Are Some Celebrities Getting Addicted to Their iPad?

Johhny Rotten

The Telegraph UK [Via: The Verge] recently reported that the godfather of punk, Sex Pistols frontman and current PiL singer John, “Johnny Rotten” Lydon spent more than $15,000 on games and apps for his iPad over a two year period. Cult of Mac also pointed out that, earlier this year, Shaquille O’Neal admitted to the Wall Street Journal that he spends $1,000 per week on apps. If you’ve got the money, why not?

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Apple Scores 100 % on Corporate Equality Index for 13th Year in a Row

HRC's CEI Report

This week, the Human Rights Campaign published its annual Corporate Equality Index, which ranks U.S. based companies on their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality policies. This year, Apple earned the “baker’s dozen” by getting a score of 100 percent for the 13th year in a row.

The ratings are based on a survey provided to participating companies. Businesses rank their policies on sexual orientation and gender identity. In all, 781 companies participated, 306 of them were Fortune 500 elites. Half of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies also scored 100. 150 of all Fortune 500 companies achieved the perfect score.

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iOS to Add Beats Music to Bundled Apps in 2015

Beats Apple Welcome

After spending an extremely large sum buying Beats Music, Apple has been running its new streaming business without making any substantial changes. The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is finally going to up its efforts to grow subscriptions by including the service in the default iOS bundle of included apps in 2015. We’ll also be able to find out if Apple will be keeping the Beats Music brand active or moving it under the iTune brand, which has been the source of speculation in recent months.

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Apple’s Promise to Preserve Jobs at Mesa, AZ Sapphire Plant is Not a Bunch of Hot Air

GT Advanced sapphire

In early October, the tech world, and even Apple, was surprised to find out that GT Advanced Technology filed for bankruptcy. At the time, Apple’s response was to focus on preserving jobs in Arizona. “We will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps,” said Apple spokesperson Chris Gaither. As the events unfolded over the next month, it was clear that GT Advanced was not going to do anything on their end to preserve jobs. The company is folding at the end of this year.

That does not mean “lights out” for the million-square-foot factory. Bloomberg spoke with Mesa, AZ City Manager Christopher Brady and learned that Apple is still committed to bringing jobs to the area. “They’ve indicated their commitment to us: They want to repurpose that building and use it again,” said Brady.

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Griffin Unveils a Unique iPad Stand for the Train Lover in your Life

Griffin Railyard Stand 2

At this point, coming up with new, interesting stands for the iPad is getting harder. It seems like it has all already been done. There are cases made out of old life rafts, stands made out of LEGOs, and bidets with iPad mounts attached to them. Today, Griffin Technology announced a partnership with Rail Yard Studios to create two new iPad stand designs made from reclaimed rail stock from 1906.

Each stand is made out of parts from the Nashville and Louisville Railroad in 1906 and 1908. The rough edged forged steel stands include the original, hundred-year-old scratches and scuffs from history itself. Because of the natural wear of the stand, it is recommended that you don’t use it without a case to protect your iPad.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: DIY Copper Pipe iPad Holder

DIY Copper iPad Stand 2

While we search around for new and interesting do-it-yourself projects, sometimes we come across interesting ideas that make use of unusual materials. If you are looking for ideas for handmade holiday gifts, or just want to make something special for yourself, why not make a copper pipe stand for your iPad?

This DIY stand was created by Laurel at A Bubbly Life. Her project, she promises, was made quickly and easily with just a handful of materials.

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WatchKit SDK Announced, Third Party Apps May be Ready for Apple Watch Launch

Apple Watch Fitness

When Apple first announced its upcoming wearable computer, a lot of speculation was made as to which apps would be available right out of the gate and which companies would have to wait until later to be able to design a companion app for the tiny screen. We saw a handful of possibilities flash onto the screen during the Apple Watch demo in September, but nothing was official.

Today, Apple launched a new denveloper page dedicated to the WatchKit software development kit (SDK) that will help app makers get a kick-start on their Apple Watch app.

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Analyst Report Predicts Retailer Apps With Apple Pay Will Boost Holiday Sales


Over the past few years, we’ve come to find that consumers prefer online shopping to in-store buying during the holiday season. Additionally, since the iPad launched in 2010, mobile shopping has grown exponentially. With the addition of Apple Pay available on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as for online with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, this year retailers that accept Apple Pay stand to profit more than every before during the holiday shopping season.

According to a new report from Adobe Digital Index (ADI), consumers prefer to make Internet purchases from retailers that accept some form of digital wallet, like Google Wallet, PayPal, and now Apple Pay. Customers are 10 percent more likely to purchase items in their virtual cart if a digital wallet option is available.

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Samsung Supposedly Contracted to Supply 80 Percent of Apple’s A Series Chips in 2016


The question of who will supply Apple with its processor chips is always changing. According to the innumerable rumors, sometimes Samsung wins the bulk. Other times, TMSC takes the lead. Intel has even been known to take part in the bidding war for the coveted spot as top supplier for the A series processor chip. A new rumor has just made its way down the pipeline that, by 2016, Samsung will have garnered 80 percent of Apple’s supply of a 14-nanometer processor chip.

According to Korea Times, an unnamed source told the Korea Times that Samsung and Apple have made an agreement for the former to produce the processors for next year for the iPhone and iPad line of products. If true, this pushes Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) back into second place as the largest supplier of A series chips.

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Graphics Heavy MOBA Game Demoed at Apple Media Event Now Available in the App Store

Vainglory 1

In early September, Apple brought two indie game developers up on stage to show off their epic multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. This player vs. player (PVP)fighting game is practically unheard of in the mobile gaming world, especially with the level of graphics and smooth gameplay that we saw in the demonstration by the team at Super Evil Megacorp. This week, the free-to-play multiplayer three-on-three battle game launched in the app store and it looks as good on the iPad Air as it did in the demo.

Vainglory puts players into a fantasy-themed battle arena against two other real life opponents for 20-minute pickup games that will turn you into a warrior. Choose your character, buy some upgrades, and head out to destroy the enemy’s Vain crystal.

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