There has been a lot of buzz lately as to what new products Apple has for us in 2014. A lot of information is coming through the pipeline that Apple will launch a wearable computing device, dubbed the iWatch, in the first half of the year. Apple’s own job listings are hinting at the need for NPI Engineers to work with “new platforms as of now unannounced.” Alongside this information, J.P. Morgan recently wrote a note to investors that Apple might be headed toward a new “iAnywhere” computing platform.
Tech news blog Which? recently tested the top tablets for a variety of performance ratings. While the iPad Air tested below Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) for speed, Apple’s newest tablet swam circles around the others for battery performance.
Last August, Flurry released a report showing that iPhone users preferred to take their fun on the go, while iPad owners preferred to stay indoors with their technology. Today, Chitika released a new study that shows iPad users tend to be more active at night, while Microsoft Surface owners prefer to use their tablets during work hours. That either means the Surface is used more for work than fun, or users are slacking off on the job.
Now that Flappy Bird has flown the coop, casual gamers are looking for something as equally simple, but equally challenging. Plenty of clones have popped into the App Store to fill the void, but for some, the sting of the fresh wound hurts too much to replace one bird with another.
Unroll me is a simple, but challenging puzzle game that will give you something to do while waiting to catch the bus, but might be so addicting that you will waste your life playing it instead of feeding the kids.
There are hundreds, if not more, do-it-yourself projects for iPad and iPad mini cases floating around on the Internet. You can make a case out of an old painting or an old leather jacket. You can decorate a hard shell with old magazine images or Mod Podge it with some cute material. You can even turn a simple bubble mailer into a very classy protector for your iPad or iPad mini. But, what about the super cool Sleep/Wake function that Apple added to their tablets a few years ago? How can you turn your DIY iPad mini case into a fully functioning cover?
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 75% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
Financial analysis firm Asymco recently released data on sales of Apple’s iTunes, Software, and services for the first quarter of 2014. You may recall in the most recent quarterly earnings call, CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced that the company posted revenue of $57.6 billion in 1Q14. Asymco used official information on hand to make some comparisons and found that Apple’s App Store is growing exponentially and the company’s app and service revenue pushed the company to a record-breaking quarter.
From the second half of 2013 and on, Apple has been battling with tech writers and financial analysts about its current line of products. Critics have accused the iPad maker of not creating any new products for a few years and not being innovative enough. Apple CEO Time Cook noted in multiple quarterly earnings calls that the company would be launching new products throughout 2014. Although no official information has been announced as to what products or whether they would be considered new categories, it is clear that Apple is trying to get on top of speculation that the company’s creativity has dried up.
The Flappy Bird saga continues. Last week, it was revealed that the unassuming little casual game was raking in more than a million dollars per month in advertisement revenue for creator Dong Nguyen and his game company dotGears. Within days of that announcement, Nguyen tweeted that he couldn’t “take it anymore” and pulled the game from the App Store. Nguyen may not have been making money off of the game anymore, but a lot of other people were.
Business Insider weeded through more than 1,000 tweets from Nguyen to try to figure out why the indie game developer would pull a game that was so profitable. Today, Forbes published an exclusive interview with the quiet, yet emotional programmer that revealed a bit about his current state of mind and his true feelings about Flappy Bird.
A few years ago, my local grocery chain remodeled three checkout lanes. They were turned into six self-checkout stations. Now, on any given day, there will be more people standing in line waiting for a self-checkout station than there are people being processed through the traditional checkout lanes. It isn’t particularly efficient. The computers have glitches, you can’t pay for alcohol at self-checkout, and if you set your item down incorrectly in the bag, all hell breaks loose.
What the store really needs is a couple of iPads and some friendly checkers who know how to use them.