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LA drops iPad order, iTunes Festival, iOS 8 for business, rice and iPhone rescue, Windows and iPhone, Google apps,


iTune sFestival added to Apple TV
iTune sFestival added to Apple TV

Los Angeles doesn’t want $500 million worth of iPads now — A US$1 billion plan to give every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District an iPad, while beefing up the district’s internet capabilities and other infrastructure, is now dead, according to the LA Times. The deal would have started with a US$30 million purchase of tablets from Apple, which would have grown to roughly $500 million worth of iPads as the program expanded.
The reason for the change is twofold: First, the district decided iPads weren’t ideal for purpose, and second, and most damning, was a disclosure by LA Unified’s Superintendent John Deasy that revealed an uncomfortably close relationship between Deasy, his staff, and the companies that would have benefited the most from the deal – Apple.

Apple adds Showtime Anytime, iTunes Festival channels to Apple TV — Apple has added two new channel options to its set-top streamer, bringing on-demand Showtime Anytime from the cable network as well as a dedicated channel for the upcoming iTunes Festival in London. The band deadmau5  will open the Festival, and Mary J Blige, Tony Bennett and others have been added to the bill.

The top iOS 8 features for business users — You can always tell when the tech world is waiting for an important Apple announcement – loads of lists appear.
Apple’s iOS 8 is set to bring several new features, including its HealthKit and HomeKit platforms, to the iPhone and iPad. Many of the advances are consumer-oriented and focused on creating a seamless experience across iOS devices and Macs running the forthcoming OS X Yosemite.

How not to use rice to save your iPhone — Rice can indeed dry out your iDevice if it ends up taking an unexpected tumble into a pool, pond, or – tech gods forbid – toilet. That being said, this is not the way to do it. Leave your device off for as long as possible, and certainly until you’re confident there is no more moisture left inside the device.

Researchers: iPhones, iPads connected to Windows PCs are at risk — Attackers could compromise iPads and iPhones on a large scale through the infected computers that make up botnets, researchers say.

Google bolsters iOS productivity suite with Slides, updates to Docs and Sheets — Google has released presentation app Slides alongside updates to existing iOS apps Docs and Sheets, offering a free Web-connected alternative to similar productivity suites from Microsoft and Apple.

Teach organic gardening to kids — Get those green thumbs ready with Gro Garden (NZ$3.79, universal), an educational app that helps budding explorers discover organic gardening in a creative and competitive way. Did you ever trick your kids into eating their veggies by sneaking the ingredients into some yummy home-baked cookies and brownies?

Best educational apps for primary schoolers — It’s that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start thinking about heading back to school. If you have an iOS device, you can supplement your child’s education and stimulate them to get involved with quality educational iOS apps. Here are some of the best titles for children in the middle school-aged group.

10 uni student apps, app for Primary School students, Apple device rumours, Napa quake, guides & Star Walk even better


How the Napa quake was registered by iOS users with Jawbone
How the Napa quake was registered by iOS users with Jawbone

The 10 apps every college student needs to have — You can make the transition to university a lot smoother with some useful digital tools. The apps below will help you with everything from saving money to finding food to getting to class on time.

Writing Wizard makes writing appear like magic — Practicing letter forms can be quite a chore, but Writing Wizard makes it a magical experience anywhere. At NZ3.79 on the App Store, this universal app is a terrific value for your iPhone and/or iPad while children are kept engaged in the task of tracing using various methods of coaching and incentives.

Apple manufacturing costs spike to highest-ever levels, seen signalling huge ‘iPhone 6’ & ‘iWatch’ launches (and other rumours)— Apple’s manufacturing and component purchase commitments reached a record $15.4 billion last quarter, leading one analyst to tell investors on Monday that Apple is gearing up for a blockbuster fall with the launch of an “iPhone 6” and rumoured “iWatch.”
Another rumour says Apple is working on 16nm FinFET A9 chips, what’s ‘Phosphorous‘.

See how the Napa earthquake affected Jawbone users’ sleep — If you’re one of the many iPhone users with a Jawbone UP strapped to your wrist, you might be used to seeing pretty standard peaks and valleys on your sleep charts. Not so for many in Northern California who were awoken by the rumblings of one of the largest earthquakes to hit the area in several decades – and the consolidated sleep data (main picture) is actually pretty cool to look at.

How to view desktop versions of websites on an iPhone — Macworld tells you how.

Your complete guide to every Apple TV channel, A to Z — Macworld sat down with Apple’s teeny remote and combed through the entire set of offerings to help you decide whether Apple TV is for you [but note that not all channels are available in NZ, for example there are no TV series so far.]

Star Walk 2 mostly improves on the original — Star Walk 2 (NZ$3.79 with in-app purchases) is a solid update from the original award winning Star Walk astronomy program. This new version has a re-designed interface with the look and feel of each element beautifully crafted and drawing you into the inner workings of the app.