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AirPlay Doesn’t Need Wi-Fi Network in iOS 8 Thanks to New Peer-to-Peer Feature

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Apple talked about a lot of new features coming this fall to iOS and OS X. However, there was also a lot of stuff they left off. One such feature that is coming to iOS 8 is the ability to share data from your device to Apple TV without needing to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Your device doesn’t even need to be online at all in order to share your screen with others through the set-top box.

It is called “Peer-to-Peer Airplay Discovery and Playback.” From Apple’s enterprise page:

“With iOS 8, you can wirelessly connect iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to Apple TV without first connecting to the organization’s network. Which means you can present or share your work even if you’re offline or the organization has a complex network.”

Currently, users must be connected on the same Wi-Fi network in order to send data from an iPad or iPhone to Apple TV. This new feature will allow users to “wirelessly connect” their iOS device to Apple TV without the need of the local network.

There is no additional information as to how this will work. However, AirDrop uses a similar peer-to-peer connection. Airdrop uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between devices. It is likely that Peer-to-Peer Airplay will use a similar technology.

Assuming Peer-to-Peer AirPlay will use the same design as AirDrop, users will have to give permission to accept the data before streaming it on Apple TV. There has already been chatter around the Internet that random strangers or neighbors will be able to stream their vacation photos or other content on your Apple TV without needing a password. This is highly unlikely. However, it would be just as annoying if you received a pop up message asking if your neighbor could send you a YouTube video while you are in the middle of “Game of Thrones.”

PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Retro Oceanhorn Gets iCloud Support

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OK, so Oceanhorn is not a classic game. It only came out about five months ago. But, it is a retro game themed after the hugely popular Legend of Zelda series of games. Games that will never be officially allowed on iOS. Instead of crying over the lack of Link, Oceanhorn’s creators decided to make their own tale, complete with breakable flowerpots, tall grass that hid gems, and secret passageways that can’t be opened until you’ve discovered something else in another place.

This week, Oceanhorn received its first major update, which brings multiple language options and iCloud support. Now, you can sync your game across multiple devices and pick it up anytime.

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For fans of the Zelda franchise, Oceanhorn can best be described as similar to Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker, which came out in 2002 on GameCube. It has the same game mechanics. Players collect pieces of hearts and master keys. Players traverse from one island to another by boat.

The game’s dungeon layouts are homage to the Zelda franchise and enemies are strangely familiar for having been seen for the first time when you go ashore.

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This week’s update brings with it Korean and Russian language options and, the big news, iCloud support. Players can now sync saved games across all devices. Play on your iPad before work, take the game onto the bus on your iPhone, and sneak a few moments of play during your meeting on your iPad mini. Just keep the volume down or you might get caught.

Oceanhorn is available on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch for $8.99. Download it in the App Store today.

iDog Clinics Use iPad to Teach Dogs to Read

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We all know someone like it. That person who buys Halloween costumes for their dog or brings their pet with them literally everywhere they go (literally). Maybe it is a friend. Maybe it is a family member. Maybe it is you. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that there is such a thing as a course on teaching your dog how to use an iPad. Because there is.

According to The Guardian, there is such a thing in foggy London town called iDog clinics. In these classes, pet owners can teach their furry friends to take “selfies,” read words on a screen, and even create their own masterpiece by using a specially designed painting app.

The creators of the iDog clinics, Anna Jane Grossmand and Nicole Stott, decided to create these iPad and pet sessions as a way of helping owners and their four-legged friends make a deeper connection.

“These courses are about having fun together, developing the bond between you and your dog, and refining your training skills. Plus you will walk away with a cool party trick,” promises Stott, while Grossman is quick to point out that we are not here to teach our dogs to do useful things, such as online banking.”

City Dog is in the process of developing an app that is specifically designed to help your pet use an iPad. For now, the group uses such paw-friendly apps as Big Camera Button, App for Dog – Puppy Painting, and Big Words.

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That’s right. You can successfully train your pup to take a selfie with its nose, paint an abstract picture with its paw, and react a the visual cue of the word “Sit.”

“So many of our clients love to spoil their dogs with material stuff, but their dogs don’t care about all that. What they really want is mental stimulation. They want to play,” Grossman says. “We’re teaching owners how to get engagement from their dogs, which is the foundation for all dog training.

Cats, on the other hand, are the complete opposite. Believe me, I’ve tried to stimulate my cat’s interest in a variety of fish and laser pointer apps. He just looks at me like I’m stupid and pretentiously saunters away.

Nickelodeon Launches Immersive and Interactive ‘Nick App’ for Kids

Like many of you, I grew up watching Nickelodeon. It was the channel where kids and adults alike got slimed, raced through crazy obstacle courses, and played on kid-friendly gameshows. The channel has evolved quite a bit over the years, but it’s still dedicated to providing delightful content to children.

Today the company launched the Nick App, a new iPad-based experience designed to allow children to interact with Nickelodeon content in all new ways.

The app features a moveable tile layout that is simple to navigate. A swipe in any direction will allow kids to find fun and interesting content, with on-demand access to more than 1,000 different shows, videos, and music, like an original SpongeBob SquarePants remix made by electronic artist Pogo.

Kids will find short-form videos that are original skits, sketch and comedic videos, behind the scenes clips and photos of Nickelodeon stars and animated characters as well as games and kid-friendly polls.

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There are even full length episodes of current Nickelodeon shows available to watch, but this requires subscriber authentication through participating TV providers, which includes AT&T U-Verse, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, DIRECTV, RCN, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS.

The Nick App will be updated with new content on a daily basis, and a fun “favorites” drawer will allow kids to save their favorite shows and content to watch at any time. In addition to videos and other content, the app has standard silly Nickelodeon elements like a “Do Not Touch” button that will trigger funny surprises.

Nickelodeon also plans to use the Nick App as a way to promote and share new original animated and live action content, so this is a great way for kids to get the heads up on new shows that are coming out on the channel.

The new Nick App can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 11 iPad Apps on Sale

For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 11 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 5 productivity / entertainment apps and 6 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 67% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Game Apps

  1. Donut Ninja – Tappi Bear () – This popular ninja game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  2. Doodle Truck 2 () – This action game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  3. Farming Simulator 2012 () – This farming game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
  4. FLUP HD – This fun puzzle game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  5. Lili () – This very popular adventure game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99. This app weighs in at 388 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  6. Tin Man Can () – This cool adventure game from Chillingo has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

  1. Beauty Booth Pro () – This photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  2. BoothStache () – This wacky photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  3. Fast Camera () – This very popular photography app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  4. iStopMotion for iPad – This stop motion photo app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $4.99 instead of $9.99.
  5. Speech with Milo: Verbs () – This speech therapy tool has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.

= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.

Steve Jobs Wanted to Create an Apple iCar Before his Death

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Italian industrial designer Franco Grassi had a few ideas about what an Apple-branded automobile would look like and he pulled them together into the mockup shown above. Is it beautiful? Absolutely. Is it practical? Not in the slightest. Unless and until we see an actual iCar, who knows what it would look like… One certainty with Apple is that they appreciate form, but it has to follow function (at least when Steve Jobs was at the reigns).

Steve Jobs would have loved making an iCar. Apparently he even said so in an interview with the New York Times prior to his death.

This isn’t the first time a car-related rumor has surfaced in relation to Apple, and it probably isn’t any more likely now than it was years ago. Making vehicles isn’t exactly a core-competency over at Apple, and it’s a very difficult industry to casually toss yourself into. This alone isn’t reason enough to keep Apple away from it though, especially when you consider that they enjoy crazy amounts of brand loyalty and strive to be an integral part of your day-to-day life.

Plus – Google and Microsoft are dipping their toes in that water…
Plus, Plus – Eddy Cue sits on the board at Ferrari and Phil Schiller is a well-known enthusiast.

What seems far more probable is that Apple would create a joint-venture with an existing car manufacturer and load up something (or everything) from their line-up with every piece of Apple technology and styling they can throw at it. There is a lot of automobile integration across many of the vehicles on the road already (particularly by way of Bluetooth technology), but it could definitely be made a little more elegant. Some models have nice places to rest and dock smartphones and tablets, but none do enough to make the late Steve Jobs proud. Yet.

So if the iCar ever sees the light of day, do you think it will be available in anything other than a silver-aluminum finish?

[via Business Insider]

PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Composer’s Piano Turns Your iPad Into A Multitrack Recorder

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With so many different music-related apps in the App Store, it is difficult to filter out the bad ones and find the gems. Here at PadGadget, we love music, whether we are listening to it or creating it. That’s why, every week we spotlight an app or accessory that we think musicians and audiophiles of all genres will enjoy.

Last week, we told you about Chromatik, the sheet music app that lets teachers and students communicate with each other in the cloud. This week, we have an app for all of you songwriters out there.

Composer’s Piano – Think in music! is a keyboard synthesizer and multitrack recorder in one. Users can scribble down their ideas, record a melody, and add full chord tracks with just a few simple steps.

The app allows users to record a song with one track, and then modify the tempo, instrument, and volume, while at the same time, creating a second track. You can record a lead melody on one track and the corresponding chords on the second.

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There are 15 different instrument sounds, including piano, trumpet, flute, violin, and more. Each instrument can be fine tuned with a variety of functions. You can record one instrument and change it during playback. You can adjust sustain and tempo on the fly and in real-time during playback. You can even add a second instrument on top of the existing one by layering the tones.

The keyboard displays 24 keys at a time, but users can change the octave of visible keys by adjusting the left and right Octet buttons.

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The best feature of this app is the multitrack recording and playback audio adjusting. Not only can you record your lead and backing melody tracks, but you can speed them up, change the key, use a completely different instrument, and increase or decrease the volume of each track. You can even play a third part of the song at the same time as the first two prerecorded tracks.

You won’t be sending your new creations to the pressing plant. The quality of the synthesizer sound is not particularly good. However, this app is perfect for the songwriter on the go who tends go get inspired at the most inopportune times. You can just pull out your iPad and start composing. No more humming into your voice memo app and trying to recreate it when you get home.

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The price is cheap for the features you get with this app. Composer’s Piano is available in the App Store today for only $1.99.

Thanks for checking out our music column. If you have any ideas or suggestions for apps and accessories you’d like to know more about, leave a comment below, or send us a message. We’d love to hear from you.

PadGadget Giveaway: Enter to Win an iPic Stylus from Woodees

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Regardless of whether you are new to the world of iPad or have been around since day one, great accessories are always something users are interested in getting their hands on. Today we’ve partnered with Woodees to offer our readers a chance to win an iPic stylus in one of four colors – black, white, bright pink and green.

We first got our hands on the iPic back in November of 2011 and Lory felt it was “… as if the iPad fairy came down and granted my wish. Now, I can shred on my virtual guitars like a real rock star.” Then last summer, the iPic was included in our list of Must Have iPad Accessories for Musicians. Our iPic recommendation stated:

The iPic stylus from Woodees is designed to look and feel like a traditional guitar pick while using it with your iPad. While it’s great for day to day tasks, it’s meant to be used with musical apps, like the Miso Music: Plectrum app. So not only does it look cool, it’s functional too, allowing you to play all of your favorite stringed instruments right on the iPad. As a bonus, you can also turn it to the side and use it as a real guitar pick for your guitar if you find yourself in a pinch.

Interested in a fun stylus for your iPad? The iPic is currently available online and in stores for $10 – $20 (depending on where you shop). Purchase one today or enter our contest for a chance to win. Follow the directions below and maybe you’ll be a winner. Good luck!

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  1. Follow us on Twitter. You must follow us on Twitter so that we can send you a Direct Message if you win. If you aren’t following us, we have no way of contacting you directly.
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Four lucky winners will be selected at random to win. You can enter as many times as you like and the contest ends Saturday, February 9th at 11:59 PM Central Time.

Winners have 48 hours from the time they are contacted to respond to our direct message. If we have not been contacted by the original winner within that time period, a new winner will be selected.

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Wacky App Wednesday: Solve Pixellated Puzzles in eBoy FixPix

eBoy FixPix is an app that’s been in the App Store for quite some time, but it’s the type of game that never gets old. You see, it operates on a super simple premise – you’re presented with a picture puzzle that’s out of order and you must tilt your iPad to fit the pieces back together to form a cohesive image.

I know that doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun, but you have to take into account the pictures that you’re putting back together. Each image features awesome hand-crafted pixel art, and in many cases, the images even have 3-D effects.

These are not your grandmother’s puzzles either – every level presents a new challenge, and it’s often difficult to figure out the exact right angle you need to tilt your iPad in to solve the challenges. Most of the images don’t give many hints either, turning the game into a search for clues so you can figure out the solution to each puzzle.

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Every image is a visual feast and the game is a pure delight to play, despite its simplistic gameplay. The puzzles are surprisingly tough, especially at later levels, and the game will keep you playing for hours on end.

Developer Delicious Toys has had two years to refine eBoy FixPix, which means there’s a whole slew of content available in the form of amazing levels. You’ll find over 100 stages in the game, and at $0.99, it’s well worth checking out.

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One minor caveat – you will need iOS 6 in order to play the game. Reviews in the App Store have mentioned a crashing problem on older versions of iOS, but I haven’t had a problem on my iPad mini running iOS 6.1. If you have the right device, give this game a try! You can download it from the App Store.

Make sure to check back next Wednesday for an all new wacky app!

PadGadget’s Flashback Friday – Mutant Mudds, Free for Today Only

Ah, the good old days. Depending on how old you are, that could either mean going down to the local arcade with a pocket full of quarters, sitting on the living room floor until your backside was sore and your neck was stiff, or shoving a huge box into your backpack to try to show off your mobile game console without getting caught at school. Whatever decade you grew up in, you’ll probably have fond memories of video games. For those of you who have a place in your heart for retro, we have a place on PadGadget for you.

Every Friday, we spotlight a game that is either a direct port of a classic arcade game, or at least pays homage to the pixilated passions of our youth. Last week, we gave a shout out to Pac-Man for iPad because, well, nothing says retro like one of the most popular arcade games in history.

This week, we wanted to tell you about Mutant Mudds. Although this game is not a flashback to our youth, it is a retro game of the finest caliber. It first launched in January of 2012 for Nintendo 3DS and was ported to iOS this past December.

The reason we decided to spotlight Mutant Mudds is that the app has gone free until the end of the day today. Before you even finish reading this, you should download the game so you don’t miss your chance to play it for free.

Players control Max as he makes his way across a pixilated landscape, collecting coins and blasting away Mutant Mudds. He can weave in and out of background and foreground platforms and uses his jetpack to get across wide gaps. There are 60 levels across five different worlds. Additionally, there are 20 special “Grannie” levels for those gamers who master the entire game with Max.

Mutant Mudds has a lot of similarities with Super Mario Brothers. Like most side-scrolling platform games, players collect coins and power-ups while beating enemies before they get beat. There are ice levels, cave levels, underwater levels and hidden secret rooms that offer sweet swag.

If you are a fan of classic, pixilated side-scrolling platform games, you won’t want to miss you chance to download Mutant Mudds for free. Don’t say I didn’t tell you in time. It goes back up to full price on Saturday.

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