Microsoft Office for iPad Downloads Top 12M

8:59 AM, Apr. 4th, 2014 · · iPad

Downloads for Microsoft's Office for iPad hit the 12 million mark in just one week, showing that despite the company's late entry into the mobile game, there's still plenty of consumer interest. The apps are free to download, but thanks to in-app purchases, they quickly hit the top grossing list, too.

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Microsoft may have been late to the game, but it's clear there were plenty of iPad owners who wanted Office apps straight from the source instead of from third-party developers.

Apple Reportedly in Talks To Purchase Renesas Mobile

7:40 PM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · · iPad

Apple has opened discussions to purchase the majority of Renesas SP, a Japanese chip maker in dire financial straits. According to Reuters, Apple wants the 55 percent stake that Renesas SP owns in another company called Renesas SP Driver, the largest supplier of chips that control mobile screens to all three iPhone suppliers: Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display Inc.

Fantastical 2 for iPad: It’s Finally Here

8:55 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · · iPad

Fantastical is one of our favorite calendar apps for the Mac and iPhone because of its great interface and natural language entry system, and now -- finally -- it's available for the iPad, too. Flexibits introduced Fantastical 2 for the iPad on Wednesday with a special third-off price for a limited time.

Apple Launches iPad Air and iPad mini with TD-LTE for China

7:34 PM, Mar. 31st, 2014 · · iPad

Apple in China

Apple announced on Monday (technically, the announcement was made on Tuesday in China) the release of TD-LTE models of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display in China.    The models will increase Apple's footprint in China, where cellular networks have been built with different wireless technologies than the rest of the world.

3 Free App for the Citizen Scientist

4:30 PM, Mar. 28th, 2014 · · iPad

All science isn't done in a lab by white coated professors.You can do scientific field work where ever you are with these three free iOS app featured in this week's Free on iTunes. Project Squirrel, Project Noah, Merlin Bird ID.

3 Free iOS Note Apps

7:38 PM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · · iPad

Free on iTunes

Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.

iPad Switch Out Takes On Samsung’s New Tablets

10:21 AM, Mar. 19th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple dropped the iPad 2 as its lower priced tablet on Tuesday and replaced it with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that was a smart move because it puts Apple in a better competitive position against Samsung and its new Galaxy TabPRO product line.

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Apple's fourth generation iPad may be old gear in technology terms, but it still offers a great feature set at a good price point. It beats Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO price point, and for consumers who were already thinking about an iPad, that may be enough to keep them from looking at Samsung's tablets.