OMG, Mobile Use Grows 115 Percent Fueled by Messaging Apps

App Use Growth 2013-resized-600.jpgFlurry Analytics has just launched a new report on mobile device activity for 2013. Overall app usage grew by more than 100 percent last year with all categories showing an increase. However, what really pushed the numbers into the red in 2013 was messaging and social apps, like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and SnapChat. It looks like mobile device users really want to keep in touch.

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iTunes Radio Competition Increases, Beats Music to Launch Jan. 21

Beats MusicAbout a year ago, Beats Electronics CEO Jimmy Iovine announced that the company was working on a subscription music service. A few months later Iovine sat down with Apple CEO Tim Cook to discuss the service, dubbed “Project Daisy.” According to Iovine, while Apple was interested in Iovine’s idea, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was unimpressed with the terms. He didn’t want to pay the amount of the licensing fees that record companies were asking.

As we all know, Apple finally came to some kind of agreement with major record companies because iTunes Radio launched last fall, when iOS 7 hit the streets. Iovine’s baby is following in the footsteps of iTunes Radio, but the music producer is not afraid of the competition, claiming that his service will offer something different than everyone else.

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Apple Channels ‘Dead Poets Society’ in its Latest iPad Commercial

iPad VerseApple is back in the media again. The last time the tech giant released a commercial it was the “Life on iPad” campaign. The advertisement showed the iPad in various situations, being used to help in surgery, wind turbine adjustments, sports, and more. The campaign asks the viewer, “Where do you take your iPad?”

This new advertisement has a similar theme. The iPad is shown in a variety of situations. However, instead of showing what the tablet can do for doctors, engineers, and athletes, we see what it can do for painters, writers, and musicians. This time, the viewer is asked, “What will your verse be?”

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Activate and Customize ‘Do Not Disturb’

Do Not Disturb 1Welcome to another edition of our weekly how-to guide. We know that the iPad can be a little intimidating for new iOS users. Most everything you need is easy to find, but you may not always know what you need. That’s why, each week we offer tips, tricks, and advice for getting your iPad to work the way you want it to. Last week, we showed you how to transfer content from a previous iPad to your brand new model.

This week, we are going to help you figure out how to silence those pesky, but important, notifications so that you can sleep through the night. It used to be that, if you wanted peace and quiet for a good night’s rest, you’d have to turn off your iPad, or at least silence it, every night and turn it back on every morning. About a year ago, Apple decided to make it easier for us to continue to receive notifications, but not let them keep us awake all night.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Joe Danger Infinity

Joe Danger Infinity 2It looks like it is time for another edition of our weekly Editor’s Choice column. Every week, Apple selects a handful of apps for their outstanding attributes and names them the Editor’s Choice. Every week, we tell you about one of them, just in case you didn’t notice that big, giant banner in the App Store announcing it. Last week, we told you about Feed Me Oil 2, the physics-based puzzle game that will make you slick.

This week, Apple gave the award to another sequel game. This time, the story takes place in a toy box and the hero is an action figure.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 7 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 7 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 7 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 3 productivity / entertainment apps and 4 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 50% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

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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 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 1 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 »

PAC-MAN Goes Free for App Of The Week, New Update Adds More Pellet-Chomping Fun

PAC-MAN 2I know. We already posted our Flashback Friday article. Plus, we already wrote about PAC-MAN for our first-ever Flashback Friday. So, what is the disc-shaped hungry man doing that makes him so important today? Well, first of all, Apple has made the little guy this week’s App Store App of the Week, which also makes the game free. However, in addition to a price drop from $6.99 to zero, PAC-MAN also recently received an update that added brand new levels and a completely redesigned interface so your favorite classic arcade game has a whole new adventure.

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Cloud Storage App ‘Pogoplug’ Gets New Features and iOS 7 Facelift in Latest iPad Update

pogoplug 2Pogoplug is a popular storage app for iOS that makes storing information in the cloud a breeze. With it, you can easily backup important data, like photos and videos, without needing to plug in. You can also stream music and videos, right from within Pogoplug anytime, anywhere. Today, the app received an update giving it a brand new look for iOS 7.

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iPads are Gaining Entry into Corporate World Thanks to iPhone Proliferation

iPad in BusinessThere was a time in recent history when Apple was considered low on the list of computer companies. Until the iPod came out around the turn of the century, most people considered the tech giant to be on its way out. Less than a decade ago, the business world was run on BlackBerry mobile devices and desktop PCs. Today, thanks to the iPhone, more everyday people and more companies are switching to Apple for all of their computing needs.

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