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In-App Purchase

The issue with unauthorized in-app purchases goes back years. We first heard complaints from parents back in 2010 when little ones were filling their barrels with Smurfberries. Four years later, Apple had made changes to their in-app policies, and updated the App Store with more noticeable warnings, but the company was still required to sign a decree with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) promising compensation of $32.5 million to qualified recipients, as well as making a few more changes that would ensure consumer’s express consent.

Earlier this week, the FTC announced its intentions with Amazon. The governmental regulation department released a statement yesterday officially alleging that Amazon unlawfully billed parents for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases. Amazon does not plan on settling the way Apple did. Amazon’s lawyers claim the FTC is treating the online retail giant’s situation similar to the iPad maker’s, but the two situations involved “very different facts” so the company has “no choice but to defend our approach in court.”

At the same time, Politico discovered a communication between Apple’s general counsel Bruce Sewell and FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, as well as Democratic Commissioner Julie Brill. In a letter, Sewell pointed to a report that criticized Google for its faulty in-app purchase practices. “In thought this article might be of some interest, particularly if you have not already seen it,” wrote Sewell.

Although the FTC did not give any official information as to other companies it is investigating, it is clear the government agency is has an interest in consumer protection for the quickly-evolving technology industry.

The report sent to the FTC pointed out that users who made Google Play purchases on Android-based devices ended up with the same unlocked window for 30 minutes after a password was entered. The report accused Google of allowing children to “spend like a drunken sailor” for 30 minutes after the adult initially entered the password.

Similar to Apple, Google revised its in-app purchase policies, making it easier for consumers to understand and restrict unauthorized access. However, the FTC won’t likely let the issue go if it does decide to pursue action. Consumer advocacy groups stress the importance of FTC settlements.

“Companies change their practices and their privacy policies with the weather,” said Joni Lupovitz, vice president of policy at Common Sense Media. “That’s why you want them to be under an FTC order that says here’s a principle or policy or practice, you’ve got to stick to it.”

A8

What do you hope Apple will change with the next generation of iPad Air? It is already about as thin as can be and last year’s redesign made it slimmer than ever. For me, there are three updates I’d like to see. I wish Apple would make the iPad’s camera as good as the iPhone’s. I look forward to the added security of Touch ID. The only other improvement I can possibly imagine is a faster processor chip. Not that the A7 isn’t incredibly fast. However, there is always room for advancements in mobile technology.

Chinese media outlet cnBeta recently claimed insider knowledge that Apple’s A8 processor chip will reach speeds of 2.0 GHz or higher per core. If the rumors are true, Apple’s iOS devices will be the fastest on record by leaps and bounds.

The first-generation iPad Air was already faster than any other tablet on the market with speeds clocked at 1.4 GHz. Adding 600 MHz to the equation will blow the competition, including the current model iPad Air, out of the water.

The report also noted that Apple will continue to use 64-bit, dual-core architecture. However, the chip will be upgraded to a 20-nanometer process instead of the current 28-nanometer in the A7 chip. This means that the chip will be smaller and take up less energy, which will in-turn make the iPad perform better overall.

I’ve been hoping for a quad-core processor for a while now. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that four is not necessarily better than two, at least, in the case of mobile processor chips. Primate Labs’ Android benchmark chart shows a number of quad-core Android-based devices with speeds well-below Apple’s mobile devices. The highest speed comes from the HTC One, which only provides 801.2 MHz per core. It is obvious that Apple is focused on getting the best performance out of its A series chip and does not feel the need to bog down mobile devices with quad-core processing.

One additional feature that would help boost the A8 chip’s ability and give the iPad a much-needed performance enhancement would be 2 GB of RAM. Some would argue that mobile devices don’t need that much RAM, but as technology improves, so do memory needs. The extra RAM would help speed up things like web browsing on iOS.

[Via: MacRumors]

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Tech news blog Which? recently tested the top tablets for a variety of performance ratings. While the iPad Air tested below Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) for speed, Apple’s newest tablet swam circles around the others for battery performance.

Which? tested the Google Nexus 7, Techo Hudl, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and HD, Samsung Galaxy note 10.1, and Apple’s iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, and iPad 2.

From the results, Apple’s full line of tablets outperformed all others for Internet use battery life, including the nearly three-year-old iPad 2.

“The iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display and iPad 2 all performed better than the Android alternatives for web browsing. On a full tank, Apple’s iPad Air will last for 658 minutes of web-browsing – beating the 483 minutes offered by the longest-lasting Android tablet we tested, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition). Likewise, the iPad mini with Retina display features an impressive 614 minutes of internet usage, while Apple’s three year old iPad 2 managed a sterling 590 minutes.”

When it comes to video usage, the iPad Air still outperformed all other tablets. However, the iPad mini with Retina display faired below most others. Which? notes that larger tablets can make use of the space to include larger batteries, so smaller tablets may not do as well. Additionally, distibution of power matters. The Nexus 7 outperformed the iPad 2 thanks to its 3950 mAh battery.

“With the iPad Air, Apple has clearly been able to strike the right balance between design and battery life. It’s only 7.5 mm thin and yet still manages to offer a 8820 mAh battery that works well in conjunction with iOS 7.”

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There has been a lot of buzz lately as to what new products Apple has for us in 2014. A lot of information is coming through the pipeline that Apple will launch a wearable computing device, dubbed the iWatch, in the first half of the year. Apple’s own job listings are hinting at the need for NPI Engineers to work with “new platforms as of now unannounced.” Alongside this information, J.P. Morgan recently wrote a note to investors that Apple might be headed toward a new “iAnywhere” computing platform.

AppleInsider received a copy of the note that J.P. Morgan sent. The firm believes Apple is on the way to creating a converged Mac OS and mobile OS. While Apple is working toward making OS X and iOS more compatible and seamless in compatibility, J.P. Morgan believes the company has more in store. They believe that Apple is growing iOS into a system that could potentially run Mac applications when connected to a larger screen.

“In our view, iAnywhere could be a stepping stone to a broader peripherals and services-led sales, partially reducing Apple’s dependence on device-led product cycles,” Moskowitz wrote. “Apple could generate revenue through the sale of specifically configured displays, iAnywhere-capable iPhones or iPads, and cloud-based software and storage services.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook famously noted that the company is not a fan of converging things. However, Apple’s CEOs have been known to say one thing and do another later. The iPad mini is the perfect example. Former CEO Steve Jobs called the 7-inch tablet “dead on arrival,” but the smaller-sized iPad is growing in popularity exponentially. Who knows. We may see iPads replacing laptops in the near future.

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There are hundreds of recording apps in the App Store. There are single-track recorders, eight track recorders, and even 48 track recorders. Some, like Auria and Logic Pro X are professional-grade digital recorders that make capturing individual instruments easy, but if you have a multi-channel input device, it would be way better. Griffin Technology has just announced the upcoming launch of StudioConnect HD, which makes it possible for you to plug multiple instruments into your iPad at the same time for multi-track recording.

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StudioConnect HD is an all-in-one audio interface for multi-track recording so that you can record multiple tracks simultaneously on your iPhone or iPad. It is made from rugged, weighted metal and features a charging platform. You can select either the Lightning or 30-pin connector. Both models come with a USB cable for connecting to a Mac running OS X. The device accommodates Core Audio recording apps for iPad, as well as Mac OS X based Digital Audio Workstations.

“With the continuing impact of mobile devices on the music world, we’ve raised the bar for portable recording interfaces that help musicians and producers work whenever and wherever inspiration strikes,” says Ethan Opelt, Audio Line Manager at Griffin Technology. “StudioConnect HD is an intuitive, streamlined product that encourages creativity.”

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StudioConnect HD features:

  • Two “/XLR combo inputs with individual Gain control, Pad switch, 48v Phantom Power and Signal/Clip LED indicator
  • USB MIDI and 5-pin MIDI support
  • TRS 1/4″ balanced out for monitors
  • Dedicated Monitor and Headphones volume controls
  • Compatibility with iOS (30 pin & Lightning) and OS X (USB)
  • Conveniently holds and charges iPad

Griffin Technology will launch StudioConnect HD in the Fall of 2014 for $199.99. Visit the company’s website for more information.

Stratus Game Controller 1

When Apple updated its mobile operating system to iOS 7, one major feature that was added included the ability for developers to code their games with classic console control schemes so that players can use third-party controllers to play iOS games like they would on a console device. SteelSeries has just unveiled a new controller that puts you in the hot seat with full, dual-stick, D-pad, and XY button controls. Now, you can game like you want to with titles like Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8.

The Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller features four shoulder buttons (L1,L2, etc.), four face buttons (A,B,X,Y), two analog sticks, and a D-pad. Buttons have been engineered with precision pressure sensitivity so that gamers will be able to emulate the console feel on iOS devices.

Stratus Game Controller 2

The controller was designed to be ultra portable, but features a protective cover that can be attached to the backside when in use, adding extra girth for proper game gripping.

The Stratus supports up to four-player games on a single screen. The glowing LED buttons on the face of the controller let you know which player you are. The controller uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your iOS device, freeing up your Lightning port to connect directly to a television set via the AV adapter so that you don’t have to worry about lag time from AirPlay connection. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours.

SteelSeries will launch the Stratus for $99 later this year. Visit the company’s website for more information.

[Via: Electronista]

Macotakara reports that Apple has quietly rolled out major improvements for the Maps app for Japanese users.

This comes as a surprise as we were expecting the improvements to be rolled as part of iOS 6.1.3.

Apple is yet to release iOS 6.1.3 update. It has only seeded one beta version, iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 to developers of its iOS Developer Program so far.

Here’s the list of improvements rolled out for the Maps app for Japanese users:

  • Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
  • Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
  • Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
  • Updated freeway color to green
  • Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices
  • Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower

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It looks like the improvements were included in iOS 6.1.2 update, which was released on February 19th and Apple has just enabled it today.

Evad3rs dev team has confirmed that evasi0n won’t work with iOS 6.1.3 as Apple has fixed two vulnerabilities used by the jailbreak. So it looks like Apple is planning to release the iOS 6.1.3 software update just to patch the vulnerabilities.

Macotakara via 9to5Mac

According to a new study from Perion, the developer of popular mail client IncrediMail, the majority of iPad owners prefer reading and writing email on their tablets over their PCs and smartphones.

Perion surveyed 4,400 iPad users about the way that they use email to get the results, and 90 percent of respondents said that using email on the iPad was important. Two thirds of those surveyed check their email on the iPad more than three times a day.

55 percent of people surveyed preferred tablets for reading emails, followed by 32 percent for the PC/Mac and 10 percent for the mobile phone. When it comes to writing emails, 48 percent preferred tablets, 41 percent preferred the PC/Mac, and 9 percent preferred mobile phones.

Despite the number of people using email on the iPad, most are unhappy with the email client they have to work with. 41 percent of people said they were extremely satisfied with their email apps, meaning a majority of the group is looking for a better solution.

While surveying people about how they use email on the iPad, Perion asked some in-depth questions that garnered interesting results.

For example, 97 percent of iPad users read emails on their device, but only two thirds of those people send back quick replies. Just 31 percent read and send all of their emails using the iPad.

Women surveyed showed a higher satisfaction for using their iPads for reading emails, and were also more likely to send emails compared to men. 68 percent of women used their iPads only for personal emails, while 52 percent of men send business emails as well. The iPad is not just for leisure – 38 percent of respondents said they use the iPad for both personal and work emails.

Apple’s default Mail app, unsurprisingly, is the most popular mail app. 41 percent of users surveyed use the app, while 31 percent use Gmail and another 13 percent use Hotmail. 18 percent of users just use the web browser for checking email.

Do your own experiences fall in line with this survey? Personally, I rarely check email on my iPad, but I do so often on my computer and my iPhone. These numbers, though they come from a limited sample size, do show that the iPad is being integrated into homes and replacing tasks that were once done with a computer.

Ever since I purchased my iPad mini, I’ve found it to be much easier to carry with me during daily outings than my iPad. The lighter weight and smaller size makes getting it into one of my small bags a breeze, even with it in a case. If you’ve got an iPad mini like me and are looking for a way to protect it while on-the-go or at home, you won’t want to miss this giveaway. Today we have partnered with the folks at Snugg to offer our readers a chance to win one of three iPad mini cases.

We reviewed The Snugg iPad Mini PU Leather Case Cover and Flip Stand last week and rated it a 4.5 out of 5 stars, which earned it the PadGadget Recommended stamp. You can read our full review for more details or a brief description from the review below:

“The sleeve has grooves to support multiple standing positions – viewing and typing. Inside the sleeve, there is a clever nubuck covered elastic hand strap, to make holding it up easier on you. There is also a stylus loop at the top so that it’s always right where you need it. And yet another feather is the magnetic close at both the top and bottom to keep the sleeve held down when not in use.”

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Today, Google updated its iOS map app to include integration with your Google contacts, new search icons, and English versions of the app in seven new countries. What the company didn’t do is optimize it for the iPad.

Version 1.1 integrates Google contacts into Google Maps. So, when you sign in and search for a friend’s name, their address will appear in the app for you to get directions fast and easy.

In addition to contact syncing, an English-language version of Google Maps is now available in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. You can also change your unit measurement settings between miles and kilometers, depending on your preferences.

The local search feature has been updated to include new icons for restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and more so you can tap on an icon and only see those businesses in your search results.

Google Maps for iOS was a huge hit when it launched in December, but the company elected not to optimize it for the iPad. Apparently, Google doesn’t think iPad users need a map. They’ve had plenty of time to figure out a way to optimize the app for the larger landscape. It is obvious that the company is intentionally leaving Apple’s tablet out.

Until Google graces our iPads with a fully optimized map app, you can still put the Web-based service on your desktop using mobile Safari’s “Add to Home Screen” feature.

Google Maps is free and available in the App Store today.

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