PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads Let You Tap Out the Beat

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IK Multimedia recently launched another in its varied line of musical instruments for the iPad. Musicians can now tap out their favorite rhythms and quickly access samples using iRig Pads.

iRig Pads is a portable MIDI controller featuring 16 customizable pads so you can make your own beats, access your favorite loops, and much more. Each velocity sensitive rubber pad lights up with multiple colors depending on how fast you play and how you customize the features.

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Apple Says it was Surprised by Sapphire Glass Supplier’s Chapter 11 Filing

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Earlier this week, GT Advanced Technology sent out a press release stating that it would be filing for bankruptcy court protection under Chapter 11. An odd move coming from the company that will be supplying sapphire glass display panels for the upcoming Apple Watch.

In the months leading up to the release of the iPhone 6, GT’s stock soared due to speculation that the company would be next in line to make display screens for Apple’s smartphone. Shortly after the Sept. 9 event, when it was known that the new iPhones would not feature sapphire glass, the company’s stock dropped significantly.

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Developer Finds Hidden Apple Pay Screens in Latest iOS 8.1 Beta 2

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The release of Apple Pay is not far away and iOS 8.1 is a potential release version for the new features. Developer Hamza Sood posted pics of various Apple Pay setup screens which he found in iOS 8.1 Beta 2, both for the iPhone and the iPad. There isn’t a reference on the iPad screen to paying in-store, which points to a probable lack of NFC technology in the upcoming iPad announcement.

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Apple Officially Announces Oct. 16 Media Event, ‘It’s Been Way Too Long’

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Word is coming in that Apple has sent out invitations to a media event to be held on Oct. 16 at the company’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, CA starting at 10:00 a.m. The simplistic line illustration invitation reads, “It’s been way too long.”

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Rumor: Mockup Units Shows Design of Upcoming iPad Air 2

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A new “dummy” unit has surfaced and Vietnamese news site Tinhte.vn has published a number of close-up photos of what will supposedly be the next-generation iPad Air. These new images are pretty much exactly the same as ones we’ve seen in the past. So much so, that it is quite possible it is the exact same unit.

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Teens Love iPad and iPhone, Say ‘Meh’ to Apple Watch

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Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster just released his semiannual youth brand affinity report. According to the Fall 2014 Teen Survey, average 16-year-olds think the iPad and iPhone are hot, but aren’t too excited about Apple’s wearable computer.

According to the survey, which is made up of 7,200 teenagers approximately 16 years of age, 67 percent owned an iPhone, which was up from 61 percent for the Spring Survey. Additionally, 73 percent said they plan on making the iPhone their next smartphone purchase.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: DIY Emergency USB Charger

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I’ve spend a good amount of my summer taking small weekend trips to places where it is nearly impossible to find a power source to charge my iOS devices. Luckily, I have invested in a handful of external battery chargers that get me through. However, a good external battery is not exactly inexpensive.

We found a do-it-yourself project that solves the problem of needing an external battery charger without it costing a fortune.

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Morgan Stanly Predicts Apple Pay Will Be a Hit in Mobile Payment Market

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Apple Pay hasn’t even launched yet and financial investors are already chomping at the bit. Morgan Stanly researcher Craig Hettenbach released a note to investors this week stating that Apple Pay will become the industry standard in the future.

According to AppleInsider, who received a copy of the investor note, thanks to compatibility with an existing infrastructure and Apple’s large user base, the mobile payment wallet will grow quickly.

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iPad is the Top Consumer Brand with Kids

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Brand loyalty is a company’s biggest asset. If you can win kids over at an early age, you are more likely to keep them as customers when they become adults. Apple’s future is in the bag thanks to the popularity of the iPad. According to a new study, kids like the iPad more than they like candy and cookies.

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Rumor of the Day: iPad Pro to Run Dual iOS and OS X Operating System

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As speculation grows about the possibility of Apple launching a larger sized tablet, so do the rumors of what it will be capable of. The so-called iPad Pro is supposedly going to have a 4K display panel, two gigs of RAM, and a slightly faster “X” series processor chip.

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