FiftyThree’s Pencil Stylus Draws Up Surface Pressure in iOS 8

9:44 AM, Jun. 17th, 2014 · · iPad

FiftyThree, the makers of the popular iPad drawing app Paper, are planning on adding a new angle to their Pencil stylus this fall when Apple launches iOS 8. The stylus will gain Surface Pressure control which lets users control the width and darkness of lines based on the tip's angle.

How to Work With Location Services in iOS 7

10:30 AM, Jun. 14th, 2014 · · iPad

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One of the biggest advantages to toting around an iOS device is the utility and pleasure derived from using location-aware apps and functionality. Sandro Cuccia shows you how you can mitigate any privacy concerns by applying fine controls to how Location Services are used on your device.

Free Red Cross Apps For Emergencies Near You

8:35 PM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · iPad

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Vern Seward points out some stellar apps from Red Cross, including Red Cross Earthquake app, Flood, Hurricane, Wildfire, and Tornado apps. These you MUST have. They're free, and they might be just what you need if you find yourself in an emergency situation.

Starbucks Announces Wireless Charging On Tables

12:44 PM, Jun. 12th, 2014 · · iPad

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Starbucks announced Thursday that wireless charging is being rolled out nationwide. In a partnership with Duracell, the company said it was installing Powermat charging spots at all locations, starting in San Francisco.

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Cool! I don't usually need to charge my phone at Starbucks, but all those dangling chargers at the Starbucks next to Moscone center show it's pretty common to need a boost during the day.

Apple Products Slated To Return To Costco Warehouses

3:53 PM, Jun. 10th, 2014 · · iPad

Four years ago, Apple's iPods and gift cards slowly disappeared from Costco, but are going to make a comeback. An internal company memo said that iPhones and iPads are returning to the warehouse chain, while separate sources said that gift cards are already reappearing.

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This generally means a permanent deal on gift cards, which is awesome for anyone. Not to mention getting a crack at being one of the devices at those displays in Costco, which is one of the few places left that doesn't seem to sell anything from Cupertino. 

Apple’s iOS 8 Protects Mobile Privacy from Wi-Fi Data Collection

2:49 PM, Jun. 9th, 2014 · · iPad

One of the improved privacy features of iOS 8 could also foil marketers tracking smartphone data. A Swiss scientist has revealed that MAC address tracking—a common method marketers (and also malware) can use to monitor mobile phones (and therefore customers) as they move through a store—is foiled by Apple's latest iOS 8 beta releases.

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It's nice to see this baked into iOS, rather than it being a separate utility. It would be nice if this became the norm.