LaCie’s Fuel Adds a Terabyte of Storage to iPad/iPhone

4:45 PM, Feb. 13th, 2014 · · iPad

The LaCie Fuel is a small, battery powered, good looking terabyte drive that augments the storage of iOS devices and is focused on the Apple customer. It acts as a Wi-Fi source, and can transmit HD video to up to three devices simultaneously. Its storage is easily accessed with the Seagate Media iOS app. John Martellaro reviews it, in-depth.

Whole Foods to Use iPads, Square for POS Registers

9:26 AM, Feb. 12th, 2014 · · iPad

The upscale grocery store chain Whole Food Market has signed a deal with the credit card processing company Square to bring iPad-based point of sale systems into its U.S. locations. The POS terminals will be used at ready-to-consume points such as the coffee and sandwich bars, and will support credit card payments as well as cash and the Square Wallet smartphone app.

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Traditional credit card processing companies should be getting worried about Square. The company already has Starbucks on board, loads of small businesses, and now Whole Foods using its services. That's a lot of credit card transaction fees the old-school processing systems aren't getting any more.

3 Free Magical iOS Apps

9:22 PM, Feb. 7th, 2014 · · iPad

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Think your iPhone is a bit of magic? Wait until you see these 3 apps Vern Seward features in this week's Free on iTunes. Crowsflight, Swiftkey Note, and Cardiio.

Walmart Offers 16GB iPad 2 for $299

8:06 PM, Feb. 6th, 2014 · · iPad

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Walmart is using the iPad as a loss leader again—the retailing behemoth is selling the iPad 2 for US$299, a discount of $100 off Apple's retail price. Walmart is also offering a minimum of $100 trade-in for your old iPad, meaning you could pick up that iPad 2 for $199. 

iOS 7.1 Inches Closer with Beta 5 Release

2:35 PM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · iPad

iOS 7.1 beta 5 was released to iPhone and iPad developers on Tuesday, bringing us just a little closer to an official public launch. Users have been impatiently waiting for the iOS update to hit with hopes that the final release will include fixes for crashes, interface improvements, and improved battery life.

Pebble Smartwatch Appstore Opens for Business

11:27 AM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · iPad

The promised appstore for the Pebble smartwatch is open for business with over 1,000 apps and watch faces available for download. The Pebble appstore gives users a consolidated location for finding new apps for their smartwatch instead of relying on multiple sources.

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Good news, Pebble owners, you finally have a centralized place to find apps and watch faces. Apple set an expectation that there should be a single location to find apps for our mobile devices, so it isn't any surprise that the big name in the smartwatch market is doing the same.

Zynga Cuts Staff, Buys Clumsy Ninja Maker

11:12 AM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · · iPad

Zynga, the company that owns iPhone games like Words With Friends and Draw Something, is laying off 15 percent of its staff while at the same time buying NaturalMotion, the company behing Clumsy Ninja. The US$527 million deal also gives Zynga NaturalMotion's other iOS games including Icebreaker Hockey, CSR Racing, and Jenga.

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Seeing more layoffs at Zynga hurts, and probably doesn't make Clumsy Ninja fans feel very confident about the game's future. Hopefully buying NaturalMotion won't leave Clumsy Ninja, CSR Racing, and Jenga fans in the lurch.

Apple Hit with Patent Lawsuit over iPad Touch Screen

9:40 AM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · · iPad

Patent holding company Hilltop Technology slapped Apple with a lawsuit on Thursday alleging the company is infringing on a patent it holds for the touch screen technology used in the iPad and iPhone display. The patent covers capacitive touch screens, which is what Apple uses, as do Android device makers.

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Patent trolls waste so much money and time; not only for the companies they target, but for the court system and tax payers, too. Apple has been targeted so many times with lawsuits in Federal Court in Marshall, Texas, that the company's legal team may as well be on oa first name basis with the Judges and court staff.

iOS Developers: How To Preserve User Purchases When Releasing a New App

10:45 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · iPad

A common issue plaguing long-time iOS developers is the desire to merge the free and pro versions of an app, instead utilizing in-app purchases, while still preserving existing users' paid-for features. Apple doesn't make it obvious how to accomplish this, but our friends at DigiDNA have found a creative solution using free in-app purchases.