Apple Pressuring Major Labels for More Exclusive Album Launches Similar to Beyoncé

beyonce_new_albumIn December of 2013, Apple collaborated with Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records for exclusive rights to be the first to launch Beyonce’s fifth studio album “Beyoncé” on iTunes. The digital download became the fastest selling album ever on iTunes with more than 825,000 albums sold in the first three days. Apple wants more.

According to Billboard, Apple music chief Robert Kondrk has been “pressuring” major labels to release more exclusive albums on iTunes, leaving services like YouTube and Spotify behind and increasing download sales for the company.

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Hipstamatic’s Oggl Finally available on iPad, Stream Slideshows on Apple TV

Oggl 1Almost a year ago, Hipstamatic launched its own social networking site to compete with Instagram. What makes Oggl different is that it allows users to curate themed photo shoots and asks that contributors use their creative minds to make inspirational images instead of just snapshots of drunk friends at parties.

Until last week, Oggl was only available on the iPhone. With version 2.1, not only can you finally use the app on the iPad, but Oggle now features “SurfMode,” which lets you view slideshows and stream to Apple TV.

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Android Most Popular Tablet Operating System, but iPad Still Number One Device

Gartner MobileOperating System Share 2013Well, it finally happened. By the end of 2013, according to Gartner, Android captured the market share of tablets, surpassing iOS significantly with 61.9 percent versus Apple’s 36 percent. Analysts were claiming that the iPad would loose its crown sometime soon and they were right. Apple still maintains the lead in tablet sales by vendor, although Samsung is nipping at the heels of the iPad’s popularity.

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‘iOS in the Car’ Ready to Launch Soon, Renamed ‘CarPlay’

CarPlayWith the introduction of iOS 7, Apple added a new feature that was still in the works, but has already been talked about extensively in the tech world. The in-car feature, originally dubbed “iOS in the Car,” is an in-dash system only available in select new cars that allows users to connect their iPhone to the vehicle’s built-in controls and display. Apple and car manufacturers are officially rolling out the feature this year under the new nomenclature, “CarPlay.”

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Close All Tabs at Once in Safari on the iPad

iPad SafariI like to keep things clean on my iPad. I close unused apps in Multitasking every day. I delete apps that I don’t think I’ll use on a regular basis, and I keep my Safari browser tabs to a minimum. However, there are times when I’ve been doing a lot of Web browsing and have a dozen or so tabs open in Safari. Yuck.

Sure, I could tap the “X” button on each, individual page to close tabs one at a time, but thanks to a clever tip from Mac OS X Hints, there is a quicker way to close all tabs at once.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Royal Revolt 2

Royal Revolt II 4Strategy games are thriving in the App Store. Traditionally, the genre has been most popular on desktops, but developers are constantly coming up with new titles that are fun, engaging, and great for wasting time on a rainy day. Apple’s Editor’s Choice for this week is a tower defense style strategy sequel. Royal Revolt 2 lets you explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate your neighbors to become the king of all lands.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 12 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 12 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 12 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 5 game apps in today’s bundle.

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 86% off so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

MOGA Ready to Release New iOS Game Controller next Month

moga_rebelThe ball is rolling. Accessory makers and game controller companies are on the move. It took a while to get started, but we are now spotting more and more iOS 7 controllers in the wild. Even more exciting is that companies aren’t narrowing their options to just the iPhone anymore. MOGA had a hit on their hands with the iPhone-only gamepad, “Ace Power.” The company is already working on their second submission to the market and this one will be compatible with both iPhone and iPad.

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Apple Cuts Apple TV Pricing with $25 iTunes Gift Card

Apple TVIt is possible that Apple is preparing to move old stock to make room for a new version of Apple TV. Today, the company has launched a special deal that would essentially make the set-top box only $75, brand new. The discount comes in the form of a $25 iTunes gift card, which you could use to stock up on movies for your new Apple TV.

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Avadon 2: The Corruption HD Finally Available on the iPad

Avadon 2 2Nearly three years ago, the first installment of the Avadon game series launched in the App Store. The deeply involving role-playing adventure game was a big hit with fans of dungeon crawls and RPGs. This week, Spiderweb Software has finally released the second game in the Avadon series, called “The Corruption.”

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