchers studied data from users that upgraded from an iPhone 5 or 5s to an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, as well as an iPad device.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Send and Receive Non-Apple Text Messages on iPad with iOS 8

How to Text on iPad

Most of my favorite additions to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite involve the Continuity features. You can pick up where you left off in emails, documents, and web browsing with Handoff, send and receive phone calls on the iPad and your Mac, and even send and receive text messages from friends and family that are not using an Apple device.

Apple has made iMessages available on the iPad, iPod touch, and OS X devices since 2011. It is basically a chat feature for Apple devices. Whether on your iPhone, iPad, or desktop computer, you can send and receive iMessages.

With iOS 8, Apple made it possible to enable non-Apple device text messaging with a function called “Text Message Forwarding.” We’ve got a tutorial to help you set it up and use it.

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SteelSeries Launches Larger ‘Stratus XL’ MFi Controller – Hands-on Review

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You may recall back in February that I was lucky enough to review the SteelSeries Stratus Mfi controller. You may also recall my first impression being, “Wow, it’s a lot smaller than I thought it would be.” Of course, I quickly changed my tune once I realized that, after playing for two hours straight, my fingers and thumbs didn’t cramp up at all, so size did not matter for that controller.

Just the same, SteelSeries received enough feedback regarding the size of the controller that they decided to make a bigger one. So now, you can take your first-generation Stratus controller with you on the go for supreme mobile fun and keep your Stratus XL on your coffee table at home for the maximum living room gaming experience.

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