PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Moving Picture Wanted Poster for Harry Potter Costume

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One of the neatest ideas I remember reading about in the Harry Potter series of books was the idea that pictures moved. Interestingly, it took less than a decade to make that fiction a reality. Instead of newspapers with stationary black-and-white pictures on them, we can read the same news story on our iPad and watch videos of the events at the same time.

Today’s DIY project is in honor of my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween. If you are planning on bringing back the Harry Potter costume and want a fun way to “wow” your friends, this moving Sirius Black “Wanted” poster is sure to turn their heads.

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iPad Air 2 Set to Ship October 24

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Tomorrow is the big day. Around hear, we are betting that Apple will unveil a new model of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. It’s practically a given. What’s less of a sure thing is when the new tablet line will be ready for purchase. According to unnamed sources speaking with Mac Rumors, the next-generation of iPad will be on store shelves Oct. 24.

Mac Rumors is reporting that Apple is preparing for tomorrow’s event by “shipping mass quantities of a new product into the U.S.” Although it is not known what that new product is.

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Popular Graphic Design Website ‘Canva’ Comes to the iPad

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I remember the first time I visited because their site is creative and they have clearly mastered the online experience. Now we get to see if they can master the mobile experience with a Canva app for iPad releasing today. What is Canva? It is a simple to use design program that enables you to create great looking graphics without design experience and without breaking the bank.

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August Smart Lock Soon to be Available directly from Apple Store

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When I go out of town, I have to ask a friend to stop by my house to take care of my cat. I know I’m not the only one passing keys around to whomever can help out. I’ve handed out house keys to so many people that I can’t even remember who has them anymore.

August Smart Lock is a HomeKit compatible deadbolt that electronically locks and unlocks your front door so that you can send a virtual key to anyone at any time. You don’t have to he home to let your out-of-town guest in. You don’t have to drop off your spare key to your friend before leaving town. You don’t have to worry about hiding a key under the mat, risking theft by a criminally minded opportunist.

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Apple Watch Faces Adoption Hurdles with Europeans

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The security of Apple Pay is regularly questioned. The public is still reeling from the stolen celebrity iCloud-stored nude photos fiasco. Even as government officials are calling Apple’s mobile operating system “too secure,” it is an uphill battle for the tech giant to convince the world that their data is safe. Today, market research firm GfK released a report showing that the Apple Watch may not be a big hit in Europe mainly due to the fact that consumers aren’t interested in using a mobile device to pay for goods and services.

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New iPads Drive Revenue Growth for Component Manufactures

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You might say that the Apple ecosystem contributes to a worldwide improvement in the economy (although Finland’s prime minister would say different) since there are so many ways in which companies around the globe see the financial benefits of working with the iPad maker. Today, DigiTimes is reporting September revenue growth directly relating to orders from Apple for components for the next generation of iPad.

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Skype Launches Video Messaging App Qik

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I regularly Skype with my uncle, my nephew, and my friend that lives in Japan. It is fairly easy to ring up my nephew at any time. My uncle has a weekly calling schedule. My friend in Japan, however, is usually asleep when I’m ready to talk, so video calling can be a bit of a problem. Skype just launched a new video messaging app so you can send a clip to your friend without having to be in touch with them in real time.

The idea behind the creation of Skype Qik is that not everyone wants to, or is able to participate in a video call in real time. Sometimes, you just want to send a clip of friends that got together for dinner saying “hi” to a sick buddy, or get video of a celebrity that you know your mom would be screaming at if she saw in real life.

With Skype Qik, you can capture and share a moment with a group of friends and family without having to be there at that moment.

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New Info Suggests Next-Gen iPad mini Will Be Ready For Thursday’s Media Event

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Apple’s next media event is only a few days away. Traditionally, the October gathering involves all-things iPad. Many rumors have bubbled to the surface involving the second-generation iPad Air, including claims that the tablet will feature 2GB of RAM. However, most of the buzz surrounding the iPad mini with Retina display involves its refresh being postponed until sometime in 2015.

A new report from Mac Otakara claims that the next-generation iPad mini will indeed be ready for launch this Thursday, Oct. 16.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Create App-Specific Passwords for Two-Step Authentication

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Last week, Apple sent out an email reminder to everyone using two-step authentication that third-party apps that use iCloud data require app-specific passwords. If you have recently received notification in certain apps, like Outlook, Mozilla, or BusyCal, that your iCloud account isn’t authorized, the problem may be that you will need to set up an app-specific password in order to log in.

We’ve got a quick tutorial to explain how to generate an app-specific password for these third-party apps that require it.

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GT Advanced Technology Wants Out of ‘Oppressive’ Agreement with Apple

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As information surrounding the recent bankruptcy filing of Apple’s sapphire glass supplier, GT Advanced Technology (GTAT), continue to unravel, things get more and more unusual. Recent court filings supplied by MacRumors show that the company is requesting to make null and void all existing agreements it has with Apple relating to sapphire production operations.

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