Apple Let’s you Deregister your Phone from iMessage with new Web Tool

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Apple’s iMessages app makes it possible for users to communicate from one iOS device to another without it counting against text messaging. The service registers a user’s Apple ID and iPhone phone number so that messages can be sent and received between all iOS devices, including iPad and iPod touch.

Unfortunately, ever since Apple launched the service in 2011, it has caused a bit of a raucous for people that switch from iOS to Android or Windows-based phones. Some users have experienced lost text messages from contacts that still use iMessages. It appears that messages are rerouted back to Apple’s iMessages service instead of going directly to the person’s new mobile device.

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iPad Still Dominant Tablet When it Comes to Web Surfing

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Sales numbers rise and fall depending on product releases and price schemes, but after all is said and done the iPad is clearly the most used device when it comes to tablet web traffic. Online advertising giant Chitika tracks millions of visits from tablet users and no other tablet comes even remotely close to the traffic generated by iPad users.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Molecules by Theodore Gray

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This is what the iPad should be used for. Sure, I’ll be the first to admit that I play games on my tablet than I do anything else. I don’t even read books on my iPad very often. But, I’ll also be the first to support the concept that educational books like the ones coming from Touch Press should be part of the standard curriculum for students. If books were interactive like this when I was in school, I might have been a scientist instead of a writer.

Molecules by Theodore Gray is the newest interactive title from the same app development team that made the Elements come to life and brought the entire solar system to the iPad.

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Griffin Technology Updates iOS Accessories with Harris Tweed Product Line

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As I noted earlier this week in our DIY project spotlight, fall and tweed go hand-in-hand fashion wise, in my opinion. That’s why it is no surprise that Griffin’s new line of products caught my eye. The company is working in collaboration with Scotland-based Harris Tweed to bring us an elegant, classic look for the iPad Air and iPad mini.

Harris Tweed is a one-of-a-kind authentic homespun wool textile that is handcrafted in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. It is rich in texture, rugged in form, and looks stunning on a winter coat.

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BeOn Home Security Lighting Lets You Control Your Lights from your iOS Device

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I leave my front light on all night. I know it is a serious waste of energy, but it keeps the house from being dark and makes it look like someone might be awake. It is my form of home security. I wish I could set the lights in my living room to go on and off at certain times, instead of having to leave them on all night. Let’s not even go into issues of being on vacation.

That’s where BeON comes in. This smart bulb home security system will turn your lights on and off at pre-scheduled times so that it looks like someone is home, even when they are not. We aren’t talking about full lights-on security either. The system will turn different lights on in waves, simulating the activity that would take place if you were home.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Atoms NG

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In 1992, a game developer named John Girvin created a freeware game for the Amiga called Atoms, which was actually based on the 1980s version of the same name. It has since been recreated a number of different times under a number of different nomenclatures (Exploding Atoms, KAtoms, etc.). This week, Girvin, with the help of a couple of buddies under the umbrella of Six Echoes Studios, launched a new-ish version of Atoms on the iPad and iPhone for your puzzle-solving pleasure.

Atoms NG (Next Generation) is the revised version of the 1992 game, which is based on the 1980 game. Although the mechanics are essentially the same as they were more than 20 years ago, it has been redesigned with graphics and animations for the 21st century.

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Researchers Discover Malware that Can Infect Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices Via USB and Mac

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Apple devices are pretty secure. For years, the Mac was considered the underdog of the computer world and most tech criminals didn’t even invest much time in Apple products because there just weren’t enough people using them.

Flash forward less than a decade and it turns out Apple has become popular enough to change those criminal minds. According to a recently released report from security research firm Palo Alto Networks, there is a new bug in town and it is specifically targeting Mac computers and iOS devices that connect to them.

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Microsoft Updates Office for iOS, Create and Edit Without Subscription, iPhone Support

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Microsoft has just announced an update to its mobile apps that brings support to Android devices, adds the iOS app for iPhone, and allows users to create and edit documents without needing an Office 365 subscription.

The company calls it the “Office Everywhere” campaign. Now, users of all different mobile devices will be able to work with the Office line of products. The best part is that you can do a lot more without having to spend a dime.

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Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre Profile Showcases Their Innovative USC Academy

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The Wall Street Journal just published a profile of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre in which the powerhouse duo discussed their new endeavor called the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. While modesty didn’t play a huge part in naming the new academy, the WSJ profile is an opportunity to see inside these efforts and I believe that the program is going to produce some excellent students.

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Forbes Names Apple Most Valuable Company in the World for Fourth Year in a Row

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In various surveys around the world, Apple has managed to take the top spot. Whether it is for “coolest brand,” “best global brand,” “most valuable brand,” or “Kidfinity” the iPad maker is kind of a big deal. Less than a week after J.D. Power just dropped Apple from the top spot in its consumer satisfaction survey, Forbes has announced that, for the fourth year in a row, Apple is the World’s Most Valuable Brand.

Forbes attributes some of Apple’s success to its ability to charge a premium price and still move products. “There are other phones and tablets that are functionally comparable or arguably better than the iPhone and iPad, but the Apple brand carries tremendous weight and credibility, and customers are willing to pay up for that,” Forbes notes.

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