PadGadet’s Sound Stage: Learn How to Write and Read Music with Theory Lessons

Theory Lessons 3Welcome to another edition of our weekly music column. There are more musicians around here than there are professional tech people. We love music and love to talk about apps and accessories musicians and fans of music will love. Last week, we told you how to write and record ringtones in GarageBand. My little ditty is better than anything iOS 7 has to offer.

This week, we found an app to help you learn to read and write music. It features 39 music lessons that are about as comprehensive as a first-semester college course in music theory and it only costs $2.99

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 16 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 16 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 16 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 9 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, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

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DeYoung Museum Displays iPad Paintings From Pop Artist David Hockney

hockney_yosemiteArtists have taken to the iPad since its first year in existence. Artists like Kyle Lambert and Jorge Colombo have shown the amazing things that can be done with a creative finger and a good quality app. From now until Jan. 20, 2014, the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park will display 17 printed 12 X 9 foot paintings from 1960s pop artist David Hockney that were drawn on the iPad.

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Intel Opens its Manufacturing Facilities to ARM Chip Makers – Will Apple Switch?

intel_chip_largeIt has been known for a while now that Apple and Samsung don’t play well together. For years, the two tech giants have been embroiled in worldwide patent infringement lawsuits that have made it seem as though they can’t stand each other’s existence. Yet, they still work together. Samsung still makes Apple’s processor chips. That may be coming to an end soon. According to a recent announcement at the ARM developers’ conference, Intel will begin fabrication of 64-bit ARM chips starting next year.

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Reviews of iPad Air Begin Rolling in – the Only Downside is That iPad Mini is Just as Good now

ipad air imageOnly a few short days from now, the masses will converge on suburban malls at the crack of dawn, waiting to be the first of their friends to hold Apple’s new thinner, lighter iPad Air in their hands. Some of the tech world’s more notable names were lucky enough to have early access to the device and, as of last night, reviews started posting online. The overall consensus is that the iPad Air is, by far, the best tablet Apple has ever made, and some say the best tablet ever made. The main complaint is that it’s toughest competition will be the new iPad mini with Retina display. Thanks to Apple’s upgrade, the smaller sized tablet is now just as good as its big brother.

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iPad Air Benchmarks Show a Nearly 2x Improvement over iPad 4

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It doesn’t take much when looking at the chart above to realize how impressive the new iPad Air is in terms of improvements over previous iPad versions. According to primatelabs.com, the iPad Air is approximately twice as fast as the iPhone 4th generation. Even though it shares the same chip as the iPhone 5s, for a variety of reasons it is still faster.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Backseat USB Charger

Backseat Car Charger 4It is time for another installment of our weekly do-it-yourself project spotlight for the iPad. It is just a matter of time before we will start finding awesome crafts and handmade accessories for the iPad Air. I can’t wait. Until then, we’ll continue to keep you up to date on the boring old model (just kidding). Last week, we reminded you of the clever Halloween costume that was created a few years ago using two iPads and a shirt with a hole in it. If you don’t have a costume idea, there is time to make a cool one out of your iPad and iPad mini.

This week, we found a DIY project that adds a backseat charger to your car so you can watch movies on a 12-hour road trip and never worry about running out of battery life. Read More »

Princeton University to Launch iPad Version of Full-Color Ancient World Maps

Barrinton Atlas 1I’ve always had a fascination with maps. Ever since I was a kid, I’d collect maps from National Geographic and had a collection of atlases. One of my favorite things to do is track down globes from decades ago to see the different names regions have been given over the years.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 8 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 3 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 80% off, a couple are even free, 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 »

Give your iPad a Custom Look with New Tody Gear Home Buttons

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We’ve all seen iOS devices outfitted with cases and skins to add a bit of personality, but these options typically leave the front of the device lacking. Leaving no part of the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch naked, tech accessory company Toddy Gear Inc. is introducing a new way to customize the look of your iOS device with the Home Button Collection.

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