Starwood Hotel Rooms Go Keyless with iPhone and Apple Watch App Rollout

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I don’t travel that much, but when I do I prefer to spend as little time as possible in line at the hotel desk and I find it annoying to keep track of my room key. Starwood Hotels and Resorts have announced a bold new program called SPG Keyless which allows guests to have keyless entry to rooms using an iOS or Android app on their mobile device. Touted as the first of its kind, the app notifies you when your room is ready, allows you to check in, and uses a Bluetooth key code to unlock your door. Let’s hope this expands to additional hotels across the globe.

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Rumor: iPad Pro Will Feature 12.2″ Display and be as Thin as iPhone 6

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Oh, yeah. The iPad Pro. With all of the hubbub surrounding Apple Pay, the Apple Watch, and “bendgate,” we almost forgot about it. But, just in case you thought those rumors had finally died out, here is a new one for you. Japanese tech news site Makotakara reports that the iPad Pro is still underway, but slightly smaller than we expected and thinner than the iPad Air.

Makotakara claims that Apple is developing a new product that will be similar in design to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Instead of the 12.9-inch screen we’ve heard so much about, this tablet will supposedly only measure 12.2-inches, which incidentally is the exact same screen size as the Surface Pro 3.

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Apple’s HomeKit-enabled Products Set to Be Common in Households Across the U.S.


With Apple’s announcement of HomeKit for accessory makers and app developers at the Worldwide Developer Conference this past June, we saw a glimpse into the future we’ve only seen in Jetsons cartoons. HomeKit will make it possible for you to communicate with your lights, locks, and even temperature controls. It seems like the kind of thing only tech savvy early adopters or financially independent consumers would be able to make use of.

However, a report coming from Forbes claims that HomeKit enabled chips are being shipped to device makers across the U.S. and may be prolific enough to be accessible to the average consumer. I’m looking forward to teching out my pad with HomeKit devices.

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Virginia Courts Rule Police Cannot Force Users to Disclose Passcode, but Can Force You to use Touch ID to Unlock your iPhone or iPad

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In a Virgina Beach Circuit Court ruling, a criminal defended will be required to use his fingerprint to unlock his iOS device, even though he does not have to reveal his passcode so that police can search the contents.

This is a very interesting case and sets precedence for future rulings. A person’s passcode is considered knowledge, therefore he cannot be forced to reveal it under the law. The Fifth Amendment prohibits forced self-incrimination. However, the Virginia ruling considers Touch ID to be more inline with giving a DNA sample, a handwriting sample, or a physical key.

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J.D. Power Names Amazon as Number One in Tablet Customer Satisfaction Survey

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Every six months, J.D. Power performs a survey where more than 2,600 tablet owners are asked about their tablet experience with a device they have owned for less than one year. Volume 2 of the 2014 study was just released. According to J.D. Power, Amazon’s tablet ranked number one.

The results of the survey taken between March and August of 2014 shows that Amazon ranked highest in the categories of “Ease of Operation” and “Cost Factor.” Apple ranked second place, while Samsung took third. Both tech giants “performed particularly well” in the categories of “Performance” and “Styling and Design Factors.”

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: iPad Baby Stroller

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Since Halloween is only a few days away, this will be our last costume-related DIY project spotlight for a while. We’ve had fun, but dressing like an iPad after Oct. 31 is just plain weird. Today’s costume is for your baby’s stroller. You may have figured out everything you need to look the part for trick-or-treating, but finding that perfect costume for your baby can be the hardest part, especially if he or she doesn’t like wearing hats or shoes… or clothes.

This funny and simple project to turn your baby’s stroller into an iPhone or iPad comes from Whitney Moss at RookieMoms. The original project is for the iPhone, but they looks so similar these days that you could argue that it is either.

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Waterfield Unveils Rugged Outback Slip Case for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

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Waterfield has been one of our favorite iPad case makers for years. The company’s high quality craftsmanship and eye for design makes every one of their products eye-catching. This year, with the launch of Apple’s newest iPad line, Waterfield has released a newly designed Outback Slip Case specifically designed for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Luckily, they are nearly identical in size to their predecessor, so owners of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display could take advantage of these new products too.

The Slip Case has that worn in look, complete with minor scuffs. The thick, waxed canvas will help keep your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 safe from accidental scuffs. The grain leather accents make it look like something Indiana Jones would protect his iPad with.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Rocket Ranger

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In the early 1980s, an art-deco style hero showed up in the pages of our childhood comics. The Rocketeer stared a young pilot that stumbled into his crime-fighting career when he discovered a rocket-propelled jetpack that could send him flying. Excited about the possibility of flying around with jetpacks, we fell in love with the character.

By the end of the 1980s, around 1988, Rocket Ranger was born. While not an exact replica of our beloved Rocketeer, the game’s creator obviously had an affinity for the jetpack-wielding super hero.

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Apple Replaces iPad Air That Was Destroyed By NASA Antares Rocket Shockwave

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Earlier this week, news reports came in that an unmanned rocket ship that was headed to the International Space Station with supplies for the crew exploded on takeoff. There were no human casualties, but one bystander off in the distance lost his iPad when the blowback of the explosion sent it into the swamp below.

Out of the kindness of their hearts, staff at the victim’s local Apple Store decided that, although the tablet was not covered for such an accident, they would replace his iPad Air with a brand new one for free.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: MIDI over Bluetooth Lets You Wirelessly Control Instruments on Mac Via iPad

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When Apple first demonstrated the integrated things you can do thanks to Continuity on OS X Yosemite, I was excited. You can send and receive non-iOS text messages, make and receive phone calls from your desktop, and “Handoff” works in progress, like documents and web searches.

What Apple didn’t mention is that Continuity would also allow users to connect their iOS device to their Mac wirelessly using Bluetooth LE to control MIDI devices. Thanks to MIDI over Bluetooth, musicians no longer need to connect their iPad to their Mac to control a compatible MIDI instrument.

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