Samsung Cheating on Performance Benchmarks? Apparently They are not the Only Ones

AnandTech MainTech blog AnandTech just published a very controversial article about the nature of benchmark testing in mobile devices. According to their well-researched information, practically all original equipment manufacturers (OEM) have technology in place to fake higher performance when a device’s processor benchmarks are being tested.

According to AnandTech, most hardware manufactures, including LG, HTC, Samsung, and more, have CPU optimizations that are triggered when a benchmark is detected. “With the exception of Apple and Motorola, literally every single OEM we’ve worked with ships (or has shipped) at least one device that runs this silly CPU optimization.”

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iPad Mini 2 Supply Will be Limited Due to Retina Display Issues

iPad Mini

We are looking at a possible delay with the new iPad Mini due to a shortage of retina display parts. Reuters is reporting that sources in the Apple supply chain are unsure why there is a delay but it is possible that it is because of strict power specs.

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Apple to Leverage iTunes Radio as a way to Push Album Sales

justin-timberlakeThe epic 30-day iTunes Festival has just come to a close. It went out with a bang as Katy Perry ended the month long music celebration. Entertainment Weekly recently interviewed Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue about the iTunes Festival, the iTunes store, and iTunes Radio. He has high hopes for the streaming music service’s future.

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Apple Says iOS 7 iMessage Bug to be Fixed with Software Update

iMessages Not DeliveredIt is very normal for Apple’s big mobile operating system updates to have a few glitches to work out and iOS 7 is no different. Users have complained of motion sickness caused by the flying animations, security breaches were corrected within a day, and now some are posting comments on Apple forums that iMessage is acting funny.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: The 50-Cent DIY iPad Stand

50 Cent DIY iPad Stand1Welcome back to the latest installment of our weekly do-it-yourself project spotlight. Crafts and projects relating to the iPad are some of our favorite inspirations. Each week, we look for ideas that are easy enough for you to do at home. Last week, we showed you an iPad case made out of a funky placemat.

This week, we have tracked down a variation on the $5 Wooden iPad Dock. One of the biggest differences between these two projects is the price.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 7 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 7 iPad Apps on Sale  For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 7 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 5 productivity / entertainment apps and 2 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 »

L.A. Unified Having Second Thoughts, Take Back iPads from Students and Staff

1527117_ME_0917_iPads_Distribution_IKIn an unusual twist of events, the L.A. Times is reporting today that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is taking back iPads from students and staff at some of the schools designated early adopters of the Apple tablet program.

The LAUSD has been dealing with some issues lately with missing tablets and a widespread student hacking job. However, this new action was apparently unforeseen by staff interviewed by the LA Times.

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The Reviews are in – Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1: 2014 Edition is no iPad Killer

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Samsung recently announced the upcoming launch of its newest model of tablet, the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1. Although it is a big improvement over last year’s model, word on the street is that future tablet buyers should wait for the next iPad to come out.

Reviews of the new Note 10.1 are filing in across the Web. Most agree that this year’s Samsung tablet it better than its predecessor with a new outer shell, improved display screen, and lighter weight. However, many tech writers agree that the performance of the 2014 edition is just not up to par with the likes of the ipad.

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Apple’s online store now selling refurbished 128 GB iPads

iPad 4As of yesterday, for the first time ever, Apple is selling refurbished 128GB iPads from its online store. Now, instead of dropping $800 on the biggest storage capacity iPad, you can own a “gently used” one for significantly less.

Apple regularly offers discounts on refurbished products. This is the first time we’ve seen the 128GB model in the refurbished section of the store. Originally priced at $799, you can now get the largest storage capacity model Wi-Fi only iPad for $679. That is 15 percent off of the full priced tablet.

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Paper iPad App Bridges Digital and the Printed World with New Moleskine Book Publishing Feature

PaperI use the Paper app all the time because I like its drawing tools and its simplicity. It was only a matter of time before Paper creator 53 evolved their successful app to a new level, especially now that it has been downloaded millions of times. Instead of adding new tools or changing the layout, Paper now has a book feature which allows you to order a printed copy from Moleskine.

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